Bobby Van Deusen of Pensacola wins piano competition

When it comes to competition, everybody likes to win – even pianists.

“Ain’t nothing like winning,” said Bobby van Deusen, who recently won the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Oxford, Mississippi.

The 65-year-old, who lives in Pensacola and travels to the Emerald Coast six nights a week to play at Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood in the Sandestin Hilton, won the Senior Division in the piano playing competition over Memorial Day weekend in Mississippi.

This was van Deusen’s second win at the piano competition, having won it in 2019. The last two years, the competition was held virtually. But this year they were back on stage and in person at the University of Mississippi.

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