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"Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Huckleberry's, here at the Fulton Steamboat in Lancaster, Pa."

And with that familiar greeting, Lancaster County music legend Bill Horn kicked off another evening of song, music and humor at Huckleberry's Restaurant in the Fulton Steamboat Inn on Lincoln Highway East near Lancaster.

His professional resume calls him a keyboard artist and music educator, but, after 60 years in the business, Horn prefers the title, entertainer.

"I feel the reason I'm still doing it is because I enjoy playing for people and entertaining," told me just prior to his opening song.

For many Lancaster County locals and Dutch Country tourists, Horn has become a regular part of their dining experience, playing Friday and Saturday evenings at Huckleberry and Sunday brunch at the Eden Resort and Suites. It's a bond with the audience that Horn appreciates.

"If somebody comes in and they say I saw you forty years ago and they still remember you, then you must have done something that made them feel real good that they come back to see you."

The former public school music educator is best known as a premier organist, who toured and taught internationally for top of the line organ companies. And for more than 30 years, he taught keyboard technique as host of the Dutchland Organ and Keyboard Show in Lancaster County. And throughout his career, Horn made it a priority to stay current in music and keyboard instrumentation.

"You have to understand what the instruments are able to do today to be able to put your act together," said Horn, tweaking settings on his digital piano and mixer.

Horn say, no matter how often he plays the same room or venue, he keeps in mind that every audience is different, with varying tastes in music.

"I try to read in the first 15 minutes what kind of music they like," said Horn. "And, if I find a niche, like 50's or whatever it happens to be, that's what I'll play."

And when children are spotted among the diners, Horn is quick to employ hand puppets that sing harmony with him.

From intimate dining settings to large concert halls and anything in between, Horn says he's just happy to still be playing after all these years.

"A gig is a gig is what musicians say," he chuckled, adjusting piano settings for his next song.

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