Rufus Ferguson is a jazz pianist, and educator who earned degrees from Western Michigan University under the mentorship of Jeremy Siskind and Matthew Fries. Rufus has shared the stage with artists such as Dwight Adams, Bob Hurst, Rodney Whitaker, Ali Jackson, The Temptations and many more. Rufus got his start studying classical piano at the age of 5. He became a gospel church organist at a young age and later began playing jazz piano at age 13. His dedication to being equally well-versed in multiple genres of music has made him a fixture in the regional jazz, R&B and gospel music scenes. Rufus is an experienced performer, arranger, composer and teacher, specifically in the jazz genre. His jazz arrangements have most recently been presented by his 9-piece ensemble at the 2018 Gilmore Keyboard Festival and his orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.