top of page


John Competed in the Junior Division of the 2023 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest on May 27, 2023

He placed 2nd this year performing "Tea for Two" and a selection from the George Gershwin classic "Rhapsody in Blue."

He was the winner of the 2022 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing contest, Junior Division

The 2023 competition was the 48th season for the event, which represents the best competition in ragtime, traditional jazz, blues and honky tonk piano. Thirty pianists, aged 10-82, from across the United States competed in the event.

John gave a Piano Concert on April 16, 2023

John Beggs is a sixteen year old pianist from Madison Florida. Born with an ear for music, John started mandolin lessons at the age of seven, and piano lessons at the age of 8. More recently he has played bass and taken voice lessons. John plays at many venues in the area. He is also a member of the Tallahassee Homeschool String Orchestra. His appreciation of music spans many genres and styles and the selections he played at this concert are among his favorites.

The Local Newspaper published an article announcing the upcoming concert.

newsarticle cropped.jpg



John was in a play "Crazy for You" in which he was an actor, singer, dancer and played the Bass!

Below are some pictures of John in the Play at Community Christian School in Tallahassee, Florida

Fall/Winter 2022

Concert Featuring John 
on September 17, 2022

Young Musicians Concert_edited.jpg

Old Time Piano Contest Junior Division Winner 2022

John Beggs recently won the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest Junior Division in Oxford, MS

IMG_0362 (005).png


One of the two selections John played for the contest was "Maybe"

IMG_0339 (002).jpg

World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest Junior Division

The Junior Division is for contestants who are 17 years of age or under on the day of competition.  John was 15 in 2022 when he won first place.

IMG_0330 (002).jpg

Carl Olson, his piano teacher, was there to share the moment.

Carl Olson has been teaching John piano lessons for several years and was delighted to be there for the competition.

IMG_0343 (002).jpg


Before and after the pieces John played, he was interviewed by the hosts.

IMG_0333 (002).jpg


Click on the picture below to go to the video of John playing "Maybe" in the competition.

Congratulations, John!

IMG_0339 (002).jpg

2022 Old Time Piano Contest

Anchor 1
bottom of page