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Jon Novi
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Bruce D.
Verified review

Our daughter (Kivi) started with the recorder in 4th grade, and soon graduated to clarinet. By Middle School, she was taking lessons from a classical teacher who advanced her skills markedly. Upon reaching high school, she was in demand by the jazz band - whose leader persuaded her to take up the saxophone. Kivi loved the sax, and loved jazz, but clarinet remained her first instrument. I thought of the great jazz clarinet players: Pete Fountain at the top of a substantial list. But we could find no one who could teach jazz clarinet. Finally, we attended an event at VanderCook, and one of the presenters gave us Jon's name. Kivi studied with Jon for about two years. I was disappointed with the amount of time Kivi had to spend practicing Jon's lessons - what high schooler has time for anything? Nevertheless, Kivi learned a great deal from Jon, and was the only student to ever perform a clarinet solo in our high school's jazz band history ("Jack the Bear"). Jon was unique in my experience in that he taught what Kivi wanted to learn - rather than imposing a rigid course of instruction. If you are considering private lessons that offer something both valuable and unique, please look no further than Jon Novi.

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Laurie U.
Verified review

Bob is great! Patient and fun. We have worked with him for over a year and he even organized four 6-year-olds for a band for the school talent show in a very short time.

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Matthew Steiner
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ross Z.
Verified review

Matt is an exceptional guitar teacher. He has a great balance of ultimate patience and expansive skill. He tailors the lessons exactly to my skill level, and is great about pushing me to improve in a gentle way. Matt can decode any song I want to play, and break it down in a way that works best with my approach to learning and my skill level. In addition to being an excellent guitar teacher, Matt works with my whole family to bring us together as a band (guitar, drums, piano, and voice). He has an uncanny ability to get the instrument mix perfect, and to coach all of us to come together. I am a 53 year-old guy, and Matt is not only exceptional for me, but also adapts perfectly for my two daughters (age 18 on piano and age 14 on drums). Both of my daughters begrudgingly put in years of piano lessons with conventional teachers, but now truly enjoy playing together under Matt's tutelage. Further, Matt is a great guy ... very dependable and trustworthy. I have had several guitar teachers, and none came anywhere close to Matt's teaching abilities. I cannot recommend Matt highly enough.

Laura Joy
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kyla S.
Verified review

Laura understood exactly what kind of vibe we wanted for our Sunday morning brunch wedding. The entire band was super friendly and stayed to play for us even as we were cleaning up the event space. They took the time to learn two songs for us and nailed them while also putting their own style into it. Highly recommend, so much better than any DJ.

Kathryn Lachey Music
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley G.
Verified review

I cannot express how AMAZING Kathryn and her band were at our wedding! It was the first thing our guests commented to me on: "Where did you find her?!" "She has an amazing voice!" Kathryn has a long repertoire list that is packed with songs of many genres. She also worked with us to incorporate any songs we wanted which weren't on the original list. She and her guitarist provided beautiful background music during our lunch and cocktails, and more danceable selections later on. Their music was such an important part of our event and I would hire her again in a second!

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Nick Roach Music
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Carlos C.
Verified review

Nick and his mate, Sam showed up on time....ready to work and continued to play three sets during a three hour period. This is my first time hiring a band for my personal party and I could not have worked with a better pair. I will definitely use him again. Well worth the money. Nice guys and open to my inexperienced suggestions. Lol! And I haven't even mention the quality of their music (jazz) was outstanding. They were the hit and highlight of the party.

Matt's Music Lessons
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Pete D.
Verified review

Best guitar instructor ever! Matt helped me improve my skills enough to play in a great band, and we performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Matt helped me learn to count and feel the ups, downs and skips. Thanks, Matt!

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon K.
Verified review

Kathy sang at my California wedding in August 2014, during the ceremony and the reception. I discussed the songs I was considering with Kathy many times in the months leading up to our wedding and she listened to my ideas, giving guidance and suggestions for impactful songs. We ended up choosing an Adele song for the ceremony and a Beatles song for the reception. One of our guests told me after that he's only cried at two weddings: his and when Kathy sand Adele at ours. If I could give Kathy six stars, I would. Kathy is the epitome of professional. In a process filled with weirdly secretive costs (the minute you say wedding, costs increase exponentially) it was a huge relief to have someone up front, honest and fair with prices and expectations. If you are worried about having a meaningful music experience, hire Kathy. She listened to our desire for an emotional performance at the ceremony and a more 'fun song' at the reception and knocked it out of the park with "I'm So Tired" by the Beatles. I could go on about all the ways Kathy enhanced our wedding experience, but let me leave it at this: if you are even remotely considering live music at your wedding, you would be crazy not to contact Kathy.

La Fuerza Versatil
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Julio H.
Verified review

Esta banda es la mejor en la aurora. Contratarlos para sus eventos, bodas, bautismo, xv y más. This band is the best in the aurora. Hire them for your events, weddings, baptism, xv and more.

Sid & Hala
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Angie R.
Verified review

I am so pleased with Sid and Hala. We had them play for my mom's 80th birthday party last weekend. Beginning with my first correspondence with them up until they left the party, they were wonderful. I have never used Thumbtack before or even heard of Thumbtack so I didn't know what to expect. I put in the information to Thumbtack a few months ago looking for a live band for my mom's birthday party. I had no idea what a live band would cost and if there was anything available where I was looking to have the party. (The party was a good hour from any major city). So once I entered the information into the Thumbtack website, within maybe an hour or so Sid and Hala contacted me. They introduced themselves, informed me about the type of band they were (acoustic), type of music they played and told me costs in the first correspondence (quite reasonable I thought). We went back and forth several times with questions of mine and their answers and they always answered within an hour. Can you believe they were willing to drive 2 hours to my event! I couldn't believe it. No extra charge for drive time either! So we had a verbal/email commitment with them and the next week they emailed a contract that I signed and sent back to them. We emailed back and forth a couple of times over the following few months up until the event. The emails were mainly regarding song selection. They have a good sized list of songs they play on their website. I had two song requests that they didn't currently play but they were more than willing to learn for me. The day of the party they were right on time-1 pm sharp. They were professional and polite. They gave themselves an hour to set up and started right at 2 pm like we planned. They checked in with me prior to starting to ask about when they should play the songs they learned special for me. They asked if it was okay if they took a break in the middle. (Of course it was okay!) The quality of performance was 5 star and then some. Their voices are beautiful and work really well together. I had listened to several of their songs on you-tube prior and the internet quality of the music was not the greatest for some of the songs. Let me tell you that in person they are fabulous!! So much sound and talent from two people. My family threw in some song requests that they were not expecting and they accommodated beautifully. They could play the music and just looked up the words on their smart phones so they didn't make any mistakes. That was the only time they had to read lyrics. If you had not been looking at them you would have never known they were reading the music. I received compliment after compliment from our guests on how great the music was. I cannot recommend this acoustic band enough. You will not be disappointed. Well worth the money.

The Band Sundance
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle P.
Verified review

The Sundance band was absolutely incredible!! They went far beyond my expectations and had the dance floor up all night!! They are so fun, professional, and just fantastic!! Will work with them again the next opportunity I can!!

The Sipos & Young Band
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
Verified review

My family has hired Sipos & Young for a wedding reception and a celebration of life gathering. Rachel and Chris are fantastic musicians and their song catalogue is deep. They also asked on both occasions if there were any particular songs the family wanted to hear. They set the tone perfectly for each event as diverse as they were and really added something special.

Music Lessons
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Brad R.
Verified review

Steve is a great guy and a wonderful musician. Steve graduated the year before I started high school. He came back to help the saxophone section learn music for marching band and along the way, gave many valuable pointers to help us all know our instruments better and grow as young musicians. Almost 20 years later and I still regard him as an inspiration to my musical endeavors.

Artist Collective
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick L.
Verified review

Artist collective is a very professional business that has the musician in their best interest. I personally have worked with them and it was so nice to have them take care of the "business" end, so I could concentrate on the creative end with my band. AC set us up with a photo/video shoot and it was a success! Highly recommended by us!!

Jet Set Quartet (JSQ Band)
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
Verified review

Fantastic music, fun band members, great night!

  • 22 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren G.
Verified review

My son learned to play guitar there at the age of 5. He is now 12 and has continued his lessons and has formed a Rock Band where they all practice and perform through the music school. They have all learned a tremendous amount and it continues to be a wonderful experience for them.

The B-Side Band
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ted S.
Verified review

The band has played at private events events that I hosted and I have seen them dozens of times at public venues. I keep coming back for more because they get better every performance

The Starving Artists
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Wes G.
Verified review

These guys art great! Really good original songs and their covers are spot on! Fantastic live band. Will definitely see them again.

Sorry For Partying
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Tristan L.
Verified review

Sorry For Partying played at my wedding this past May and they were outstanding. The band members are true professionals and their performance couldn't have been better. I wouldn't hesitate to hire them again. They truly make any occasion way more fun.

South Boulevard Band

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We are an 8-man rockin' R&B/blues band with a dynamic frontman/harp player, a rhythm section that's "tight as rope", two funky guitar players, and an amazing horn section. With more than 200 years of cumulative musical experience among us, we craft sets that get the crowd up and dancing, from twenty-somethings to folks in their seventies. We'd love to play your club, corporate event, casino or festival. Call us today for availability!

The Bobby Schiff Band

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