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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.
Jerry and his jazz trio were a wonderful addition to our in-store fall fashion event. He and his band were very sensitive to the noise level to ensure the music enhanced the evening without overpowering guests' ability to chat or shop. His communication around details for the event was timely and professional. I would definitely hire Jerry again and recommend him to anyone interested in a trio of professional, talented, and flexible musicians.
Bob has been working with my daughters for 5 years. He goes above and beyond by playing a few band sets after their individual lessons. My daughters not only learn, but they have so much fun and they sound awesome!
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.
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!
Nick led a second line through our wedding reception-- which was an amazing experience! Our family absolutely loved it, the band was impressive and they were awesome to work with. The guys arrived in professional attire, were wonderful company, and made our night memorable. We can't thank them enough! I would HIGHLY recommend hiring Nick, you won't regret it!
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!
Ruestow and Hala TDSS, were AWESOME. We hired them for my brother and sister in laws 20th anniversary party. I'll admitt the boys were skeptical of the entertainment capacity for a 2 person band- they ended up very pleasantly surprised. The guests loved them and danced the night away. It was such a special night for our family and Ruestow and Hala really made the night, it wouldn't have been a party with out them. AND they waited out a storm for us and trooped through bad weather (We did provide a tent for them to play under, whcih they helped hold down during the worst part of the wind). Overall we HIGHLY recommend! Thank you Ruesto and Hala TDSS!!
La Fuerza Versatil is a perfect example of what a well committed and disciplined band is all about. They also play all kinds of music, from Banda, rancheras to cumbias and zapateados. Their performances are always great. The crowd really enjoys their music.
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.
Working with The Band Sundance was Awesome! They are one of the best bands around. They are as versatile as you can get and they know how to get the party started! The value added is that they go the extra mile to make your special day all that much better by add g music to the ceremony, introductions and special requests.
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.
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!!
Fantastic music, fun band members, great night!
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.
These guys art great! Really good original songs and their covers are spot on! Fantastic live band. Will definitely see them again.
Chicago's Skip Towne & The Greyhounds personify hard-driving, heartfelt classic blues, jazz, swing, ballads, and downright good time rockin' blues that you can't refuse! The band has been regularly performing acoustically as a 3-piece up to an electric 10-piece band around the Midwest and frequently in Chicago area clubs, such as The Park West, Buddy Guy Legends, Famous Dave's, Beale Street Blues Cafe, Frankie's Blue Room, Penny Road Pub, The Brat Stop, Porter's Oyster Bar, Cubby Bear North, Flatlanders, Port of Blarney, Blarney's Island, Pete Miller's, and The Firkin. The band also plays for any type of concert, festival, wedding, private, and corporate event.
We stand out because of the high quality of our product plus pr willingness to go the extra mile to make sure our clients have everything they could possibly need from us.
We are a band of variety. We play songs, from the '50s through current rock hits, Motown and country. Also, we will learn songs for your reception!
The Big Eagle Band was established in Chicago, IL, in January 2008. Covering a range of jukebox favorites from the 1970s to present day, The Big Eagle Band sets its sights on recreating what is in your establishments jukebox, live on stage. The Big Eagle Band features John Beniacs on bass and vocals, Matt Stone on guitar and vocals, Mark Sibincic on drums and Phil Valenti on guitar. All members are in their early 30's, jamming the music everyone loves. John, Matt, Mark and Phil have a long sordid history of playing in original bands dating back to the mid-90s (most recently Mark and John in Government Warning and Matt and Phil in Killie McGee and Point 08). While styles and genres fade in and out, hits remain, and this idea brought the four members of The Big Eagle Band together. With everyones prior experience, it was a matter of weeks before the band was armed and ready to bring its show to the masses. The Big Eagle Bands performance is guaranteed to electrify and stimulate any crowd with their diverse catalog of jukebox favorites and humorous banter the perfect ingredients that make any show not just fun, but a blast! The Big Eagle Band is professional and is available for booking not only for bar gigs, but also for corporate events, festivals and public or private parties. Offering well over 6 hours of music, The Big Eagle Band can provide entertainment all night long.