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Billy was superb ..came early..stayed late helped everyone out and is a great musician
I have hired musicians for over 25 years for different events. Mark was one of the most talented, professional, gracious and kindest person I have met. He played for a group of 60. The reviews from our guests were unlike anyone we have had in the past. We will certainly have him back in the near future. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a harpist.
I was very impressed with The Rockits music and presentation for our grand daughter's wedding. Just the right mix of songs, way better than just a DJ. Motown to modern, country to rock.' Harry Edwards Silver Spring
My 15 year old daughter has being "playing" with a guitar for a couple of years now. I wanted her to get some proper training and Steve is an inspiration for her. His love of guitar and music is infectious and he knows how to teach the technical side, without it becoming boring. I also grabbed my guitar and joined in. We have now set up a weekly schedule and I hope to be the dad of a serious rock and roll guitarist in the near future. Thanks Steve!
I have used Alvin Smithson's services for over five years as a piano tuner, teacher and performer. I am always impressed with his skills, artistry and professionalism. Alvin first came to tune my 100-years old Steinway after it had been neglected for a number of years. He first examined the instrument, diagnosed what needed to be done and then proceeded with his expert tuning. Immediately after he was done and started playing, I was amazed at how good the piano sounded. Alvin explained that with a piano that hasn't been tuned or played in so many years, it will take some time to achieve its best form and sound for which it was built. A short time after, my wife started taking piano lessons from Alvin and as she started gaining proficiency in playing under his guidance, the piano itself gained a rich pleasing sound. Alvin paid close attention and adjusted notes or did a full tuning whenever needed. He also took the time to clean the strings and do minor technical adjustments. When a string needed to be replaced, Alvin recommended a technician from a highly reputable company. Overall, we owe it to his expertise to have the wonderful old piano do what it was built for by the Steinway masters. I should also mention that I heard some great musicians at venues where Alvin is the regular piano tuner. People who visit our house and hear our piano, or play it themselves, always compliment its sound. But the best comes when Alvin himself sits at the keyboard, whether at our house, at a social function or performing in the theater, it's such a joy to hear him play some great classical pieces as well as his own wonderful compositions. He is truly a very talented, sensitive and highly knowledgeable artist. And such a pleasant person, too. My wife and I feel fortunate to have Alvin give us the best piano sound to enjoy live music in our home. I would recommend him to anyone as piano tuner, teacher and overall musician.
He really knows his stuff with regards to vocals, in terms of music theory and breathing technique. His knowledge of rock vocalists' technique is clearly shown and helps me a lot in shaping my goals in singing. He is also very friendly and helpful, and I would definitely recommend visiting him if you are interested in learning more about singing.
Carey is extraordinarily well-informed in all musical styles and is very patient and good-humored as he communicates to his students a thorough grounding in musical theory. In doing so, he is very passionate about fulfilling his professional obligations to his students. In addition, he is himself an excellent jazz musician. I recommend him to any budding musician without reservation.
John Kunu is flexible in his approach to teaching, he brings many styles & skills to the keyboard, and he is willing to teach to what the goals of the student are rather than a regimented steps approach. John has been my daughter's piano teacher for several years. We are a musical family so it was important to us to choose a teacher with the depth in classical but also the breadth of knowledge in contemporary pop music, in order to keep our teen engaged in what she was learning. John's flexibility to teach to her interest areas while still making sure she mastered foundational skills and repertoire are rare in a piano teacher. We love that he weaves both classical instruction and improvisation so that a student is comfortable playing a piece of Bach as well as the latest songs on the radio. This has kept the learning fresh and relevant. But the greatest thing of all is when we hear our daughter wander over to the piano and just play -- she sounds beautiful and it is utter joy hearing your child make music and know that she will have this for a lifetime.
Ok. Our outdoor office picnic got rained out at the last minute. We ended up bringing it indoors to our office, which is filled with 75 six foot high cubes. We stuck Dave and Joey in a cramped, hot doorway with a few tables and told them not to play too loud!! Wow, now that is a tough crowd. BUT we really enjoyed the show. He was a great sport about the whole crappy weather fiasco. He made the best of a lousy venue and it all worked out fine. The musicians were both professional and talented. I actually can't wait to catch his next show at a better location than I could provide!! Kudos!!
Josh and a bassist performed as a jazz duet for a cocktail hour reception. They were incredible musicians and more importantly captured exactly the vibe we were going for. Josh is a true professional. Diligent communications, arrived early, and even asked our preference for how they dress. Highly recommend.
Peter is a phenomenal teacher. He will adapt his instruction style according to your needs and desires; he is patient but encourages you to be your best; he is affable and makes lessons enjoyable; and he truly cares about your progress. He knows everything there is to know about the guitar (e.g., music theory, playing styles, history) but will not overwhelm you with information if you don't want it, but will incorporate as much knowledge as you wish to gain. He has expertise in certain areas but I told him that I wanted to be like Taylor Swift and he was more than willing to help me achieve that goal. Whether you want to learn basic chords and impress your friends, or you want to work systematically through methods books, or you want to become a devoted classical guitarist, Peter is your man. I can't speak highly enough of Peter.
Ms. Nicole Lamm was my very first voice teacher. I started taking voice lessons with her at about age 13, and continued for over 5 years, for all of 8th-12th grades. Being at the most beginning stages of singing, Nicole not only introduced me to a genre of music that I never thought I would sing, but that I would easily fall in love with. She brought me from an inexperienced child to a young lady, preparing me and instilling in me musicianship, work ethic and and a passion for classical music, including art song, musical theater and opera. Her teachings are affective for anyone, young or old, beginner or professional. Because of her patience and time spent with me all those years, I have been singing for over 10 and am continuing my studies as an opera singer, a career that began with her and will last a lifetime.
Great performance! Will definitely hire again.
We hired John to play for our wedding and cocktail hour. My husband and I had the BEST experience working with John. He arrived early and was exceptionally professional! He set up everything quickly and was ready to go without any instruction needed. Communication via phone, email, etc., was always prompt, positive and patient, which was very helpful! His music was absolutely beautiful and set a memorable ambiance throughout the whole evening. He even added a special touch by playing my husband’s favorite song, which he did amazingly and was the icing on the cake to our special night. I highly recommend John for any venue!
Mr. Walls is an enthusiastic and patient teacher. As a choir member at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton for the past fifteen years, I have been able to sing liturgical music, and participate with other choirs in singing more complex pieces of music, such as requiems and compositions for rites of the church and special occasions. Our choir has sung in various languages, and joined other choirs in ecumenical choir fests. Mr. Walls has studied music composition, conducting, and history, and is an accomplished musician on several instruments, including the piano, organ, and guitar. He has several years teaching experience in the U.S. and abroad. I would say Mr. Walls' expertise and talent are second to none.
Kevin has been awesome. Right from hour one, he had me advancing my skill level at drumming. Not sure who was more enthusiastic, me or him! Fabulous teacher, good guy, and a talented musician.
Diane was a great voice teacher. She listened to me voice to choose the best approach to me reaching my goal. Her sessions were fun and she really looks out for her students. She even gave shhet music to practice at home sometimes.
I highly recommend Simon for your wedding, funeral, or other need. I was blessed and honored to have Simon provide the music for a funeral service earlier this year. With Simon's talent as a vocalist, as well as his skills as a composer, pianist, organist, and accompanist, the music was superb. He worked with me closely on the planning, and his suggestions for the service were excellent, including the addition of a soloist with whom Simon had worked. Many people told me afterwards how much the music touched them and uplifted them on a sad occasion, and I was touched and uplifted as well.
Mike Ault is a true professional - a great musician, guitar player, performer and a good guy as well :) I highly recommend his talents to anyone interested - and will continue to hire him in the future!
Ron gave me a lot of help when I was learning to accompany singers and saxophone players. He showed me chord configurations that made me sound like a pro. I was asked to join a jazz combo. He was also great at accompanying me as a singer.
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