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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.
Great DJ with a great attitude, reliable, fun, personable and great value as well. If we need a DJ for any future event we will surely contact him.
The Brian Farley Duo was exceptional. All the guests at the party loved them. It was a pleasure to work with them.
The trio was so nice and the music was excellent!
All of our guests absolutely loved the strong trio we booked from District Strings! They were simply amazing and worked well with our last minute change of ceremony cite and reception cite. They even adapted to my bridesmaids running (not walking) down the isle, and adapted immediately to the groom not being at the front of the aisle when I (the bride) walked in with my parents (lol!) he was told to stay out in a room and not move as I was using the restroom. Working with Erin and her team was easy, simple, and stress free. I would recommend them to family and friends, and will use again if we ever need in the future ! Beautiful use for our wedding ceremony it was perfect !
Had the trio version (sax, bass, guitar) of Sounds Good for our daughter's wedding - they played before the wedding, the processional and recessional, and at our cocktail hour. Great repertoire, easy to work with and very professional. Would highly recommend.
Alan Tiley was my daughter's helper at the pre-college String Academy, Jacob School of Music in Bloomington Indiana. My daughter needed some help since we just moved from Canada and were new to the String Academy. Alan helped my daughter with all her etudes, scales, Wohlfahrt, shifting exercises, double-stops and her solo pieces. Alan will be a great teacher. He is patient, is very calm and also has a high level of technique. He knows exactly what the child need to focus so they can improve faster. Mostly important, he has lots of knowledge about the most important thing for a child learning violin: knowing how to practice. We asked him to help our 3 children to give us some tips on how to practice and he has helped us SO much. Bravo! We will miss you so much! We wish you great success!
DC Strings were great to work with! The team did an awesome job performing songs for solo and throughout the ceremony. I highly recommend this company for future weddings and special events.
Wayman is an incredibly talented violinist and a great teacher. He is teaching my 11 year old daughter, and she is more than ever, so inspired to learn the violin. She looks forward to her weekly lessons!!! Wayman is a patient and experienced teacher, whose passion for music and energetic personality make classes fun and encouraging! Thank you!
We hired Kim's trio for our jazz soiree and they were excellent! Kim let us know a few days prior to the event that he couldn't make it, and gave us the option of canceling or having the trio w/ another pianist playing in his stead. We could have gotten another band altogether (three replied to our request on Thumbtack), but we went w/ his option of the substitute pianist and could not have been happier. The trio was fabulous, attendees from the young to the not so young loved all the tunes, and everyone had the best time. We are definitely putting Kim and his trio or quartet on our slate of events for 2018.
My wife and i started following this wonderful trio a couple years ago and just adored the groups musical virsotility and songs. The time period of music they play is any where from early sixties to current. We hired them for our weddingthis past September 2015, the price was reasonable and they requested what we wanted to here and did not dissapoint us. Our friends are still raving about that band ! Can't go wrong with these wonderful musicians and good people .
Jill Thommassen did a fantastic job at our wedding in Baltimore. The music selections were lovely. She provided me with an opportunity to listen to some music clips before our event. She played music before, during and after our wedding ceremony and she was exactly what we were looking for. The price was VERY reasonable.
Erin is a fantastic teacher who has customized my ukulele lessons to my needs and provided great week to week instruction. As an adult with some piano experience but who has never played a string instrument, I have been pleased with the progress I have made using techniques and instruction provided. Each week Erin has provided me with a handout for the week's lesson, songs that are appropriate for my level, and worked with me on new techniques and how to incorporate them into songs that I enjoy. I highly recommend this instructor for learning a string instrument.
As an adult student with no music experience, I think that Christine does a good job breaking down the basics into something that can be easily followed. She is patient and will work to accommodate busy adult schedules. She recommended the Samuel Applebaum String Builder book; which I really like as it teaches the basic hand position along with the associated notes. Rather than learning to play by listening then learning the notes. Again she can tailor her lessons based on children or adults learning abilities.
I am a music director for an Episcopal church in the Baltimore metro area, and have hired Sebastian four separate times during 2014-2016 to play viola for special church services. He played special music for the services as well as collaborative anthems with the choir. Sebastian was well-prepared, professional, and played beautifully on every occasion. I would not hesitate to hire him again.
The band performed as a trio, all guests thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. Was not a high volume event but handled in a truly proffesional manner. Awesome repertoire with great vocals. Thanks guys :)
Gary exemplifies professionalism. He is a consummate musician with a strong work ethic and character. For years, I contracted Gary on String Bass for Soulful Symphony engagements at the Meyerhoff and Strathmore Music Center. He was the first to arrive on stage diligently rehearsing and the last to leave. You won't find anyone with as much dedication.
Hi there I'm Mr.David Levitz in Potomac,Md.Last month in May I hired the group "BMTyouBAND.I was eager to have them play for my Daughter's wedding reception based upon the recommendations of the references Mr.Smith provided me.And let me tell you how deeply impressed my family and friends and me were of the complete performance package.To include the perfect song selections,volume control and versatility of music they performed.My daughter(the Bride)was thrilled with them immensely!And I have already told some of the people on my staff about them.What a bang up! job they did.Awesome trio!!!
Anita is an exceptional music teacher. She is very patient and knows much about music theory. She is inspirational and has a passion for music. I enjoy having her as my instructor and have learned much. I look forward to advancing in my music career in the future.
We do jazz for all occasions. We are a piano trio with a unique sound using a percussionist. This gives the group a compact size with dynamics to match all settings. We do quiet and small or live and jumping depending on the event. The Cats also have a selection of great horn players to add to the mix when needed. Find out where you can see us live!
Musical duos, Steppin' Out Duo Trios and More is led by Scott Allan Young for 29 years in the Washington area. He has performed for companies, restaurants, 100's of weddings and private parties. Scot and Brian Litz are currently performing at Beans in the Belfry in Brunswick, MD once a month.
my services are very professional you will be able to play a song the very first day
Solo, duo or trio band entertainment is available for many different functions. We are a keyboard-based trio playing a bit more complicated classic rock than the usual. We have the keyboard, bass and drums. That's all it takes! We offer a softer side as the duo or soloist. We can really rock with the drummer added. We do happy hours, cocktail hours, receptions, club/bar and house parties -- indoor/outdoor festivals and venues. We are musicians playing professionally for over 40 years; we are very seasoned! It's really all about the LOVE of MUSIC.
Check out Ean Mcnaney if you are looking for musicians to entertain for bars and clubs. He spins EDM music and deals with special events as well.