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Don’t make this mistake for your Event

May 7th, 2012

Everybody has to watch their bottom line when planning a corporate event especially when you have to justify all expenses to a commitee, Boss or CFO. The mistake many Corporate event planners make is confusing cost with value. Let’s say you need a Jazz Trio for 3 hours. Music Company “A” charges $1,275 for 3 hours. Music Company “B” charges $975 [...]

Is Everybody Creative?

May 1st, 2012

I believe we all have an inner artist whether we take the time to get in touch with that side of us. It’s always there waiting inside to be discovered. We live in a society that says we need to be a brilliant artist or we should just be quiet and leave it to the pros. [...]

How did you get started?

April 24th, 2012

I grew up in Chicago. I lived behind Wrigley Field until I was about 6. Go Cubs!  We moved out to Elk Grove Village where I went to high school. During 6th grade, I started playing the string bass. Prior to that, I played the violin. Going into junior high with pimples, braces, playing the violin, during [...]

My Cocktails/Dinner are in different rooms.

April 17th, 2012

Let’s say you are using our Chicago Jazz Trio (Piano, Bass and Sax) for Cocktails and Dinner. The Chicago Jazz Trio can easily move from the cocktail area into the ballroom very quickly and easily. For example, your cocktails are scheduled from 6:00-7:00pm. The Chicago Jazz Trio will play from 6:00-6:45pm and move into the other room [...]

Acknowledging the Death of a Parent

April 10th, 2012

When a parent or other close relative has passed away recently, it’s important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the joyous tone of the wedding. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and while a missing parent is certainly sad, it shouldn’t overpower the wedding day.Some ways to remember a parent: Set [...]

Professionalism The Key for Corporate Events

April 3rd, 2012

The most important word for successful corporate event music? Professionalism While there are many Chicago Music Companies, what makes the best ones different is their level of professionalism. Any vendor you hire will be a direct reflection on you. It’s important that each of your vendors understand that. Don’t take the chance working with lower quality music companies. These [...]

Top 10 Wedding Requests for Solo Harp

March 21st, 2012

Here are the Top 10 Requested for Solo Harp: 10. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella 9. “A Time for Us” from Romeo and Juliet 8. Handel’s “Passacaille” 7. Bach’s “Prelude” 6. “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris 5. “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn (for recessional) 4. “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story 3. Schubert’s “Ave Maria” 2. “Jesu, [...]

Wedding Bands are Better than Club Bands

March 14th, 2012

There is a huge difference between a wedding band and club band. Even if they are your all time favorite band and you are best friends with the singer. Bands that play in clubs: 1.  WON’T: Play the music YOU want them to play. 2.  WON’T: Know how make introductions. 3.  WON’T: Play music designed for dancing. 4.  WON’T: Know how [...]

Give them what they want most!

March 13th, 2012

The key to building a great website is really knowing who your target audience is and what they are looking for. It’s your job to give it to them in the clearest, simplest way possible. People will leave your site quickly if they can’t find what they want in under 10 seconds. This is your [...]

Investment vs. Cost

March 13th, 2012

For all business owners- don’t refer to your prices as the COST. Explain to your potential clients that they are making an INVESTMENT. To me a cost is a bill like Com Ed. An investment is something that gives you something back ideally worth more than you paid. Also change CONTRACT to AGREEMENT. Try these [...]

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