I was born on the North Side of Chicago during the biggest snow storm in Chicago history.
I think my first toy was a set of jumper cables. Living in the city was great as a little kid. We moved out to Elk Grove Village where I went to Junior High and High School. I started out playing the violin in 4th grade. Going into Junior High with wiry hair, braces and pimples while playing the violin was quite a package. I switched to bass in 6th grade and have been playing ever since. I was selected to the Top All-State Jazz band 2 years in a row in High School. I attended Western Michigan University where I majored in Music Performance and Communications.

In addition to being the president and bandleader of DRM, I’m an accomplished bassist. I toured internationally with both The Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras. I spent 3 summer seasons working as the bass player at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. I have performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Be sure to check out the bios of all of our musicians here. After touring, I started playing bass with some of the top wedding bands in Chicago. I got tired of playing the same songs over and over again. The bandleaders tried to make the weddings all the same. I felt brides and groom deserved something that was special and designed around them!

That’s why I decided to start David Rothstein Music. I would like to personally invite you explore my website. Watch Live Videos,
Read Reviews, and discover for yourself why David Rothstein Music is Chicago’s Greatest Wedding Band. Then call us @773.244.1239 or fill out the inquiry form.

Even though I’m an experienced bassist, for the weddings our band plays, we provide you with a separate bass player for free. This allows me to act exclusively as your emcee. I’ll make all the announcements and introductions as well as be available to help you and your vendors throughout the night. So instead of being stuck behind a drum set like other bands, I’m able to answer a question you may have while the band plays and packs your dance floor. This is a huge advantage for your wedding. I also host of one of the Top Wedding Radio Shows in the nation, Wedding 101, with over 60,000 listeners. I was selected to the Who’s Who in American Business and I am the author of over 200 blog articles about weddings and events. Recently, I was Wedding Wire’s guest speaker at their Chicago event where I spoke to over 300 wedding vendors from across the Midwest. What does that mean for you? You will have one of the most experienced and knowledgeable bandleaders for your wedding.

I live on the north side of Chicago and enjoy photography, working out, traveling, movies and collecting sports memorabilia. My very friendly dog named Goldie would love to meet you too!

Most of all I want to hear from you. Hear your story and how my band and I can help make your wedding or event fantastic. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Call me @773.244.1239 or fill out the inquiry form. Thanks!

Steve Grissette
Vocalist

Steve Grissette is considered one of the top male vocalists in the nation. He has performed with Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, American Idol's Randy Jackson, R. Kelly, Nick Lachey, Richard Marx, Marlon Jackson (Brother of Michael Jackson), among others. He has been a songwriter and producer with many gold albums to his credit including 98 Degrees, The Dead Presidents, and Jesse Campbell (contestant on NBC's The Voice 2012). Steve has been with DRM since 2002.

Mae Koen
Vocalist

Mae Koen has performed with legends such as comedian Bernie Mac and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. From 1997 to 2004, Mae backed up Aretha and appeared with Aretha on several TV shows including David Letterman, Jay Leno and the View Show. She has also worked with Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Carole King. Mae has been with DRM since 2010.

Kim Frost
Vocalist

Nat “King” Cole’s brother, Ike Cole, once said of Kim Frost; “She has amazed me with her talent. She has an innate ability to understand, feel, and interpret.” Kim has the same vocal range of over 4 octaves which very few vocalists posses. She is one of the most powerful and versatile vocalists, male or female, in Chicago. Kim has been with DRM since 2002.

Lou Nocera
Sinatra Vocalist

Lou Nocera is our outstanding Sinatra vocalist. He has performed at the top clubs across the country including the Copacabana in New York City. At the Copacabana Lou opened for Bobby Darin, Paul Anka, Della Reese and Sammy Davis Jr. He’s performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and was in the James Bond movie Goldfinger and Home Alone. Lou sings the greatest hits of Sinatra. People love hearing his authentic versions of all the great Sinatra classics. We know you will too! Lou has been with DRM since 2002.

Victor Garcia
Trumpet/Latin Vocalist

Victor Garcia is recognized as the premier trumpet player in Chicago. He also sings and plays percussion. Victor was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2008. He was also nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2007. He’s played with countless artists including Bill Holman, Roger Ingram, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Luis Bonilla, Doc Severinsen, and R&B celebrities Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, and rock band Spoon. Victor has been with DRM since 2012.

Jake Vinsel
Bass

Jake Vinsel is a bassist that comfortably adapts to any style. He has performed with James Brown's “Funky Drummer” Clyde Stubblefield, Diane Shuur, NOMO and Latin Jazz Grammy winner Brian Lynch, to name a few. He played on recordings featured in Sex and The City: The Movie, and on Chicago’s very own, Check Please. Jake brings a subtle Jazz touch to every song he plays, but he really loves making people hit the dance floor! Jake has been with DRM since 2008.

Pete Benson
Piano

Pete Benson has been an in-demand pianist in Chicago for over 13 years. Pete Benson has been praised by renowned jazz great, Joey DeFrancesco, and has performed with Ira Sullivan, Harold Jones, Phil Woods and Von Freeman. Pete may be recognized as the organist of the band Sabertooth at the Green Mill Lounge. In 2011, he was voted one the top jazz organists for the DownBeat Rising Star Critics Poll. Peter has been with DRM since 2006.

Clyde Davis
Drums

Clyde Davis’ extensive resume includes gigs with The Sax Pack, Steve Cole, Peter White, Four 80 East, Down to the Bone, Grammy winners Sugar Blue, and Aretha Franklin. Clyde has played gigs with Rob Mullins, Wilton Felder, and Alphonso Johnson, Brenda Russel, Jeff Lorber. He’s played on a ton of tv and radio spots that include McDonalds, Mobile, and Subway. Clyde has been with DRM since 2010.

Jeff Sanders
Guitar/Vocalist

Jeff Sanders is not only an amazing guitarist and vocalist, he is our music director. Jeff has spent countless hours creating the sheet music for all our client’s requests. Clients love his singing as well as his guitar playing. Jeff has created the sheet music for hinders for client's special requests. Our music library contains over 5,000 songs. Jeff also works with the venues to work out all the logistics with your venue as far room names, parking and loading. He is also the leader of our second band. Jeff has been with DRM since 2002.

John Mose
Trombone

John Mose is considered one of the most respected trombonists in Chicago for more than 30 years. His career includes playing for celebrities Joan Rivers, Frankie Avalon, Manhattan Transfer, The Temptations, Bob Hope, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Bob Newhart, Frank Sinatra Jr. and many others. He’s played musicals such as 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, as well as recording jingles for Toyota, Popeye’s, and Kraft. John has been with DRM since 2004.

Anthony Bruno
Saxophone

Anthony Bruno is considered the most exciting saxophone, flute and clarinet player in Chicago. He has played with such artists as R. Kelly, Wynton Marsalis, and Phil Woods. Anthony has been with DRM since 2006.

Jason Van Hoose
Sound Technician

Our Sound department can produce all live aspects of your event including audio, lighting, video, staging, drapery, special effects, and more. We will work with you from day one to help you best achieve your vision for your live event by providing the right equipment and crew to get the job done to your utmost satisfaction. We treat every job with an unsurpassed commitment and are excited to meet and exceed any new challenge. They will provide you with perfect sound and lighting for your event. The sound will be adjusted throughout the night to make sure it's perfect for ALL your guests.