I have never been to a wedding where the MC was so very personable and interactive with the guests. It is very evident that you truly enjoy what you do, and are quite the ‘people person’. You were fun!
– Maria Gasewiecz
Grand Geneva Resort Lake Geneva, Wis
What We Believe
David Rothstein Music was started with the dream of creating a company that was special.
A company that would give you the most incredible music and meaningful memories above and beyond your expectations, for weddings or corporate events, whether in Chicago or Nationwide.
What inspired you to start David Rothstein Music?
In 1994, after returning from touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, I started playing with various wedding bands in the Chicago area. After a number of years performing as a bassist for these bands, I found one truth was consistent in every group: they treated every client exactly the same. I could almost always predict what song was going to be played next. Even if people weren’t dancing to a particular song, they would keep playing it only because the song was on the set list and it worked for a client last week. I felt clients deserved to be treated better than just being another date on their calendar. That’s why in 1999, I decided to start David Rothstein Music, Inc.
How did you build your company?
I auditioned the best possible and most professional musicians in Chicago. I wanted not only great players, but incredibly reliable and professional people. Once I had the band, it was time to build my team. Building a great team of professionals is how we have grown so quickly.
I wanted to create a company that would allow my clients to get an event designed for them. My first step was to hire our full time arranger, Jeff Sanders. He is able to create arrangements of songs that aren’t currently in our repertoire. While other bands were charging clients for each arrangement, we provide it for free. Many of our favorite songs have come from client requests. Want to get unlimited song requests and Chicago’s most versatile band for your wedding? Call us @773.244.1239 or fill out the inquiry form.
What makes DRM so different than average live music companies?
We provide all our couples and clients like you with consistently packed dance floors, custom tailored schedules, a state of the art sound system, and so much more. Our events range from 400 guests at the Drake Hotel to a dinner party with 30 of their closest friends. Our goal is to make your event a 100% success based on your specific needs. We also provide our clients like you with special resources that you can tap into to make your schedule and music fit in with exactly what you envision. The bottom line is that we listen to you more than the average wedding band.
What personal touches do you create?
With all the cutting edge technology we use in our website and throughout our company, I always wanted to keep the focus on taking care of people and treating them as friends, not account numbers.
This personal care and attention to detail was, and will always be, our inspiration to offer our clients our very best efforts every time. We invite you to visit our “We’re All About You” page to see lots of examples of how much we care about each couple we play for.
Why does David Rothstein Music use separate ceremony musicians?
The other bands I played with were using the same musicians for both the Ceremony and Reception. I felt this was only a benefit for the music company, not the client. I wanted you to have talented classical musicians to perform for your ceremony and Jazz/Rock musicians to perform for the Reception. This way, you would get the best of both types of music. Learn more about our ceremony department on our Ceremony Music Page.
Adding Violinist Alex Koffman as my ceremony music consultant was a huge benefit to both the musicians and the brides. He works directly with you to help select the perfect music for every section of your wedding.
Tell me about your sound department?
The next step was to build a great sound system. I hired Jason VanHoose to select all our equipment and hire the sound crew to assist in setting it up and tearing it down. Jason keeps track of the sound and layout of each venue where we perform. As a result, we bring the perfect size sound system for your room. Since he also owns a recording studio, the quality of the sound is his highest priority, not just the volume. Most bands equate high volume with high quality. I hate attending weddings where the guests cannot talk to each other. Jason monitors the volume throughout the event to make sure it’s comfortable for everyone!
I’m interested in learning more. What is the next step?
Simply fill out the short Inquiry form to take the next step. I will contact you quickly to answer any questions and set up a free consultation with you and your fiancee.
We pride ourselves on having excellent customer service. You’ll be getting a complete music company to help you every step of the way: from the day you fill out the form on our website to the very last note of your wedding.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little bit about our music company. I look forward to meeting you in person sometime soon!