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!

Best Wishes,

David Rothstein

Steve Grissette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.