A nine-piece group comprised of seasoned veterans as well as hot young talent, FRONT OF HOUSE turns every wedding reception into the magnificent evening every bride and groom dreams of. Led by David Sherman, this band’s signature sound always includes great vocals, sizzling horns and a driving rhythm section.
True professionals in every sense of the word, our band members know how to energize any crowd. Our concert-like stage show creates an exciting dance atmosphere, filling the night with a contagious fun that is sure to delight every guest. At the same time, our diverse music selection – everything including Sinatra-style jazz, all the great R&B of the 60’s and 70’s, classic rock from the 80’s and 90’s, and contemporary pop as well –captures all the romance and elegance of this very special occasion.
David Sherman has been singing professionally for over 20 years. He has performed in rock bands, swing bands, a mambo-rock band and with his original orchestral pop group The Steak House Mints. In 2008 The Steak House Mints released their debut album, Out of The Sky, to critical acclaim. He has opened for such legendary artists as James Brown, Carlos Santana, Harry Belafonte, Maceo Parker, and Pancho Sanchez. David has played in 42 of the 50 United States, in Cuba, and in Dubai. He has appeared in various theatrical productions in Chicago and at The I.O. Theater on one of their performance teams. He can been seen just about every Thursday night at The Green Mill Lounge with Chicago’s finest swing band The Swing Shift Orchestra. David is excited to be leading Front of House and enjoys living with his wife and his cat in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.Read More
Front of House is proud to present the soulfully sweet and versatile sounds of Rebecca Brown. She earned her degree in Music Business at Millikin University, during which time she toured internationally with the vocal jazz ensemble One Voice, critically acclaimed in DownBeat Magazine as a top 10 College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She was also featured on Good Morning America with the University’s Premiere Choir. Rebecca has been singing professionally for more than 10 years as a lead singer with Royal Caribbean Cruises, in various independent recordings ranging from pop to musical theatre, and as a voice over artist in Los Angeles. Her flexibility and range will captivate fans of pop, jazz, R&B, and Motown. Rebecca is thrilled to be a part of one of Chicago’s most energetic and enthralling groups of entertainers.
LeTroy Jackson, Front of House’s newest singing sensation, is guaranteed to electrify your guests with his soulful vocals and magnetic presence. A bold and versatile performer, LeTroy has been singing for most of his life, starting in church at the age of nine. After sharpening his skills in the music program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, LeTroy returned to Chicago and immediately began to heat up the local club scene with his unique R&B tenor vocals. Equally at home in Contemporary music, R&B, Motown, Gospel and Jazz, LeTroy now brings his powerhouse vocals to Front of House to create a thrilling combination sure to make your event the talk of the town.
Nick Sednew has quickly built a broad career as a jazz musician, trumpet player and teacher. His performance experience includes David Baker’s IU Jazz Ensemble, Grupo Niche, Wanda Jackson, Beveled,Terry Bartalota Group, Matt Ulery’s Loom Large, and Alan Gresick’s Swingshift Orchestra at the famous Green Mill. He is featured on recent recordings with Chicago Afrobeat Project and Terry Bartalota Group. Nick has toured the country playing trumpet with the broadway musicals “Man of La Mancha,” “A Christmas Story,” and “42nd Street,” as well as the vocal group “Under the Streetlamp.” We’re so glad to have him in Front of House!
Mark Hiebert is an in-demand saxophonist and educator in the Chicago area, and is regularly involved in original projects and collaborations with musicians and educators from around the country. He has earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and his Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
Shortly after arriving in Chicago, Mark began his music career, and has since performed and recorded on saxophone and woodwinds with Natalie Cole, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Frankie Valli, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra featuring Jason Marsalis, Jeff Hamilton, Malik Yusef, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Tito Puente, Jr., Daphne Willis, and Too Live Crew, along with fine bands like the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, Mulligan Mosaics, Rob Parton Big Band, Joe Clark Big Band, Model Citizens, M13, Tom Matta Big Band, Ian Torres Big Band, Model Citizens Big Band, and the Alan Gresik Swingshift Orchestra.
Curt moved from Normal, IL to Chicago in 1979 and has since appeared and/or recorded with a wide variety of national stars including the 5th Dimension, Herb Ellis, Florence Henderson, Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble, Suzanne Sommers, Dweezil Zappa, Big Guitars From Memphis, the Drifters, George Benson, the Coasters, John Gary, and Jeff Lorber. Local credits include time spent with Kevin Matthews, John Campbell, Howard Levy, Frank D'Rone, Patricia Barber, Dave Urich, Mark Colby, Paul Wertico, Frank Mantooth, Johnny Frigo, Som Brasil, and Janice Borla. He is also a talented decorative painter whose work will be featured in a fall 2005 issue of "Old House Journal".
Brian has been performing music for over 25 years, starting out in the Gospel field at the age of 12. In 1985, he toured with the world-renowned Staples Singers. He has since developed a stellar career, performing and touring with such artists as Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, Anita Baker and Art porter, to name just a few. His piano and keyboard talents were recently featured on the 2005 All-Star Smooth Jazz Tour, performing with Brian Culberson, Rick Braun, Nick Collione and other nationally-known jazz artists. Brian is also a wonderful vocalist, a well-kept secret in the jazz world. We are thrilled to have Brian as the newest member of Front of House.
Bret’s ability to play a diverse range of styles has enabled him the pleasure of performing in a very eclectic mix of musical situations. He toured two years with pop star Tiffany and can be heard on two of her CD’s, “Dreams Never Die” and “All The Best.” As a member of Grammy nominated funk band Liquid Soul, he opened for Sting including playing New York’s Central Park, the legendary Fillmore West and numerous TV appearances. He has backed an array of international artists from “soul man” Sam Moore, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Crystals, Donald O’Connor, to jazz greats Clark Terry, James Moody, Jon Faddis, and Phil Wilson. No stranger to the theatre, Bret has performed hundreds of shows including recent Chicago Broadway hits The Full Monty, A Chorus Line, and swinging the big band in Ron Hawking’s “His Way”, NBC Tower, Chicago.
Tom is thrilled to be the newest member of Front of House! For over 10 years he was principal string player in the Boston, then Chicago cast of Blue Man Group. He released two jazz albums on the CVM label: "The Electric Distant Surfacing" and "Spark and Luminance," and in the last decade scored two independent films for the Illinois-based studio Downstate Productions. A student of jazz, rock, pop, soul and world music, Tom enjoys using his versatile style for each Front of House event!
Lauren Bryant and Dean Patzer Wedding (Blackstone Hotel) - Saturday, February 17, 2018
I just wanted to express my observations, feelings and take ways from your band’s performance at our family wedding on 2-17-2018.
The conduct, the manners, the dress and appearance of the band can only be described as first class and professional. Your ability to expertly take control of the room and coordinate the guest’s attention to the wedding speeches is a special gift. You and your band are a team of professional musicians at the highest level of quality and talent. The band energized everyone in attendance.
During the planning process, you delivered on any follow-up request that we had, and this is very appreciated.
Our family cannot thank you and your band enough for such an amazing, professional, beautifully performed, high-energy performance! Our family has attended many weddings and you and your band from the first beat to the last song note had the dance floor packed with people enjoying every second of your performance!
We had a 100 + of our guests come up to us and the most common comment was “WOW - that band is fantastic!”
THANK YOU FOR DELIVERING A MEMORY FOR A LIFETIME!
Elizabeth Groothuis and Jeff Gardner Wedding (Harold Washington Library) – Saturday, January 13, 2018
We were nervous about hiring a band for our recent wedding at the Harold Washington Library, as we had heard that the acoustics could be a little tricky in the Winter Garden. However, from our very first meeting with David Sherman from Front of House, we knew that we didn't need to be nervous any more. When we asked David if he had played at the HWL, he said that he had, and before we could even ask our question about the acoustics, he followed with, "It can be a tricky venue, but we've played it enough that we've figured how out to rock it."
And rock it they did. Front of House was INCREDIBLE. From helping us choose our processional music to playing the Cantina Song from Star Wars during dinner, to keeping the dance floor rocking, everything they did was absolutely amazing. Our guests kept asking us who our band was, and both the older and younger crowds said that the band was one of their favorite parts of the wedding. We couldn't agree more - from our first dance as a married couple to the last dance of the evening, David Sherman and Front of House were amazing.
Jenny Radelet Wedding (Chicago Botanic Garden) – Saturday, October 7, 2017
Dear Front of House and David Sherman,
You guys are awesome! We cannot thank you enough for providing the dream soundtrack for our dream day. Everyone we talked to couldn’t get over how great the music was from the beginning of the ceremony to the end of the reception. And you made it so seamless and stress-free. We know there must be so much work behind the scenes. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Margaret Graver and Mike LeFevour Wedding – Saturday, September 16, 2017
Front of House was a complete hit at our recent wedding! My husband's sister had another Arlen Music band at her wedding and we knew we had to book one of their bands for our September wedding. When we heard Front of House and met with David, the band lead, we knew they were going to be the best for our wedding. Let me tell you, they exceeded our expectations and had the whole wedding dancing all night. David is incredibly easy to work with and the band is simply the best! I cannot tell you how many people were raving about the band all night and have continued to since the wedding. Their music, sound, vibe and aesthetic are the best you will find in Chicago. You would be incredibly lucky if you are able to book this band for your upcoming wedding! They will not disappoint! Thank you to Front of House for making our night so amazing!Margaret, Bride
Jennifer Litvak and Michael Beller Wedding (South Shore Cultural Center) - Saturday, August 5, 2017
We knew you guys were going to be awesome. Never had any doubt. But, I mean, wow! You guys exceeded even our lofty expectations. Thanks for being so easy to work with and, most importantly, such a kick-ass band. You guys are truly the best.
Amanda O’Connell and Justin Pierce Wedding – Friday, July 7, 2017
My wife and I booked Front of House for our wedding ceremony and reception and, as always, they exceeded all expectations. Band leader David Sherman made the entire experience easy for us, from the planning to the evening of the event. Arlen's staff is professional and responsive, and were a pleasure to work with. David clearly has a lot of experience, and made intuitive suggestions on music and how best to arrange the evening. He even took it upon himself to help coordinate all of the relevant vendors with the band to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. And, of course, the music was amazing. The dance floor was always packed with guests of all ages, and every song we didn't specifically request matched our tastes perfectly. Even songs that weren't a part of their rotation sounded like they'd been playing them for years, and the custom arrangement of the song for our first dance was phenomenal. My wife and I realized fairly late in the evening that we hadn't been to the bar even once, as we had never left the dance floor once the party started. We have nothing but praise for Front of House. All of our guests had a fantastic time, and *everyone* complimented us on the band. This is the third time that our family has booked Front of House for a wedding, and we'd gladly recommend them to anyone.
Julie Waisbren and Steve Kempton Wedding – July 1, 2017
4th of July weekend, 2017. In a historic event space, we hostd 260 people from all over the country. At one point, I looked around the room and thought everyone had gone home, the tables were empty. Everyone was on the dance floor! The evening started with a phenomenal hora - non-stop energy. During the meal there were rock violinists which were crazy! The dance sets were so much fun, with music from multiple generations. I would suggest this band for a wedding any day of the week. Your friends will be talking about your event for months to come.Laura Waisbren, Mother of the Bride
Nicole Mandich and Ian Joel Wedding (Peninsula Hotel) – Saturday, June 10, 2017
Can't say enough good things about Front of House. They played at our wedding this past weekend and I have been watching videos of our dance floor on repeat. they kept the dance floor going all night and played the perfect mix of wedding classics and new music. Many guests said it was the best wedding band they had ever heard (I would agree). David was an absolute pleasure to work with. THANK YOU!!Nicole Mandich, Bride
Rachel Levin and Steven Markowitz Wedding (Chicago History Museum) – Sunday, May 28, 2017
Now that we’re getting back to real life, we just want to thank you for your wonderful performance at Rachel and Steven’s wedding. You and your band did a fantastic job keeping the energy in the room, and many people have told us you were the best band they’ve ever heard. Most importantly, Rachel and Steven were thrilled with you, in particular your rendition of the song for their first dance!
Kristin Claricoates and Robert Valdes (Union League Club) - May 27, 2017
My husband and I booked Front of House and David Sherman for our wedding in May, and it was everything we hoped it would be and more. The dance floor was literally packed all night, and the energy was electric. From the opening dance all the way until the end of the band's performance, the group pumped out great song after great song, and literally every one came up to us during and after the reception to say how this was the most fun they've had at a wedding in a long time. David and the team at Arlen Music are also great to work with, and very open to suggestions and willing to learn/practice new songs to make your night special just for you. David is also an incredibly charismatic and entertaining MC, and he provided just the right amount of musical showmanship and entertaining dialogue throughout the evening to give it the perfect touch. In summary, we cannot recommend Arlen and Front of House enough. Book them!Kristin, Bride
Chicago Fire Wrap Party - Saturday, April 1, 2017
David and FOH,
The reviews are in and they are spectacular! Everyone is talking about the fantastic music we all danced to through the night. I know I mentioned this before, but you had the floor packed all night...right up to midnight. We had a hard time getting people to leave!!
Also, a thousand thank yous for letting Miranda Rae Mayo take the stage. That was a moment that was unforgettable. What a testament to your musical abilities to roll with that and make it all sound SO GOOD!
Even the sound engineering...filling the room with music without blasting us away. I know how difficult of a job that can be in such a big space, but it was really perfect.
I can't thank you enough for being so easy to work with, so accommodating to our requests, your professionalism, and most of all, your AMAZING music.
Once again, THANK YOU!
Nora Lucas and Jon Klein Wedding (Women’s Athletic Club) – Saturday, March 11, 2017
We had so many compliments, the music was fantastic. Thank you for making the evening so spectacular.Libby and Jon, Bride and Groom
Kate Smigiel and Matthew Murlas (Women's Athletic Club) - Saturday, December 10, 2016
We could not have been happier working with Front of House and David Sherman. Throughout the entire evening, all of our guests were thoroughly enjoying themselves and out on the dance floor, both young and old. Front of House does an amazing job of mixing in wedding classics with newer age songs, which keeps all guests in high spirits during the night. Even the music played during the cocktail hour and dinner was perfect. We also had some pretty specific special requests, which they took the time to learn and absolutely nail! The band truly sounds like the original version of every song that they play. At the end of the evening, they performed a special tribute and asked our guests to form a circle around us as we danced to close out the evening. It was a moment we will never forget. David even took the time to find us during the evening and make sure we were comfortable with the flow and timing of the night. We received many compliments after our wedding, but everyone mentioned the awesome band!Kate and Matt, Bride and Groom
Katherine Heim and Patrick Bowe (Germania Place) – Saturday, November 5, 2016
Now that we're back from our honeymoon we wanted to thank you and the band for doing such an incredible job last Saturday. LOTS of people have commented on how great you guys were and how much fun everyone (all ages) had as a result. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and you guys made everything very fun and easy. We couldn't have asked for anything else.
Stephanie Mehl and Mike Glod (Abbey Resort, Lake Geneva) – Saturday, October 8, 2016
We just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much Stephanie and I enjoyed having you be part of our wedding. My biggest fear is that everyone would leave early (we have all been to that wedding) but you and the rest of the band kept everyone there till the end. I can’t tell you how many compliments we got and are still getting on the band and people that typically don’t stay were there till midnight! From the start there was nonstop dancing and not just by a few, and the song selections were perfect. You were top notch and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thank you again from both of us and if I was giving you a score between 1 and 10 it would be a 12.Mike Glod, Groom