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.Read More
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!
Alexandra Foradas and Sam Waterbury Wedding (Bridgeport Art Center) – November 16, 2019
Well, the band was the highlight of the evening! Off the charts reviews from simply everyone of every demographic. Sliding back and forth between classics, contemporary music, ethnic music - it makes me laugh and be filled with gratitude all at once. Again, thank you for making the evening run so smoothly, on time, with fun and conviviality.Valerie Foradas, Mother of the Bride
Eleanor Anaclerio and Kevin Cahalane Wedding – October 12, 2019
I wanted to extend our sincerest thanks for a most extraordinary evening on Saturday night. To say our daughter and her husband had the “night of their lives” would be an understatement - we ALL had the night of our lives! Your band was spectacular and I hope you find tremendous reward in what to bring to the celebration!
All the best,
Michele Seyfarth and James Carmichael Wedding (Peninsula Hotel) – August 31, 2019
Thank you for playing at Michelle and James’ wedding last weekend. You and the band played tremendously and certainly made the evening more fun and energetic. I was especially happy that you were able to accommodate our special performance song! And, you provided a great rendition of Photograph to bring some extra energy to the dance floor after dinner. I would most definitely recommend you to others and hope to have the opportunity to share the evening with you and the band again.
Julia Barrow and Tom Ryan Wedding (Galleria Marchetti) – August 3, 2019
Our daughter, Julia Barrow, married Tom Ryan at Galleria Marchetti on Saturday, August 3. Front of House played (actually, our third family wedding where FOH played!), and they were marvelous! The small group that played at the ceremony was beautiful to listen to and was perfect in all respects. The full band did a great job introducing the bridal party and the speakers (with all names pronounced just right!) and had just the right pacing and music choice. Folks immediately hit the dance floor and didn’t stop! Several people remarked how great the band was and we couldn’t agree more.
Amy and expressed our happiness with all at the end of the night to the band leader and I hope you’ll share this with the whole group. We’re out of children to marry now, but should anyone ask, you know who we’ll tell them to call.
Thank you for a great night.
Lauren Lange and Matt Smith Wedding – July 27, 2019
David Sherman and Front of House did an outstanding job at our daughter’s wedding reception at the Armory in South Bend. David and Arlen Music were easy to work with from the beginning—met with us months ahead to review a song list; coordinated with our wedding planner to develop a timeline to avoid unexpected delays the evening of the reception; David did a great job as our MC during dinner, introducing the speakers professionally; and the band brought our guests to their feet all night!
Front of House was great to work with and is a great band for any wedding!
Sabrina Lichon and Michael Bennett Wedding (Renaissance Hotel) – June 22, 2019
Thank you soooo much for an awesome party on Saturday night! We have received tons of compliments for you and your band!!! We loved the energy and delivery on all of the songs!Vanessa Lichon, Sister of the Bride
Lisa Wiatr and James Oetking Wedding – June 1, 2019
The music was spectacular. Front of the House did an outstanding job. All night long my guests kept coming up to me and telling me it was the greatest band they have ever witnessed. From their first selection to their last, the floor was always packed.Len Wiatr, Father of the Bride
Hannah Kessler and Nick Warther Wedding – May 26, 2019
Our guests were absolutely raving about Front of House’s fabulous performance. The dance floor was packed and I’ve never seen that many people participate. It was so much fun and made for such a memorable evening for the bride and groom and all our family and friends. David’s personality and professionalism combined with his beautiful voice was a great treat for all.
Thanks so much to all the talent!!!
Carolyn Glantz and John Lanctot Wedding (Union League Club) – December 15, 2018
Dear David & Front of the House -
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wedding band expertise for our recent wedding. Your services made it a wonderful and memorable event. From the first dance song "One Fine Day" to the last song "All I Want for Christmas is You" and every song between, the dance floor was on fire! People haven’t stopped raving about the band. The vibe that was set exceeded our expectations, couldn’t have asked for a more fun dance floor! We owe it all to you and your wonderful band. I will continue to recommend you guys and hope to enjoy dancing to your music at another event in the future.
Best wishes & Happy New Year!
Emma Rudnik Wedding (Union League Club) – October 13, 2018
When planning my wedding, the one thing that I really wished for is that my guests had a great time and danced the night away. After hearing a few people recommend David and the Front of House band, I was hopeful that they would be the perfect band for my wedding. However, they blew away all of my expectations and helped make my wedding even more special than anything that I could have ever imagined.
I cannot say enough good things about David and Front of House. Not only were they very professional and awesome to work with (especially considering we were planning the wedding from NYC), David was very communicative and open to play every single song we wanted- including some last minute additions to the playlist. They worked with my planner and myself to create the perfect timeline for the night in order to keep the energy going, and it paid off. The dance floor was packed the whole night, even with people who I have never seen on the dance floor. Even though we extended FOH for another hour (until past midnight), the dance party never thinned and the same amount of people were on the dance floor during the last song as during the first song they played.
The next morning, I couldn’t get enough compliments for choosing FOH. So many people told us that it was the best band and the most fun that they had ever had at a wedding.
I would ABSOLUTELY recommend David and Front of House! We were BEYOND impressed with their music and voices and unbelievably happy with this decision. They literally made our wedding. Even though my wedding is over, I cannot wait to attend another wedding where FOH is playing.
Megan Caron and Charles Butler (Field Museum) – September 29, 2018
Thank you and your band for absolutely rocking our wedding! Every person we talk to comments the exact same way…”Best band ever!” We were so happy with how everything turned out.