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Leslie Hunt has been a valued member of our company for 8 years! At the start of 2015 she was promoted to leader of our 8-piece Entourage band. We recently sat down with Leslie to hear about her beginnings in the music industry, and to share in her excitement for the future of Entourage!
 

What is your earliest musical memory?

 

My family loves to remind me of my first musical moment from time to time, although I'm not sure if it was my first memory. My mom taught classical and musical theater voice lessons from home and I remember sitting on the floor as a very young child during the lessons, totally transfixed on the music. Before I could talk, I was able to sing the melody of one of the more simple classical pieces my mom had been teaching one of her students.  I also remember singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" to a large crowd at Great America when I was four years old. My parents were both full-time musicians throughout my childhood and we had a full drum set, keyboard, electric bass, PA system and mics set up in the living room at all times.  Whole family jam sessions were a common thing!  

 

Describe some of your professional experiences and how they shaped you for your career with Arlen Music.

 

Before I joined the Arlen Music team, I had been in numerous bands that also specialized in private events.  I learned a lot from those experiences, mostly in regard to what I would do differently if I was in the driver's seat.  I have taken my career in music quite seriously since I was ten years old and started doing year-long runs of professional musical theater with my mom and sister.  I began composing original music at a young age as well and had a development record deal with Sony when I was in high school.  I have three albums out of original material under my name and also have three albums out with my rock band, District 97.  I never entertained the notion of doing anything else with my life and am SO thrilled to be part of Arlen Music as one of the bandleaders.  I believe in high quality entertainment and this company provides purely that.

 

How did performing with the Ken Arlen Orchestra for 6 years prepare you for leading Entourage?


 I feel very blessed to have come up the ranks through the Ken Arlen Orchestra.  I was able to work very closely with Ken Arlen, first as a singer, followed by vocal arranger/producer, then as new music director, and lastly as assistant leader.   I became fully immersed in the culture that makes that band the most sought after group in the company and I know that I bring that same attention to detail, showmanship, elegance and quality that Ken prides himself on.  I am in a very unique position to have been able to observe the best in the business for six years.

 

What can people expect from an Entourage performance?


 People can expect to have the time of their lives! We bring a highly customized, well thought out and seamlessly executed dance party that will take your guests to the next level of entertainment.  It's rare that we leave the stage at the end of the night without being told that we're the best band that people have ever heard...  And they're not just referring to party bands.  All of the band members are close friends and we all work together on each event to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.  It's rare to find a band with this much dedication and who is genuinely excited to be a part of it.  We all take pride in what we do and I think it really shows.

 

What do you do when you're not performing?

 

When I'm not performing, I'm doing all of the behind-the-scenes work that is necessary for future performances!  Other than that, I have a wonderful, supportive husband, a daughter who is almost six and a baby boy who is due at the end of September. We just bought a house in Saint Charles, where my entire family lives, and I could not feel luckier to have parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents all around me.  It's beautiful out here and we have a rich, balanced and fulfilling life.

We're grateful for all the buzz surrounding the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra in the first few months of 2015. See below for links!

>April 2015: We were featured in a recent article on the best bands in Chicago in Crain's Magainze!

 

>March 2015: Ken Arlen shared his advice to Brides and Grooms with ChicagoStyle Weddings Magazine & Website! Click on the photo below to read the full article!

>March 2015: A fun conversation in the current issue of The Men's Book Chicago with Evolution Co-Leader, Caitlin Simone! (Photo taken by Katrina Wittkamp at Thompson Chicago.) Click on the photo below to read the full article!

 

 

>February 2015: Thanks to Candid Candace for her review of the Bear Tie Ball on February 28, 2015. Check out her write-up in the Chicago Tribune!

>February 2015: Veteran Arlen Music Mike Avery was featured in N'Digo Magapaper! Click Mike's photo below for the full article!

> January 2015:  The Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra has been featured on Make It Better! Click on the image below for more!

> January 2015: The Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra and Sirens were featured in Chicago Splash Magainze for their contribution to the 2014 Children's Ball!

> January 2015: We're so proud of Evolution Co-Leader Caitlin Simone for her spotlight in Today's Chicago Woman!

> December 2014: Our performance at the Catholic Charities Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times Splash Magazine!

> November 2014: Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra performs for Bravo TV Star Chad Carroll (Million Dollar Listing Miami) and his wife Jen Stone! - Click images for more! 

    

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Arlen Music vocalists and musicians were spotlighted at the Chciago Bulls game at the United Center! Vocalists Caitlin Simone, Cristina Sanchez, and Leslie Hunt performed the National Anthem (arranged by our client services associate and house arranger Mike Goldman), and our Sirens Rock Violins performed the half-time show!

Take a look at our YouTube Channel to see videos from the night and more!