THE ARLEN MUSIC TEAM
Founded by Ken Arlen, Arlen Music is a Chicago-based entertainment company that specializes in providing live customized music for special events. Recognized as the leader and trendsetter within the Chicago special event industry, Arlen Music has also established a nationwide presence with its premier band, the Ken Arlen Orchestra.
The unique individuals that make up the Arlen Music service team blend expertise in all disciplines of music and performing arts, which allows effortless management of each event with expertise, enthusiasm and attention to detail.
TIMOTHY D. CLARK – BUSINESS MANAGER
Tim has been heading up the Arlen Music office team for the last nine years, and takes the lead in working with new clients as they begin the exciting process of planning the music for their special event! As Business Manager, Tim is also heavily involved in developing our unique product line, and establishes long-term goals and strategies to keep Arlen Music as the leader in this sector of Chicago’s special event industry!
Tim was trained from an early age in percussion and piano, and after two degrees in classical performance he eventually returned to Chicago to pursue a dual career in performance and music business. Shortly after beginning at Arlen Music in 2003, he auditioned for and began a 6-year run as a frequent member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra percussion section. In addition to performing for local concert series at Symphony Center and Ravinia, Tim also traveled with the orchestra to Carnegie Hall, Germany, England, France, Italy, and Switzerland. He can be heard on several live recordings under the CSO Resound label.
Tim resides in Wilmette, IL with wife, Andrea, and his two children, Addison and William.
PAM AUSTIN – EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Pam wears many hats at our office in Evanston! In addition to serving as Ken’s assistant, she is a main point of contact when clients first call, email or visit us here in the office. She also ensures that our musicians and sound engineers have every detail before an event, and she makes sure every request of our brides and grooms is met!
Before joining Arlen Music nine years ago, Pam was an entertainment manager for Princess Cruises where she recruited singers, dancers, and musicians for the luxury cruise line’s production shows. Pam is also an excellent musician who has worked in every aspect of the music industry throughout her career. She spent seven years travelling around the world as a featured pianist/vocalist for Princess Cruises, performed and arranged music for the Grammy-nominated vocal group L.A. Jazz, and has been music director for many productions of musical theater.
MIKE GOLDMAN – CLIENT SERVICES ASSOCIATE
Mike is thrilled to be a part of the Arlen Music team. He is responsible for processing sales-related information in the office, and he works closely with clients who are planning events that require smaller ensembles. In addition to his customer service role, Mike is also a staff arranger. His renditions of contemporary Top 40 hits such as Edge of Glory, Party Rock Anthem, and Moves Like Jagger are performed by all of the Arlen Music bands.
Mike is also an active pianist, accompanist, arranger and music director in the Chicago area. He has an extensive background in musical theater and has performed with Light Opera Works, ShawChicago, Big Noise Theater, Up & Coming Theatre, and many other regional theater companies.
CAITLIN SIMONE BUFFA – CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
Caitlin is thrilled to be the newest member of the Arlen Music team! In order to keep our key contacts informed of what is new at Arlen Music, Caitlin presents our wide variety of entertainment options to event consultants, venues, and fellow vendors. She also attends many industry events, and leads our brand new 6-piece dance band, Skyline.
In addition to her many experiences as a bandleader and vocalist, Caitlin has also served as a brand ambassador for Toyota on the national auto show circuit, and has represented the Chicago Rush and California Pizza Kitchen in various capacities. Caitlin is excited to bring all of her unique talents to Arlen Music!