Praise for Front of House...
Amy Bauer and Andrew Gastwirth Wedding (Drake Hotel)– October 24, 2015
There are almost no words to properly describe how AMAZING Arlen's Front of House band truly is. We were married on October 24th, 2015, and people have not stopped talking about the band since. David, the bandleader, does such a fantastic job—every song sounds like the original version, but with added excitement and pizzazz. It was actually hard to get people to sit down for their food, as they were all on the dance floor the entire time. We couldn't believe it. The band was probably the most important component of our wedding, and boy, did we choose right. These guys are the real deal—hands down the best wedding band in Chicago.
- Amy and Andrew, Bride and Groom
Melissa George and Ryan Niver Wedding – September 5, 2015
INCREDIBLE! Hiring Ken Arlen’s Front of House was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning!!! My now husband and I really love music and we knew our friends and family would all be dancing a lot at the wedding so our band selection was a very important one. We were so impressed with every song they played and how talented they are with music from all genres. I was so happy to see all of our wedding guests (from my 6 year old niece, to my husband’s college friends, my dad and his colleagues, and even my 90 year old great uncle) on the dance floor having the time of their lives. I received so many compliments about the music and wanted me to send them the band name following the wedding so they could keep Front of House in mind for their future weddings. I feel that our amazing band is one of the things our guests remember most about our beautiful wedding, and I cannot recommend them enough!!!
- Melissa George, Bride
Kate Tresley and Jimmy O’Black Wedding (Peninsula Hotel) – August 22, 2015
David, I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to you and Front of House for your outstanding work at our daughter's wedding! True to our expectations, you were fantastic, as is evidenced by the fact the dance floor was jammed all night long. We received so many comments on the music. It set the tone (if you'll pardon the bad pun) for a fabulous event! We could not have been happier.
Suffice it to say, we would recommend you to anyone and everyone who appreciates exceptional live music. Please give our congratulations and thanks to everyone in the band. You were absolutely fabulous, and we truly appreciate your talent and professionalism!
-Marge Tresley, Mother of the Bride
Machado Wedding – July 25, 2015
Just wanted to take a moment to say how much, as mom of the bride, I enjoyed myself at the wedding, particular with Front of House as the entertainment. David Sherman is a superb entertainer! The other vocalists were also just fantastic as well. I dance almost the entire evening (and had some trouble walking the next day J), but I would have also have had a great time just standing there on the dance floor and watching David and the others perform!! Just loved it. Thank you so much for making the event so incredibly special.
Leslie Machado, Mother of the Bride
Emily Parker and John Butler (Peninsula Hotel) - July 18, 2015
David, thank you and the band for such an amazing night… we heard from everyone at brunch about how great the band was and we couldn’t agree more!! The knock-out dance moves were icing on the cake and had everyone pumped full of energy!
- Emily and John, Bride and Groom
Julie Lee and Brian O’Connor Wedding (Peninsula Hotel) – May 9, 2015
Brian and I are very thankful to you guys…especially David and Front of House. Everyone is still talking about the amazing job. We wish you much success – we are your biggest fans!
- Julie and Brian, Bride and Groom
Abra Kosova/Matt Siegler Wedding – November 8, 2014
It is the best feeling to wake up the next day and know that everything was exactly what you hoped for. Thank you so much for helping to make all of Abra’s dreams a reality. She always said that the music makes or breaks an event. And your music certainly helped to make this an amazing event. Many in my family had never been to a wedding with a live band…only a DJ spinning records. I hope you saw the amazement in their faces as they watched you all perform. And I mean perform! I loved the band’s sound and the voices of all the singers, but I so enjoyed your performances on the stage and feel that that added so much to the ambiance of the evening.
Forever Abra has always known she wanted the song “So Are You To Me” sung at her wedding. And she said to me a couple weeks before, that that was the only unknown of the evening…she had never heard your female vocalist sing the sing. She said, “I hope I like the way she sings it!” Well, needless to say, she (and everybody else) was overwhelmed with the song. It added so much to the feel of the ceremony. Thank you for making that all possible.
You were a pleasure to work with and we thank you so much!
- Jean and Len Kosova, Parents of the Bride
Ilissa Gershman/Danny Berz Wedding – November 1, 2014
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding unforgettable! You guys were SO good – our friends even described you as being on an “entirely different level of good.” The music in the ceremony was just beautiful, and we had an absolute blast at the reception – we (humbly) think that we had the best wedding ever, and you all played such a huge part in that!
Thank you again for everything!
-Ilissa and Danny, Bride and Groom
Hailey Agnew/Greg Underwood Wedding - October 18, 2014
Mark and I are still recovering from the truly enchanted evening you helped to create for Hailey and Greg and for us on October 18th.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your amazingly wonderful music and the joyous atmosphere that it created for our reception at The Casino. The quality of your and your group's performance was beyond compare. Mark and I have never danced so much and all of our friends and family felt the very same way. We were completely blown away by the number of our guests who danced all evening. I think the older folks may have had an even better time than the younger ones! Your music was the perfect complement to the unique and elegant surroundings. But most important of all - Hailey and Greg had a blast - largely thanks to you!
We also want to thank you for working with us to create the special surprises that Mark worked so hard on. We know they added some complications, but we are grateful for your flexibility and willingness to go with it and support us. We loved your renditions of "Some Enchanted Evening" and "True Love". The First Dance song sounded even better to me when you sang it! Your suggestions on the schedule for the evening were right on and we appreciate how much you helped to keep the flow going and the energy up. The entire evening went beautifully and your group was a big part of that success!
Once again, thank you for giving us such a magical way to celebrate this momentous occasion for our family!
- Stephanie and Mark Agnew, Parents of the Bride
Jennifer Bensinger/Justin Katz Wedding - September 27, 2014
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Saturday night was amazing because of Front of House. Words cannot express how much fun we had---our guests are still raving about you guys and we know they will be for a very long time. The music and singing was superb--from the first song played at the ceremony to the last one at the end of the night--absolute perfection.
We will forever be grateful to Front of House as you played an intricate role in making our wedding day unforgettable.
- Jennifer and Justin, Bride and Groom
Megan Rees/Jordan Zmick Wedding - September 6, 2014
I wanted to formally thank you and your band for kicking butt all night long for our wedding. The amount of compliments and smiles I saw from our guests cannot reflect or express how happy we were with your performance.
The amount of planning, research, and scheduling required for a wedding is ridiculous. That's why we only do it once.
That said, the easiest and most confident decision we made was choosing your band, Front of House, to play at our wedding on 9/6/2014. When I first saw your band's website and demos, I told my WIFE that you were "...just like a Mic Jagger with an attitude" and that we had to hire you. Megan and I would recommend your service to anyone on earth.
- Jordan and Megan Zmick, Bride and Groom
Emily Simon and John Bernard Wedding- August 9, 2014
Recently we hired Front of House for our California wedding. We decided to fly in the band because we knew they would do a fantastic job, as always. Not only did their exceptional musicianship make our daughter’s special day, but we knew we’d never have to worry about the flow of the evening or any of the planning. Given that our daughter’s wedding was in a very public venue, the one constant that we knew we could count on was David Sherman and Front of House.
Thank you to Ken at Arlen Music Productions who so beautifully trains all of this bands, and a special shout out to David Sherman and Front of House for providing our daughter with the wedding of her dreams!
- Marc and Randi Simon, Parents of the Bride
Keri Oxley and Dave Brenner - August 2, 2014
Thank you for an incredible party this past weekend. We had a blast and we received great feedback on the band. It was really an exceptional night.
- Dave Brenner, Groom
Eliana Swislow and Bryan Wool - July 13, 2014
Wow! You guys absolutely made our wedding rock! All of our friends and family were raving about how great you guys sounded and how you set the tone for the whole evening!
You took everything that we talked about at our meetings together and brought our dreams to life! The songs you played were spot on, and you had everyone rocking until the very end of the night! Also, thank you so much for going above and beyond by learning my father and my song. That was unbelievably special for him and I to hear it sung live.
It has been absolute pleasure working with you! You made this process so easy! We will absolutely be making many many referrals!
Thank you for everything!
- Eliana Swislow, Bride
Michelle DelSignore and Kevin Segerson - July 12, 2014
We are so glad that our daughter Michelle and her new husband Kevin chose your band to play at their wedding reception at the Trump in Chicago on July 12, 2014. Your band is exceptional!
We’ve been to a lot of weddings in our lives, and we’ve never seen so many of the guests get up and dance – the dance floor was forever filled! That is a tribute to the band and all the energy it brought to the entire evening! The place was jumping!! All the guests are still raving about Front of House!
The artists in the band, vocalists and instrumentalists alike, work together as a team to bring the audience the very best sound experience imaginable. It didn’t matter if it was Motown, Neil Diamond, or something more contemporary – this team made it work. And we were the beneficiaries!!
Thank you for making our daughter’s special day even more special!
- Jim and Sandy Del Signore – Parents of the Bride
Brooke Handler and Jered Milton - June 28, 2014
As you know, my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding on June 28, 2014 marked the third consecutive year that I have had the opportunity and distinct pleasure to work with Arlen Music.
While some people subscribe to the superstition about “three on a match,” Front Of House’s performance on June 28, 2014 confirms there is no band or orchestra that can match the quality of entertainment provided by an Arlen Music band.
David Sherman was an absolute delight to work with planning the wedding celebration. Not only was David amenable to the songs Brooke and Jered requested be played at the wedding, he kept the tempo of the music going such that the guests were constantly dancing and enjoying the festivities all evening. I particularly enjoyed when David came out and danced with Brooke while he sang directly to her.
David, Rebecca Brown and LeTroy Jackson are outstanding vocalists. Special kudos go to Rebecca for her rendition of Someone Like You. Even Adele would be envious of her performance.
BJ Cord, Todd Boyce, Curt Bley, Brian Danzy and Bret Zwier are excellent musicians. Moreover, Todd’s rendition of Ice Ice Baby really contributed to the “Father-Daughter Dance”. Guests are still raving about that dance.
I cannot tell you how many people called following the wedding to commend Front Of House. Their energetic music was integral in making the wedding a memorable event.
Now that I have had the fortune of having the Ken Arlen Orchestra, Skyline and Front Of House at Mr. Broadway’s events, I have to start planning additional functions so that I may have the privilege of using Indigo, Entourage and the newest member of the Arlen Music family, Velocity. My goal is to be your first client to use all Arlen Music’s bands.
Ken, you have devised the appropriate formula for a successful event no matter which band one uses from Arlen Music. Front Of House merely confirms that Arlen Music is the number one music choice in the Chicagoland area if not in this country.
Thank you again for such a great time.
- Joel Handler, Father of the Bride
Kathryn Johnson and Kevin Fitzgerald - June 14, 2014
June 14, 2014 was a night to be remembered by our family and friends…fun…fun…FUN! You, your musicians, and your singers were so “in tune” with the wedding celebration and Katryn and Kevin’s vision of the evening.
Many thanks to your entire team for making music the catalyst for our evening of joy!
- Rod and Pam Johnson, Parents of the Bride
Dinah Cohen Wedding - May 25, 2014
A live band was a must for my daughter’s wedding because of the sound and energy the performers bring to the party, and also because the leader of the band is supposed to be skilled at reading the crowd to tailor the music choices to the mood in the room. We chose David Sherman and Front of House because their performance on their website was equally great no matter what genre they were playing. They are the professionals we hoped for and more!
As part of the planning process, David guided our choices and explained how and why some choices work better than others. The ceremony music we chose was lovely, as was the cocktail hour music. The band roared to life as the doors to the ballroom were opened, and no one had to be encouraged to take to the dance floor or to stay there all evening. Our guests have been raving about the band, which to us is one of the top two most important ingredients for a successful party.
I can’t wait to see our wedding DVD because, like most party hosts, I was to distracted to concentrate on any one thing for more than a minute, and I want to hear the band again. Another reason why David was so valuable – we had a tight timeline to which David adhered faultlessly. I had perfect confidence in his ability to manage the evenings of the evening. Several times during the evening I found David at my shoulder asking if I was ready for one thing or another and if all was well. It doesn’t hurt that he looks like and is as gracious as Prince Charming. Oh, and did I mention that he is a fabulous musician and performer? He seems to love his work. He has made countless hosts very happy and has brought out the joy in their guests.
- Rebecca Cohen, Mother of the Bride
Rebecca Solomon and Nick Metcalf - May 24, 2014
Thank you again for a wonderful evening on Saturday for Rebecca and Nick. The music was fantastic, and made the evening magical for us. All of our guests commented on how this was the best wedding they had been to -- and the most fun. And that was in large part due to you. We appreciate you being there with us to celebrate!
- Kathy, Steve, Rebecca and Nick
Jillian Carr and Tim O'Halloran - May 17, 2014
Front of House exceeded our expectations. It’s been a month since our wedding, and still our guests are contacting us and telling us how much fun our band was. My favorite part of the night was when the best man surprised all of us and invited my husband to the stage. He got to play his favorite song, “Sweet Child of Mine,” on the drums. The band was very gracious to play along with him, and it’s a memory that will go down in the history books. From the first to last song, the performances were seamless. I’d highly recommend Front of House to anyone!
- Jillian, Bride
Elizabeth Reinglass and John Budig - May 3, 2014
Thank you so much for such an amazing unforgettable wedding.
We couldn’t have asked for anything more. I want to extend my biggest thank you’s for the hard work you put forth to help make Elizabeth and John’s wedding day turn out to be so wonderful . The wedding went flawlessly. Everything exceeded my expectations.
Everyone had such a great time and were raving about the music. You really had everyone dancing and happy. We were able to celebrate this very happy occasion together and I am so glad that you were apart of it.
You really set the tone for the wedding and created a fantastic atmosphere and we were delighted that the dance floor was packed all night.
Thank you so much for the joyful music and the non-stop happiness you provided. Your talent has no boundaries. It was one of the highest energy parties and Front of House was one of the key factors in that happening. Through out the night my guests were continually commenting on how incredibly talented your band was.
Thank you for keeping the quality of music you provided at such a high standard.
- JoEllen Reinglass, Mother of the Bride
Thank you so very much for being an unbelievable, amazing musical company. It was a pleasure. Front of House was the best, and David, you delivered a memorable night. Our groom's family from Cincinnati are now your newest fans!
-Howard Reinglass, Father of the Bride
Ross Shapland and Abby Buhrandt - April 26, 2014
Thank you so very much for making our wedding so amazingly fun. Front of House lived up to our high expectations, and we honestly could not have been happier. This was one of things we were looking forward to most on our big weekend, and the band came through big-time. We are so happy with our decision to have you play our wedding.
- Ross Shapland, Groom
Jed Skae and Heather Berman - April 12, 2014
I wanted to say thank you so much for being part of our wedding day, it was truly a dream come true! Jed and I are so grateful for your services and cannot wait to relive the night with our video! So many guests have complimented Front of House. Thank you again for making this the best night of our lives!
- Heather Berman, Bride
Thank you so much for being so fabulous to work with for Heather and Jed's Langham wedding. Everyone was so easy to work with along the way, and Front of House absolutely rocked it out that night. We can't wait to continue strengthening our relationship and for many more collaborations!
- The Shannon Gail Team
Jennifer Long/Erick Fried Wedding – March 1, 2014
Thank you for all you did to make the wedding magical! Front of House was fantastic. People couldn’t stop dancing!
- Gail and Joe Gassner, Parents of the Groom
Mollie Shapiro/Rick Koplin Wedding – November 9, 2013
Front of House was fantastic, and they really kept the party hopping! If they could have played all night, we would have danced all night! They were amazing!
- Nancy Shapiro, Mother of the Bride
Rick and I cannot thank you enough for playing at our wedding. Honestly, every single person we recap with says how the band was the best they've ever seen. You guys kept the party going, and made for a very fun and memorable evening. We are so thankful!
- Mollie and Rick, Bride and Groom
Ashley Paul/Jeff Hertz Wedding - October 5, 2013
We wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for the amazing performance at our wedding on October 5. You guys were spectacular! Our guests cannot stop raving about how amazing you were and what a great performance it was. Our dance floor was packed all night – definitely a sign of a fabulous band and fun wedding!
Thank you so much for making our wedding so fun and so perfect. We can’t wait to see you at a future event!
- Ashley and Jeff, Bride and Groom
Andrew Patellaro/Rhett Hirko Commitment Ceremony - September 14, 2013
When deciding on a band and entertainment for our ceremony we had a many choices. We watched Front of House during a free concert and we were amazed; we brought some friends along who said it was more like a concert than a band! After meeting Tim Clark with Arlen Music and the bandleader David Sherman, we knew we had the right team to make our event memorable.
We had a specific type of music we wanted played and they not only listened but came through for us. We also asked David to sing us a special song we had chosen during dinner and he made it fun and personal. Late in the evening they started to play music we didn't ask for, but everyone was having a great time - as he mentioned, he knows the feel of the crowd so it worked out great.
They made us and our ceremony feel important to them and that it wasn’t going to be just another ceremony…it was going to be just as important to them as to us. What we didn’t want was another wedding band, we wanted our guests to feel like they were at a concert…and they sure did. Our guests were blown away by their sound & appearance.
We would certainly work with them again and would recommend them for anyone who wants a great, professional band who is able to customize to any event.
- Andrew Patellaro and Rhett Hirko
Becky Ruderman/Adam Kusovitsky Wedding - September 1, 2013
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding! You and your band were on fire all night and you kept our dance floor totally packed! We really appreciate the effort you took to accommodate our personal requests. From the beautiful West Wing theme song for aisle music for Adam, to learning our favorite Bob Dylan song for our first dance, to closing out the night with "New York, New York," you really helped us add our personal touches to our wedding.
Literally everyone we've talked to since the wedding has been raving about your performance - we agree and we will wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone we know planning a wedding!
We look forward to seeing you play again another time soon!
- Becky Ruderman, Bride
David, you were amazing! I thought all the music you played was phenomenal and kept the guests on the dance floor all evening! I also loved the enthusiasm of you and the singers on the stage all night. Each song was such a good dance song and so current!
- Reva Nathan, Wedding Planner
Emily Rosene/Mark Valkenburgh Wedding - August 25, 2013
Front of House will blow you away, I promise. The dance floor was full all night long, and I had people constantly coming up to me saying how incredible the band was. David Sherman, the band leader, is a great guy, fun to work with, and so accommodating. We knew we were in good hands and were amazed by their versatility... from Broadway, Disney, R&B and old standards, to Bon Jovi, Journey, and current pop hits. I sweat through my tux, and despite that, my bride could not have been happier. Book them. You won't regret it.
- Mark Valkenburgh, Groom
Brie Poulin/Jeff Whittler Wedding - August 10, 2013
I wanted to tell you how outstanding your band was. The flowers, the dessert, the food and you and your band made the reception the most memorable evening.
Many guests commented on how great you were. As a matter of fact, so many people said "the band was the best they have ever heard"...you are so talented and I loved the music.
Thank you so much for your timeline as well – several people commented on the way the evening went so smoothly. I had a feeling at our first meeting that this would be a great time had by all, but I didn't realize how amazing it would be. It was a special time for Brie and Jeff and my husband and myself, and you made it even more special.
I have heard the wedding is the talk of the town.... along with your band! Thank you again....I hope to have another party with your band someday!
- Mary Ann Poulin, Mother of the Bride
Catherine Szulyk/Glen Berrett Wedding - August 3, 2013
As soon as my dad found out we were engaged, he reached out to Ken Arlen...we didn't even have our venue booked...we weren't 100% on the date, but the band (Front of House) was booked. Boy, they did not disappoint! They are worth every penny!
If you are looking to have a party where the energy is nonstop, look no further than Front of House. We had to be out of our venue by 12 a.m. but honestly the party could have kept on till 3 a.m. We mostly worked with the bandleader David (his voice is amazing by the way!) who was very responsive, professional and clearly had this down to a T. They were able to accommodate special song requests, even on short notice. David suggested doing dancing between courses, which to be perfectly honest I was a little hesitant about, but it turned out to be great! So many of our guests loved the fact that they got to get up and dance between courses, and no one was shy to get on the dance floor after dinner.
What I (as well as many other guests) loved is that Front of House added in little beats/mixes here and there...all of a sudden they would be an "EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!!!!" thrown into the mix.
You know they are awesome when your wedding photographer (who most likely goes to about 30+ weddings a year) comes up to you and asks about them!
The day after the wedding I received at least 10+ text messages from my friends saying how our wedding was the best they have ever been to and how amazing Front of House was. We had several guests from the UK who were simply just blown away by Front of House. One said, "It was like a scene from Dirty Dancing---everyone just got on the dance floor and had a dance off, I have never seen anything like it!"
- Catherine Szuylk, Bride
I would like to thank Front of House for a spectacular performance at my daughter’s wedding at the Ivy Room. Not only was their artistry over the top, but their active participation in the planning of the event made it a huge success. All the guests were wowed with the band’s performance and how they set the mood for the event. The broad repertoire and showmanship was a sight to behold. Thank you again…Front of House made the event!
- Zenon Szuylk, Father of the Bride
Lori Sorenson/Josh Koeppel Wedding - June 22, 2013
Our daughter and new son-in-law’s wedding weekend has come and gone, yet we are all still smiling. It was an amazing celebration in part due to the wonderful, competent individuals we worked with – David Sherman being one of them. He was very professional and offered great input at our “pre-meeting,” yet was warm and funny and made us all very comfortable.
Front of House was awesome and our guests stayed on the dance floor the whole evening, which is exactly what we had hoped for! They definitely created a celebratory atmosphere and we couldn’t have been more pleased – two thumbs up!!
- Nancy and Jack Sorenson, Parents of the Bride
Ashley Johns/Matthew Miller Wedding - June 9, 2013
I had the great fortune to have Front of House perform at our wedding on June 9, 2013 at Café Brauer in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Their sterling reputation preceded them in the process of determining which path to take with our wedding entertainment, they were professional and knowledgeable in their planning guidance, and their performance was stellar at every single point during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.
When looking to find the entertainment for our wedding, there were many options to choose from, but Front of House came up time and time again from others that had gone before us. We would have been remiss not to reach out to them, and it came to be that our first meeting only confirmed our suspicions. During our first meeting, we entered the room with an idea of what we would like and left the meeting with a much-improved vision of our wedding day. They walked us through the wedding process from start to finish and were very clear about the various roles they could play in our wedding.
As we met and planned, they struck the perfect balance of providing guidance – or music ideas, scheduling ideas – while remaining open to any suggestions or requests that we had. They introduced us to the idea of dancing in between courses, and while that was not in our original plan, after the fact, I couldn’t imagine it happening any other way.
During the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, they did a phenomenal job of reading the room and fitting their music perfectly to the crowd. At several points in the night, we looked around and saw friends and family dancing that hadn’t danced in many years! They kept the wedding moving at the perfect pace so that we could take advantage of every moment together and as a group, acknowledge every event – big and small – that went into the celebration of our marriage. Without being pushy, the combination of encouraging directives to the guests and playing the perfect music for the moment, the dance floor was occupied the whole evening. On a related note, our first dance as a couple was ‘Nothing Can Change this Love I Have’ by Sam Cooke. If you know that song, you know how Sam’s voice makes that song so special. While that’s certainly the case, the Front of House version gave Sam an amazing run for his money!
We cannot thank David Sherman and the Front of House band nor recommend them highly enough for making our evening one that we will never forget.
- Ashley Johns, Bride
Andrea Beets/Louis Cairo Wedding - June 8, 2013
Louis and Andrea, and my wife and I, greatly appreciated David and his band and had a fantastic time listening, dancing, reminiscing, and just plain enjoying their performance. Total class act!
- Louis Cairo, Father of the Bride
Rebecca Bleil/Aaron Gillett Wedding - May 25, 2013
Becca and I want to thank you again for Front of House's amazing performance at our wedding! We couldn't have been happier with how everything turned out. People continue to rave about the job you guys did!
- Aaron Gillett, Groom
Maggie Richert/Sean Murphy Wedding - May 18, 2013
Thank you for an unforgettable night! You blew us and all our guests away with your music! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us to make our day magical!
- Maggie Richert, Bride
Ilene Shevrin/Brady Meyers Wedding - March 2, 2013
We were very pleased with David Sherman and all of the other musicians - they were absolutely wonderful and we will recommend them to friends and family!
- Carol Silverman, Mother of the Bride
Kelli Stabenow/Patrick Lattanzio Wedding - December 15, 2012
It's been two months and we're still trying to recover from the musical event that was Front of House at our wedding! The band absolutely exceeded all expectations and people are still telling us how awesome Front of House was!
- Kelli and Patrick, Bride and Groom
Jen Braun/Nate Miller Wedding - December 8, 2012
Thank you for putting on such a wonderful party at our wedding! We loved each song that was played and the ceremony was absolutely beautiful and perfect. We have gotten such positive feedback from our family and friends about the music, and we never left the dance floor. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of an amazing night for us!
- Jen and Nate, Bride and Groom
Danielle DiBenedetto/Leo Kelly Wedding - November 24, 2012
You have an amazing band and I loved your moves and expressions on the stage! There were many moving parts to this wedding and I appreciate your help in coordinating all of them to ensure smooth transitions. And most importantly thank you for keeping the guests dancing all night!
- Katie Gillig, Elevage Events
Stacy Bagan/Steven Zendel Wedding - November 17, 2012
Laurie and I want to thank you for the great job you did at Stacy and Steve's wedding. You and your band sounded and looked great and kept everyone up dancing. We appreciate it!
- Grant and Laurie Bagan, Parents of the Bride
Evans Scholars Foundation Gala - November 9, 2012
Thanks so much for helping make our 2012 Green Coat Gala such a success! You brought our guests to their feet…AMAZING WORK!! We had a great event and we could not have done so without your talents and energy. Thanks so much!
- Laura and Evans Scholars Foundation Staff
Liz Elegant/Rob Hadfield Wedding - October 21, 2012
You guys were absolutely amazing at our wedding on the 21st. The music couldn't have been any better! The first set was amazing - EVERYONE was on the dance floor and it set the perfect tone for our night. It felt like you guys hit on every song we requested and the two special ones - Africa and 500 Miles - that you learned were absolutely incredible. Some of our highlights from the wedding were moments during those songs.
Thank you for your time in advance to carefully craft everything with us – from the ceremony to cocktails to our special first dance (loved the intro with the bridal party walking in to that, by the way!) to the end of night music – and for your energy, enthusiasm and especially your extreme generosity in letting Rob's best man borrow your band member's guitar for his wonderful "toast" to Sweet Home Chicago. Another favorite moment!
We are so happy to have had the opportunity to work with you. Can't tell you how many compliments we've had from folks here and abroad saying our band was "the best" - you guys made our wedding!
- Liz and Rob, Bride & Groom
Melanie Todman/Rob Stern Wedding - October 20, 2012
The music was incredible! You and your incredibly talented team created the perfect, celebratory night for us, from the ceremony, to dinner, to dancing. Thank you so, so much!
- Melanie and Rob, Bride and Groom
Ronen Mark/John Kohn III Wedding - October 7, 2012
As a professional musician for the last forty years, I don’t give out musical compliments frivolously. The band, both instrumentally and vocally, was tight and well-prepared. Whatever genre they played, they were musical, and the energy level was high from the first note to the last. David was sensitive to the crowd, and the pacing was great. We even threw the sound guys a couple of curves, which they fielded without blinking an eye.
There were family members from both sides who travelled long distances for this reception, and we had high hopes that they would come away from the night with a felling of sharing, fun, family, and celebration of a brand new married couple. We’re delighted to say that that is exactly what happened, and we thank Front of House for a large part of the success of the party.
- Michael and Mary Mark, Parents of the Bride
Kristin Detroy/Jon Zabikow Wedding - September 29, 2012
We hired Front of House for our wedding in Chicago this Fall and could not have been happier! They had performed at my sister's wedding a few years earlier so we knew how awesome they were but I think they've gotten even better since then! The dance floor was packed the entire evening and we got so many compliments from our guests. I don't think anyone sat down the entire evening and they had great transitions between songs so that there were no awkward pauses. David, the bandleader, was great to work with and was really easy-going about learning a few special songs for us. He was also great as a master of ceremonies and kept the night moving along very easily. The entire Arlen team was really easy to work with too and we didn't feel like we had to worry about anything leading up to our big day. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a high-energy and fun band to keep the dance floor full the entire night!
- Kristin Detroy, Bride
Robin Levy/Justin Brown Wedding - August 26, 2012
Fabulous! That is all I need to say to describe your band’s performance at Robin and Justin’s wedding.
Since many of our guests were from out of town, they were blown away by the band. We had a lively group and you didn’t disappoint. From London, France, to California – the praises keep coming in.
Thank you for making this night most memorable.
- Diane and Wayne Levy, Parents of the Bride
Allison Juster/Owen Loh Wedding - August 25, 2012
We were so pleased with David Sherman and Front of House last Saturday at The Peninsula for our daughter's wedding. David did everything we requested – beautiful ceremony music, keeping the music volume lower at certain times, keeping the evening moving, getting everyone on the dance floor and playing great music. Our guests all wanted to know how we found such a fantastic band. The biggest compliment came from our son who said, "You know the band is great when they sound better then the artists who originally recorded the song." This sums up how much we enjoyed Front of House. David is full of great energy and a pleasure to work with.
Thank you to David and Front of House for making this special day perfect for us!
- Janet and Andy Juster, Parents of the Bride
Jackie Rosenberg/Andrew Share Wedding - August 12, 2012
Wow! How can we thank you enough for all the memories you helped create on our wedding day!? Going back to our first meeting, everyone at Arlen Music was extremely competent, professional, and knowledgeable. David, you had a relaxed demeanor but a can-do attitude. When you explained the itinerary and that you would M.C. for the evening, we knew we were in good hands.
The day of, you proved your worth time and again. From pre-ceremony check-ins to adjusting to ceremony snafus, even to Jackie smiling at the keyboardist – and playing our requests “ceremony-style” – it went off without a hitch.
Then, during the reception, we cannot explain how impressive you were. The "lounge-y" music during downtimes and using our playlist during breaks, trying to meet our world music (reggae, salsa) requests are some of the details that did not go unnoticed.
But the actual performances of the party music, your instruments and voices, the transitions, the energy, the variety – our guests were blown away (as were we)! It was such a unique experience, and it met our needs and desires in what we expected. We will remember how incredible you were for years to come.
- Jackie and Andrew, Bride and Groom
Kim Maciorowski/Issey Kato Wedding - August 4, 2012
We cannot thank you enough for everything you did to help make our wedding day more amazing than we could have ever dreamed! Music was our #1 priority for our reception and we couldn’t have been more pleased with your performance! Thank you for going above and beyond to make sure that we and our guests had an absolute blast; from learning a new song for the father/daughter dance to excluding all Black Eyed Peas, you were always listening and trying hard to make sure our wedding day reflected our personal styles. We will forever cherish and remember those great moments on the dance floor!
- Kim and Issey, Bride and Groom
Ashley Mason/Evan Drake Wedding - June 23, 2012
We continue to get raves on your band from Ashley's wedding! People really enjoyed the pacing of the evening as well as the variety of music that the band was able to perform. Several people remarked that it was the best band they have ever heard at a wedding. Thanks again for helping to make the celebration such a success.
- Seth Mason, Father of the Bride
Nicole Fabrizio/Ryan Wolfe Wedding - May 19, 2012
Thank you so much for providing our wedding guests with the most energetic and entertaining wedding reception! We had the time of our lives and have heard nothing but compliments on the talent of your band. Thank you for being the best part of the night!
- Nicole and Ryan Wolfe, Bride and Groom
Everyone at the Fabrizio/Wolfe wedding had a blast and it was because of you all! The music was simply the best. I have had so many of our guests tell me that the energy in the room was just amazing. We cannot thank you all enough. We did not want the after party to end either as I am sure you heard – great music selection and great fun! Even Nicole's dad danced a bunch during the evening which is unusual for him!
So, many thanks...
- Shelley Fabrizio, Mother of the Bride
Allison Kleiman/Juan Garcia Wedding - October 22, 2011
“Best band ever.”
Alison’s friends said it. My friends said it. I heard it over and over last Saturday night. You guys were fantastic. Such an important part of making Alison and Juan’s wedding so special.
So, to you and your band, David – the “best band ever” – thanks a ton! You guys were awesome.
- Glenn Kleiman, Father of the Bride
Jamie Pell/Kevin Crouch Wedding - October 1, 2011
Our guests LOVED Front of House. People have not stopped talking about the band, and I hope they are used to that!
- Patty Pell, Mother of the Bride
Rachel Yarkony/Aaron Gray Wedding - September 24, 2011
Thank you for an amazing performance! We had so many compliments about how great you guys were and most importantly, we had the best night of our lives. Thanks for making our wedding so special, fun and filled with amazing music!
- Rachel and Aaron, Bride and Groom
Alli Aron/Joe Straus Wedding - September 4, 2011
Thank you for making our wedding night so great! All night long we had people coming up to us saying how great you were. You guys rocked it and really made the night perfect and fun for all our guests.
David, it has been a pleasure working with you. You were extremely professional and made the whole process smooth for us.
Thank you all again for making our wedding night so much fun!
- Alli and Joe Straus, Bride and Groom
Brittany Johnson/Casey Bartosh Wedding - July 24, 2011
What an incredible evening! We can't thank you enough for your music, your energy, your incredible sound, and how you set the tone and pace for a most memorable evening!
The music, the musicians, the singers, the violins, and all the instruments...EVERYONE commented, "What a great band," and how much they enjoyed the entire evening of music.
Our sincere thanks for making our daughter's wedding so special!
- Pam and Rod Johnson, Parents of the Bride
Abby Les/David Wiley Wedding - July 16, 2011
Your band was absolutely terrific! Your music has been the #1 discussion topic since Saturday night. You truly made the evening so special and your band was OUTSTANDING as well as incredibly entertaining! The energy level continued throughout the night and the dance floor was still packed for the last dance. You were so right that we should dance throughout the evening, not just after dinner. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!!
- Betsy Les, Mother of the Bride
Abbye Miller/Andrew Marx Wedding - July 9, 2011
Your band added so much to the wedding. The ceremony music was perfect and perfectly timed. Your energy and sense of fun throughout the evening was contagious to all guests, and it certainly made the evening such a wonderful celebration and a memory that our family will treasure always!
Thank you for everything.
- Laura Miller, Mother of the Bride
Lauren Uhlmann/Aaron Blazer Wedding - May 7, 2011
"We're still raving about how wonderful you and your band were at our daughter Lauren's wedding. The energy, the assortment of songs, and the talent were all top quality and set the tone for an evening of excitement, joy, warmth and love which were all very important to our family. We are extremely proud and happy that Front of House was part of this very special night!"
- Liz and Paul Uhlmann, Parents of the Bride
Jennifer Richardson/Jeff Palmese Wedding - April 16, 2011
"What can Jeff and I say but FRONT OF HOUSE ROCKS!!!! Thank you for making our wedding the best night of our lives!!! Thank you for playing almost every song that we requested that was not on the current rotation, for Karla learning the mother/son dance song, and for nailing our musical taste. Our guests still cannot stop raving about your musical diversity and the band's energy and presence. So many of our guests said the band often sounded better then the real artist of the song, and for our older guests, not one complained about the band's volume, which is a huge feat for our families!!! You had everyone on the dance floor from start to finish!!!!!
We have to say we knew that you were going to be good but you blew our expectations out of the water!! We are so thankful that in the 11th hour we hired a videographer to capture the wedding, because we would have regretted not being able to see you perform. You had family members on the dance floor that we had never seen dance. Front of House was the best decision we ever made, you MADE our wedding!!!!!!!"
- Jennifer and Jeff Palmese, Bride and Groom
Sarah Gitelis/Alan Blank Wedding - March 19, 2011
"Thank you so much for the most amazing wedding. From the beautiful music during the ceremony to the great songs played during the reception, everything was PERFECT! All of our family and friends continue to talk about how wonderful Front of House was. You will forever be remembered and we will recommend you to all our friends. Thank you for being a part of our wedding day and helping make it so special!"
- Sarah and Alan Blank, Bride and Groom
Genevieve Hillis/Brian Kocinski Wedding - November 6th, 2010
"There is no way that my family and I can thank you for exceeding every single one of the expectations we had! From the moment Reva Nathan put me in contact with you, you were beyond accomodating. From our first meeting in Evanston to our second meeting at my apartment to discuss my grandfather’s music, to the days leading up to the wedding you were incredible! I was able to listen to the music, see footage in your offices and then meet with you to plan the playing of my grandfather’s music, so I really felt as though I knew what I was going to be getting and it turned out I truly had no idea what you were capable of! Your musicians are not only amazingly talented, but wonderfully gracious and beautifully staged. And the introductions you made for the songs you did of my grandfather’s were so moving and I will never forget what it was like to listen to you.
Walking down the stairs at The Peninsula Chicago transported people immediately to another place with the beautiful sound of the three violins. People could not stop talking about how spectacular their song selection was! Then, heading into Shanghai Terrace, people could hear the wonderful piano player who was so poised and talented. And when they moved into the ballroom, forget about it, they were just floored! The energy that you were able to create was something I cannot even explain. The guests felt like they were being whisked off to the party of all parties and LOVED every moment of dancing. As the night went on and we had the magical moments of our first dance and then my dance with my father and the cutting of the cake and toasts, you were perfection. The way you transitioned from one part of the night to the next was so natural!
The concert during dinner made it virtually impossible for me to eat because I could hardly pick my jaw up off the floor. From opera to violins to the songs of my grandfather’s, people could not believe their ears! And even though the talent and the variety was so incredible, the volume and song choice was so appropriate for dinner so that people could continue eating and that made me so happy!
The night went on and on and we didn’t stop the music until we absolutely had to. We were so sad to see the music stop and everyone go because the dancefloor was full into the wee hours of the morning. You are an entertainer like no other and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have had you performing at my wedding and there is no way to thank you for all of your effort! We loved you so much that we came back to The Peninsula two months later for New Years Eve when we heard that you would be playing. All the best to you and Front of House and to everyone else who worked with you on our wedding."
- Genevieve Hillis, Bride
Lindsay Pierce/Oren Lund Wedding - September 5th, 2010
"On behalf of the Pierce family, I want to thank you for creating a most memorable musical experience for Lindsay’s wedding. You said one of your strengths was in reading the audience and you proved that over and over again. From the ceremony that truly encompassed the warmth of our family (and had some of our guests in tears) to the reception party…….and oh, what a party. Not only was your band truly engaging and wonderful to dance to, it was breathtaking to just sit and watch. There was music for everyone and each guest become totally immersed in the event. We had people from 18 states and 2 Canadian provinces thanking us for the experience.
David, thank you so much for taking the risk and allowing Lindsay to sing with your band. What a special time for all of us!
As my husband, John, told Chuck the next day, the band should change their name from 'Front of House' to 'Bring Down the House.'"
You are truly amazing!
- Patty, John, Justin, Jonathan, Erin and Kelly Pierce and the new Mrs. Lindsay Lund
Christian Tara/Mike Williams Wedding - September 4th, 2010
"I don't know where to begin, except to say that I am so glad we chose Front of House to play at Christian and Mike's wedding reception. You made the party so much fun for every age group. I've never seen the dance floor so full at a wedding.
We also appreciated your effort to learn Christian and Mike's first dance song - it was absolutely perfect, as was your role as emcee. Please pass along our thanks and best regards to the members of the band and the technicians."
With deepest gratitude,
- Mary Beth & Chris Tara, Parents of the Bride
Diana Rodino/Danny Zederman Wedding - July 31st, 2010
"Thank you so much for the wonderful evening David Sherman and the Front of House Band delivered. Everyone loved the music and didn’t want the evening to end. Thank you for the wonderful part you played in making this a night none of us will forget."
- Linda & Harry Zederman, Parents of the Groom
Deena Greenspahn/Jordan Fisher Wedding – June 6, 2010
"I have to tell you that “Front of House” was totally outstanding at Deena and Jordan’s wedding. I can’t say enough about it. They were fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! Bruce and I were trying to visit our guests at their tables but could not because everyone was up dancing. Not only were the bride and groom happy but all of my friends were happy with the music David played. The band really made the party and it was a wonderful evening. Thank you."
- Gail Greenspahn, Mother of the Bride
Amy Arrentz/Marc Stern Wedding
"Marc and I wanted to send a BIG thank you for everything you did to make our wedding special. We still have people ask us, 'Who was that band? Where did you find them?' They were great! Everyone loved the band! You guys rocked! My parents loved the flow of the evening. My dad loved the singers, especially "the lady with the pretty voice" as he would say. Thank you for playing our special requests, "Once in Love with Amy" and 'Hey, Soul Sister.' It meant a lot to dance to that song with my dad because he would sing it me when I was a baby. My nieces eyes lit up when she heard 'Hey, Soul Sister!' Thank you!
I wish the night would have never ended. Everyone was having so much fun dancing. Everyone still talks about the wedding. Peggy from Flossmoor also complimented you. She said she has never worked with a band that was so professional and nice. I wish I had a CD of the songs that you sang at our reception, especially the song Marc and I danced to - 'You Are the Best Thing.' I would listen to it over and over again. I am already trying to think of a reason we can have another party and have Front of House perform! Ha! Thank you again for everything! You really made our night special and we can't thank you enough. If you ever make a CD, let me know!"
- Amy & Marc Stern, Bride and Groom
"Marc and Amy's wedding reception was awesome thanks in a large part to the outstanding performance of your Front of House band. The music had everyone dancing all evening. Terrific vocalists and great sound! Everyone raved 'great band,' 'best band we ever heard.' Thanks again to David for your help making it a pretty special and memorable occasion."
- Joseph C. Stern Jr., Father of the Groom
Alice Kohn/Mike Kritzman Wedding
"Wow! What a fantastic sound Front of House creates! Everyone loved the music at Becca and Mike's wedding. The ceremony music was beautiful and the music played at the reception was wonderful. You and the other vocalists were terrific, and the instrumentalists were great. You and your entire orchestra created such an energetic atmosphere for the party. It was impossible to be there and not want to get up and dance. David, you were a wonderful emcee, too. Thanks for setting a joyous tone for a wonderful wedding day for Becca and Mike.
We just want to add that the Function Director at Independence Grove said that he had never seen so many people dancing at an afternoon wedding. Yeah! Thanks for everything!"
- Alice and Bob Kohn, Parents of the Bride
Sandra Kaplan/Andrew Merrill Wedding
"We wanted you to know David and the band were great! Amazing. Sandra and Andrew had very specific ideas about the music they wanted at their wedding and David was wonderful. He was happy to do whatever they preferred. He kept the party going and everyone commented during, as well as after the wedding, that the band was the best. Thank you!"
- Barbara Kaplan, Mother of the Bride
Katie Daluga/Phil Cohen Wedding
"Just wanted to take a minute and thank you for your performance at Katie and Phil's wedding! You were awesome! Fantastic! The best ever! Your song choices had the whole room up and dancing the entire night, and you did every one of Katie's special songs with such emotion in your music! You definitely created a magical evening for us. Also your idea of adding the Sirens added that prefect touch! I could go on and on, so I will end it here before I gush - again. Thank you."
- Nancy & Bill Daluga, Parents of the Bride
Igor Latich/Vidya Anegundi Wedding
"Every event has its unique elements. Seeing that all of the parts come together takes time, work and commitment. Arlen Music performed beyond my expectations. From the first contact I had with Arlen Music, the experience was professional and personal. The promotional materials sent to me were very helpful. Arlen Music assisted and coordinated the logistical aspects of hiring a sitar and tabla player for the cocktail reception, the violins, piano, flute/sax and vocalists for the ceremony and the Front of House band for the dinner reception. Most of this was done out of state! The staff at Arlen Music were very easy to work with.
I cannot say thank you enough for such a spectacular evening. Front of House band did a superlative performance and was the essential ingredient that made our wedding such a fabulous and memorable affair! David Sherman’s musical artistry not only generated tremendous energy that kept the dance floor packed all night, but it seamlessly marched through the musical genres - from the golden age of jazz, through the hair bands of the 1980s, to the hip hop experience of the early 21st century. In fact, listening to the soundtrack of our wedding, we are still perplexed by the effortless elegance of his interpretations of such a broad spectrum of music - it was divine and utterly unforgettable!
Most importantly, we would like to thank David Sherman and the band for demonstrating incredible patience and understanding for all our whims, including coordinating behind the scenes the impromptu performance of "Hava Nagila" and making it arguably one of the highlights of the night!
Even though the wedding has been over for a few months, I still receive calls, e-mails and even cards thanking me for inviting them to the wedding, and then raving about the music. I have had those who could not attend, who have seen pictures and have heard about it from those who attended, also contact me about the wedding! And they want to discuss where and how I found the band. Please give my warm regards to David Sherman and the band. Mahalo Nui Loa and with hope that our paths shall cross again."
- Cathalene Teahan, Mother of the Bride
Liz Dinsdale/Ross White Wedding
"The calls and notes keep coming: 'Where did you find that band?! East Coast? West Coast?' Nope...Chicago! You all went out of your way to make Jessica's and Ryan's wedding so very special. John and I are now wracking our brains trying to find an excuse to have another party real soon so we can ask you to play again!"
- Lynn Marchese, Mother of the Bride
Sharyl Rothschild/Michael Mackey Wedding
"You are amazing! I cannot begin to thank you enough and tell you what an incredible job you and the entire band did at our wedding. I have 600 guests still raving about you guys! Thanks for an unforgettable evening and keep doing what you do."
- Sharyl & Michael Mackey, Bride and Groom
Jill Siegel/Rob Soltan Wedding
"From the first note, the party was on. You succeeded in getting our guests on the dance floor following Jill and Rob’s first dance, and they didn’t sit down until the final song of the evening. Many of our guests commented that when they weren’t dancing, they felt as if they were at a concert. Every band member sang and played their heart out for Jill and Rob. Each song on their play list was performed as if it was the first time. As I glanced around the room and saw how everyone was singing along, I knew we had a successful party. Front of House is on our list of chart busters."
- Marilyn Lederer, Mother of the Bride
Lori Vass/David Jacobs Wedding
"We cannot thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding so special! Front of House was incredible from start to finish. Helping us pick great songs (especially our first dance), learning new requests for us (which rocked) and a fantastic performance on our wedding night! You made it all come together effortlessly. Thank you!"
- David and Lori Jacobs, Bride & Groom
Julie Klitzky/Dan Vosnos Wedding
"Dan and I would like to thank everyone for such a wonderful evening. It was absolutely perfect. We just wanted to pass a quick note before we left for our honeymoon. Everything was unbelievable and we couldn't have had a successful evening without all of your efforts! Thanks again!"
- Julie Vosnos, Bride
Yael Aufgang/Brent Neiman Wedding
"Yael and I just wanted to relate how thrilled we were with you guys last night. We've seen you at the Fiely wedding, Gerchenson wedding, and now our wedding, and you always exceed our expectations. We thought you did a fantastic job and played a big part in making it such an incredible experience for us. Thank you so much."
- Brent Neiman, Groom
Rebecca Bruening/Michael Berg Wedding
"The Band was absolutely FANTASTIC. Such an amazing band and David is a wonderful MC. The band received SO many compliments, so I’m sure David and the band’s ears were burning that night and several days after!!!"
- Rebecca and Michael Berg, Groom
Joanna Maurice/Andrew Parial Wedding
"Thank you very much for performing at our wedding reception. The high praises and complementary comments made by our guests truly reflected all of your musical abilities. You were able to maintain an energetic and vivacious atmosphere throughout the evening, while being professional and cordial. We especially appreciated all the fine details you planned to make our day extra special such as accommodating our special requests. Thank you for making our wedding day memorable."
- Joanna and Andrew Parial, Groom