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!
Katie and Scott Nowicki Wedding (The Peninsula Hotel) – December 11, 2021
WOW, what can I say!! Thank you to you and all the amazing artists that make up Front of House. Your direction and pace for the evening was great. We really appreciated the level of professionalism and artistic abilities of the everyone. You are exceptional!! We could not have asked for any better energy and music to help make our wedding spectacular.
Thank you for your time and attention prior to our event to help create the night of Katie and Scott’s dreams. Katie and Scott had the best time, as did all our guests. All everyone kept saying was: “where did this band come from? …they are exceptional”. “Wow this group is so fun” and on and on.
The worst part of the night was that it ended tooooo soon. Keep up the phenomenal work.
Katie and Scott Nowicki Wedding (Peninsula Hotel) – December 11, 2021
We wanted to send a big thank you for everything you did to help us create such a wonderful wedding celebration. Throughout the entire process, we felt completely supported by you as we crafted our first dance, ceremony, and set list. Your attention to detail and the time you and the band spent learning our first dance song and ensuring you knew the exact right cues for our choreography helped us feel so much more comfortable going into it, and we had a blast working with you.
Not only were you great to work with, but you and the band absolutely killed it! Our dance floor was full the whole night, people were having a blast, and we received so many compliments both during and after the wedding on how amazing you were and how much fun everyone had. Our cousin may hire you all for her wedding in October!
Going into wedding planning, we knew the band was most important to us. We spent a lot of time researching Front of House and worked to find a date/venue where you were free. We're so glad we made the decision to work with you all as you really made our wedding extra special.
We're more than happy to be references for you in the future.
Thank you again and please send our regards to the rest of the band!
Dina and Jeff Shane Wedding (Kimpton Gray Hotel) – October 23, 2021
We just wanted to say thank you SO much for being a part of our special weekend and helping us celebrate. You and the band were amazing. The dance floor was packed all night long and the first dance song was perfect. All of the music was great!
Molly and Peter Boehm Wedding (Indian Hill Club) – September 24, 2021
David…Thank you for the most spectacular night of my life - thank you for all you did to make our 1-year wedding party on 9.24.21 possible! We truly appreciate your talents, organization, and patience as we know there was a ton of back and forth on the list and you were so great through it all. It was PERFECT! Every song played was just right - sounded amazing and timed perfectly. We got so many compliments and are sure to pass on your name!!
Thanks again and hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Annie and Mike McGee Wedding (Independence Grove) – June 13, 2021
We used Front of House and they absolutely made our night. Planning the wedding was very stressful until we had the chance to meet with David. Once meeting with him, I knew the night was going to be smooth and perfect and that he would make sure it flowed together perfect. The band really outdid themselves; our guests didn’t want to leave the dance floor. I had so many people come up to me throughout the night and tell me how great our music was. HIGHLY recommend using them!!!Annie McGee, Bride
Kelli and Ryan Swarzendruber Wedding (Theater on the Lake) – October 24, 2020
We had an absolute amazing experience with Front of House and David S. The entire band/team was extremely accommodating and professional about our ever-changing wedding plans due to COVID and they made our COVID compliant wedding feel more normal with their remarkable talent. David also ensured the team would learn our first dance songs and a few other requests important to our families, of which they did and executed perfectly! They are such a great group to have at your event and made everything from our cocktail hour to last call more fun. We absolutely cannot recommend them enough as they will bring your wedding to life!Kelli, Bride
Grant and Abby Eimermann Wedding (Carriage House, Wisconsin) – October 16, 2020
Front of House was an incredible band and made our night so much fun! Everyone was on the dance floor and they played so many great songs I couldn't sit down! Great to work with and David is wonderful at helping to plan out the night. Highly recommend!Abby Eimermann, Bride
Isaac Katz Wedding – November 24, 2019
You were fantastic and all the guests were raving about how amazing the band was. Thank you for making our evening so incredibly special and exactly what we envisioned :)Issac, Groom
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
Porter Country CASAblanca Gala – November 8, 2019
Just a quick note to thank you and your entire team for DELIVERING! The CASAblanca Gala went as we hoped and dreamed it would thank to you all, and in its aftermath, there is nothing but rave reviews about the band. From start to finish (mingling, mood, and dance music) you all were THE BOMB. How refreshing to work with true professionals.
It’s always all about the music – people were mesmerized to watch you all, and everyone had a blast. Thank you, again, for making the trip to Valpo to share your gifts of invaluable service.