Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3/26/12 Jason & Cristina

The Pittsburgh Marriott Airport Hotel was the scene for a rare Monday Wedding Ceremony and Reception.  The couple wanted to go to Vegas to get married but the bride's mother insisted on doing something here and I think they were all glad they did. Very warm inside and out and family-friendly with the couple's kids, nieces and nephews dancing up a storm.  It was smiles all around.  Thanks to Jeannie, Nate, Mike and Georgie at the hotel for their help and a very special thanks to Cheryl from Parkway Florist who suggested I be a part of this wedding and so many more she has referred me to.
High notes:
Brides Procession: "Canon In D" by Pachelbel
Recessional : "Ode To Joy"
First Dance: "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"

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Monday, March 26, 2012

3/25/12 Levin Furniture

Yes, really.  This was the 4th time we have been invited to play in the Levin Furniture stores for their VIP Customer Sales Event.  Big crowds - until the Penguin game started.  Great big space to let the new Phillip Injeian violin loose. Thanks for Melanie Black for having me in Wexford and George Susnjar for having Violinist Nate Goodrich at the Century Square store.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

3/24/12 Shannon & Eric

The atrium of the spectacular Northway Community Christian Church in Wexford was the setting for this beautiful wedding ceremony officiated by Pastor Darren Bower. It was great to see Paul & Cyndy Meyer who were shooting photos.  Many of the pics on our site were done by them. Also, thanks to Karen Rose who is the wedding coordinator at the church for making things smooth.  Music choices were:
Mom's Entrance :  "Jesu, Joy Of Mans Desiring" by Bach
Bridesmaids: "Allegro Maestoso" (all Hornpipe) from "Watermusic" by Handel
Bride:  "Canon In D" by Pachelbel
Recessional: "Trumpet Voluntary" by Clarke (Purcell)
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

3/17/12 Linda & Dave's Wedding

The Camelot in Warrendale was decked out in green for this big Irish wedding. The fun started with a long Cocktail Hour to warm up the crowd while I played all of the Irish ballads and fiddle favorites I knew. Then the Bride, Groom and their families gathered on the dance floor to begin the service officiated by Mayor of Franklin Park Dennis O'Keefe (pictured below).  The groom's son watched the ceremony from South Korea via Skype - see the laptop screen in the photo. After dinner they were ready to rock and roll as a crew from New Jersey wanted plenty of Springsteen, classic Motown, and Disco plus some contemporary hits for the younger crowd. The coffee bar was stocked with a bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey to make a proper Irish coffee.
Processional: "Simple Gifts"
Recessional: "Kesh Jig"
First Dance: "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"
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3/17/12 St.Patricks Day

Fifth Avenue Place hosted their annual post-St. Patricks's Day parade festivities with face-painting, putting course,  comical photos and, of course, music.  I was the headliner - the sign says so. Biggest crowds ever.

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3/15/12 Giant Eagle South Park

Me and the worlds's tallest leprechaun celebrating St. Patricks Day weekend at this Giant Eagle store's Grand Reopening.  Don't see that every day.

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3/16/12 Giant Eagle South Park

Kim Stuart of Bees Knees Entertainment hooked us (Keystring Duo) up to play the Grand Reopening of this beautiful store. Here is John and I with an $81 block of Irish cheese.  Now that's a party.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3/10/12 Dave & Amelia

Gorgeous, stunning and out of this world are a few words that start to describe the Ceremony setting in the Urban Room of the Omni William Penn Hotel for this first class Wedding.  Cocktails started off the evening before guests "ooh'ed" and "aah'ed" over the sight you see in the pictures.  Then it was into the Ballroom for dinner and dancing until the clock struck 12.
Musical Highlights:
John Garrick on Piano with me (Keystring Duo) played for the Cocktails, Ceremony, and Dinner sets then Steve and Jake spun the DJ music that kept the Dance floor hopping.
Parents, Groom and Wedding Party Processional: "Simple Gifts"
Bride's Processional: "Trumpet Voluntary"
Recessional: "Trumpet Tune"
First Dance: "Have A Little Faith" by John Hiatt
Bride and her Dad and the Groom and his Mom Dance: "Blessed" by Elton John
Photographer :  Bea Nyilas of Photographic Excellence By Bea
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3/11/12 Oakmont Country Club

Sunday brunch was jumping at the Oakmont Country Club with the annual antique show in the building but the real news was that golfers were swarming the legendary course on the first beautiful day of the year.  Thanks to Rick Purcell for the gig.

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3/9/12 Tanya & Bill

The University Club in Oakland looked spectacular for Bill and Tanya's Wedding reception.  Cocktails in the lower ballroom then dinner and dancing moved to the upstairs ballroom (pictured here).  Highlights included:
Introduction Music : White Wedding" by Billy Idol and : "I Wanna Grow Old" by Adam Sandler
First Dance : "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton
First Violin Request : "At Last"
Cake Cutting Song : Love And Marriage" by Frank Sinatra
Wedding Party Dance : All Your Life" by The Band Perry
Bride And Her Dad And 5 Brothers Dance:"Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" by Izzy K
Last Song : "Don't Stop Believin" by Journey

Thanks to Kelly, Derek, and Michael at the club for helping make everyone happy.

Photographer : Steve from Eventures (not his photos - mine on the iPhone)

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

3/3/12 Housewarming Party

This older house was full of wood trim and wood floors and the furniture matched the theme.  Here is a piece you don't see every day.  Thanks to hosts Eric and Bethany and her parents for the invite and hospitality.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

12/3/11 Church Concert

An early drive had us crossing the border into Wellsville OH for a lunch time concert celebrating the Holidays.  The beautiful Riverside Church with it's magnificent stained glass was the setting for us to spin through a set of Christmas favorites.  Thanks to Krista Vallera for the opportunity and tasty lunch.

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12/3/11 Holiday Party

It's always a good night when we are working for catering star Bob Sendall and his staff from All In Good Taste Productions.  I was joined by John Garrick on Piano and the one and only vocalist Etta Cox.  Thanks to our hosts who have been inviting us into their beautiful home in Mars PA for many years,

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12/17/11 Jessica & Trevor

It was great to be back with the Zottoli family to play the Ceremony and Reception for this fine young couple.  In St. Mark's Church in Brookline I played Prelude music then used a backing track to accompany myself on Jessica's Processional choice of "Love Story" Taylor Swift.  Other important music picks were -
Musical Toast:  "My Heart Will Go On"
First Dance"Then" by Brad Paisley
Groom and his Mom: "The Man You've Become"
Bride And Her Dad: "Butterfly Kisses"
Last Song: "Everything" by Michael Buble

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