Our Recent Clients Say It Best…
Jodi Hochberger and Dan Ruben Wedding (Venue SIX10) – Sunday, May 28, 2017
Thank you barely scratches the surface, but THANK YOU!! You were absolutely phenomenal Sunday night at Jodi & Dan’s wedding, as was the entire Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra. Clearly, it made the party…the music, the energy, the entire vibe from sweet slow dances to the violinists to the Hora to the super fun dance party...it was all spectacular. Jodi & Dan were thrilled which was my biggest objective, as were Dan’s parents & of course, Joel & I.
There are many memories, but my two favorites are Joel & Jodi dancing to “I Loved Her First” and Jodi & Dan on the stage dancing to “Hochberger/Cheerleader”.
Thank you for your genuine love for what you do. I’m pretty sure Joel & I will be the creepy people dressing up and stalking hotel ballrooms to see you perform!
With many, many thanks & great admiration,
Sue & Joel Hochberger, Parents of the Bride
I had heard amazing things about you and the band from so many friends and vendors, but you exceeded all of our expectations. I loved every minute and am especially appreciative that you all learned a new song for the recessional (especially given the sentimental value!) and we had the best time with "cheerleader" - the personal touches meant everything to us. You and your whole team are so talented and professional.
We heard rave reviews all night and have continued to hear from guests over the past few days. (As an aside, I was especially happy to hear from Darlene Chan, a producer from LA who works on events around the country like New Orleans Jazz Fest and Playboy Jazz Festival in LA, when she said it was the best band she'd ever seen at a wedding!)
Jodi Hochberger, Bride
Katie Napleton and Kevin Snyder Wedding (Chicago Hilton) – Saturday, May 20, 2017
I wish I could remember all the kudos you and the orchestra have gotten from our guests. I've gotten at least 25 emails or texts about what a wonderful wedding it was and every one mentions the music and the horns. Several said they just moved up and watched like they were at a concert. The chanting, “More, more, more” at 12:30am says it all! It can't be often that the music starts at 7:30 and at 12:30am the dance floor is still packed and the guests don't want to leave!
Thank you for all your effort in creating new arrangements and filling out the orchestra with tremendous horn players.
Kathy Napleton, Mother of the Bride
Rita Hayworth Gala (Hilton Chicago) – Saturday, May 13, 2017
Ken--many thanks for doing an amazing job on Saturday night! The dance floor was packed and our guests loved the music!
You were wonderful to partner with and I appreciate all that you did.
Ann Marie Arzt, President, EventScape, Inc.
UNICEF Hope Gala (The Geraghty) – Saturday, April 29, 2017
Caitlin, what can we say – you hit it out of the park again! Our guests are raving about what a wonderful job you and the entire orchestra did at our Hope Gala. Thank you for rolling with our special requests and handling them wonderfully. We really appreciate your partnership!
Elizabeth and Meghan with UNICEF USA
Edwin Tumlos and Liza Cuison Wedding (Palmer House Hilton) – Saturday, February 25, 2017
Good morning Caitlin,
Hope all is well! Now that we're back to our daily grind, Liza and I can't help but reminisce about how truly wonderful the music was in both our wedding ceremony with the quartet, and reception with your, and your band's, terrific performances. We wanted to thank you, again, for helping make our special day even more so!
Our guests from the night of, and still today on social media, can't help but rave about you and Evolution. We wish we were able to experience your performances from the very beginning, unfortunately, our tight schedule that evening prevented us from doing so. But having you already performing as the guests walked into the decked-out Empire Room apparently made an indelible impression on everyone!
Edwin and Liza, Bride and Groom
Adina Rubin and Rick Straka Wedding (Bridgeport Art Center) – Sunday, November 20, 2016
Thank you so much for making our wedding dreams a reality! You were the life of the party and the entire room was up and dancing because of you! We had so much fun and our guests can’t stop complimenting your talent and professionalism! We would recommend you over and over! Thank you for letting Ricky’s dad be a part of it, too! We can’t wait to watch the wedding video and hear you all over again.
Ricky and Adina, Bride and Groom
I wanted to thank you so much for an outstanding party last night. Adina and Ricky’s wedding was absolutely a wonderful evening. Your voice, your musicians and the overall talent of the entire band made the event what it was. You listened to what they told you they wanted and you delivered, and then some. The integration of all of the Latin music was so wonderful and it made the party unique to our clients and, to me, that is what we strive for. We strive to make each party custom to the people who we are celebrating and you really did that and did it well.
Thank you for being such caring and flexible partner in putting the evening together!
I’m so glad I finally got to work with you and I look forward to doing it again, very soon.
Thank you again!
Jamie Boton, Wedding Planner
Becca Deutsch and Marc Sarran Wedding (Morgan Manufacturing) – Saturday, September 10, 2016
Ken, Caitlin and all...
There are not enough words to express how amazing the music was at Becca and Marc's wedding!!
I'm continuing to receive emails and notes about the wedding and the orchestra is always mentioned as one of the highlights!!
Thank you for helping to make the night magical for Becca and Marc and our families and friends!!
Once again, Arlen music is our family's go to for musical entertainment!!!!!
You were amazing 15 years ago and you only have gotten better!!
Judy Deutsch, Mother of the Bride
Liza Wolin and Yev Mikhailov Wedding – Saturday, September 3, 2016
I just wanted to say thank you once again from Liza and I. Everyone on stage was truly incredible and really made the night. We’ve heard nothing but how amazing the band was and in particular - just how great you were as a band leader and vocalist. Thanks for making the evening flow smoothly and filling the night with wonderful music. We will truly remember everything forever.
Liza & Yev, Bride and Groom
AnnaLisa Giustini and Matt Bonichi Wedding (Chicago Athletic Association Hotel) – Saturday, August 20, 2016
We are finally starting to come down after the beautiful wedding weekend! It's been hard and kind of bittersweet to now have it behind us. AnnaLisa and Matt have just returned from their honeymoon in Tahiti. Vince and I actually had a chance to get away as well.
We would like to sincerely thank you and your band for an amazing night of celebration and now the wonderful memories. From the moment the ballroom doors opened the party never stopped, our guests never left the dance floor and nor did we. We heard, "wow, what a band", "best ever" and "where did you fly them in from" all night.
Caitlin, you showed up with spirit and energy that made the evening such a success, not to mention you looked like a superstar! The decision to hire your team was truly the BEST and easiest of our wedding planning, we can't thank you enough. We loved working with you and look forward to the next time we hear you perform and dance the night away, most likely UNICEF in the spring.
Hopefully, you all enjoyed the night as much as we all did!!!
MaryLou Giustini, Mother of the Bride
Jorie Statland and Eryck Chinnery Wedding – July 31, 2016
Now that I am back from my honeymoon and starting to get caught up on things, I wanted to touch base about the wedding. I want to thank you for everything. The band was AMAZING! As you know, we put a lot of thought, time and effort into the music for the wedding, and I wanted you to know that your wonderful customer service did not go unnoticed or unappreciated!
I heard great feedback from the spectators as well. I myself did not leave the dance floor, aside from a quick photo break during the band's break and the beginning of the second set. I wish I could get a recording of all the music that was played throughout the evening! It was great!
Thanks again for everything!
Jorie Statland, Bride
Tara McDonald and Tom Ginakakis Wedding (The Langham) - Saturday, July 16, 2016
Thanks for everything last night - Tara and I had an awesome time and I've been getting a multitude of comments from people about how great the band was. Thanks for crushing it.
- Tom Ginakais, Groom
Justin Watson and Amanda Dobbins Wedding – Sunday, July 10, 2016
Caitlin, Just wanted to tell you how thrilled we were with the Band for Amanda and Justin’s wedding. There must have been 25 people of all ages that raved about them. Thanks for making the special day so memorable. I will be happy to recommend them to anyone hosting an event.
- Bud Dobbins, Father of the Bride
Christina Cook and Charlie George Wedding (Indianapolis, IN) – Saturday, July 9, 2016
Caitlin, I cannot thank you enough for a fantastic evening. The dance floor was full the entire night. Our photographer told us that he has been to hundreds of events and weddings and has never seen so many people still dancing at the end of the night. This is a testament to your orchestra and the great energy and enthusiasm by you and your team!
Barbara and I have really enjoyed meeting you and working with you. I hope your team had a great time and a great stay in Indy.
- Kevin Cook, Father of the Bride
We could not be more thrilled with how our wedding reception turned out, thanks in very large part to all of you. It was greater than we could have ever dreamed! The “East Coast” style was perfect and such a hit. Our guests are still talking about it! Many of them complimented your performance and style to us, and we feel the same way. You all nailed it!
Caitlin, you are so talented and did such a fantastic job. Even better than that, you are a lovely person, and we really enjoyed meeting you. Ken, from our first meeting, we knew you and your group were one-of-a-kind. Thank you to all of you for the memories. We cannot wait for round 2 at my sister’s wedding in November!
Christina and Charlie George, Bride and Groom
Leah Kakimian and Rick Solomon Wedding (Fairmont) – Sunday, July 3, 2016
Thank you! It was the best night ever. People can't stop RAVING about the band.
Leah and Eric, Bride and Groom
Mary Crane and Brian Wooley Wedding (Four Seasons) – June 25, 2016
Caitlin and Ken, we cannot thank you guys enough for helping our wedding exceed our greatest expectations. You guys were absolutely phenomenal! We had the time of our lives and so did all of our guests. Our friends and family have been raving about you guys since the wedding and everyone was blown away by your immense talent and energy. Thank you again!!!! You guys are the BEST!!!!!
- Mary and Brian, Bride and Groom
The crowd at Mary and Brian’s wedding could not stop talking about the talent that Evolution provided! It was an amazing night for everyone present. Thank you for sharing your orchestra with us!
Judy and Ed Crane, Parents of the Bride
Jenny Haas and Aaron Press Wedding (Sofitel) - May 29, 2016
To everyone involved in the Haas/Press wedding,
The evening was incredible. Truly, it was the best wedding ever and the band was a huge part of that. All of guest commented on how superb the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra was. We hope you had as much fun performing as we did dancing. My feet have finally recovered. Truly, thanks for a great evening.
Jill Haas, Mother of the Bride
Thank you so much for putting on not only a beautiful ceremony, but the best party and music we have ever experienced. Your energy and music was incredible and we had the time of our lives. Everyone had an amazing time and people are still talking about the band and incredible music. Thank you so much for everything!
Jenny and Aaron, Bride and Groom
Dana Starr and Eric Glaser Wedding (Four Seasons) - May 28, 2016
On behalf of our entire family, there are not enough words to express how "blown away" we all were by Caitlin, Ken, and the entire orchestra. Caitlin’s voice is phenomenal and when Dana walked down the aisle, it was just spectacular!! People commented that they never saw a "band" during the ceremony and the "Love Actually" addition was amazing! The crowd was kept going all night! The Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra is truly the best in Chicago. Thank you again for everything!!
- Debbie Starr and Family
Morgan McGaughey and Adam Saxon Wedding (Lucas Estate in Indianapolis, IN) - May 14, 2016
Caitlin, thank you so much for all you and the band did in Indy this weekend. Wow! What a wonderful celebration. Morgan, Adam and their guests were so happy and it was amazing to hear such a fun and eclectic music set.
The parent dance was one for the ages – it was so cool of you to be such great sports about it, and it started the night off with a bang.
I absolutely hope to have you in Indianapolis again soon!
Monica Richard, Mon Amie Events
Lauren Nicosia and Walker May Wedding (Millennium Park) – May 7, 2016
Caitlin, just a short note to say thank you again for a perfect performance – people said they didn’t even have cake because they didn’t want to get off the dance floor! You and your team were the best. I couldn’t have wanted more. Thank you again for a great job!
UNICEF Hope Gala (The Geraghty) – April 9, 2016
Ken and Caitlin, I just wanted to thank you for playing a part in an incredible night on Saturday at our UNICEF Hope Gala! We had such an amazing event, and feedback from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive. The opening song was AMAZING! Such a fun element to add to the gala!! All our guests loved dancing along with the Orchestra throughout the night, as usual! You guys are so wonderful. Look forward to working together again in the future!
- Meghan Doetschman, Officer, Midwest Region, UNICEF
Bravo Des Moines Gala - February 6, 2016
Ken, you have been responsible for making the Bravo gala our community's premier event, in large part.
I know I speak on behalf of our community when I say, "thank you."
Last night, I tried to keep track of how many people told me that the band was fantastic. I lost count at 200. Those who had not heard you previously were in awe. The depth of the orchestra is remarkable. When we left at midnight, the crowd was over 300 strong. This is the only event where that many people are still having fun at that hour. The passion with which all of you perform is really what makes our gala so amazing.
Thank you so much for everything.
- Suku Radia
Elizabeth D’Agostino and Dennis Hogan Wedding (Drake Hotel) – January 16, 2016
Excellent, Outstanding, Perfection! That is how all of the people at the wedding described your crew. I’m grateful that I got to know you and that you were able to play at both of my children’s weddings. Chele and I are trying to figure out how we can have another big party so we can do it again!!!
Thanks for everything.
- Danny and Chele, Parents of the Groom
Colleen Kurcz and John Eannace Wedding (Palmer House) – November 14, 2015
My now husband and I gave the honor to my father to find the entertainment for our wedding, knowing that we would not be disappointed with his choice. Based on his deep passion for music and entertainment he found Ken Arlen and the Evolution Orchestra, and all we can say is WOW!! He is the sole reason we were introduced to this amazing orchestra, and we are forever grateful for his decision to hire Ken and the rest of these amazingly talented musicians and performers. Our wedding was 2 weeks ago, and still people are asking how we came upon Ken and the Evolution Orchestra. From the moment the cocktail hour started it was an array of beautiful classical strings that forever set the memory of elegance and romance in our minds. We had no idea that the night could get even more spectacular.
The ballroom opened to our guests, and within minutes Ken had us tearing up the dance floor with our family and friends. Our guests were loving the opportunity to dance before dinner even started! Ken did a spectacular job of drawing our guests in to all of our wonderful moments, such as cutting the cake and having our first dances. The Evolution Orchestra was not just a wedding band, but a truly talented group of performers. Guests were raving that the cover renditions of many songs sounded better than the originals!
Now you would think dinner was a time for the band to take a break, but No! Again the strings emerged with modern rock classics. Many guests chose to bypass the salad course as they belted out the string version of Bohemian Rhapsody. My husband and I sat along with our guests in absolute amazement! We could not believe what an amazing group of talented and artistic performers we were in the company of.
We were, and still are, so honored to have Ken and his Orchestra perform and truly make the most memorable experience of our wedding. For our wedding the music was one of the most integral parts of the night, and from the moment our celebration started Ken and his fellow musician set the most amazing atmosphere in our Grand Ballroom celebration! Ken listened to all of our requests, and played everything we requested and more. It was as if he knew exactly what we all wanted to hear before we knew ourselves! For the entire night our guests couldn't even be told to stop dancing, and the dance floor was packed from beginning to end! We are forever grateful to Ken and the entire Evolution Orchestra. Arlen Music Productions truly is the best decision we ever made. Hands down the best orchestra, and most talented and professional group of musicians in Chicago for any event!!
- Colleen & John, Bride and Groom
I just wanted to drop you and your Orchestra a heartfelt many thank you’s from myself, my wife Lisa, and of course Colleen and John.
You and your band not only exceeded everything I wished for from a live wedding band but in all honestly you and your orchestra were probably THE BEST live band I’ve ever heard and the majority of us in the Palmer House on Saturday night have ever seen! Colleen & John loved every second of it.
It has been 4 days since my daughter’s wedding and I’m still getting phone calls, text messages and cell phone videos from friends and guest that still are in awe of what they witnessed and heard from your orchestra. All I hear is: “who are they,” “how did you find them,” “best live music I’ve ever heard,” “unbelievable energy and joy performing,” “the best wedding we’ve ever been to,” and so on. You not only nailed every song you did, but everyone thought your take was actually better than the original artist – that alone is enough said! I have never been to a wedding with so many people dancing, let alone non-stop for 5 hours. When they had to sit down for dinner, they sang in unison while the amazing violinists played Bohemian Rhapsody. Just Epic!
This wasn’t a wedding, it was a 6 hour fun filled music show of listening and watching truly artistically talented people doing what they do best, entertaining!
If you see another check from me in a few years it will be for my youngest daughter Megan’s wedding, she already told me she is getting you!
- Edward J Kurcz, Father of the Bride
Lindy Navarre and Michael Edelen Wedding (Peninsula Hotel) – October 24, 2015
We will never forget our wedding night. You guys brought the house down... I don't think anyone knows what hit them.... even now! The buzz is still alive.
Thank you for bringing so much energy and for feeding off of the spirit in the room. You played every song we asked for and more. It was a treat to have Michael on stage with you all... He loved it and so did the crowd. Thank you for letting us do that. We love you and are so privileged to have gotten the Evolution Orchestra to celebrate with us. Caitlin, you are incredible! Ken, the whole thing was a dream come true.
It was too good to be true....
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
- Lindy and Michael, Bride and Groom
Jamie Blau and Brad Lash – October 17, 2015 (Fairmont Hotel)
Ken and Caitlin, thank you so much for the incredible music at our wedding! Your whole group is amazingly talented and we had the best time dancing all night. A special thank you also for the custom arrangement of “I Will Wait” – it was exactly what we were hoping for…and more! We appreciate all the time and effort you put into making our wedding so special.
Thanks again – it was an absolute honor to work with you!
- Brad and Jamie, Bride and Groom
Shelby Sitorius and Ben Yaucher – October 10, 2015 (Ritz Carlton)
There are truly NO WORDS to describe Ken Arlen's EVOLUTION ORCHESTRA. Wedding bands were my now husband's only priority when we began planning. Ken was the first director that we met with, and we HAD to have him. My husband, a "sneakerhead," even gave up wearing Jordans in the ceremony to have Evolution Orchestra. From the moment that the cocktail hour began with the electric violins to the final song of the evening from the 15-piece band, our guests NEVER stopped dancing. By having a dance set immediately following our first dance, guests did not have a chance to lose interest in our reception. They were continuously drawn in, dancing EVEN during dinner courses. There was literally NO MOMENT where someone was not on the dance floor from beginning to end. The atmosphere of our reception was ELECTRIC! We were married on October 10, 2015 at people ARE STILL talking about how incredible the music was. In fact, family friends who attended our wedding just got engaged and their first choice for a band at their reception is Arlen Music Productions. I have two younger sisters, and they, too, have already selected their wedding band for when the day comes. WE TRULY CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE AMAZING ARLEN MUSIC PRODUCTIONS!
- Ben and Shelby, Bride and Groom
Lexie Oman and Kevin Kiev Wedding - September 19, 2015
Glen Oaks Country Club had the pleasure of working with Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra on September 19th in Des Moines, Iowa-we wish we were able to work with them every weekend! They are truly what a wedding/special event entertainment should be. Not only were guests dancing the night away, but our staff enjoyed them just as much and moved a little quicker than our usual pace. All members of Ken's team are professional & talented beyond words. Thank you for bringing your talent to Glen Oaks-we hope to see you again soon!
- Jamie Nicolino, Glen Oaks Country Club, Des Moines, IA
There really are no words to tell you how happy we are with how Saturday night went. You all were fantastic!
I never doubted for a minute that it wouldn’t be a blast, but you all blew everyone’s socks off! Thank you to everyone who made Saturday night just that more fun!
- Mark and Jill Oman, Parents of the Bride
Kimberly Kruzynski and Jeff Nelson Wedding (Peninsula Hotel) – September 12, 2015
Dear Ken, Caitlin, and Orchestra,
So many thanks for making it a wonderful evening Saturday night. My wife and I were thrilled ; our guests were stuck on the term “unbelievable!”
The bride and groom were very impressed. Along with my wife and me, they appreciated the “customization,” from bringing some of the wedding party to the stage for “drum rehearsal,” to playing a few excerpts to supplement the father of the bride speech.
- Rich and Gail, Parents of the Bride
Joanna Kirschbaum and Phillip Jacobs Wedding – September 6, 2015
Ken and Caitlin, Howard and I want to thank you for the absolutely phenomenal job you did at Joanna and Phillip's wedding. I have to tell you that when it is your own party and you see a packed dance floor all night long, it is the best feeling in the world!!! You are an amazingly talented group of musicians!! The bride and groom did not have a long list of "must haves" for their wedding, but it was definitely important to them to have their guests up, dancing and having fun. You made that happen throughout the reception and our guest were truly “blown away". From the sax to the singers to the violinists to the entire orchestra -- the energy and talent you brought to our wedding is indescribable!
It was a pleasure working with you! Thank you for being a most important part of this most important evening!!! Whether they have seen you before or this was the first time, our guests are still raving about you!! It was a magical night!
- Linda Kirschbaum, Mother of the Bride
Jamie Cleva and Scott Goldstein Wedding (Fairmont Hotel) – August 29, 2015
I couldn't let any more time go by without telling you how much we enjoyed you performing at Jamie and Scott's wedding. I've always said that the band makes the party - that as long as the band is great, nothing else matters. That was never as true as it was on Saturday night. You were all fantastic - your energy and talent got the crowd up and kept them dancing all night. Every one of our guests said the band was the best they have ever heard. And many of them are from New York! We can't thank you enough for helping to make their wedding a memorable one. Watching Jamie sing with the band is something we will always remember.
- Debbie Cleva, Mother of the Bride
Debi Schrimmer and Benji Rubin Wedding (Standard Club) – August 9, 2015
Wow!! Caitlin, you and your band did a fabulous job at Debi and Benji’s wedding. Your “Simcha” set was unbelievable. Everyone danced and had a great time. You really kept the party going, exactly the way Debi and Benji wanted it. My guests all raved about you! Thank you for our wonderful memories of a fantastic evening.
- Jan Schrimmer, Mother of the Bride
Cooney Wedding – August 8, 2015
Ken, I wanted to write to express my sincere thanks to you and all of the band members for making Ellen and Dennis’ wedding the most unforgettable night and best wedding celebration ever.
I have had the pleasure of hearing you perform at several weddings over the years but you never sounded better than Saturday night. Many friends who were there have expressed being knocked out by your professionalism and enthusiasm.
I also appreciated the opportunity to sit in on the tunes with the band. Please thank the musicians and your sound guys who were all very welcoming and gracious to me.
Thanks again for making this a magical evening for everyone!
- Bob Cooney, Father of the Bride
What a party!! No matter how beautiful a venue is, the party isn’t right if the music doesn’t get the crowd going. I have never seen a dance floor so crowded and a group so excited! You guys just nailed it. I can’t thank you enough. You are gifted musicians and entertainers.
- Loretta Cooney, Mother of the Bride
Brittany Roth and Eric Eisenberg (Chicago Botanic Garden) – August 2, 2015
Eric and I had the most fun, incredible and UNFORGETTABLE wedding! I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – you guys are incomparable. No one can make a party rock like you can! Thanks for all the work, scheduling craziness, all the extra time learning all my song requests – we were all just blown away and couldn’t be more thankful. Our guests are still raving about you guys too! I am so thrilled with our day. It’s a wedding none of us will ever forget. Thanks a million!
- Brittney and Eric, Bride and Groom
Brittany Fiduccia and Keith Gersh Wedding (Palmer House Hilton) - July 25, 2015
Caitlin, I just wanted to say thank you for making my wedding night so memorable. You were such a pleasure to work with and your talent is truly exceptional!!! I feel so lucky that you were able to perform at our wedding-words cannot describe how happy I am! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!
- Brittany Fiduccia, Bride
Meredith Griesemer and Mike Davis – June 19, 2015
Caitlin, thank you very much for providing the music for our wedding. It was much better than we could’ve imagined and definitely made our wedding one to remember. Our guests absolutely loved not only the song choices, but the energy from all of you as well!
Meredith and Mike, Bride and Groom
Jessica Lebovitz and Zach Just Wedding (Four Seasons) - June 13, 2015
Last night was flawless. Thank you so much for the best night of our lives. Every single person who attended the wedding reached out to Zach and I to say how unbelievable the band was and they had the time of their lives!
Each and every single performance was exceptional. Thank you again and hope to see you perform again soon.
Jess and Zach, Bride and Groom
Emily Cole and Alex Groden (Four Seasons) - May 24, 2015
I just wanted to give a huge THANK YOU!!! I have never danced so hard in my life, and I literally can't count how many people told me that we had the "best band ever." You all are amazing. As the bride, it made me so happy to look out and see all of my friends on the dance floor the whole night.
-Emily Cole, Bride
On behalf of both families, we want to thank you and your talented colleagues again for such a great performance at the wedding--from the violins greeting our guests to the ceremony to the dinner music to the raucous dance sets. Of the many compliments we received on the entire event, by far the most common (after "what a beautiful bride") was along the lines of "what a band!" Indeed, one of our guests who claimed he has been to about 150 weddings said "best band ever!"
You all really are the best. Thanks so much!
-Thomas Cole, Father of the Bride
Lauren Port and Randy Schneiderman Wedding - May 16, 2015
Hard to find enough superlatives to describe you and your orchestra! We envisioned a wedding that was elegant and totally fun at the same time and that’s exactly what we got! The quality of your music, musicians and vocalists was over the top, as was evidenced by a jam packed dance floor all night long! You helped make the wedding flawless and we can’t thank you enough. As one of our close friends from Seattle said, “This orchestra is SO outstanding, I don’t know how I would describe them to someone else, but I’d actually buy a ticket to hear them perform at another venue”.
- Lucy and Richard Port, Parents of the Bride
Jaclyn Dorf and Scott Axonovitz Wedding (Renaissance) - May 9, 2015
WOW!! that's the only way I know to start this message. Your orchestra was TERRIFIC beyond belief. All the guests wanted to know all about you - they all said you were the best ever! We wanted a REAL PARTY and you certainly delivered! THANK YOU!!
Marly & Steve Dorf, Parents of the Bride
Tara Cooper and Sammy Dordek Wedding (Drake) - April 19, 2015
Thank you to Ken and the entire band on making our wedding fantastic! They were true professionals – people even commented that they enjoyed the light background dinner music.
My son, Sammy (the groom), commented that while he and his friends played their musical presentation, the bass player very gently joined in and enhanced the song. All around a very good time was had by all!
Anita Dordek, Mother of the Groom
As you know, we built our wedding around some of your free dates for 2015. In the early stages of wedding planning, I think MY Susie thought I was insane. She and the 200+ other guests could see what a difference maker you are in “amping” up the fun.
I mean, sure we could have served Stoli vodka instead of Grey Goose. There were about 100 flowers to choose from. But there is only one of you and your team.
- Joseph N. Silich, Groom
UNICEF Gala - Message of Hope (Four Seasons) – April 17, 2015
Thank you so much for the incredible performance on Friday at our Hope Gala! Caitlin – you and the band are so fun, professional and talented! Our dance floor was packed more than it’s ever been before, you did a terrific job MCing between our event elements, and we’re getting rave reviews from our guests.
I hope to have the pleasure of working with you again.
- Elisabeth Kasdorf-Torney, Events Manager
Colleen Gleason and Joel Thielen (Union Leage Club) – March 21, 2015
Caitlin, You were fantastic! Thank you so much for making Colleen and Joel's wedding so much fun. It was an incredibly festive celebration created by the wonderful music and fun you provided for the night. We received so many compliments from the moment you first started to play and they just continue to roll in ever since. Some of the favorite highlights of the night were when you pulled Colleen and the girls on the stage when you sang Sugar by Maroon Five. They loved that and couldn't get enough of that! Singing Happy Birthday to Michael was also a blast. We just loved the entire night!
A special thank you to Michael Lynch for being such a special person to have with us last Saturday night. It was an honor and so much fun to have you sing at Colleen's wedding. All of the people there from St. Michael's and Wheaton enjoyed being able to see you sing, dance and have fun doing what you love to do. You even got Bill Cashin and Peggy Flynn out of Wheaton for the entire day and night, which is almost unheard of! Who would of have ever guessed this evening would have been in yours, Colleen's or Kaitlin's future when all they did was listen to Bye Bye Bye from 'N Sync and you were loving anything to do with sports. You were the best. Thank you so much!
Thanks also to Ken, Tim, Michael and Pam for all of your help and guidance along the way. You were all so kind and professional. It was a pleasure to work with all of you. We are very grateful to have had your music for Colleen and Joel's wedding.
- Peggy and Jack Gleason, Colleen and Joel Thielen
Chicago Lights Gala of Hope – March 6, 2015
You smashed it again! I’m so thankful for the way you put that extra something out for us. Just awesome!
-Stacy Jackson, Executive Director
Bear Necessities Gala – February 28, 2015
Caitlin and Evolution were amazing at our Bear Tie Ball! Caitlin was so flexible and easy going and happy to jump in if I needed impromptu announcements. The crowd loved the band and was dancing down to the last second.
Everyone had such a great time thanks to them!
- Hilary Fash, Director of Special Events
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois Gala (Four Seasons) – February 21, 2015
We cannot thank you enough for partnering with us! Everyone has wonderful things to say about you and Evolution! All of your belief in our kids and our mission came through in your energy at our gala. Thank you!!
-Stella Boyle, Chairperson
Bravo Greater Des Moines 10th Anniversary Gala – February 7, 2015
Thank you for your support of Bravo’s 10th Anniversary Awards Gala. The work of you and your professional staff were essential to making this event a success and a night to remember for the sell-out crowd of 1,500 people who joined the party.
The gala was an outstanding celebration of the vibrant organizations that bring arts, culture, and heritage alive in central Iowa. Your efforts helped to top our guests’ expectations and make sure that the Bravo Gala remains central Iowa’s premiere event.
Once again, your orchestra provided the perfect accompaniment to the evening, ensuring our guests had an amazing time dancing the night away! I am absolutely certain that the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra is a key ingredient to the event’s success and we are grateful for your 10 years of commitment to being part of our celebration.
Thank you again to you and all of the musicians that made last Saturday a truly sparkling event!
-Sally Dix, Executive Director, Bravo Greater Des Moines
Lisa Rudenberg and Adam Gluskin - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Well, it has now been over one month since Lisa's and Adam's wedding. We have heard from all of our guests by letter, telephone call, email, text, or in person. Every one of them mentioned how incredible our band was at the wedding!! Every time we see someone, they comment on our band, even people who have already commented on it!! Yes, we are getting multiple compliments from our family and friends!! They could not get over the how packed the dance floor was the whole night. Many of them said that they loved the selection of music; that it crossed all the ages. It wasn't just all new music, but that it was a fabulous mix of old and new music. They were impressed that you played the whole night!! And, of course, everyone commented on how fun you were and how much energy you had!! If this isn't enough, we had a number of people comment on how beautiful the music was at the ceremony!!
The best part is that Lisa and Adam, our bride and groom, loved all of you. Not only did they have a fabulous time at their wedding, but their friends were amazed by your band and could not get over how much fun you were. They did not want to leave the dance floor!! It was so important to Lisa and Adam that their friends have fun and they did!!
Thank you so, so much for making our wedding so special. It is now a very happy memory for us.
-Linda and Gary Rudenberg, Parents of the Bride
Rachel Libman and Paul Pomerleau - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Seeing the smiles on Rachel and Paul’s faces made everything worthwhile. Thank you for the major role your leadership and the perfect performances of your orchestra contributed!
Sandra Libman, Mother of the Bride
Steve Petrovich and Janelle Aviado - Saturday, October 4, 2014
I wanted to share with you that everyone that attended the wedding gave us amazingly complementary comments about you and your Evolution Orchestra. It was not only the talent and professionalism, it was seeing how much energy your musicians and singers put into making this a fantastic celebration. Your guidance regarding an east coast "Ballroom" style and the time everyone spent learning new songs is a testament to all of you. I cannot wait to find a reason to hire you again! Thank you for making the wedding an experience my family will remember and treasure forever.
- Duke Petrovich, Father of the Groom
Tyler Carroll and Paul Simon - Friday, October 3, 2014
As always, the Ken Arlen Orchestra was superb at Tyler’s wedding. They played terrific music non-stop and really got the guests involved in the wedding. Thanks for everything!
- Jim Carroll, Father of the Bride
Lauren Furlong and Alex Prior - Saturday, September 27, 2014
It has been a full week since Lauren and Alex were married, and we are still receiving compliments about what a wonderful event it was and in particular, the extraordinary music you and your band played throughout the evening. Jody and I could not be happier with the wonderful evening you led us through, especially your ability to fill the dance floor for the entire evening with people of every age group. We had 11 year olds and 85 year olds dancing, and both are still talking about the incredible music that seemed to gone on for hours. Thank you for a great day and a wonderful night.
- Mary and Jody Furlong, Parents of the Bride
Lindsey Raskin and Adam Davidson - Saturday, September 20, 2014
On behalf of Ron, Lindsey, Adam, and EVERY GUEST that celebrated with us on September 20, I want to thank you! The evening was “magical,” “perfection,” “amazing” – just a few of the words we heard over and over again. Actions speak louder than words, and a picture tells a story like nothing else. From the beginning, you were a delight to work with…the ceremony/music preceding it (so we heard) was beautiful. But the party…WOW! You outdid yourselves! Our guests were still on the dance floor at 1AM! The music selection was incredible…the ENERGY unstoppable…the moments we needed softer tones, completely on the mark. The violinists? Gorgeous and beyond description. The sax guy? Hmm…wow!! The music made the party even more joyous than we could have imagined. Thank you for making this evening one we will never forget.
- The Raskin Family
Nicole Granacki and Bhargav Kunnamkode - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Caitlin was awesome on 8/30 at Café Brauer!!! EVERYONE was on the dance floor. At one point, I don't think there was a single seated guest.
- Ken Severin, Senior Sales Manager, Blue Plate Chicago
Anna Swarthout and Matt Moschner - Saturday, August 9, 2014
Tom and I can't thank you enough for helping to make Anna and Matt's reception so incredibly special. You did a fantastic job from beginning to end so that we heard nothing but raves about you and the rest of the orchestra. It was hard not to be out there dancing. Don't know how you make those smooth transitions from one song to the next but it's amazing. So happy you remembered to play Blackbird for Anna which will always be one of her favorites. You did it beautifully.
Please be sure to thank all of your musicians and vocalists for us. But a special thanks to you, Ken for creating your magic. It was a night to remember.
- Carolyn Swarthout, Mother of the Bride
Stephanie Cook and Ira Berman - July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding and leading us through the night. You guys are truly AMAZING! We have received so many compliments about the band and can’t wait to see you again next August!
Thanks for being so fun with the singing and dancing on stage – I’ll never forget playing the drums at my wedding! Thanks again for being THE best band!
- Stephanie and Ira, Bride and Groom
Just want to thank you for making the wedding reception so fabulous! Any and all who attended can’t talk about the reception without complimenting you and your orchestra! You were at your best, and made it a night to remember!
- Vincent Cook, Father of the Bride
Kathi Fine and Jeremy Abitbol - June 28, 2014
Just wanted to let you know how amazing last Saturday evening was. Your music was magical...Kathi and the family could not have been more pleased. Thank you for adding our two requested songs to your songbook. They sounded amazing!
Your orchestra made the party rock. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
- Shari Fine, Mother of the Bride
YOU WERE AMAZING AT OUR WEDDING, WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!! You made the entire night and I can't believe how lucky we were to have the very BEST band in Chicago!! You made all of our dreams come true. All of our guests were dancing all night long and the dance floor was PACKED the ENTIRE night. You did everything perfectly and we would not change a thing! We give you as many stars as possible!! WE HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend you to anyone looking for the best band Chicago has to offer!!! A million thank you's.
- Kathi & Jeremy Abitbol, Bride and Groom
MK Walsh and Mike Keppler - June 14, 2014
I just wanted to tell you that we had the best wedding ever and so much of it was because of the band. They were absolutely incredible and exceeded our extremely high expectations. We have had people calling, emailing and texting us nonstop with the highest praises for the band. We heard many people say that they would schedule their own wedding around the band's availability.
We told Ken at our meeting in May that we booked the band before we even booked our venue because we heard how good they were and we wanted to make sure that we had the best... And it was the smartest decision we made. The dance floor was packed the entire time and everyone had fun. I truly cannot properly articulate how amazing they were and how happy they made me and Mike.
Please tell Ken and the rest of the band thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We had the greatest night.
- MK Walsh, Bride
Jennifer Pollack and Derek Rosenthal - May 31, 2014
I wanted to personally thank you for such a wonderful evening you provided for Jen & Derek and our entire family. I have always believed once you invite the people you care about to your celebration, the next most important thing is the band! You and your orchestra were exceptional. The overly large dance floor was packed all night and even through the switch to the DJ at the end of evening. The violinists were awesome during the meal service!
- Susie Pollack, Mother of the Bride
Now that we're back from our honeymoon, Derek and I just wanted to thank you for making our wedding so amazing. We didn't get a chance to see you at the end of the night and just wanted you to know how incredible we thought you were. Of all the compliments we got on the wedding, everyone was most excited about the band and how great the music was. And we really wanted a fun, dancing wedding, and you definitely made that happen! I think we almost took down the stage at one point! And Derek and I were dripping sweat from dancing about 5 minutes in...all good things :)
Seriously thank you so much. Everything was perfect, and the music really made the party what it was. You somehow played the perfect combination of songs - so everyone of all ages was dancing all night long!
- Jen & Derek, Bride and Groom
Jordana Rutkoff and Jared Greenberg - Sunday, May 25, 2014
Jared and I can’t thank you enough for helping to make our wedding celebration and ceremony an overwhelming success! We loved every minute and so appreciate that you learned new material for us. Seeing Jared’s mom perform with the band was a true highlight! The energy was vibrant and palpable and the music selection was awesome! Thank you for heling to create a magical evening!
- Jordana and Jared, Bride and Groom
Colleen Napleton/Greg Peterson Wedding - April 26, 2014
When Colleen and Greg got engaged the very first request was call Ken Arlen and see what dates he is available...After dazzling us at our other daughter's wedding, we all agreed you would be our choice again. What a fabulous evening of music you provided. From the jazz trio at cocktails to the doors opening into the Grand Ballroom with the orchestra, vocalists and violinists all set the tone for a night of fun, non-stop dancing. The best testimony is when the wedding is ending and no one wants to leave the dance floor because they are hoping for one more song. Thank you for another sensational performance!
- Kathy and Ed Napleton, Parents of the Bride
Lindy Holland/Aaron Resnick Wedding - March 8, 2014
Ken, you rocked the house!!! Lindy and Aaron's wedding was so fabulous because of you. Your orchestra was unreal. My family and friends have not stopped calling. We loved every moment of the Wedding because we never wanted it to end. I am guessing you do not routinely go until 3:00am.
We look forward to sharing more Holland happy occasions with you!
- Ann Dee Holland, Mother of the Bride
Sarah LeFevour/Dave Meiners Wedding - March 1, 2014
Ken, you and the band were outstanding, You delivered on everything as promised. What a great night, and a big part of it was your effort!
- Terry LeFevour, Father of the Bride
Michael Masters/Pamela Galler Wedding - February 22, 2014
Thank you for a wonderful evening at our son, Michael and Pamela’s wedding. Your music was absolutely perfect for this wonderful celebration – such talented musicians and performers. Everyone loved it!
- Honorable Allan W. Masters and Linda Masters, Parents of the Groom
Tanya Miles/Brandon Davis Wedding - February 8, 2014
I don't even know where to begin. It has taken me so long to write because I can't gather my thoughts enough to describe the absolutely incredible evening you gave my children.
As the song goes.....Oh What A Night! I always knew that it would be great as I have been lucky enough to attend a previous wedding that you and your group performed at, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect the evening that we got.
From the wedding processional to the time the doors opened for the dinner, you rocked!
From the very beginning, not one single guest was in their seat. It was an amazing, exhilarating, non-stop, fabulous party thanks to you and the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Our guests are still talking about it almost 3 months later!
Thank you doesn't even begin to say how I feel – however, I am looking forward to my next child's wedding as you will be the first phone call I make!’
From Brandon, Tanya, Ray & Jane Miles and myself.....thank you for giving us memories that we hold near to our hearts and souls forever.
- Jeri Berman-Davis, Mother of the Groom
I just wanted to thank all of you and your wonderful musicians and team for a fantastic job! The dance floor was packed the entire night, and then some! Wow! I am impressed to the max. You were all delightful and responsive to work with and I appreciate you beyond words. A planner is only as good as his/her vendors, and you made me win the gold medal in planning! I hope we get to work together again in the near future. Thank you, again, and again, etc.
- Carol Abram, Event Planner, Amazing Events Dallas
Britt Steinberg/Jeffrey Vranek Wedding – January 25, 2014
The only words that can come from my mouth to describe the music of the evening are: incredible, fantastic, awesome, beyond flawless, entertaining, engaging, PERFECT!
Thank you so much! Can't wait to book our next wedding with you shortly!
- Yvonne Steinberg-Cutler, Mother of the Bride
Emily Berger/Jason Keith Wedding - December 7, 2013
How does Ken Arlen's Orchestra get better when it is already great? I don't know how, but it does. Five years ago Ken played at my older daughter's wedding and blew everyone there away with an outstanding night of music. Since then, I have seen Ken numerous times at my firm's annual holiday gala and other events. He never ever disappoints. But, having seen him so often, I paused, for just a second, when my younger daughter was to be married this past weekend, December 7. Had I seen the best of Ken Arlen? Had I seen enough of Ken Arlen? My wife, daughter and I each agreed the answer was no and we asked him to again provide the music at our second wedding.
Did we make the right decision? Yes, and then some. Ken Arlen was better than ever in every category. The music and singers were remarkable, the sound was current, the energy was full on and never subsided from the time he started at 9 PM until 1:30 AM, when literally people could dance no more because their feet simply gave out. There were 250 attendees, many from various cities around the country and the world, including New York and Los Angeles, and everyone came up to my wife and me to say that Ken Arlen's orchestra was the best that they had ever heard. And lest I forget, Ken and his smaller ensemble also played during the ceremony, including a singer that made the ceremony look and sound as if it was on a movie set.
The night will be one to always remember for the bride and groom, and for everyone there. If you want the very best, it is Ken Arlen and it makes no difference how often you have heard him. He just gets better and better and better every single time. I look forward to hearing him again at our holiday party in just a few weeks – that is how excited I am about his orchestra. Thank you Ken and thank you to each and every one of your musicians and singers who were sweating from the effort of their performances. It is greatly appreciated and will be a cherished memory for a lifetime.
- Maureen and Robert Berger, Parents of the Bride
Jason and I just want to thank you for the most unbelievable performance on Saturday night. From the second we walked in to the room, during pictures, we could feel your energy and excitement which simply added to ours. From the moment we lined up for the processional, and we heard the beautiful music playing in the background, we knew the mood had been set.
The ceremony music was flawless and when the singer began True Companion, my wedding dream came true; and we thank you for that. Then, onto the reception... We were blown away from the first song out of the gate. You set a tone to bring everyone to the dance floor and throughout the evening countless people came up to us with accolades that sang your praises. Our out of town friends were wowed as they had never seen a band this talented, and those local folks who had seen you before at other weddings were once again impressed by how current, on point, energetic and fun The Ken Arlen band is. How you played with that energy until 1:30 am, we simply don't know! Truly unbelievable! We thank you for adding to the energy of the night and the whole year. We thank you for learning and playing our requested songs and for making the night beyond memorable. We hope our paths cross again soon! Thank you, thank you!
- Emily and Jason, Bride and Groom
Katie Frazier/Zachary Boettcher Wedding - October 19, 2013
Wow! People are still talking about the reception and invariably that the orchestra was fantastic. We had a great time, and in addition to the dinner part, Ken and his talented group made the reception for us as well. He asked me what to play, and I said you should play whatever it takes to let a good time happen, and he did just that and more. Couldn't recommend a better group!
- Mell and Michael Frazier, Parents of the Bride
"Up on the Roof" Fundraiser - October 12, 2013
KAO was FABULOUS and we have received nothing but rave reviews about them!!!! Looking forward to working together again!
- Lindsay Heksch, Director of Fundraising Events, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Ashley Cunningham Wedding - October 5, 2013
Diana and I want to thank you again for your wonderful performance last Saturday evening at Ashley and Dr. Michaels' wedding. You and your orchestra were absolutely wonderful…way beyond our expectations. I have never been at any function where so many people danced and stayed to the end of the evening, all because of you and your exceptional performers. Your timing and choice of music the entire evening was perfect. I hope you could see how happy our daughter was and how much she danced the entire evening. You made it her dream wedding!
- Ted and Diana Cunningham, Parents of the Bride
Colleen Mead/Josh Simpson Wedding - September 21, 2013
KAO was absolutely incredible for our September 21 wedding. A month later, our guests are still raving about how awesome the band was. They learned new songs just for our special day, and the span of their repertoire is second to none. Our wedding band was one of the major focuses of our wedding, and they hit it out of the park. From the violinists on the entrance way steps, to a lead singer impromptu singing with our best man during his speech, to KAO getting every single guest out on the dance floor and having an amazing time, it made our wedding the best party we've ever been to. I cannot recommend them enough!
- Colleen Mead, Bride
Jordyn Teitelbaum/Simon Berger Wedding - August 31, 2013
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Ken Arlen and his orchestra. YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING LAST NIGHT at our wedding. Simon, I and all the guests loved your performance. Your serenade on the saxophone was the best thing I have ever seen and definitely made my night. I can't thank you enough for your music and energy. The guests were rocking all night long and are still raving about how great you were!
- Jordyn Teitelbaum, Bride
Stacey Solotorovsky/Jay Redd Wedding - August 3, 2013
All I can say is WOW! What a spectacular performance by the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Thank you so much for the major contribution to the night’s success. It was a pleasure to work with you!
- Stacee and Julian Solotorovsky, Parents of the Bride
Laura Navarre/Will Abbruzzese Wedding - July 27, 2013
We wanted to thank you all for the absolutely amazing performance you gave at our wedding on July 27th. The music was incredible, and you had the Peninsula ballroom rocking! Our guests raved about you all that night and in the days following, and they all said that you are the best band they have ever heard at a wedding. We are so grateful for all the time and energy that you put into making our wedding reception so memorable, and so much fun.
Ken, thank you especially for meeting with us prior to our wedding and for handling all of our requests. The personal touches were so appreciated.
- Laura and Will, Bride and Groom
Jennifer Lane/Brandon Pearlman Wedding - July 20, 2013
Brandon and I cannot thank you enough for the magical evening you made for us this past weekend! You and your team you made my/our fairy tale wedding come to life! Thank you for your amazing and incredible talent, livelihood, passion, and keeping everyone’s’ energy and spirit at a high all night long! You truly are a master at your craft and we cannot thank you enough!
- Jennifer and Brandon, Bride and Groom
Rachel Nathan/Michael Fischer Wedding - July 13, 2013
I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous job you did for Rachel and Mike's wedding last weekend. Everything was beautiful, of course, and the music was spot-on and superb from start to finish. The "dancing out" at the end of the ceremony was executed with perfection, and it was "genius" to have the horns all set and ready to go! It was great fun being a guest!
Congrats on a job better than well done!
- Nancy Eisenberg, Accessory to the Party
Linoy Reich/Ari Levy Wedding - June 23, 2013
Everyone kept talking about how fabulous you were! Thank you so much! We are fans of yours forever!
- Carol and Larry Levy (Levy Restaurants), Parents of the Groom
From the beginning, working with Ken was very easy and he guaranteed that they were every penny worth what we paid and that we would be thanking him by the end of the night. He wasn't kidding! Everything he promised happened and he was right about all of it from the song choices to the violinists. They were so impressive!
The talent that his group has is insane. We had people coming up to us saying it was the most fun they have ever had at a wedding and they felt like they were at a concert because the band sounded so much like the actual musicians. They were involved with the crowd and created an energy in the room from the moment the guests stepped in. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone for their wedding – worth every penny!
Thank you so much for the most amazing wedding! David and I and all our friends and family had a blast! People continually kept coming up to me and telling me that "It was like a wedding and an awesome concert all rolled into one!" Everyone was raving about you guys, especially me! I danced my butt off and had the time of my life! Thank you for making my wedding so special and wonderful. It was more than I could have ever dreamed! I am a HUGE fan of you guys and am so excited to see you at a friend’s wedding in July!
You have a reputation for being the best wedding band ever, and you more than deserve it! It feels like an understatement. Not only that, but you were such a kind and wonderful personality to work with. It made our planning and working together so lovely!
I had the best time rocking out and raging with you guys. It was truly the best time of my life! Thank you again, and I'm so excited to see you soon!
- Allison Kupferberg, Bride
We just wanted to let you know incredibly happy we all were with the music and entertainment you provided at Allison and David’s wedding!
There was literally something for everyone. From the full band to the combo (Miles’ “All Blues” was a treat) and from the dancing to the three violinists’ dinner performances, it was just fantastic!
A special thanks from me on the father-daughter piece. I really appreciate the time you guys took to include it.
Ken, thank you and all of your talented musicians!
- Andy Kupferberg, Father of the Bride
Ari Levin/Lindsay Rubin Wedding - April 27, 2013
Ahh, we are still on a high after our daughter's wedding! The Ken Arlen Orchestra was through the roof and then some. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was raving about the band...immediately! The dance floor was packed all night with happy faces and people were jumping and jiving all night long. Our guests are still talking to us about it and anyone else they meet..."You gotta hear this band that played at Lindsay's wedding!"
The comments from Chicago residents who already had the good fortune to have heard Ken play told us that "Ken Arlen is our favorite band!" Those who had not heard him play told us that no other band they’ve seen could keep people on the dance floor the way Ken did. The singers were phenomenal...people would come up to me on the floor and say, "That young guy..OMG! He can sing anything!" They were equally impressed with all the other singers. And then there were the Sirens, which left people with their mouths wide open! The grandmothers and grandfathers even got into the mix, and they loved watching those girls play!
A few days after the wedding, I ran into a friend whose son is getting married, and I told her without a doubt that the Ken Arlen Orchestra was the band to go with – no doubts, no regrets, and absolutely the most important ingredient after the bride and groom say, "I DO!" if you want to have a hugely successful party!
- Marilyn Rubin, Mother of the Bride
Ari and I are still on such a high from Saturday. Everything was perfect and everyone told me that your band was hands down the best band they have ever seen! I’m sure you hear it at every event, but you are phenomenal. I wish I could have remembered every song and every note because they were all amazing. Thank you for making our celebration full of music and joy. I hope every one of my friends books you!
- Lindsay and Ari, Bride and Groom
Kelly Clarke/Andrew Monahan Wedding - April 6, 2013
Our wedding was truly the best ever! Every single one of our guests made a point to tell us how much they loved the band and what a blast the whole night was because of you!
When we were planning, everyone told us that the Ken Arlen Orchestra is "the wedding band" in Chicago, and we are thrilled to report that we couldn't agree more.
We can't thank Ken and the rest of the band enough for making our day everything we hoped it would be. We were on the dance floor with hundreds of our nearest and dearest from start to finish, which was exactly what we wanted!
- Kelly and Andrew, Bride and Groom
Lisa Sider/Adam Silver Wedding - December 15, 2012
When it comes to class, style, and outstanding music, there is simply no match for the Ken Arlen Orchestra.
Musically wonderful and stirring, your orchestra and personal touch helped us create a wedding for Lisa and Adam that was as fun and energy-filled as it was memorable and meaningful. Our family, friends, and guests may still be dancing!
Going in, expectations were unavoidably high – as you know, we’ve seen your act several times before. Thanks for exceeding them on every level. The KAO never gets tired or old!
It has been a total pleasure to work with you. And, getting to know you has been a real bonus. We could not have made a better choice than Arlen.
- Judy and Jerry Sider, Parents of the Bride
Children's Ball - December 8, 2012
Linda and I both wanted to thank you for the outstanding job Saturday night. We have received tons of emails and calls complimenting your performance at the Ball. Guests were saying they have never seen the whole dance floor packed the entire evening! Everyone loved your selections, the dancing violinists, and the crowd was quiet during the speeches! There is no question you are the best!
Linda and I also want to thank you for your guidance in regards to the evening’s program. You were 100% correct in suggesting that we break up the speeches into 2 parts. Thank you!
- Debbie Lewin and Linda Fisher, Co-Chairs
Almost Home Kids Fundraiser - November 30, 2012
What an amazing night – Ken and the Orchestra were really fabulous and made the night so special, we can’t thank them enough!
- Judith McLean, Almost Home Kids Director of Marketing & Communications
Jennifer Gelb/Zach Harris Wedding - November 24, 2012
Zack and I just wanted to thank you so much for orchestrating such a wonderful and perfect night. There really is no one better than you and we were honored that you ran the show. I am sure you hear it often, but everyone came up to us and was calling us about how great the music was. So thank you! The U2 rendition was beautiful and so powerful. We also loved our first dance song, "Oh Darlin'." Everything was great. Thank you again.
We look forward to seeing you at many future weddings and events. Cannot wait!
- Jen and Zach, Bride and Groom
Shawna Leavitt/Michael Cohn Wedding - October 13, 2012
I just wanted to drop you a quick line thanking you for being so spectacular on Saturday. It was my absolute dream wedding and it would not have been that way if you and your amazing orchestra weren't part of it.
I can't even count the number of our guests who came up to me raving about you. Even my friends from Manhattan - who have seen it all and have impossibly high standards - said you were the best they've ever heard and asked if you travel to perform.
Thank you for truly listening to what we wanted and keeping the dance floor packed the entire night. It was just unbelievable and I keep replaying the moments over and over!
- Shawna Levit, Bride
I just arrived home in Cleveland and couldn't wait another second to write you to let you know how amazing you and your band were. You were so right about adding the Sirens rock violins. They wowed everyone! Vocals, arrangements, sequences, play lists.......all superb. I truly believe this was the best party ever. The dance floor was full the entire night. Music at cocktails was perfect. Everyone without exception told me the ceremony was beautiful. I can't wait to see and hear it thoroughly on the video. Thank you so much for helping to make the perfect wedding night!
- Janie Dunay, Mother of the Bride
Elizabeth McDonalad/Erik Powers - October 7, 2012
Thanks to everyone involved in my son’s wedding planning and celebration on October 7. Everyone was fantastic – musically and with great personalities. Most of the guests danced all night. All of my friends told me that the evening was the best! Thank you all for helping to make it so.
- Hope Powers, Mother of the Groom
Kathryn Hines/Garrett Ordower - October 6, 2012
Once again, you scored a masterpiece at Kathryn and Garrett's wedding! As at Maggie and Jamie's wedding in 2011, your music was outstanding and made the wedding. I can't thank you and the other musicians enough for going along with Kathryn and Garrett's wish to have the wedding outdoors despite the temperatures. It turned out to be beautiful and memorable for them. And the reception - your timing was perfect in announcing toasts, the buffet and Kathryn's singing (I still can't believe she did that!) So many people told me that night and since that it was the best music they have ever heard at a wedding, and that was quite apparent considering the overflowing dance floor all night long.
My two younger daughters who are not even close to getting married (we hope), isn't it interesting that they have already chosen the band for their weddings? It’s yours, of course!
Please thank all the musicians, the sound crew and your staff for making the trek up to Michigan for Kathryn and Garrett's lovely wedding.
- Mary K. and Jere Hines, Parents of the Bride
Sara Cline/Chase Howland - September 15, 2012
Thanks to Rebecca & Rich, Sara & Chase and your orchestra, Saturday is night always to be remembered! I would assume your musicians and you know that you are not "just" playing dance music, but rather making memories. Never in my life have I looked around at all of my siblings, all of my cousins, their spouses and the next generation coming up behind us and seen so much EXUBERANCE. Our parents, while not dancing, were thoroughly entertained. Particularly, I loved "Edge of Glory" and "P.Y.T." that I got to share with my "radiant" cousin and M.O.B., Rebecca!
As just a wedding guest, I thank you & your talented crew. What a night!
- Steve Sullivan, Wedding Guest
Paula Luccini/Ben Baldwin - September 8, 2012
Thank you for such an unforgettable party on Saturday night. Our guests were delighted to experience a world class orchestra at the Field Museum. You are truly in a league all your own!
- Patricia Woertz, Mother of the Bride
Carli Lustig/Matthew Fenstein - September 2, 2012
Wanted to extend a very big thank you your way! Sunday night was incredible. Matt and I could not have imagined that energy on the dancefloor. Emails/phone calls are still streaming in from friends and family raving about the band. Thank you to the whole team!
- Carli Lustig, Bride
Stephanie Handler/Keith Shirley - September 1, 2012
On behalf of my family, I cannot thank you enough for making Stephanie and Keith’s wedding such a memorable event. Our guests are still raving about your performance and what an enjoyable time they had listening and dancing to your outstanding music.
As you know, I am quite familiar with all of the bands and orchestras in the Chicagoland area. While many of them profess to be the best, none of them can hold a candle to your orchestra.
When the doors opened to the ballroom at the Fairmont following the cocktail hour, you dictated the tempo of what was going to transpire for the rest of the evening. Needless to say, you did not disappoint. From the first dance to the last, you kept the evening rocking and you captivated the entire audience regardless of a guest’s age. Unlike other orchestras that I have seen, you did not merely rehash your same songs. Besides the quality of your sound, your interaction with the crowd kept the evening going so that no one wanted to leave.
Ken, I can only say that I will never stop believing in you. While there may be other bands or orchestras in the area, there is no one in your league.
- Joel Handler, Father of the Bride
Kristin Lambert/Brad Rafferty - August 18, 2012
Thank you so much for your unbelievable performance at Brad and Kristin’s wedding last month! You rocked the night!! We have heard from countless guests how much fun and entertaining your band is. We are so grateful for your talent. You’re the best!
- Cheri Rafferty, Mother of the Groom
Susan and Peter Sonderby - June 24, 2012
Last night's party-goers raved about the performance! Thank your for getting everyone up and dancing. The party was a huge success thanks in great part to the band. We are very happy with the way things went. Thanks to all!
- Susan and Peter Sonderby, Husband and Wife
Chicago Botanic Garden Summer Dinner Dance - June 22, 2012
What great music! The Summer Dinner Dance was a wonderful success due in part to your band. The music during dinner was perfect, and for the rest of the evening, you got everyone on the dance floor enjoying a terrific time.
People stayed to the end of the party dancing the entire time! We all just did not realize when it was “the last dance!”
Thank you so much for all you did to make the party so much fun.
- Tricia Hogenak
Alexandra Frydman/Jordan Light - June 10, 2012
Ken, to you and your colleagues, I extend an enormous “thank you!” The music you provided for my daughter’s wedding was just superb. From your simple solo work at the Badecken, to the lovely welcoming chords you played on piano, accompanied by a violin at the top of the Four Seasons’ beautiful staircase, you always hit just the right note.
The ceremony was a seamless blend of the religious ritual, spirituality, love, and the enhancing beauty of music, great music. Then you warmed them up during the cocktail hour, and it just got better and better. You did it all. I got so many wonderful comments, and often they were the same – “They are the best group I’ve ever heard!!!” I certainly agree.
From current hits to horas, from old standards to Motown, nobody does it better. You had the party going all night long! I thank you, Ken, for helping me give my daughter, Alexandra, the wedding of her dreams.
- June Frydman, Mother of the Bride
Kendra Billinger/Justin Shiffman - June 9, 2012
FANTASTIC!!!! It’s been a pleasure to work with you before and to see you perform at other events we were in attendance at and you are always amazing and fantastic!! But at our son’s wedding Saturday night, it was off the charts amazing!! You have never sounded better, the additional horns made a great impact, the violins were amazing and overall the night was the greatest party ever, thanks to Ken Arlen!! I must have had 100 people complement you to me during the night, and they were right, I loved hearing them say, over and over and over again that this was the greatest orchestra they had ever heard, and we have ALREADY fielded calls from friends there asking for your information for when they plan their big events!! Thank you Ken for all your hard work in making this a most memorable wedding to all of us there!! You are the BEST!!
- Roger Shiffman, Father of the Groom
Allison Condo/Erik Costlow - June 2, 2012
Erik and I wanted to thank you for making our wedding so incredible. The music throughout the entire weekend was fantastic. From the violinist to the singers, everyone helped to make our wedding celebration special. You made our first dance and parent dance beyond memorable and were able to keep the dance floor packed all night. Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you again to you and everyone in the Ken Arlen Orchestra!
- Allison Condo, Bride
Cari Robinette/Michael Assofsky - May 27, 2012
We want to thank you again for everything you did to make our day so special. It was a pleasure to work with you. We appreciate your professionalism, artistry & expertise!
- Cari and Michael, Bride and Groom
Taryn Center/Kori Covrigaru - May 19, 2012
Per usual, you were fantastic! We can’t thank you enough for playing an integral role in making our wedding memorable and magnificent. You and the Orchestra are a truly talented group and without you, there wouldn’t be a party.
I will admit, there were a few anxiety nightmares about no one dancing at the wedding, but we now know how silly that was because with you guys making the music, there’s no way no one wouldn’t dance.
The evening was magical and the music served as the perfect backdrop. Thank you again for helping to make our wedding perfect.
- Taryn and Kori, Bride and Groom
Jodie Shpritz/Mitch Kaplan - May 12, 2012
Mitch and I want to thank you for helping make our night so special!! Everyone couldn't stop talking about how amazing the band was and how much fun the evening was. It is a true testament to your talent and the amazing work you do. We loved every minute of the night and it couldn't have been more perfect!
From the ceremony and the beautiful music and vocals to the cocktail hour music onto the reception - it couldn't have been more perfect. Even the hotel staff were dancing in the corner of the room. It was simply spectacular and everyone was up dancing from the moment the party started.
Thank you for making our wedding everything we could hope and dream of!
- Jodie and Mitch, Bride and Groom
Lauren Berg/Sam Grossman - December 3, 2011
As I sit here in LAX waiting to board my flight to Maui, all I can think about is you and your band! You guys are beyond incredible! Your passion and energy is always contagious. You truly made my wedding amazing! Thank you on behalf of Lauren and me. You really are the best at what you do!!
- Sam Grossman, Groom
Thanks again! The wedding was fabulous - calls and notes haven't stopped yet! We loved working with you and wish we could go back and be in evening once more!
- Allen and Robin Berg, Parents of the Bride
Jamie Ordower/Brad Zaransky Wedding - November 12, 2011
Ken, you blew all of us away with the high energy and awesome performance at the ceremony and at the party. Several people independently told me you were “the best band they ever heard.” One of my friends who was in attendance is a member of the Percussion Musician’s Hall of Fame, and he confirmed that from a technical musical standpoint, you were dead on and fabulous.
Thanks again for bringing your "A-Game" and for being a true professional.
- Michael Zaransky, Father of the Groom
Halle Ritter/Scott Levy Wedding - November 5, 2011
Ken, I can’t thank you enough for making the wedding a musical success! What a fabulous time everyone had, and both families are continuing to hear rave reviews on how the guests had never seen a band like yours and how amazing you all were! Your entire orchestra was fantastic and we will be talking about you for a very long time to come.
Thank you again for being a huge part in making the wedding a success! You are a genius and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
- Diane Levy, Mother of the Bride
Service Club of Chicago 121st Anniversary Celebration - November 4, 2011
Your orchestra is amazing! I have never seen so many people NOT leave the dance floor. People were commenting all evening on how great the band was. I especially loved the female violins when they came down on the dance floor, and I also loved how everyone was dressed!
- Laurie Davis, Co-Chair
Melissa Fuld/Michael Gurovitsch Wedding - October 29, 2011
Ken, you and the band were amazing...the best I have ever heard!!! I had no doubt that I had hired the best musical talent when I hired you, and even my very high expectations were exceeded!!! Thank you as well for all of your help during the planning process!
- Shirley Fuld, Mother of the Bride
Marcia Lipkin/Michael Rathsack Wedding - October 2, 2011
I have been to many weddings and I have never heard so many compliments for the orchestra! So many guests said they enjoyed the music, and many emails afterwards expressed the same thought. They liked the songs, they liked the mix and they liked the dancing. The vocalists were great, and your violinists in particular looked like they were enjoying themselves and that enjoyment was reflected in their playing. They made a difference and we are glad we added them.
Some people also added that they enjoyed the fact that they were able to talk comfortably during dinner.
We had a good time at our own wedding and your group was part of that!
- Mike Rathsack, Groom
Lindsey Sherman/Scott Kornblatt Wedding - October 1, 2011
There are no superlatives great enough that I can use to express how thrilled we were with your performance at our wedding this past weekend. Simply stated, you and your fellow musicians made the wedding celebration a dream come true. Our phone has not stopped ringing, and our emails are filled, and each and every call and comment compliments your orchestra. The party atmosphere that filled the room and the dance floor was all a tribute to the mood that you created, and we are so appreciative and grateful for your help in making the evening a night we will cherish forever.
Your warmth, your enthusiasm, and your energy…I could go on and on…suffice it to say that your number will be on my speed dial when wedding number two for our family is being arranged.
Ken, on behalf of Lindsey and Scott, thank you so so much for making the evening magical. I look forward to seeing you again!
- Rich Sherman, Father of the Bride
Thank you again for an incredible wedding celebration. I really think I was in a dream all night and I don't think I left the dance floor! The ceremony music was so moving and special and the party music was absolutely fabulous. You made Scott and I feel so special and we had the best time! We honestly could have danced to the music all night.
We really appreciate all the time you spent with us to prepare for our big day. Thank you for making our wedding so incredibly special and unforgettable!
- Lindsey and Scott, Bride and Groom
Stephanie Rosenbaum/Todd Weinstein Wedding - September 4, 2011
"There are not enough words to express our gratitude to you and your wonderful group of musicians. Stephanie and Todd’s wedding was a night we will never forget. Your attention to detail and your immediate “feel” for the crowd made for a perfect evening! Clearly, we are still floating. We will always be grateful and continue to sing your praises!"
- Jill and Michael Rosenbaum, Parents of the Bride
Mary Jo Washburn/Stephen Corby Wedding - August 20, 2011
"Steve and I were beyond thrilled with your performance at the wedding. The night went exactly as we had always hoped - an incredibly fun party with a packed dance floor. Three weeks later and still all I'm hearing about is how amazing the band was at our wedding. You guys seriously made our night, and for that we are eternally grateful."
- Mary Jo Corby, Bride
Tyler Musso/Ryan Crawford Wedding – August 13, 2011
Ken Arlen Orchestra Led By David Young, Bandleader of Entourage
"Ken, I knew that the band would be good - really good - but they completely blew us all away, and helped make the evening one that will never be forgotten.
Tyler, [the bride], had a rough day. There was torrential downpour during the day and it wasn’t pretty. Anyhow, by the time I got to the garden, the Sirens were already playing, I met David [Young] and I knew we were going to be okay. He welcomed Tyler in with his trumpet, and she looked over at me and smiled, and so it began...The band kicked in with the music at the reception, and no one remembered that rain was even an issue. I don’t think Tyler ever left the dance floor; I saw my parents-in-law dance more than I ever have; they were ecstatic and couldn’t stop talking about the music. My father-in-law woke up hoarse the next morning and told me that he didn’t know if he lost his voice on Sweet Home Alabama or Go Johnny, Go (among others).
At the wedding and continuing into the brunch on Sunday, everyone congratulated me about your band, and I gladly accepted the compliments :-). They were really awesome – and so incredibly professional. David, the Ring Master, is so good at what he does, and ridiculously smooth – he could lead us into war with his trumpet and we would happily follow him dancing. The vocalists (Nick, Leslie, Christina, and Michael) are all so versatile and amazing, and sounded as good as, and in many cases better than the artists on all their songs. Please thank them all for adding so much musically to Tyler and Ryan’s day. Tyler had the best party EVER and couldn’t be happier, and I’m grateful that you could contribute so greatly to that. I look forward to hearing you again, dancing to your music, and singing with you – no matter which side of the stage we’re on. Until then...my thanks!"
Meghan McCrary/Scott Price Wedding - July 30, 2011
"Thank you so much for the wonderful job at Meghan and Scott’s wedding. Everyone had a great time, and we so appreciate your excellence in all you do!"
- Marlene and Bruce Saltzberg, Parents of the Bride
Dana Saltzberg/Elliott Cohen Wedding - July 16, 2011
"Dana and Elliott's wedding was a magical evening that will never be forgotten by our enthralled bride, groom, family, and friends. And without a doubt, the consistent core of this fairytale evening was the sound of the Ken Arlen Orchestra.
From the moment our guests arrived until the last notes of the celebration were played, they were treated to music that created the perfect mood for each setting. The ensemble at the entrance offered a welcoming feeling of excitement; the pre-ceremony and ceremony music was romantic and elegant; the herald of the brass ensemble announced that there were special times ahead; the cocktail hour musicians were fun and edgy; and the full orchestra at the party was simply amazing - constant high energy exhilaration that resulted in a packed dance floor!!
We send our deepest thanks to you for your support and guidance during the planning process, and to you, the musicians, singers, and technicians for the flawless execution throughout the evening. Once again, Arlen Music's professionalism, talent, and goal of perfection resulted in a musical experience that went beyond our greatest expectations."
- Marlene and Bruce Saltzberg, Parents of the Bride
Meredith Krohn-Friedson/Brian Mann Wedding - July 10, 2011
"We just returned from our honeymoon and wanted to send you a quick note thanking you so much for making our wedding so sensational. We had high expectations for KAO which you met and then blew out of the water! Our guests were blown away, as evidenced by the fact that we were all so sore the next day, we could barely walk!"
- Meredith and Brian, Bride and Groom
Lincoln Park Zoo Hollywood and Vines Ball - July 8, 2011
"Thank you so much for the wonderful performance last night. There was such a buzz – everyone I spoke with was so happy with the music you provided (as evidenced by the crowded dance floor all night!) From the Sirens at the entrance, showtunes at the dinner hour, and then to Lady Gaga for fun dancing, you hit the mark every time and of course you knew just when to play the right music. I heard from one of the Women’s Board members they couldn’t stop swaying during the dinner hour because of the great music you played. You inspired us to move (and shake) and it was fabulous.
We appreciate your talent and that of all of your musicians. What a fun night it was and what a great performance you created. Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you (and hearing you) again soon."
- Rosemary Jones, Chair
Thank you for playing a starring role in Zoo Ball 2011 - Hollywood and Vines. You and your team deserve a standing ovation! From the Sirens greeting guests to the last dance - the music could not have been better. Everyone went home with tired feet and smiles on their faces. Thanks for being part of the cast!
- Susan Erler, Rosemary Jones, Kirsten Rider - Co-chairs
Adra Horn/Jason Lustig Wedding - July 3, 2011
"We just wanted to thank all of you for the fabulous music at our daughter's wedding this past weekend. We could not have expected anything as great as what we received. Our guests were raving about the music, song selection and the quality of your orchestra. We are all so thrilled that we chose to work with Ken and the rest of the orchestra. Thanks again for helping to make this evening so special."
- Richard and Linda Horn, Parents of the Bride
"We had such an amazing wedding, in great part due to the orchestra. They were phenomenal, and everyone had great things to say about them. Thank you!"
- Jason Lustig, Groom
Jamie Spangler/Brett Shapiro Wedding - June 26, 2011
"It has been nearly a year since our wedding and guests still cannot stop raving about how phenomenal the band was and the energy, happiness, and artistic presence you added to our special day. From the moment we met you, we knew that you and your colleagues would make every effort to create a professional and personalized program for our event, but we could never have imagined just how much you would enrich our celebration with your musical prowess, lively engagement of the crowd, and adept intuition for the flow of the party. We were amazed by your performance of our first dance song, just as we had practiced it, and we cannot thank you enough for making our event so dynamic, enjoyable and meaningful!"
- Jamie Spangler and Brett Shapiro, Bride and Groom
Brittany Walowitz/Gregg Wilkow Wedding - June 25, 2011
"The wedding was magical, like a fairy tale! Ken and all the musicians were fabulous. Everyone couldn’t get over the band! Thanks, thanks, thanks!"
Maggie Napleton/Bryan Falato Wedding - June 18, 2011
"I just have to say...UNBELIEVABLE! Our guests are still talking about the music. I've received loads of texts, emails, and phone calls. We were so pleased and we wish we could do it all over again! I don't believe there will be another Napleton wedding without the Ken Arlen Orchestra! The energy was over the top, and most of us missed dessert because we didn't want to sit back down! Thank you again for your professionalism, extreme talent, and unbelievable magnetism!"
- Maribeth Napleton, Mother of the Bride
Sarah Trees/Jonathan Bliley Wedding - May 28, 2011
"We will never be able to thank you enough for being a part of our wedding. Words cannot express how amazing both you and your extraordinary orchestra are. You truly helped make our dreams come true. It meant the world to us that you took the time to learn and perform our Celine Dion first dance song. Your performance of the song was breathtaking, and will always be one of the most memorable moments of our wedding.
I have to admit that we still have not stopped talking about the music at our wedding. Jon's favorite topic to discuss over our honeymoon was how talented you are - I believe he used the word 'genius', which is so true! Again, thank you for everything."
- Sarah and Jon Bliley, Bride and Groom
Amy Dobrozsi/David Layfer Wedding - March 12, 2011
"Ken - I wanted to tell you how unbelievably amazing you all were on Saturday. You must get a lot of Monday thank you emails from brides, but I wanted to thank you all so much for making our wedding spectacular. I'm so glad we added the Sirens, they were the icing on the cake! When I heard them playing for the ceremony, it made me cry. Their music and the room just absolutely took my breath away. And I will never in my life forget the end of the wedding when you all circled us for the last song, I've never seen that before and it was the coolest way to end what was the best night of my life. David and I were re-living every minute of it all day yesterday and today. I've had soooo many people tell me that you are the best band they've ever seen at a wedding. And one of my friends who lives in DC asked if he could fly you out for his wedding - he's not engaged yet but thought you would like to know. :) Thank you for making it amazing!!!!!!!"
- Amy Dobrozsi, Bride
Barrie Ribet/Martyn Moskovich Wedding – November 13, 2010
"Our guests have not stopped talking about your orchestra and how fabulous your band was at Barrie and Martyn's wedding! People were dancing and "singing" from beginning to end! Of course a million compliments on the violinists and the sax solo, but also on the singers. Barrie and Martyn were thrilled with the whole evening and they have discerning taste. Everything was perfect - so thank you very much for making their wedding everything they dreamed of!!"
- Bonnie and George Ribet, Parents of the Bride
William Weinstock/Jennie Tatar Wedding – October 23, 2010
"It is impossible for me to convey to you the absolutely incredible reaction we had from all of our guests who were in awe of the performance and showmanship of your group. As the hosts of the evening, we were so proud to have ‘the best in the business’ as our music component, and the addition of the strings was a fantastic complement to the evening and a visual treat. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for the #1 group in the city."
- Howard Tatar, Father of the Bride
Maureen Riggio/William Rohe – September 17, 2010
"We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful job you did at Maureen and Bill’s wedding! Everyone commented on how great the music was and the dance floor was never empty. I also wanted to thank you for the opportunity for Sean to join you playing his guitar; it was a great memory and one that will always be cherished! Thanks for adding so much to a wonderful day!"
- John and Pat Riggio, Parents of the Bride
Jennifer Tier/Matt McQuinston – September 5, 2010
"I can’t say enough about how thrilled we were with your performance at our daughter’s wedding. Every guest commented on how fabulous the band was. Your vocalists were incredible and you were so right about the violins. Thank you for recommending we add them. They were a big hit with everyone, including my mother. I know the Ken Arlen Orchestra is considered the best band in Chicago and you certainly proved that again. My friends were bowled over. People who have heard you before said, “Better than ever,” and for Charlie and me, your fee was an investment with huge returns. We loved your warm and personal touch. We loved that you combined an Irish Jig for William with the Hora and we loved it when you brought Maureen and her bridesmaids up to stage to sing with the band! Thank you and your stellar orchestra for an amazing performance!"
- Bunny Tier, Mother of the Bride
Jodi Mautner/Scott Siglin Wedding - June 12, 2010
"Thank you for helping to make Jodi and Scott’s wedding an amazing evening.
The entire orchestra surpassed my expectations. Everyone raved about the orchestra, violins and The Jersey Boys.
I want to personally thank you so much for your guidance on the number of musicians to use for the ceremony and party. You were so right about the violins. They add such romance and elegance to such a special occasion.
You are a true professional and I appreciate all your time and energy you put into making the evening so memorable."
- Barbara Mautner, Mother of the Bride
Mollie Hogan/Jeff Swatz Wedding - June 5, 2010
"I can't begin to tell you how much fun we had at the wedding. Your orchestra is AMAZING. It made the wedding. I must have had 50 text messages the next day from people saying, 'Wow, what a great band!' I set the standard high with this wedding for all of my buddies. I guarantee you all of them will use you at their daughters' weddings. Rebecca, the wedding planner, has already referred you to two more clients. Thank you again for making my daughter's wedding perfect."
- Dennis Hogan, Father of the Bride
Elizabeth Elrod/Russell Mollen Wedding - May 30, 2010
"Never in my dreams did I know how phenomenal your orchestra was and I had really high expectations! Everyone is still raving about your performance. The dance floor was packed from the beginning of the night to the end. You have such a wonderful presence and handled all of our requests with enthusiasm. Donna and I could not be happier and thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
- Steve Elrod, Father of the Bride
Lindsay Harrow/Michael Pearlman Wedding - May 23, 2010
"Thank you so very much for the amazing performance you did for our wedding. You guys are absolutely amazing and made our wedding such a blast! Our friends and family are still raving about you and your performance. Thank you for learning all the extra songs we requested, it really made our wedding so special. Thank you so much again for the unbelievable performance!"
- Lindsay and Mike Pearlman, Bride & Groom
Erin Gordon/Bret Solnoki Wedding
"Wow! Wow! Wow! I can't even describe how unbelieveable the night was. You and your Orchestra performed above and beyond what we expected to hear. The dancing did not stop the whole night! At 1:30 in the morning, it was still crowded on the dance floor. The violinists could not have been better! The horns were amazing and the singing was unreal! You could not have been any more perfect."
- Erin & Bret Solnoki, Bride & Groom
Karla Temple/Ron McLawhon Wedding
"Thank you for making our wedding reception a truly extraordinary event! We have received rave reviews from many of our guests with comments like 'it was the best wedding we have ever been to' and 'this is one wedding I will never forget'. The consensus among all our guests was that the band was 'phenomenal' and really made the wedding memorable and a lot of fun. My dad said that the band was the best investment of all the many wedding expenses! Many thanks again for making our day truly special and unforgettable!!!"
- Karla and Ron McLawhon, Bride and Groom
"My dad said that the band was the best investment of all the many wedding expenses!"
- Karla McLawhon, Bride
Kentucky Derby Museum Gala
"I can’t begin to thank you enough. You guys really brought it Saturday night and turned what could have become a disaster because of our flooded tent into a evening that people are still raving about. One thing about us Kentuckians, we know how to party!! All we need is a reason to and the Ken Arlen Orchestra provided that!"
- Carla Grego, Membership Manager and Gala Organizer
"I've never seen my husband dance so much in all our years together."
- Jill Rosenbaum, Mother of the Bride
"Your orchestra members were meticulous in appearance, your singers were outstanding, violinists were not only beautiful but fabulous, and your choice and mix of music met every age group."
- Jan and Larry Hasley, Parents of the Bride
Jessica Olshansky/Eric Mandell Wedding
"We just want to thank you and the whole orchestra ever so much again for helping to make Jessie and Eric's wedding a magical evening. Most know that the orchestra you choose for a special event like this is what makes your party. Jay and I knew long ago you and your orchestra were who we wanted to make Jessie and Eric's wedding perfect. Our family and friends just raved about you and your orchestra and everyone had an evening that they won't soon forget. Thank you so very much again..."
- The Olshanskys and the Mandells
Bear Bar Mitzvah
"Everyone I heard from about the party kept saying that the music was better than the radio!"
- Benji Bear
Natalie Marino/Chris Fadel Wedding
"We wanted to personally thank you for an amazing evening!! You guys were unbelievably fun and entertaining, and we heard that from everyone. It was hands down the greatest night of our lives so far, and we truly believe that you and the band were a huge part of that. Please thank them all!"
- Natalie and Chris Fadel, Bride and Groom
Lora Schatz/Jim Jacobsohn Wedding
"I want to thank you for your performance, your energy and your band's intensity, which everyone I have talked to has raved about."
- Barry A. Schatz, Father of the Bride
"Jim and I had the greatest time at the wedding and wanted to be out on the dance floor the whole night. The songs that you played and the energy you brought to the evening were both fantastic. Everyone raved about how amazing the band was! Thank you again and we hope to be at another event where you are playing because we know it will be a great night."
- Lora and Jim Jacobsohn, Bride and Groom
Mindy Urban/Kevin Braun Wedding
"Just a quick note of thanks for your wonderful music. The dance floor was packed all night long, and with so many of our guests still with us at midnight, I guess they also didn't want it to end. Thanks, thanks and more thanks for an unforgettable event."
- Pam Urban, Mother of the Bride
Natalie Berger/Matt BrennerWedding
"As a trial lawyer I am accustomed to finding just the right words to express my thoughts. I am at a loss, however, to give proper description to what an incredible performance you and the members of your orchestra put on at Natalie and Matthew's wedding this past Saturday night at The Standard Club. You were absolutely right on the number of musicians to use for the ceremony. The music filled the entire room with an incredible sound, and when coupled with the way the room was decorated, made the ceremony feel heaven like. The music during the cocktail hour continued the festive mood and made it feel like the party had already started and that it was not just a time to drink and eat.
The music at the party -- WOW and AMAZING. Maureen and I have been on the phone for hours since the wedding as each guest calls to tell us what a great time they had and each guest has made it a point to go on and on about how the music was so great. The proof was in the fact that at 1:00 a.m. the dance floor was still overflowing with guests dancing and not just the youngins but the oldsters too. I knew your music was rocking when I looked across the dance floor and saw my 92 year old father dancing with my wife -- and it wasn't to a slow ballad. Not only was the music great but the energy from each member of your orchestra was visible and contagious. And, you are a great master of ceremonies; you not only ran the party like clock work but you observed the dance floor and took cues from what the guests were doing.
The best part for me, as father of the bride, came at the very end of the evening when you came to Natalie to congratulate her again and she told you that you had given her the wedding she had dreamed of since she was a little girl. It is every father's hope that he can make his child's dreams come true. Thank you for helping me make Natalie's dream come true. I cannot wait to attend another Ken Arlen function and I will be checking your web site to see what charity events you will be at. Maureen and I and our friends will contribute just so we can attend and dance to your great music. Thank you Ken. You are a true professional and it was soooo much fun working with you as well. Can't wait for my other daughter Emily to meet a boy and get married and do it all over again."
- Rob and Maureen Berger, Parents of the Bride
Jessica Gitles/Jeremy Fine Wedding
"Although we were never formally introduced, I wanted to let you know how happy we were with your music the night of our son's wedding. The Jewish music was very important to Jeremy and our friends and it was perfect. I have been watching the video and the music just added so much to the wonderful evening. Music is big part of our lives and you helped make it one of the best weekends of our lives."
- Nan & Marc Fine, Parents of the Bride
Christine Cannizzaro/Doug Gowski Wedding
"You and your orchestra are simply and fabulously the best! Thank you all for making our daughter Christine's wedding a night to remember! We are a family that loves music - especially great music - and you delivered it! So when I say ‘It's all about the music,’ it's my way of saying, ‘We got it.’ Thanks for a great evening of great music!"
- Michael Cannizzaro, Father of the Bride
"You are not just the best band I have ever heard at a wedding, you are the best band I have ever heard!"
- Cannizarro wedding guest
Elizabeth Papp/Michael Campione Wedding
"A heartfelt thank you to Ken, and all of the orchestra members, for making our wedding reception unforgettable. As with my sisters’ weddings in 2005 and 2006, I am sure guests will be raving about your talented band for years to come. It was wonderful to see our friends and family members, of all ages, on the dance floor the entire evening. Many thanks!"
- Elizabeth & Michael Campione, Bride & Groom
Miriam Schiffer/Simon Brandler Wedding
"We are still up in Cloud 9 from the most fabulous wedding: our daughter's, of course. During the 10 months of preparation for the event, you were the most professional of vendors. Your preparation was complete, including our unusual requests. The event went by in a flash. The Orchestra was the oil that kept the parts moving. My only regret is that I was too busy sharing everyone's happiness to be able to simply hear the music. At our cousin's wedding that you're doing next month, after I exhaust my dancing repertoire, I will be the one who pulls up a chair in front of the band just to listen."
- Mark Schiffer, M.D., Father of the Bride
Katie Reardon/Chris Speetzen Wedding
"Thank you so much for performing at our wedding. Your Orchestra was the true highlight of the evening - we've been getting nothing but rave reviews. Thank you also for allowing my brother to play with you - we all enjoyed the experience beyond words. We really, really hope to hear you again sometime in the future."
- Katie and Chris Speetzen, Bride and Groom
Daniela Ashe/Simon Burnham Wedding
"You knocked everyone’s socks off! Thank you for making our wedding night a spectacular musical event. The flow of the night was just perfect, the ceremony music beautiful, the cocktail hour elegant and fun, and the reception – well, you just blew us all away! The violinists during dinner were such a special treat, too. And you just nailed both our first dance and the father-daughter dance. We knew from the moment we booked KAO we were in good hands, but you managed to surpass our dreams and expectations. All I can say is please save the date for our 10th anniversary party!"
- Daniela Ashe, Bride
Allison Cozzini/John Nick Gaetano Wedding
"I’ve seen a lot of wedding bands, and you really stood out as the best! You went above and beyond all of our expectations - from learning two songs for us to incorporating John Nick in for a few! Working with you was such a pleasure. Everything seemed so personalized and custom just for our event . I had asked to hear none of the “same old wedding music”, and was truly blown away by your creative repertoire. The violins were just unbelievable – I have never seen anything like them and it really is a unique offering that sets you apart from the rest. Many, many thanks on making it the best night of our lives! YOU ROCK!"
- Allison Gaetano, Bride
Mara Radakovich/John Sirhal Wedding
"We are still basking in the glow of Mara and John’s wedding day! Thank you for fostering such a joyful experience and for helping Mara and John and our guests celebrate in a big way! One compliment after another have poured in with how fine the musicians and vocalists were. And we can’t forget the violinists – what a fantastic show – fun, dramatic and fraught with emotion. Your giftedness, talent and standard for excellence is evident, which of course could only be accomplished by working with a fine group of artists like the Ken Arlen Orchestra."
- Wendy and Dan Radakovich, Parents of the Bride
Lizzie Dubin/Benji Gottlieb Wedding
"I wanted to thank you and your band for an unforgettable performance at my wedding. It was the most amazing night and you made it as fun as it could possibly be. I think the dance floor stayed packed until almost 2am. The Sirens were an outstanding addition to the evening as well. Just wanted to thank you for everything and let you know that people are still asking me about you and your band and raving about how fabulous you all were. A BIG thank you again for making our wedding the best and most fun night of our lives!!"
- Lizzie Gottlieb, Bride
Rachel Benjamin/Keith Schechter Wedding
"Being from New York and going to numerous affairs, both in the City and on Long Island, my wife and I know that an affair is only as good as the band or orchestra that is playing. I am the first to admit that your Orchestra was spectacular and made our wedding a tremendous success! We have received numerous calls from our friends telling us how great the music was. Everyone also raved about the three violinists and had never seen anything quite like them. What is truly amazing is that people who did not even attend the wedding have called us to say that they heard that the Orchestra was truly extraordinary. Your Orchestra was equal to any New York orchestra and maybe even better than any orchestra that we have seen perform."
- Donald L. Schechter, Father of the Groom
Melissa Delman/Jason Lipschultz Wedding
"We want to extend our most sincere thanks to you and your entire team for helping to make our wedding an absolute sensation. Everything from the beautiful Bedeken and ceremony music to your amazing musicians, singers and the Sirens truly captured the warm sophistication that we were striving to achieve. You are a tremendous orchestra leader who can get people up and dancing, which we knew was so important to us. It was our dream to have a party in which all of our guests would have a blast on the dance floor, and we achieved it! We only hope to be able to have another gorgeous celebration in the future so that we can work together again."
- Melissa & Jason Lipschultz, Bride & Groom
"I don't think I'll ever be able to stop praising you and the band. I thought Jamie's wedding in 2004 was the greatest ever, but I know not to second guess your talent. You were the magic ingredient for the entire evening. From the initial discussions to the final performances, it was an amazing pleasure. The Sirens were spectacular. Who would ever have thought that a Sunday night wedidng that usually winds down at 9:30pm would end at midnight, with more than half the guests still on the dance floor!"
- Jerry R. Lipschultz, Father of the Groom
Kelley Kistler/Josh Weiss Wedding
"What an honor it was working with you for our wedding. Your talent, passion and sheer presence were phenomenal. Thank you for providing such an outstanding performance at our wedding. All of our guests were in awe of your ability to make such an energizing and entertaining vibe. Josh and I enjoyed every moment of our wedding, and we were so glad that you were part of it."
- Kelley & Josh Weiss, Bride & Groom
Shantell Feeser/Paul Drucker Wedding
"We are extremely pleased with how the entire wedding played out in no small part due to your professionalism. The music at the ceremony was perfect, including 'All You Need Is Love.' You and the band made the reception a total blast for everyone! We appreciate your flexibility in designing the evening's itinerary to our requests and appropriately handling the delicate issues of an interfaith wedding. Lastly, thanks for letting us play with the band...we rocked! Thanks for a great night!!"
- Shantell & Paul Drucker, Bride & Groom
Ami Collard/Keith Simon Wedding
"Keith and I want to thank you for your truly amazing performance at our wedding. You really went above and beyond our expectations! We really appreciate so greatly how you learned all of those songs for us -- we were stunned! You really know how to keep the party going! Keith and I really had a blast -- along with all of our guests. We also got rave reviews on your violinists --what a phenomenal performance! So thanks again for such a great show and for keeping our dance floor packed. you made our celebration a rocking success and we thank you so very much!"
- Ami Simon, Bride
Marnie Horowitz/Bradley Helfand Wedding
"The only word that comes to mind to describe the music for Marnie & Brad's wedding is 'Wow'! If our budget could have been limitless, I am convinced that our guests would have still been dancing at 4:00AM! The young people -- who are currently attending many, many weddings -- kept telling us that youre Orchestra was, without question, the best and most fun of any wedding that they had attended. Our friends totally agreed. Thank you for an evening we will never forget!"
- Dr. Eli & Melanie Horowitz, Parents of the Bride
Kristyn Frass/David Coleman Wedding
"David and I would like to thank you and your entire band for such an incredible wedding!! You were definitely a hit! (In fact, my engaged friends have asked for your number.) Everyone is still talking about how extraordinary the band was, and they especially liked the violinists and interactions with the guests. You made our wedding so spectacular that I could never truly express how appreciative you are. We feel so grateful to have worked with such a professional and talented group. You seriously are the BEST (and I'm not being biased)!"
- Kristyn Coleman, Bride
Jamie Saltzberg/Marc Klein Wedding
"We want you to know how thrilled we were to have the Ken Arlen Orchestra play at Jamie and Marc's wedding reception. We have always felt that good music is the key to a successful party, and your band did everything possible to ensure that this evening was incredible from beginning to end. We are so glad that we included the 'Rock 'n' Roll' violins -- they added a dimension that was unique and exciting. You were attentive and patient during our planning meetings -- we always left feeling that we were in good hands. The end result was beyond our expectations, creating a celebration and a memory that our family and friends will cherish forever."
- Marlene & Bruce Saltzberg, Parents of the Bride
Damen Blumberg/Justin Weller Wedding
"Words cannot express Annette's and my appreciation to you. We knew you could rock, but boy did you ever! All our guests, especially our New York guests (and there were a lot) could not stop talking about how great your Orchestra is. Ken, I really feel that music makes the party. With having said that, you really made our party! Many thanks to you and your wonderful Orchestra for giving us a truly memorable experience."
- Gerald Blumberg, Father of the Bride
Rachel Lupiani/Xavier Simler Wedding
"A huge thank you for making our wedding absolutely unforgettable and perfect! All of the music from ceremony, cocktails, dinner music to the reception was incredible. You were an excellent 'MC' -- you weren't kidding when you said you know how to read the crowd and choose the right song based on the energy of the crowd! Your repertoire, combined with the wonderful energy on stage, made for an atmosphere where no one wanted to leave the dance floor. You have a very professional approach and you take the time to answer every question, both of which were really reassuring during the planning."
- Rachel & Xavier Simler, Bride & Groom
Barbara Balter/Daniel Trencher Wedding
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our wedding so absolutely fabulous! From the violins on the staircase, to the ceremony, to the cocktail hour and all the way through the reception, you and your Orchestra set a perfect atmosphere and kept all of our guests entertained and interested. Several people told us that it was the best music they had ever heard at a wedding, and a number of people commented aobut how packed the dance floor was literally all evening. Thank you also for making the months leading up to our wedding go so smoothly. We especially appreciated your flexibility about meeting with us during our visits to Chicago from New York. You and your Orchestra are truly phenomenal!"
- Barbara & Daniel Trencher, Bride & Groom
Rachel Klein/Eyal Namordi Wedding
"Wow, what a wonderful and special night for our whole family and dear friends -- thank you for the incredible job you did. The Ken Arlen Orchestra is truly the best and you made the party such fun! Rachel loved dancing with you and your sax as a special moment. You know how to make a party rock and you know how to read a crowd. You helped create a memory for each of us that will never be forgotten."
- Deb Klein, Mother of the Bride
Erin Kurtz/Jordan Gilman Wedding
"You are really the master of your craft! Your Orchestra far surpassed your reputation. There wasn't a guest of any age that didn't dance the entire evening. Your vocalists and musicians are the best anywhere. The phone calls have been nonstop and every person raves about you. You were wonderful to work with -- thanks for making this the most fantastic, fun evening of our lives."
- Mindy & Randy Kurtz, Parents of the Bride
Barrie Friend/Andrew Hananel Wedding
"To have a great wedding, 'All You Need Is Love' and Ken Arlen."
- Lori & Howard Friend, Parents of the Bride
From industry professionals…
"Another great event at Bravo thanks to all of you. We simply cannot take any credit for the event because without the Ken Arlen Orchestra, the Bravo Awards Gala would just be another rubber chicken dinner!
Thank you, again, for going the extra mile for us and for entertaining us into the wee hours."
"In 2010 the Gala committee contracted the services of the Ken Arlen Orchestra for the event entertainment. Ken had previously provided the entertainment for the Gala in 2006 so, we were aware of his professionalism and the quality of his work. We know that the evening would be fun and high energy. But we didn’t know that the services supplied by Ken and his group would be so much more.
The evening of the event, sever storms hit our area and sent rain water flooding through the tent. It looked like at the very worse the event would be cancelled and at the very least that people would be angry with the situation. Once the band came on stage and started to play, they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. The band played as if the evening was perfect and completely changed the mood of the event. The guests stayed, partying and dancing until 12:30 a.m. We have had numerous compliments on the event and our choice of entertainment.
We can’t thank Ken and his band enough for the professionalism and great attitude that they displayed that evening. They refused to let a little water interfere with giving our guests the best performance they could and in fact, by doing so helped save our environment."
"Without the Ken Arlen Orchestra, the Bravo gala would have gone down in history as another “very good” event which did a lot for the cultural and arts organizations in Central Iowa. But, my friend, you saw to it that the bar was set as high as possible because you know how to really make a fundraiser an event, which brings a community together.
Please thank every one of your talented artists on our behalf. We cannot wait to have you back. My wife ordered me to work harder so that we can afford the Ken Arlen Orchestra when our two daughters (ages 17 and 14) get married. I hope that is still a little down the road!
Again, thank you for bringing so much excitement to our proud community."
"As you know, ITA Group has operated special events worldwide for some of the largest companies in this country. We have utilized a wide variety of both top-names as well as entertainment local to the areas where we do business. In all of my years in this business, I have yet to see anyone get the audience more engaged than the Ken Arlen Orchestra. The energy and professionalism of your team is simply off the charts. Your music, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Charlie Daniels to the Beatles and everything in between, is played to perfection.
I am speaking for everyone involved in the BRAVO event when requesting that you express your appreciation to your entire orchestra for making this the premiere event held in our community each year. If ever asked to provide a reference, I would simply say, “You'd better arrange for a much larger dance floor than you were thinking."
"You make my job easy. You’re so professional, conscientious and you’re such a pleasure. We really want you to know how much we appreciate your professionalism and your talent and your style and all your wonderful qualities; and mostly the incredible music you make. Really there’s no one else like you."
- Susan Davidson, Party People
"Your creative nature and truly caring approach for each family is most evident. From creating a new song, an opera performance during a ceremony or just by always being able to enhance a great moment in the lives of our guests, you are a consummate professional. I recommend you because I believe in you, trust you and know that you care about doing an excellent job for every family."
- Steven B. Thompson, The Standard Club