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Dear Steve,

Once in a while, things go perfectly. We thank you for helping to make the wedding of Brian and Jennifer perfect!

We can’t tell you how many of our guests told us that the “Connelly/Johnson Wedding” was the most beautiful and “fun” that they had ever experienced. The music kept everyone on their feet from beginning to end. I’ve never been to another wedding where nobody wanted to leave because they loved the orchestra so much. Your instrumentalists and vocalists are all of the highest order.

Steve, you personally made the difference. We knew from our first meeting that you were a true professional. The reception merely served as confirmation of the talent you possess. Not only are you a superb musician, but also your role as emcee was handled to perfection. Every transition came off smoothly.

If you ever need us, we stand ready to attest to your ability to plan and execute the perfect wedding, or the perfect event of any kind. We have seen firsthand that music makes the difference and you really know how to make the music!

With gratitude,,
Judith and Joseph Konen


As you well know, in my role as Conference Planner for Allstate Insurance Co., I’ve had the good fortune to contract your services repeatedly over the last five years. This has taken the form of groups as small as trios up to your fifteen piece orchestra, and several permutations in between!

I just wanted to acknowledge the reliably exceptional quality I have received in every instance. Your professionalism, your flexibility, and your extraordinarily talented gathering of musicians’ ability to produce wonderful music in very many styles and genres has enabled me to match the music with the ambiance, the ballroom, or to provide subtle, atmospheric background music during dining have both been perfect at different points in the many programs.

As you know, I have repeatedly recommended your orchestra to my peers in the Conference Planning Team here at Allstate, and to several of my fellow planners at other local firms. I have received nothing but outstanding feedback from each individual who chose your services and talents. I invite you to refer my phone number to anyone who is considering your organization and needs a reference. And I look forward to the next time I have occasion to hire you and your musicians, hopefully in the very near future.

With best regards,
Brian Bartlow
Sales Operations Manager
Allstate Insurance Co.

Hi Steve,

Words cannot describe how talented you and the entire Steve Edwards Orchestra are! Wow! We were blown away by your performance at our wedding a few weeks ago. People are still talking about how amazing the music was!

Did you notice that the crowd was dancing the entire time? The dance floor was constantly filled with our guests who could not get enough of your sounds! We loved all of your music choices—what a great set list you chose! Can you e-mail us that play-list? I want to put it in my scrapbook!

Your music made our wedding incredible. You really took our event to the next level! We are still “singing” your praises!

Thank you a million!
Kristin and Blane Shea
Chicago Magazine

Dear Steve,

You were right! When your orchestra plays people dance. We had so many compliments on the music from our guests. We want to thank all of your fine musicians for making the evening so much fun and so memorable for Emily and Mike and everyone at the reception. You are all very talented & a real pleasure to deal with. You were an integral part of an evening that was “something special.”

Thanks so much,
Claire & Mike Alexander

Dear Steve,

Mike and I cannot thank you enough for doing such an outstanding job at our wedding. Mike was so thrilled with all of the music and so impressed that you and your band learned and played the new songs from his wishlist—thank you!

People are still raving to us about the music and how it totally made the event. In our wedding video, people are constantly dancing up a storm; it is obvious that our guests had a fantastic time, with a big thanks to you and your band.

Thank you so much!
Tobin & Mike

Dear Steve:

I am Jim Cronin, Jr., and on Saturday evening your orchestra played at the Union League Club for my daughter, Shannon’s wedding.

I am writing to thank you for the most wonderful and entertaining job you did that evening.

We have received many, many compliments on the Steve Edwards Orchestra’s performance, and I would be remiss if I didn’t pass them on to you.

If you ever need someone to give your orchestra a verbal endorsement, please use me, and I would be happy to respond.

Thank you for your fine entertainment last Saturday.
James R. Cronin, Jr.


Hope you are enjoying a great Spring so far. Patrick and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great show you all put on for our wedding, April 14th. We received a never-ending string of compliments about the “fabulous band,” “best wedding band ever,” “everyone was dancing,” etc, etc… We have even given your name to a few of our recently engaged friends. Thank you for helping to make it such a memorable and fun evening for us.

Please let us know if you ever need any referrals—we’d be more than happy to accommodate.

All the best, Steve!
Much thanks!
Emily & Pat

Dear Steve Edwards Band,

Thank you so much for making our wedding the best wedding we have ever been to. We had such a great time and your group made the wedding.

Thank you for playing your hearts out to make that day special. You are very talented and hope to see you at the next big event. Take care and thank you.

Best wishes,
Melissa & Ryan King

Dear Steve & the Band,

Thank you for making our wedding amazing! Our guests danced all night long.
A special thank you to our soloist for “You Are My Sunshine.”
It was so special for my Dad and me.

Please pass these photos on to the band~
Thank you,

Jennifer & Tom DeBower
April 26, 2008 Grand Piazza


Thank you to you and your band for such a fabulous time of Saturday! Your group absolutely made our wedding reception. We have gotten so many compliments about the music, and it was so great to see my dad dancing with all of my bridesmaids as well as my friends. Thank you for making the trip to Indianapolis!


Dear Steve,

How can I thank you enough?! Your band was absolutely phenomenal! Everyone had such a great time at the wedding, especially Joe and me! We have heard continuously from our friends and family" "How great the band was!" "Where did you find them?"
The music was one of the most important elements for a successful wedding celebration and your band exceeded my expectations.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You were awesome!
We will have great memories of the fun for a lifetime.

Shelley and Joe Shelly

Dear Steve,

I had some people to thank for helping with the Gala, but you are at the top of the list. You are the one who made it a stunning presentation and a fantastic celebration. I appreciate every single thing you did—from our conversations, the two meetings with the girls, setting up nice and early, making the rehearsal fun, and putting on a spectacular concert for all of us.
Thank you for all of your efforts and your enthusiasm for the Willow’s Gala. You were awesome! We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Thanks for everything!

Mike and Katie Ryan


We just wanted to say thank you so much for the outstanding performance of the Steve Edwards Orchestra at our wedding! People have not stopped talking about your guys! Our reception was a blast because of you! Even my Grandmother was cutting a rug, I couldn’t believe it!

Thank you for the unbelievable party, but more importantly, a memory we will never forget!

Thank you again!
Caroline and Paul Goodman

Dear Steve,

On behalf of Gala Chair Wendy Spatz and the entire Gala Committee, thank you so much for the wonderful music of the Steve Edwards Orchestra. From the spirited Dixieland ensemble that beckoned the audience out of the theatre, to the fabulous full orchestra that livened up the dinner tent, your talented musicians provided the perfect mood for the evening. I have never before seen guests get up from their seats during the salad course and start dancing in the aisles!

Kate Oczkowski
Director of Events and Individual Giving
Vicory Gardens Theatre

Dear Steve-

This card brings heartfelt gratitude to you and the entire Steve Edwards Orchestra. The music was absolutely fantastic and all that we had hoped for! We knew our wedding and reception would be fun, but we had no idea just how fun until we opened up the dance floor and never seemed to leave it.

Your talent and professionalism is incredible.

Many thanks and best regards,
Carol and Joe

Dear Steve,

Wow! What more can we say?! Thank you for your outstanding playing at our wedding. Everyone complimented us on the band and everyone had a great time! We had an absolutely fantastic time at our wedding and owe much of that to you and your exceptional group of musicians.

Thanks again (we will recommend you to everyone!).

Tony and Tracy

Dear Steve,

Again, the band was great! They made Tara and Mike’s reception truly wonderful. They know how to involve everyone in the room in the dancing and they are truly “a class act.” The M.C. was great, and of course, the music. I’ve overused “great,” but that’s the best way to describe the band.

Thank you for making a wonderful evening into a spectacular one. We’ll find an occasion to celebrate and use the band again.

Thanks again,
Ann and Frank Howard

p.s. Even the Radisson people kept coming to the door just to listen. They loved the band, too!


Thank you so very much for all the time and effort you put into making our wedding perfect. So many people commented on the talents of your group. You were so easy to work with and you went above and beyond to find the music for “Once In Love With Amy.” The dance floor was never empty and our guests had a marvelous time.
Sandy and Al Lovas

To the Steve Edwards Orchestra-

Many thanks to you all for helping us make this year’s Skyline Ball one of the best ever! I can not express my gratitude and how awesome you guys are! Once again thank you so much, we all had an amazing time.

Best Regards,
Jamie Shilley
American Cancer Society Skyline Ball

Dear Steve,

Oh what a night... and we’re still basking in the warm glow of the whole evening. We’ve had many compliments about the beautiful tables, fabulous food and well-orchestrated service; however it’s you and your orchestra that have received rave reviews.

The music was absolutely wonderful and set the tone for a very elegant wedding and cocktail reception... to be followed by a rip-roaring party later in the evening. From the teens to the octogenarians, you had a everyone on the dance floor enjoying the music!

As you know we didn’t want the night to end. All of the months, weeks, days leading up to the wedding dissipated and we were very relaxed—enjoying every moment of a very special, memorable evening. Thank you.

Not only are you a gifted musician but a lovely person.

Warmest regards,
Barbara and Allan Russ


The music at our daughter’s wedding and reception was superb! I can’t tell you how many friends commented on the music that evening. It all fit and was very well planned. I did not even notice the transitions during the evening, but they kept all generations happy and pleased that they had attended this great celebration. Everyone was dancing, even the bride’s Grandmother. My 80-year-old uncle, who was a musician in his own right, said that yours was the best band he had ever heard… You and your music have created many fine memories of a great weekend.

Susan and Stephen Forbes


I just wanted to thank you and all the other band members for doing an outstanding job. Thank you for making our dream wedding come true, we are still getting letters from friends about the awesome time they had and how much the band rocked!!

Thank you again for a wonderful day—one we will never forget.

Janice and Steve Zulanas

Dear Steve,

Just wanted to stop and thank you for adding to the excitement and energy of our wedding. The music was wonderful by everyone’s account. I personally loved the serenade at our table, which was a total surprise! Just like the first time we heard him, Jeff’s voice knocked us over. The rest of the orchestra was superb.

Thanks again and best wishes!

Jessica and Garry O’Brien


We want to thank you for a fantastic job at both our ceremony and reception. We have received endless compliments on the music during the ceremony. It was truly beautiful—we’ve watched our video over and over and can truly appreciate how lovely you and Christopher, Hannah, Pam, and Sarah performed.

We can’t tell you how many compliments we’ve received from friends and family at the reception. Everyone had a great time. And you were right, you performed “What a wonderful world” just perfect. You’ve now provided us with “our” song. It was just beautiful!

Thank you for spending time with us in preparation for our day. Your efforts are truly appreciated—we have nothing but fond memories of our wedding, thanks in large part to the music. We will continue to refer the Steve Edwards Orchestra to friends and family in the future!

Thank you,
Susan & Aaron

Dear Steve and Band,

Thank you so much for making our wedding such a memorable event! The evening was so enchanting! We still have friends and family asking about the band. One of our family friends said they want to have a party just to have you guys come and play. Also, thanks for accommodating the family “musicians.” We truly enjoyed the evening and appreciate your hard work!

Thank you!

Amanda and Tony McCrovitz

Dear Steve,

The music was great! I never usually dance, but when your band plays I don’t want to sit down. Thank you and your musicians for a great evening and the most memorable wedding party.

Bob and Debbie Sola

Dear Steve,

The string quartet was wonderful. You guys were fantastic! Thanks so much for helping make our wedding a huge success and tons of fun. I’ve had countless people ask about you guys. It was great working with you—you are one class act!

Elizabeth and Steve Krupkin

Dear Steve-

We just wanted to thank you for making our wedding reception fun! You guys sounded great and I know everyone really enjoyed the music. Thank you for throwing in a little Spanish flair as well!

Blessings to you,
Kristi and Stuart Rex

To the Steve Edwards Orchestra one and all,

One of the most outstanding memories I believe I will take from my wedding evening was provided by you all... the energy, the music, the talent... Again—you were pivotal in making the evening a sweet success!


Dear Steve Edwards Orchestra,

Your performance at our wedding reception was totally outstanding. We sort of knew what to expect from having seen you all previously, but we were so impressed that night. Our guests had so much fun (as did we) and have not stopped talking about how they haven’t danced so much in such a long time! You made our event such a great night for everyone. You are all so talented and we couldn’t have asked for more in a band! Thank you again for all the fun we had!

Tony and Allison Del Pieto

Dear Steve,

Your band rocked!

Thank you for making our wedding an awesome event. So many people have talked about your band—it made the night!

Corinne and Ken La Pat

Steve and the rest of the band-

What can we say except thank you! We had a wonderful time and the band was fantastic! We had so many compliments from family and friends—it was perfect! Thanks for accommodating Matt’s secret wish to be a lounge-singer, we couldn’t have done it without your help!

Best wishes,
Alexis (Raelitz) and Matt Hennig


I know I already said this—but thank you for an awesome party! The band is fabulous!!!

Please tell them how much fun everyone had and how much we appreciate all the effort. You are amazing—

Hope & Craig

Dear Steve,

Thank you to you and your band for an awesome night of music. We had so many guests come up and tell us what a fantastic band you were. Even those that don’t normally dance were up on the floor. So a big thank you again.

Best wishes,
Pauline and Lawrence

Steve and Band-

Thank you so much for your wonderful performance at our wedding! Not only were you able to get us out there dancing (god help our video!) but our guests had a blast.

Thank you so much!
Angela and Sean


This is a note of thanks for an unbelievable performance you and your band put on. The compliments continue to flow in on how great you were and how you energized the crowd.

This is just a few of the comments we’ve heard:
“This was the best band we’ve ever heard at a wedding.”
“What a party...what a band!”
“The band was awesome!”
“We could have danced for a few more hours... thanks for such a great time.”
“The music was amazing!”

This is just a snippet of the many compliments! We would be honored to recommend you for any future clients, events, fundraisers. Let us know if we can do anything for you!
Thanks for making this special day that more special for Amy and me.

Thanks again,
Tim Kennedy


Thank you again for the wonderful entertainment at our wedding. Everyone is still saying what a wonderful band we had. You really kept the guests up and partying all night long!

Michelle and Jay Kucharski


We just wanted to thank you again for the outstanding job you did at our wedding on June 27th. We have literally received dozens of compliments about how terrific you guys were.

Thanks again!
Dana and Jim Grillo

The Steve Edwards Orchestra-

You all were phenomenal! You made the reception a party! We had guests running up to their room to shower and change because they had worked up such a sweat dancing. So many of our guests raved about the band—Dave and I could not have been more pleased with your performance. Steve, a special thank you to you for being so calming and accommodating during the planning process! We would recommend you a thousand times over—

Cori Scalzo


Thanks so much for providing wonderful music that kept our little wedding rockin!
Everyone loved your band,

Cheryl and Jerry O’Keefe

Dear Steve,

Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a great wedding day I had on August 29th. Thanks to the Steve Edwards Orchestra my wedding was an amazing party. Your band had the dance floor filled all evening long. I have never seen such great audience participation. The band played music that everyone enjoyed. Not only was the band great, but I was also extremely impressed by their professionalism. I would highly recommend the Steve Edwards Orchestra in the future. Thank you again for all your hard work.

The party was awesome!

Julie Egan Heuer


A special thank you to you for putting the icing on our wedding day. You were great. Thank you for everything and thank you for playing such a special role on our day.

Thanks again,
Therese and Mike

Dear Steve,

Thank you!! The music all night was tremendous. Everyone who attended raved about how good you were. You made me look better than I deserve as the chairman.

Thanks again, best of success and God bless,

Father Joe Noona
St. Francis Borgia 50th Anniversary Gala
Celebrating 50 Years of Faith

Dear Mr. Edwards,

Thanks, again, for making the wedding so perfect. I know that Beth and Scott were delighted with your orchestra and vocalists, as were my husband and I and all our guests. Everyone has been commenting on the music, as well they should.

Catherine M. Harvey


We had such a blast at the wedding and every single guest commented on how incredible the band was. Thanks for helping us set the tone and for keeping the dance floor packed!


Dear Steve,

Thank you so much for supplying the music at our wedding reception. Everything was perfect. Need I say more?

Thanks again,
Nancy and Chuck Chuck Rizzo

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The music matters

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Here's my two cents on one place to spend your bridal booty— the entertainment. That's what people will remember (along with the tangible amour shared between you and your betrothed). I remember dancing till my feet almost bled (where was that Blister Elixer when I needed it?) at more than a few receptions where either the band rocked it or the DJ knew what he (and it tended to be men for whatever reason) was doing. I couldn't tell you about the food, the cake (and I'm a dessert fiend!) or the flowers. I remember the couple, the guests and the party. Think about your own experience. What do you remember most from weddings you've attended? Anyway, along those lines, we couldn't have been happier with the band we chose, the Steve Edwards Orchestra. They ROCK! And we have the dance pictures to prove it featuring not only our fun friends, but all our relatives and co-workers getting in on the action. The band got the crowd involved, providing something for everyone without ever losing its energy or its edge. Our engaged friends agree and some booked the band for their weddings and we got to dance some more! For more information, call 312-391-2698.

JANUARY 3, 2008

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Hands down the best wedding band I've ever heard

These guys were jaw-droppingly good. My wife and I were half-seriously considering renewing our vows just so we could hear these musicians go at it again. There were so many little things that made them special. During one break, the guitarist (Steve Edwards) camped out on the edge of the stage with an classcal guitar and lit up the crowd with a breathtakingly beautiful solo performance. It was surprising and thrilling that he could do that AND rock the house. When it was time to go home, the crowd still wanted to dance, so they just kept at it. You can tell when people are just phoning it in, going through the paces, and I see it all the time. But the band members were grinning ear to ear, having as much fun as we were. Perfectly paced, wonderfully complimentary performance for our friend's wedding. Check them out.

Pros: Enthusiasm, Virtuosity, original

10/22/2005 Posted by rob7106

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