Dear Gigmasters, Words are not adequate to describe our experience with the multi-talented Andrew Thielen and his band and vocalist! Could we say “first class”, “fabulous”, or “incredible”, or “beyond all expectation”? Not nearly adequate. Andrew and his crew were appealing, pleasant and accommodating, and prompt, with great flexibility. They were prepared and in addition dealt with a rather complicated line-up with no preparation beyond email beforehand and a quick run through a few hours before the show. Last minute changes were greeted with ease and cheer. Andrew communicated and responded promptly by email with me throughout this experience from booking to arrival at the event, was quick to lend ideas and complimentary and encouraging to our staff, event, audience and committee. A talented vocalist, drummer, and maestro, you almost don’t need an emcee for your event with Andrew’s charm and charisma! This was indeed a quality experience for us. That aside, 600 guests filled the room to capacity. The tables were filled and stayed filled from 7 PM til midnight with an audience ranging in age from 25 to 90 years old! The 40 x 40 foot dance floor was filled to capacity the entire evening. We could NOT believe that at 12 o’clock we had to tell a crowded dance floor that it was time to go!!!!! They just seemed oblivious to the time and lost in the evening! Kudos to Andrew Thielen’s Big Band and to gigmasters for “a perfect performance” We will use them both again!
-Sheila Cheek/ Fund Raising Dance, Greenville, SC
Hi Andrew, Our groups had a wonderful time at the New Years celebration and we thank you so much for contributing to their experience. You never know the dynamics of any of the groups and whether they will get up and have fun…but this year was what it should be. Probably..Steve mentioned to you that we are going forward with it again next year @ the Hilton and want you to be our entertainment. Please forward an agreement. Thanks!
-Carol Ann Ellis/ Group Tour Operator, West Virginia
Dear Andrew, I am still recovering and tying up lose ends. At one point I will have enough presence of mind to write a proper thank you note. Until then, please know that your band was “awesome, phenomenal, great, and on and on” and those were the opinions of our guests. I think you are all professional craftsmen and have mastered your craft. I expected older men in the band, you know – who knew the era, but when I saw how young your members were, I knew it was going to be a lot of fun because these guys found the magic of the big band music…and without exception, it was. Who really enjoyed it were the guests who sat ring-side and never moved (except to dance) they are of a certain older generation and you all really took them out-on-the-town, back to their music days, as one put it. You may have known this already, but it didn’t occur to me, until that night, that an exceptional band brings many generations together. There is lots to offer everyone and the young guests see their elders in a different light, “cutting a rug”, and the elder guests appreciate that the younger ones like “their” music!! Talk about a competition to show each other up! Though we know the elders smoked the young ones, embarrassingly so, the gauntlet has been thrown and the generations are up for a re-match! It made for the most memorable evening and I am so glad I had faith-from-afar in you. I cannot wait to use your band again and I will be floating it out there for every occasion I can. I know this was just your first visit to JRCC. We are looking forward to many more. As a side note, I am so glad that Joel and JRCC took good care of you, as I didn’t have one minute to see that myself, I am ashamed to say. I think if everyone received 30 seconds of conversation I still didn’t see all my guests. So thank you again for being self-sufficient, professional and as my girls said, for “mastering your craft”!
-Patricia/ Wedding Reception, Norfolk, VA
Dear Andrew, What another great, memorable evening provided by you and your fellow musicians!!! Once again I am humbled, and can simply say “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!” I certainly will be brimming with pride for several weeks having said I was one of the organizers for our Parish Night Out….and it was the marquis performance of The Andrew Thielen Big Band that will make it that way. Now you heard the response at the end of the evening by those that insist you come back next year. And I’ve already received several calls/e-mails to the same. With that said, would you be willing to try it again next year? We are looking at dates right now…such as April 30th, May 7th or 21st. If you think you can get back up here, could you check those dates? Hope your travels back down the road Saturday got you home safely. Maybe next time you can plan on staying an extra day and we’ll see one of those Civil War battlefields. Thanks again.
-Marty Bridi/ Church Dance, Fredericksburg, VA
Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for coming. The band was great and I think all the guys are in love with Jackie.What a great voice she has!! We have had so many wonderful comments about the evening and how much everyone loved the band. Many people have said it is the best Cotillion party to which they have ever been.It was great knowing everyone had such a great time. Thank Deborah for the photos. They were great (love the ones of Joe dancing) and bring back great memories. I hope we will see you again soon. Thanks again for all you did to make our event such a special one.I knew you were going to be a BIG HIT!! You’re just perfect for the varied age groups we had. If you need recommendations in the future, I would be happy to tell anyone what a great show you put on. Please again thank all your band members for a truly wonderful evening of music.
-Betty/ Cotillion Dance, Greensboro, NC
Dear Andrew, I can’t think of a single guest who did NOT comment on how fabulous the music was. I gave 5 people your card and anyone who asked, the name of the band and website. You can be sure we will write Lee a note. All of our guests said they had never been to a wedding with such fantastic music; that they’d never wanted to dance to every single song because each was wonderful; that if you had played until 2 am, they all would have stayed! Seriously high praise. And more fun that we could have imagined. Caroline said you band really made her reception absolutely perfect. We are all trying to think of parties we can have just to hire your band. Jackie (vocalist?) is awesome and so talented. I’m glad you were all treated well. Keep your travels safe and your spirits high. We hope to see you all again soon and often.
-Patty/ Wedding Reception, Richmond, VA