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ONE-OF-A-KIND VIOLIN & DJ PACKAGE

"We cannot even begin to thank you for the absolutely wonderful job you did at our wedding. 

Your DJ selections couldn’t have been more perfect – people danced all night.  The string quartet for the ceremony was fabulous also.  And lastly, the dinner part with the keyboardist was just stunning. 

We received so many compliments on you and we feel so fortunate to have found you. You are a truly gifted musician.  Thank you so much."   

Allison & Eric Phipps Conservatory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

A PERSONALIZED SOUNDTRACK FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY

This mix of classy live music early and jamming dance music late sends everyone home happy. Polished, professional, and the pulse of the party, Steve and his crew have been performing on Violin, acting as MC and DJ for Weddings, Corporate and Special Events for years and now we offer the most unique combination of elegance and energy in the area - and, maybe, in the country. Our Violin - or any Live Music - and DJ package has become extremely popular because it is so unique – and so good. 

"Steven Vance was an awesome element in our celebration. Not only did our guests rave about him but he moved the party along by prompting the toast, the cake, etc. which allowed me to simply enjoy, worry free. He was a crucial part in planning our last minute wedding and even changed his plans for the day so that he could be there. We will call him again for future celebrations!..."
Chloe & Jose 11/29/14 Schenley Park Visitors Center  Violin & DJ Package

AWARD WINNING

We were voted “Best Of Weddings” by The Knot for the fourth year. That put us in their HALL OF FAME!  On top of that, we earned the “Couples Choice” award from the Wedding Wire for the fourth year in a row.  We won Best of 2014 from Gigmasters, too. The best awards are what people say about us on this page.

“We just wanted to say thank you so very much for the magnificent performances you provided at our wedding this past Saturday.  We have had so many compliments from our friends and family regarding your work.  Our guests were blown away at the level of quality in the quartet performances, everyone loved your solo violin during dinner, and it was a blast dancing to your DJ mix.  We enjoyed all of it as well!! We cannot thank you enough- it exceeded all expectations and was absolutely perfect!  Thank you for your time and effort into making our day very special !”

                                                                                                                                 Lindsay & Billy  10/25/14  George Washington Hotel

EXPERIENCE

This year I will do my 600th DJ package but that is only a small part of the 4,000 gigs I've done in the past 20+ years.  In 2014 we did over 100 of these packages and it looks like there will be even more in 2015.

"Everything was wonderful for Rose & Mike's wedding on 6/18 and they were thrilled with the trio, Benny Faiella duo, and DJ Mike Greca!   Thank you for following up, hope to talk to you soon :-)"

Ansley Esterline  Wedding Planner  Bliss Weddings

MAKING YOUR VISION FOR A PERFECT EVENING COME TRUE

This is your party.  My job is to plan, prepare, and perform like it's the most important event of your life.  With our Planning Sheets and other online resources you will be able to work 24/7/365 to put together your vision for the day.  Then we will plan via phone, email, onine teleconferencing, or even a personal meeting to fine tune the details so we have it they way you want it.

"Steven and his partner were wonderful! We got so many compliments on the wonderful music and the strolling violin during dinner. Everyone thought it made the night! We loved his work with announcing us during the reception and introducing the speakers. I would recommend him to anyone!"           

                                                                                                                                                       Cory & Ben   September 2014  Hyeholde

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THE RECEPTION USUALLY GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS

Cocktails

To make a great first impression on your guests I play a lively mix of background music during the Cocktails as the guests arrive.  This music can be geared to a particular style - Italian, Irish, Hungarian, Sinatra, Gershwin and Cole Porter, Broadway, Classical, ... if you want.  This can also be DJ background music. Or some of us offer the Electric Violin playing over backing tracks of Contemporary Pop and Classic Rock tunes.

MC Services

Polished, professional pre-Dinner MC services for Introductions of the Wedding Party, the Prayer, Toasts, and any other special events or announcements that need to be made will enhance the evening. Steve is one of the only DJ’s in town with Toastmasters professional MC training. My college radio experience comes in handy, too.

Dinner

The most unique part of the evening might be my table-to-table strolling request performance during Dinner taking requests from the guests and interacting with them so that it is classy but not stuffy.  Often, I start with a Musical Toast to the Bride and Groom where we pre-select a romantic ballad as a first request.  There are a lot of “ooh’s and aah’s” and it’s a nice little Kodak moment.  A frequent comment I get is that this part of the Reception was “more entertaining” than they expected.  If you prefer, Dinner can be enhanced by DJ background music selected to fit your tastes.  Or the Electric with modern music tracks has been a big hit.

Dance Party

After Dinner, we switch to Dance Party mode with customized DJ dance music for the Bride and Groom's First Dance, Wedding Party Dance, MC all special activities and play a variety of dance music based on your favorites.  Our job is to keep the dance floor jumping until you say "Stop". Currently, my dance music list includes over 15,000 songs but these days virtually everything is available from iTunes and other online services.  For very eclectic choices you can send special tunes via email or bring them with you that night.

“Nathan Goodrich was our strolling violinist and wedding DJ.  We couldn't be happier with his services.  He was very professional, friendly and talented.”  

Wedding Wire Review   October 2014

 

                                

                                                                                        Photo by www.JoannaFassinger.com

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Gear

Brand new state-of-the-art Bose sound system – for a great “wall of sound” which is “not too loud”

MacBook laptop with professional DJ software.  Also allows instant downloads where wi-fi is available.  I can even download to my phone and play the song from there.

Wireless sound system for the Violin so everyone can hear the music as I move around the room.

Wireless microphone for the Prayer, Toasts, Welcome, …  I get the crowd quieted and focused on the next speaker and am never trying to be the center of attention.

Top 100 Request List

A Top 100 Request List on each table for the dinner time strolling violin.  Printed on an attractive specialty paper it features everything from  Mozart to “Phantom Of The Opera” to “Devil Went Down To Georgia” to the “Steelers Polka”

Over 15,000 DJ dance tunes to choose from.   Plus, virtually anything is available from iTunes or other services. Or you can email or bring your special requests.

Do Not Play

A DO NOT PLAY section on my Planning Sheet for the music you don’t want to hear.

Attire

I don’t dress up like Elvis, swing from the chandelier, wear a Mickey Mouse tie and vest or try to lead the Macarena while dancing on the tables. Formalwear is the standard unless you request something more casual.

Lights

DJ Lights – if you want them. A small set of flashing, spinning lights add some color and splash to the night. No extra charge.

Back up

Back-up system for all critical components. And some backups for the backup.

Upgrades

We can add Piano/Keyboards or more strings for the Ceremony, Cocktails and/or Dinner for what I call the Deluxe Package.

"I wanted to take a moment to say how pleased we were with Ron, Anthony and Joseph.  What a talented family!  I received many compliments on their performance and friends and family were extremely happy (and surprised) at the extent of Ron's strolling violin repertoire.  One friend in particular was thrilled when Ron was able to play the Legend of Zelda theme! As it turns out, Anthony and I realized during the course of the evening that we both went to Duquesne!  Plus, he was a great DJ!  We were able to work out the details a day or so before in a 15 minute phone call and the evening moved very smoothly.  The selections he picked kept everyone dancing and having a great time.  Everything was exactly how we had hoped and everyone did a great job, including Claire, who was very helpful in assisting us with arranging the music selections in an order that would flow for the ceremony and cocktail hour.  My husband and I were extremely pleased and wanted to pass that on to you.Thank you!  I would not hesitate to recommend Steven Vance or the Molinaro Family to our friends and family! "  

Christina & Brian    The Buhl Mansion   Sharon PA

Violinists Ron and Joe Molinaro and DJ Anthony Molinaro

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ELECTRIFY YOUR WEDDING MUSIC

Now Steve and some of the other Violinists are offering a cool new sound.  The Amplified/Electric Violin over backing tracks of Contemporary Pop and Classic Rock tunes.   NOTE: NOT ALL OF OUR VIOLINISTS OFFER THIS SERVICE.  So, if you like the idea of using "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, "Marry You" by Bruno Mars, "All Of Me" by John Legend" or "Marry Me" by Train or classic tracks like "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey, the Hawaiian-style "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Izzy K, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen, or The Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra or "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong - all with a full sound - then this may be for you.  Here are a few videos to show you what this sounds like.

Watch Steve playing Contemporary Pop and Classic Rock tunes on his Electric Violin with backing tracks

Watch Violinist Nate Goodrich play "Clocks" by Coldplay

Watch Violinist Graham Denmon play "Hip Hop Canon In D"

There are many more on our YouTube Channel.  Click the icon above.

                                                

ADD CEREMONY MUSIC

Yes, we can play for your ceremony at the same site or at a different location.

Our standard ceremony performance includes :

30 minutes of prelude music as the guests arrive to set a nice tone to the event.  This is usually mostly Classical and Religious but some Popular and other styles of music may be available.

PLUS,

Music for the entrance of the Mom’s – if you choose to do this

The Processional - which can be split up with the Bridesmaids coming down to one selection and the Bride to a separate piece for a more dramatic entrance.

Selections during the service - such as during a Unity Candle Lighting or other special moments during the service.

The Recessional - when the two of you march back up the aisle and off into the sunset.

One or Two Postlude pieces as the guests leave.

“Beautiful music for my ceremony! I highly recommend them for any service!”

Rachel & Brian 12/13/14 Trinity Cathedral Downtown and Omni William Penn Hotel

AAA String Quartet for the Ceremony and Solo Piano for Cocktails

                                                         

RESOURCES

Reception Planning Sheet

Top 100 Request List

Top Introduction Songs

Top Bride and Dad/Groom and Mom Songs

Ceremony Planning Sheet

Ceremony Music Sound Samples

Background information about the Most Popular Processionals and other Ceremony music to help you make the perfect picks.

“Jean and I have just returned home, this week.  We wanted to thank you again and tell you how very, very pleased we were with your performance at our wedding.  You greatly exceeded our expectations with your professionalism and class.  Countless people, young and not so young,  have called and emailed us, telling us about your talent and showmanship that evening.  We can't say enough good things about you but will close, thanking you again, and hoping you can play at our 25th anniversary in 2039 (we will be 90!)”                          

Jean & Ray  August 22, 2014 Steven Vance Keystring Duo & DJ Package

                                     

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WHAT MORE PEOPLE ARE SAYING ...

"Thank you so much for providing a wonderful musical memory for us.  You are an extremely talented and professional person, and the amount of time and work you put into the Wedding Day was very impressive.  The music at the Ceremony was sheer perfection and quite honestly, my faith in your expertise make me expect nothing less. Everyone at the Reception just loved the strolling violin, and were so impressed by your talent.  They were all commenting on the fact that there was the beautiful violin music in the background, but they were still able to carry on conversations.  My Mother was just thrilled when you not only played music from Fiddler On The Roof, but you sang along as well!  The kids had a fantastic time on the dance floor, and were so impressed with your ability to keep people dancing.  You played such a big part in the Wedding Day.  If you had been anything less than fantastic, it would have impacted the wedding.  So, thank you from all of us for doing such an outstanding job and making the Wedding Day just perfect. “                               

Cindy Clark Mother of the Groom 6/7/14   Grove City Missionary And Alliance Church New Castle Country Club        String Quartet with Piano at the Ceremony, Strolling Violin & DJ Steven Vance for the Reception

"Wow!  Steven Vance (Ceremony/Strolling Violin/DJ) – you were simply incredible!  I had listened to some samples of your work and seen some video, so I knew your musical presentations were going to be good… but I was unprepared for you to literally knock our socks off!  From the outset, your planning and communication were clear.  Your suggestions and guidance helpful and kind as we shaped the events of the day.  Your presence and presentation at the wedding ceremony and the reception were classy and professional – guiding the sequence of events, yet always subtly bringing the focus onto the bride and groom and ‘their’ day and their celebration.  You made the musical elements literally seamless for the guests.  Your style and showmanship communicated your great love of music – and it was contagious!  The prelude music at the wedding ceremony – beautifully executed…The procession of the Bridesmaids (Canon in D) – elegant…and wonderfully timed…The procession of the Bride (Bridal March by Cain) – a lovely interpretation of an airy arrangement!At the reception – Your ‘strolling violin’ presentation was received oh-so-well from infants to great-great-grandmothers, everyone was delighted!  Who would have guessed that your musical toast to the bride and groom (Edelweiss) would cause a spontaneous sing-along from the guests?  Or that your ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ medley would have us clapping along and cheering in ‘Hava Nagila’ style?  Both young and old enjoyed the ‘itsy-bitsy spider’ and even the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ – you wonderfully accommodated so many varied requests with ease and grace!  You transitioned oh-so-smoothly from strolling violin to master-of-ceremonies to mix-master at the DJ console… and kept the dance party going for the entire night!  You did a tremendous job mixing it up and working our rather eclectic list of requests into the dance lineup.  At the end of the night, we were tired… from dancing!  But, OH, it was a GOOD tired! In short, I can’t think of how the day could have been any better.  Thank you for sharing your musical gifts and passion!  Thank you for making this special day extra-ordinary – no, no… EXTRAORDINARY!  All the Best!  A very happy Father-of-the-Bride.

Jim Smiley    2/1/14  The Tara  Clark PA                                                                                                                                                    Steven Vance Violin & DJ Package

"Just a quick note to say "Thank You" for a truly "story-book" wedding for my daughter.  I can't express enough how pleased I am as well as all of our guests at Phipps Conservatory.  We are still receiving calls about the beauty of the ceremony and the wonderful fun time at the reception.  Please feel free to use us as a referral if needed and I will be sending you a DVD copy of the photography for samples if you need them for your web site or brochures and the video is also available if you would like to provide streaming video on your site. You are truly an artist and entertainer.

Thank you and God Bless"

Ray Sobieralski  Father of the Bride 

We want to thank you for making our Wedding so enjoyable.  Everyone had a great time and couldn't have been the same without the energy you created with the Violin playing.

Heather and Kevin Campbell 

I hope this finds you well.  I wanted to let you know again how thankful we are to have had you at our reception. Everyday, there’s additional Facebook posts, emails, and yesterday, even some small cards that arrived in the post, and each of these compliment 2 things: the food and the music.  Even the younger people are saying that you really kept the post-dinner party moving and exciting.  Everyone agrees that dinner was VERY relaxing and like being at home due to the comfort you put out from your strings.  People reading other’s FB posts have messaged me for your info.  You were a big hit, and I wanted you to know how many commented about your work.  

Doug & Cyndi Kravetz 

I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for enhancing our wedding day.  Your music added to our joy as well as that of all of our guests.  Our guests are still talking about how wonderful your performances were.  You definitely made the day more special.  I especially loved the violin tribute that you played for us.  That was such a nice touch!  Thank you again for making our evening so wonderful and putting in all of the time that you did to prepare our musical selections.  I greatly appreciate everything you did to make the evening magical! 

Danny & Jaime Zolinas

Thanks for the great job.  Still receiving compliments on your performance.  You are Pittsburgh’s best !

Larry McGrail  Father of the Bride 

We wanted to thank you for the fantastic job you did at our Wedding.  We received many compliments on the music – especially the Strolling Violin requests.  We loved the uniqueness of the Strolling Violin and DJ combination. It was perfect for a small wedding.  We would highly recommend you to our family and friends.  Thanks for making our day so special.

April and Justin Balousek.

Josh and I wanted to thank you for your amazing performance & wonderful service this past weekend at our wedding.  We truly appreciated all your time and effort put fourth to make our wedding so special...from the pre-meetings to even learning new songs per our "unique" requests.  You were extremely professional, organized, and well prepared. Your MC skills were just as wonderful. You have an amazing ability to feel the crowd and know what will work best.

We absolutely will refer you to others. We have even spoken to a friend of ours about you for their wedding next year (they were even at the wedding to observe for themselves...and they were impressed).

We wish you all the best!  Thanks again,

Stefanie & Josh Lipke 

Thank you so much for the excellent job you did at our Wedding.  You and Jake did an amazing job of creating the atmosphere we imagined from Cocktail Hour to the very last dance.

Elizabeth & Michael Liebert 

You were the Greatest !! We were so lucky to have you.  I give you a 10 + 10.

Elaine Glaneman  Mother of the Groom

We received your kind note today. Jayna and I thank you so much for helping to make our wedding reception everything we envisioned it would be and more.  We were so pleased with your performance and level of professionalism. The venue proved to be particularly perfect for your style and expertise. We just can't say enough. You were simply spectacular. We are still hearing many compliments from our guests about your playing and DJing. My mother, a former concert violinist, was particularly enthralled. Again, thank you so much. We both wish you the very best in your endeavors and hope to see you performing again for some special occasion.

Jim and Jayna Andreyo

We wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did at our wedding.  Your talent with the violin was extraordinary!  Everybody was raving how good you were and how unique it was to have a violinist during cocktail and dinner hour.  Not only were you great while playing the violin, but your Dj-ing was wonderful.  Our goal was to have everyone on the dance floor all night and you for sure accomplished that.  You also did an awesome job announcing the parents and bridal party with a separate song for each.  Thanks so much for being so accommodating.  We will definitely refer others to you in the future.  Thanks for making our wedding the best day of our lives!

Christy & Loren Anderson

Please extend my most sincere thanks to Steven for a magnificent evening of music.  He did a fantastic job!!!

James and Reenie Elmer

On behalf of the entire Klueber Clan, I would just like to thank you for making our wedding reception a smashing success!

Bruce Klueber  Father of the Bride

Danielle and I thank you for all of your efforts at our wedding.  Your violin playing was beautiful and was loved by all who attended. We specifically enjoyed it when you played “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” at our table … simply magical.  As DJ and MC you were everything we could have hoped for and more.  Thank you again for helping make our wedding such a memorable day .

Jerry & Joanne Rogers

Thank you for making things appear as seamless as possible. You handled it beautifully.  Let me add that you gave us a great.  Everyone had a wonderful time and you kept the dance floor full. That is the sign of a consummate DJ !

Linda Nance

Perfect. That was the day.  Thank you so much for all of your help. We loved our wedding.  Our friends should be contacting you.

Pat & Jill Beck

This is a bit delayed, but I wanted to thank you SO much for making my wedding reception amazing! Dan and

I recently ran into one of our wedding guests while we were out shopping, and he raved for 10 minutes about

how great and unique it was that we had a strolling violinist and also about how talented you are.

Everyone we've spoken to said that they loved the mix of violin music along with the traditional DJ music,

and everyone really enjoyed requesting violin songs during dinner. A bride called me today to ask about a reference for having you at her reception, and I wholeheartedly recommended that she book you. I was so glad to be able to tell her how amazing you were at our wedding. Please feel free to list me as a reference any time!!  Thank you for helping to make our special day even more amazing. Best wishes,

Bethany and Dan Neumeyer

Thank you so very much for all you did for us at Lauren and Andy’s wedding.  Everyone had a wonderful time and many have called to say how “classy” the Violinist was.

Kris and John Wolbert   Parents of the Bride

We wanted to thank you for making our wedding memorable.  We loved you playing during dinner and the dance floor was packed all night! We had a great time and our guests can't stop talking about the skit, which would not have been possible without you!  Thank You!!

Kevin & Chrissy Murray

Thanks for the great performance you did at the wedding. I really enjoyed your table-to-table performances – it made the wedding extra special.  And the DJ part and announcing were just great.  All the guests had a wonderful time.

Rita Clayton  Mother of the Bride

I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your excellent performance on Saturday night.  Everyone has been telling us what a wonderful time they had and how great your performance and music was throughout the evening.  Thank you so much for making Kim & Derek's wedding a great day!

Maryann  Mother of the Bride

 

KEYSTRING DUO AND DJ PACKAGE

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding  job you did at our wedding. Everyone was talking about "Don't Stop Believing" that you and John played during the ceremony. You were so professional. You pretty much told us what to do, and that's what we needed! The strolling violin was a hit and the DJ music got the party started. We are definitely recommending you to our other friends who are engaged.

Alyssa and Brad Cipriani  

I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you just how much we appreciated the perfect job you and John did for our wedding.  All of our guests commented on the wonderful music you and John performed and how you brought a real touch of class to wedding ceremony.  Your strolling violin during dinner was such a unique touch and certainly was a highlight of the evening for us all. Your emcee and DJ work was spot on professional and kept the flow of evening flawless. Thank you again for being part of our special day…and on such short notice.  It was a pleasure to work with you.

Bob and Maureen Grosso

Thank you for sharing your talents with our guests on Saturday evening.  Everyone was so very impressed.  We knew from the first time we heard you at the Cliffside, that if our daughter would get married we wanted you to play;  she was only seven years old.  I guess you can say we have been planning her wedding for twenty years.  You are the ultimate professional and the ultimate performer;  from cocktails through dancing a fabulous time was had by all.  Thank you for helping us give Lindsey the wedding of her dreams.  

Sharon & Jim Carver (Bride’s Parents)

Thank you again so much for everything you did to make Patrick and Jill’s wedding reception such a great success.  Nancy had raved for years about your strolling violin performance and I can now understand why she considered you her first and only choice for the celebration.  And to then be able to move to such a great DJ program, which enabled everyone and every age to enjoy the evening’s fun, was brilliant.  Even my 88 year old father with Parkinson’s was drawn onto the dance floor and had a fantastic time!  You did so much to help everyone  enjoy the evening and we are very grateful for your wonderful talents.  We will certainly remember you for future events and give your name to anyone who asks.

Tom and Diane McCulllough        (Groom’s Parents)

I just wanted to quickly write you this informal thank you for making our wedding absolutely wonderful.  Everything was beautiful--from the ceremony music (which I made sure to listen to) to the cocktail hour, to the strolling violin/piano duo to finally the DJ service (the dance floor was full all night!).  People absolutely raved about how wonderful you were.  They are still talking about it today!  You definitely set the tone for the entire day.  Thank you for being so professional and definitely one of the best aspects of the wedding. I can't remember if you have a list of people as references for your potential new customers, but please add us to the list if you do.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Andrea & James

I want you to know how delightfully awesome it was to have you playing at our son/daughter-in-law's wedding at The LeMont on June 9.   You and your keyboard partner added SO much atmosphere to the event. Your presentation was fantastic and your music and selections were perfect for us! (It was most impressive how both the violin and the keyboard knew just what to do to work together!) We were thrilled that your entertainment was part of our evening and you truly made the celebration extra special! You are a class act. Thank you!

Pam & Geoffrey Wright  (Groom’s Parents)

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you so much again for the wonderful job you, John and Jake did providing the music for our wedding and reception.  Whenever Greg or I speak to a guest who attended, one of the first things they mention is the music and how unique and classy it was.  You were the extra ingredient that made our wedding that much more special!  I will recommend you to anyone and everyone who asks!  Grazie!

Valerie and Greg Castelli

STROLLING VIOLINIST STEVEN VANCE

This guy is great, a professional from the first time I talked with him. He showed up early, he played an outstanding selection of tunes despite the fact that that I only had two suggestions to give him. I feel the service was great and I also feel the price I paid was fair.  Zach Scholze

KEYSTRING DUO

John and I wanted to thank you for making our Wedding reception on Saturday so beautiful and memorable !!  The guests loved you and I know they enjoyed hearing their requests on the Violin and Piano.

Jenn and John

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