Testimonials

Our reputation is second to none!

Read what past clients are saying about our bands and entertainment. The following are unsolicited letters, emails and reviews we have received

Bill Marriott

Bill Marriott Jr – owner of Marriott Hotels for his grand daughter’s wedding:

“You guys are fantastic.  Absolutely terrific!”

Bill Marriott Jr. – Marriott Hotels

 

Beach Boys (speaking about the Groove Merchants)The beach boys

“This band is incredible.  Aren’t they incredible?”

Al Jardine, The Beach Boys

 

 

Culinary Crafts – National Award Winning Event Planner/CatererLetter of recomendation

“It is my honor to write a letter of recommendation for Michael Tobian and Utah Live Bands. At Culinary Crafts, Utah Live Bands is at the top of our list of recommended bands. They have such a large selection of bands, sounds, styles, looks, singers, rhythms, songs, that there is something for everyone! We are often called on by brides and corporate planners to refer bands and they trust us to refer top notch entertainment. The people we refer must meet our criteria of excellence and integrity. This is one of the reasons we love Michael Tobian and his troupe of bands.

When it came time to hire a band for my only daughter’s wedding, I didn’t trust it to anyone else but Michael. He chose his Dance Doctors band and they were perfect. This group of talented musical artists have my highest recommendation.

Sincerely,
Mary Crafts-Homer -CEO/President Culinary Crafts”

 

Todd Pearson – Microsoft National ConventionMicrosoft

“We want to thank you for all the great music and your professional attitude towards making our previous events so successful.  The band was an integral part of the success of the each event”

 

 

Michelle Cousins

Michelle Leo – Award winning national wedding planner with Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, Modwedding, Style Me Pretty, Best of State and more

Thank you, Utah Live Bands, for providing your superb services at our Halloween Spooktacular party! Your bands are always a hit and we sure do enjoy doing business with you!

 

“Whiplash” Movie Premier Client – Winner of 3 Academy AwardsWhiplash

They were amazing! THANK YOU for everything! Everyone really enjoyed listening to them and they made the party atmosphere a big success.

I really appreciate all of your help and I look forward to working with you again in the future… I’ve been crazed at Sundance ever since.

Ali Paul – “Whiplash” Movie Premier at the Sundance Film Festival

 

National corporate event planner:

“Stephen and his team were amazing. I needed a band for my client’s National Convention’s Welcome Reception taking place at the Grand America Hotel, and Stephen delivered. I was planning the event from DC and could not be on-site the day of the Welcome Reception, but I was at ease as Stephen took care of all the logistics of power, load-in, load-out – he made it so easy for me!

My same client had been going back-and-forth with having a closing party for the National Convention on the last day. Early on, Stephen and I discussed possible DJ’s, Bands and other entertainment aspects for the closing event. The day of the closing party I called Stephen panicking because my client had last-minute decided to move forward with the closing party and I needed a DJ – STAT. With a calm and helpful demeanor, not only the Stephen find a DJ in such short notice, but he found an amazing DJ that rocked the closing party out. The DJ that Stephen found for me was so good that we extended our contracted time because the attendees couldn’t stop dancing!

Overall, I had a fantastic experience with ULB and especially with Stephen! I would recommend them to anyone!”

Zevin Spears – Corporate event planner

 

Destination Wedding Client: 

Hi Steve!

I just wanted to thank you SO MUCH for playing at our wedding in Jackson Hole last weekend at Couloir. We had a blast!! You guys are amazing. All of our guests are still emailing/calling us telling us this was the best wedding they have ever been to and the best band they’ve ever heard at a wedding!

THANK YOU for being part of our most special day.

All the best,

Beth

Wedding Planner

Hi Mike,

The bands were AH-MAZE!  The bride was so happy.  Thanks for always providing such great service and amazing talent!

Brandi Reiland – Soiree Weddings & Events (Montana)

Corporate Client (largest gold mining company in the world):

Hi Michael,

Thanks again for such great entertainment!!! We heard comments that it was the best party in the last 8 years!!!

Jill Moffat – Barrick Gold

 

Convention Planner:

I just wanted to let you know what a great job you did on Saturday night. You were amazing! [the Salamanders] are the best band we have ever had, and it is not even close! Our distributors had a blast! Thank you!!!!

Nathan Larson – 4LIFE convention (Atlanta)

Wedding Client:

 

Hey Michael,  

Greetings from Bali!  We couldn’t stop talking on the plane about how the Groove Merchants really made the day for us.  You guys kept the dance floor rockin and presented a polished look that was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for the part you and the band played in making our big day perfect.

Josh Priest – Wedding at MillCreek Inn

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Wedding Planner Endorsement:

Thank you, Utah Live Bands, for providing your superb services at our Halloween Spooktacular party! Your bands are always a hit and we sure do enjoy doing business with you!

– Michelle Leo, Michelle Leo Events

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Corporate Client:

Mike,

Just wanted to let you know what an awesome event we had on Friday night! Shaun (Shaun Canon and the Pops Orchestra) was absolutely FANTASTIC! Our entire company was raving about him all night and asking where we found them. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for working with us on such short notice to give us the perfect atmosphere for our event. You will definitely be hearing from us in the future.

Have a great day,

Kaitlyn Reeder

Health Equity

 

Destination Wedding Client:

 

Michael,

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful music!  Matthew and I checked out kind of early – just slightly exhausted! – but we heard that you (the Utah Swing Orchestra) had people dancing until the wee hours of the morning! Thank you so much! I’ve never seen my parents have that much fun. In fact, I think that was the first time I’ve ever seen them on the dance floor! We were thrilled with all that you did!

 

Thanks Again,

Jamie Obrien- Wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho

 

Corporate Client (fundraiser):

All of the band members were so professional but also were very friendly. We would love to have them play at our event next year and will definitely recommend them to others.

 

Sheena Schofield – Northern Utah Coalition Fundraiser

 

Event Manager:

 

Steve,
[The DJ]  was AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much for making it work for us in such short notice. Everyone raved at how amazing he was. You made me look like a superstar, THANK YOU. I am happy to a reference for Utah Live Bands anytime!
Best,

Zevin Spears

Events & Logistics Manager

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Destination Wedding Client:
Stephen,

What can Evan and I say today except that we and our guests were truly blown away by you guys last night.  All day today everyone was asking us how we found you guys.  You were truly incredible and allowed Evan and I to have the wedding reception of our dreams. So the biggest THANK YOU to you and the entire group. You guys were awesome and we would happy to serve as any type of reference should you ever need.

All the best,

Evan & Marisa Richheimer (Dance Doctors Wedding Reception)

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Vendor Endorsement:

Stephen and the team at Utah Live Bands are your go to vendor for the best bands for your event. Utah Live Bands has a variety of bands to match your style and vision. I have seen their bands in action and the energy they bring to an event is amazing. This is your one stop shop for live entertainment for your next event!

– Rob Ferre, Life of the Party Entertainment

 

Event Marketing Client:

Thank you so much for everything you did for the event. The band ROCKED and everyone absolutely loved them. Please thank them for being awesome and flexible in the crazy weather. Hope to work with you again in the future! (regarding the Salamanders band)

– Viviana (Corporate Event in San Antonio, TX)

 

Wedding Client:

The Jersey Street Band was fantastic. Not only were they a great sounding band, but their ability to be flexible with the song list and react to the crowd was perfect! They were very professional in dealing with the wedding “processes” (first dances,toasts, etc.). Everyone commented on how fun they were. PERFECT!

            

   –   Sundance Wedding – Dawn & Ed

 

University School Client:

“Today I received a phone call from the Vice President of Student Activities at Southern Utah University, asking me about the band I brought in for the SUU Winter Formal.  Your band (the Utah Swing Orchestra) did an amazing job and our committee was more than pleased with how your band played, the selection of music and the level of professionalism that your band members showed. Thank you again. I know that SUU is planning on bringing you back and I would recommend you to anyone.
Thank you,”

Jordan Hulet- Southern Utah University

 

Destination Wedding Client:

Just wanted to thank you once again for a great group of musicians for our wedding. It was amazing!! Such great vocalist and musicians…. got a lot of compliments on the band!!  Cant thank you enough!! Thanks for taking such great care! 

Keri Fakata – Wedding at Snowbird

 

Private Party Client:

Michael,

Thank you for your wonderful German band.  We were having no success finding a German band.  The band was a pure delight; they had tremendous energy and were even using authentic German sheet music. Given the less than three weeks notice to make this happen, I can’t thank you enough and would highly recommend your services to anyone.

Thank you again. Best regards…”

-Frank Salm– August 18th, 2006

 

Wedding Client:

Stephen,I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!! The band was amazing! Everytime I thought that I would sit out the next dance the band would start another song that I loved so I would have to dance again. My legs were killing me the next day! :) Everyone has been commenting on the lady singer as well. She was fantastic, please tell her so! The band’s rendition of The Dirty Glass was fun and we loved it!!! Thanks for making our wedding reception sound so great and for MCing the party. It wouldn’t have been fabulous and meaningful without The Bandits!
Julz Taylor

 

 

New Years Eve City Festival Client:

The Utah Live Karaoke Band is the very best I’ve seen. Their lead guitar player is phenomenal! These guys were super easy to work with and they’re true professionals in every sense of the word.
– Craig Conover, AV Productions (first night)

 

 

Government Client:

“Dear Michael:

In behalf of the Superintendents of Utah, I want to thanks you for the music your group (jazz trio) provided at the annual Superintendents Summer Conference.  Thank you for adding that special touch in your music and presentation that made the evening banquet extremely enjoyable.”

Gary Cameron– Executive Director Utah School Superintendents Association

 

 

Corporate Client:

 “Awesome music you gave us Friday night!  I couldn’t believe how crowded the dance floor was all night.  Thanks so much, your band made the party a huge success, it will be difficult to top it next year!

We will be contacting you early next year to reserve our annual company party date in July.

Denise Green, DAKCS Software

 

Summer Concert Series Client:

 

Hi Michael — Thank you so much for the concert on Saturday Utah Swing Orchestra.) According to all reports it went off beautifully and the audience was well rewarded for coming.  Take care and I hope we can have a repeat.  Please thank the band for me.

Gail- Tanner Amphitheater Summer Concerts Series

 

 

City Festival:

ULB Pro Jazz Combo,

“On behalf of the city council and myself, we would like to thank you for performing for our Summer Concert Series.  Our community enjoyed your performance so very much!  We would like to invite you to come back again next summer”

Darrell H. Smith- Mayor of Draper City

 

Wedding Client:
This Band was amazing, so professional and extremely talented. I would definitely hire them again. They were easy to work with and needed very little accommodations or direction, they just knew what to do and made the night great!

Cory Driscoll – Groom

 

Wedding Client:

“Mike,

Thank you!  Your jazz combo exceeded even my high expectations.  The music was wonderful and not the least bit intrusive or inappropriate.  You are free to use my comments or me as a reference in your advertising.  I would highly recommend the group.” 

John Stohlton- wedding reception July 2007

 

Wedding Client:

Mike,

Josh and I just wanted to thank you and the band for making our reception a truly magical and memorable evening!  The band was FANTASTIC and definitely set the tone of the night.  I had numerous compliments on them and I was so impressed with their professionalism, talent, and skill.  We can’t thank you enough and would be happy to spread the word about your services, thank you!

Josh & Lindsey Bean

 

Wedding Client:

Hi,

 

Thanks so much for coming and playing for us–you made the party awesome!  I wish I had had the presence of mind to come and meet each of the band members and thank them personally.  You all truly did a terrific job and made the whole thing loads of fun for everyone.  I wish I had several more events to plan, so I could hire you again and again, but at the very least I will recommend you to everyone I know in Utah.

Again, thanks so much for your cool, confident musicianship and fun-loving professionalism.

Melissa Kelly – Bride

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Corporate Client (regular client):

Thank you so much for being incredibly patient while we worked out the details… Your performance was amazing and we absolutely loved having you as a part of our celebration!  You are all very talented and entertaining.

Jenn Kikel – Executive Director – Anne Stirba Cancer Foundation

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Wedding Client (band plus unique entertainment):

“Mike,

I haven’t touched base since the wedding but I wanted to follow up with one last thank you and tell you how much we appreciated you and the Utah Swing Orchestra and the ambiance you created for Brittan and Jeffery’s wedding. 

Thank you for the Sexy Sax Man gig, you were just awesome and so many of the guest we have talked to loved the band and the amazing shirtless sax player! We traveled to Vegas for an Open house there last weekend so I am just now getting around to following up with you. You and the band really made the evening the success that it was. Your level of expert musicianship was so impressive and professional in every way…

 

We hope to use you guys again in the future, but I am not going to lie… I hope it is a long while into the future before I have to plan another wedding!!

Sincerely,

Steph Weber”

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Corporate Client:

“Hi Steve –

Just want you to know the band (Tzumba) was fantastic!!  They are everything we hoped they would be and then some!  Great guys and beautiful music!  I can’t tell you how perfect they were.  I think they had a good time too and we talked about using them for future events…

Thanks for working with us and hope to do so again in the future!

Best regards,
Tina Lewis”

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Wedding Client:

Stephen & Co,

Thanks for such an amazing performance at the Hotel Park City.  We’ve had so many guests declare the Groove Merchants the best they’ve seen, and we’ve been to some good ones.  Thank you for all the great memories.  Please let me know if I ca ever help w/ recomendations, etc. 

All the best, 

Alex Melzer

 

Destination Wedding Client at the Canyons:

(concerning the Dance Doctors)

“What a great job they did. They brought a tremendous amount of energy to our wedding. I had people calling me the next day to say how great the band was. The music and vocals were unbelievable. Hire these guys (and gal)! They even learned an old beach boys song for the Father/Bride dance!”

-Bill P.

Destination Wedding Client at the St. Regis Resort (the Salamanders)

You guys nailed it!  We can’t thank you enough!  You guys met and exceeded Megan and my expectations for the night.

As a bit of positive feedback, the general consensus of all the guests was “how did you guys find that band, they were amazing!” 

The musicianship was totally on point, the horns were fantastic; the song selection and sequencing was incredibly fluid; you and your wife are great singers, bandleaders and have such a great stage presence.  The whole night was just so much fun and you guys had everyone dancing for 4 hours!!  We wanted it to be a fun wedding and you guys did more than your fair share to keep people dancing and having a blast.

Last but not least – I can’t thank you enough personally for your professionalism through the process of working with the band – you were prompt, accommodating, and very positive in all of our interactions.  I just wanted to let you know that those qualities were not overlooked and very much appreciated during the stressful process of planning a wedding.  

Again, thank you and let us know if we can help in any way.

Best,

Megan & Adam

Corporate Event:

“Your music was delightful and set the perfect tone throughout the evening!  We will spread the good word about your services and look forward to working with you for years to come!”

Heather Roxburgh – The Roxburgh Real Estate Group

Wedding Client:

“This email is totally inadequate for the thank you we owe you guys for playing such a huge part of the best day of our lives! You, and the entire band (the Dance Doctors) were beyond phenomenal! I can’t tell you how many people are still talking about you guys!  There were a few musicians in the mix who were wildly impressed, and an event planner who wants to know if you guys would travel (I sent her your website info) :) Each of you are so incredibly talented & the songs you learned for this were better than the originals!….And the Hora, and the Talking Heads cover…we were completely blown away!”

Justin & Rachel (Wedding at Blue Sky Ranch)

Destination Wedding Client:

“Hello Michael

Thank you so very much for such an INCREDIBLE music experience at our wedding!  Everyone at the wedding from young to old had nothing but wonderful things to say about the Groove Merchants.  You brought such energy and fun to the wedding, and we were so pleased with the songs you played.  Thank you!!”