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Stitely Soundboard-Jeff’s wedding weekend recap

This past weekend was a great weekend for weddings, I had the pleasure of playing at receptions both Saturday and Sunday. Here is an inside view  and my favorite parts from both the Briski-Hampton wedding on Saturday night and the Geraghty-Reimus on Sunday.

The Stitely Orchestra played at the Hyatt McDonald’s Lodge for Lauren Briski and Eric Hampton’s wedding Saturday September 25th. It was a great night with heartfelt toasts and a packed dance floor all night. We did everything from Van Morrison’s “Moondance” for the First Dance, to “Accidentally In Love” by the Counting Crows, “Gravity” by John Mayer, and “According To You” by Orianthi.

The highlight of the evening was the last dance to “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles. With all of Lauren & Eric’s family and friends circling around them, they sent them off with a lot of love. It was a very sweet moment that reminded me of why I love playing at wedding receptions so much. Being circled and sang to by family and friends will be a memory that they will surely never forget. Check out the video to watch the final send off.

The next evening The Stitely Orchestra and myself played at Jennifer Geraghty and Don Reimus wedding at the Chicago History Museum and WOW, what a night it was. Food For Thought provided a great meal and Kurt Gerber from Gerber and Scarpelli Wedding Photography did the photography (it is always a pleasure working with him).

It was a whole night of 1920s-50s Jazz & Big Band. We had an All-Star Cast with Eric Schneider playing clarinet & alto, Bill Porter on trombone, Dennis Luxion on piano, Stu Miller on Bass, Matt Lewis playing trumpet & singing along with Amanda Wolff. It was a blast to play so many great big band tunes and older jazz standards. which we don’t get to play as often. We only read music for two tunes all night. When you have musicians at this caliber, the best thing to do is let everyone do their thing and sure enough, each musician inspired the others and the evening kept building.

Eric was on fire and the vocalists were blending together, backing each other up so that we were all smiling and laughing at all the musical surprises that kept happening throughout the night. Jennifer’s father, who flew in from France for the wedding, had requested a lot of Duke Ellington. We launched into “Caravan” and people were dancing and listening like a perfect combination of a jazz club and dance hall. After everyone took magnificent solos, the crowd erupted in applause and Jennifer’s father gave us the sweetest heartfelt thanks for playing his request. The whole evening had a real intimate and fun feel to it. It felt like everyone there was family. Thanks to everyone in the band for playing so magnificently.

-Jeff Stitely

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