You kept everyone dancing!
We are sitting here in the airport waiting for our connecting flight to Maui :)
WOW!!! We just wanted to extend a huge thank YOU to you and your whole orchestra!
Everything was beyond perfect – music selection, sound and especially all of the performers. Everything, everybody was flawless! Our guests loved every minute of it – so did we!! You kept everyone dancing!
And how awesome was the Violin Show?! AMAZING to say the least. Our wedding was truly remarkable. Thank you for making our wedding so very memorable. Love You!
Annie Busillo & Vito Ungaro
Thank you is not enough for all you have done to make such a special fantasy come true in such a short time!! We still cannot get over how GREAT your performance was!!!!! Just over the top!
You have been so wonderful, so encouraging and so enthusiastic, and I know pulling together the ideas, and all the musicians in order to coordinate the ceremony must have been overwhelming!!
I can’t tell you how appreciated you are – more than you know. You were such a BRIGHT spot in this planning for me… you made my experience and we couldn’t be more grateful! Thank you sooo much! Forever!!! You rock!!! :)
Ann & Jim Randall (Bride’s Parents)
first class all the way
As soon as I know I have a wedding to stage, the first call I make is to Becky and Don Cagen. You not only get fabulous music, but you benefit from their years of experience. I know as the mother of the bride I can completely relax at the wedding reception, because Becky and Don know how to take charge of the reins and keep the entire evening orchestrated from music to introductions to speeches. And it will be first class all the way. You are not only getting a top-tier band or orchestra, you are getting an event coordinator!
Thanks Becky and Don for yet another great wedding reception!
Stathy White (Bride’s Mother)
Womens’ Athletic Club
Thank you for the great party you created with your music!
It was a joy to have you at our wedding weekend! Thank you for the great party you created with your music! We appreciate all of the hard work you put into making our wedding unforgettable! Thank you!
Ann Schuette & Ben Westrate
Coon’s Franklin Lodge, Woodruff, WI
The raves keep coming!
The raves keep coming! It was an amazing evening! I can’t thank you enough for the fantastic performance. Our guests can’t stop talking about the “wedding of the year”.
Ann Schuette & Ben Westrate
Coon’s Franklin Lodge, Woodruff, WI
The orchestra had everyone on the dance floor all night long
5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com
Our daughter’s wedding was the highlight of our lives. Don and Becky took us by the hand and walked us through every step of the way. The bride and groom were invited to the Cagen home/studio and given a variety of choices to make for their evening. Many phone calls along the way assured us we were in good hands. The day of the wedding the music at the church was magnificent. Don and his string quartet made our guests gasp with each new selection. How could we have known it would only get better… The Reception was perfect. The orchestra had everyone on the dance floor all night long. And all night long our guests sang the praises of the musicians. We could not have asked for more. We would tell anyone not to hesitate to use these accomplished professionals. We all felt we had the greatest orchestra in Chicago! Thanks for everything!
Judith Iantorno (Bride’s Mother)
You were FANTASTIC
Thank you! You made our wedding so special. You were FANTASTIC, as evidenced by the fact that the dance floor was packed the entire night! I can’t tell you how many people have emailed or called to tell me how much they loved the band. Thank you! We are thinking ahead to our parents 50th wedding anniversary so we can dance to your music yet again!
Maureen Browne & Matt Schoaf
Union League Club
Too bad we have run out of daughters!
Great as always! Thanks to you and everyone in the band for a wonderful evening. Too bad we have run out of daughters!
Bob & Connie Browne (Bride’s parents)
Union League Club
beyond what we dreamed
I couldn’t wait to tell you how thrilled, thankful, blessed and honored we were to have the Cagen Orchestra play for our daughter’s wedding. The entire evening was amazing – beyond what we dreamed or imagined! Every song was perfect!
We especially thank you for adding the “the three violinists.” Oh WOW! They were fantastic and they did add zest and energy to the evening in such a delightful way.
I think every person that was present told us much they enjoyed the music. I heard it all night long as I traversed the tables and again at the brunch yesterday.
There is no question that our wedding reception will be legendary for a long, long time amongst all those in attendance Saturday night. I am certain Cagen Music will be the beneficiary of requests to play for numerous upcoming weddings. This “glow” will last a long time.
We are so glad we extended the time – I think there would have been a riot had we not. What a pleasure this has been to work with you and get to know you. Again, THANK YOU!
Diana & Dean Maschoff (Bride’s Parents)
it was perfect!
THANK YOU for making our wedding so memorable for not just us, but our guests as well. We have received nothing but rave reviews about the music – it was perfect! From the musicians on in the lobby all the way until the end of the night, we couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was so great to see the dance floor packed the entire night! You guys were all fabulous. Many thanks again!
Kate Schaefer & Josh Zaman
you made the party
Already 2-1/2 weeks have passed since we celebrated Kate & Josh’s wedding at the University Club. We had a wonderful time – we feel so lucky to have enjoyed your music for two weddings! Everyone had such fun – and danced and danced! The music will long be remembered – you made the party :) :).
Thank you for your talents – everyone danced all night long!
Karen & Gary Schaefer (Bride’s Parents)
It was the best!
Thank you for everything. Every call I received mentioned the band and how phenomenal the music was. It was the best! Great, great night. Thank you, Thank you!
Shari & Howard Gamer (Bride’s Parents)
Ravenswood Event Center
Don Cagen and his Orchestra are great!
5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com
Don Cagen and his Orchestra are great! They played music that kept everyone on the dance floor all night. My husband loves the Beatles, so they made sure to play popular Beatles songs all night. After the wedding, we received so many positive remarks on the band. Many people said they haven’t heard a band this good in a long time!
Nina Braiman & Alon Stein
I want to thank you both for such a wonderful evening. So many of our friends and family mentioned how fantastic the music was at the wedding. Nina and Alon were absolutely thrilled with the music and that is the most important thing. We have always said that the music makes the wedding so thanks for making the evening one we will always remember.
Sue & Jeff Braiman (Bride’s Parents)
You guys are AMAZING!!!
You guys were AMAZING!!! Everyone had such a great time. Maybe we will have the pleasure of seeing you again at another function too. If we ever need entertainment, we know where to go.
Thank you for suggesting continuous music! You should not even offer an option without it :) We are so glad that you and your band made our evening so very special.
Meredith Kovary & Andreas Frank
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
You guys rocked!
Jon and I just wanted to thank you so much for doing such an incredible job at our wedding. We really are so thrilled that you were a part of our day. From the ceremony to the reception, the music sounded amazing and we loved every second of it. All of our family/friends cannot stop talking about how much fun they had…people were dancing ALL night long and I think it is a true testament to you and your entire ensemble. You guys rocked! We hope you had as much fun as we did :) Thanks again
Leah Schottenstein & Jon Schulman
New Albany Country Club, Ohio
Everyone said you were the best band they ever heard.
You were outstanding! I have been avalanched with compliments. Everyone said you were the best band they ever heard. Can’t begin to tell you how pleased we are! If you ever need a reference, please call me. Thank you so much!
Bob Schottenstein (Bride’s Father)
New Albany Country Club, Ohio
Everyone commented on how extraordinary you were
Many things about Jenny and Steve’s wedding exceeded our expectations, but none more than your music throughout the entire evening. Everyone commented on how extraordinary you were and, as one who spent a fair amount of time on the dance floor, your set list was perfect. That goes for the non-dance segments, as well. One of many examples: My brother is a pretty well-travelled musician, and we were both delighted as you moved from ‘Stairway to Heaven’ into ‘Nights in White Satin’ during the first dinner course. We didn’t see that coming, and really loved it.
We knew our guests would bring a lot of energy to the dance floor but you propelled them even further and it made for an amazing night. You are incredible, and I can’t thank you enough.
Robert Gross (Bride’s Father)
You have such a beautiful voice
It was a Blast! Thank you both! The music was absolutely perfect and you have such a beautiful voice. I can see that you love what you do and loving what you do and bringing joy to the room is a special honor. Thank you! We are truly lucky to have been able to share in such a special day with you. Love and kisses!
Sarah Silver & Dean Sherment
We loved the 3 women violinists who play with your band
We want to thank you so much for making the wedding of our children Josh & Lisa such a huge success. The music was exactly what we asked for, contemporary and current and appealing to everyone young and old. You knew the right tempo for our guests and kept the party going the entire evening, the dance floor was never empty. Even a month later people are still talking about how wonderful the band was, the best they have seen! You were even willing to learn new songs (U of W “Jump Around”, etc.) that were favorites of the bride and groom.
All singers and musicians were fabulous each with their own personality and individual talent. We loved the 3 women violinists who play with your band – we felt they were a perfect fit. They entertained our guests with their great playing and dance moves. Your orchestra and sound crew did an amazing job at The Overture Center making sure the music was not too loud so that people could talk to each other. We chose continuous music, which our guests enjoyed throughout the evening.
Becky & Don, even though we know you do many different events all the time, you made Josh, Lisa our family and friends feel a special connection with The Don Cagen Orchestra.
Please feel free to use us as a reference, as we would recommend you highly. Thank you so much for everything.
Vickie & Mitchell Saunders
Overture Center, Madison, WI
Best decision you’ll make!
Wedding Review from yelp.com
Don & Becky are simply the best at what they do. Our wedding was so much fun, and we owe it all to the music! All our guests were up on the dance floor from the very first moment right up until the last. They couldn’t be nicer to work with, offered lots of very helpful suggestions, and were totally flexible about meeting our requests.
They did my sister’s wedding seven years ago, and I was blown away! They play such a wide range of music, are so tuned into the mood of the room throughout the course of the event, that they play all the right songs at the right times. I didn’t hesitate in choosing them for my own celebration this summer, and I couldn’t be happier about the decision. Wedding planning can be a nightmare, but the one piece that was effortless was dealing with our band! I really cannot say enough about them! Best decision you’ll make!
Deborah Schlessinger & Robert Brett
You are quite simply the best at what you do
Don, You are the master! You made the night. We had a full dance floor from the first moment! We could not be more thankful to you and your incredibly talented musicians. Our guests raved about you, and we could not be happier. You are quite simply the best at what you do.
With love and gratitude,
The Bretts and Schlessingers
Bride & Groom’s Parents
You were better than perfect and made the night magical!!
WOW! What a FANTASTIC band you are! You made our wedding better than we could ever imagined! You were better than perfect and made the night magical!! People are still talking about the amazing band we had at our wedding! We had the BEST time dancing at our wedding, thanks to you! We will recommend you to EVERYONE! You are wonderful! Thank You!
Elizabeth Hasten & Chuck Miller
You brought such happiness and energy
I just wanted to thank you for making Elizabeth and Chuck’s wedding reception perfect! Best advice I ever took was listening to my friends who had hired you. Everyone loved your music, especially the “New Orleans” transition from dinner to dancing. Obviously, Elizabeth and Chuck had a great time as they never stopped dancing! It was so nice not to have to worry about anything and leaving it up to the experts. You brought such energy and happiness to our event. Thank you!
Jane Hasten (Bride’s Mother)
I was in awe of the sincerity of your playing and singing.
The first thing I wanted to do this morning was to write to the two of you. When we literally and explicitly scheduled the wedding around when the Don Cagen Orchestra would be available, people in our extended family thought we were nuts. However, my brother’s family and of course my own son and (now) daughter-in-law who heard you play in Nippersink totally got it.
Don, Becky, it is honestly hard to find the right words to express my appreciation for your wonderful performance and seamless professionalism. My sons and I are huge Springsteen fans and have followed him all over the country and one thought I am left with after each concert was awe at his being able to bring it night after night after night. That was how I felt last night. I was in awe of the sincerity of your playing and singing. I felt like you were part of our family and that you were playing for loved ones. I guess I want to think that it isn’t quite that impassioned on every night but something tells me I am wrong.
So….thank you once again. Thank you isn’t sufficient; it simply does not express the extent of our appreciation. I wish for both of you only the very best in the years to come. I only hope that I have the opportunity to have you play one last time at my youngest child’s wedding.
Jonathan Minkus (Bride’s Father )
you have made the whole process so easy
Thank you so very much for the work that you have put into making our wedding so memorable. When our first band backed out, we were a nervous wreck. Now, we have had the pleasure to plan our celebration with the most fantastic band and on top of that, you have made the whole process so easy and pain-free. I am so glad I bought a second dress for the reception since I danced the night away. Thank you so much!
Rebecca Plummer & Jason Kaiser
You all deserve a huge “BRAVO”
It was a wonderful wedding and the music was phenomenal! Your performance was excellent! Thanks for everything!
We received many compliments from our guests yesterday as the BEST wedding they have ever attended – we all know the music makes the party. Many of our friends are asking – “where did you find the Band?” We will recommend you to anyone asking.
Thank you Becky & Don and all of your orchestra members for the superb job. You all deserve a huge “BRAVO”
Krista & Tom McSwiggan (Bride’s Parents)
Olympia Fields Country Club
Our guests were blown away
We wanted to sincerely thank you for helping make Becky & Eric’s wedding an unending night of fun! Our guests were blown away by you and the orchestra’s musicianship and talent! We had people specifically compliment how you sounded just like the group “Chicago”, how fabulous the instrumentals were, how nice it was to be able to hold conversations as the music was not too loud, and how everyone young and old was on the dance floor all night long! People have been raving!
You really listened to our music requests – we were all really happy with the musical selections you played. We strongly feel that the music makes the party and you definitely made it a phenomenal night – we had so much fun!
As an added note, it was a pleasure meeting with you and planning the event together! We’d love to share more happy occasions together and would definitely recommend you to anyone seeking quality music and a fun event! Can’t wait to dance to our music again!
Toby & Mitch Kriss (Bride’s Parents)
We must thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this day absolutely PERFECT!
Our most sincere thanks for the absolutely BEST music and most professional delivery of the musical choices for Paige and Kyle’s very special day! They were so very happy and every one of our guests commented on how fabulous the orchestra was!! Our guests also said that the music was what they would have chosen too! You pleased everyone but most important, the bride and groom. You and Don made the night magical!! We must thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this day absolutely PERFECT!! Thanks again and again.
MerryKay Davis (Bride’s Mother)
Hotel Sofitel Water Tower
. . . they made sure the dance floor was packed all night
5 STAR REVIEW from yelp.com
I cannot recommend them enough! Don and Becky were super fun to work with and everyone in the industry seemed to know them or at least know of them! They were super accommodating to anything we asked and they made sure the dance floor was packed all night. We continue to receive complements about how amazing the band was!
Jacqueline Snow & John McVey
You were great!
Thanks for making Courtney’s wedding such a fun and remarkable event! You were great!!!
Jim King (Bride’s Father)
The selections were perfect and the sound was GREAT!!
Thank you so much for providing us with superb music. It could not have been better. The selections were perfect and the sound was GREAT!! Becky, I also appreciate all your patience with me. The end result was just what I wanted for Sal and Fran. They had a wonderful time. Thanks again.
Nella Ferrara Davy (Groom’s Mother)
Fulton’s on the River
Thank you for exceeding our expectations and making our wedding exactly what we dreamed it would be
In the early stages of planning our wedding, we decided that music would be one of our priorities, and we set out to hire the best band in Chicago. We found that in you. The Don Cagen Orchestra was simply fantastic. From our first meeting, when we were introduced to Becky’s incredible voice, to your performance at our celebration, working with you was a joy. Thank you for taking such interest in out day. We were pleasantly surprised by your interest in the flow of our party, and the suggestions you made. We hadn’t realized how important timing of our dances and music breaks (or lack thereof) would be to our party. Thank you, thank you for sharing your expertise with us! We are so glad we decided to trust your judgement. Several times throughout the night, such as when there was a break between our first dance and our dance with our parents, we commented on how you really do know best.
As for the actual music, you were even better than we remembered! We received so many compliments from people used to hearing boring disc jockeys or off-key cover bands at weddings. You just blew our guests away with your talent! We were initially nervous about not micro-managing a playlist but again you impressed us with your ability to read our party and choose the perfect combination of songs to keep our guests on the dance floor. You are largely responsible for making the evening such a memorable one for all our guests. Thank you for exceeding our expectations and making our wedding exactly what we dreamed it would be.
Rebecca Farrell & Lauren Centioli
People didn’t stop dancing
You were incredible and made our wedding! We had so many wonderful comments from people — all raving about you! People didn’t stop dancing — the sign of a great wedding. Thank you so much!
Megan Mawicke & Stu Bradley
They were great at keeping the guests entertained & dancing throughout the entire the night
5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com
Becky & Don Cagen were great! We initially were only going to do a dj but decided that our venue needed the elegance of a band for entertainment. They are very professional & flexible with planning song selections for our wedding. We wanted 2 songs that were not on their list for our first dance & combined mother/son, father/daughter dance and they accommodated our request one week out from our wedding. They recommended having a greek band they work with to come cover that portion of dancing but we already had our dj working on that portion of the dancing. They have a “no problem” attitude to all things music related. They recommended hiring their violinists but it was out of our budget so they included the violinists at no extra charge to us. They provided our cocktail music & dancing from 9-12am. They were great at keeping the guests entertained & dancing throughout the entire the night.
Roula Raftopoulos & Michael Borkowski
We loved every minute of their wedding
Thank you for helping to make Shaina and Avi’s day so special! We loved every minute of their wedding and can’t thank you enough for everything you did. You know we were referring you beforehand and of course, now we will continue to do so. The tisch, the bedekken, the ceremony. the entire event, and allowing Avi to sing to Shaina was just amazing. You have an incredible reputation in our community, and after our simcha everyone will continue speaking the same way.
Debbie & Marc Siegel (Bride’s Parents)
Westin Chicago North Shore
You were able to bring everyone out to the dance floor and keep them dancing all night.
Thank you so much for providing such amazing music for our wedding. You were able to bring everyone out to the dance floor and keep them dancing all night. You made our celebration complete. You were able to express our personalities through your music and making the night sensational. Thank you again.
Katie Ricciardi and Ben Neidich
Simply amazing. We were blown away, as were our guests
You and your performers are amazing!! Thanks to your awesome contribution the ENERGY was NON-STOP!
We were absolutely thrilled with the party. But the music was what made the evening. All the beautiful décor, etc. wouldn’t have been worth a thing if the music wasn’t good. And it was way beyond good!
I can’t think of an adjective that properly conveys how perfect the music was for the evening. Simply amazing. We were blown away, as were our guests! Your performance could not have been better and we are so appreciative!
We can’t thank you enough. Please feel free to use us as a reference, if you like. I’m sure everyone at our party will want to use you for similar events!
Matt Kunkel & Neal Lenhoff
Everything was flawless, beautiful, and better than we could have imagined
We just want to take a moment to thank you for providing us with such beautiful, joyous music at our wedding on Sunday. From the kabalat panim, to the trumpet leading the men from the tisch, to the ceremony, to the amazing music for the reception – everything was flawless, beautiful, and better than we could have imagined. We received numerous compliments on the band and we couldn’t agree more. Thank you for helping to make our day so special.
Naomi Shapiro & Adam Braun
5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com
All our guests talked about after our wedding was how great our band was…and…in particular…the 3 violinists who cranked it up as the evening went on…Don and his band were phenomenal…They knew their crowd and played to it…Absolutely fantastic!!! We’d use them again and again for future events…
Heather Holtsberg & Thomas Smith
The dance floor was crowded the WHOLE night!
You were AMAZING!!! We were thrilled!! Thank you so much for making our wedding night so special, fun, enthusiastic and lively!! The dance floor was crowded the WHOLE night! From the hora, the slow dances, the fun dancing, and even the music played during dinner your band was awesome. The Tish at the beginning of the night turned out perfect, as well as the songs down the aisle. All in all we had so much fun and wish we could do it all over again!! We have received so many phone calls and every single person kept on raving about our band. Thank you for making our wedding so special. We truly enjoyed working with you.
Amy Fox & Ben Fisher
All of our friends and family from far and near raved about the incredible musical production
We have gotten tremendous numbers of emails and phone calls and letters raving about every aspect of the wedding. All of our friends and family from far and near raved about the incredible musical production that was provided by your orchestra.
The two of you and your orchestra during the tisch, bedeken and ceremony enhanced the spirituality of these very special Jewish ceremonies. The selection of music was moving and emotional. The celebration continued during the reception and when we went into the ballroom for the party your orchestra was extraordinary throughout the entire evening. You brought a level of joy, energy and enthusiasm to everyone in that room; so much so that no one wanted to leave.
We cannot thank you enough for capturing the spirit of the evening and for providing Amy and Ben with a night that they will always remember. Thank you for making our celebration a truly thrilling and extraordinary event.
Barbara & Danny Fox (Bride’s Parents)
Every opportunity I have I’ll recommend you!
You were absolutely incredible and without a doubt made our wedding night. Every opportunity I have I’ll recommend you! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put in to what you do. It definitely shows!
Christy Coyle & Greg Moore
Your orchestra is over the top
I don’t think I got the chance to properly express myself on how much Lynn & I appreciated the amazing job you did at Christy’s wedding. Your orchestra is over the top and was such a large part of the success of the evening. You were magnificent and we can’t thank you enough! Wishing you every continued success.
Mike & Lynn Coyle (Bride’s Parents)
Anyone thinking of using you, without a doubt, YES!
You guys were the backbone of our wedding, you held it together, you allowed us to express our energy, relish in it, bask in the happiness and love that surrounded us on our special day. Sam and I are a tough bunch when it comes to music, we are picky, we consider ourselves to be sort of ‘music snobs’. Every new song that you played at our wedding, as you so elegantly kept up with the crowd, and were so attuned to the energy…wow, I was thrilled, jumping up and down so happy. And the energy of the band made me so happy all night. I was a really, really happy bride on my big wedding day and you had so much to do with that. Really. Don Cagen, you are a genius. You held it together so tightly, communicated with us so effectively, gently and unobtrusively to make sure all was good, you did awesome!
The comments keep coming from every guest on how we had the best band ever, even the snootiest of our friends. We had a huge wedding and everyone danced and you managed it so perfectly. From the first moment, with a fabulous hora, to the very end — the energy was abundant and powerful. How brilliantly you pulled off a kick butt hora and a funky, funky time is so awesome. And we picked the most obscurely random French song for my father-daughter dance…its nostalgia. You guys pulled it off without a hitch. How cool are you! Yay for Becky Cagen! Anyone thinking of using you, without a doubt, YES!
All this to say — Thank you!!!!!!!! You have a great thing going, no wonder you are such a success. I am shocked and pleased with how perfectly you pulled off satisfying the heck out of me on my one and only wedding day.
Judy Lev & Sam Aranson
They made the party!
From Annie’s Wedding Blog preownedweddingdresses.com
The band, The Don Cagen Orchestra, introduced the wedding party and we went into our first dance – Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Followed by a dance set. Several dance sets throughout dinner kept people on the dance floor ALL night. Father/Daughter Dance — “Landslide”, Mother/Son Dance — “My Wish”. Party rocked till midnight with MOST people staying the whole time.
My big expenditures were my dress, the vintage hairstyles, and the band. They were all completely worth it. So many people commented on how much the wedding reflected who we are. And the band is the reason that almost everyone stayed ALL night and danced hard. They made the party! Spend on what is important to you, save on what you can live without.
Annie MacKay & Josh Coffman
We have been to so many weddings but never seen and heard better music
Ginny and I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic music you had for us at our daughter’s wedding. All of the people in your orchestra were wonderful and helped to make the wedding and reception a life-long great memory. As a Dad, I wanted that day to be the best, and with your orchestra’s help, we made that wish a reality.
We have been to so many weddings but never seen and heard better music and more personable entertainers. You are solid class, simply the BEST!
Thanks again, you helped make the day magical. We hope to see and hear you again some day. To the best orchestra anywhere – Thanks!!
Brad & Ginny Schroeder (Bride’s Parents)
We honestly have never danced that much in our entire lives
We just wanted to tell you how much fun we had last night! We honestly have never danced that much in our entire lives. Our friends and family cannot stop talking about how amazing you guys were. Thank you so much for setting the tone for the party and making it better than we ever thought possible. What a blast! Hope to see you at another party soon.
Jill Pessis and Jeremy Smiley
Your orchestra, singing, song selections were outstanding
Thank you for an amazing night of dance, laughter and joy. Jill & Jeremy’s wedding was beyond my expectations. Your orchestra, singing, song selections were outstanding. I’ve enjoyed all 3 daughters’ weddings immensely – but this last one was special. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Amy Pessis (Bride’s Mother)
Thank you so much for your kindness and patience during the planning process
Andrew and I are home from Bali and I just wanted to write you a quick note to thank you for being part of our wedding day. I had high expectations for the Don Cagen Orchestra seeing as you did the inaugural ball in January and your music, professionalism and enthusiasm completely exceeded my expectations in every single way possible.
Our wedding was the happiest day of our lives and we can certainly attribute much of the happiness (both ours and our guests) to the fantastic party you led. Thank you so much for your kindness and patience during the planning process and for everything you played during the party. Thanks again Don and Becky! I’ll certainly recommend you to all of my engaged friends as well as any of my Chicago based clients who need a band!
Miriam Chevalier & Andrew Geiser
Hotel Sofitel Water Tower
Thank you also for learning new songs and for dressing to match our event
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding and making it the most spectacular event we could have hoped for. I was truly in awe of your presence, energy and talent. We were so fortunate to have you performing for us. The music selections were perfect and we always had a packed dance floor. It was my greatest wish to have as many people included as possible and you made that wish come true. You were able to cater to so many different people with so many different tastes without ever isolating anyone — your band truly has a gift. Thank you also for learning new songs and for dressing to match our event (perfect selection Becky)! It was a pleasure to work with you and we will always be grateful for the affect you had on our night.
Hilary Rose & Jeff Hendry
Truly each and every guest told us you were THE BEST!
Thank you seems so inadequate and even perfect, superb, amazing seemed to fall short. Your wonderful music transformed my daughter’s wedding into a dream come true. Truly each and every guest told us you were THE BEST! From Hilary’s first meeting with you, through planning special music and event timing, you have been not only professional, but truly personal and caring. I could not have asked for more!
Kathy Rose & Jay Daskal
Our first and only choice for our wedding entertainment
The Don Cagen Orchestra is an absolutely wonderful ensemble. They were our first and only choice for our wedding entertainment. Working with them was so easy, it was like they knew exactly what we wanted and they delivered flawlessly – They even learned the version of the song we wanted for our first dance, much to our surprise and delight! All of our guests raved about them during and after our big day, and it’s the first thing our guests bring up about our wedding, even to this day! The dance floor was packed all night long. It was certainly a very magical day, and The Don Cagen Orchestra was a key part in creating a lifetime of very fond memories for us.
Meghan McAuley & Kyle Hannes
Your orchestra is truly amazing!
Your orchestra is truly amazing! The music in each room made Megan and Kyle’s special day unforgettable for all in attendance. Continued success!
Tom McAuley (Bride’s Father)
the best we have ever heard in this town
You were fabulous! Thank you for everything, we appreciate all that you did for us. We could have danced all night for sure. The kids did such a good job with song selection, and you were so professional in helping them. Becky your voice is like a songbird, so wonderful and it made the Hora! We hope your trip home from Minneapolis went smoothly. The Zamansky’s and Stan and I are still on cloud nine as you can imagine. Please tell the group they are the best we have ever heard in this town and they should be honored to be working with you and Don. All of them were great. Thanks again and we hope to be in touch.
Joni Weiner (Bride’s Mother)
Oak Ridge Country Club, Minneapolis, MN
Good music makes a party and The Don Cagen Orchestra made our party great!
Thank you for all your help in making our daughter’s wedding day a day of great joy. Your expertise in entertainment allowed us to relax and dance and have fun. I cannot tell you how many compliments we received on the church music, reception music, dinner music and of course the dancing. The dance floor was packed all night. Good call on not taking any breaks. Becky you made all of the planning go smoothly. We appreciated your suggestions. The violinists were great. Good music makes a party and The Don Cagen Orchestra made our party great!
Betty and Ted Reese (Bride’s Parents)
Union League Club
Guests commented that the music was the best they had ever experienced
Emil and I couldn’t have imagined the music at St. Clements church and at the Peninsula could be so exceptional! Thank you very very much. Many guests commented that the music was the best they had ever experienced. The number of guests on the dance floor was an indication of all the superlatives we heard. We sincerely appreciate your essential role in making an evening that we shall always remember with joy.
Maureen & Emil Brolick
You created an energy and excitement that lasted until the very last song was played at 1:30 am!
We just got back from our honeymoon this morning and we wanted to send you a note to thank you for making our wedding an absolutely fabulous evening. From the moment the music started at the tisch, you created an energy and excitement that lasted until the very last song was played at 1:30 am! The music during the ceremony was beautiful, the simcha/Israeli dancing was perfect, and the dancing at the end of the night was an absolute blast! We received so many emails and phone messages while we were away from our friends and family letting us know that it was one of the most fun weddings they has ever been to, and you played a huge role in making that happen. Thanks for everything!
Nami Dobrusin & David Goldenberg
We were amazed at how long many of the guests stayed
We want to thank you for helping to make Nami’s and David’s wedding so memorable. Our guests have been calling and emailing to tell us how truly wonderful every aspect of the evening was. We were amazed at how long many of the guests stayed — even the over 80 crowd. Many of them told us that when they finally thought to look at their watches, they were shocked at the late hour. We know that your music had a lot to do with the success of the wedding. If the older guests stayed and enjoyed themselves, it meant that they did not feel driven out by overbearing music. And we already know that the younger generation, as well as many of their parents, had a great time on the dance floor. What we keep hearing over and over again is that it was the perfect wedding. So again I want to thank you for working with us to make the evening flow as we had envisioned. You and your musicians were in rare form and the crowd certainly responded to your cues. It was a pleasure working with you.
Debby & Charley Dobrusin (Bride’s Parents)
I’m so glad we took your advice of having the full band throughout dinner. The volume was PERFECT
Thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding! We had so many compliments on our fantastic band! I’m so glad we took your advice of having the full band throughout dinner. The volume was PERFECT, and the band was so elegant and professional. It was all we hoped it would be. Thank you!
Anna Coyne & James Oakley
River East Arts Center
The music was incredible, there was so much variety!
Thank you for the amazing job you did at our wedding and for making our day so perfect. The music was incredible, there was so much variety! I can’t tell you how many compliments I have already received from our guests! They loved the music! It was also so well organized, which made the whole night flow so well. Words cannot express how pleased Joel and I, as well as our families, are with your performance. I will definitely be referring your name to anyone who is looking for a band in the future!! Thank you so much – It wouldn’t have been so wonderful without you!!!
Sarah Schonath & Joel Nack
the most fun they had ever had at a wedding
The wedding music was fabulous. Thank you so much for making Sarah and Joel’s wedding so great. I can’t tell you how many people told me the music was incredible and that it was the most fun they had ever had at a wedding reception. Whenever we have our next daughter’s wedding, I hope your orchestra’s available and will travel to Wisconsin. Thank you for making this major event in our lives so wonderful. We’ll have great memories.
Jen Schonath (Bride’s Mother)
Without a doubt, choosing your band was the best decision we made
I wanted to thank you and your band for performing so beautifully on Sunday. Without a doubt, choosing your band was the best decision we made. Many people have told me how much they enjoyed both the Hebrew and English sets and I have passed on your contact info to anyone who has asked. You are a true professional and it was a pleasure working with you. Thanks again!
Gabe Axler & Ravit Greenberg
North Suburban Beth El
We truly did enjoy all the planning and your personal presentation
Thank you so much for the lovely orchestrations you performed at our daughter Eve’s wedding. Your music sent everyone spirits soaring! It was just so much fun entering that room. We received so many compliments on your selection and performance during dinner. I am sure you could see from all the participation how much everyone loved dancing. We truly did enjoy all the planning and your personal presentation. You timed everything so well. A special thank you to your beautiful wife for her lovely singing. It was a pleasure dealing with both of you.
Irma Heidenry (Bride’s Mother)
The dance floor was packed the entire night!
Kathleen and I just came back from our honeymoon and I had to drop you a quick note to say that we were thrilled with the music you provided during the reception. We heard so many compliments on the music — and the dance floor was packed the entire night! My personal favorites were “Blister In The Sun” and “Nights In White Satin”. Thanks for contributing to an unforgettable evening!
Kathleen Murphy and Tom McNeela
Union League Club
You made the party, a party!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I know I told you this on Saturday night, but you were all amazing. You made the party, a party! The music choices were fabulous and the night ran so smoothly. Your rendition of “That’s How Strong My Love Is” would make Otis very proud. It is a moment, Peter and I will never forget. Peter’s parents were more than thrilled, and I was so happy they asked you to play for an extra half hour. I truly enjoyed planning with you both. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening. Wishing you the very best.
Laura Spreckman and Peter Leo
the variety of music played got everyone from my college buddies to my grandparents on the dance floor
Stephanie and I would like to thank you for the amazing performance at our wedding. We received so many compliments about the Don Cagen Orchestra. Everyone had an amazing night on the dance floor and the variety of music played got everyone from my college buddies to my grandparents on the dance floor. We really cannot thank you enough for making our night one to remember for the ages. We will definitely be recommending your amazing orchestra to all of our family and friends. Thank you again!
Stephanie Olson & Jeff Bitter
Our guests could not stay off the dance floor
Your music is just beautiful. From the moment our guests arrived at the wedding they were serenaded with sounds that seemed as though they were from Heaven. Your arrangements were so creative and well planned that our guests could not stay off the dance floor. It is always a pleasure working with you. We hope we have many more wonderful events to share with you.
Sheri & Sherwin Zuckerman
Everyone loved the music!
Thanks so much Don. Everyone loved the music! Stay well and thank you again for a lovely night of celebratory music.
Julie Uihlein (Bride’s Mother)
I feel so lucky that you were at our wedding
I want to let you know that I think you both did an amazing job at our wedding. I was so happy with the way everything turned out that night and your band was the glue that kept it all together. I feel so lucky that you were at our wedding. So thank you, thank you, thank you for everything.
Jodi Shanin & Aaron Epstein
People said it was the best band they ever heard
Thank you SOOO much for everything. You were phenomenal. I loved working with you and really appreciate all your hard work. People cannot stop talking about how amazing you were and how much fun you made the evening. You will definitely be getting calls after this wedding. People said it was the best band they ever heard. Thank you so much.
Leor Torchman & Simon Auerbach
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Everyone raved about your band
I just wanted to send you a note and personally thank you for doing such an incredible job at our wedding. Everyone raved about your band and how great the performance was! I’m so happy that Hope Weis recommended you to us.
Again, thank you! Our ceremony, cocktail hour trio and reception music were fantastic.
Sowsan Simon & Dan Schulte
The compliments on the band’s music were endless
WOW…best describes how Greg and I felt about your fabulous performance at our wedding. We cannot thank you enough for all of the hard work you and Becky put in to making our big day extra special for us. The compliments on the band’s music were endless.
Ali Merk & Greg Reese
The music was absolutely perfect
Thanks again for making the party memorable. The music was absolutely perfect. I have received that comment from every guest with whom I have spoken since the wedding. I am truly grateful to you and your musicians.
Kurt Schultz (Bride’s Father)
The Casino Club
there has been nothing but high praise!
I want to thank you so very much for making Rebecca & Dave’s wedding such a success! Everyone has been commenting on how wonderful you were — there has been nothing but high praise! You kept up with the crazy crowd and everyone had a wonderful time! Thanks again so much!
Rachel Russo (Bride’s Mother)
The music will definitely be the talk for many years to come
Thank you for an outstanding job at our wedding reception. The music will definitely be the talk for many years to come. Thank you for coming to Notre Dame too! We cannot express what a difference your talents made!
Elaine Kriegel (Bride’s Mother)
Notre Dame University
the dance floor was ALWAYS full
We had such a wonderful time at Lindsay & Matt’s wedding. The music was FANTASTIC — the dance floor was ALWAYS full. All our friends would like to make this an annual event. For certain you will be our first call when the love bug bites! Your music still plays in my head!
Gary & Karen Schaefer (Bride’s Parents)
they were cheering for an encore after 1:00 am!
We had a wonderful time dancing to your orchestra at our wedding. It was evident that all of our guests really enjoyed your music too — especially when they were cheering for an encore after 1:00 am! We received may compliments on your talent. No doubt we will highly recommend you in the future!
Kate Cimaroli & Kent Steffen
Sears Tower-99th Floor
We can’t recall a single song that did not sound perfect
Everything turned out perfectly, and it was the most fun we have ever had. We were incredibly impressed with you and you band. The music was excellent and the coordination of the evening went perfectly. Every member of your band was professional, friendly and talented. You ignited the evening with the horah and kept the energy high until midnight! We can’t recall a single song that did not sound perfect. We appreciate everything that you did to make our wedding so wonderful. We will certainly recommend you to all of our friends and family. Already many of our friends have commented on your excellent performance.
Thanks again for everything, Don and Becky. We have enjoyed working with you over the past twelve months and look forward to a future event that will hopefully require great music (one sister left to get married!).
Stephanie Gordon & Steven Farsht
School of the Art Institute
You not only met my expectations, you far exceeded them
I wanted to thank you for an incredible evening of music. Everyone was thrilled with the band and Ben & I have received cards and notes expressing our guests’ delight with your performance. Thank you for being so responsive and knowledgeable about all the details to make our wedding a great success. I had very specific ideas about the music (being a musician myself) and you not only met my expectations, you far exceeded them. Thank you again for a wonderful, unforgettable evening. Ben & I are still on cloud nine two weeks later. We really appreciated everything…you’re amazing.
Jara Kern & Ben Burney
Our guests were thrilled by both the quality and range of the music
What a spell you cast at our daughter’s wedding! The music infused the entire evening with an air of sophistication, energy and joy that can come only from live music presented with passion and professionalism. The Don Cagen Orchestra delivered with a can’t-miss style that elevated Jara’s wedding at the Allerton’s Tip Top Ballroom into a fantasy in the sky. I will always remember the feeling of walking into the ballroom for dinner with the band in full jazzy swing and Becky’s voice filling the air. What a way to begin the party. Our guests were thrilled by both the quality and range of the music, and you were able to deftly read the mood and the keep the evening moving along. Thanks again for a beautiful, memorable, musical evening.
Gerould Kern (Bride‘s Father)
The way you read the crowd was just perfect
You and the band are fantastic. The music at Sarah’s wedding was simply superb from the ceremony to the cocktails and on through the reception. The way you read the crowd was just perfect. When the date and venue moved from Winnetka to Tucson, I was told it was possible to have the band fly down to Arizona. You no doubt know that at first my husband thought we were being a bit extravagant in wanting to bring you to Tucson, but being the kind and doting Dad he is he didn’t object too much. However, during the reception he whispered in my ear that he was so glad that he had thought of bringing the band to Tucson!!!
So many people told us how magnificent everything was. It was such a special celebration due in no small measure to your being there. Thank you so very, very much for being part of one of the happiest days of our lives.
Patty Cavallino (Bride’s Mother)
Arizona Inn, Tucson, AZ
This letter does not adequately convey the amazing performance you gave
When we first looked through your packet of information we saw many letters all saying the same thing: you were the highlight of the wedding. While I have been to many weddings myself, I never heard a band that I considered to be the highlight of the evening until I heard you play on my wedding night. Right from the beginning you helped set the mood for my Christmas wonderland. Your music sent chills down the backs of my guests as they entered the Café Brauer Great Hall. Some of my other vendors had difficulty with my “New York” style wedding, but you made it go off without a hitch. I never imagined in a million years that I would see so many people on the dance floor right from the beginning of the night! You had us dancing all night long. In fact, Sabin had a difficult time pulling me away so that I could greet my guests. Thank you for playing our first dance song on only a week’s notice. Becky you looked so beautiful in that red dress and Don you play a mean horn! Sabin and I would be honored to be one of your references. Please tell prospective clients to call or email me. This letter does not adequately convey the amazing performance you gave.
Min-min Hwang & Sabin Cranford
Thank you for the wedding that everyone dreams of!
Mere words cannot express how grateful we are to you both. Because of the two of you, we had the perfect wedding. You set the mood for the day with glorious music at the church and continued throughout the reception. Everyone commented on how fabulous you are and are still talking! Don, the ladies found you quite dapper and Becky, you have several ardent admirers! Thank you for the wedding that everyone dreams of!
Anne Scrivner & Tom Kuban
absolutely blown away by each member of the orchestra. Becky, your voice is a gift and Don, the trumpet serenades were unique and exceptional
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing incredible life to my wedding. As gorgeous and incredible The Drake Hotel looked and wonderful the service was, I have received, by far, the most compliments on you and The Don Cagen Orchestra. You are absolutely fantastic and the wedding would not have been a party without you. I, along with all of my guests were absolutely blown away by each member of the orchestra. Becky, your voice is a gift and Don, the trumpet serenades were unique and exceptional — one of my favorite parts of the entire evening. Please move to Virginia! Thank everybody who played for us — we were lucky to have discovered you.
Christie Tibbitt & Dave Valentine
We know our demands were great; however you exceeded them all
WOW! What a performance you gave us! We cannot begin to express our tremendous gratitude and thanks to you both for making our wedding day so incredibly memorable and special. We have not stopped receiving compliments on your music since we returned from our honeymoon two weeks ago. We were so pleased with everything — your dedication and commitment in the months prior, your organization with the Cultural Center, your impeccable timing that evening and most importantly, your incredible ability to “Read” the crowd and provide the perfect music at the right time. I believe that our very large dance floor was full at any given moment of the evening! Allen would especially like to thank you for the “Grateful Dead Medley” which was a true crowd pleaser!
With both the bride and groom in the hospitality industry we know our demands were great; however you exceeded them all. We truly appreciate all you did to assure our wedding reception’s success!
Susan Sarich & Allen Highfield
Chicago Cultural Center
You all played beautifully and helped to create a truly magical and memorable evening
It is with great pleasure that we are writing you to inform you of how extremely pleased we were with the wonderful music provided for our daughter’s wedding reception. As you know, the dance floor was completely full all evening, which is certainly the result of your sensational orchestra. Over the past few weeks, we have received numerous thank you notes for the wedding and in each of one our guests raved about the fantastic music. Congratulations, Becky and Don for such a superb performance. And please extend our thanks to each member of the orchestra. You all played beautifully and helped to create a truly magical and memorable evening.
In conclusion, we would like to add how delightful it was working with such experienced and professional musicians.
Ruthie & Alan McNally (Bride’s Parents)
Glen View Club
There were people out on the dance floor who I had never EVER seen dance!
What can I say? You guys really made the event. Thank you so much for your wonderful performance at our wedding. You were fantastic. Everyone I talked to said you were the best band they had ever heard. There were people out on the dance floor who I had never EVER seen dance! And the compliments keep coming. Everyone is in agreement that the music made the wedding reception as great as it was. We watched the video and kept saying to each other “What a Great Band”.
I can’t tell you how many people have asked us about you. We will certainly recommend you to everyone who is looking for a band. You were great! Thanks again.
Laura Donovan & Dave Janicek
We absolutely LOVED it! — and so did our friends
Thank you for making our wedding for Megan & Christian so beautiful, Your orchestra was wonderful. We absolutely LOVED it! — and so did our friends. You made it all go so smoothly. It was a perfect evening for us because of your great music! Please tell Becky we enjoyed her so much. We loved her singing and she looked beautiful. Thank you for the great effort you put into our wedding. We will always remember the fabulous music.
Bob & Connie Browne (Bride’s parents)
Union League Club
You always look like you’re having fun, and this feeling is infectious
We want to express our most sincere appreciation for the extraordinary effort you and your musicians put forth at our wedding. Having attended numerous weddings over the years, I am of the firm belief that the quality of the band can make or break the reception. This long held theory of mine was proven true at my own wedding, which we felt was a huge success due to the presence of all 16 pieces of your wonderful orchestra. The music was simply fantastic from start to finish, and Don’s style as master of ceremonies was excellent. Family and friends continue to marvel not only at the quality and diversity of the music, but also the enthusiasm you and the rest of the group exuded throughout the evening, As I have observed seeing you play before, you always look like you’re having fun, and this feeling is infectious.
Well I could go on and on, which I will do with anyone I know who is seeking a band for their wedding. To that end, we hope to see you soon at another event! Thanks again.
Katherine Scoulas & Matt Nix
We also loved that you were eager to learn the Romanian music
Dorin and I thank you profoundly for playing such an important and beautiful role in our wedding. All our guests and we enjoyed your music tremendously, it sounded great! We also loved that you were eager to learn the Romanian music that was in such high demand! Thank you for your hard work!
Argentina Erhan and Dorin Parasca
The selections, the timing, everything was absolutely outstanding
Ted, Amy, Dan & I simply can’t thank you enough for making the wedding so joyous, fun and truly memorable. The music. The selections, the timing, everything was absolutely outstanding. And Becky, you looked beautiful in that perfectly coordinated “shimmery dress”! Thank you too Don for the beautiful music at the church. There were lots of musicians in the pews and we received many, many compliments. Our heartfelt appreciation for making everyone so happy.
Barbara Buenger (Bride’s Mother)
We feel honored and proud to have had the “Don Cagen Orchestra” play at our wedding
We want to thank you for the absolutely outstanding music you provided at our wedding. We had a great time and loved dancing to your music. So many of our guests complemented the music as well. We have really enjoyed working with you during the planning months of our wedding and appreciated all the input and good advice you provided for us. We feel honored and proud to have had the “Don Cagen Orchestra” play at our wedding.
Gina Pope & Joel Mandell
Don, the evening was a dream come true. You are a Memory Maker!
It is a pleasure to express my thanks for your marvelous participation at Gina & Joel’s wedding. Way back in January, after interviewing and meeting with some “music makers”, Gina, Joel and I knew instinctively, that you and your band was our choice. You didn’t let us down. You gave us songs with style, sass and sophistication. Everyone loved it. Phone calls are pouring in saying such flattering words about the singers, the music, the music, the music, the dancing, the hora, and then the bride and groom! Don, the evening was a dream come true. You are a Memory Maker! Wishing you long life, prosperity, good health and happiness to you and Becky and all your music makers. Thanks for the memories!
Myra & Harold Pope (Bride’s Parents)
Becky, you looked like a princess and sang like a dove
We just don’t know how to thank you for making Kaylee’s wedding spectacular! I have always said that music is the most important element in a successful party and yours was perfect. I can’t thank you enough for all the extra planning for timing and songs and fitting in all the “extra” surprises. All of your efforts certainly paid off. “Becky, you looked like a princess and sang like a dove” Kudos all around! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Michelin Lentino (Bride’s mother)
The fun we had listening and dancing to your orchestra
Your entire effort was fantastic. People are still coming up to and telling me how wonderful your band was, especially the brass section! I only have wonderful memories of the wedding. A large part of our remembrance was the fun we had listening and dancing to your orchestra. You are very talented and very much appreciated by all of us that had a chance to be a part of the Don Cagen Orchestra experience.
Gene Rontal (Bride’s Father)
Better than I ever imagined
Thanks again for making our wedding so special! You guys were wonderful! Better than I ever imagined. Our guests still talk about “how great the band was!” Thanks again!
Gina Johnson & Randy Hicks
You flawlessly directed the perfect reception
Thank you again for making our wedding so special and fun! We appreciate your performance during the ceremony and how you flawlessly directed the perfect reception. We had the perfect day and our guests had such a delightful time. Please thank your wife for us for the beautifully sung “first dance” as well as the rest of your orchestra. We’ve already given many referrals!!
Kristine Jorndt & Cliff Schwander
Glen View Club
were thrilled with the music you provided
Dan and I were thrilled with the music you provided for Kris and Cliff’s wedding…in fact they were too! You were a great MC and really kept things moving. Our guests had a wonderful time, and we are now enjoying the reruns! The trumpet at the church was a real high point for me and it seemed like everything just kept getting better after that! We look forward to calling on you in the future for special events — who knows, maybe even another wedding or 2 in the future! Thanks again.
Pat Jorndt (Bride’s Mother)
Glen View Club