Cagen Music Company History


Becky and Don Cagen, then and now

Becky and Don Cagen, then and now

Cagen Music LLC is a nationally renowned special event music production company based in Chicago.

In 2009, The Don Cagen Orchestra was recognized with the highest honor for any entertainer, being chosen to perform at the official Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington DC, sharing the stage with international superstars.

Active in the charity scene, performances include the Lincoln Park Zoo Balls, The Museum of Science and Industry “Columbian Ball”, and Duchess Sarah Ferguson’s first U.S. gala for her charity “Children in Crisis”.

Recognized as wedding music experts, Cagen Music is featured in the book “Weddings for Grown-Ups”, and has had interviews and articles in the Chicago Tribune, Modern Bride, Chicago Wedding, Wedding Pages, Pioneer Press, and Chicago Magazine.

For the corporate market Cagen Music has developed custom shows with dancers, actors, costumes and choreography for companies such as BASF, Mercedes Benz, and Hilton International.

Co-founder Don Cagen started his own band while a college student at the Northwestern University School of Music. Two years later, Don and Becky Wassel Cagen formed the “Don Cagen Orchestra“, which quickly became in-demand in the charity, fashion and wedding markets. Early clients included the Chicago Cubs and The American Red Cross.

For six years Cagen Music produced the music and entertainment for the Rush-Presbyterian St. Lukes Fashion Show, the largest and longest running charity fashion show in the country.

In 1990 Becky Cagen was cast as a singer in the film “Opportunity Knocks”, with comedian Dana Carvey. The Don Cagen Orchestra recorded for the soundtrack, and appeared in a party scene in the movie.

As demand grew, Cagen Music LLC was formed in 1991 to produce additional acts, including Orchestra Chicago and Ashira, and the more recent Incognito, UltraSound, and Goodvibes.

In addition to their busy schedule in Chicago, Cagen Music has produced entertainment in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.