Corporate Event Entertainment Testimonials


Over the top entertainment

This letter is written with the most sincere “Thank You” I can muster! The President’s Ball along with the musical entertainment that The Don Cagen Orchestra provided truly helped to create what I believe to be the finest Dinner Dance in our 148 year history of the Chicago Dental Society! I have been attending this function for not only the 26 years of my professional life, but also as far back as my dental school years when my father was rising through the ranks of CDS. This year; however you were able to take the vision I had of increased energy with your stand-out musical selections and have helped to create a President’s Ball that will certainly stand out for years to come!

I also congratulate you on your selection of your “CoverGirls” who provided the “over the top” entertainment the attendees needed. I trusted in your opinion of having them playing as the crowd entered the ballroom, and oh were you right on! That, along with their fabulous show after the dinner entrée set the tone for the entire evening. Their talent inspired even I to clap my hands and kick my heels together. Please extend to them CDS’s sincere thank you.

I know CDS has developed a special relationship with the “Don Cagen Orchestra” and I am certain that 2103 will not be the last time you all make your presence and talent known to the stage of the President’s Ball. Kimberly and I wish you great success throughout the remainder of 2013 and look forward to seeing you again.

David J. Fulton, Jr., D.D.S.
President, Chicago Dental Society
Chicago Dental Society President's Ball
Chicago Hilton


Huge Success!

It was great working with you this past Saturday. The event was a huge success. I am thrilled that you premiered your show here and that our venue was involved. I look forward to more events with you!

Alison White
Madison Square Garden Entertainment
Morrisey Associates, Inc.
Chicago Theater


You’re the best band in town

Thanks much. You’re the best band in town. You made our February 9th event for the Society of Trial Lawyers a huge success.

Dan Kotin
President, Society of Trial Lawyers
Peninsula Hotel


We will definitely be having you back

Everyone had a great time listening and more importantly dancing to the band Saturday night. Great Job!

We will definitely be having you back for our Christmas party next year.

Thank you so much for providing such fabulous entertainment at our party!

Christy Schreiber
Pepper Construction
Medinah Banquets


Absolutely loved them!!!!!

I just want to thank you very much for the opportunity to have The CoverGirls at our Grand Opening Event at BMW of Orland Park. The party was a big success and they were responsible for a big portion of the success! They are a first class band and I was so very impressed with them!!!!! I am so happy they were available for us.

Thank you for all our help!!!!! I have a feeling that you will be getting calls from some of our customers in the future. A lot of them were asking for their information. I know our owner in Pennsylvania absolutely loved them!!!!!

Thank you again – They were wonderful!!!!!

Susan Stryczek
BMW Orland Park


You are the Best!!!

The sounds of The Don Cagen Orchestra at our formal Dinner Dance was the perfect way to celebrate our year as President and First Lady of Illinois State Dental Society. Thank you for sharing your talents with us and our guests, and for making the night and the end of our term a memorable one! You are the Best!!!

Bob Bitter, President
Illinois State Dental Society
Illinois State Dental Society Ball
Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center


Thank you for providing our clients with a once in a lifetime experience

Thank you for providing our clients with a once in a lifetime experience with the Don Cagen Orchestra. We were all WOWed by your performance and the level of entertainment you showed us! You are such a fantastic group and all so very talented!

Here are some of the written comments when the company asked “please rate the entertainment Friday evening”:
Absolutely Outstanding!
Band was Phenomenal – great choice!
They were Outstanding!
Absolutely Wonderful!
92% rated your orchestra as EXCELLENT
8% rated your orchestra Above Average

I feel so fortunate and blessed to have found a “Class A act”! Thanks again and I look forward to working with you next time.

Joey Reader
A-mazing Events
Society Insurance Dinner Dance
American Club, Kohler WI


The music was amazing!

All of us want to thank you for all your amazing work on this year’s Afternoon of Bridal Luxury. Thank you so much for coordinating everything with me and participating in this year’s event. The music was amazing this year. People were raving about you and everytime I walked by, you had quite the crowd! You were wonderful in setting everything up with the Esquire and things went better this year than ever before. We have you to thank you that.

We can’t wait to work with you again soon. Thank You!

Allison Cooke
Modern Luxury Media LLC
Esquire Theater


Another outstanding performance!

Our sincerest compliments for another outstanding performance! The continuous crowd on the dance floor was indicative of the enthusiasm you generated.

Again thanks for a job well done!

Pat Lapinski
Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz
Four Seasons Hotel


Incognito was spectacular!!!

Incognito was spectacular!!! We really enjoyed them and thought they were very talented, especially Ron. Thanks so much for your assistance.

Katie Belpedio
Franczek Radelet and Rose
Harold Washington Library


The musicians sounded incredible

Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that everything went great yesterday – Cagen Music was fabulous to work with, and the musicians sounded incredible.

Thank you again for being such a pro during this whole process – it’s one of the many reasons I pushed so hard for them to hire you. Your responsiveness and organization made the whole process so much easier, and I really appreciate that!!

Melissa Snoza
Executive Director, Fifth House Ensemble
Lake Geneva, WI


we’d never consider doing it without you

Thank you so very much for one incredible party. Wow! I am so thoroughly impressed with your band yet again. Truly our every expectation was met & exceeded. Becky, your voice is so incredible and later from a distance I heard “Louis Armstrong” and thought it was him. What a great voice your piano player has as well. You guys are absolutely the best I’ve heard and I am proud to say you’re “our band”.

There were so many wonderful comments made to me about you that I can only guess how many other people heard and said the same. You’re fabulous – thank you for yet another HUGE success. We heard from so many people. It was “THE party”, “the BEST party they’ve been to”, “the BEST we’ve put on yet” “THE event to go to at the FIA expo”, etc. on and on and on.

We have set the bar higher and higher each year that I worry we can’t out-do the last one – but I know we can next year if we do this again with you. Actually, we’d never consider doing it without you. We’re a team, right? :)

Thank you and thank you some more. It was fantabulous!

Michelle Sargent
Commercial Marketing Manager, ABN AMRO
Blackstone Hotel


everyone loves it

Thank you! Ultrasound was a great fit for our reception and everyone loves it!

I hope to work with you in the future and will certainly recommend you to other clients in the area. Thanks again.

Heather Nutter
Meeting Manager, PRRI
University Club


everyone was on the dance floor!

We wanted to let you know how very much we enjoyed your band at our CDS Midwinter Meeting Dinner Dance. The music you played before and during dinner was perfect! Everyone enjoyed the jazz tunes too, which certainly tied into the theme of the event and the décor of the room. Your performance closed our meeting on a high note – just the way we had hoped.

We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the great time you provided &ndashg; everyone was on the dance floor!

John Gerding
President, Chicago Dental Society
President's Ball
Chicago Hilton


The band was awesome!

The band was awesome! I just opened a letter from an attorney who attended with his partners and they were effusive about the entire event, particularly the band. It’s the first Disco Ball so we anticipate word of mouth in addition to continued PR will grow this event.

The Disco Ball Committee will be meeting to wrap up the event at which time we”ll discuss next year’s Ball. I stopped the band members as they were leaving; thanked them and advised them that I had no doubt we would be contacting again. They assured me that they would be pleased to come back.

Much thanks for all of your assistance. When asked how I found these guys I told them I contacted the best – Cagen Music!

Berlinda Tyler-Jamison
Trinity Health Foundation
Disco Ball
Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline IL


by far the best party yet!

I have been producing events for our firm for nine years and last Friday’s Winter Party was, by far, the best party yet! On behalf of all of us at Smith Amundsen, thank you for playing such a big role in making it so.

I have heard from a great many of the partygoers this week, and everyone has raved about the music! Everyone really appreciated your vast repertoire, and how perfectly you “got” our crowd!

In short, you set the perfect tone for our party and were an absolute joy to work with. The evening was very special for everyone. We look forward to more events with the Don Cagen Orchestra in the future!

Gail Pearce
Smith Amundsen
Hotel InterContinental


Thank you for your fantastic music

Thank you for your fantastic music at the Jenner and Block dinner dance at the Field Museum. For the first time EVER!, there were no complaints and only compliments on any aspect of the sound or music. Thank you so much for providing such wonderful music and working with me to get the music perfect for our group. You can be assured that we will be calling on you next year in October!

Kelly Sassi
Jenner & Block
Annual Black Tie Dinner Dance
Field Museum


You guys made our party

I really can’t tell you how you guys made our party on stage at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

Everything else could have been perfect, but without your class, talent, and unerring ability to get the people out of their chairs and onto the floor, it would have been much less successful.

We look forward to having you perform again for us next year!

Gerald Zoldan
Chairman & CEO, Morrisey Associates, Inc.
Millennium Park


You provide great service from beginning to end

On behalf of Baxter, I would like to thank you for providing an evening filled with excellent entertainment. The customers that attended our event at Navy Pier had a wonderful time and made it very evident that the quality of the music was a key factor in setting the mood and filling the dance floor all night long! The variety of music your band played was exactly what we had requested and exactly what the attendees were looking for to enjoy their evening.

In addition, as the event planner, I really appreciated our professionalism and attention to detail. You provide great service from beginning to end and I would definitely use your group again.

Jenny Czosek
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Navy Pier



Thanks again for suggesting Red Riding Hood. They did a marvelous job and were just PERFECT for the evening. Also, a really sweet group of ladies!

Patricia DeLee McKinell
RogerCasey Inc.
Women Investment Professionals Trailblazer Event
University Club


Your fabulous music added an exquisite touch

On behalf of Chicago Magazine, I want to express sincere thanks for your participation at the Mercedes Mentor Awards; An Event Unlike Any Other.

The success of the event was due in part to Cagen Orchestra’s presence. Your fabulous music added an exquisite touch to the evening.

I look forward to working together again in the future.

Emily Perlberg
Chicago Magazine
Mercedes Mentor Awards
Casino Club


job well done!

We wanted to say thank you on a job well done! You have been a great enjoyment to Oracle over the last couple of years, and we hope to continue our relationship in the future! Thanks again to everyone!

Stephanie Handelsman
Oracle Corporation
Holiday Party
Germania Place


everyone was on the dance floor and had a marvelous time

This year’s Hospitality Gala was the most successful in the history of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association and we are pleased that you contributed to its success. Accolades are still pouring in.

The Gala was the best attended and your fine entertainment made the evening extra special for our honored guests. Thanks to you and your talented musicians everyone was on the dance floor and had a marvelous time.

Again, many thanks to you and your orchestra for making our Gala the Premiere Hospitality Event in the USA! We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Daniella Leinwand
Director, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
Sheraton Hotel Chicago


The band was the talk of the party

Thank you! Thank you!

Cagen Music was incredible at our party. Here I am in the design part of the special event industry and all I cared about at my party was the band. Ah, oh what a band. Your recommendation for how many instruments was absolutely correct and I got exactly the sound I wanted. The band was the talk of the party – when people stopped to catch their breath from all the non-stop dancing.

Your pre-planning and hand-holding was much appreciated. Every request was honored, including the obscure disco one which sounded exactly like the record. From the private waltz with my son before the party started through all the big band, disco, Top 40 to the final Christmas Waltz, the strings made the whole orchestra perfect!

I will always recommend you. We will continue to do great parties together!

Kathy Ruff
President, Tablescapes
Special Celebration
Chicago Cultural Center