Corporate Event Entertainment Testimonials


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


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 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


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


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 this year 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 this year 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


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


great band

You did a great job!!! You guys are a great band and so easy to work with. And the show was great. Thanks for your attention to detail. Hope to see you again soon.

Al Gambrel
Tree House Foods, Inc.
Hyatt Regency O'Hare


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


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


the star of the show

Hi Becky,
I just wanted to send a quick thank you for another truly outstanding event! You and Don are always a pleasure, and generally wonderful people. It’s pretty great that you’re also so talented and good at what you do!
Thanks for being the star of the show. I hope to see you again soon!

Tiffany Junta, Senior Sales Manager


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


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


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


awesome entertainment

Dear Don & Becky,
Thank you for providing such awesome entertainment for our guests at their 100th Anniversary Celebration. We always appreciate The Don Cagen Orchestra’s professionalism and talents!

Joey Reader, A-mazing Events
Jewelers Mutual 100 Year Anniversary
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI


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


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


a lot of fun!

It was a great evening and a lot of fun! The Don Cagen Orchestra and The CoverGirls added a lot to our conference. I will definitely keep you in mind for more Gallagher functions! All the best!

Jennifer Duncan, VP Human Resources
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Eaglewood Spa & Resort


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


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 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


high energy performance

Dear Becky and Don,
Thank you for such an amazing show for our guests on May 1st at The Trump Tower in Chicago. We appreciated the delicate music you performed during the awards ceremony and the high energy performance during the dancing portion of our event. We are big fans of “iNCOGNiTO” and would love to have you at the event again in the future!

Joey Reader, A-mazing Events
Society Insurance Gala
Trump Tower


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


fantastic performance

Thank you for the fantastic performance at last evening’s Sustaining Fellows Open House! CagenJazz’s music was delightful, and of course you all were so talented.
It was great and we look forward to working with you again in the future!

Lisa Dutton
Associate Director of Sustaining Fellows
The Art Institute of Chicago


all raves

Hi Don,
The feedback on the event was superb. From CagenJazz to the food to the room itself…all raves. Thank you kindly for your outstanding services.

Michelle Shaw, CTB
McGraw Hill
Hotel InterContinental


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


loved, loved them!

The CoverGirls were absolutely fabulous! I cannot tell you how many people loved, loved, loved them! They were the perfect element to pull the whole night together!
It is always an honor and a pleasure to work with you and Cagen Music.
Thanks so much!

Suzie Florez, Firm Administrator
Donohue, Brown, Mathewson & Smyth LLC
Symphony Center Event


music to the ears of all your attendees

5 STAR REVIEW from Google:
Hiring The CoverGirls is music to the ears of all your attendees. Never before, as an event planner, have I had so many guests approach me to compliment their professionalism, unique talent and variety in their performance. Make your next event the talk of the town with a twist on the traditional and choose The Cover Girls.

Jacquelyn Cartwright, Director of Events & Education
Adler Planetarium


Just Excellent!

The Cover Girls… wow! They were great. Everyone was snapping photos and videos, etc. They were so fun and great to work with. Just Excellent! Thanks much!

Kaylin Dedinsky, CMP, Operations Manager
Accent Indy
Indiana Convention Center


“The best one yet!”

Becky & Don,
Many thanks again for yet another fantastic entertainment experience with Astellas. My client has received only rave reviews for The CoverGirls at their holiday gathering… think the direct quote was, “The best one yet!” Thank so much for being a large part of that success. We would absolutely love to work with you both again for both music and sound! Have an amazing holiday season – I look forward to working with you in the new year!

Romy Barrett, CMP, Program Manager
Meetings & Incentives Worldwide
Astellas Holiday Party


truly astonishing

5 STAR REVIEW from Google:
We had the pleasure of working with Becky Cagen to hire entertainment for our corporate reception of 120 guests. Anthony Navarro of Liven It Up Events (also top notch) referred us, and we couldn’t be happier. To say our party was a smash would be an understatement and people keep congratulating me on it! It couldn’t have been such a success without Becky and the entertainment she provided. We can’t get over the quality of the musicians that were brought forth (The Covers Girls and Deitra Farr & Blues Band). It was truly astonishing that they were at the level that they were – what a pleasant surprise. We couldn’t have imagined such an occasion that was so exciting, as well as a fun, relaxed atmosphere all at the same time. As the night went on, the party kept getting better. Those of us that stayed close to the music felt blessed to have front row to such a remarkable private show. The blues band, led by uber talented harp player and vocalist Matthew Skoller, even agreed to stay later because we couldn’t get enough.
Becky lent an extra touch by personally attending our event to ensure that things went smoothly, which was unexpected and most appreciated. She and her ensembles are all so talented and professional that we will not hesitate to sing their praises. We can’t wait to have an opportunity to work with them again. Thank you, Cagen Music! With much appreciation!

Pamela Gordon
Federal Marine Terminals, Montreal, Quebec
River Roast


huge hit!

Just wanted to let you know that The CoverGirls act was a huge hit! My bosses said that last night’s performance was fantastic! Amazing! They sent me a clip of the performance. They sounded and looked great! Everybody had a great time and really enjoyed The CoverGirls! Thank you so much!

Megan Virgo
Recovery Point
Navy Pier


People were wowed

Thank you for everything! For your attention to detail and for having the best team to work with. Everyone loved The CoverGirls! They were a great choice! People were wowed and I was thrilled for a seamless experience and event.
I can see us using The CoverGirls in the future as a “Show” in lieu of just for background music. Thank you very much!

Mimi Weisberg, Director of Development
Anshe Emet Synagogue, Visionaries 2019
Chicago Athletic Association


Just Awesome!

Chitarra and The CoverGirls were unbelievable! Just Awesome! Thank you so very much!

Malinda Day, CFO,
Hyatt Regency Chicago & The Art Institute


we received rave reviews!

I just wanted to THANK YOU!!! Chitarra did a phenomenal job last weekend and we received rave reviews! Thanks again.

Nathalie Rader
Manager of Residential Services
Ritz Carlton Residences


they were perfect!

We booked Chitarra through Cagen Music. Chitarra is a fantastic trio of musicians who cover a wide variety of music. We loved going from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Lady Gaga. Chitarra played at our company holiday party, and they were perfect! Even the wait staff loved hearing the music.
We highly recommend Chitarra, and simply cant say enough good things about them.

Rachel Sauser, Manager
Coherent Economics


They never fail to impress

Hi Becky,
I wanted to send a note to thank you for being the perfect musical addition to last week’s NS Issue Release party! We all agreed that this one may have been our favorite yet and it wouldn’t have been a party without our favorite group, Chitarra. They never fail to impress and the guests couldn’t stop talking about them!
Thank you again for all your hard work on making the event a wonderful success and looking forward to the next event in just a few weeks! All the best,

Megan Patterson, Senior Marketing Director
Modern Luxury
Art Post Gallery Event



All was FANTASTIC! Chitarra was the perfect addition to our event. Thank you!

Kim Rooney, Director of Marketing
Razny Jewelers
Gibson’s Italia


They sounded awesome

Chitarra was very well received last night at the First Business event in Madison. They sounded awesome and I had many requests for their business cards, which I passed along. Wonderful as anticipated! Great gentlemen to work with and we asked them to play longer since the group did not want to break up. Thanks so much!

Patty Hoffman, Project Manager
Monona Terrace Conference Center


We enjoyed their performance

Thank you for organizing Chitarra for our Gala on Saturday. We enjoyed their performance and look forward to working with you again!

Joey Reader, A-mazing Events
Society Insurance Gala
Thompson Hotel


The music was perfect

Becky and Don,
As always, thank you so much for providing Chitarra last week for the Men’s Book Issue Release Party! The music was perfect; I received many compliments on the songs played. The Razny family was extremely happy with how the event turned out. Looking forward to working together again soon!

Ally Straussner, Marketing Coordinator
Modern Luxury
Men’s Book Chicago Spring Issue Release Party


Ultrasound was exactly what we were looking for!

Dear Don,
Thank you for everything! We had an absolutely wonderful experience working with you and Becky and Ultrasound was exactly what we were looking for! We will definitely keep you in mind for future events! Thanks again.

Brooke Marks, Vice President
PNC Bank Reception
Adler Planetarium



Ultrasound was perfect! Thank you so much for working with us!

Stephanie Hamilton, Event Production & Social Events Director
American Diabetes Association
Father of the Year 2019
Ritz Carlton Chicago


Such a fun and unique way to entertain

Ultrasound was a HUGE HIT with Dentsply and after hearing your music, I would agree! Such a fun and unique way to entertain. I will continue to recommend Cagen Music to all my clients! Hope to see you back at the hotel soon. Thanks so much!

Liza Devine, Catering Manager
Chicago Athletic Association


client loved the musical vibe

Hi Becky & Don,
I wanted to send a note to thank you both so much for working with us on the 1000M grand opening party the other week! The client loved the musical vibe and Don, you killed it being the one man Ultrasound show with all the instruments! As always, it was a pleasure working with you on another successful event and looking forward to the next one together:) Thanks and see you soon!

Megan Patterson, Senior Marketing Director
Modern Luxury
1000M Sales Gallery Opening


As always, it’s a pleasure working with you

Everything went great! The store really enjoyed UltraSound. As always, it’s a pleasure working with you and I hope to see you soon at another one of our events.
Thanks so much!

Karen Gilbert
Deerfield Grand Opening
Art Van Furniture


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
SSAT Reception
University Club


You elevated the event tremendously

Hi Don,
Your Ultrasound Duo were absolutely amazing on Friday night. You elevated the event tremendously and made it feel extremely classy. Thank you for all your help.
Happy Holidays!

Rebecca Barron, Executive Assistant
Elementum Advisors LLC
Holiday Party
The Library



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


Fantastic event!

I wanted to thank you for being there last night. It was a pleasure to meet you in person and a comfort to have you kick off the event. Fantastic event! We received a lot of great, positive feedback from clients, especially with respect to the Matt’s Blues Band and special guest performer, Lurrie Bell.
Thanks for all of your help. As always, many thanks, for your expertise.

Maureen Rogan, Meeting and Events Manager
Mayer Brown LLP
The Fairmont