Don Cagen Orchestra Wedding Music Raves

they want your wedding to be special and the way YOU want it.

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com & The Knot:
Best Orchestra Ever

Becky and Don are like family to us! We Durkin’s LOVE the Cagen’s. We had the pleasure of having Don and Becky’s amazing orchestra play at my sister’s wedding 5 years ago. So when I got engaged, it was no question I was calling Becky to ask if she could play my wedding. The stars aligned and Don, Becky, and the entire orchestra were in! The Cagens do not disappoint. Becky has pipes of an angel and I feel like every moment I turned around at my wedding, Don was playing another instrument. What a truly talented musician!
Just like at my sister’s wedding, guests were coming up to Shane and me at mine begging to know where we found the orchestra. I explained the beauty that they played my sister’s wedding many moons ago, and they became family to us over the years. That just shows how genuine and caring the Cagens are they CARE! And they want your wedding to be special and the way YOU want it. They know exactly how to make a party go from being simply a celebration to a night that will go down in history forever. They did that for Shane and I! Friends and family are still talking about how they wished we do the party all over again just to see the Don Cagen Orchestra play once again. (Don’t worry-they will be at the next Durkin wedding for sure!)
Lastly, this is one thing I want to note. I surprised my husband by getting on stage and playing the drums with the band. The drummer, John, kindly let me jump on his kit and play my heart out. I played “Uptown Funk” and I have to say, the band and I took the room by storm. It was the first time I ever played with a band and I felt as if I was on cloud nine. They made my dreams come true and my husband realized how badass of chick he was marrying. Best surprise ever! Thank you Becky and Don!
Love, The Durkin’s and now the O’Mara’s :)

Maura Durkin & Shane O’Mara
Radisson Blu, 2019

 

I didn’t want anyone else.

Dear Becky, Don and Band,
Thank you so much for making Shane and my big day so unforgettable and absolutely loads of fun! You set the tone to the whole party and didn’t disappoint. I am SO grateful you agreed to do my wedding because I didn’t want anyone else. Only your Band!!!:)
Thank you again for being so accommodating and making the day special for Shane & me. We cannot wait for the next Durkin wedding!!! With so much love!

Maura Durkin & Shane O’Mara
Radisson Blu, 2019


our guests were blown away

From our first meeting with Becky and Don Cagen to the moment when the last song was performed at our daughter’s wedding, reception, it was abundantly clear that among the hundreds of decisions that are made while planning a wedding, securing Cagen Music was the smartest we made. Becky and Don, along with their the amazingly talented musicians that make up their orchestra, have the ability and showmanship that elevated our reception to the next level. Simply put, our guests were blown away. The Cagen’s have the experience and musical instinct to know how to get a party going and keep it going. And the icing on the cake is that they are an absolute joy to deal with. When all was said and done, we felt more like friends than clients. And in the competitive world of the wedding industry, I’m not sure how often you can say that!

Ann Franczak (Bride’s Mother)
Peninsula Hotel, 2019

 

we went to a concert and a wedding broke out!

Dear Becky & Don,
We attended the wedding last night and I just wanted to tell you that we were absolutely blown away by you guys! Best band at any venue I have ever been to.
I don’t even want to call you a wedding band. I’d say we went to a concert and a wedding broke out! Thank you so much for the experience!

Joyce, Guest at Liz Franczak & Neil Van Huis Wedding
Peninsula Hotel, 2019


beyond spectacular!

Dear Becky,
Wow!!! We knew that you would be spectacular, but you and Don, your band, your singers, your percussionist, and everyone were beyond spectacular! It has been a couple of weeks since the wedding and all of our friends and family are still raving about your band and overall performance! You both being professionals, I know that you are completely and utterly pleased with your product! However, I know it is a wonderful way to reflect upon the past performances by getting the spectacular reviews! I have stopped counting all the reviews, “I loved the band”, “What great music, “I’ve been to lots of weddings and never seen so much dancing” “WOW!!!” and most of all “What mensches Becky and Don are”.
Beyond spectacular technically, but most important, beyond spectacular in character and in class!!! You were truly loving, patient, kind and incredibly gracious to us – that is the Key!!! Becky everyone said you were soooo beautiful!!!
Hugs and kisses till the next one!!!

Mary Anne & Joel Brasch (Bride’s Parents)
Fairmont Hotel, 2019


You guys were terrific.

Becky and Don,
Irina and I got rid of the last guests yesterday morning and have now had time to sit down, relax and reflect on last week. You guys were terrific. Can’t tell you how many comments we got from our friends and family about the music and the energy in the room. Thanks for a great night.
And based on the one teaser photo we received from Andre LaCour, we want to thank you for introducing him to us!

Irina Konstantinovsky & Rich Iorio
Carnivale, 2019


guests commented that it was the best band that they had ever heard

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com & The Knot:
The Cagen Orchestra was one of the highlights of our wedding! The dance floor was always packed, and guests commented that it was the best band that they had ever heard. Don and Becky were great to work with from our initial email outreach through the wedding night. Thanks Becky and Don for making our night so special!

Liz Abello & Ryan Morgan
Ritz Carlton, 2019

Thank you for a magical evening!

Dear Becky and Don,
Thank you for sharing your musical gifts with us! We were so honored to share this important day with you. You made Liz and Ryan’s wedding so very special! Thank you for a magical evening!

Isabell & Gus Abello (Bride’s Parents)
Ritz Carlton, 2019

 

one of the highlights of our wedding

Don and Becky,
Thank you for creating an amazing experience, not only for us and our families, but also for all of our guests at our wedding this past weekend! Our guests are still talking about how you are the best band they’ve ever heard. Our first dances were so special, and we loved the music at each stage of the evening. The music was definitely one of the highlights of our wedding. We will be sure to recommend you to friends and family. Thanks again!

Liz Abello & Ryan Morgan
Ritz Carlton, 2019


what an amazing band

Dear Don & Becky,
Thank you SO much for performing at our wedding at The Peninsula and for making our big day so special! We have received so may compliments regarding what an amazing band we had. Thanks for making our day so memorable!

Holly Herald & Nick Laurent
Peninsula Hotel, 2019


tons of guests raving about the band to us

5 STAR REVIEW from The Knot:
The Cagen Orchestra was the full package—quite literally! We loved working with Becky leading up the big day and then seeing her on stage performing. We had the 12 piece orchestra for our wedding on 10.19.19. Plus we opted in to have the DJ from 12-2AM for our afterparty and the transition was super seamless. The whole night was really polished and such a great experience. We had tons of guests raving about the band to us and we definitely agree it was a top highlight!

Taryn Multack & Tony Granados
Langham Hotel, 2019

Your attention and caring showed every step of the way.

Dear Becky & Don,
Thank you for helping make Taryn and Tony’s wedding so special and fun. Your attention and caring showed every step of the way. So glad you were part of our amazing evening. Please accept this gift as a token of our gratitude!

Ellen & David Multack (Bride’s Parents)
Langham Hotel, 2019


The Don Cagen Orchestra is beyond talented!

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
PERFECT FROM THE GET-GO!

The Don Cagen Orchestra is beyond talented! They were so easy to work and communicate with from the start. Our wedding day would 100% not have been the same (or as fun) without them. We have received so many compliments from guests raving about the band. It’s been over a month since the day, and guests STILL mention how great they were! We are so grateful that they were willing and able to help us pull off a fabulous party. I know decades from now when I think back on the day, some details will most likely be fuzzy, but I will certainly remember how perfect the band was!

Jeana Wene & Gus Springman
Blackstone Hotel, 2019

 

we received so many glowing compliments about the band

Don and Becky
Thank you again for being a part of our day! I’m certain you hear this all the time, but we received so many glowing compliments about the band. I have an aunt (who parties all the time) that said it was the best party she’s been to! Much love,

Jeana Wene & Gus Springman
Blackstone Hotel, 2019


Our dance floor was packed the entire night

5 STAR REVIEW from The Knot:
Cagen Orchestra is the best in the business! Our dance floor was packed the entire night because Cagen knows how to ensure no one leaves the dance floor! They play all genres of music to get every age group up out of their seats! Just about every single person from our wedding has told us how amazing our band was and we tell them “we know!”. Absolutely recommend any day!!!

Christina Solida & Cody Olsen
Esplanade Lakes, 2019

 

You are wonderful and we loved dancing the night away!

Dear Becky & Don,
It has been a pleasure working with you over this past year. Thank you so making the process go so smoothly! You are wonderful and we loved dancing the night away! Thank you!

Christina Solida & Cody Olsen
Esplanade Lakes, 2019


the best band

5 STAR REVIEW from the Knot:
They are extremely attentive to detail, listen to their clients, and really get the crowd out on the dance floor. Everybody that attended the wedding said they were the best band they’ve seen, and we agree!

Deborah Dubrow & Scott Sophier
Loews Chicago O’Hare, 2019


 

from the start to the finish line everyone was dancing up a storm!

Becky and Don,
Thank you so much for the special and magical night of Brian and Rachael’s wedding! You made the wedding fun and memorable! Our friends and family can’t stop talking about how amazing the band was! Right from the start to the finish line everyone was dancing up a storm!

Janet & John Waldman (Bride’s Parents)
Marriott Lincolnshire, 2019


The music was everything we wanted and more

Dear Becky and Don,
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since our amazing wedding. The music was everything we wanted and more – can’t tell you how many people came up to rave about the band. We were so lucky to have you as part of our celebration and are counting down the days for the video so we can relive it. Thank you, thank you!

Shana Slutsky & Jon Greenberg
The Geraghty, 2018

 

every guest was dancing all night long

5 STAR REVIEW from The Knot & weddingwire.com:
Terrific Band!

They did a phenomenal job. Don and Becky captured the essence of what we wanted while also making sure every guest was dancing all night long.
Highly recommend!

Jon Greenberg & Shana Slutsky
The Geraghty, 2018

The dance floor was always full; no one wanted to sit down

Dear Becky and Don,
Seems like I just thanked you for a fabulous night at Shana’s bat mitzvah but, alas, time flies and now we’re celebrating her marriage to Jon! What a night it was for all of us and you and your orchestra, made sure that music, joy and excitement overflowed all night. The dance floor was always full; no one wanted to sit down (in fact I’ve never spent so much time on the dance floor!!) — just what we hoped for! Don and Becky, thank you for sharing your talents and hearts with us!

Barbara & Marc Slutsky (Bride’s Parents)
The Geraghty, 2018


You certainly have talented musicians!

Becky,
The wedding on Saturday turned out perfectly. We thank you for your musical addition! Your various groups were wonderful and we received so many happy comments about the dance band! You certainly have talented musicians!

Susan Lamberson (Bride’s Mother)
Onwentsia Country Club, 2018


Becky - wow- you have the voice of an angel and the personality to light up the room.

Dear Don & Becky,
Mike and I just got on the plane and we are about to take off back to NJ, but on both our behalf – wanted to thank you & your amazing team for all you did and executed to make our wedding day/night even better than we could’ve dreamed or imagined!!!! We received more compliments about Cagen Orchestra than anything else!!! Don – you are so multi talented, it is such a gift. And Becky – wow- you have the voice of an angel and the personality to light up the room. Everything was simply perfect and so much fun, thanks to you guys!!! We’re so so happy!!

Kathryn Loberg & Michael Noone
Adler Planetarium, 2018


Our dance floor was packed the entire night

From the moment we met with Don and Becky we knew that we’d be hiring them for our wedding. They were professional, truthful, and observational, and you could tell that they would be able to manage the night. We decided to go with a 10-piece orchestra for our reception and 3 violinists (and Don, who plays piano) for our ceremony — and we are definitely happy with our decision! The band has an endless list of songs to choose from (in advance) and they even went out of their way to learn a pretty intense jazz number we had mentioned off hand. All night our guests were commenting on how great the band was not only for their performance, but also their ability to read the room and play to the mood. Our dance floor was packed the entire night. Also, the band was entirely flexible when we asked if we could add time onto the performance that evening. If you are looking for a band that can keep up the energy and entertain your guests all night, I highly recommend going with Don Cagen!

Brenna Hoffman & Reuben Brown
Hotel InterContinental, 2018


 

to say they "killed it" would be a gross understatement.

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com & The Knot:
Don Cagen ROCKS!

Our daughter’s wedding was this past weekend and we couldn’t have been happier with Don Cagen and his band. They were phenomenal, the music was amazing but even better than that they really made it a party! The flow of the night is generally dictated by the band and to say they “killed it” would be a gross understatement. I can’t tell you how many people came up to us to tell us how much fun they had and how when the night came to end, they were shocked because they had so much fun and never even looked at their watches and couldn’t believe what time it was. Guests of ours that said they rarely dance at weddings told us they were up dancing the entire night and barely even ate! It was an incredible party and far exceeded my wildest dreams. Thank you, Don & Becky!!!

Betsy & Scott Epton (Bride’s Parents)
Lacuna Loft, 2018

They read the crowd and everyone was dancing the entire night.

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
Incredible!

Don and Becky were INCREDIBLE! Our wedding was truly perfect because of them. They read the crowd and everyone was dancing the entire night. Throughout the whole year of working with them, they truly got to know us and wanted to make sure that the night was perfect for us. They were flexible and accommodating whenever we needed something, and we loved working with them. Thank you for making our wedding day amazing and perfect!

Corey Epton & Max Kibort
Lacuna Loft, 2018

OMG!!!!!!!! Everyone is asking me about your band.

Dear Becky,
I don’t have words to express how I feel about you and Don. The magic you created, the thought you put into to making us all happy… your talent…the violins!!! We love you guys, you are fantastic! OMG!!!!!!!! Everyone is asking me about your band. You outdid any other band that anyone has seen!!!!!! The band is the absolute key ingredient for a magnificent party and you guys get it!!!!
My family loves you and will be forever grateful!!!

Betsy & Scott Epton (Bride’s Parents)
Lacuna Loft, 2018

 

vocals were amazing

Just wanted to let you know that my husband and I thought you were absolutely fabulous at Corey & Max’s wedding last night! What a night – have been raving about you to friends all morning! What a great horn and strings section and the vocals were amazing. Thank you!

Wendy Rosen (Guest at Corey & Max’s wedding)
Lacuna Loft, 2018


I cannot imagine hosting a wedding without Don and Becky Cagen

5 STAR REVIEW from The Knot:
The hit of the night! I cannot imagine hosting a wedding without Don and Becky Cagen. We were blown away with their talent and attention to their clients from the start. Before researching bands, I received 2 separate recommendations for Don Cagen (the only band recommendations I received). Once I was in contact with Becky I knew I wouldn’t have to look any further. They made our day so special and orchestrated the whole night so it matched what my husband and I envisioned. I could not speak more highly of their professionalism and talent. Thank you so much Becky and Don for making our wedding day so extraordinary!

Lindsey Miller & Michael Tumbush
Cafe Brauer, 2018


make all the magical dreams come to life

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com & The Knot:
The Best of the Best!

The Don Cagen Orchestra is the most professional, patient and customer orientated music group. They will work closely with you to make all the magical dreams come to life. Your only contact is Don Cagen personally. No in-between sales person that you will never see again! You talk, meet and coordinate with Don and then Don performs at your event…as it should be.

Amy Heller & Tim Osborne
Loews Chicago, 2018

 

All our guests had a smashing time

Dear Becky, Don and Orchestra,
Our son’s wedding was spectacular due mostly to your performance! All our guests had a smashing time. Thank you!

Judi & Sam Osborne (Groom’s Parents)
Loews Chicago, 2018

 

unforgettable!!!

Becky,
We truly had the best time at our wedding and cannot thank you and Don enough for making the night unforgettable!!!

Amy Heller & Tim Osborne
Loews Chicago, 2018

The memories that you helped create will last a lifetime

Don & Becky,
Thank you seems so inadequate compared to what you magically created at Amy and Tim’s wedding. We were extremely pleased and delighted by your artistic execution, tremendous talent and professionalism. The memories that you helped create will last a lifetime for Amy & Tim and all those near to their hearts. With great admiration and love.

Ann & Bruce Heller (Bride’s Parents)
Loews Chicago, 2018


 

You guys gave 1000% and EVERYONE loved your music!

Dear Becky & Don,
Just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the most amazing wedding celebration! You guys gave 1000% and EVERYONE loved your music!
We appreciate you guys creating such a memorable event.

Lori Mihaly (Bride’s Mother)
Westin North Shore, 2018


The music was perfection!

Becky and Don:
Where do I begin! From the Cover Girls to the Don Cagen Orchestra …. The music was perfection! …. The crowd danced all night … from cocktail hour to the entertainment during the dinner to the non-stop music until midnight – just absolutely fabulous …. All of you made the evening spectacular. We thank you.
Becky: XO for all of your assistance in making this evening perfect. It was a pleasure working with you. Both of you are just wonderful people

Skip and Julie Saviano (Bride’s Parents)
Galleria Marchetti, 2018


we received a ton of compliments

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com & The Knot:
BEST WEDDING BAND!

The Don Cagen Orchestra played at our wedding at the end of August in 2018 and were fantastic! The band was one of my favorite parts of the wedding and we received a ton of compliments from our guests! All guests (young and old) packed the dance floor all night! My husband and I are University of Michigan grads and they surprised us by playing the fight song. I also used them for the instrumentation for the ceremony and cocktail hour. They were super helpful in making song suggestions for our ceremony and enhanced the instrumentation for our first dance – making them extra memorable!

Gina Uhrich & John Baker
Blackstone Hotel, 2018

 

your singing was better than the original artist!

Becky,
You have one terrific band and we had a great time! Everyone was commenting about the band, the singers and violinists were a big hit! Everything went extremely well. Don was great at planning the timeline and playing the right music at the right time. Thanks to you and Don and all the tremendous musicians and singers. I am not sure which song it was but several remarked that your singing was better than the original artist!

John Uhrich (Bride’s Father)
Blackstone Hotel, 2018


 

This Band Delivers!!!

Dear Becky & Don and the Band,
Three days have passed since my step-daughter’s wedding, but I am still bursting with the joy of a reception that exceeded my hopes for a good time for all. The guests were overwhelmed by “the band”! And the bride and groom, needing to “trust me” with my band selection, could not have been happier! A great time was had by all. And as I said at the end of the evening, You will be my “go to band” if I ever need on again (hoping so because I have one more daughter). I will also recommend you to others without hesitation, and rigorously tell them, “trust me” This Band Delivers!!!
Thank you from a very happy Mother!

Therese Perschke (Bride’s Step-Mother)
Crystal Tree Country Club, 2018


The music was absolutely amazing

Don,
Thank you, thank you for everything. The music was absolutely amazing and we are still receiving messages about how incredible the band was. I love how nobody ran to get cocktails after the ceremony until you told them to go, because they were all enjoying your music so much!
Thank you again for everything going. It really was a perfect evening!!

Dana Waud & Dan Floberg
Shedd Aquarium, 2017


We LOVED how perfect the Trumpets sounded

Becky & Don,
Thank you so much for providing the beautiful music for our wedding this past weekend. From the pre-ceremony to the ceremony to the wedding, everything was just amazing. We LOVED how perfect the Trumpets sounded after Jordan smashed the glass. We LOVED how great our first dance by Sam Cooke sounded and the night was so fun. We truly appreciated it all. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Michelle S. & Jordan E.
Standard Club, 2017


music was everything we could have imagined and more!

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
Hiring Don Cagen orchestra for our wedding was one of the best things we did! We were debating between a band or dj for some time, but having a tent wedding, we had our hearts set on a band. After talking with many bands across Chicagoland area, I was set on Don Cagen, after speaking with Becky. Her professionalism and communication set them apart! We hired them without even listening to them, based on recommendations from other vendors and from our conversations with them-they did not disappoint!!! Don came out for a final walk through the month prior and we instantly connected with him and his energetic personality. The day of music was everything we could have imagined and more! Although a July evening, the dance floor was packed for the majority of the night and we even had them play an extra hour because everyone was having so much fun! They are extremely talented! They knew how to read the dance floor and keep the guests energized and having fun! One of our guests loved them so much they hired them on the spot for their own wedding! Friends and family still talk about them and I am sure they will for years to come! Thanks for making our wedding day so memorable!

Leah Johnson & Kyle Berger
Private Residence, 2017

 

Everyone had a blast

Dear Becky and Don,
We cannot thank you enough! You were great!!! Everyone had a blast, thanks to you! We will definitely recommend you! Thanks again!!!

Leah Johnson & Kyle Berger
Private Residence, 2017


our guests are still raving about the band

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
We fell in love with Don Cagen Orchestra at our very first meeting. Don was extremely professional and blew us away when he shared demos of the band’s music. We knew from that day we didn’t need to interview any other bands. From there, Don and Becky were responsive and calming during the wedding planning process – always listening to our requests but also providing advice from their expertise. Last but not least, Don Cagen Orchestra was the highlight of our wedding. Almost three months later, our guests are still raving about the band, from the ceremony music to the horah. We can’t thank Don Cagen Orchestra enough!

Emily Jaffe & Adam Singh
Adler Planetarium, 2017

 

the highlight of our wedding

Dear Don,
We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding everything we dreamed of and more! Thanks again, The Don Cagen Orchestra was the highlight of our wedding!

Emily Jaffe & Adam Singh
Adler Planetarium, 2017


 

kept the energy high all night

5 STAR REVIEW from Google and The Knot:
What an amazing band! They kept the energy high all night at our wedding-from the hora to the last song, people were up dancing the whole time!! I am so happy we chose Cagen Music for our wedding and highly recommend you do too

Rachel Podell & Ben Azriel
Westin North Shore, 2017


the Don Cagen Orchestra was my favorite part of our wedding

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
Second only to my groom and our family and friends, The Don Cagen Orchestra was the highlight of our entire wedding! I have so many positive things to say that I will just go in chronological order. First, contacting and booking with them was easy and they were really flexible with all of our ideas and needs. They were professional and personable from beginning to end. When it came to the planning process, Becky was available via email and phone and she really helped me make creative musical decisions that turned out perfectly. THE BIG DAY I will admit I was a little bit of a nervous wreck but as we arrived to the venue, Becky approached me and it just made all of my nerves go away because I knew that if everything else goes wrong I KNOW that at least the music would be right and that was so important to my husband and I.
Chitarra played the violin and cello at our ceremony and even accompanied my sister during her musical offering which was a well known song in a different arrangement. They continued the beautiful music into cocktail hour. We requested modern, upbeat music and they nailed it because the ambiance was just perfect.
Don rocked out one of my favorite songs on the trumpet for our introductions and their song choices for dinner and dancing could not have been more perfect for us.
I feel like they totally understand our taste and didn’t need much direction with that which eliminated a lot of unnecessary stress from the whole process.
Overall, the Don Cagen Orchestra was my favorite part of our wedding and it also happened to be the least stressful and most fun part of it too. They are so versatile and they sound AMAZING! I highly recommend working with them for your wedding. Thank you, Don and Becky!

Sarah Haser & Brian Bransen
Willow Harbor, Three Oaks MI, 2017

 

no one wanted to leave the dance floor all night

Becky and Don,
I’ve been meaning to reach out to you guys since our wedding but life has been hectic but now that things are starting to settle down I really want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding celebration so special! It truly was the best day of our lives and I think that everything was pulled together by the beautiful music that the Don Cagen Orchestra and Chitarra provided. Where do I even begin?
Becky, I just loved your attitude all evening. I was so nervous but for some reason, every time I looked over at you it calmed my nerves. I know that must sound strange but I just knew that you and the band wouldn’t miss a beat and you didn’t! Your voice is amazing and singing For Good with my Mother and friends was one of my favorite unexpected moments of the night.
Don, I had so many comments about your trumpet skills! Thank you so much for busting out Cheerleader as our intro song for us. It was absolute perfection.
I can not say enough how many compliments we got about how amazing you all were and I think it showed by how packed the dance floor was all night. It was a big venue with so many places to mingle and roam yet no one wanted to leave the dance floor all night and that’s exactly what we wanted.
Chitarra was just amazing as well. Their musical repertoire was so impressive and I loved how they got people dancing before the reception even began during cocktail hour. The ceremony music was everything I dreamed of and we really appreciate how beautifully they accompanied my sister’s rendition of I Want to Hold Your Hand. It sounded as if they had practiced for days. I believe one of my bridesmaids was so impressed that she ended up booking them for her wedding too. I of course have to mention your professionalism. Everything from initial emails, to our meeting, to last minute details were executed so efficiently and it made it easy for this stressed out bride to focus on the other planning aspects and I SO appreciate that. Even at the end of the night when a certain tipsy bride was asking for more time (only because I did not want the night to end and you guys were so great) you advised me wisely and handled it so graciously. I could go on and on but I don’t want to write a novel so lastly, just THANK YOU! With all of our love and gratitude,

Sarah Haser & Brian Bransen
Willow Harbor, Three Oaks MI, 2017


 

they always deliver and go above & beyond

5 STAR REVIEW from Google and weddingwire.com:
As wedding & event planners, we just love working with the Cagen’s because of their professionalism and pure talent. We have done countless weddings & non-wedding events with them, and they always deliver and go above & beyond, making the most seamless experience from the moment our client’s book until the very last song and beyond! They are a true class act, and you can absolutely trust that they will deliver a FABULOUS party that will have your guests talking for years to come!

Colleen Tucker
Christine Janda Design & Events, 2017


simply magical

5 STAR REVIEW from Google and The Knot:
I cannot even imagine giving a wedding without this amazing orchestra at the forefront of the affair. Don Cagen and his incredible wife Becky Cagen from the first moment until the last notes were played and sung made my daughter’s wedding simply magical. There are not sufficient words to express our gratitude.

Katie Minkus & Zach Pelish
Orrington Hotel, 2017

Everything about what you both do is perfect and expressed with complete sincerity

Dear Don and Becky,
It only seems appropriate in the warm afterglow of a wonderful evening to write to express to both of you my heartfelt gratitude for another simply amazing evening. It took me a while to figure out how Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band bring it night after night after night. It is, I am sure, a combination of love of what you do and total and utter professionalism. Both of those things were so evident last night. You guys are SO much more than simply a great trumpet player and a marvelous singer. Your orchestra is seamless, plays with conviction, energy and joy. Your pacing and song selection is also seamless keeping the party moving and transitioning whenever necessary. Everything about what you both do is perfect and expressed with complete sincerity. If I had one person come up to me I must have had a hundred people come up to me to say that this was the best wedding orchestra they had ever heard. To every person I told the same thing; that we scheduled the wedding not based upon what Katie wanted but by when the Don Cagen Orchestra was available.
You made us, my daughter and every person in that room feel like this was the most important wedding you had ever performed in. I have no words to properly thank both of you.
As I told Becky on more than one occasion, I sincerely regret that we did not have any more children because I fear that I will not have the opportunity to book the Don Cagen Orchestra again. I will miss seeing the two of you, I will miss the care and love that you put into our family celebrations, I will miss that amazing feeling I had each time I saw Don unloading his things the first time on wedding day because each time that is precisely when it felt real to me and I will miss the beautiful joyful music you make. I will, run into you at other weddings down the road. Nonetheless, please accept my heartfelt best wishes and gratitude. With Much Affection,

Jonathan Minkus (Bride’s Father)
Orrington Hotel, 2017


our favorite part of the entire night

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
Thank you so much for providing top notch entertainment at our wedding. It was our favorite part of the entire night. Your band made the night so special and we have received numerous compliments on your vocalists and musicians! Thank you for learning our bridal dance, it sounded wonderful, as did all of our song requests. From the night we first met Don at your office I knew we chose the right group! He did a great job as the MC and kept everything moving. Becky was always so helpful during every part of the planning process. Hope to enjoy your music again!

Mary & Ryan Tonner
Embassy Suites Naperville, 2017

the best of the best!

Dear Don & Becky,
Thank you so much for the special and important part you played in Mary & Ryan’s wedding. We are so grateful for your performance. The caliber of your talents made the evening one of joy, spirit, fun and a lot of dancing! From our first meeting with Don and all our calls with Becky we knew we had the best of the best! You were the icing on the cake! We loved dancing the night away! With grateful hearts,

Lisa & Brian Tonner (Bride’s Parents)
Embassy Suites Naperville, 2017


You are so talented

Dear Don & Becky,
We want to say THANK YOU for being a part of our daughter, Katie’s wedding. You are so talented and know just how to get everyone up and dancing and enjoying themselves. You have added such happiness to this special day. You all seemed to enjoy the wedding as much as we did! With love and gratitude,

Kim & Nick Calamos (Bride’s Parents)
Dunham Woods Riding Club, 2017


Your group was the biggest hit at the wedding

Becky and Don,
Colleen and I and our families wanted to reach out to you to Thank You for your beautiful work! You made our wedding so beautiful for us and our guests.
Many people came up to us to complement your group. Your group was the biggest hit at the wedding. We have passed your name along to many family and friends in the past few weeks and will continue to keep you in mind.
Colleen and I loved “When the Right One Came Along.” Your entire selection of music was beautiful.
We truly appreciate all of the hard work and effort you put into making our wedding so magical!

Colleen Kearney & Kevin Pasciak
Loyola University, 2017


made the night!

Hi Becky,
I wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for being a part of our wedding in May. We have gotten so many compliments about the band and Steve and I truly enjoyed every minute of their performance. Having you all there made the night! Thank you!!!

Lora Alkhawan & Steve Greene
Langham Hotel


I have never danced so much and so long in one night!!!!

All of my family and friends are STILL talking about how AMAZING the band!!!! WOW! I have never danced so much and so long in one night!!!!
All of you really added to the night !!!! Armin said it was the happiest day of his life!
I truly enjoyed dancing with Armin to “How Sweet it Is”. He was surprised as I did not tell him what his grandmother and I had picked.
We will see each other again, I am sure. Wade, the Onwentsia manager has mentioned to numerous staff and club members that it was the most amazing band he has heard in a long time!! He really enjoyed the change up with the violinists. Just a GREAT night!!! Thank you for a memorable evening!!!!

Charenton Drake (Groom’s Mother)
Onwentsia Country Club


people told us that after each song they wanted to clap because it was like listening to a concert!

Don & Becky,
We just wanted to take a minute to tell you how lovely we thought the music on Saturday night was. So many people told us that after each song they wanted to clap because it was like listening to a concert! The ceremony music was perfect, the playing and singing were beautiful, and everything sounded so clear and so good!! Not to mention how awesome that flute Don played was!
Thank you for everything you both did to make the music at our wedding wonderful. It was a pleasure to work with you!

Allison Rosenfeld & Adam Schanfield
The Geraghty

 

Our family and guests were mesmerized

Dear Don,
On behalf of the Rosenfeld-Schanfield families, I would like to thank you again for the incredible music for our daughter Allison’s wedding at the Geraghty in Chicago. When we first met you, it was clear that you understood exactly what we were looking for in our event and in truth, as a result, we did not even talk to anyone else! You certainly did not let us down! The planning process was a breeze, both for the ceremony and for the reception. Your insights were greatly appreciated—indeed, you helped us make sure that everything went smoothly. I am especially grateful for your willingness to learn the special ceremony music – It was truly beautiful.
Our family and guests were mesmerized as you, Becky and your other talented musicians as they helped transform the ceremonial space into a magical spot – setting the stage beautifully for all that followed.
I can’t tell you how many accolades we have received from our guests about the band, including your perfect selections of tunes, your fantastic sound on the floor and their ability to talk while you were playing! This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, as I am sure you noticed that everyone was up on the dance floor during our reception – including Allison’s 94 year old grandma!
Thank you so much again Don and Becky for helping us make that night such a joyous and memorable success – an event we will cherish for a long time to come. We hope to see and hear you again soon.
With much gratitude and our very best wishes.

Irene Rosenfeld (Bride’s Mother)
The Geraghty


the dance floor NEVER STOPPED

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
Two months after our wedding, folks are still asking, “where did you find THAT BAND?’ We went into our planning process thinking we’d likely go with a DJ. Thankfully our wedding planner had the sense to talk us out of that. If you looking to create a lively, fun experience with professional musicians – Cagen Music is the way to go. The process was simple and fit our schedule and the night of we couldn’t have been more pleased…the dance floor NEVER STOPPED. At first, at 10 piece band seemed excessive, but once we understood that it meant continuous music (no breaks) and such a variety of vocals and sounds we were convinced…Don and Becky didn’t let us down.

Scott Hoesman & Joe Higgins
Mid America Club

 

We are still getting rave reviews about the band

Hi Becky and Don –
Wow, we are still on a high from our wedding night…over two weeks ago. Thanks for helping to make everything PERFECT! We are still getting rave reviews about the band…you and your team certainly did an AMAZING job! Becky your Cher was terrific!!! Where are the best places to leave you a stellar review? All the best!

Scott Hoesman & Joe Higgins
Mid America Club


All the music was perfect

Wow!!! Thank you so much. All the music was perfect. Many, many thanks!
You have so much experience planning these kind of events but for us, it is sometimes worrisome to imagine how all these moving parts end up working together. You made us feel during all the planning like this was going to be one great party – and it was!!! We were so excited and came to understand how much work goes into making sure that everything flows smoothly. You made it effortless!
We can’t thank you enough! Thank you both very, very much.

Mary Hasten (Bride’s Mother)
Chicago Club


You two were the greatest highlights

Dear Don & Becky,
It has been about a year since we had the pleasure of meeting you and your office and the good fortune of learning that you were available for our May 27th wedding. We are so very grateful that you shared your talents with us. You two were the greatest highlights for us and our guests! We were thrilled to have you play at our wedding!
Even in the early stages of the planning you two were incredibly helpful and kind! We were so happy to have experts and professionals like you help to guide the process while always being patient with our questions and restful of our wishes. It was truly a pleasure working with you and getting to know you throughout the process.
Now 5 months later, we still “Can’t Stop the Feeling” of pure joy!! When we look back on our wedding so much of that is thanks to you! Thank you for being a special part of our wedding. We can’t thank you enough for all that you did to make our wedding day so special.

Kathryn McDonnell & Giacomo Tinari
The Ivy Room

 

All the music was spectacular

Dear Don & Becky,
We were reflecting on a Kathryn & Giacomo’s wedding and you were the highlight, for sure! What a special day & reception! It would not have been the same without Don Cagen Orchestra! We were lucky to have found a date that fit with you!! All the music was spectacular. Raves all around. The performances during dinner were a treat – very nice! Thank you so much! From the rock selections to the generational favorites, to Becky’s vocals – we really enjoyed and appreciated your talents! Your gracious style in introductions and pacing of the evening made a smooth and wonderful evening at the Ivy Room. Compliments upon compliments from all our guests! Thanks very much again and continued success! Warmest regards,

Paula & Peter McDonnell (Bride’s Parents)
The Ivy Room


the best band they had ever heard-and we agree!

Don, Becky & Team,
Thank you all so much for making our wedding music dreams come true! We were quite “particular” with some of our requests, and I know we were probably not the easiest couple – but you really, really, honed in on our taste and requests and you made sure every minute of the night met our needs – and beyond! Thank you!
I probably had at least a dozen guests come up to me and say you were the best band they had ever heard-and we agree!
Thank you for all the time, energy and concern you put into making it all perfect.
We had an absolute blast! You were fantastic!

Jennifer Fisher & David Dorfman
The Geraghty


 

Attention to detail, professional attitude and seamless set ups

5 STAR REVIEW from Google:
To say that I attend a ton of weddings is an understatement.. legit, it’s my job. I run a wedding planning company in Chicago and have had the opportunity to be both on the working and guest side of many of Cagen Music’s performances. Attention to detail, professional attitude and seamless set ups are just a couple of the highlights of working with them. Amazing music, packed dance floors and a variety of music (and different band configurations) are a few of the perks of being able to attend a wedding they are performing at. If you are getting married- do yourself a favor and book with Cagen.

Lauren LePine
Event Manager @Chicago Gourmet


phenomenal

Dear Becky,
Thank you so much for your and Don’s leadership this weekend. You really transformed the day overall and we keep hearing about how phenomenal you guys were!

Tamara Frankel & Zachary Silver
North Suburban Beth El


They are worth every cent

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
Cagen Music was the most incredible decision for us! We got married at the beautiful Blackstone Hotel, downtown Chicago, in September and had heard wonderful things about this band. We went to meet Don almost a year before the wedding and he played us some of their music via cd and we were blown away. Well, we were even more blown away the night of our wedding. They are the best band we have ever heard live. So professional, they work the crowd, know all the right beats to get the entire room on the dance floor all night long. The party did not stop!
Becky and Don are so professional to work with every step of the way. I am Australian (my husband is American) and I requested a Men at Work song to be played and Don made it happen on the night. It was a huge hit and everything was SO memorable.
They are worth every cent. You can’t beat a live band but especially the Cagen’s!

Caroline & Michael Wilson
Blackstone Hotel

 

You and your band were flawless

We wanted to reach out and thank you so much again for the most amazing music and entertainment at our wedding on September 3. You and your band were flawless from start to finish and kept the party going all night! We received so many compliments about your performance!
We really appreciate you playing “Men at Work/Land Down Under” and many of our other requested songs. Fabulous surprises! We can’t speak more highly of you. We also shared several online reviews. Thank you again for the most magical evening!

Caroline & Michael Wilson
Blackstone Hotel


Guests were on the dance floor until we had to close down!

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
It has been over a week since our daughter’s wedding, & we are STILL receiving RAVE reviews about the performance of this outstanding, top-tier band! Over the 18 mos. of planning for this event, communications with Don and Becky were an absolute pleasure. They listened carefully to the bride’s and groom’s requests and delivered all of them with a smile. We chose the 13-piece band for a perfect range of Genres, vocals, and instruments. Guests were on the dance floor until we had to close down! Additionally, we followed Becky’s expert advice on including their violin act, The CoverGirls. WOW FACTOR x 10!! This superb, Pop/Rock surprise performance had all of our guests in shock & awe, ending with a huge standing ovation! These ladies blew the roof off our club!! We HIGHLY recommend this addition to your entertainment! Another highlight, among too many to list here, was Don’s use of his EVI, which left us all mesmerized. We have all been on an emotional high for over a week now! Many thanks to Don, Becky, and their unbelievable performers for such a magical, memorable, FUN, and enchanting evening! The epitome of professionalism and musical entertainment!!,

Don & Daurine Bridenbaugh
Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL

WOW!!! We don’t have enough thumbs for all the thumbs up you get!!!

Good morning, Don and Becky!
Want to let you both know that our phones are all blowing up with RAVE reviews about the band performance!!! Just a sample of some of the adjectives/comments we’ve been receiving from our guests, club and staff members: Extraordinary, Amazing, Fabulous, Unbelievable, OMG!!!, This is one classy wedding, Never been so entertained at a wedding receptions before, We didn’t want it to end, WOW!!! We don’t have enough thumbs for all the thumbs up you get!!! You guys ROCK!!! Loved the range of vocals and instruments!!! The Cover Girls were an AWESOME addition!!! Every wedding should include their act!! Total surprise to our guests!!
Just heard from sleepy bride and groom– they were “very pleased ” You got extra thumbs up for including her ghetto songs—Thanks – lol! THANK YOU for such a FABULOUS, Memorable evening!!! WOW!!! Safe trip back to Chicago – Talk soon,

Daurine & Don Bridenbaugh (Bride’s Parents)
Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL


Every moment stunned our friends and family

5 Star Review from Yelp:
Don took all of our many ideas and pulled them all together into a magical and unforgettable set of performances: First, for the ceremony, a string quartet played classical selections including our walk-down-the-aisle song – so elegant! Then, for the cocktail hour, a guest pianist played some fun and lively cocktail music. And finally, for the reception, a five piece band plus vocalist Becky, played elegant and gorgeous jazz, lounge, and a few show stopping numbers which could not have been better in any way. Every moment stunned our friends and family…Thank You Don, Becky, and everyone at Cagen Music!!

Matthew Jiovanni & John Scothom
Hotel InterContinental

 

Each and every song was so special

Dear Don and Becky,
What an incredible night! You both were so great. The cabaret feeling was beyond perfect for John and Matt’s wedding. Each and every song was so special and the evening flowed so beautifully. Thanks for all the laughter and time you both put into this wedding. Many, many thanks!

Jan Ehrenberg, Parties, Events & More
Hotel InterContinental


You are the best!

Dear Don & Becky,
What a party! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for providing the fantastic music at Francis & Matt’s wedding. You are the best!

Kathy & Guy Crane (Bride’s Parents)
Langham Hotel


You guys absolutely crushed it from beginning to end!

Don & Becky,
YOU. are. AMAZING. Your whole crew – oh my! Thank you!!!!!
You guys absolutely crushed it from beginning to end! Thanks so much.
We are grateful to you and Becky for all you put into making these last 12 months the most special year of our life. All the little touches, all the extra care, everything you did was incredible, so on this Thanksgiving we are thankful for you.

Jeanne & Marc Malnati
Ritz Carlton Hotel


You certainly know how to keep the party going

Becky and Don,
Thank you for playing at our wedding and making our special day an incredible party! You certainly know how to keep the party going and we are so glad you were part of our wedding. Thank you for EVERYTHING!

Jacquelin Kogut and Jordan Marks
Ravenswood Event Center

 

I’m so glad we added the violins!

Don & Becky,
I want to thank you for an awesome night of music! Everyone enjoyed it, old & young. We have received so many calls regarding how the music. It also appeared that all of your band was enjoying playing for the wedding! We couldn’t have had a great wedding without you, and I promised my sons that you will be their music for their weddings – whenever that may be!! I’m so glad we added the violins! Becky, thank you for all your patience in putting this event together. I can’t wait to work together again soon!

Donna Kogut (Bride’s Mother)
Ravenswood Event Center


understood our wedding vision and were able to turn our dreams into a reality

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
Don Cagen Orchestra is without a doubt the best of the best! Working with Becky and Don was spectacular in every way possible. They were both highly communicative and involved with planning. In addition, they understood our wedding vision and were able to turn our dreams into a reality. Becky and Don offered new and unique ideas to make our wedding memorable and perfect. The entire Don Cagen Orchestra had high energy and passion on stage. They even learned a new song to play for our first dance. The violin show during dinner was beyond our dreams and we will never forget it!
Our wedding guests are still talking about the brilliant and talented Don Cagen Orchestra. You and your wedding guests will remember the Don Cagen Orchestra for many years to come! Thank you so much to Becky, Don, and the entire Cagen Orchestra for making our wedding the best day of our lives!

Becca Turoff & Corey Gold
Marriott Lincolnshire


 

absolutely blew us away

Becky,
I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for everything. Wedding was incredible and you and Don absolutely blew us away. Both Jamie’s and my parent’s phones have been ringing off the hook with calls from friends and family raving about the music. We are still pinching ourselves! Thanks again for being part of the dream team that produced the wedding of our dreams!

Whitney Shartle & Jamie Remmes
JW Marriott


 

we just adore your voice and personality

Dearest Becky and Don,
Thank you again for the memorable music…we just adore your voice and personality Becky and the Master of Ceremonies took the show away… many thanks to you Don! We are indeed looking forward to next time…

Mary and Patrick Coyne (Bride’s Parents)
Palmer House


sounded as if a symphony was playing as we all walked down the aisle

I wanted to give my own personal thanks for helping Naomi and Brett have the most beautiful, meaningful and electric wedding. The music under the chuppah sounded as if a symphony was playing as we all walked down the aisle. The melodies were perfect!!
I also want to personally thank you for playing the most fun, electric music! The second line was as always perfect! I cannot tell you how many people complemented you both. Everyone said that the chuppah was the best chuppah ever had seen and that the wedding itself was the most fun wedding they have ever gone to.
Don and Becky, thanks you for being apart of our family, for letting Naomi and Brett have the wedding of their dreams and for me personally for being our dear friends!
Tons of love!

Barbara Fox (Bride’s Mother)
Hyatt Regency Chicago

 

Your music captured the spirit of the evening, and its beauty---- beyond PERFECTION!

Dear Don & Becky,
We can’t thank you enough for your magnificent performance on Sunday- every aspect of the afternoon and evening… the Tisch/Bedeken/ceremony/reception…. And the manner, Don, in which the wedding was managed— Incredible!
Our guests danced up a storm, and everyone had a fabulous time!
Your music captured the spirit of the evening, and its beauty—- beyond PERFECTION!
You performed at Amy and Ben’s wedding almost 6 years ago, and now Naomi and Brett’s…. we are truly grateful that there is a Don Cagen Orchestra in our community. Nobody can do what you guys do!
You have provided us with memories of 2 weddings, to be forever cherished!
Please thank your instrumentalists and your singers for making the wedding evening so special! Again, you 2 are the best. With our warmest and fondest regards, and thanks,

Danny Fox (Bride’s Father)
Hyatt Regency Chicago


 

even with our high expectations, they managed to exceed them!

We hired the Don Cagen Orchestra for our New Year’s Eve wedding and even with our high expectations, they managed to exceed them! When you ask friends and family to spend New Year’s Eve with you, the stakes are high, but we heard from so many of our guests that it was the best one they’ve ever had. The dance floor was overflowing until 1am when we were forced by the venue to shut it down. They have been playing together so long that they prefer not to have a strict set list, but to “read the room” as they know what will get the party going and when. My advice is to trust them and just let them know what songs not to play, along with a few must haves, but leave the rest up to Don.
In addition to our reception music, Don put together an amazing arrangement with just himself and a guitarist for a very intimate and romantic evening ceremony. He and his wife Becky take their music and their role in your wedding very seriously and put everything they have into their performances. I would highly recommend Cagen Music.

Alexia Geocaris & James Sutton
Waldorf Astoria Hotel


Becky, you have the voice of an angel

Hi Becky,
I wanted to thank you and the Don Cagen Orchestra personally for proving the wonderful music entertainment at my wedding reception at the Park Hyatt. The band and live music were my favorite part of the reception! We just sent you a thank card and an additional tip of $300 check as a token of our appreciation.
The band provided music better than the original recording in most cases and the range of songs from old hits to all the new hits was amazing. The band brought down the house with “Happy”, “Shout” and “Billie Jean”!
Becky, you have the voice of an angel and did the perfect rendition of our first dance song (Ingrid Michaelson’s version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”) so that our choreography was able to match even though we had not rehearsed together.
Overall, everything was magnificent! I could go on and on, but simply wanted to say thank you, Don, and the band for making our wedding reception special for us, our family, and our guests! Thanks again!

Winnie Kuo & Jeff Lobbezoo
Park Hyatt


WOW - what a performance!!!

Hi Becky,
WOW – what a performance!!! I can’t tell you how many comments we have had on how absolutely amazing and fabulous you all were!! We’ve even had people write notes to us that specifically mentioned you all and the CoverGirls as well.
THANK YOU so much from the very bottom of our hearts, it was a dream come true and we are so honored to have been able to have you there and hear your amazing voice and your husband and the other musicians, just remarkable, truly! Thank you again for everything! Warmest wishes and biggest hugs!

Susan McGrath & Jason Pietrucha
Ritz Carlton Hotel


The selection of music was perfect

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com
The Cagen Orchestra made our cocktail hour and reception a memorable one! The guests commented that they felt like they were at a concert, loved the music, and danced the whole night. The selection of music was perfect for our guests and exactly what we wanted. The orchestra was able to read the feel of the guests and play the appropriate music to keep the dancing going. The orchestra kept their three violinists until the end with the guests cheering for them. The members of the orchestra made an effort to speak with us during/after the event.
Becky and Don Cagen were very personable and a pleasure to work with. They were responsive and offered suggestions without being pushy. We chose to use their Jazz Trio during the cocktail hour, which was enjoyed by all. We chose the 13 member band, including the 3 violins, for our reception. They can perform a wide variety of music from classical to oldies to pop. They even learned/arranged our first dance song and father-daughter song even though those songs were not on their list and played them perfectly!
I even had a friend ask if the orchestra would travel for their wedding! I would not have chosen another band or DJ for anything.

Juli Tomaino & Mark Ascione
Hotel InterContinental

 

Thanks so much for suggesting the violins!

Hi Becky,
Thank you so much to you, Don, and the orchestra! Thanks so much for suggesting the violins! I can’t tell you how much people loved them last night and are still talking about the band and the violins today! You guys made the party a huge success!!
I wrote a rave review on weddingwire for you guys. I even had a friend ask if she thought you would travel to New York for her wedding! The funny part is that she isn’t engaged yet! Thanks again for everything! It was a pleasure working with you!

Juli Tomaino & Mark Ascione
Hotel InterContinental


 

made us feel special and cared for

Becky & Don,
We are back in the states and are still glowing for our PERFECT day!! I have been remiss in thanking you, which is on my ever expanding to do list after three weeks away. But I wanted to quickly say how grateful Matt and I are to you for making our wedding day so incredibly special. Every moment truly exceeded our wildest dreams. Every element from the food, to the music, to the décor was absolutely spectacular. I am beyond happy with how everything came together.
The superlatives continue to pour in from our guests, chief among them being “that was the best wedding I’ve ever been to!” We could not have pulled off this event without your stellar team of professionals. You were all such a pleasure to work with and truly made us feel special and cared for. I could go on and on (which I plan to in testimonials, and online reviews!) but we really can’t thank you all enough, and I hope our paths cross again either personally or professionally.

Liz Malinowski & Matt Minnella
Chicago History Museum


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
Drake Hotel


You rock!!!

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)
University Club


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”.

Don Shannon (Bride's Father)
Drake Hotel


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)
Chicago Club


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)
Germania Place


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
University Club

 

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)
University Club


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
Carnivale, 2012

 

absolutely thrilled

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)
Carnivale


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)
Hotel InterContinental


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
Spertus


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
(Groom’s Parents)
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
Drake Hotel

 

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
Drake Hotel


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
Chicago Club

 

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)
Chicago Club


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 )
Orrington Hotel


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
University Club


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)
Marriott Lincolnshire


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
Hotel InterContinental


You were great!

Thanks for making Courtney’s wedding such a fun and remarkable event! You were great!!!

Jim King (Bride’s Father)
Drake Hotel


 

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
Palmer House


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
Peninsula Hotel


They were great at keeping the guests entertained & dancing throughout the entire the night

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com
and yelp.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
Palmer House


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


 Ricciardi-Neidich

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
Ritz Carlton


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
University Club


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
Swissotel


Absolutely fantastic!!!

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
Peninsula Hotel


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
Hyatt Regency

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)
Hyatt Regency


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
Ritz Carlton

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)
Ritz Carlton


 Lev_Aranson

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
Marriott Lincolnshire


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
Palmer House


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)
Knickerbocker Hotel


 Pessis_Smiley_n

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
Spertus

 

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)
Spertus


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
Ritz Carlton

 

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
(Bride’s Parents)
Ritz Carlton


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
University Club

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)
University Club


 Zamansky

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
Peninsula Hotel


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
Standard Club

 

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)
Standard Club


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


 Schonath-Nack

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
Drake Hotel

 

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)
Drake Hotel


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)
Peninsula Hotel


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


 Leo

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
Marriott Lincolnshire


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
Orrington Hotel


 Labowitz

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
(Bride’s Parents)
Standard Club


 

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)
The Casino


 Shanin-Epstein

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
Westin O’Hare


 

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
Peninsula Hotel


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
Deerpath Inn


 

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)
Beth Shalom


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


 Norwood

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)
Hotel InterContinental


 Cimaroli-Steffen

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


 Farsht

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
Allerton Hotel

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)
Allerton Hotel


 Cavalino

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
Café Brauer


 Scrivner_Kuban

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
Hotel InterContinental


 

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
Drake Hotel


 

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
Hotel InterContinental


 

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
Hotel InterContinental


 

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
Park Hyatt


 Buenger-McCoy

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)
Northfield Residence


 

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
Fairmont Hotel

 

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)
Fairmont Hotel


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)
Ritz Carlton


 

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)
Peninsula Hotel


 Johson-Hicks

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
Drake Hotel


 

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