#1 DJ and/or Karaoke or Celebrity Live Music for your Event
Make your event a hit!Dennis Marcellino has what it takes to add an extra special PIZZAZZ to your event as a former member of some very famous top name bands and he can include singing one of their famous hits, The Lion Sleeps Tonight. He also has had an international bestselling CD as a sax player (good for dinner music). Your choice of DJ, Celebrity Live Music, Emceeing or Karaoke (or a combination)
#1 DJ in Oregon at Thumbtack.com ("Elite Pro" status and "Best of 2015" Award) and Gigmasters.com for 5 years (including "Best of 2012")
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PDX DJ Services, Celebrity Live Music, Karaoke
for Parties, Weddings and Events
Dennis says, "My primary focus at your event is that you and your guests have a great time. I do this by being very in-tune with the music and volume desires that you initially request (on my Pre-Event Checklist, which you fill out well in advance of the event), and then by staying sensitive to you and your guests as these change throughout the event. Having provided the music for over 1000 receptions, concerts, parties, cruises, grand openings and corporate events, I know what it takes to please an audience, and at casuals, to fill a dance floor, keep it full, appropriately change the mood, and make sure that all announcements go smoothly and are dynamic. One thing that gives me a thrill in doing all of this is: knowing that people who don't know me have nevertheless put their confidence in me for their event AND THAT IM GOING TO DELIVER AND THAT THEY WILL BE REALLY HAPPY :-) (See my reviews and video).
I've done hundreds of wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events and parties of all kinds and therefore know just what to do (including emceeing) and the right songs to play to make your event great. And this is all done within the parameters (out of all the wedding or reception or party or event possibilities and music styles) that you choose and then communicate to me via my Preferences sheets that I email to you. Plus I can go over options with you. But generally I just play the hits from the eras and styles you choose on my sheet, and just the ones that have proven to be the most danceable and that make it so people can't resist the dance floor :-) But you can also bring any CDs or iPods with songs that are your favorites or I can purchase them ahead of time (no expense to you. But be sure that they are really danceable and really popular. Otherwise you risk the dance floor clearing unless you just want them for listening or a special dance). Im not an overbearing DJ, but do interact with the crowd in a fun way if it feels right. But I do bring over 5000 songs with me. If you want "lights," what I have works great and are a lot of fun. Plus they make the dance floor more inviting. You can see them in the video at my website. And theres also the options of karaoke and/or live music (I've had an internationally bestselling CD as a sax player, and I'm a former member of The Tokens, the band who had the original hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight - which I sing). You can also see those in the video demo here. Regarding the karaoke option, I bring over 1000 songs that are mainly just the hits from all eras and styles. Let me know if youd like me to email you my list. One thing to keep in mind regarding karaoke, is that my system is state of the art in that it is computer driven and not disc driven. That means the time between songs is much quicker. Also, the singers are given a professional treatment with recording studio equipment (compressor/limiter, reverb and digital delay) and therefore sound a lot better. And there is the option of wireless microphones or wired microphones, either on mic stands or hand held. And the display is a 23 HDMI flat screen. Plus I can get any special songs requested."
DENNIS SPECIALIZES IN BEING ABLE TO SATISFY ALL AGE GROUPS, BECAUSE HE KNOWS AND LOVES THE BEST MUSIC FROM ALL ERAS AND ALL STYLES (except offensive rap).
DRESS: tuxedo, suit, dressy casual, casual or theme.
EQUIPMENT: Basic equipment includes a $7,000, 1000 Watt P.A. that includes all top of the line professional components and has great clarity at all volume levels. Lighting provided if requested (which can be seen in the video).
MUSIC SELECTION: Just the hits! And just the most danceable ones! All styles and eras. (As a DJ Dennis brings a library of 5000 songs to each event, plus invites the client to request their favorites, which I will get at no extra charge if I don't already have them. Plus I usually can wifi requests.)
EXPERIENCE: Over 40 years in the music business with 28 years doing casuals. See below for Dennis' music history and some photos.
Rubicon (on "Midnight Special")
Elvin Bishop Group
Dennis Marcellino is a former member of Sly and the Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group, Rubicon and The Tokens (the band famous for the hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). Plus he has an internationally bestselling jazz CD that received a 5-star review in JazzScene Magazine. Dennis often performs "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as a former member of the band who had that hit. This gets an enthusiastic response from the audience... they love it.Click here to see him recently perform that song. Click here to see Dennis' music history, including past bands, music appearances, studio experience, television credits and film credits. Click here to see a video of some of that history. For a list of other live song possibilities, see right column.
LOCATION:Portland, Oregon and PDX area; travels nationwide.
Dennis Marcellino performs on the sax, flute, clarinet, guitar and vocals. All styles of music plus emceeing. Specializing in all eras and styles.
Recent and upcoming events: Oregon State Fair, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Trailblazers, Many Weddings, 90th Birthday Party, 50th Birthday Party, Proms, Reunions, Memorial Coliseum, Twilight National Convention, Halloween Party, New Years Eve party, Christmas parties, etc.
Past clients and venues include: 100s of weddings, Fred Meyer Corporation (187 grand openings and corporate events), The Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Cal Jam 2 (largest paid ticket event in history), The Universal Amphitheatre, Nevada showrooms (Sahara, Harrahs, MGM Grand, etc.), The Westbury Music Fair (New York), Stadiums (U.S. and Canada), 6 Flags (New Jersey, Texas, California, Florida), Disneyland, state fairs (main stage), Irvine Meadows, Fillmore Auditorium, Winterland, Norwegian Cruise Lines, OfficeMax (Ohio and Chicago, IL), Toyota Convention (Maui, Hawaii), American Jukebox Convention (Las Vegas and Chicago), Multnomah County Fair, Taylor Electric Supply, The Best of Everything Catering, Safeway, Pepsi-Cola, The Sternwheeler, Management Recruiters, Holiday Plaza, Cascade Wholesale Hardware, KISN-FM, Mentor Graphics, Ewe-me and Co., All That Entertainment, Sterling Talent, Top Hat Productions, Oregon Convention Center, Rippling River, many Elks, Portland Eagles, Florida Tile, Parents Without Partners, LDS, OHSU, Portland Hilton, KahNeeTa Lodge, Graphic Arts Center, The Academy, Multnomah Athletic Club, Pacific Bell, Chumaree Hotel, Red Lions, Marriots, Shenanigans, Good Samaritan Hospital, Lonigan Construction, Portland Police Athletic Association, McCulloch Farms, Parkside Chapel, Highland Road Racquet Club, The Wedding Cottage, Club Paesano, Wilson High School, Morgan Distributing, Jenkins Estate, Lakeside Gardens, Churches, Portland Race For The Cure (Wells Fargo), Portland Rock n Roll Half Marathon, National Episcopal Convention (Indianapolis), Skamania Lodge, A&P Headquarters (New Jersey), Portland Yacht Club, Abernethy Center, etc.
Picking a DJ might be just a one time event in your life. So here are some questions to ask yourself and get answers to when thinking about picking a DJ.
Definitely go by past clients' feedback. Also, how many events has the DJ done? And how regularly is he booked? And does he love all styles of music? (And all of them will be required at some point on various jobs). Does he have reliable equipment and backup? Is his music laptop-driven (which is also very important for karaoke)? Lighting is very helpful to make a dancing atmosphere. Does he know how to stay focused on the needs and moods of the crowd and change and pick music appropriately? Can he add anything extra if desired ... like live music or karaoke? Can he be an enthusiastic emcee when needed? Or can he lay back when that's what is called for?
Hire an experienced DJ who knows the exact songs that get and keep people dancing and when to play them. If you hire a DJ who knows what they're doing (like me), you won't need to hire a Wedding Coordinator (except for food :-). I can add extra pizzazz with lighting and celebrity live music (see my credentials). Only hire a DJ or musician who is just there for you and making your event great.
Ive joyfully fulfilled all of the above MANY times :-)
(For example I had 22 bookings in August 2014 alone. And I often get tips.)
I've done hundreds of ceremonies and receptions and parties and therefore know just what to do (including emceeing) and the right songs to play to make your event great. And this is all done within the parameters out of all the eras and music styles that you choose and then communicate to me via my Ceremony and Reception Preferences sheets or non-wedding event preferences sheet that I email to you. Plus I can go over options with you. But generally I just play the hits from the eras and styles you choose on my sheet, and just the ones that have proven to be the most danceable and that make it so people can't resist the dance floor :-) But you can also bring any CDs or iPods with songs that are your favorites or I can purchase them ahead of time (no expense to you. But be sure that they are really danceable and really popular. Otherwise you risk the dance floor clearing unless you just want them for listening or a special dance). Im not an overbearing DJ, but do interact with the crowd in a fun way if it feels right. You can see my song list and a video demo here on this page. But I do bring over 5000 songs with me. If you want "lights," what I have works great and are a lot of fun. ($50 extra). Plus they make the dance floor more inviting. You can see them in the video on this website. And theres also the options of karaoke and/or live music (I've had an internationally bestselling CD as a sax player, and I'm a former member of The Tokens, the band who had the original hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight - which I sing). You can also see those in the video demo. Regarding the karaoke option, I bring over 1000 songs that are mainly just the hits from all eras and styles. Let me know if youd like me to email you my list. The live music and karaoke options would each be $100 extra. One thing to keep in mind regarding karaoke, is that my system is state of the art in that it is computer driven and not disc driven. That means the time between songs is much quicker. Also, the singers are given a professional treatment with recording studio equipment (compressor/limiter, reverb and digital delay) and therefore sound a lot better. And there is the option of wireless microphones or wired microphones, either on mic stands or hand held. And the display is a 23 HDMI flat screen.
For information fill in our online form hereor call Dennis at 503-650-8840
Mailing Address: DJ Marcellino, 1420 Windsor Drive, Gladstone, OR 97027
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(The following are not quotes that I asked for. They were just sent to me. There are many more available.)
Thank you for your help making the wedding go so smoothly last week. We really appreciated all that you did... The saxophone gave it an original touch... I loved it!!! Also you are an incredible DJ who got everyone on the dance floor.
Thank you kindly... It wouldn't have been such a hit without you!!
I can tell you love what you do. We really appreciated your services. Have a great summer. Thanks again!
Sincerely, Micaela and George 7/1/16
(This was especially pleasing because she initially said that she thought that there wouldn't be any dancing.)
I just want to thank you for making the wedding flow so smoothly. We really appreciate your skill, experience and personality. You know exactly what songs to play. And we loved the saxophone! (A Thank You card mailed to me by the bride in August 2016)
"Dennis, I wanted to thank you so much for your patience and the fabulous job you did. I had a fantastic time and I especially enjoyed the saxophone. I used to go out dancing every weekend. That was three years ago, so I was overdue to be on the dance floor. You still have a great singing voice and a wonderful speaking voice for your job. I will recommend you to whomever I can. Martin and I were very pleased with your services:0)" Sincerely Mr. and Mrs. Hanson. Written by Victoria, the Bride, 10/19/2013
"It was very special for us to have found you to participate in our very special day. Amidst all the musicians and DJs in Portland, I feel like I asked for "the best" and that is what I received! Roger and I will look forward to events with you in the future. You were wonderful Dennis. Thank you!!" Carol and Roger Jensen, The Bride and Groom
"We've done hundreds of weddings here and I've never seen the dance floor so packed and the crowd have such a good time as tonight." Merriweather Golf Club employee who hired me for her wedding in 2014, Hillsboro, Oregon, 12/21/12
Ive never seen them have such a great time! Rachel Torchia, Event Coordinator, Northwest Academy Prom, 5/29/10
"Absolutely worth every penny. Dennis is a lot of fun and did a great job." A woman at the event also said, "He's the best DJ ever!" Tom Weiss, Groom, Portland Yacht Club, 1/8/15
We originally planned to set up a stereo with an iPod playing for the reception. We didn't think anyone would really dance anyway. I am so glad we hired Dennis Marcellino to DJ instead. He had almost everyone out of their seats and dancing - my husband and I were a little shocked. He was great at keeping everything running smoothly and made sure fun was had by all. He even sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight since he was a member of the band the hit belonged to, The Tokens! He also played the saxophone, which was a nice combination with the recorded music. Staci Wendland, 7/12/2014
"We had our first call today to get ready for the Komen Race for the cure, and one of the first questions was Do we get to have the same DJ? The group was absolutely thrilled with your level of service and help that we are hoping you are available again." (They hired me for the next 4 years) Sue Dionne, Wells Fargo, 9/18/10
"Dennis, Thanks for making the reunion such a wonderful experience. I will definitely give you rave reviews for future reunion events. You made the reunion! Thanks!" Arlene O'Brien, Reunion
"Dennis was really wonderful. Knew the crowd, and played the perfect music. 70's, 80's, 90's and today! All party attendee's raved about the quality and song choice. Special addition to the evening was Dennis singing the tune from the band he was in who had that hit (The Tokens) "The Lion Sleeps Tonight!" WOW. Such a fun time was had by all! Thanks Dennis you really made our party a super success!" MaryBeth Cruz, Birthday party
"Dennis did a great job getting people on the dance floor. The people at my venue said that they'd never seen that many people out on the dance floor in that venue before. (And without alcohol!) We really enjoyed having Dennis at our event. His songs were clean and fun!" Kristin McMullan, Multnomah University, 4/10/15
Thank You again for dj'ing the party. You were a total hit. I would be happy to be a reference for you if anyone should ask." Sue Schoolcraft, July 21, 2012
"Dennis did a Firefighter Banquet for me. The crowd was a little shy but he knew what to play to get the party going. He is professional, courteous, and a bargain for the caliber he is. We had such a fun party and Dennis was a huge part of that. We will use him again in the future and you will not be disappointed if you do." Chris Richardson, February 21, 2014
"Dennis set a great atmosphere both for dinner and dancing (and everything in between!!!). He has a great sense of the crowd and is phenomenal at playing the sax. He also kept the party rockin by bringing out both the young and the old to the dance floor. It was a complete pleasure to meet and work with Dennis. He made our wedding day extra special." Darby Binder, Bride, 8/18/2012
"We had a wonderful time and we know it is partly because you were there playing music for us constantly!
It was so nice to not have worries about when to start the different pieces of ceremony music. Thank you for all your helpful suggestions throughout the evening also! Since we had never done anything like this before, we really had no idea what to expect. Everything was perfect and we know we owe it in part to your expertise! Thanks again...we will be quick to recommend you to others we know!" Wayne and Barb Bennett, 8/28/10
Thank you so much for your participation in the inaugural 2012 Rock n Roll Portland Half Marathon! This event would not have been the enormous success it was without your enthusiastic and rockin performance. We hope that you would consider returning for next years event. Please accept our most sincere thank you. Erika Delemarre
Rock n Roll Portland Half Marathon
Dennis, Thank you for the great entertainment and for a fantastic New Year's Eve celebration. Happy 2014! Jacqueline Noack,
Providence Cancer Center Foundation
Good Morning Dennis,
I just want to say thank you, one more time, on behalf of the Entertainment Solutions team and myself. We cant thank you enough for working flawlessly with us. The 2013 Rock N Roll Portland 1/2 Marathon was an absolute success! Sitting in the lead vehicle I was able to get great feedback about your stage from my employees as well as some of the runners and stage managers! Kristina Wilson
Thanks for an awesome reception Dennis!! You are an excellent DJ!! :-) April Bright, the Bride, Eugene, 8/2/13
We would like to inform you that you will be receiving a gratuity. Unfortunately our coordinator did not fulfill her duties as we had hoped. We appreciated your wonderful services and how you contributed to making our day so special.
Thank you so much, Derek and Amanda Jordan, 8/8/2014
Dennis went the extra mile to make sure the special moments of our daughter's wedding had the right special music. His sax performance left a special mark in our memories. Our most sincere recommendation for Dennis' fine work. Maria D. May 26, 2014
Fantastic... Knew exactly what we wanted to hear and played music that kept the crowd into it! William B. April 30, 2015
Dennis was great, he played exactly what Katy and everyone else wanted to hear. He knew exactly what everyone was in the mood for and kept the whole party dancing. He also played fun songs where everyone participated. Dennis was great and I would recommend him to everyone. Audra A. April 19, 2015
Dennis was the DJ for our wedding yesterday and I could not have been more pleased with his work. In addition to the songs we picked ourselves Dennis made wonderful song selections that got everyone on their feet to dance. Dennis truly went above and beyond for us and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a DJ/Band. Thank you so much Dennis, our big day wouldn't have been the same without your help! Katie V. May 30, 2015
Bio Doug Fulton has been entertaining audiences in the Northwest for over 20 years. His range is broad from MC at a variety of celebrations, DJ, one-man-band and founding member of several top-billed local bands including 3D and The ReFab Four (Beatles tribute act). He has also been a featured entertainer on cruise ships. Doug's easy going style and quick audience rapport will ensure a delightful event from beginning to end.
My personal recommendation of Doug.
I've performed many events with Doug doing live music, and have booked him as a DJ. He's always been a lot of fun and has my same philosophy of doing events: the main thing that makes us happy and satisfied at an event is if the client is happy and the people who attend really enjoy themselves. He has a great personality and, like me, can also provide live music if desired as a great singer, guitarist and/or keyboard player.
"Thank you for making our wedding an awesome event." T.D. - Portland, OR
"Doug's energy and music collection got everybody up and kept them on the floor." A.M. - Tualatin, OR
"Doug was such a contribution. He handled the room flawlessly. Thank you for recommending him." B.W. Tillamook, OR
"Our DJ [Doug Fulton] was great. He put our mind at ease and was so easy to work with. We will have him back." S.H. Lake Oswego
In addition to being a DJ who loves music and has a huge collection, Ben Noble is also a singer, songwriter, and performer. As a graduate from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, he can add dinner music on the piano. He also enjoys dancing and is always willing to help get the dancing started by dancing himself. His music collection covers a vast array of popular top 40 hits and music from all styles and eras. Always sensitive to the energy and needs of the room, he finds the perfect songs in any occasion.
"Thanks for helping make our night so memorable....awesome job!" Jesse, Bride, 10/26/13
"You were awesome Ben Noble. It was not an easy job with Russian women, LOL" Svetlana, 8/31/13
Dennis: Just thought I'd let you know what a great job Ben did. The music selection was perfect. He kept the volume at level that everyone enjoyed. Thanks again. I will recommend your services to any who are looking. Ken Jull, 50th Reunion, 8/23/14
John English, known as "The Voice" has been thrilling audiences with his Tribute to Frank Sinatra. His Tribute has taken this classy pop artist to numerous venues such as San Francisco's plush Clift Hotel, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Golden Nugget Casino in Reno, and the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Some rave reviews
"I am writing to recommend to you John English, "The Voice" who performs A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. John entertained for our company reception in The Delfino Ballroom at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. We had 450 attendees who had the opportunity to enjoy John's wonderful talents. John is a talented entertainer that keeps his audience captivated and provides an excellent performance! He was a pleasure to work with and we recommned him with the highest regard. John provided a truly memorable experience that would engage any group." Sincerely,
Jessica Palacios, Professional Develop Events Coordinator
"After coming to work at 6:30 this morning, I've had physician after physician come in to say what a wonderful time they had at graduation this year and how John was a highlight. I've never heard of people dancing at graduation (Dr. Swide has stated that it has never happened) but people were singing along, dancing, and thoroughly enjoying themselves during an event they usually cannot wait to leave! We would be delighted to have John at a future Graduation! Many thanks to John! Hillary P, OHSU, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine 2013
"John English was the hit of the show! His performance of all the great Sinatra hits was unbelievably true to character and wonderful to listen to." Wedding Reception at The Lawrence Gallery
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