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Beautiful Pass-A-Grille Beach Wedding

Beautiful Pass-A-Grille, along the southern end of St. Petersburg Beach, has long been a favorite location for Beach Weddings. I performed a wedding there on June 30, 2017  for a lovely couple from Illinois. Because I arrived in plenty of time, I took the opportunity to have a light snack and beverage at The Wharf, ……


American Song Book – Popularity Prevails

At a recent Father’s Day Brunch at Jacaranda Trace Retirement Community, I performed tunes from the American Song Book. These are tunes from my parents’ generation, but made popular again by artists such as Stefani Germanotta (also known as Lady Gaga), Michael Bublé and Amy Winehouse. Examples of these tunes are: “I Love You,” “Summertime,” “Fly ……


Rain Delayed Destination Beach Wedding Siesta Key

One of the challenges with destination beach weddings is dealing with the weather. In the Sarasota area we have thunder showers that can pop up at any time. Usually they last for a short period of time and are gone. On August 7, 2016 I played a rain delayed destination beach wedding on Siesta Key where ……


Wedding Pros White Party

I was recently selected to provide cocktail hour music for The Wedding Pros White Party at The Francis, a local wedding and dining venue located at 1289 Palm Avenue in Sarasota Florida. The group consisted of many Sarasota area wedding professionals – planners, officiants, bakers, chefs, florists, photographers, chauffeurs, DJs and venue managers. This event ……


Intimate Home Wedding

Some of my couples decide to skip traditional wedding venues and have a home wedding ceremony. An intimate home wedding is a good choice for couples who try to budget their expenditures and provide a personal and intimate touch. The intimate wedding ceremony in the home can include all the formality and dignity as any ……


Wedding Performance on the World’s Top Beach

It was a pleasure to play a wedding performance and cocktail hour reception on the world’s top beach, Siesta Beach. For years, Sarasota’s Siesta Beach has been rated number one by a number of reviewers. Siesta Beach boasts white powdery sand and beautiful crystal clear gulf water. This particular wedding occurred on November 28, 2015, ……


Beach Wedding Ceremony 11/14/15

I played the music for a beautiful beach wedding ceremony on November 14, 2015. The location was the beautiful Boca Bay Pass Club in Boca Grande, FL. Boca Grande is a popular location for destination weddings along Florida’s west coast and a favorite among residents of the St. Louis area. The majority of the wedding ……


Holiday Parties

It’s time to start preparing my solo instrumental guitar music for this year’s Holiday Parties. Depending on the type of Holiday Party I play for, I select a certain style of instrumental solo guitar music. For Example, if the holiday party is mainly themed on a sit down formal dinner, I’ll play my classical guitar ……


Siesta Key Beach Wedding

I performed solo, instrumental classical guitar music for a Siesta Key beach wedding on November 7, 2015. The weather was perfect for the lovely young couple from Ohio and their destination beach wedding. It was a sun-soaked, blue-sky day on Siesta Beach. Siesta Key is located along Florida’s West Central Coast in beautiful Sarasota, FL. ……


Realtor Open House

On the 15th of October, I had the pleasure of playing instrumental solo guitar music for a realtor open house on Redington Beach. I’ve played for several realtor open house events in the past and I’ve enjoyed setting a relaxed and distinctive mood through my musical performance. The house being shown by realtor Steve Redman ……


Beautiful October Beach Wedding

October is the month of choice for many couples who have destination beach weddings along Florida’s West Coast. I performed the music for a beautiful October beach wedding on 10/10/15 on Coquina Beach in Bradenton, Florida. The bride and groom were from Germany, and their guests and wedding party were from the U.S., Spanish speaking ……


Retirement Community Entertainment

I provided elegant classical guitar music to accompany an art show at Calusa Harbor House Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida. This retirement community entertainment helped to showcased the artwork that the residents have been creating under the direction of  their resident art teacher. Providing entertainment for retirement communities involves selecting appropriate music to embellish the event. I worked with ……


Wedding Ceremony Performance

I recently performed the wedding ceremony music for a lovely couple in The Spanish Chapel located at The South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida. For this wedding ceremony performance, the idea was to fill the chapel with music from the Spanish Guitar repertoire. I began by playing prelude music composed by Francisco Tarrega. His short ……


Wedding Ceremony Musician

I am a wedding ceremony musician. My instrument is the guitar. The guitar is the perfect instrument for wherever the wedding venue is located. Whether it’s indoors, outdoors, at a church or on the beach. The guitar is portable, versatile and pleasing to the ear. Many times I’m asked to match music selections with different ……


Jazz Guitar Performance

I performed for a church service on Sunday, 7-20-15,  at The Unitarian Universalist Church in Sarasota, Fl. What made this performance unique is that I played three pieces from my solo jazz guitar repertoire. The tunes were “Satin Doll” by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, “Blue Monk” by Thelonious Monk and “A Child is Born” ……


Sarasota Special Event Entertainment

As a Sarasota special event entertainment guitarist, I was delighted to perform for a gallery show opening on 7-18-15. The event, at The Artful Giraffe in Sarasota’s historic district, provided the perfect venue to feature myself as a local Sarasota jazz guitarist. I wanted to make sure that the music was rhythmic, upbeat and cheerful ……


Sarasota Magazine’s Top Doctor’s Event

I played the music for Sarasota Magazine’s “Top Doctor’s” event on June 17 at The Founders Club “Girona” model home in Sarasota, Fl. For this event I played a variety of repertoire on my Gibson ES-175 through my Roland BA-330 PA. I was able to disperse the sound throughout the home by using two speakers ……


Beach Wedding Ceremony at Venice Beach

I played beach wedding ceremony music for a lovely bride and her groom on Saturday night. Sharky’s on the Pier on Venice Beach is a beautiful venue for destination weddings like this for my couple from Colorado. Sand, sunset and cool breeze off of the Gulf of Mexico – what could be better?


Networking with Wedding Professionals

I had the opportunity to network with wedding planners, officiants, restauranteurs and other wedding musicians like myself Tuesday night at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. We talked about wedding planning and selecting the proper time of day for beach weddings along the beautiful Longboat Key. We agreed that the closer to sunset the better. ……


Preparing Music for Sarasota Beach Weddings

Ed Sheeran’s and Amy Wadge’s “Thinking Out Loud” is a great modern-day love song with a very soulful feel. It works as an instrumental in the original key (D). Couples are choosing this tune for weddings because it speaks of a lifetime of love. The melody is guitaristic in nature. The challenge lies in playing ……