"Hey, Robbie, What's Your Fee ?"

July 6, 2016, Issue #113

Do you like Asian food?

I do, and for a special treat, my wife 
and I recently tried out the  newest 
Chinese restaurant in town.    

As expected, the meal was wonderful, 
but we had trouble getting  started.  

The menu listed easily over 120 selections.  

They ranged from a few familiar favorites, 
like "Broccoli Beef", to lots of vague items 
like "Gold and Silver Platter", "Pu Pu Platter", 
and "Happy Family".

Huh?  What are all those?

A quick conversation with the waiter 
set us straight.  After asking about our 
preferences, our appetite, and our budget, 
he described  a few excellent options, and 
we made  our selections.  

I'm happy to say everything worked out 
very well.

But at the beginning I felt like the eager
bride-to-be who calls me and starts our 
conversation by asking "Hey Robbie, 
What's your fee?"

Now don't get me wrong.  Her question is 
perfectly  understandable.  I get it -- 
Unless the money  is right,  nothing else matters.

Sometimes the budget REALLY is her  highest 

Sometimes we ALL have to shop around 
for the best price.

But too often, "What's your fee?
is the ONLY question she asks. 

In my experience, this bride-to-be is 
often just as bewildered as I was in 
that restaurant.  

She just needs  help getting started.
And I'm always glad to help.

Back in the restaurant, I knew that 
if I began by asking about the price, 
I'd overlook some important options.  
And as it turned out, they made an 
enormous  difference.

So to help this bride, I always recommend 
that she understanding her options.  

What are her possible choices?  What is each 
choice like?  What are the pros and cons of 
each choice?

We'll have a nice, helpful conversation.

We'll talk  about the mood she wants to 
create at her  wedding, where she plans 
her celebration,  and how many guests 
she expects.  

We'll also talk about what she wants her 
celebration to LOOK like, and more important, 
what she wants it to SOUND like.

We'll talk about special features she wants, 
like songs she'll request for her ceremony, 
cocktail party, dinner party, and dancing.

Does she want a band (and what style?), 
or a DJ, or something else?

Once I know all that, I can recommend 
the perfect band for her wedding.  T he 
best size, and what  instruments to include.  

I'll always want to help her, but ONLY THEN
can I answer "What's your fee?".

Sometimes we can get to this point faster.

I LOVE it whenever anyone calls me about 
planning music, ESPECIALLY when they begin 
by asking me "What are my options?".   

That lets us jump  into this productive 
conversation right away.

So for example, the next time you or a friend 
are planning music for a wedding or a party, 
and you "sort of" know what you want but 
are "lost in the woods" about choosing.

You can call me.  Let's talk about your options.
Have me add the voice of experience .

In the meantime, here are 3 things you can do 
whenever you're  looking for upbeat, elegant music
played exactly  the way you  want it: 
1. Preview us in action at our next public event:  
    Where?  You can catch us here:

Tuesday, July 19, 6:00-10:00pm
"International Live Event Association" Gala
The Armory, 1800 Mission St, San Francisco

Caterer? Wedding or Event Planner? Bride? Groom? 
Enjoy the festive mood we'll create.  You'll hear
popular standards, jazz classics, and Latin favorites. 
Please stop by and say Hi.

2. See our helpful "Planning Tips": 

See my website's  "Planning Tips"  page, and
my   Facebook Page and my  Facebook profile ,  
for  (guess what?) dozens  of my  favorite tips  for 
planning  wedding and party music. 
Look them over.  I bet you'll see a few you haven't 
thought of yet.   Call me for more. 

3. Watch this quick video of us at a recent holiday picnic:
   (Sorry for this blurry photo but the video is pretty good. )

"San Antonio Rose"

Reply or call me at 408-245-9120.  Let's chat soon.  

Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"An inspired jazzman playing my way through life!"  

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