Why I Love Watching the Kids!

July 27, 2016, Issue #115

But first, here's an easy question for you:  

What are you the MOST passionate about?

Me, I love to entertain people at parties.  
Especially when kids join the festivities.

For one thing, it's fun to help people celebrate.
Besides, who doesn't like a party?

And second, I ALWAYS learn something new, 
interesting, and useful about human nature...  

... because when people get  "in the swing of things", 
they'll often reveal  what they're REALLY like. 

For example, at a recent Fourth of July picnic,
the kids there taught me a powerful lesson
about party music.

It's a valuable tip YOU can use at every party. 

What a day!  This picnic was a great family affair.  
A beautiful holiday afternoon at a local park.  
Lots of kids... easily half the crowd was less 
than 10 years old.  

The six of us set up on a bandstand and played 
rousing old style traditional jazz.

I'm playing my old cornet and enjoy watching 
everyone there have a great time.  Especially 
the youngest kids.

When these kids first catch sight of us, 
they stand perfectly still, eyes wide open, 
and stare at us.  

Here we are... six grown men wearing bright 
outfits, feet tapping, smiling back and forth, 
shiny musical instruments creating all that 
lively sound!  What a spectacle!

Then a moment later, the kids begin dancing.

You ever watch a child respond to rhythmic music?  
This is what they do:  bouncing in place, their arms 
flapping, spinning in circles, dancing forward & back.  

Falling down, laughing, and getting right back up.

And the longer they dance like this, the more 
enthusiastic they get.

Then inspiration strikes me.  When the first kid 
begins dancing, I get the band's tempo to match his.  
That really gets him going, which encourages more 
kids to join in.

Like my grandfather used to say, "Monkey see, monkey do".

The families love watching.  They cheer and join in 
the dancing.  Bystanders catch the excitement, too. 
What a party!

So what did I learn?  Three things:  

First, kids love rhythm, and exciting them gets the 
adults involved, too.   So whenever there's children 
at a party, I know how I'll pace the party's music!

Second, people joining in makes the fun contagious.  
The more everyone participates, the more everyone 
enjoys the party. "The more the merrier!"

Third, and here's a valuable tip:  It takes just a few 
people to get things started.  We see this all the time.

At weddings, for example, brides and grooms often 
include a few really good dancers among their guests, 
to encourage everyone to get up and dance.  It's like 
priming the pump.

So remember these lessons and make them pay off 
at your next party.

Here's what to do:  

First, of course, select music to create the mood you want, 
and include a few of your favorite songs.  

Then create ways to get EVERYONE involved, 
ESPECIALLY THE KIDS.   You'll make the experience 
exciting  and memorable for everyone.

You can watch this at our public events.

So the next time you or a friend  are looking for
upbeat, elegant music played the way you want it, 
preview us in action at our next public event:  

Where?  You can catch us here:

Thursday, August 4, 4:00-7:00pm,
"Celebration for Remodeled Ballroom", 
Holiday Inn San Jose - Silicon Valley
1350 North First Street , San Jose

Friday, August 5, 8:00-10:00pm,
"Cocktail Lounge (Members Only)", 
Silicon Valley Capital Club,
50 W San Fernando , San Jose

Wednesday, August 24, 4:00-6:00pm,
"15th Year Anniversary Party", 
Belmont Village, 1039 El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
(A  celebration  for Belmont Village's "industry 
professionals",  residents, families, and friends.  
To RSVP,  call Radhika Singh at  (408)720-8498.

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.

Are YOU looking for wedding or party music RIGHT NOW?

In the meantime, watch some highlights from that picnic. 

4th of July

Magnolia Jazz Band at 4th of July picnic

Let's chat soon.  


Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Bringing Elegant, Upbeat Music to Weddings and Parties"  

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