#176, January 23, 2019

Watch me greet a visitor to my Facebook page . (1 minute)

Let's talk about how to BEGIN  planning your celebration.

Especially about how to START planning the perfect music.  

Want   to do it well?  Let me give you a handy Tip.   

But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:

Ever have a "deja vu" moment?  I did recently.

Does this ever happen to you?

Then I remembered, I actually WAS there years ago. 
Hard to forget that visit. 

That visit could have ended in a disaster, and  
it taught me a great lesson for how to begin 
planning anything.  

More about that lesson in a minute.

That old room is now a small theatre, and 
I recognized the little stage in the corner.   

But about 30 years ago, it was just a run-down 
hotel ballroom.  

I was there talking with an eager young entrepreneur.  
He'd asked me to meet him there, and we were 
dreaming big.  

He wanted to convert this old room into a fine 
supper club, and book the Magnolia Jazz Band 
to entertain there.  

Oh, the prospect thrilled me!  Mainly because 
he was so energetic.  

Full of confidence and big ideas.  

Also because he hinted at a great steady engagement 
for my band.

He told me he'd worked at DisneyWorld, in Florida, 
and he planned to re-create some of their success 
here in San Jose.

We talked about which features to keep in the room 
and which to change.  

His enthusiasm impressed me...

...until he asked  "When does the big tourist season 
begin around here?"


What big tourist season?  

Sure, people love visiting the San Francisco Bay Area 
year-round.  But as far as I knew, there's nothing here 
like the "spring break" or the annual "summer vacation" 
season that Florida tourism enjoys.

He had no idea!  Hadn't he asked anyone before?

Poor guy.  His plan was doomed from the start.  
He needed lots more help than I could give him.  

Sadly, I don't remember hearing about his supper 
club again, and I never had another opportunity 
to talk with him.

But I still get a lot of mileage from telling his story.

And I tell it often.  To people like you.


Because these days I help people plan the music 
for their weddings and parties.  

Celebrations where my band will entertain, 
creating the elegant, upbeat mood they want.

I LOVE helping people who have realistic ideas 
of what they want. 

REALISTIC -- that's the secret.  Not at all like that fellow 
from DisneyWorld.

So here's that tip I promised you:  
Start your plan with several REALISTIC ideas.  

Usually I help people begin planning music by having 
them focus on practical ideas that could pay off big.  

We start there, by answering a few questions like 
"What would you like your celebration to sound like" 
and "What kind of music will create that mood"? 

Realistic ideas often come from "word-of-mouth" 
recommendations from friends.  Or from catching 
us in action at a friend's wedding, or at a party, 
or at a business reception. 

And now that we're talking about 
planning wedding & party music...

Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras are coming up, 
and you might be involved with planning an 
exciting celebration.

And if you or a friend are engaged to get 
married, you might also be involved with 
planning the wedding.

Perhaps both. 

So the next time you or a friend  are looking  for 
upbeat, elegant music,  played the way you want, 
think of us.

Where can you can preview us?  Here: (see details below)

Thursday, Feb 14, 6:00-9:00pm
Valentine's Day Dinner
Parcel 104, in Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara

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

Let's chat soon.

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

P.S. Want wedding or party music?  See our 68 reviews on  Yelp.  
       See photos of us in action on Instagram

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However you found me, THANK YOU!

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