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Compaq Big Band Reviews

Over the years we have received many compliments from our wonderful clients. Here are a few (unedited) reviews we chose to publish. They have been printed with attribution to, and permission from, our clients.

"The Big Phat Band played a concert at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH last year, and the experience working with Al Saloky and the Compaq Big Band was top rate in every respect. Al's organizational skills are only exceeded by his love of the big band genre, a feeling that permeates the whole band. They played the opening set for us, and they are a spirited unit that plays with great enthusiasm and verve. I look forward to hearing the Compaq Big Band again soon!"

Gordon Goodwin
Leader, The Big Phat Band

"We booked the Compaq Big Band because we had heard they were great and because we needed to fill a large crowded space with music. What we discovered is that not only is the band big and great, they are also intimate and engaging. What could have turned out to be an evening of professional background music was probably the most entertaining concert we've ever hosted. When we plan our annual "Best of New Hampshire Party" we expect the musical guests to please most of the people in attendance. There will always be a few who aren't impressed and a few who'd rather hear something else. After last year's show featuring the Compaq Big Band, everyone we asked was either delighted with the music or else blown away by it. The entire Verizon Wireless Arena danced on a cloud when the Compaq Big Band played."

Rick Broussard, Editor
New Hampshire Magazine

"Courageous Sailing Center has booked the Compaq Big Band as the featured entertainment at our annual "Make-A-Mark" gala every summer since our 2002 event. They are a terrific group of musicians who play a great mix of exciting music, conduct themselves in a very professional manner, and are a pleasure to do business with. Having them at Make-A-Mark provides a very special touch of class and fun to our major annual fundraiser. The event would not be the same without them!"

John W. Maconga, Executive Director
Courageous Sailing Center

"Thanks again for the outstanding performance by the Compaq Big Band at our Stage Fort Park concert. Your band was the highlight of our season. The program was excellent and it generated some much needed financial support as well. When you opened with a Buddy Rich tune, we knew we were in for something far more than a "swing" night. Hat's off to you! We all look forward to your return to our stage. I will highly recommend the Compaq Big Band in the future. I found the management to be professional and very flexible, given our needs. The band was terrific, the charts far above the norm and great arrangements. I don't know how it could be a better big band. Thank you and best regards."

David Benjamin, Summer Music Director
City of Gloucester, Massachusetts

"We just can't thank Compaq Big Band enough for playing at Stacy and Rob's wedding. You were certainly the hit of the evening. We have had more people rave about the band, not just for the fabulous music, but also for the overall presentation. You all looked and sounded so great and certainly are an impressive group. I know you and the band learned some songs for Stacy and Rob (The James Bond "Dr. No" theme was better than the original!), and we thank you for that. We found you to be agreeable and very easy to work with. All three of my daughters are now married, but I wish I had a fourth so we could hire you again. Maybe for our fortieth wedding anniversary next year we will throw ourselves a party and hire the band! You can be sure we will highly recommend you and the band and we look forward to attending your local upcoming performances. Thank you so much."

Diane Derderian. Mother of The Bride
The DeGulielmo-Derderian Wedding

"On behalf of The Telegraph, I would like to sincerely thank Compaq Big Band for performing at our 175th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 28th, 2007 at Holman Stadium, Nashua. I know many in attendance were there specifically to hear your group of extremely talented musicians. Your big band music brings a special touch of class and we are grateful for such a professional, experienced group to have played at our event. Thank you for coordinating the last song of the evening with the start of the fireworks display. The Compaq Big Band was the perfect signature performance to end our anniversary celebration."

Natalie Doyle, Events and Marketing Manager
The Nashua Telegraph

"That hot day in July 2006 when The Compaq Big Band came to Jitterbugs London was one of the most memorable in the Jitterbugs' 20 year history! A great bunch of very friendly and extremely professional musicians gave the dancers an opportunity to swing to a real band from the USA and boy we were all on a high! The dancers asked me if The CBB could come back please every week -- they so loved you guys. We sincerely hope you will be back to thrill us again. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all and we thank you again for that one very, very special night!"

Julie Oram
Organiser of Jitterbugs and Lindy Hopper!
London, England

"Nothing validates a swing dance more than the thrill and excitement of a big band, and at last night's swing dance with the Compaq Big Band it couldn't have been more evident by the dancers' reaction to their performance. Every carefully selected song was treated with deep respect that a great work of art deserves. The Compaq Big Band delivers this music in such a way that it reflects the same impact on dancers of today that it did 70 years ago when it was originally written. Nothing can compare to 21 musicians in a band all in syncopation to perfection. It is evident that these tremendously talented musicians have adopted the same skills as "The Big Phat Band". At the end of the night, which everyone wished would never come, we all felt that we had shared an experience that was true to the spirit of swing. Everyone is already eagerly looking forward to your next performance with us! Thanks Compaq Big Band for a fantastic night!

Alan Cormier
Owner, Dance2Swing Studios

"The American Museum in Britain was lucky enough to host the Compaq Big Band on their 2006 UK tour. What an afternoon -- they simply blew everyone away! Never before, or since, had we the pleasure of hosting such fabulous music performed to such a high standard. People are still talking about it. The sooner CBB returns to the UK the better!"

Laura Brown
Programming and Events Director
The American Museum in Britain
Bath, England

"The Compaq Big Band has performed at the Winter Holiday Stroll in Nashua for a number of years and they continue to be one of the biggest entertainment draws for this event. Their wide range of music is very upbeat and thoroughly entertaining. They are a top notch, professional group."

Anne Maas and Nadine Parker
Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll Entertainment Committee

"I had the privilege of having the Compaq Big Band at one of the Souhegan Jazz Night concerts last year. The kids from the various bands and the people in the audience enjoyed their performance. They were extremely professional in their setup and appearance, and the band sounded well-rehearsed and energized. The CBB is a perfect example for my students of lifelong learning. These are musicians of varied ages, with different professional backgrounds playing music at a high level for pure enjoyment. I would welcome them back to Souhegan High School anytime."

Carl Benevides
Director of Bands, Souhegan High School, Amherst, New Hampshire

"I booked the Compaq Big Band for a dance we held at the University of New Hampshire in April 2007, which turned out to be the biggest and best dance we had in my 2 years as co-president of the swing club! After hearing them once, a bunch of club members and I started to follow them around wherever they played. We've heard them at dancing venues as well as a jazz venue, and I think they are great at adapting to their audiences. They play a great variety of music from early big band charts to contemporary pieces such as an arrangement of 'The Lion King!' They're an extremely talented bunch of people who do what they love so dancers, such as myself, can do what we love!"

Cara Ball
Former Co-President, University of New Hampshire Hepcats Swing Dance Club

"Compaq Big Band night at Rockafellas is a very special evening because it brings our restaurant to a new level of music, ambiance, and customer appreciation of history and the arts. When our customers walk in for the first time they are totally floored by the presentation of the band and sound this room brings. I compare it to an evening at The Pops. "

Kevin Marchino
Rockafellas of Salem, Massachusetts

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