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At David Rothstein Music, All Clients Are Treated Like Celebrities

By Michael Abelson

David Rothstein Music (DRM) has been playing at Chicago weddings since 1999, and has performed at over 2,200 events. Owner David Rothstein is bass player himself and has played in many other wedding bands. But he always felt that each wedding was always the same, with a set list of songs.

He opened DRM to provide couples with their own favorite songs at their weddings and to keep the guests on the dance floor.

"I felt that, even though they were talented musicians, they never took the time to get to know the clients on a personal level," he said. "I felt people should be able to get something truly designed around who they are and what's most important to them for their wedding."

David Rothstein

DRM has a separate ceremony department, a designated emcee, and creates personalized gifts for each and every client, which all the guests sign.

"I think what makes us stand out, besides having incredible musicians, is the fact that we treat every client we play for, whether they're famous or not, like a celebrity," he said. "We spend time getting to know them and give them the music and schedule that's most authentic to who they are, and not what the hottest trend says their wedding should be like."

There are separate musicians for the ceremony and the reception, to match the different needs classical music and popular favorites. Rothstein and his musicians pour their heart and soul into each song. The band has a huge repertoire and can play any style of music. They're also willing to take special requests and learn new songs.

"Our goal is always to have every guest at the wedding included in the dancing until the very last note, not just those in their 20's," Rothstein said. "We are careful about watching the crowd and adjusting to what the guests are responding to the most. The songs that we enjoy playing the most are the ones that have an emotional element to it that people can connect with the most."

DRM's list of celebrity clients is a long and impressive one, including names like Michael Douglas, Joan Rivers, Mayor Daley, Donny Osmond and Smokey Robinson, to name only a few. The band has won numerous awards from the Knot and Wedding Wire, based on the number and quality of reviews from brides and grooms. The award that Rothstein is most proud of is the most charitable wedding vendor in the nation from Wedding Wire for DRM's Share Your Love flower donation program.

For more, visit drsmusic.com or contact David by phone at 773-719-7610.

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