|"We would like to thank you and your band The Fundamentals for doing an amazing job at our Opera Opening Night Gala! The evening was a spectacular success, due in great part to your wonderful music. I know our guests had a terrific time and the dance floor was packed! I myself enjoyed quite a bit of dancing. The Fundamentals were the perfect band for the evening. We had suspected as much, but from the moment the first note was struck to the last chord of the last song, people were dancing their hearts out. What more could we ask? It was a true pleasure working with you and we are amazingly grateful for all your help on this event. Thanks Again,"
Michelle Robertson & Sean Cullen - SF Opera Opening Night Gala Co-Chairs, City Hall, San Francisco
"I was going to send you a glowing email this morning, you beat me to the punch. We were more than pleased, we loved the band, you read our guests and you were a life saver with the time line. We cannot thank you enough and would recommend you and the band any time. Please use us as a reference.....it will be glowing!
Lindsey and Dave were so happy with your band and can you believe they wanted to give us a smaller dance floor? THey have left on their honeymoon and will be gone a few weeks, I know they would love to be included as a reference, feel free to give out our phone number also.
Susan Moses - Moses/Sikes Wedding - Four Seasons Hotel - San Francisco
"If you can believe it it has taken me 9 months to write this thank you letter. With that said, I have to say that you guys have set the bar so incredibly high for music at a wedding reception. There truly wasn't a part of the night where I thought, "let's sit this one out". You guys had the entire room of 250 dancing for the entire night. I love how flexible you were with your schedule, your breaks and working with our song choices for the evening.
The band was fantastic! I loved having multiple singers with such different voices and from the second you started playing, I think the entire room knew it would just be a fantastic night. I can't thank you enough for a night I won't ever forget. Please thank the entire band for giving us the time of our lives. I can't think of a better way to have started our lives together.
Lauren and Brendan O'Brien - Russell/O'Brien Wedding - Ritz Carlton Hotel, Half Moon Bay
"I wanted to email you to let you know what a fabulous job you and your band did at our wedding at Viansa, Aug. 9. You definitely helped make the evening a total success. We had so many people come up to us to tell us how great the band is. Our pastor who attends a lot of weddings, of course, was extremely impressed and asked for your contact information which we gave him.
I spoke with you all briefly on my way to photos but intended to talk with you directly since we had spoken on the phone and corresponded by e-mail but the night got away from me. It did not go unnoticed by many that you only took one break. The music you played during break was so good that I didn't even realize you went on break and missed my opportunity to talk to you.
The band looked great, sounded wonderful, and played fun songs that kept the party happening. You just did a terrific job! Please let me know if you need a reference. I would love to tell others about you.
Renette Brady - Brady/Cahill Wedding - Viansa Winery, Sonoma
"On behalf of the American Cancer Society young volunteers and staff, we want to thank The Fundamentals for your phenomenal performance at the Leopard Lounge Gala. This annual event held at the San Francisco Argent hotel was a complete success -- that raised close to $160,000 toward the fight against cancer.
We were delighted with the tremendous response, which created a sell-out event with over 1,400 guests enjoying the dynamic music that we've come to depend on from The Fundamentals. As our guests enjoyed the delicious hors d' oeuvres from the local restaurants and wineries, it was obvious the Fundamentals music was the real highlight--since that dance floor was completely packed the entire night. That alone must be the number one confirmation we've selected the right band for our event--and you even went over the top performing on those fabulous leopard print outfits for our event. It's that "can do" attitude we simply love when working with your band.
It must also be mentioned how much we appreciate your willingness to work within our budget, since this ultimately results in more funds supporting our research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. Support such as this will genuinely make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer.
John, it's always a pleasure working with you and your amazing band. I know we'll working together again very soon. Thank you again and again.
Robin Reynolds - American Cancer Society - Argent Hotel, San Francisco
"Wow! I don't know where to begin to tell you how much Anthony and I, as well as our guests, enjoyed "The Fundamental's performance at our wedding. I think it was obvious with everyone out on the dance floor the entire time - young and old. From a bride's standpoint, you all were a dream. You made my job so easy from the off set. Thank you for such an electric performance..."
Michelle Angelini - Wedding - Los Altos Country Club
"It has been over a week since the memorable wedding at Viansa on the 27th of June. My wife and I were so very pleased with the way the wedding celebration went for Courtney and Jared Whitson. They are still on their honeymoon, but they were so pleased with The Fundamentals. The guests could not say enough about talent of the band. Everyone thought you played great songs and the vocal and instrumental talent of your group is phenomenal. You kept the guests of all ages excited to dance and they could have gone on longer. Thanks for the encore selection. The evening flowed well and went by so fast, you were well organized. It makes us feel so good that our guests really enjoyed the music. Your band looked great, you were everything we hoped for.
Donn and Gail Moll - Whiston/Moll Wedding - Viansa Winery, Sonoma
"We just had a wrap-up breakfast (14 of us) and everyone said it was spectacular and the best dancing band ever!!! Great connection with audience. Great vocals and super sound. Everyone raved. Congrats and if anyone needs a reference, feel free to send them to us for a 10 rating.
Mike Covarrubias - Tmg Partners - Alexandra's @ The Westin St Francis, San Francisco
"The Fundamentals played an absolutely fantastic show at our wedding on Sunday. Rachel and I cannot thank you enough for the song selection, the energy, the musicianship, the personality, and the all-out good time you created for our guests. I think we both know that the room we asked you to play in was not ideal. But yet, the sound quality was PERFECT. Our hora had great energy coming from the band and many guests complimented the singer's abilities during it as well. The Hora was really important to us and WOW - you did not disappoint. I really can't say enough good things.
Most importantly, we asked a lot of you guys. Not only did you learn our first dance - which by the way, instead of Rachel and I whispering "I love you's" into each other's ears during that dance, we were whispering, "their version is sick!" - but you also allowed us to provide what turned out to be a treasured moment for our parents. You allowed us to join you and let Rachel and I show our appreciation to our folks by performing Forever Young for them. It's a memory we'll keep with us forever.
We couldn't believe that a Sunday night wedding had the energy it did until you played your last note at 11:15. The party only seemed to get stronger as you played. Many, many guests complimented us on finding you guys - it was just terrific.
Please let me know if I can ever provide a testimonial for any potential clients of yours. I'd be happy to act as a referral. Performing at someone's wedding isn't just about the wedding night, but the days, weeks and months leading up to it as well. John, you were always there for us to work with, anytime we had a question or a request. Terrific customer service, terrific music - unbelievable overall experience.
Thank you again for everything..."
Rachel and Mike - Styne/Edelstein Wedding - The Harvest Inn, St Helena
"Beth and I returned from our honeymoon and the dust has settled. We wanted to thank you so much for making our wedding spectacular... truly one for the ages.
Not only did we think things were amazing musically, but the party rocked from beginning to end. Every one of our guests said that you were the greatest band they'd ever seen. Those sentiments were shared by all. The crowd interaction, quality of the music, and tightness of the band are unparalleled.
Please please feel free to use any of the above comments for future use. We would be proud to be used as a reference as well at any point in the future.
Beth and Ramez - Schack/Habib Wedding - Palm Event Center, Pleasanton
"You guys rocked from the time you started until the time you ended! Your performance was so great. Thank you for everything. Our speeches ran late. To make up for lost time, your band played for 2 hours without a break and had the dance floor packed the entire time. Afterwords everybody told us how great the party was, but what really made it was the band. Thank you. We loved it. If you ever want to use me as a reference I'll rave about The Fundamentals all day long."
Greg Flynn - Julie Flynn's 40th Birthday Party - Flynn Residence, Oakville
"As we discussed following your performance at The Old Federal Reserve on July 22, we would like to put in writing for the benefit of each of you that we were absolutely thrilled with the effort, attention to detail, scheduling of songs, professionalism and obvious abundant musical talent that you demonstrated to us. The band's song list provided the kind of diversity that made the night so special for all of us. Your willingness to work with all our special requests created memories that will last forever.
Since last year, we were at three of your public events. The band's musical diversity was one of the two reasons why we selected The Fundamentals. The other reason was the length of time that you have been together and the stability that it provided. This lead to your group being more of a family with associated elevated expectations that the performance would go on irrespective of illness, broken bones, etc. With a band as large as the Fundamentals, there is always someone who may feel "under the weather," but in your case, "the show must go on" concept is in your hearts. Lee Ann, thank you for being there for us despite your recent injury.
Once again, we want to thank you Elena, Lee Ann, Chris, Bob, Marc, Marvin, Tom, Zac, and John so very much for all your efforts. It was truly an incredible evening thanks to each and every one of you. We will follow your schedule and will look forward to seeing you again. Love and thanks!!!"
Mardi & J.B. Potts/Amelita & Steve Potts - Potts Figari Wedding - Bentley Reserve, San Francisco
"I can't begin to tell you how AMAZING our wedding was because of the Fundamentals. Every single person- from my 8 year old cousin to my 91 year old grandfather had the best time due to the energy of the band. The set list was great - Neil Diamond definitely stole the show. I love U2 so closing down the party was perfect. I really can't thank them enough! The dance floor was packed the ENTIRE time. I was dancing on the carpet most of the night because I couldn't get one the floor it was so packed.
Once again - they were simply the best. I had many people tell us that it was the best wedding/party they had ever been to and the band played a huge role in that. All 240 people at our wedding had the best time! I know you will have many of my family members hire your band in the future!
Noelle & Jim - Toney/Driscoll Wedding - Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco
"We are so glad you were the band for this party - THANK YOU!!!!! You were fabulous every way: great to work with and just incredible performers! You got everyone up and dancing and we've heard nothing but rave reviews! The members loved you! The last set knocked everyone's sox off - it was just the best! I don't usually stay to the end of our parties but every song got better and better and my partner and I stayed and danced until the last song was played. You were all just the best - you have a dynamite band and I will always recommend you to everyone who asks! Thanks for making our 25th Anniversary Party a great success. With so much appreciation and gratitude - you're awesome!"
Nancy Coughlan, Club Manager - Parkpoint Health Club, Santa Rosa
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for playing such an outstanding set at our wedding on November 1st. One of our favorite memories of the evening was our first dance to, "Beautiful Day". We remember looking around the room and seeing all of our friends and family dance with us to our favorite U2 song - it was an electric feeling - one that we will never forget! We have received amazing feedback from everyone who was at wedding about the music!
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day absolutely perfect! We would highly recommend you to anyone should you ever need a reference! Our friend Matt Ross has already called us about using you at his wedding, so hopefully we will get to see you perform again. You are an outstanding band with an amazingly good vibe. Thank you for learning our song and for playing your hearts out at our wedding!
It was truly a Beautiful Day!"
Stacy & Rick Byrne - Schafer/Byrne Wedding - Pacific Union Club, San Francisco
"You guys were incredible at our Wedding Reception last Saturday at the Silverado Resort. I knew you guys were talented, but "WOW", you kept everyone on the dance floor for the entire evening! The remarks from our guests continue to pour in; the energy was great, the music was phenomenal! Thanks for making our Wedding Day so memorable. We loved it all, and only wished you could have played longer (and that you were local to Philadelphia area!).
John, I loved the play list.
Amanda and Shawn Ralls - Judge/Ralls Wedding - Silverado Resort, Napa
"As we return the barrels to their rightful location, send back the borrowed items, and devour the left over cheese, we can now relax and look back with pride at the happenings that took place here on Saturday. Thanks to you, our Leap Year Party was a wonderful success, and we are sure it will be an evening that will be talked about for many years to come.
The cooperation and perfection you and your team expended was very obvious, and it is safe to say that without all of your diligent efforts, our party would not have been the memorable occasion it was.
Again, I want to extend a very heartfelt thank you from all at Frog's Leap Winery, but especially from me, for your support and dedicated efforts. You deserve the Oscar.
Anne Hopkins - Frog's Leap Winery
"Mark and I are finally back from our month-long honeymoon, and I just had to write you and the band to tell you THANK YOU.
I cannot emphasize my gratefulness enough.
First of all, we were absolutely delighted with the Fundamentals--the variety of songs, the richness of Chris, LeeAnn and Elena's voices, the fantastic abilities of the musicians, the tight board operation, even the equipment set-up--you made the atmosphere. I have been to many, many weddings, and I have NEVER seen people jump up and dance the way they did when you started playing. I would almost swear that you slipped something into our drinks if I didn't hear for myself what a terrific job you did.
Over the years, weddings have evolved from simple ceremonies to all out weekend retreats. Increased social importance placed on weddings has resulted in complicated events becoming the norm.
You perfectly followed our complicated wedding schedule. I was so impressed. Not only that, but your planning call before the event was most helpful in creating an interesting "dinner dance" format--something we are so pleased to have done!
Last and certainly not least, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing my band, the Bootcuts, to play. Allowing us to use your drum kit ("no drum bashing, please!"), the microphones, amps, sound man, was extremely generous. We were so pleased to find out later that the sound man was familiar with our band from the El Rio! It's difficult to mix seven other musicians then go back to the Fundamentals mix. It was the best sound and best "show" we have put on--in five years of playing around town.
As you can see, I am still high from the evening, and most grateful to you. Let's face it--all good parties come down to the band. Am I right?
Thank you again, John and the Fundamentals!
Meg Frost Belanger - Frost/Belanger Wedding - Family Farm, Portola Valley
"April 29th has come and gone, but the memories of that very special wedding day when our daughter, Julie, married Chad Malchow will be remembered forever.
My wife and I remembered driving from Fresno to Carmel in the rain several months before our daughter's wedding just to hear The Fundamentals perform live. Oh sure, we heard The Fundamentals CD. but how would they perform live, in person? Would they be as spectacular live, in person, as on their CD? As you know John, after hearing much of the great performance that night and after meeting many of the band members, personally, we were fortunate enough to contract the group for Julie and Chad's wedding reception at The Old Federal Reserve Building in San Francisco.
Please share this compliment with the entire band. You are each top professionals in every respect; you give new meaning to the word "GREAT" and your warmth and friendship will be remembered for a long time. The brilliance with which you played, the enthusiasm and high performance quality of the vocalists and instrumentalists of The Fundamentals added final perfection to a wedding celebration that will forever be remembered. Our guests are still 'raving" about your group.
The Fundamentals are NUMBER ONE!! Thanks you again, for a truly outstanding performance that night.
Chuck and Mary Jean Kronbetter - Kronbetter/Malchow Wedding - Bently Reserve, San Francisco
"Everyone LOVED The Fundamentals! I thought it was great that you were able to incorporate everyone's requests for songs into the set and make it sound so good!! You went from songs in the 60's to Motown to pop and then to some of the classic romantic ballads seamlessly!!! Hopefully you'll get some gigs out of the evening. Many of the folks attending are CEO's and owners of big companies that have corporate events. I had 2 gentlemen ask me for your contact information, which I've already sent to them!
Stu and Sharon Thorn - Electrical Manufactures Inc. - Beach and Tennis Club, Pebble Beach
"We can't thank you enough. Countless people came up to us that night - and the next day - to say "best band EVER." Truly - you guys made the party. At one point, we realized that of our 183 guests, only six weren't on the dance floor (probably just at the bar trying to refresh before busting another move)!
Thank you again for everything. The entire night was magical, and you guys made sure our guests came away saying "WOW." I will recommend you 1000x over!"
Trish - Nugent-Lingamfelter Wedding - Private Residence, Santa Rosa
"We can't say enough good things about the performance. You really blew us away! The Fundamentals were incredible, and everyone, ages 3 to 83, agreed. We loved how versatile the band was, playing all types of music. You had a great sense for the energy of the party, and the set lists really kept the dancing going from the first song until the very end. We received countless compliments about the band and how good you sounded. You honored our requests, but were flexible to improvise as the night went on. We would strongly recommend The Fundamentals to anyone planning a party. Your 'Don't Stop Believing' encore was just the perfect way to end the night, you guys rock!
If you ever need a reference, please let us know, we would be delighted to share our experience. Are you on Yelp? If so we will write a review there as well. I think you made the preferred vendor list for both the Rosewood and our Coordinator Jean Marks. Best of luck!
Jared - Ivanhoe/Matter Wedding - Rosewood Sandill Resort, Menlo Park
"Hi John! We are putting the check in the mail right now for you. Thanks again for an absolutely amazing performance - our friends and family have not stopped raving about The Fundamentals! Everything was outstanding - you had the guests on their feet dancing away the entire night. And even though the cake was placed on a table without wheels (even though I had confirmed it was to be placed on a table WITH wheels) and guests had to come inside for the cake cutting, you flawlessly got them right back out there moments later. Not an easy feat and you pulled it off without a hitch! At one point I looked around and the band was jamming so great with such amazing solos all around, I noticed our guests had formed rows around the stage and it looked like a concert! Everyone had such a great time thanks to you. We loved you guys - thanks for making our wedding such a spectacular event."
Gabrielle & Anthony - Wilson/Poston Wedding - Vintner's Inn, Santa, Rosa
"The Fundamentals played for our Opus One 20th Celebration party on Saturday, October 16, 1999. Everybody had the best time and many of the six-hundred guests told us how entertaining and great the band was. We highly recommend The Fundamentals. This group will get everybody on the dance floor. They are really fun and very enjoyable.
Margrit Biever Mondavi, Vice President of Cultural Affairs, Mondavi Winery