Hi! I've DJ’d hundreds of weddings (ceremonies and receptions), parties and corporate evenst and therefore know just what to do (including emceeing and coordinating the particulars of your event) and the right songs to play to make your event great.
(See my reviews and video at www.PdxDJ.com). And this is all done within the parameters (out of all the possibilities and music styles you choose) that you then communicate to me via my Preferences forms that I email to you. Plus I can go over options with you.
But generally I just play the hits from the eras and styles you choose on my sheet, and just the ones that have proven to be the most danceable and that make it so people can't resist the dance floor :-) But you can also bring any CDs or iPods with songs that are your favorites … or I can purchase them ahead of time (no expense to you. But be sure that they are really danceable and really popular. Otherwise you risk the dance floor clearing – unless you just want them for listening or a special dance).
I’m not an overbearing DJ, but do interact with the crowd in a fun way if it feels right. You can see my song list and a video demo here. But I do bring over 5000 songs with me. If you want "lights," what I have works great and are a lot of fun. Plus they make the dance floor more inviting. You can see them in the video at my website.
And there are also the options of karaoke and/or live music (I've had an internationally bestselling CD as a sax player, which is good for dinner/cocktail music, and I'm a former member of The Tokens, the band who had the original hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight - which I sing). You can also see those in the video demo. Regarding the karaoke option, I have a pro setup and bring over 28,000 songs that are mainly just the hits from all eras and styles. Lights would be $50 extra, the live music and karaoke would each be $100 extra.
One thing to keep in mind regarding karaoke, is that my system is state of the art in that it is computer driven and not disc driven. That means the time between songs is much quicker. Also, the singers are given a professional treatment with recording studio equipment (compressor/limiter, reverb and digital delay) and therefore sound a lot better. And there is the option of wireless microphones or wired microphones, either on mic stands or hand held. And the display is a 23” HDMI flat screen. Plus I can get any special songs requested.
It should help your confidence in booking me to notice that I received the "Best of 2012 Award” by Gigmasters, and I’ve received “Elite Pro” status at Thumbtack as well as their Best of 2015 and 2016 Awards. I’ve also been the #1 DJ in Oregon at both of those websites, and at Gigmasters for over 5 years. That means that I’m a real client and crowd pleaser, given what they are looking for :-)
Thank you :-)
Katie Van Cleave
Dennis was the DJ for our wedding yesterday and I could not have been more pleased with his work. In addition to the songs we picked ourselves Dennis made wonderful song selections that got everyone on their feet to dance. Dennis truly went above and beyond for us and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a DJ/Band. Thank you so much Dennis, our big day wouldn't have been the same without your help! More...
Dennis was great, he played exactly what Katy and everyone else wanted to hear. He knew exactly what everyone was in the mood for and kept the whole party dancing. He also played fun songs where everyone participated. Dennis was great and I would recommend him to everyone. More...
Kristina Wilson Entertainment Solutions
Good Morning Dennis,
I just want to say thank you, one more time, on behalf of the Entertainment Solutions team and myself. We can’t thank you enough for working flawlessly with us. The 2013 Rock N Roll Portland 1/2 Marathon was an absolute success! Sitting in the lead vehicle I was able to get great feedback about your stage from my employees as well as some of the runners and stage managers!
Jacqueline Noack, Providence Cancer Center Foundation
Dennis, Thank you for the great entertainment and for a fantastic New Year's Eve celebration.
Dennis did a Firefighter Banquet for me. The crowd was a little shy but he knew what to play to get the party going. He is professional, courteous, and a bargain for the caliber he is.
We had such a fun party and Dennis was a huge part of that. We will use him again in the future and you will not be disappointed if you do.
Wayne and Barb Bennett
We had a wonderful time and we know it is partly because you were there playing music for us constantly!
It was so nice to not have worries about when to start the different pieces of ceremony music. Thank you for all your helpful suggestions throughout the evening also! Since we had never done anything like this before, we really had no idea what to expect. Everything was perfect and we know we owe it in part to your expertise! Thanks again...we will be quick to recommend you to others we know!
Darby Binder, Bride
Dennis set a great atmosphere both for dinner and dancing (and everything in between!!!). He has a great sense of the crowd and is phenomenal at playing the sax.
He also kept the party rockin by bringing out both the young and the old to the dance floor. It was a complete pleasure to meet and work with Dennis. He made our wedding day extra special.
Thank You again for dj'ing the party. You were a total hit. I would be happy to be a reference for you if anyone should ask.
Dennis did a great job getting people on the dance floor. The people at my venue said that they'd never seen that many people out on the dance floor in that venue before.
(And without alcohol!) We really enjoyed having Dennis at our event. His songs were clean and fun!"
Kristin McMullan, Multnomah University More...
Dennis was really wonderful. Knew the crowd, and played the perfect music. 70's, 80's, 90's and today! All party attendee's raved about the quality and song choice.
Special addition to the evening was Dennis singing the tune from the band he was in who had that hit (The Tokens) "The Lion Sleeps Tonight!" WOW. Such a fun time was had by all! Thanks Dennis you really made our party a super success!
MaryBeth Cruz, Birthday party
Dennis, Thanks for making the reunion such a wonderful experience. I will definitely give you rave r
Dennis, Thanks for making the reunion such a wonderful experience. I will definitely give you rave reviews for future reunion events.
You made the reunion! Thanks!
Arlene O'Brien, Reunion
We had our first call today to get ready for the Komen Race for the cure, and one of the first questions was “Do we get to have the same DJ”?
The group was absolutely thrilled with your level of service and help that we are hoping you are available again."
Sue Dionne, Wells Fargo More...
“I’ve never seen them have such a great time!”
Rachel Torchia, Event Coordinator, Northwest Academy Prom
Absolutely worth every penny. Dennis is a lot of fun and did a great job." A woman at the event also said, "He's the best DJ ever!
Tom Weiss, Groom, Portland Yacht Club More...
We originally planned to set up a stereo with an iPod playing for the reception. We didn't think anyone would really dance anyway.
I am so glad we hired Dennis Marcellino to DJ instead. He had almost everyone out of their seats and dancing - my husband and I were a little shocked. He was great at keeping everything running smoothly and made sure fun was had by all. He even sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” since he was a member of the band the hit belonged to, The Tokens! He also played the saxophone, which was a nice combination with the recorded music.
"Dennis, I wanted to thank you so much for your patience and the fabulous job you did. I had a fantastic time and I especially enjoyed the saxophone.
I used to go out dancing every weekend. That was three years ago, so I was overdue to be on the dance floor. You still have a great singing voice and a wonderful speaking voice for your job. I will recommend you to whomever I can. Martin and I were very pleased with your services:0)"
Sincerely Mr. and Mrs. Hanson. More...
Micaela and George Argueta
Thank you for your help making the wedding go so smoothly last week. We really appreciated all that you did... The saxophone gave it an original touch.
.. I loved it!!! Also you are an incredible DJ who got everyone on the dance floor.
Thank you kindly... It wouldn't have been such a hit without you!!
I can tell you love what you do. We really appreciated your services. Have a great summer. Thanks again!
Micaela and George 7/1/16
(This was especially pleasing because she initially said that she thought that there wouldn't be any dancing.)
I just want to thank you for making the wedding flow so smoothly. We really appreciate your skill, experience and personality. You know exactly what songs to play. And we loved the saxophone!
(A Thank You card mailed to me by the bride in August 2016) More...
Dennis was a great DJ, he was ready for every genre we could have wanted and made sure well before the wedding (even though he was given short notice) that he had his whole schedule and list of songs set up, whether we or the officiant needed a mic, what songs or genres we would like for every part of the wedding, etc. He even brought his sax and played on request. We originally didn't plan to have a DJ but we are very glad we did. We would recommend him to anyone and everyone planning a wedding (or any other DJ'ed event) More...
Dennis, I wanted to thank you so much for your patience and the fabulous job you did. I had a fantastic time and I especially enjoyed the saxophone. I used to go out dancing every weekend up until I met Martin. That was three years ago, so I was overdue to be on the dance floor. You still have a great singing voice and a wonderful speaking voice for your job. I will recommend you to whomever I can. Everyone that attended commented on how good you were. Martin and I were very pleased with your services:0) Sincerely Mr. and Mrs. Hanson. More...
In addition to being a tremendously attentive and flexible DJ, who adjusts his playlist to match the room and mood, Dennis offers a lot that other DJs cannot compete with. As a member of award winning bands, and an absolutely amazing sax player, Dennis adds that "extra something" to really make the event memorable. He really added an additional level of class and novelty to our evening. I don't know if there are better DJ experiences out there, but I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with Dennis. More...
Dennis was helpful in the planning of our event as well as being prompt and professional at the party. He did a great job maintaining the tone and excitement of the event. Everyone had a great time dancing and singing along. This was money well spent because the teens got to hear what they wanted and we the parents didn't have to supervise too closely or (heaven forbid) actually listen to their music! Thanks Dennis! More...
Everyone enjoyed Dennis. He got everyone up on their feet, right at the first song. He took requests and played them promptly, allowed guests to sing. Overall, everyone had a great time. Thank you Dennis! More...
Everything was as planned and promised...thank you
"Dennis was such a pleasure to work with. He did exactly what we asked of him and was such a professional and clearly knows his music.
If I need a DJ for future events he would be the person I would go to. Great job by Dennis!"
- Denise S. More...
Jan & Steve
Dennis did a great job working with some unexpected changes. He's really great on the sax too!
I am an employee of Meriwether National Golf Course. We've done hundreds of weddings here and I've never seen the dance floor so packed and the crowd have such a good time as the night Dennis was the DJ.
Overall Satisfaction: 5 stars
"Dennis did a great job! He was very easy to work with and the party was a great success due to his music selections, karaoke and live entertainment that he provided. Thanks!"
- Jenny R.
Dennis was exceptionally professional and arrived right on time. He
was very in tune with what it was we wanted, and if in doubt, would
ask for clarification. We especially liked his pre-event sheet, which
he requested for us to complete in advance, describing what it was we
needed from him. The DJ, good or bad, can either make or break your
party. Dennis made our event a great party and we would recommend him
to anyone who needs a DJ."
- Kathy B. More...
Dennis was a great DJ for our wedding. He was quick to respond to questions and gave good feedback with out playlist. His setup and dinner music selection (which we left to him) was spot on.
Worked and adjusted well with our MC.
Our only complaint was that he was a little later getting to the event the day of than we would have liked but given how remote our location was and the fact that two of my groomsmen got lost it wasn't a big deal.
Overall Dennis is HIGHLY recommended as a DJ for any event. More...
Dennis was so friendly and played the different kinds of music we asked and was very gracious about special requests at the event. I highly recommend his services.
I highly recommend Dennis. He knows his music - gave suggestions, used ours, took requests and was a total hit. He got right back to me when I requested a quote. Totally will use him again!
Dennis did a great job for us. He was very accomodating, and made sure to keep in contact with us during the event. He was very professional and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ.
Richard and Char Murray.
Each year our company hosts a huge bash to kick off the Susan G. Koem Race for the Cure...
Every year when we begin our planning stages, the team asks "Will Dennis be goining us this year? " or, " Will we get to have the same DJ?"
The group was absolutely thrilled with your level of service and help that we are hoping you are available again. More...
"Dennis was very accommodating and made the event a lot of fun, especially for our family. Thank you Dennis!!! :) "
- Cindy P.
He played all the music we asked and was open to schedule changes. But we didn't get wireless mics for the ceremony. All in all he was great
"Dennis set a great atmosphere both for dinner and dancing (and everything in between!!!). He has a great sense of the crowd and is phenomenal at playing the sax. He also kept the party rockin by bringing out both the young and the old to the dance floor. It was a complete pleasure to meet and work with Dennis. He made our wedding day extra special." More...
Thanks for an awesome reception Dennis!! You are an excellent DJ!! :-)