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We want to share the best we've seen and experienced – as well as new, emerging ideas – with professionals in the industry and promote conversation with the best of the best! Our blog topics will promote conversations around the following and more:

  • Highlights from band members
  • How to develop new "edgy" world-class talent
  • Work with a bride and her wedding planner to create a dream wedding
  • Throw the blast of the year
  • Choose entertainment for your event
  • Customize events for maximum enjoyment
  • The core entertainment attributes
  • Why we created a non-stop show performance
  • The agency view and the entertainer's perspectives
  • The party host's perspective

Feel free to engage and add your own voice to the conversation. We hope to inspire the entertainment and music industries to continue to raise the bar to help create the perfect PARTY for years to come!

– Dennis Smith

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The Perfect Set

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At National Party Bands™ we work constantly on the perfect set.  Creating a perfect, non-stop, 3-hour set has taken many hours of thought, rehearsal and experimentation to get a set that will work for any crowd, anywhere in the world.

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New Party on the Moon Video

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We’re proud to announce the release of the new Party On The Moon® video. Our hope is that once viewed, you will have a better understanding of who we are, what we do and for whom we’ve performed. It’s a short story about the band and insights into what makes it tick.

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The Olympic Spirit

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I have enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics. My favorite part is the stories behind the athletes. Most have spent their lives preparing for this moment. It is so inspiring to see the best of the best compete for the Gold. For every winner of an Olympic medal, there are many more who competed but did not win, and even more who did not make it to the Olympics.

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HIgher Power

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This past Saturday I had the opportunity to work with event producer, Rick Stowe, from East Coast Entertainment on a custom show in Atlanta for the 10th anniversary celebration for the Epilepsy Foundation.

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A Magic Moment

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Recently, super agent, Larry Farber, booked one of our National Party Bands™ - Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters® - for the North Carolina Dance Theatre fundraiser in Charlotte, North Carolina. The client wanted to do something special for this great event. Larry suggested adding Phillip Bailey, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist from Earth Wind & Fire, as a guest vocalist with the band. And, since Jerry Freeman (leader of Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters) had toured with Earth Wind & Fire several years ago, the idea seemed perfect.

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Breaks? Who Made That Up?

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When Ed Duncan and I started Party On The Moon®, we made the decision to have the band perform a nonstop show. I knew from experience that taking breaks kills show momentum and some guests leave during that time.  Also, from our perspective, when a band creates a performance, it sometimes feels like time is standing still. You look at the time and it seems to have flown by.  If you’re going through the motions, it can feel like an eternity. It’s better for everyone to keep creating and the energy high.

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The Demo Makes the Sale

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Several years ago, I had the opportunity to be an artist’s representative for the Bose Corporation. It was my job to use and demonstrate the new line of Bose speakers for musicians. I have always been a fan of the company, and it was a great experience for me to work closely with some of the staff inside the Bose Corporation. One of the philosophies of the company is “the demo makes the sale.” I had not heard that approach before and, the more I thought about it, I began to see the applications of this idea in my own business.

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Behind the Scenes at Saturday Night Live By: Guest Blogger Jason Freeman

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See what it was like behind the scenes on Saturday Night Live for National Party Band Leaders Jason Freeman (Perfect Ten Band) and Jerry Freeman (Big Swing) in Jason’s blog post below. These guys are the best of the best and it is an honor for me to be involved with such talented performers. -Dennis

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Time Is On Your Side

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The New Year is a reminder to us that the clock is ticking. It’s a time to set goals for the coming year. And, it’s also a time to reflect on the past year.

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It Is a Wonderful Life

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Every holiday season, I look forward to watching the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This year, I watched with my 11-year-old son. Later that day, I asked him, “What lesson did you learn from the movie?” He said, “Be a good guy. You never know when you do something nice for someone, what kind of impact it might have on his or her life.”

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Ready Or Not

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In October of 2009, Party On The Moon got the call to perform for Donald Trump at the famous Mar-a-Lago Club in South Florida. The guest list included many celebrities such as Woody Allen, Rod Stewart, Regis Philbin as well as Governors and oil and real estate tycoons.

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Belief

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Belief is defined as trust, faith or confidence in someone or something.

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My Favorite Holiday

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My friend, Ross, recently said, “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. All the family gets together, we don’t have to worry about gifts, we eat and drink way too much, and I have my own room to escape to when I need a nap.”

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Next Steps

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In March of this year, I earned my Black Belt in Taido Karate. It was an 8-year journey and, like any journey, it had its times of ups and downs.  There were days I had doubts about my mental and physical ability to accomplish my goal.

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Mindset

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I recently heard a wonderful interview with the actor, Daniel Radcliffe. He played the role of Harry Potter, and has since gone on to star on Broadway, as well as in other feature films. Daniel had no formal training as an actor when he was a child playing the role of Harry Potter. When he was asked how he learned his craft, his response was, “I had many great actors on the set of Harry Potter. I had the opportunity to watch and learn from the best. The best lesson I learned early was the importance of coming to the movie set with the right mindset. If an actor arrives on the set in a bad mood, it affects everyone in a negative way. There are actors who are a joy to be on the set with; they lift everyone up with their energy. I realized very early I wanted to be the actor who comes to the set with a good attitude.”

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Perfection

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Perfection is defined as “the act of making something perfect or better”.

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Show Them and They Will Come

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Are you getting the edge in online marketing of your business?  Video is where it's at today and if you are not taking advantage of this powerful solution, you might want to try it.

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The Memory Business

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Recently, I had the good fortune to listen to a great speaker from the Disney Company. His audience was the top event planners in the country. His opening statement was, “What business are you in?” The audience responded, “The event business, the entertainment business, the wedding business, etc.” “You are wrong,” he said.  “You’re in the memory business.” As I let the idea sink in, I realized he was right.

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Reinvention

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To reinvent means to make over completely, to make as if for the first time.

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Legends in Our Midst: The Great Ronnie Garrett

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Have you heard the great Ronnie Garrett play the bass?  Well, I am telling you it is an experience to remember.  

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