“Having lived in the Washington, DC area since 1985… it came time to plan our daughter’s wedding our first priority was to find a group of professional musicians that really know how to play… and singers who know how to sing …not blasting people out of the room. We went to those popular DC area talent agencies, listened… and left very disappointed.
(With) Mr. Brian Choper, I was impressed with his training and background as a professional drummer and Band Manager and the fact that the people who he associates with also are trained professional musicians. This was confirmed by the samples of musical selections that he sent us.
Prior to the wedding, Brian worked with us, the vendors and hotel staff to execute the event.
Thunder & Lightning was absolutely fabulous, the quality of the music was outstanding and they exceeded all of our expectations. The band was able to perform equally well all types of music including oldies, classic rock and roll, and pop from the 50s to current top hits, and the sound was perfectly controlled throughout the evening. This was a Jewish wedding, and the hora set was the best that we have ever heard. The band played almost continuously for 4 hours, took very short breaks that did not interrupt the flow of the event.
We can honestly say that the party did not stop and our guests did not leave the dance floor (except to eat). In fact, we had the band play overtime, since we noticed that our guests were having the time of their lives, and at 12:30 AM did not seem as if they wanted the party to end.
More importantly, our guests couldn’t stop raving about the band, and the Senior Meetings and Special Events Manager at the Ritz told us this band was just awesome!
Brian, we can’t thank you enough for making Melissa’s wedding a most memorable celebration. Thunder & Lightning is truly an exceptional group and we are looking forward to having you play again! “
- Barbara and Thomas, North Potomac, Maryland
“Washington’s Entertainment Connection, and particularly Owner/Manager Brian Choper with the Nexus Rock Band, were outstanding to work with. Really, truly, outstanding. We are so thrilled to have found such a phenomenal group who really impressed my family and all of our guests during the entirety of our wedding. The band was so great that my parents ended up extending the party an extra hour because our guests just DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE THE DANCE FLOOR!!!!! There were several songs my husband and I knew we wanted to have played that were not on their playlist, but the singers learned them and sang them as well if not better than the original artists. The transitions between sets were seamless. No one left the dance floor except during breaks for meals, and even then, people were up slow-dancing to the selection of background music the band put together. If you want an outstanding party band, organized and put together just for your specific vision and needs, then Washington’s Entertainment Connection is the right place to look. Not only did they rock the ballroom during our reception, but Brian put together a superb trio to play for our cocktail hour. He really knows what he is talking about, and truly listened to everything that we wanted for our special day. I am SO THRILLED we chose to work with Washington’s Entertainment Connection. The band really helped make our reception so memorable!! “
- Melissa Gluck, Potomac MD
“We hired the Nexus Rock Band for my son’s graduation party, and expected to have a good time with a great band. We ended up with a great band and a great party. The energy, momentum and the musicianship were amazing. Thanks for such a wonderful evening!”
- Stephanie Manning, Lansing Michigan
“I already knew the New Klezmer Quintet was a great band just by listening to their sound clips. However, it is true that they are even better live. They were already in town, and we hired them to play at our family reunion, and they were spectacular. Even better, they were able to play a wide variety of music, from the traditional to Swing and Big Band, and even Rock. They were easy to work with too. We were concerned that the band might be too loud, but that never happened. Also, our son plays trumpet, and they allowed him to come up and play a couple of tunes. An awesome band!”
- Nat Decker, Deland Florida
“Thank you for providing the music for such a wonderful evening. The Jazz Connection band was delightful, and made the party. We loved the classics, and my mother really liked the big band tunes played. I enjoyed the Frank Sinatra. You could really tell the talent of your group.”
- Mike Davisson, Richmond Virginia
“I was astounded at your ability to get everyone up and dancing, and I mean at the same time. I have been to many Bar Mitzvah’s. I’ve seen the MC or the band get first the kids onto the dance floor, perhaps some games, then the adults. I’ve never seen a band get everyone on the dance floor at the same time. That’s a first. It’s like you knew just what to play and when to start the music up, to get everyone in the mood. Getting the kids to dance with the adults. I was impressed. Like one big party, not two separate ones. I’d never seen that before. You had to see it to believe it. It was a real treat and made the party for me. My father and his friends dancing with my son and his friends, to the limbo!”
- Janice Goldman, Fairfax VA
“The party was great, and the band made the party. Nexus was wonderful. Not your ordinary musicians. The energy was hi all evening, and we loved that 90 minute continuous set! Thank you so much.”
- Susan Anderson, Philadelphia PA
Brian and friends,
So much happened right after the concert, I fell behind in my correspondence. The Concert was awesome. We had great comments from those attending.
“I couldn’t sit still, my whole body danced.”
“Best Concert we ever had”
“I could have listened for hours.”
“WOW, even had dancing in the aisle!”
“Please bring them back again SOON”
I could go on and on. If you need any publicity comments I will be happy to send them.
- Bill & Dianne Boyer, Silver Spring MD
“Thank you for making my son’s Bar Mitzvah luncheon such a special event. The sound of the trio (yes, I understand that it was really a 3 – pc band) as my family and guests walked into the temple’s social hall immediately created a warm and festive atmosphere. The background music throughout lunch was perfect. Everyone was able to mingle and enjoy conversation without having to shout over the music. Members of the congregation commented that everyone stayed longer than usual because of the band and the music. I have to admit that I was nervous when you mentioned that you were bringing your own, full sound system. No need to worry—the musicianship and sound quality was wonderful. Despite my son’s insistence that he would not dance, your live band’s energetic rendition of the hora had everyone up and dancing. I can’t wait to see the pictures!”
- Susan Ginsberg, Laurel MD
“Thank you so much for helping to turn the reception for my son’s Bar Mitzvah into a simcha! We hired a trio not really knowing what to expect, but the Kol Haruach Klezmer Band proved that a trio can be really versatile. The trio did a great job of providing background jazz and Klezmer when we wanted it, and when it came time to dance the trio functioned as a “three piece band.” The combination of drums, keyboard and sax/clarinet, and a PA system appropriate for the venue, really got people up on their feet dancing. The
music was great. The dancing was great. Put simply the band was great.”
- Robert Margolis, Occoquan VA
“I just wanted to thank you and the entire band for being so, so wonderful! We truly had the perfect wedding day and I think you played a large part in that. The music was just like we had talked about, so thank you for being so attentive to my wishes. And the female singer (Laurie) had such an amazing voice! Everyone was raving about how great you were the next morning. I hope that you all had fun as well. I’d be happy to write you a recommendation if ever you might need one, and will definitely be passing your name along to other brides to be. Thank you again for such a great evening, I wish we had even more time that night to celebrate — it was awesome!!”
- Alicia Krepps, Stafford VA