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Jim Perona Guitar, Inc

Wheaton , IL
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892 Casa Solana Dr
Wheaton, IL 60189 US (map)

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630-853-9182

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ABOUT US

*Winner of "Couple's Choice Award" on WeddingWire, "Top National Gutiarist" on Gigmasters & "Best of Weddings" on The Knot*

My name is Jim Perona and thank you for visiting my... Read more
*Winner of "Couple's Choice Award" on WeddingWire, "Top National Gutiarist" on Gigmasters & "Best of Weddings" on The Knot*

My name is Jim Perona and thank you for visiting my WeddingWire Storefront! Music is my passion, my profession, and I can't wait to share more about it with you! I've been performing at weddings, corporate parties, restaurants, private events, & much more full-time for over 4 years now & the clients have spoken - I am amongst the top-reviewed solo guitarists in the country!

What makes me stand out from the other performers is my unique ability to take any song and arrange it for solo guitar. This means that I can accommodate ALL musical requests, making your music options virtually limitless!

Additionally, my versatile performance repertoire spans over 500 years of music covering the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras as well as hits from the past 60 years. From Bach to the Beatles, I play it all. Just listen for yourself as I skillfully turn any song into an instrumental guitar piece by retaining its familiar melody and harmony while gaining a charming elegance that is beautifully suited for any occasion!

Because of the versatility in my repertoire, my act is compatible with virtually every type of event. I am enthusiastically ready, willing and able to perform at any event: Weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, civil unions, rehearsal dinners, retirement home recitals, birthday parties, anniversaries, seasonal holiday parties, wine tastings, and more! Any time, any place, you name it and I will be there!

***MY MUSICAL JOURNEY***

I was born to be a musician. As the youngest of 6 kids in a very musical family, I was completely mesmerized watching my older brothers play in their bands. In fact, on the days they had a gig, I'd scramble to finish my homework so I could have the chance to see them perform. After being a mini-roadie for many years, I decided it was time to be a part of the action. I started taking guitar lessons and, at the age of 11, found my calling and developed a deep passion for guitar. In 2008, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northern Illinois University, where I had the incredible opportunity to study with modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, the 2009 award recipient of "Best World Guitarist" from Guitar Player Magazine. In 2010, I received my Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from New England Conservatory, where I had the amazing fortune of studying with world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk (winner of the 1980 International Guitar Competition, founder of the Boston Guitarfest and close friend and student of classical guitar great Andres Segovia). I feel so blessed to have been mentored by some of the best in the world and truly believe they have fully educated me to become one of the most versatile, accomplished guitarists around!

***TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE JIM PERONA***

10. VOLUME CONTROL - The volume of my music is guaranteed to be loud enough to hear and enjoy, yet soft enough to have a comfortable conversation from 10 feet away!

9. PORTABILITY - Just me and my guitar (and usually some amplification, too), which means I can move from room to room with ease!

8. AFFORDABLE - Say good-bye to cutting hefty checks split among quartets and big bands and hello to me, myself and I!

7. DEDICATED - Above and beyond service with a smile. Will do just about anything to ensure you and your loved ones have the time of your lives. The sky's the limit!

6. PASSIONATE - Plenty of heart and drive. I respectfully treat you with the upmost care and will be there for you moment-by-moment!

5. HARD WORKING - Your happiness is number one in my book and I will work around the clock in order to create a flawless performance custom-made just for you!

4. RELIABLE - You can always count on me to be prepared, show up early to events and return all correspondence in a timely manner.

3. TRUSTWORTHY - No surprises when it comes to me! I will honestly and ethically communicate with you every step of the way!

2. PROFESSIONAL - My vast experience and friendly persona will erase all the stress so commonly experienced from an event.

1. VERSATILE/UNIQUE - You deserve nothing but the best and it's my goal to give you the highest-quality service possible. I eagerly accommodate ANY and ALL musical requests and will masterfully turn it into a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable solo guitar performance of a lifetime!

Thank you so very much for visiting my profile. It is greatly appreciated. I would love to be a part of your next event, so please feel free to contact me at any time and I will be more than happy to accommodate your every need!

All the very best,
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Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Solo
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Liability Insurance, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sample Performances, Sound/PA System, Vocals

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Brittany
Wedding:
7/24/2015
5.0/5.0
We absolutely LOVE Jim! We knew we wanted a guitarist for our ceremony and cocktail hour. After listening to clips online, we knew Jim was perfect after watching some of his videos. Unfortunately, our first date was already booked with Jim. When we found out our venue had double booked our date (ugh!), one of the best things to come out of it was being able to book Jim! We were excited to put together a suggested playlist from Jim's expansive repertoire. Since we were planning long-distance (Virginia to Chicago), we Skyped with Jim a few weeks prior to the wedding. He was super responsive to email and questions, and offered some advice on our music selections. I joked that if anyone couldn't find me during cocktail hour, I would be in a chair next to Jim! (That didn't happen, but everyone talked about how great Jim was during both the ceremony and cocktail hour.) We would hire Jim again in a second, and would definitely check him out at a local gig when we are in town again!
We absolutely LOVE Jim! We knew we wanted a guitarist for our ceremony and cocktail hour. After listening to clips online, Read more...
We absolutely LOVE Jim! We knew we wanted a guitarist for our ceremony and cocktail hour. After listening to clips online, we knew Jim was perfect after watching some of his videos. Unfortunately, our first date was already booked with Jim. When we found out our venue had double booked our date (ugh!), one of the best things to come out of it was being able to book Jim! We were excited to put together a suggested playlist from Jim's expansive repertoire. Since we were planning long-distance (Virginia to Chicago), we Skyped with Jim a few weeks prior to the wedding. He was super responsive to email and questions, and offered some advice on our music selections. I joked that if anyone couldn't find me during cocktail hour, I would be in a chair next to Jim! (That didn't happen, but everyone talked about how great Jim was during both the ceremony and cocktail hour.) We would hire Jim again in a second, and would definitely check him out at a local gig when we are in town again! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jenifer
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about Jim. He was so professional and is an amazing guitarist. He was so accommodating and even learned a special song for us. He was always available and would respond to all my questions immediately. I would recommend him to anyone.
I cannot say enough great things about Jim. He was so professional and is an amazing guitarist. He was so accommodating Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about Jim. He was so professional and is an amazing guitarist. He was so accommodating and even learned a special song for us. He was always available and would respond to all my questions immediately. I would recommend him to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kristin
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Jim was one of our absolute favorite vendors to work with! He responds to any and all emails promptly and is always extremely personable and professional. He gave us many suggestions and was willing to learn any song we wanted him to play. When we went to see him play at a local restaurant, he played the songs we were thinking of playing at our ceremony so we could hear them first. Incredibly thoughtful! We were so impressed with the way he customized our ceremony songs. There was a really long walkway since we got married outside, and Jim agreed to rearrange some of the songs so that a certain part was playing when we were walking down the aisle. There was even a timing issue with the guys walking out and no one knew because of the way Jim keeps the show going. He’s very laid back and his goal is to make sure the bride and groom have a wonderful, stress-free day. Compliments are still rolling in about our ceremony/cocktail hour music. Guests were thoroughly impressed and so were we!
Jim was one of our absolute favorite vendors to work with! He responds to any and all emails promptly and is always Read more...
Jim was one of our absolute favorite vendors to work with! He responds to any and all emails promptly and is always extremely personable and professional. He gave us many suggestions and was willing to learn any song we wanted him to play. When we went to see him play at a local restaurant, he played the songs we were thinking of playing at our ceremony so we could hear them first. Incredibly thoughtful! We were so impressed with the way he customized our ceremony songs. There was a really long walkway since we got married outside, and Jim agreed to rearrange some of the songs so that a certain part was playing when we were walking down the aisle. There was even a timing issue with the guys walking out and no one knew because of the way Jim keeps the show going. He’s very laid back and his goal is to make sure the bride and groom have a wonderful, stress-free day. Compliments are still rolling in about our ceremony/cocktail hour music. Guests were thoroughly impressed and so were we! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Victoria
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got Jim’s name from a DJ in the area. We were looking for a solo guitarist for our wedding ceremony. From the very beginning Jim was professional and a please to work with. His repertoire of songs is amazing. He had the perfect variety of songs from Classical to Contemporary. Jim was also very accommodating was able to perform two songs that were not on his list. With every email, he was informative and helpful. He was able to answer all of my questions and even helped with a last minute microphone needed for the ceremony. As I was walking down the aisle outside surrounded by trees, hearing the beautiful sound of the guitar playing a song that meant so much to me help make the moment even more special. His music was absolutely perfect for the wedding that my husband and I dreamt of. After the ceremony, my new husband and I received a ton of compliments and praise for Jim. Choosing him as our musician for our wedding was one of the best decisions we made.
My husband and I got Jim’s name from a DJ in the area. We were looking for a solo guitarist for our wedding ceremony. From Read more...
My husband and I got Jim’s name from a DJ in the area. We were looking for a solo guitarist for our wedding ceremony. From the very beginning Jim was professional and a please to work with. His repertoire of songs is amazing. He had the perfect variety of songs from Classical to Contemporary. Jim was also very accommodating was able to perform two songs that were not on his list. With every email, he was informative and helpful. He was able to answer all of my questions and even helped with a last minute microphone needed for the ceremony. As I was walking down the aisle outside surrounded by trees, hearing the beautiful sound of the guitar playing a song that meant so much to me help make the moment even more special. His music was absolutely perfect for the wedding that my husband and I dreamt of. After the ceremony, my new husband and I received a ton of compliments and praise for Jim. Choosing him as our musician for our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired Jim as the guitarist for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour which took place in May. When we started our search, we knew we would hire Jim the moment we heard him play! I watched almost all of his videos on YouTube, and listened to everything that was available on his website. Booking with him was simple, and he was very great at remaining in contact with us up until the big day! He is also willing to learn whatever it is you like as long as he has the proper amount of time leading up to the day! He plays beautifully, and I would hire him again in a second!
We hired Jim as the guitarist for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour which took place in May. When we started our Read more...
We hired Jim as the guitarist for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour which took place in May. When we started our search, we knew we would hire Jim the moment we heard him play! I watched almost all of his videos on YouTube, and listened to everything that was available on his website. Booking with him was simple, and he was very great at remaining in contact with us up until the big day! He is also willing to learn whatever it is you like as long as he has the proper amount of time leading up to the day! He plays beautifully, and I would hire him again in a second! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jim is absolutely fantastic to work with. His music is great and was the perfect touch to our ceremony and cocktail hour. Beyond this, he works with you to make sure his music is exactly what you are looking for. He is willing to learn new songs and he will even send demos your way ahead of time to ensure you are happy with them. Working with Jim, I was comforted knowing that he was a pro, and would make sure everything sounded beautiful. He's also a really nice guys and a pleasure to work with.
Jim is absolutely fantastic to work with. His music is great and was the perfect touch to our ceremony and cocktail hour. Read more...
Jim is absolutely fantastic to work with. His music is great and was the perfect touch to our ceremony and cocktail hour. Beyond this, he works with you to make sure his music is exactly what you are looking for. He is willing to learn new songs and he will even send demos your way ahead of time to ensure you are happy with them. Working with Jim, I was comforted knowing that he was a pro, and would make sure everything sounded beautiful. He's also a really nice guys and a pleasure to work with. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Ashley
Wedding:
3/28/2015
5.0/5.0
Jim was an amazing asset to our wedding day. Before even confirming that we were going with Jim and sending him the deposit, he worked a lot with my husband and I on demos to songs that we were envisioning. We also asked him to sing on two songs right before the ceremony. Singing is not something Jim normally does and he went above and beyond with our two unusual song choices. :) He also accompanied a vocal solo from the groom's mother, which was absolutely amazing. Jim was free and available to skype whenever we needed to chat with him or had any questions. If you are thinking of having a guitarist for your ceremony, hire Jim, you'll be so glad you did!
Jim was an amazing asset to our wedding day. Before even confirming that we were going with Jim and sending him the Read more...
Jim was an amazing asset to our wedding day. Before even confirming that we were going with Jim and sending him the deposit, he worked a lot with my husband and I on demos to songs that we were envisioning. We also asked him to sing on two songs right before the ceremony. Singing is not something Jim normally does and he went above and beyond with our two unusual song choices. :) He also accompanied a vocal solo from the groom's mother, which was absolutely amazing. Jim was free and available to skype whenever we needed to chat with him or had any questions. If you are thinking of having a guitarist for your ceremony, hire Jim, you'll be so glad you did! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We found Jim after quite a bit of searching for a guitarist, and couldn't be happier that we found him. He played a half hour of prelude music to our wedding, as well as the entrance and recessional. He does all his own arrangements, and has a huge repertoire. We were able to select a number of songs from his list, and he even played a few new ones that we requested. He was very easy to work with, has a great attitude, his pricing is reasonable, and the final product at our wedding was incredible. We received many complements. I would recommend him to anyone.
We found Jim after quite a bit of searching for a guitarist, and couldn't be happier that we found him. He played a half Read more...
We found Jim after quite a bit of searching for a guitarist, and couldn't be happier that we found him. He played a half hour of prelude music to our wedding, as well as the entrance and recessional. He does all his own arrangements, and has a huge repertoire. We were able to select a number of songs from his list, and he even played a few new ones that we requested. He was very easy to work with, has a great attitude, his pricing is reasonable, and the final product at our wedding was incredible. We received many complements. I would recommend him to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kelly
Wedding:
11/29/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Jim for our November 2014 wedding and we couldn’t be happier! Jim was great. Multiple people told us how much they enjoyed him and the guitar playing really set a romantic mood. One guest even booked him for their May wedding! Jim was really professional and did a wonderful job. I highly recommend him for any wedding.
We hired Jim for our November 2014 wedding and we couldn’t be happier! Jim was great. Multiple people told us how much Read more...
We hired Jim for our November 2014 wedding and we couldn’t be happier! Jim was great. Multiple people told us how much they enjoyed him and the guitar playing really set a romantic mood. One guest even booked him for their May wedding! Jim was really professional and did a wonderful job. I highly recommend him for any wedding. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Nicole
Wedding:
11/28/2014
5.0/5.0
As a bride, I dealt with a lot of vendors for my wedding. Working with Jim Perona was a breath of fresh air I needed. He answered all questions promptly...he was very good at listening to what I wanted and providing suggestions...he was VERY professional.
I got a LOT of compliments from my guests over the course of the reception about Jim. He played beautifully and I actually started to cry as he played my song to walk down the aisle. (I do NOT cry...)
If you are looking for someone to add a unique and personalized touch to your ceremony or cocktail hour, Jim Perona is the man to do the job.
I could not thank him enough for being one vendor I KNEW I could count on.
As a bride, I dealt with a lot of vendors for my wedding. Working with Jim Perona was a breath of fresh air I needed. He Read more...
As a bride, I dealt with a lot of vendors for my wedding. Working with Jim Perona was a breath of fresh air I needed. He answered all questions promptly...he was very good at listening to what I wanted and providing suggestions...he was VERY professional.
I got a LOT of compliments from my guests over the course of the reception about Jim. He played beautifully and I actually started to cry as he played my song to walk down the aisle. (I do NOT cry...)
If you are looking for someone to add a unique and personalized touch to your ceremony or cocktail hour, Jim Perona is the man to do the job.
I could not thank him enough for being one vendor I KNEW I could count on. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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