Diane Martinson Live Music, Inc.
It was great working with Diane and her group! As we are fans of music that utilizes a horn section, we opted for the 8 piece version of the Elevation Swing and Variety Band. The band has an impressive catalog of songs that spans many genres, and we were able to communicate ahead of time in terms of our preferences and give a sense of what music we desired for the event. It seems that they also adjusted their play list as needed to meet the feel of the crowd. The musicianship is top notch, they blend and balance nicely, and keep the volume at the perfect level--enough energy to keep things going without drowning out conversation. With some lead time, the band was nice enough able to work up some special songs for us. Most importantly, they were having fun themselves! We received lots of great complements about their performances, both at the reception and in the weeks to come.
Vendor response to review
Dan, it was our privilege to play your wedding reception dance. You and Lauren were wonderful to work with and we really enjoyed the songs you selected. It's always a treat for us to bring out the full 8 piece group! Congratulations again, continued happiness to you - Diane
We are a professional couple in our mid-30s, who really enjoy music. We had a traditional wedding with 150 guests and a sit-down meal. Elevation Swing and Variety Band played for our reception, after dinner, for dancing.
We thought this band was GREAT. They are skilled musicians and good performers. THEY looked like they were having fun up there. The music was great for dancing. The tunes were familiar to us and our guests, so everybody had a lot of fun. The music was loud enough to enjoy dancing to, but not too loud for our guests to talk and socialize.
One guest commented about how good they were at reading the crowd and playing the right music for the moment. Lots of guests loved the music. A couple of people asked, "where did you find them? They were great!"
And, most importantly, my mom (who doesn't usually dance) said that one of her favorite parts of our wedding was dancing as a family as the band played "We Are...
Vendor response to review
Thank you for letting me know how your much your mom enjoyed dancing to the band. I agree, it Is a lot of fun when everyone from the different generations dances in a circle together. It was our pleasure to provide your music. - Diane
JD and I want to thank you and the entire Elevation band so much for a fabulous evening of music for our wedding!!! It really made our night to have you all there to provide the backdrop for our evening. The personal touch with the amazing music made for a perfect night! My mom will be 87 years old in December and I think she was on the dance floor more than anyone else! (I'm not sure I have ever seen her dance more than a minute or two at a time in my life!) Your followup and professionalisim were much appreciated - it was great to not have to worry about that aspect of planning the wedding. Thanks again to all of you!!
Liz and JD
Vendor response to review
Diane - please know I thought I gave you a 5 on the professionalism question, but when I hit submit, it turned out to be 4.5 - you were supposed to get 5 out of 5 on everything! I am in San Diego on business and the internet in my room leaves much to be desired. It kicked me out a couple of times before I could finally submit it. Again, a million thanks for the fabulous music! Liz
Thank you Liz and JD
wOW, dIANE, YOUR MUSIC WAS EXACTLY WHAT we had in mind. Your rendition of It Had to be You was perfect, and every time I hear it now I recall the moment, my first romantic dance with my adorable husband. Jim lovesyour voice and style, as do I. We will call you again when we have another big party, and we may, later this year. Thanks again for giving our festivities the perfect note! Bobbie Benno Wagner
Diane was very professional. She was early, set up on time and was ready before we were. She played the music we requested. She had some very good suggestions of her own, based I am sure from her vast experience.
We would strongly recommend her to anyone interested.
Consider size of stage before booking.
All around EXCELLENT!! I didn't have to worry one bit about anything related to my ceremony music and cocktail hour/dinner music. Diane and JR are very professional, and best of all they sound GREAT. People told me the music gave them tears in their eyes during the ceremony. They are very flexible and easy to get ahold of. If you want an extremely good value you for your money don't hesitate to hire them, you will not be dissapointed!
Diane and her musicians were fabulous! Their music was even better in person than at our 1st meeting with them. The music was seamless and everyone enjoyed them. They took some requests and her band was so nice and friendly. The special surprise request that I requested for my husband was a delight- Gary loved it! They were simply awesome! The ceremony music was beautiful and exactly what we wanted!
Diane is extremely professional and reliable. I listened to her vocals online and again in person. Once I decided to hire Diane, she took care of the rest. She showed up to rehearse on the wedding day, and she sounded exquisite during the ceremony!
I had diane as my soloist, and Serenna as my harpist. I was amazed of how beautiful the music was, and it was worth every penny! Diane was there to answer any questions that i had efficiantly and quickly. I recommend Diane Martinson Live Music, for any special occasion.
Diane Martinson and the Elevation Band provided a pianist during our cocktail hour, a combo (3 musicians) during our sit down dinner and 9 piece band for dancing. They were very professional, able to play a variety of music and very versatile. Music for dinner was sophisticated and jazzy - and when it came time to dance, our guests flocked to the dance floor. They also played longer than their contract required. I would highly recommend them.
They had very good Djing service and didn't even cost that much.
Thank you! The music and talent you shared , at my wedding was beautiful!! Family and friends are still talking about it. I even advertised your talent to other friends getting married. They loved you, too!!! You made our wedding so personal and beautiful!! I can't say enough, but if people get the honor , to hear you , they should and what a blessing it will be. Enjoy ,everyone!!! DIANE , YOU ARE TRUELY GOLD!!!! I am so blessed to have met you and share this special time in my life with you!!! Thank you so much!!!
You guys were awesome. It sounded great, thanks for making our reception exactly what we wanted, no... Even Better!!
Diane, Thank you so much, our guests at the Minneapolis Club raved about you all during the night. The music was wonderful!
the music was extraordinary and so special. Your duo dinner music was perfect; romantic and at the perfect level so Dave and I could talk with everyone. Thank you for customizing our first dance to our rehearsed dance arrangement too, we really appreciated that extra effort.
Diane Martinson gives a stunning musical performance! If professionalism, reliability, and a beautiful vocal performance are important to you, Diane is the best there is! I have accompanied Diane for weddings and she is such a joy to work with. She is extremely talented and is always prepared and conscientious about providing her clients with an outstanding performance.
Diane Martinson is a consummate professional and is amazingly talented. From groom's dinner to reception, Diane has many, many options for your wedding day music - whatever you are dreaming of, Diane can provide it. I would highly recommend Diane or any of her musicians for live music for any event.
Acclaimed vocalist and band leader Diane Martinson, has over twenty years of professional experience singing at over 400 Twin Cities weddings, corporate events, and private parties. Listen to her music samples, video, view song lists, rave client reviews, and rates information on the Dianemusic website.
Whether you’re planning wedding ceremony music, dinner entertainment, or looking for a band for the reception dance, Diane Martinson Music, Inc. coordinates all these live music services to enhance your wedding celebration.
Diane’s music options include: Ceremony singer, pianist (& portable keyboard), classical string trio, and harpist. Reception cocktail / dinner music: solo
pianist, Diane's Jazz Duo, Trio, Quartet or instrumental combos, Dance: Diane Martinson Jazz Swing Bands (
4 to 7 pieces) or Elevation Swing & Variety Band (6 to 8 pieces).
Special package discounts available.
Special request songs are available in all styles of music. I offer a free consultation to plan & listen to the music around 3- 4 months prior to the wedding. We also have many outstanding song arrangements that include instruments combined with voice, as a small ceremony orchestra- vocalist, pianist, string trio, and /or harp.
Money Saving Live Music Tip: Combine ceremony and reception music packages.
Hire musicians from Diane's company for the ceremony, cocktail / dinner, and /or reception dance will save you money as it avoids the more expensive first hour musicians’ fees if you hire multiple music companies, and it saves valuable planning time!
Diane Martinson coordinates her versatile classical musicians and bands with the continuity of a smooth transition from one style of music to another. Discounts are listed under Rates tab on DianeMusic.com