"Diane was extremely personable and professional and the results were fantastic. As a professional entertainer, her experience was evident as she helped us pick the song list in advance, arrive and set-up on time, and perform with style. All of the band members were extremely polite, courteous, and excellent musicians." — Mike E.
"Diane, your Jazz Duo music at the dinner reception was terrific. We loved the mix of Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Buble' songs and the James Taylor special request. You and JJ are so versatile, performing a beautiful ceremony for us and then the fun dinner music too. I heard many compliments, thank you" — Luann C. (mother of bride)
"Diane, Thank you so much for the great music you played for our reception on June 18th! I had lots of people come up to me and say how wonderful the music was! Thanks again!" — Katie & Josh F.
"Diane & jazz band, I will Absolutely give you an incredible reference! My family all called after we got back from the honeymoon--the first comment was about the music and how great it was!!! Thank you again Diane, you really made our day so special beginning with the ceremony and then reception. It was everything I wanted it to be and it would not have been without you and the jazz combo!!" — Beth Forseth - P.S. You can have people email me or call me for references!!!!
"Diane, Elevation band was amazing! Every song was great, your voices are awesome. I had 20 people asking for your business card info! Thanks for doing a fantastic job and making our dance so much fun." — Emily & Shawn
"We would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for the part you played in making the Dr. Organics pre-launch celebration such a success!
...Thank you! Many blessings" — Matt & Nancy L.
"Please tell your band what a great job they did and how pleased we all were! Take care!" — Melanie
"Martinson Jazz Duo, I wanted to personally Thank you for doing an outstanding job. Everyone loved your cocktail and dinner music. You will be highly recommended. I would be happy to recommend you to anyone." — Phoebe Srinivasan
"To Elevation 8-piece, You all did great job. We have had this annual gala the last few years and we have not had as many people out dancing as we did this year. It was really great that you played so many styles, many people have told me how much they enjoyed your music." — Nate, U of M Medical School
"Diane & Jazz Combo, Everything was wonderful. So many people have told us 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" — Tracy & Dave, St. Paul
"Diane, Shane and I want to thank you and your jazz quartet for your wonderful performance at our wedding reception at Bearpath on May 25th. Everyone commented on how they enjoyed the music, and we thought it was perfect! It is exactly how I envisioned the evening. Thanks again for making it so fabulous." — Valerie & Shane
"Diane Jazz Trio, The music was perfect, we will have you back for another party." — Tony L. (birthday party)
"Thank you Diane, Everything with the jazz quartet went great. They sounded great and added the perfect special touch to our cocktail reception and dinner. Friends of ours who are getting married next summer especially liked them and I will be sure to pass on your information to them. Thanks again for all your help and attention to our event. Much appreciated!!" — Elizabeth C.
"Diane and Elevation, We are SO happy with our choice of music. Everyone has been talking about both our ceremony music and Elevation Band. I have handed over your name to a lot of people. You sang our special requests so well, thanks to the band for working up those arrangements. Everyone was impressed, many thanks" — Bonita R. & Michael J.
"Diane, Thank you so much for coordinating very talented musicians for our American Heart Association event. I sent [your solo pianist] Joy a thank you, but please let Jerry and 'the [jazz combo] crew' know how fabulous they were! We raised over $12,000 and could not have done it without you. Sincerely" — Julie C. Minnesota Monthly
"Thank you for making our annual fund raiser such a success. We received great feedback on you and your jazz combo. You provided a sense of elegance, with a playful spirit. It was delightful to hear people hum along, and remark at what a great selection of music you had. ...With all of the details we coordinated, it was refreshing to have our musicians operate so professionally and independently." — Anne K., Board Member, WFPP
"Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate your willingness to come to our bridal consultant association meeting and entertain. It was wonderful! ...I had many wonderful comments and know that you and your group were highly thought of. Thanks again and I will recommend you with confidence and enthusiasm!!" — Cheri R., Personal Touch Bridal Agency
"Diane, I just had to tell you your band is tremendous.
We had more people stay around and dance after the auction than in the years past. I love your mix of music.
We will recommend Elevation to another school looking for entertainment for their gala."
— Paula & Nancy R., St. Johns Community
Annual Fund Raiser
"Diane, the band was great. If there is another opportunity to hire you we will. It can be hard to find good quality entertainment and you were definitely that! Thank you." — Tim L., Federated Insurance Co. 100 Year Celebration
"I love your music! I love your style, I love your professionalism, we are definitely having you back next year."
— Annie H., Chief Executive Officer
Premier Computer Ed. Inc.
"Dear Diane, Thank you very much again for the wonderful performance of your group at our wedding reception. We have received many compliments regarding the music at our reception. Please feel free to use my name and phone number for future references and testimonials! Wishing you and your group all the best," — Mike Belanger
"Diane, Thank you to you and the members of the jazz combo! Our guests loved having a band for the dance - a rarity in this community. I loved the selections you played." — Judy Rommel mother of bride, Rodli Commons, UW Riverfalls, WI
"Diane, My client loved your combo at our open house, Thank you." — Suzi, Twin City Catering
"The music was wonderful and I have received several compliments. I will definitely refer your groups to anyone that is looking for referrals. Thanks again for helping to make our wedding special!" — Corrie K.
"Martinson Jazz Quintet, Thank you so much, our guests raved about you all during the night. The music was wonderful!" — Eunice B.
"Diane & Elevation Band, You sounded great! Everyone has asked me - "Where did you get the band?!" Thanks for making the reception great fun for us." — Sam & Deb
"Diane and Jazz Combo, Thank you again for last Saturday.
Everyone enjoyed your music and it was perfect for the occasion.
I had many compliments from the guests on how great you were.
It made my job easier knowing the entertainment was in good hands.
I look forward to working with you again. Best regards"
— Debbie M., Professional Bridal Consultant
Classic Wedding Consultants Ltd.
"Diane & members of the combo,
Thanks to all of you for sharing your gift of music with us.
I could tell from the looks on others faces, they really enjoyed it.
If you want a letter of recommendation let me know."
— Nancy E., Program Chair
American Business Women's Association
"Diane, I just had to tell you your band is tremendous. We had more people stay around and dance after the auction than in the years past. I love your mix of music. We will recommend Elevation to another school looking for entertainment for their gala"
— Paula, and Nancy R.
St. Johns Community Annual Fund Raiser
"Diane, your quartet was great, it was exactly the music we wanted during our cocktail hour and dinner. There was a nice variety of instrumental and sung songs. I am going to recommend you come back for our annual banquet. Thank you for the good work." — Keith Carlson, MN Health Care Engineers
"Dear Diane Martinson Music – Thank you so much for your musical services at our wedding reception. We were pleased to have you & appreciate you so much! With gratitude," — Tamara & Ken L.
"I heard you and your group perform earlier this summer at an event in Rochester. It was for an award dinner and reception honoring a Mayo physician. It was truly a remarkable night and your band made the whole evening a class-act." — Patricia Greipp
"Diane & Elevation Band, You were so fabulous. We want to have an anniversary party every five years now so we can have you back to play! Everything was wonderful at our wedding, the dinner music, and dance was perfect. We will be sure to recommend you to everyone we know." — Cheryl & Mark Dougall
"Diane – Thank you the outstanding music at our recent wedding! We loved the band and received so many compliments! Your professionalism and attention to detail was also greatly appreciated. Paying attention to Rick's comment about Frank Marino really made his night! Will recommend you to anyone and everyone who is looking for a band. Best regards," — Natalie D.
"Your repertoire is fun and classy, perfect for our wedding reception. Thanks!" — Laura P.
"Diane, Thank you for entertaining at our award celebration last week. I have received great comments about you and your musicians. ...once again thank you." — Harmony F., Datatrend Technologies, Inc.
"Diane, We enjoyed the music very much Friday night at our 50th anniversary party as did all of our guests. Thanks again for helping to make our party the success that it was. — Paul & Pat B. (Elevation 8-piece band)
"Diane & Jazz Combo,
I just had to tell you that I recently talked to the client and she said you guys were phenomenal.
You were such a hit with them, they were thrilled! A big Thank You."
— Annette, Convention & Event Sales
Mermaid Entertainment & Event Center
" Diane- The music was fabulous! Everyone so enjoyed listening to you sing during the wedding and then with your quartet at dinner and the dancing. Your voice is so beautiful and your music made our daughters reception just perfect. Thank you so much " — Marisol &Anibal L., Woodbury
"Diane Martinson, Your jazz combo and Elevation Variety Band entertained our guests at my daughter's recent wedding reception. You were wonderful! The variety and quality of the live music played was outstanding and we received many positive comments about the band. Everyone enjoyed listening and many enjoyed dancing throughout the evening. Your enthusiasm and love of your craft was infectious. What a great evening of live music! I would heartily recommend your Elevation group to anyone looking for a professional, talented and fun band! Thanks so much" — Mary Jo A.
We just got back from Mexico yesterday (10/11/08), and luckily I have the day off today before I go back to work.
I went on a web site this morning and posted my rave review of you and your band!
You guys were so wonderful, your voice is beautiful!
Everyone enjoyed your music, and the jazz guys inside were awesome!!! They were so nice and so friendly to everyone. I know my nephews really enjoyed them, especially the drummer! I can't thank you guys enough.
You made our day so wonderful and Gary loved the surprise song as well. Thank you, thank you!
Most of our friends are married, but for the few that aren't- they were at our wedding and hopefully will use you guys too! Take care and thank your guys as well!" — Kristin and Gary
"Hi, Diane, I just wanted to tell you that the music and all you musicians were fantastic!
Both the string trio and the Elevation band and vocalists were wonderful.
You made Deborah and Andy's wedding so beautiful and so much fun.
We had so many comments on the band & music and people asking who you were. You were a total hit! A million thanks for a wonderful evening!
You can use us for a reference ANYTIME!!" — Janice Goldstein, mother of the bride
"Hello, I am happy to recommend Elevation Variety Band to you.
Diane and the band are very professional and talented musicians.
We were married June 25th, 2005, about 200 guests attended our wedding, the Jazz Trio played for 1.5 hours during dinner, and the 8 piece Variety Band played for 4.5 hours during the dance.
One of my favorite parts of my wedding was the music. I was very happy with both bands and have had at least 30 people that attended my wedding compliment the bands. I have even had a few people ask me for their contact info and price range. I compared their music selection and experience to at least 10 other bands before booking them for my wedding.
It is not that much more expensive to book the jazz trio in addition to the variety band and it made a huge difference at my wedding. A lot of guests do not stay for the dance portion of the reception (even if there is a live band) so having a band during dinner made the experience better for those guests. It also set the ambiance for dinner. Diane says she often uses different musicians for the two groups so it is truly a different band.
Before the wedding Diane was very helpful. She even offered to learn two new songs for me. I am happy with the songs they played; it wasn't the same songs you hear at every other wedding. We had about 75-100 people stay to the very end of the dance. The dance floor was full all night.
The only other thing I can say is that out of all the vendors I used for the wedding I am happiest with Diane Martinson Music. I am happy with the service they provided me. I certainly hope that you decide to book them for your wedding and that you are as happy as I am if you do. Good luck with your planning and your new life together." Regards—Heather (Day) Patrek
"We were very happy with the music Diane provided!
We had the 7 piece Elevation group and they REALLY made the party. We had a full dance floor for 3 hours.
Since the wedding we have had many comments about how great the band was and the variety of music... where did you find that band! They have a long list of arrangements you can preselect. The arrangements are very full and rich... we went with the 7 piece to make sure we had variety of female and male vocals and the sax player... that really added to the sound.
I appreciated the business like manner Diane uses to plan for the event including contract, music selection, arrangements with the reception facility etc. There were no loose ends. We had background music during social hour, built to a three piece group for dinner and then the band quietly slipped in and began music for the evening.
We are already planning another dance party and plan to have Elevation "back by popular demand." A key feature of this group seemed to be they can pick up the vibe of the moment and adjust the music... length of song, intensity etc. If we had a group dance going they could keep the music going instead of cutting the moment short because the tune was done, etc.
Summary: I highly recommend them.
Feel free to email any other questions" — Mark Dougall