What They Say About the Roseville Big Band

"Loved that band!" — Beacon Hill staff (June 17, 2023)

"I worked coat check for years at the Prom Ballroom and heard the most famous big bands in the country, and your band is as good as any of them." — audience member at RosePointe (July 5, 2022)

"By the way, you guys sounded great, as usual, at the dance." — Mike Kaszuba, Commemorative Air Force member (June 8, 2019)

"Thank you for helping the Student Activities Programming Board plan another successful MidWinter Ball! The students, as always, had only good things to say about your set. We'll see you next year!" — members of the SAPB (February 7, 2017)

"This wasn't just a concert; it was a show!" — audience member at Como Dockside Pavilion (June 30, 2015)

"A fine concert along with the in-between comments about the music, and the musicians. Very nice, always!" — Janet Rog, wife of Frank Rog, former Roseville Mayor and Parks & Recreation Director, for whom the Frank Rog Amphitheatre is named (July 4, 2012)

"Wow. I’m still thinking about the concert last night, and so are the residents!  Absolute RAVE reviews. We’ll definitely be in touch to have you here again." Nell Miller, Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Music Therapist, Augustana Chapel View Care Center (April 3, 2012)

"Thanks to you and all the band members for a great evening of music. You guys were fantastic! Let's do this again next year!!" — Kathy Klehr, Scott County Historical Society (September 25, 2010)

"Thank you so much for providing us with amazing music for MidWinter Ball. Your group is very talented, and we are forever grateful for your business over the years. All of the students had so much fun in the Great Hall!" — Campus Activities Office, Carleton College (February 6, 2010 )

"There were so many vets and wives coming up and telling me what an absolutely grand time they had Saturday night, I lost track. Some of these fellows had not danced in years. It was a total delight to see them out there on the floor in spite of replaced hips and knees recalling the memories of times gone by. Thank you so very much to you, the band, and the singers for helping the vets have the best reunion yet!" — Jim Guddal, 2007 Reunion Ground Crew, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force (September 29, 2007)

"Just before we left, around 9:30 or so, you guys started some fun song with a lot of drum [Sing, Sing, Sing] - everyone was dancing, and my 5-year-old son decided he wanted to stay for one more dance. He was checking out the really good dancers and trying to steal some of their moves. It was so cute, and will forever be a memory I treasure!"— Nicole Delfino (May 12, 2007)

"It was our first chance to see the band in two years. The performance was great and the program was excellent. Keep up the great music." — Bob and Ruth Luken, Roseville, Minnesota (July 4, 2004)

"What a cheerful and delightful atmosphere you brought to the ice cream social. People here are still talking about it." — Bjarne and Mabel Nielsen, residents of Beacon Hill Retirement Community (June 12, 2004)

"Thanks for joining us on our recent show. You were a delightful addition and we had lots of positive feedback from our audience!" — City of Lakes Chorus (March 20, 2004)

"In past years, we have never had so many people on the dance floor and we have never had people stay as late as they did. Many guests complimented the band on every aspect of your performance." — Angela Haider, Special Events Specialist, Lyngblomsten Foundation (April 26, 2002)

"It was fun to attend, dance, and watch the demos. ... I believe the Roseville Big Band is the best big band in the Twin Cities. They are easy to dance to and have a very precise beat that makes you want to dance." — Don Reichert, ballroom dancer (March 9, 2002)

"You sounded wonderful and we received many compliments from our guests on your performance. Our guests really enjoyed listening and dancing to your music (and so did we!) and many stated that it was one of the best wedding receptions that they had ever attended." — Sarah and Tim Sonsalla, bride and groom (September 15 , 2001)

"The show was a complete success—fun, energetic, well-paced, participatory (I loved "YMCA") and inspired our audience members to get up and dance! I applaud your band members for being such troupers, despite the heat and the humidity. I'm really looking forward to seeing the performance on cable TV." — Wendy Freshman, Family Programs Associate, Minnesota Historical Society (July 17, 2001)

"Your performance was entertaining, educational, and perfectly suited to the middle school audience."Rich Raaen and Mike Park, band directors, Roosevelt Middle School Jazz Festival (March 23, 2001)

"Our featured band this week: we're going up to Roseville, Minnesota to bring on the Roseville Big Band, one of the great bands of today, carrying on a very fine tradition. ...[After Woodchopper's Ball:] A great band, don't you think? They can do some great sounds of today and they bring you some of those great sounds of yesterday." — Chris Nielsen, One Night Stand, NPR (Sept. 16, 2000)

"People really, really enjoyed the concert. Throughout the week folks have commented how much fun it was to have the group here." — Roland Hayes, Pastor, St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Roseville (September, 2000)

"Thank you for helping to make our class reunion such a resounding success. We enjoyed your music and everyone thought you were great!" — June Anderson, Edison High School Class of 1955 (June, 2000)

"Isn't it refreshing to hear a vocal group with a big band of today that goes back to the sounds of the 1940's? [The Rosetones and the Roseville Big Band produce] very fine music." — Chris Nielsen, One Night Stand, NPR (Feb. 9, 2000)

"The Roseville Big Band brings along its swing-era quartet, the Rosetones, who sing original arrangements of old favorites with just the right touch." Off the RAAC, Quarterly Newsletter of the Roseville Area Arts Council, (Vol. 2 Issue 7, Fall 1999)

"We had our wrap-up meeting and everybody was saying the band made the reunion! You were great! We sure appreciate everything you did and hope you will play for our 50th!" — Carol Leverentz, Edison High School Class of 1954 (June, 1999)

"The band was a big hit and our employees are still talking about how great the band was. Never before have so many people danced at one of these parties. If they weren't dancing, they were enjoying the music." — Linda Wiltfang, Event Coordinator, TKDA (February 26, 1999)

"Our hangar dance crowds always praise the Roseville Big Band's lively, entertaining performances and outstanding vocalists." — Bob Granvin, Wing leader, Southern Minnesota Wing of the Confederate Air Force (1998)

"The classy, brassy sounds of the Roseville Big Band keep the dance floors packed and the swing dancers begging for more."Cindy Gardner, Publisher, Strutter's Quarterly (1998)

"They sing, they dance, and they'll make you laugh. But mainly, the Roseville Big Band plays some of the best-loved music ever created." — Brenda Haugen, staff writer, Eagan THISWEEK, in "In the swing of things: Local musicians share their time and talent in Twin Cities band" (June 25, 1995)

"My wife and I enjoyed listening and dancing to your band's music at the latest Fleming field hangar dance. ... The non-dancing on-lookers seem to take delight in seeing the combination of swing music performed and swing dancers enjoying it. For me, your band plays music it is almost impossible to sit down to, and the tempos are well-chosen for both dancing and listening." — Allen Hall, LtCol USAF VC (ret) (May 26, 1994)

"Thank you for your outstanding participation at the Rolling Gophers basketball event. Your selections added very positively to the evening's activities and your vocalist was exceptional. Truly, a professional performance by each member of your organization." — Larry H. Tveten, Alliant Techsystems Inc. (February 12, 1991)

"Your music was lovely and the dance a great success! Many compliments were made during the band's performance and still afterwards today. We enjoyed our bridal dance to the theme from Ice Castles and your version of My Love. Our folks really liked some of the older big band selections and everyone commented on the nice Christmas arrangement [of The Christmas Song]." — Tom and Jan Niederer, bride and groom (Dec. 2, 1989)

"We all enjoyed your music to the max! Can't say enough nice things about the group, but tell them all they are #1." — Beth and Allan Nygaard, President, Comus Club (1988)

Note from the Roseville Big Band historian: With the exception of Cindy Gardner's quote, which we asked for so we'd have a brief endorsement to put on our CD back cover, all of these comments are unsolicited testimonials received in cards and emails, broadcast on the radio, or published in various newspapers and newsletters.

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