Testimonials

From Birmingham Community House
  380 South Bates Street, Birmingham MI  


Thank you, Bill and Alan, for yesterday's wonderful Big Band Memories program. Your
musical talent and sense of humor were greatly appreciated by all. Many members, after
exclaiming how great the show was, asked me "how did you find them?" followed by "you have to bring them back!" Thanks for making our day and for accepting our invitation to return next year, February 12, 2013.
Most Sincerely,
Phyllis Schueller, Program Chair
Senior Women's Club, Birmingham Community House          
  

Fraser's Baumgartner House Museum

posted Nov 11, 2012, 1:03 PM by William Hart   [ updated Nov 12, 2012, 1:26 PM ]

Bill Hart's "Big Band Memories" program was recommended to us by the staff at the Fraser Public Library. They had hosted the program twice. Our fundraiser was a success. Our guests loved the music, and enjoyed submitting request sheets and hearing their songs beautifully played without any printed music. People described the presentation as entertaining, informative, very professional and talented, and "the best entertainment we've ever had."  We look forward to having Bill return to give another presentation of "Big Band Memories."  Highly recommended.
             Marilyn Wright, Chairwoman of the Fraser Historical Commission

Novi Public Library hosted "Big Band Memories" (Oct. 25, 2012)

posted Oct 29, 2012, 5:31 PM by William Hart

Bill,
Everyone loved your program! The feedback was indeed positive. Patrick Cronley, keyboard, was very talented as well. Thanks again for coming. I'd love to have you back next year!

    "Bill's program was an entertaining walk down memory lane for our patrons and they loved it! 
    He entertained our crowd by playing old favorites (many of which came from the request 
    sheets) and interspersed his concert with fun stories and anecdotes of his days playing with
    big names.  We will definitely ask Bill to return!"

Thanks again!
Mary Storch
Outreach Librarian
Novi Public Library


Jerry McKenzie, Stan Kenton's drummer on several recordings and tours, saw "Big Band Memories" at the Farmington Library on July 1st, 2012

posted Sep 3, 2012, 8:28 PM by William Hart   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 1:50 PM ]

A full house audience gave Bill Hart's "Big Band Memories" a standing ovation. The music was good, the program was highly entertaining, very informative, and FUN! I have played with Bill many times during our long friendship, both in big bands and in small groups. Alan Tedrick (keyboards) is a real pro. I played with him when he had his own group. David Hart did an absolutely excellent job on drums. I really enjoyed his feature number. I gave David a few lessons many years ago. Bill used to put a folding chair on the bandstand next to my drums, so that David could get a good look at what I was doing. Bob Durant, leader, always granted permission for that! The song list for "Big Band Memories" is created by the request sheets the audience members fill out. Bill told us as he spread out the request sheets on a table "I won't announce any song title. Try to be the first person to yell out and "Name That Tune."Not a single piece of printed music was used. Part of the fun is watching the spontaneity of the group in meeting the requests. They didn't just play snippits. . . they did great on "nailing" everything.The audience members were knowledgeable and were quick to "Name That Tune"...friendly competition. I had fun asking Bill what he thought of the Stan Kenton band, while hiding much of my face with my hands. Neither Alan, Dave, nor Bill recognized me. When Bill said "Jerry McKenzie, who lives in the area, was Kenton's drummer for quite awhile. I heard them in concert and loved it," I started laughing. David stood up and called me by name, telling the audience the value of sitting on those folding chairs "while Dad and Jerry played those Bob Durant engagements." Wonderful memories!  This was their third presentation at the Farmington Library. Try not to miss this program!     
Jerry McKenzie,  Leader/Drummer 

Forest Hills Senior Citizens' Learning Cafe, Grand Rapids

posted Mar 18, 2012, 8:12 PM by William Hart

Dear Bill,

Thank you for yesterday's entertaining Big Band Memories program for the Forest Hills Senior Citizens' Learning Cafe.
We were "blown away" by your talent on the trumpet and flugelhorn. Your ability to play any and every song that you can hum is truly amazing. It was great that everyone in our group (of over 80 attendees) had an opportunity to request a song or two. . . . most of which you played! And, to sing along with those big band songs brought back fond memories for so many.

But it was more than your musical talents that entertained us. It was also your personable, humorous personality that kept us engaged. We enjoyed hearing stories about your musical experiences and the many personalities met along the way. We were smiling and laughing, as well as tapping our toes, the entire time.

This world is a brighter place because of you. Your joy for music and joyful attitude has an ever-reaching effect. I would highly recommend your musical program to other groups.

Thanks again. . . . 

Sincerely,

Jean Kubiszewski
Senior Program Supervisor
Forest Hills Community Services
660 Forest Hills Ave. SE
Grand Rapids MI 49546

Auburn Hills Senior Services hosted Big Band Memories

posted Nov 1, 2011, 3:34 PM by William Hart   [ updated Feb 24, 2012, 7:42 AM ]

To Whom It May Concern,

Today the Auburn Hills Senior Services presented a Halloween Party for our Community Seniors. Bill Hart (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals) and keyboardist Alan Tedrick provided a very unique musical program. Their interactive show allowed the seniors to request songs THEY wanted to hear. It was delightful to see people smiling, tapping their toes, and humming along to their favorite songs, all beautifully played without a single piece of printed music.
Bill and Alan shared interesting information about some of the requested songs. (The composer of It Had To Be You, Isham Jones, grew up in Saginaw.)
When the program ended, I received compliments from many of our patrons (some by telephone) thanking us for the entertainment.
It's great as an Event Coordinator to find entertainment that encompasses social, educational, memory activators, humor, kindness, and beautiful music - all rolled into one.
        Shelly Chapman, Event Coordinator
        The City of Auburn Hills Senior Services
        1827 N. Squirrel Road
        Auburn Hills MI 48326

Birmingham Village Players

posted Oct 8, 2011, 7:32 AM by William Hart

Dear Mr. Hart,

Wow!  Thank you for bringing your Big Band Memories to Birmingham
Village Players. The packed house of patrons loved every song you
played. They brought back so many wonderful memories of the big
bands era. I was amazed at how many songs you played from memory. By
the second or third note, audience members were smiling in
recognition of their favorite songs. We sat and tapped our feet for
two hours of fabulous music. We also enjoyed the friendly banter
with the audience, the sometimes corny jokes but most of all the
talents and beautiful music that you and your trio provided us.
Thank you for a fabulous evening of entertainment. I highly
recommend the Big Band Memories to everyone!

Tony Kruzman
Board of Trustees member
Birmingham Village Players

From Phyllis P. - audience member at Ann Arbor Library

posted Aug 19, 2011, 6:40 AM by William Hart

Dear Mr. Hart,
Last Saturday, I attended your fantastic show at the Ann Arbor downtown library. You and "the boys" are super talented, charming, and life-affirming. I laughed, sang along, tapped my toes and danced to "When the Saints Come Marching In". All in all, a most delightful afternoon.
Life can get tedious, sometimes. We all suffer losses and heartbreaks. War, a tough economy, unemployment, (and more) one could feel mighty down. But, coming to your show infused me with a sense of hope and happiness!
Every single tune reminded me of a slower, gentler yesteryear. Every tale made my heart feel lighter and brighter. Every minute we shared together was a gift. And I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for a most amazing and joyful afternoon!
I look forward to following your website and guest appearances. You're the tops!
(Feel free to use anything I've said as a testimonial).
Warmest wished,
Your fan and friend,
Phyllis Perry

Ann Arbor District Library hosted Big Band Memories

posted Aug 19, 2011, 6:28 AM by William Hart   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 12:46 PM ]

Dear Bill,
It was a genuine pleasure hosting you, Alan, and David last Saturday with 68 community members. It was obvious how much the audience liked your request driven program, which takes a lot of confidence and experience to pull off in such a professional way.
People commented about how rich the playing was, but also the old jokes between you and Alan that represent a tradition we rarely see anymore. I have enjoyed listening to your new recording as well.
I highly  recommend Music With Hart to any other library looking for a family friendly trip through jazz and swing standards and jewels from the Great American Songbook.  Many thanks.

Ira Lax, Outreach and Neighborhood Services
Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Elyse Streit, Head of Adult Services at Farmington Community Library comments on her second hosting of Big Band Memories:

posted Jul 2, 2011, 10:35 AM by William Hart

We had a lot of positive feedback after last Saturday's program. Many patrons came up to us and told us what a great time they had. Please let Alan Tedrick know how pleased we are with the performance. I look forward to scheduling you next year for a third presentation. Here's what one lady wrote on her comment card: 'I enjoyed it tremendously. The musicians played their instruments beautifully, plus they shared anecdotes of personal experience with musicians  who played in famous bands of the Swing Era. The entire audience was enthused and appreciative. The program ran past the scheduled time because the audience kept requesting more songs. I hope we have this program again next year.'

"Big Band Memories" presented at Birmingham's Village Players' Theatre

posted Jun 15, 2011, 7:40 PM by William Hart

Wow! Thank you for bringing your Big Band Memories program to our Village Players' Theatre.
The packed house of patrons loved every song you played. They brought back so many wonderful memories of the big band era. I was amazed by your playing  so many of our requests without any printed music. By the second or third note, audience members were smiling in recognition of their favorite songs. We sat and tapped our feet for two hours of fabulous music. We also enjoyed the friendly banter, the sometimes corny jokes but most of all the talent and beautiful music that you and your trio provided. I highly recommend your Big Band Memories program to everyone!

Tony Kruzman
Board of Trusees member
Birmingham Village Players

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