We worked with Brian Pincus and Scott Levine at Bob Gail for our wedding in Colorado this past fall and had a fantastic experience with them throughout the entire process! The team at Bob Gail could not be more down-to-earth, kind, professional and accommodating. Music was a focal point of our wedding and we searched very extensively (and exhaustingly) for a band that could deliver the type of music and sound we were looking for (70s/80s pop, R&B) and travel to our wedding site. Brian led us to Higher Ground, and alond with Scott and the band leads, took the time to get to know us and our style and overdelivered on all of our requests throughout the planning process and day-of at the wedding. People danced the whole night through and absolutely raved about their music, both at the wedding and months after. Higher Ground played a very meaningful role on our day and we couldn't be more thankful. This team is a must to work with, we truly miss our chats with them, they are that wonderful and dedicated to their clients!! You are in terrific hands with this talented and passionate crew!
As a wedding planner, I cannot speak highly enough of Bob Gail Music. They are always professional, on-time, attentive to detail, and most importantly, they are incredible musicians. Both Jump Start and Higher Ground always exceed expectations. I'm still receiving rave reviews about Brian and Jump Start after a wedding this past weekend, and cannot wait to work with them again soon.
Dear Bob and Gail,
Thank you for providing the best band ever to entertain our family and friends on our wedding day. We are forever grateful!
May the blessings and love of the season fall upon you! All the best in the New Year!
Chris and Kristi
The highlight of our wedding was this band. Our dance floor was rarely, if ever, empty. Scott and his team were fantastic to work with, from the moment we first booked them. We often asked their advice on the playlist, the flow of the evening, and about a million other ideas we had. They always responded promptly and provided their professional input on how to make the evening even better, and we are so glad we listened to their advice. I'd book them again in an instant - just waiting for an excuse to. :)
Dear Ally and Katie,
Thank you for planning, coordinating, and executing one of the best nights I will ever have in my life. The wedding was perfect. Everything was exactly what I imagined and wanted. You couldn't have been more right about the white dance floor and lighting (thank you for standing strong there).
I am still hearing from all friends and family about how it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to. Multiple people have asked if they can fly Jump Start out to a different city / country.
Hope to stay in touch - we will miss you!
Thank you again,
We just wanted to thank you for all of your help. Body and Soul was absolutely amazing and all of our friends were saying it was the best wedding and best band they have ever seen at a wedding. They were so much fun!
Erin and Greg
I booked Higher Ground by Bob Gail for my wedding reception, and I could not say enough positive things about the band, as well as Brian and Giovanna. The band is not only talented and charismatic, but it also does a great job reading the crowd. Scott, the band leader, is a great emcee.
Here are a few highlights/anecdotes if you'll indulge me:
-Even during the dinner portion of the evening, couples were dancing when they were supposed to be eating - one told us it was the first time they had danced in 30 years.
-A few weeks before the wedding, I needed a steel drummer for the cocktail hour and Brian was able to secure one who was amazing and for a reasonable cost.
-Higher Ground is booked through a company that also does wedding planning - because of this, they are very skilled with the run of the show, dealing with brides and sensitive matters, and overall, running a great wedding.
I wish I could see them live again, so I will be referring them to everyone I know. Thank you Brian, Scott, Giovanna, and the rest of the band for a fabulous evening!
We used Bob Gail Special Events (their band, Jump Start, as well as their DJ) for our 300+ person wedding in San Diego, and they were absolutely AMAZING! We had many wedding guests come up to us after to tell us how great the band was and how that was the best band they had ever seen. They were profesional, great to work with, and kept the party going on all night. They have a wide variety of music and genres that they can play, and were able to read the crowd perfectly for music selection, and had such a good energy the entire time. We were so sad to see them leave at midnight! We primarily worked with Brian in coordinating many of the details prior to the wedding, and he was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would 1000% recommend this band (and DJ Eric) for a special event, and we hope to have the opportunity to work with them again at some future event!!!
Danya & Josh
Bride & Groom
Dear Body and Soul Band Members,
I wanted to thank you for your terrific performance at my son and new daughter-in-law’s wedding.
Your name says it all. You truly put your Body and Soul into the show. You kept the music moving with great energy that was so appreciated. I know our guests had a wonderful time because of your marvelous efforts and it meant a lot to our families.
We would be delighted to recommend you at any time.
Thank you again.
Dear Brian, Jump Start, and everyone else at Bob Gail!
WOW! We could not have asked for a more perfect or incredible band!!! Every single one of your songs was amazing and you absolutely made our wedding a beautiful celebration. Our first dance song was perfect and every song choice was amazing. I can't say it enough! Brian, thank you especially for being so easy to get a hold of, for being a calm presence, and for making us smile. We are so grateful! Thank you again and we hope to see you soon!
Megan & Peter (Bride & Groom)
We just wanted to drop you a note saying that the band “Body & Soul” that you suggested was excellent. They provided the perfect entertainment for our party, and we would not hesitate to recommend them.
Thank you for job well done.
We used Bob Gail's band Higher Ground as our wedding reception band. We fell in love with them from their promo video which got me out of my seat dancing in my home, so we knew they would do a great job. Leading up to, and after the wedding, their team was incredibly responsive and truly had phenomenal customer service to make sure all of our questions and concerns were addressed. We mostly communicated with Giovanna via email. Prior to the wedding, they gave us a set list where we could highlight songs we liked, note 'must plays', and note 'do not play's to give them a sense of the vibe we want. We wanted to give the band direction but let them really read the crowd and decide what to play. The band definitely made our wedding night, they played a perfect selection of songs that truly kept the guests and us on the dance floor the entire night. The band includes such a great group of performers with different skills, that they can play so many different genres of music perfectly. After our wedding, our friends and family kept telling us how incredible the band was. We couldn't recommend working with Bob Gail and specifically Higher Ground more!
Brian! It was so great seeing you this weekend. Thank you for everything! Your band is amazing and all our guests were raving about how fun and great the music was. Seriously, the band was a highlight of the night! If you couldn't tell by how many people were dancing! :)
We had a BLAST and it was so special having you there. You have been an absolutely delight to work with from day one. It was a true pleasure.
Thanks again for being a part of such a special time in our lives. Keep in touch!
xo Meg & Brian
This is a long overdue review. In a few words, they are awesome.
We had our wedding and Bob Gail was our vendor for ceremony music, cocktail hour music, and reception band. I don't know a single guest who didn't love them.
Reception band: During the whole wedding planning process, they have been very responsive, thoughtful, and helpful. They have a massive song listing and a pretty extensive questionnaire to start the process. We picked some songs that are must-haves, some that are absolutely-nos, and gave them a general idea about what we like. They compiled and performed the perfect list of songs for us during the reception. The stage performance was great. And I love Scott - he's funny and kind. Until this day, I'm still amazed by the supreme production quality that night.
Ceremony and cocktail: We used their string trio. The trio's sound was beautiful. I don't have any comments other than I loved them.
We looked at different bands and were very hesitant until we came across Bob Gail, which was referred by our planner. We immediately knew they were the one we wanted to hire. I strongly recommend them to anyone in need.
We cannot say enough about Jumpstart and the job they did at our wedding! Our guests could not stop talking about how amazing they were. And Brian was our go-to guy for everything from advice on ceremony instruments, to covering piano during dinner, to pulling my brother up on stage for a requested "Jessie's Girl" performance. My husband and I literally hugged Brian and every band member after they stuck it out until 1am playing their hearts outs.
In all seriousness, one of the best event bands around!
For this review I decided to just copy and paste an email my husband wrote about the band who played at our daughters wedding last weekend because it says everything a potential client would need to know. We met with Brian from Bob Gail Music and Entertainment initially. Higher Ground was the band we chose and Scott was the band leader. My husband was planning on singing a verse from "My Wish" at the end of his toast but was overcome with tears of joy, so he prearranged a little help from Scott in case that should occur. I intend on adding photographs onto this review once we receive them because a picture is worth 1000 words. Scott can read a crowd and see what they will enjoy dancing to. Higher Ground can sing and play any and everything. From our first encounter until we said good night, we couldn't have asked for more! "Dear Brain and Scott, Anytime anyone wants to know about Higher Ground give them my phone number. It will be my absolute pleasure to enlighten them. As for you guys and all the members of the band----I asked for you to make a party for my daughter’s wedding. It was far better than any party I have seen. The words” thank you” just do not seem sufficient. I have had many phone calls and emails through the week and the recurring theme is a discussion of the band and how fabulous you guys were. My friend who has just recently thrown 2 huge weddings flat out said your band was the best he has ever seen at any wedding. The dance floor was crowded the entire evening which meant people were not just sitting around waiting for the time to leave. There were people on the dance floor when the last song was done. Scott thank you for bailing me out at the end of my toast. I tried but just was not able to finish. I told Phoebe and Adam I was thinking of singing the last verse and all they did was laugh at me knowing how emotional I can get. If we ever throw another party that needs a band you are the only guys we will call.
Phyllis, Mother of the Bride
Dear Katie, Allyson, Giovanna, Brian and everyone else,
Alex and I just wanted to send you a very quick thank you for everything! Everything was PERFECT!!!!!! It was everything that we wanted and more! Everything just seemed to go smoothly, from our perspective, at least, I am sure there were little bumps that you guys saw and had to deal with, but on the day-of we did not see or know any of them.
What is so amazing is that I was not able to really explain or describe for you what we wanted and what I was envisioning, but you got it and made everything that i saw in my head become a reality. That really proves how amazing you are at what you do!
The music was incredible!!!!!!!! People cannot stop telling us that this was by far the best band that they have ever seen, and how did they know to play our favorite songs...every single song was perfect. They were convinced that we gave you guys a detailed list of 50 songs that needed to be played!!!!! As we did with Katie, we gave Brian and the band very little direction (or at least I thought) - we named a few songs (all of which you played), and then generally named genres of music we liked - you guys just knew exactly what we wanted!!!!!!!!!!! So thank you, Brian, Scott and everyone else. Alex's one (and I think only) "regret" is he said he wished he would have taken a moment to come and hang out with the band and get to know you guys because you were just so amazing.
Katie, thank you for everything and listening to me vent a little Friday at the rehearsal and Saturday morning! It really helped, you quickly calmed me back down and reminded me to relax and to remember not to sweat the small stuff and enjoy!
Alex and I both had such an amazing and perfect night!
Dena and Alex
Bride and Groom
Just wanted to let you know that the Band was fabulous. They had amazing energy and had a very long evening -- but you wouldn't know it from their performance. The dance floor was filled the entire evening. They played all the requested songs the couple had and were great. We had so many compliments from the crowd.
The band helped make it a great affair!!!!
Thanks so much. Big thumbs up all around!
Carol, Mother of the Bride
We used the band Jump Start through Bob Gail Entertainment for our wedding in August and had a fantastic experience. Brian Pincus was our point person from the beginning of the process and our band leader. From beginning to end, he was extremely helpful, responsive, and always seemed to be on the same page as we were regarding the flow and feel we wanted. We looked at a couple of other bands and chose Jump Start for a few reasons:
-We had seen Jump Start at our friends' wedding ~3-4 years prior and remembered how great they were, even though it had been several years
-Huge song list - much more extensive than some of the other bands we looked at
-Brian immediately came off as trustworthy, accommodating, and easy to work with
In addition to the wedding reception, we also used 3 band members for our ceremony music, and Brian also worked with us on very short notice to arrange for one of the band members to play at our cocktail hour.
The reception was amazing. All of the band members are fantastic entertainers, professionals, and it is clear they can read a crowd. We met ~4-6 weeks before the wedding and talked about the flow we wanted (dancing in between courses, etc) which was very important to us. Brian suggested all of the same things we were thinking and after that meeting, we felt completely at ease. We had ~220 guests, and everyone was on the dance floor the entire time - both our friends (20s and 30s) and our parents' friends (50s and 60s). We requested to minimize the number of slower songs so it was all very upbeat and high energy.
My husband was supposed to speak later in the night, but we were loving the band so much that we ended up skipping his speech so we didn't have to stop the music! We had the best time, no complaints, and could not recommend Jump Start more.
A belated but no less enthusiastic THANK YOU!!!!! I was so happy with the party- it took me a while for my feet to touch ground. There was no Monday morning quarterbacking. Everything was perfect. And the music was everything I hoped. The musicians were engaged, energetic and artistically spectacular. My normally blasé guests had an absolute ball and the feed-back was unanimously positive. Please extend my sincere appreciation to all the musicians and singers- their performances made the night truly magical. Thank you Brian for going the extra mile to make this happen.
I booked Jump Start through Bob Gail as my band at my wedding. Every phone call and conversation I've had with my guests recapping the evening has included a rave review about our band. Their song choices perfectly fit the energy of the room and all age groups were able to dance and sing along. They were able to cover such a wide variety of song choices and there seemed to be a singer in the band for every type of genre (even country). There is something about the energy a band brings versus a DJ that just really gets a crowd going and eager to dance
Brian was so wonderful to work with. He was patient, engaged and invested in the night. It made a huge difference having him there keeping our timeline on track and changing things as needed based on the mood of the room. Additionally, he acted like a therapist and a band leader, helping me personally navigate through the chaos of the day.
The whole process of working with Bob Gail was seamless. They sent my husband and I a long list of songs to choose from before our wedding and even learned a couple of songs that we requested that were not part of their set list.
Jump Start was worth every penny!
Hello Brian and Linley,
We want to let you know that we were thrilled with the band "Jumpstart" that played at our wedding on May 3! They were absolutely terrific. Their musicianship was first-rate and they did a terrific job getting and keeping the guests dancing through the night. Thank you for all of your help and please extend our deep appreciation to the band. Attached is a photo taken with us and the band at the end of the wonderful evening.
With appreciation -- Kay and Frank.
Dear Brian (and all of the wonderful people from BobGail):
Our wedding was absolutely the most wonderful, fun exciting and fabulous event- and a large portion of that is because of you and “Higher Ground”! Thank you so much for making our night more amazing than we could have ever imagined. The band was so much fun- every song was better than the one before. We have never seen so many people dancing!
The pictures we have received from friends are hysterical- the dance floor was packed. People could not get enough!! The band was professional, classy and the music sounded great. You really picked a perfect set of songs to play and were so good at assessing the mood. As we told you during the “planning” phase, our friends don’t love to sit down. Our first song “Our Song” was touching and perfect and we loved how when you were trying to introduce us, you could not get the guests to sit down. You even had people break dancing and doing the alligator.
Your rendition of “So Lonely” was a great crowd pleaser. Thank you for making my husband so happy! I have never sweat so much in my life but I had the best time doing it. We cannot tell you how many people (people with very high taste) have told us how amazing the band was and asked who you are and how we found you (it wasn’t that difficult after Faye & Boris’s and Tiffany & Luke’s Weddings).
You were such a pleasure to work with – my mom and I nominated you at the top of our “most fun wedding people to work with” list. We really will miss working with you and I promise that you will have the most glowing recommendation we could ever give. I heard that one guest immediately booked you for her daughter’s wedding! Not surprising….
Thank you for going out of your way (i.e.learning “Cherry Bomb”) to make our night the best we could have ever imagined.
Alissa & Jeff
Wow!!!! Everything you all did at Susanna's wedding was top notch! The way you lit Cicada brought out all its beauty! It looked positively magical. The flowers were really perfect and many people commented on how much they liked the varied arrangements. And the band!!!!!!!!! Incredible!!!!! The guests could not stop dancing. Sooo many compliments about the band. Please pass this along to Brian, Scott and all the band members and staff involved how happy Rich and I are with Bob Gail!!!
Pat, Mother of the Bride
We booked Higher Ground for our daughter's wedding. Brian was so easy to work with, helpful, patient with all our questions etc. Scott and his musicians were awesome. Everyone had the most awesome time at our event. The dance floor was full until the last song. I would definitely recommend them hands down. I also used them for the ceremony (keyboard and saxophone/flute). They are professional, lovely people. They are worth every penny!
Lisa (Mother of the Bride)
Jumpstart was incredible on Sunday night (for Melanie & Etan’s wedding)!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work in the planning, and know that Melanie, Etan, their friends and family all have told me how terrific the band was. Please let each musician know that I think they are terrific!!
Lonnie and I just want to thank everyone, not only addressed in this email, but ALL the crew…..and of course the band.
You all made us look AMAZING!!!!!! The talent of everyone is just mind blowing, from the bands UNBELIEVABLE voices and electricity to Michelle’s expertise of remembering every single detail we spoke about as far back as day one………
The two dancers were fabulous. They pulled in the people who never would have had the courage to come dance and have fun, and MADE their night!
Having Allyson there was entirely comforting (thank you for that)….love her!! Brian, you were an angel making sure Madison’s flash mob music was perfect!!!
Seriously, this was the toughest crowd to please and they have been more than pleased. Lonnie and I have been “the heroes”…….every single person has made a point to tell us how over the top this has been and now the bar has been raised for each year to follow!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you :)
Brian & Linley,
Everything was fantastic this past weekend for our Client's Family Reunion! JumpStart ROCKED it and everyone loved them. Our Client was really happy with their performance and the vocals were amazing. Scott was great to work with as well as Eric with the karaoke. Thank you, thank you! We all had a fun evening working together.
The florals were spot on as well and just what we wanted :) They looked beautiful and helped to bring a little "prettiness" into the ballroom.
Thank you again, it was great to work with both of you on this event.
Jeff and I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had at our wedding. So much of that fun was thanks to you and Higher Ground. The energy of the band was reflected in the good time all of our guests had. Months later everyone is still talking about the wedding- everyone also always asks “what was the name of your band?” Like I said, thank you, we had the time of our lives. It was so much fun working with you in planning the big day and even more fun when the day arrived!
Michelle & Jeff
This thank you is way overdue- JUMPSTART was absolutely incredible and the perfect band for our wedding! Honestly Darren and I couldn’t believe how lucky we scored, and we are truly blessed that such a talented, musically gifted, and fun group of people performed at our wedding. People were on the dance floor all night- and as you can see from the pictures, the band was gracious enough to share the stage with a few of us. It got a little crazy at times but everyone loved it and the band rolled with it! My Dad even commented that he felt the Father-Daughter dance was sung beautifully.
Thank you so much Brian for working with Darren and I to form the perfect set-up and band members to accommodate our wish list. JumpStart was everything we had hoped for.
All the best
We just want to thank you, Megan, and “Jumpstart” for everything you did to make our Gala the success it was. Nearly 500 people enjoyed dancing and listening to the music. Megan kept us on track with our time table as the band and vocalists added great ambiance to the evening. They were terrific to work with.
With warmest regards,
Sheba and Howard
Judy & Ron
Barbara & Paul
Temple Aliyah & the Dept. of Early Childhood Education
Thank you for making Faye & Boris’ wedding the best and most fun ever. I have been getting the greatest comments about your band. Our guests have said you and your performers were the best they’ve ever heard at a wedding. “Higher Ground” kept the party going!!! The entire experience was wonderful.
Thank you again
Roz & Jerry
Everything worked out wonderfully with Jump Start this past Saturday. They rocked it and got everyone up dancing post-dinner! We loved meeting Allyson and having her on-site to coordinate the band logistics and last minute changes to the timeline. Such a nice touch to have her there! Thank you very much. We know Betsy and Stenn were thrilled.
Thanks much and we look forward to working with your team again. Please send Allyson our thanks and appreciation too!
To All the Wonderful People at Bob Gail,
Thank you for making our entire evening spectacular. The music during the ceremony was beautiful and the band at the reception was fabulous. Everyone had a great evening because of you.
Mother of the Bride
Dear Brian & Jumpstart Crew,
Thank you for working through the crazy repertoire list with us! We’ve been engaged for 7 years and always said we wouldn’t get married until we could afford & find an awesome band… you were our top priority & we’re so glad we found you. Thanks for playing such a critical role in our big day!
Vicky & Dean
Just wanted to thank you and all the Bob Gail crew for making our daughter’s wedding absolutely fabulous. We’re so impressed with the way you planned the complete celebration and provided all of the exceptional music, starting with the musicians for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and continuing into the reception with your band, Higher Ground, the most talented and outstanding group we could ever have expected. We, our friends, and family never left the dance floor!
Also, your event planner, Katie, was so very knowledgeable of your inventory; she made it easy to create our vision with her exquisite ideas.
Brain, you came through with everything you promised and more and were always a pleasure to work with. We are so very grateful for all your hard work and hope to hire your company again in the future.
Sue & Michael
Amazing, just fantastic. Don’t know if I could stop talking about how UNREAL the band was on our wedding night. Brian, thank you for your time and effort and helping us find the exact perfect band for the party we wanted to rock! They were amazing musicians, fun people and rocked all night. I couldn’t recommend them more! Thanks for working with our budget, and wants. It was an unreal night.
Dear Brian and the members of Kazbah & Jumpstart,
We can’t tell you HOW many guests complimented your performance at our wedding, but at least everyone who has called (which is practically everyone who was there). More importantly, WE loved it. Outstanding job! You made the most memorable night of our lives all the more perfect. Each and every one of you is incredibly talented, professional and personable. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
With best regards,
Amy & Enrique
We just wanted to say thanks again. Everyone is raving about the wedding and the music last night. We were so happy with everything and I apologize for the 20 million hugs I gave you and your team...but I won't take them back!
Marissa and Taylor
We were so happy we chose Jump Start to play at our wedding! We were worried about certain songs (especially our first dance) not sounding the same live, but the band sounded great and kept everyone on the dance floor for most of the night. We had so many great comments from our guests as well. We couldn't have chosend a better band to entertain on our big day. Thanks to Brian and the rest of the staff for everything!!