I can’t tell you how impressed my Wife and I were with Downtime Band. The wedding guests haven’t stopped talking about the band. Everything from the first contact to discuss pricing, to the planning phase, to the music itself was absolutely wonderful. I worked with Jon to set everything up. He met with us to plan the evening and talk about our expectations. It is safe to say Downtime Band exceeded every one of those expectations. The jazz trio during dinner was excellent but the music from the seven piece band for the actual dancing portion of the evening, couldn’t have been better. Wow, The energy from the band was contagious and the dance floor was full the whole night. What really stood out to me was how willing the band was to work with us to make sure our night was perfect. They learned several additional songs ranging from 311, to Kid Cudi to Luther Vandross and they all sounded great. Thank you so much and please feel free to list me as a reference. Thanks again!
Kyle and Katy Kijowski
Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO
The Downtime Band traveled all the way from St. Louis to Omaha for our wedding and truly exceeded all expectations! Their high energy sets sounded amazing and kept our guests of all ages on the dance-floor until the very end of the evening and received rave reviews from all who attended. Jon was wonderful to communicate with throughout the entire planning process and helped us coordinate last minute schedule changes due to weather on our wedding day with such ease. The Downtime Band helped to make our celebration incredibly special and we are so grateful. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect reception! We are sure they will be back in Omaha again soon ; ) Thank you Jon and team!!!
Temple Israel – Omaha, NE
We received so many compliments on how wonderful this band was! I was blown away with their talent and the way they interacted with the crowd. They definitely got everyone up and dancing! Great musicians and vocalists! Money well spent!!!
Renaissance Grand Hotel – St. Louis, MO
I just can’t say enough about this band! Jon, the owner, was very organized, professional, and easy to communicate with from the beginning. Since planning our wedding from Boston, we only had one meeting with Jon, but after just the one meeting we knew we had chosen the right band for our wedding reception. Jon made it easy for us planning from afar with the online worksheet and emails. I can also say that our guests packed the dance floor the entire night; it really made our wedding reception that much more special for us. And at brunch the next day, our family and friends couldn’t stop raving about the band. I would most certainly recommend Downtime Band to everyone looking for a band that will most definitely keep your guests dancing on the dance floor all night….
The Sheldon – Saint Louis, MO
Downtime Band did an excellent job playing at our wedding in June. Coordinating a playlist beforehand was very simple; they play a huge variety of songs to help you choose! Getting in contact with the band was easy as well, and Jon is extremely friendly, helpful, and accommodating. Our guests still talk about how good Downtime was. They kept the energy up and the dance floor crowded the entire night! Thanks, Downtime! Our wedding was so fun because of you!!!
Crowne Plaza Clayton- Saint Louis, MO
Every aspect of this band is excellent. They were extremely professional, kind and accommodating. My guests were blown away at the quality of the sound and performances. There was not a single song that didn’t sound amazing. I had a number of friends comment that they don’t just play music from 20 years ago but covered contemporary songs and they did it extremely well. The primary contact responded to all of my emails promptly and they were extremely accommodating. I have to say this was probably some of the best money I spent on my wedding.
Chaumette Winery – Ste. Genevieve, MO
From the moment I spoke with Jon at Downtime, I felt like he cared about the people he was working with as well as his music and his music. He got back to me promptly each time I needed to speak with him, and was never arrogant, or impatient with my many questions like other bands I spoke with. Jon was a team player when it came to working with our wedding planner, and the venue of the wedding. He not only did not cause problems, he was flexible, and willing to do whatever we needed in order to make our daughter’s wedding special. The band looked professional, their voices were incredible, and they could read the crowd to perfection in order to know what songs to play when. They respected what song lists my daughter wanted and did not want played, and everyone kept asking us all night who the band was! You cannot go wrong with booking Downtime!
Debbie Poslosky – Mother of the Bride
Meadowbrook Country Club – Ballwin, MO
Thank you, thank you for making our wedding reception such a fun and memorable night!! I can’t rave enough about the level of professionalism, how accommodating the band was pre and during the event, and how incredible the music was! The dance floor was filled the entire night as they played a perfect set with a wide variety of songs! We’re so happy with Downtime Band and recommend them to anyone looking for incredible music and an even better customer service experience!
Alyssa & Daniel Weagley
Kimball Ballroom – Columbia, MO
We had the BEST time with Downtime Band at our reception. Leading up to the big day, Jon was super responsive and helpful when we were trying to arrange our first dance music. The reception was really a blast and the music was fantastic. We had tons of compliments on the band!
Forest Park Visitors Center – St. Louis, MO
I can’t say enough good things about this band! The owner is incredibly organized with details, very friendly, professional and easy to communicate with. All of the band members who performed at my wedding were top notch and extremely friendly and personable! Guests were dancing the entire time and they made our day THAT much better. I will recommend this band to everyone I know. Thanks so much!
Greenbriar Hills Country Club – St. Louis, MO
I cannot even begin to thank you for making this night so special an perfect! You guys were incredible in every way and had the entire wedding up and dancing all night. Everyone is still talking about how incredible you were. THANK YOU!
Old Warson Country Club – Saint Louis, MO
You made our reception absolutely perfect! We have never heard better music at a wedding reception. Our guests danced the entire time. High energy and easy to work with made our night the best night ever. We would highly recommend your services to everyone!
Missouri Athletic Club – Saint Louis, MO
Downtime Band was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! From the start we knew we wanted a live band and were absolutely blown away when we went to listen to them. Within 10 minutes we knew we wanted to reserve them, but stayed longer just to enjoy the music. Once it became time to really start planning, their online process made it so easy to determine all the details for our event. I felt comfortable knowing they’d be ready to go when we needed them. I also love that they will learn two songs, specifically for you. We didn’t have to pick and choose our “wedding songs” based on their list.
M&M Turf – Lexington, IL
Dealing with Downtime from the beginning of the wedding planning process all the way to the wedding night was absolutely wonderful! I could not have asked for a better experience. Whenever I had a question, I ALWAYS received a quick response, no matter what time of day it was! The band members were so nice and had everyone on the dance floor the whole night! We did not want them to stop….so we ended up extending their play time at the end of the night! I would without a doubt recommend you guys them anyone! They truly did help make our big day so wonderful!!!
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch – St. Louis, MO
I absolutely enjoyed the band. I have always dreamed of having a big dance party to celebrate my wedding and you guys made it happen! Everyone was dancing the entire night! Even after a long day people were still yelling one more song at the end of the night. Again, I cannot thank you enough. You all are truly talented and are fantastic at what you do!!
Westin Hotel – St. Louis, MO
Jon Spindler was a joy to deal with. This was our first wedding and we could not have asked for more. The music was fantastic in all aspects. (dinner and dancing) I would recommend this band to anyone who is looking for a fun wedding with a bunch of nice people who enjoy what they do and present themselves well.
Andy Phelan – Father of the Bride
Algonquin Country Club – St. Louis, MO
I wanted to let you all know that Bryan and I had a fabulous time at our wedding. We had so much fun, and I can not tell you how many wonderful comments we heard about the band all night. Thanks again for making our wedding so memorable. You all were fabulous to work with, thanks again.
Chase Park Plaza – St. Louis, MO
Downtime is a phenomenal group. My fiance was nervous about having live music, primarily because he thought a band would be too loud. I could not believe how fantastic Downtime was and my fiance completely agreed! The energy was extremely high and I was floored at how many people were packed on the dance floor ALL night long! I received so many compliments on the performance during the cocktail hour to the vibe throughout the night. I loved the vocals, the quality of the music and acoustics, and the emceeing of the event. I want to get married every night! THANK YOU!!
Forest Park Visitors Center – St. Louis, MO
I would definitely recommend Downtime Band for any occasion! We were dancing the entire night and everyone said that it was one of the best weddings they have been too. We have to give credit to the band for making that happen! Thanks a bunch!
Nikki & Julie Bokermann
Moulin Events – St. Louis, MO
Thank you so much for everything on June 16th. Your band was absolutely amazing and we were so happy that everyone was dancing and singing along to all of the songs. There have been a lot of people who have come up to us after the wedding and told us how great the band was! Thanks for also working with Andy on the amazing surprise and allowing him to perform his song. We will definitely recommend you to our friends!
Diana and Andy Babitz
Doubletree Hotel – Chesterfield, MO
Our wedding reception was a huge success thanks to Downtime Band. The thing I cared about most when planning our wedding was the reception music. All the other details didn’t matter as much to me, as long as our guests had a great evening dancing the night away. When I told my fiance that I was adamant about having a live band, I even went as far to say that I would sacrifice a new wedding dress as long as I could have a live band. (Fortunately, with Downtimes’ prices, I didn’t have to do that.) I had a very pleasant experience with Downtime Productions from the moment we decided to book them. Jon was one of my favorite vendors, if not my most favorite, to work with. I really appreciated his responsiveness to my many questions. At the reception, and many days after, we received SO many compliments on the band. Even my mom’s cousin who is in a band out of state, said he has never heard a better live wedding band, and he was very impressed by how little number of breaks they took. At one point in the evening, my mom stopped me at the reception and told me to look at the dance floor. It was packed! Almost everyone was still dancing, hours after dinner had been served, rather than leaving early. That was my ultimate goal. I could not have been happier with Downtime Band, and I would highly recommend them to anyone for any type of event.
Old Hickory Golf Club – St. Peters, MO
I’m a really indecisive person, and it took my a LONG time to select a band or DJ for my wedding. I considered both options and multiple band choices, and while I did so, I sent Jon at Downtime multiple emails with LOTS of questions … All the while, never making a firm decision. Through it all, Jon was totally nice and patient with me, and I finally booked Downtime Band for my May 11, 2013 wedding. I’m SO glad I did! The energy of the band really made the evening, and one of my guests, who is a musician himself, commented on how truly talented the band was. Throughout the night, we received so many comments like “this is the best wedding band I’ve ever heard!” They learned two songs for us, and they both were AWESOME! Jon also helped me make some quick decisions when the planned timing for first dances, toasts, etc. went off track a bit. (In fact, he was MUCH more helpful that the event coordinator at my venue, so thank goodness he was there!!)
All in all, I can’t say enough about how glad I am that I booked this band. If you do — you won’t regret it!!!! The only thing I regret is that the reception wasn’t longer!!!
Beth & Chris Corelli
Missouri History Museum – St. Louis, MO
The Downtime Band did an amazing job at our wedding! Living out of state, I didn’t have the chance to meet the band or to see them live, prior to our wedding. I was booking them based off of the videos on their website and I was not disappointed. They exceeded all of our expectations and gave an unforgettable performance! Everyone at the wedding danced all night and talked about what a wonderful time they had. We had a blast! The wedding was a huge success, thanks to Jon and the Downtime Band.
Meghan and Brad Mills
Integrity Hills – Branson, MO
With all that was going on at the wedding, I didn’t have time to say thanks to the musicians on Saturday. Donna and I couldn’t have been happier with the job you did….. it was perfect. Thanks much for helping the day to be so special for everyone.
Andy Bresler – FOB
Coronado Ballroom – St. Louis
I admit it – I was skeptical about hiring a band for our wedding. Would they be good? Would they know any modern songs? Would they just be cheesy? I can honestly say that the Downtime Band didn’t fall into any of those categories, and after several discussions with Manager, Jon and his wife Jaci, about what we were looking for, I started to become more comfortable with the idea. We went in cold having not seen the band live before and took a leap of faith that everything would work out. Boy did it ever!
We had guests coming up to us all night commenting on how amazing the band was. On top of that, Downtime learned two very special requests that were not on their song list that brought nearly every guest to tears. We love the Downtime Band and will forever consider them to be like family for the joy and happy memories they brought to our special day.
Lindsey & Robert Nelson
Missouri Athletic Club – St. Louis, MO
Jon & the band,
Thank you so much for playing at our fabulous New Year’s Eve wedding! We received SO MANY compliments on how awesome you guys were and we could not agree more. You all are the absolute best and really made our reception a great party. Thanks for all the work you put in and for answering so many of my questions along the way. We had a blast and we hope you did too!
Alison & Andy Schubert
Four Points Sheraton – Fairview Heights, IL
We can’t thank Jon and the band enough for how much fun they made our wedding reception! It was a nonstop dance party and Jon was so accommodating of our musical requests. I can’t remember her name now, but the female vocalist absolutely KILLED it on the last song of the night, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You!! We also had piano, guitar and vocals for the ceremony music and it was absolutely beautiful and perfect. Downtime’s pricing is so competitive compared to Chicago-based bands that you could actually probably increase the price some without impacting deals. I will be recommending Downtime to everyone!
Jenn & Andrew Lange
Palmer House – Chicago, IL
We hired Downtime for our daughter’s wedding. They were perfect! If I had to do the entire wedding again on a lesser budget, this is the one thing I would NOT cut!!! Our guests never left the dance floor from 8:00-12:00. The dance floor was never empty, not even during their break, because the sound quality of their interim music was soooo good. Professional all around. You will be pleased.
Laura Schaubert – MOB
Mitchell Museum/CedarHurst - Mt. Vernon, IL
Downtime is an awesome band. We ended up adding 2 extra pieces to the band at the end and it made the world of difference. The women singer was awesome. Everybody did an awesome job i was very pleased. I would definately reccomend them to others.
Kerry Kaufman – Bride
Doubletree Hotel – Collinsville, IL
Downtime Band played at my wedding on and they rocked it! We received several compliments the night of the wedding and some days later about them. I have people, who weren’t at the wedding, reach out to me to find out their name because they heard the band was so much fun! I would recommend them to anyone! Thanks for making my wedding awesome!
Mia Friederich – Bride
Scottish Rite Masonic Temple – Belleville, IL
Jon, just wanted to express to you how much our family and friends enjoyed your band at my daughter, Michelle’s wedding last Sat. night at The Coronado! You all were amazing! As I mentioned to you that evening, I’m pretty sure you just took one short break, and it was soooo apparent that the crowd LOVED you all!! Don’t usually see a band enjoy themselves as much as yours was, and that is quite contagious; the crowd was having a GREAT time, too; the quality of the music all night long was superb!! Thank you for adding so much to Michelle and Andrew’s beautiful day; it was amazing!!
Pam Fondell – MOB
The Coronado Ballroom – St. Louis
Can’t say enough about Jon and his Downtime Band. Hired Jon’s team to play the piano during our pre reception cocktail hour, MC and play light music during the dinner portion of the reception, and Downtime Band to play at the dancing portion of the reception. They had people dancing all night long, went from song to song without stopping. I wanted a party for my guests, afterall, they traveled far and wide to join us for our big day and I wanted them to have fun. Downtime far exceeded my expecations, they were fantastic to work with and did an amazing job. Our guests (ranging in age from 2-88, no joke) didn’t want to leave the party – chanted for one more song. Now we need an excuse to hire them again. Fantastic all the way around.
Christina Smith – Bride
Top of The Met/Kemoll’s – St. Louis
The Downtime Band is incredible – their level of service and performance was above and beyond my expectations. We had them play a variety of top 40 and classic rock and our guests literally did not stop dancing once the band started. They did a great job MC-ing our dinner and coordinating all of the speeches and special dances. Also, very affordable and very accommodating to special requests. If you want your guests to leaving thinking this was the best wedding ever, then you need to hire this band!
Emily Kimball – Bride
The Palladium – St. Louis
Peggy Moran – MOB
Sheraton Overland Park – Overland Park, KS
I don’t think I could do justice in words just how fantastic Downtime Band was in the planning and performance for our wedding reception. The planning and coordination with the band was professional and personal. The Band made the reception unforgettable! We had several special requests and Downtime Band was flexible and accommodating to everything! The dance floor was packed the entire evening and we received continuous feedback from the guests that the band was incredible! I can’t thank them enough for making one of the most important days of my life even more memorable!
Phil & Lindsay Kiraly
Quincy Country Club – Quincy, IL
You were great. Jon was so easy to work with and the music was terrific. All our guests commented on how good the band was and that it was not a”wedding band”. I especially liked how each song flowed into the next. Everyone was sorry that the evening had to end.
Shelby Susman – MOB
Hilton Ballpark – St. Louis
Jon and band,
I seriously cannot express how wonderful you are! EVERYONE had the most incredible time at Nina’s reception. (Especially Nina) You were so “bride oriented” and flexible with all of the family interruptions and individual performances. I just can’t thank you enough for making her wedding so special. We’ve had so many requests for your name and number for future events and compliments continue to pour in about how much fun people had dancing. Thank you again, her wedding was absolutely everything we wanted it to be. Again, thanks,
Deer Creek Club – Ladue, MO
Working with Jon throughout the process was seamless. I never worried. I always knew what was going on with the event. He was prompt at responding to all requests whether they be via email, voicemail or text. The night of the wedding we were thrilled with the performance and the overall energy the band brought to the space. Our guests were complimenting us all night (and have since…) on how great the music sounded. The band’s talent is hard to match! It was truly incredible and memorable. Thank you so much!
Kate & Erik Morrison
Randall Art Gallery – St. Louis, MO
Downtime was incredible. Set the mood for the entire event. Our friends and family are still talking about how good they were. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.
Neo On Locust – St. Louis, MO
Downtime did a phenomenal job at our wedding! They were exactly what I was looking for in a live band including professional appearance, high energy and a great selection of songs. EVERYONE loved them! We are continuously getting compliments about how great they were and how much everyone enjoyed them. Some of the best memories of the day was seeing friends and family having such a great time on the dance floor! I was extremely satisfied with how easy they were to work with and their performance!
Hickory Hills Country Club – Springfield, MO
Thanks for making our day in St. Cloud. It was a blast for us and all our guests. We love you guys. What fun!!!!
Mary Douglass – Mother of the Bride
The Grands at Mulligans – Sartell, MN
Jon was so easy to work with. He answered every silly question (and I had a lot!) promptly and was so professional yet sweet. I’ve been to other weddings where the band played and I had a blast so I decided to have them play at my wedding. I had several brides in the Jefferson City area recommend them and gushed over the service and quality. Our first dance was perfect!!!! I had several guests come up and mention how spot on the singer’s performance was. Thank you so much for making our reception such a FUN time! I still have people telling me it was the best one they’ve ever been to
Capital Plaza Hotel – Jefferson City, MO
You guys did a great job, even got our CEO on the dance floor! Thanks again and I will defiantly let you know when we will need you again! Have a great Holiday!
Thank you so much for the fabulous and wonderful trio you provided for FLAME. The men were a pleasure to work with, and we were really grateful for their flexibility. Not only did they provide great background music, but they added an excellent touch to our evening and we were so lucky to have them. We received many compliments on their entertainment as well!
As always, thank you for your generosity to COCA. You helped us make the night a well-rounded success. You are always so great to work with, and we look forward to working with you again soon.
Christine Tracy – Development & Marketing Coordinator
COCA – FLAME – St. Louis, MO
I just wanted to email and thank you for a wonderful evening. Your band was excellent. People have been coming up to me and asking who your band is and what your name is. We all had a great time and I just wanted to say thank you. The dance floor was packed the whole time (which is what I was hoping for) and everyone had a blast. My mother-in-law said she lost weight with all the dancing she did. haha Thanks again for helping make my wedding so magical.
Forest Park Golf Course – St. Louis
Downtime did an amazing job and I couldn’t have asked for anything to happen differently. Thank you so much for making my night memorable and fun. I know you are not based out of Kansas City but I will definitely be recommending you for future celebrations. Thank you for everything again, my night would not have been the same without you.
Pennway Place – Kansas City, MO
Downtime, thank you all SO much for a great time last night. Everyone that we talked to were so impressed by the music! I heard comments like “Best wedding band ever!” and “Absolutely a perfect group!” Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making our wedding absolutely perfect!
Brian & Allison Greenenwald
Bloomington-Normal Marriott – Normal, IL
Hiring Downtime Band was one of the best decisions we made about our wedding. We had a piano player for our ceremony, a jazz trio for the cocktail hour, and then the full band for the reception – and every part they played in our wedding was great! We received so many compliments about how amazing the music was and how much fun they were. We were so happy with their performance and we would definitely hire them again for another event. Working with Jon was so easy and everything turned out exactly how we planned! Couldn’t ask for a better band – they went above and beyond our expectations!
Joe & Jill Mathieu
Forest Hills Country Club – Chesterfield, MO
Home from the honeymoon and back to reality Luckily, we’re still on cloud 9 from the wedding, so life’s good. Thanks you so much for making our wedding so special. The music was unbelievable and you all made the party! We will never stop talking about Downtime and I will highly recommend you to anyone and everyone! Thank you thank you thank you for making my dreams come true- you’re the best.
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Wine Country Gardens – Defiance, MO
Downtime was great! Before the wedding, I gave them a list of songs that I knew I wanted to play and a list of songs that I liked. They took the list and used it as a guideline but also adjusted their songs to the mood of the guests. At least 2 guests at my wedding are using Downtime at their own weddings because they had such a great time! Highly recommend!
Michelle & Matthew Schwerin
Hilton Frontenac – St. Louis
A long overdue Thanks for the WONDERFUL JOB you all did at Maria & Tommy’s Wedding. Family & friends are still talking about the Great Band we had. I’ve never seen a dance floor fill so quickly as it did when you played the 1st song that night. The full dance floor all night long showed how much everyone loved you. Everyone had such a magnificent time and most of that is contributed to the music. Thanks for your outstanding talent and your ability to facilitate such a Wonderful Reception. We hope to cross paths with you again in the future.
Thanks again, Mary Clare Rozier (Mother of Bride)
Hilton Ballpark – St. Louis, MO
PS The newlyweds are doing great!!
We just wanted to say thank you so much for everything last night. You and the band are AMAZING and truly played a big role in making our night perfect. The band so so talented and we loved your song choices. You guys kept everybody up and dancing the entire night—exactly what we wanted! You have made this planning process so easy, and we appreciated how prompt you were with e-mails. We were so excited that you all were able to be a part of our special day. We will definitely recommend you to other!!
Lisa Ewing and Mark Pratzel
Lumen Event Space – St. Louis
The Downtime Band did an amazing job at our wedding! We had the 7 piece band for the reception, a string quartet for the ceremony and music during the cocktail hour and dinner. The entire band was very professional and talented. They played a perfect balance of fast and slow songs and kept the dance floor full all night. I can’t recommend them enough, we got so many wonderful compliments. Jon is a pleasure to work with and very effecient. I really wish we will be able to use them again for another event!
Thanks so much,
Shannon and Curt
Coronado Ballroom – St. Louis
Thank you so much for traveling out to Richland, MO for the Nickens wedding. I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for your assistance with the generator. I can’t thank you enough! Everyone really had a wonderful time and much of the credit goes to you and your band. I hope we get to work the other Nickens daughters together! Until then, I am sure we will see each other soon.
Kristin Ashley Events
Nickens Wedding – Richland, MO
Jayson and I would like to thank you and your band for an awesome job everyone did. I have had so many people tell me that you guys were one of the best bands they have heard and loved all the music. Jayson and I feel the same way and I remember so many times just looking at all the people on the dance floor. We had a blast that night and want to thank you all for making it possible. You and the band ROCK!!!
I also wanted to ask if you videoed Jayson singing from where you were? I noticed you had a camera or phone out and Jayson was wanting to see a view from the stage looking at the crowd. I was totally surprised by that and now I know even more why I love him so much. He just makes me smile and I appreciate you letting him sing to me. That was one of the best moments of the night.
Again, please tell everyone that played/sang that night they did a great job and thank you so much for working with us both. BTW…………is there a way for me to find out where you are playing next? I have friends that want to come in town and go hear you again.
April & Jayson Pollard
Doubletree Westport – St. Louis, MO
Jason and I were first amazed by your incredible customer service, you took care of us through the entire process from when we booked Downtime, to ironing out the details of the wedding, to the Big day where you did everything as promised! Then we were amazed by your talent, you guys rocked… you played everything from Aretha Franklin to the Black Eye Peas and so much more! You (and Downtime), by far, were one of our favorite vendors to work with, you are very professional, personable, talented and FUN and those characteristics MADE our wedding! We are definitely going to recommend Downtime to everyone we know that is looking for an awesome band! Thank you so much for everything you did to make our night amazing and so much fun, we had a BLAST (and so did all of our guests)!
Beth and Jason Gietl
Erin’s Pavilion – Springfield, IL
I wanted to reiterate that EVERYONE (including Chris and me, of course) thought you all were FABULOUS! You probably already could tell by my nonstop dancing all night, but I thought the evening went perfectly, and thanks in no small part to Downtime Band. We got so many people to dance ALL night. Hooray! I could barely walk yesterday because the soles of my feet were so sore from dancing, but I didn’t even notice that my feet hurt until the music stopped since I was having such an incredible time. We got TONS of compliments on the band, and Bari Kuhlman (the venue wedding coordinator) thought you guys were so good that she told my mom she is interested in promoting you to other couples/events looking for a fantastic band. And of course, I would be more than happy to serve as a reference for you, as well.
Let us know if you’ll be in our area for any open-to-the-public events in the future — we would love to get to see you again!!!
Thanks so much for making our wedding super awesome.
Rachel and Chris Fyall
Alumni Hall – Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
Jon & Downtime Band,
Thank you very much for the FABULOUS job you did at our April 9th reception. The dance floor was packed all night thanks to your outstanding talent. Family & friends are still talking about how great you all were. You have my highest recommendation!
Four Points Sheraton – Fairview Heights, IL
Sorry for such a delayed THANK YOU!! You guys did a fabulous job and we have gotten so many compliments on how awesome you guys were – we had a great time dancing the night away as did our guests!
Thanks again for all your hard work!!!
Corinne and Andy Evans
p.s. Please say thank you from both Andy and I to the entire band – you guys rock!!
Women’s Club of Evanston – Evanston, IL
I would have written this email sooner, but we just returned from Cabo!
I just wanted to tell you that Peter, myself and ALL of our guests really enjoyed Downtime. They were honestly the highlight of the evening, and we really could not have asked for a better band. We can’t wait to get our video back from the wedding just to see the great time that was had because of you guys!
Thanks so much for everything!!!!
Danielle and Peter Grefrath
La Maison – Jefferson City, MO
I just want to express my gratitude for the wonderful entertainment. I received many compliments from my guests about how much they LOVED the band! Patrick and I did not get to dance as much as we would have liked. However, it was great to see our guests enjoying themselves on the dance floor
Lisa and Patrick D’Souza
Top of the Met – St. Louis, MO
Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with Downtime Band for Aimee and Eric’s reception at Hidden Lake Winery. You were great to work with prior to the wedding, and very prompt to reply to our questions. The live band was definately one best choices we made for the reception. We had so many guests comment on how great the band was. From the jazz music for dinner to the dance music for the reception. I told one of the band members, even though it didn’t look like many on the dance floor at times, I had several people tell me they really enjoyed just sitting and listening to the great music. Again thanks for making a special day even more special.
Dwight and Pam Snyder – Parents of the Bride
Hidden Lake Winery – Aviston, IL
ps- I hope the band enjoyed the cake on the way home!
Thank you, Jon for your patience & professionalism in working with the mother of the bride and of course, Kellie & Bryne. Our expectations were exceeded in every way. Our guests had a fabulous time and the energy level of the room was non-stop. Guests commented on the fact that the band members seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we all were – and I hope they did!
Valerie Floyd – Mother of Bride
Hermann Hill Wedding Chapel – Hermann, MO
Please tell all the members of Downtime that everyone thought they were great on Saturday evening. It was fun for us to have a band that a lot of our guests hadn’t heard about. From what I hear, there’s a lot of interest in having you back. I hope it was a fun evening for you too and the terrace was a comfortable venue.
My only disappointment was that the evening had to end. I hope I can hear you again.
Bonnie Wells – Mother of the Bride
The Oread Hotel – Lawrence, KS
Thank you so much for making our daughter’s wedding so memorable. The band
was wonderful. They had people dancing all evening and it was so nice to
not have to worry about a thing. They are true professionals who know
exactly what they are doing. The soloist for the church also did a
wonderful job and helped make the service so beautiful.
Two of our guests just booked Downtime for their
daughter’s wedding in November so Gene and I will have the opportunity to
hear the band again. We will be looking forward to that reception!
With Much Gratitude,
Roben Carter – Mother of Bride
Hilton Frontenac – St. Louis
I can’t tell you enough how awesome it was to work with you. I really appreciate you always promptly answering my bombardment of questions and emails. I was very nervous using a band at first but it’s what Andy really wanted. Now I can’t imagine how I ever was unsure of booking you all. Our dance floor was constantly packed and with a wide variety of guests and it was like that all night. The songs you played and learned for us were amazing.
And finally I can’t tell you how many compliments we received on the band. It literally feels like every guest raved about you guys! Our parents in particular couldn’t stop raving about you and they can be hard to please. Last but no least, your female vocalist was phenomenal. Her singing “I Will Always Love You” for the mother/son dance had EVERYONE talking about it. She about received a standing ovation!! I will never forget that. Please let her and your other members that we could not have been more pleased!!!
Andrew & Tiffany Fox
Hilton Frontenac – St. Louis
We were absolutely thrilled with Downtime’s performance at our wedding reception. Jon was extremely helpful leading up the event, and totally respectful of our requests for the night. Our guests have raved about the music and more than a handful have said that it’s the best wedding band they’ve ever seen. I’d endorse Downtime any day. Great energy, awesome selection of music, and good people.
Joe & Julie Sullivan
Moulin Events – St. Louis
Jon and Band-
Thank you so much for the best reception EVER! The band had great energy and my guests LOVED you! I had probably 50 people tell me that you were the best band they had heard at a wedding (especially my friend who played your tambourine!) I also think one of my guests asked for one of your business cards that night! Every time I looked, the dance floor was packed and that is because of the great entertaining you guys did! The songs were perfect and the vocalists’ voices rocked!!!!! Thank you again for all you have done! I would HIGHLY recommend Downtime, they seriously made our reception such a success! Thanks again, you guys are wonderful!
Also thank you Jon for being so patient with me! You were more than helpful when I was making decisions. Thanks for being so prompt with emails and meeting John and I (and our entire family). We appreciate all of your hard work! THANKS!!!
Tessa & John McConkey
Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center – Chesterfield, MO
Jon Jon Jon,
Where do I start? When I first came in to see you I wasn’t even sure I wanted to have a live band. I thought I did… but was sure sure. After briefly meeting you (and bothering you to meet with me at the drop of a hat) I knew I had to do it. Somehow meeting with you made me visualize how awesome having live music could be.
You were there for me every step of the way. Checking in, getting back to me promptly (which was huge for me being far away). I felt good energy from you the whole time. I think that translated really well the day of. You were there so I don’t need to explain how amazing the day was… and in large part that is because of you. Somehow it slipped my mind that you would be playing drums. You had told me that… but when I saw you up there I was like OMG that is so cool
So thank you. You rocked it. I know I can be demanding: and you met the demand Please know you have my highest recommendation if ever needed!!
Also, thank you for working with the Raveonettes. How cool was that?!
Ameristar Casino – St. Charles, MO
Dear Jon & Band,
Thank you so much for providing such fantastic entertainment at our wedding! The dance floor was packed and everyone had a great time. We received so many compliments on the music. Also, thank you for accommodating our very late special request. Really, no wedding is complete without “Baby Got Back!” It just completes an evening that included the “Tangerine Dream.”
We really enjoyed working with you and will be sure to recommend you to anyone planning an event!
Melissa & Adam Wilburn
Hilton Ballpark – St. Louis, MO
Thank you for providing such wonderful music at our reception. People loved the variety and really raved. We are still receiving compliments. Working with you and your performance was GREAT! We would recommend you without a doubt.
Lyn & Chris
Crystal Ballroom – Staunton, IL
We are so glad Downtime was willing to come to Florida for our wedding! Thank you for everything and for working with me to have the best dance party ever!
Jen & Ed O’Connor
South Seas Resort – Captiva Island, FL
I hope holiday season is finding you well! Now that we are back from the honeymoon, through Thanksgiving, and able to breath a bit before Christmas, Jason and I both want to thank you, and the rest of the Downtime Band, for helping make our wedding reception amazing! We had a total blast!
We got so many compliments on how great the band was and how much fun everyone had because of it! Several friends commented that they had never been to a wedding where the band was even good…let alone great! You managed to keep everyone (us especially!) on the dance floor the entire night! Not only that but you MC’d the night perfectly, we never had to worry about a thing.
Thank you so much for your attention to detail, your prompt response to any and all questions, your professional management of the vendor/client relationship and most of all, for ensuring that we were more than happy with our decision to have Downtime as our band. We are thrilled with our choice and will (already have!) recommended you all to our friends and family if they are ever in need of a great band.
With sincere thanks,
~Tiffany & Jason Hoppe
Hurstbourne Country Club – Louisville, KY
We can’t thank you enough for the fantastic time you and the band provided for us and our wedding guests Saturday night. We heard nothing but praise the entire night for the quality of the entertainment and sheer fun everyone had. You really contributed to making this the best wedding for our little girl and new son in law we ever could have imagined. Please don’t hesitate to use us as enthusiastic references for Downtime!
Lynda and Dave Marlett – Parents of Bride
Northfield Inn & Suites Conference Center – Springfield, IL
I was happy, but not excited, to book Downtime. That was my mistake, I should have been ecstatic because they were awesome! Not cliche awesome, but really awesome. Having Downtime perform truly made our reception, we received countless complements about how fantastic they were. Our guests obviously thoroughly enjoyed them, from the 2 year old ring bearer to our 87 year old aunt (both of whom were on the dance floor for at least two hours).
Dave did a great job MCing our event, he kept things moving along with no inane and pointless chatter. We threw a couple curve balls at the last minute regarding wedding party introductions and he handled it perfectly.
Jon was extremely professional and really easy to work with. From the first phone call to the last drum that was packed up after the reception he was always very helpful and responsive.
If you’re considering hiring a band for you wedding do it, and make sure Downtime is on your short list.
Christine & Mark Grabish
The Cedars Banquet Center – St. Louis, MO
Just wanted to say thanks for a perfect evening last night. You and the other band members did an awesome job and if you ever need a reference or person to suggest your band feel free to let me know. Thanks for being so patient with me for the past few months! So glad we had you guys!
James & Jessica Dashner
Sunset Country Club – St. Louis, MO
Adam and I wanted to write to say thank you for making our reception
so memorable (I am assuming it was for you too – I want to hear your
stories about our crazy guests!) and a huge success. I have received
tons of complements about your band and I must say that I thought you
all sounded incredible!
Heather and Adam
Lodge of the Four Seasons – Lake of the Ozarks
Dear Jon -
Thank you so much for the wonderful music and for your unfailing professionalism from our first contact until the end of our son’s and daughter-in-law’s wedding reception. Your prompt response to every question made our planning for the reception so much easier. You and Downtime are the best.
Live music is truly the best for a great party.
Thank you again for your help and for your superb musicians.
Kathie Price (Mother of the Groom)
Orlando Gardens – St. Louis, MO
Thank you so much for such a great reception. The band was terrific and so many people have inquired about you. BJ really wanted a live band for the reception and his parents agreed to book one. We are so happy Kathie found you. You really made the evening from the jazz at dinner to the dancing all night. I loved also how you kept me informed as to what was going on (especially at the beginning when the kids were ready and waiting to be introduced) You were a pleasure to work with. Jeanette is my middle of three daughters and both the other girls said they would love to have you at their receptions when and if they ever have the opportunity. John and I would agree in an instant. Thank you again!
Susan and John Schumer (brides parents)
Orlando Gardens – St. Louis, MO
Thank you so much for the fantastic music at our wedding. The band was extremely talented and left us beyond impressed and enjoyed every minute of it! You were great and very easy to work with, helpful, kind, responsive, organized and we really appreciate everything! Thanks for adding such a lovely touch to our very special day. Downtime was a hit.
Heather & Sam
City Museum – St. Louis
I’m finally getting the chance to send our sincere thanks for providing such great entertainment at our wedding reception!! You’ve received numerous compliments on how great you were and how much fun they had at our wedding! From the beginning you were so easy to work with and collaborated so well with all of our other vendors to work out the details. The ceremony musicians and jazz trio were great too! I really noticed when watching our video what a fabulous job they did. I have your contact info ready to send out to anyone that might need it.
Best of luck to you!
Rhandi & Adam Weinstock
Embassy Suites – Peoria, IL
P.S. – Thanks for the message on our video and even helping calm my nerves right before the ceremony.
Hey there! I wanted to tell you and Downtime Band THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! Words can’t describe how wonderful you all were… from the announcements, dinner music and the dancing!!! It was all amazing!! You kept the dance floor packed all night… even Ryan was on the dance floor and that rarely happens. I hope that I didn’t annoy you too much, thanks for letting me take my tambourine act public… I’m thinking about taking my act out on the road… ha!!
Seriously though, thank you for everything! The Reception was amazing and Downtime had a lot to do with that! I have recommended you to all my Brides and I hope to work with you all in the future!
Ameristar Casino – St. Charles, MO
Dear Jon & Downtime Band,
You guys were amazing. Everyone kept coming up to us at the reception to tell us how good the band was. Thank you for keeping the dance floor packed all night and for going out of your way to do the army/navy intro song. Should you ever need more references, please keep us in mind. Thank you so much!!
Rich & Rebecca Sheridan
Moulin Events – St. Louis, MO
I cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you and your band did at the wedding. Not only am I receiving compliments, but I am also getting questions on how to book you for other weddings, church picnics, etc… You wow-ed me, my guests, and even the owner of the reception venue. The music was great, allowing Mark and his posse to play was wonderful – Thank you for the drum set playing btw – and for letting them play a few along with the band. Our wedding would not have been such a hit without you.
Thanks so very much!!
Tiffany (Toennies) Iwinski
Hidden Lake Winery – Aviston, IL
I’ve been meaning to get this out to you sooner, but Bill and I and Emily and Sean want to thank you for the wonderful entertainment you provided for their wedding reception on October 25th. I’ve had several people ask me for your name and number. Everything was perfect! You and your musical group are professional and extraordinary. Your style in emceeing was very well done. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and it will be an evening we will never forget.
Again, thanks for sharing your musical talents with our families. I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple of our friends look you up for future events.
Bill and Laura Hecht (Parents of Bride)
Chase Park Plaza – St. Louis
Thanks Jon! You were awesome to work with, and I would recommend Downtime to anyone. You guys were awesome at our wedding. I think having the dance floor packed all night says it all. Good luck with everything for your wedding and maybe we’ll see you around the neighborhood.
Thanks again for everything!
Kristi & Matt Yehling
Sheraton Westport – St. Louis
Thanks for all of your help. Your group did a great job, we have heard
nothing but compliments from those at the wedding.
Thanks for making our special day even better.
Patrick and Carrie Barry
Spazio Westport – St. Louis
This email is long overdue! We just wanted to say thank you! Downtime did an amazing job at our wedding reception. The band was awesome and our guests are still talking about you all! It was a great party! You were all fantastic to work with! We couldn’t have asked for more.
Laura and Matt Westbrock
Sheraton Four Points – Fairview Heights, IL
Thank you Jon! You guys were amazing, I have received so many compliments! I’ll be sure to pass your name along to anyone I know that has an upcoming event, you were so great to work with.
Matt and Jessica Hoenes
World’s Fair Pavilion – St. Louis
We had a great time at the wedding and think you did a great job with everything. The songs we picked were performed perfect. Everyone was talking about how great you guys were…I thought working with you was a wonderful experience and appreciate everything.
Curt and Heidi Skiver
Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, AR
I knew we had found a good band, but I was delighted to find Downtime better then even my best expectations! It gave the whole evening a very elegant feel and you really did take care of everything during the reception, I didn’t have a single worry. Everyone loved it, the dance floor was always filled, and I kept getting asked all night how we had managed to find you. Having a live band perform, and in particular Downtime… really made the difference. We can’t thank you enough!
Steve and Rachel Molloy
Cedar Rapids, IA
Downtime offers an amazing mix of music guaranteed to entertain. The flow of the wedding reception was effortless on our part, because they took care of it all. We got compliments all night on the jazz, solo piano, and the band. Everyone wondered where we found such amazing talent! From start to finish, they were professional and full of personality. I’ve seen a lot of bands at wedding receptions, but none compared to Downtime. We can’t stop talking about it and couldn’t be happier! Thank you!!!
Brian and Erin Schniers
Cornerstone – Peoria, IL
Performing at a national big-box retailer may not be the ideal gig for a band of this caliber, but I can honestly say I could not have asked for a more professional and dynamic group for a recent grand re-opening event in St. Louis. Downtime was able to transform the front of the store into a dance floor filled with energy and excitement. It’s definitely an unexpected sight in a setting such as this! Their creativity and charisma is second-to-none. Next time I manage an event in their vicinity, they have certainly convinced me to make them my first choice for entertainment.
I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all of the band members for making our daughters reception a great time. We have had many compliments, especially on the band! Thank you for your patience in dealing with all my little concerns along the way. I will certainly pass your name along to anyone looking for a GREAT band to play at a party or reception. And yes, I will keep you in mind when my other daughters decide to get married.
Holiday Inn – St. Peters, MO
Downtime’s performance at this year’s Emmy Awards show was fun, energetic and added to the overall success of the night. Their music created a great atmosphere for the show and working with Downtime was an award-winning experience!
KETC Channel 9 (PBS)
Mid-America Emmy Awards
We could not have been more pleased with Downtime. Being from out of town made wedding planning challenging but Jon Spindler was by far the most responsive vendor answering all of our questions and requests quickly. His efforts were matched by each of Downtime’s band members. Downtime did an excellent job MC-ing our event and they provided the ideal music throughout the evening… from cocktail hour through dancing. We were extremely impressed by their performance and professionalism and recommend them to all our friends.
Thanks again for doing such a great job. Best of luck with everything in the future.
Sonja Bareiss-Wingard & Chris Wingard
Art Museum – Forest Park – St. Louis, MO
Thank you so much for playing our wedding. You guys kept the dance floor packed all night and left them begging for more at the end! The whole band was awesome and you did such a great job learning our song. You also were so professional and easy with which to deal. I wish all my vendors had been as great at communicating as you were.
Thank you again for making the evening so memorable and quite simply – a great party. Please feel free to send any potential clients my way. I promise rave reviews!
Mary Pat Benninger Carl
Forest Park Visitor’s Center – St. Louis, MO
I’ve been meaning to get to this earlier… but just wanted to write and say thanks so much for everything you and the band put together on Sept. 22 in Bloomington. Everything went perfect and I’ll never forget how you saved the day with iTunes and a little wi-fi!
The music was absolutely fantastic – you guys had the place rockin’. We got so many compliments on your presence and sound, so you have 300 or so new fans. The finale, despite my worries about the fireworks, was picture perfect. ‘At Last’ still rings in my ears, and every time it does I can see the pleasure in the crowds’ eyes and the love in my bride’s when the fireworks lit up the sky in concert with Downtime’s amazing voice.
Truly magnificent – memories for a lifetime. Thanks so much!
September 22, 07
Deer Park Manor – Bloomington, IN
Sarah and I just got back from Illinois on Saturday. We had a relaxing time on our honeymoon, and we had a very fun time at our wedding. I just wanted to say thank you for the great job your band did the day of our wedding. We were very impressed with the musicians that performed at both the ceremony and the reception. So many of our guests have commented on how good the band sounded. Once again, thanks again for everything, and please don’t hesitate to use us as a reference, we’d be happy to share our positive experience with future wedding couples
Marc and Sarah Pagnotta
Rend Lake Resort
Downtime was an excellent choice for our wedding reception! They are very versatile and outstanding musicians, who have a lot of experience not only in music, but also in how to make a particular event flow. They are also very easy to work with. We definitely got our money’s worth and feel very lucky to have been able to get them for our reception!
Embassy Suites – Little Rock, AR
Dear, Jon, David, Mat, Chris, & Nicole,
Thank you all so much for playing at our wedding. We had a great time dancing and have received many enthusiastic comments from guests about you. You really helped to make our wedding a very special and memorable event!! We were both really touched by your professionalism & talent. Best wishes in your future work.
John & Ann Smolen-Hetzel
Jon, Now that I have the time…
You guys were phenomenal. People are still asking who played at our wedding so that they can book you for their future events. The only complaint was that you ended too soon! The band was so accommodating, especially for a home wedding reception. Wes, my husband, loved playing the drums with you, and many people look at that as the highlight of the night. So thank you for letting him do that.
The dance floor was always packed and I have you to thank for that. We were so concerned that our guests have a good time and you definitely provided that. Please feel free to use us as references for anyone who asks. Hopefully my sister will also marry soon and we can hear you again!
Wesley and Jennifer Riesmeyer
I wanted to thank you for the fabulous music selections for our 10th Anniversary Party. I know the music really helped add to the atmosphere of the night.
St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles
Moulin – St. Louis, MO
I just wanted to write and say thank you for the music you provided at Our wedding. You guys were great, and everyone was really enjoying the music and having a great time! Thanks for answering all my questions along the way. Erik and I loved your rendition of the Gavin DeGraw song for our first dance. If you ever need references, feel free to use us. Thanks again! Have a great summer.
Margo and Erik (May 2006)
Downtime has great musicianship and talent, and they were also extremely professional. I was very impressed with their prompt responses to all my questions throughout the planning of my event, and their willingness to learn and perform a song outside of their normal repertoire on such short notice. With so many items to put together for any event, it was a great relief to know that I didn’t have to worry about the band once I booked them. The music was solid, they were punctual and well-prepared. I felt at ease and the event was a success!
Rob Bertman (May 2006)
Westwood Country Club – St. Louis, MO
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye to all of you, but I just want you to know you made that night so incredible. All we received since is compliments about how good the band was, how fun it was, and even one girl that wants to book you for her wedding. You were extremely professional, great fun, and truly everyone had a wonderful time because you were there.I told Rachel that we need to celebrate something else soon so that we can have you guys come play again… Give my best to the rest of the guys, next time I’m down near Edwardsville I’ll check and see if you are playing and see you there!
Luke and Rachel (June 2005)
We chose Downtime for our wedding reception from among a long list of St. Louis area bands because of their versatility and professionalism. From our first contact with the band, they displayed a willingness to accommodate our needs, which included traveling nearly 150 miles to play in a smaller venue with unique acoustics. Phone calls and emails were promptly returned and the band’s contract was straightforward and reasonable.
From the moment that Downtime opened the reception with an outstanding rendition of Van Morrison’s, “These Are Days”, we, along with our guests, were mesmerized by the band’s enthusiasm and energy. We literally spent the rest of the evening on the dance floor, dancing to songs from the band’s extensive repertoire.
In the days following our wedding, we received many notes from our guests thanking us for sharing such a special celebration with them, and their thoughts frequently reference the top-quality entertainment that Downtime provided. Downtime made our wedding reception a truly memorable occasion.
With our sincerest gratitude,
James & Holly Whitaker
(April 2005) Quincy, Illinois
Downtime played at the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour show and did a great job. They set just the right mood for this family oriented event playing songs that excited the attendees and exhibitors. Many of the exhibitors commented to me on how great the band sounded.
As a busy show manager, I was ecstatic with the results and with the fact that the band was able to function with a minimum of assistance from my staff and me. They just wanted to know where to set up and then they did an excellent job on entertaining the public. This was not an easy task in such a huge venue as America’s Center with over 10,000 people attending. I would highly recommend this band.
Dave Swanson Chairman World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour
(January 2005) America’s Center – St. Louis, MO
Friends and relatives were excited to attend our wedding reception because we had hired Downtime to play live music instead of the usual DJ service. Excitement turned to overwhelming joy when the band began performing their specialized play list of songs for all ages. The members of the band were energetic and fun-loving people willing to accommodate any need or Special request. Their rendition of “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones was phenomenal and will always hold a special place in our hearts as our wedding song.
As a newly married couple there are certain things that stand out about that night and the music performed by Downtime is at the top of the list.
Jason and Maria Connoyer
(June 2004) – Quincy, IL
You all were great to work with and the guests loved your music!
Melanie Cambridge – Quality Inn & Suites
Hannibal, MO (New Year’s Eve 2004, 2005 & 2006)