Testimonials & References


Below are some testimonials and recent references of ours:

 

"Mark, Thank you!  We had such a wonderful evening and your efforts really helped set the mood.  Looking forward to working with you in the future.  

All the best,"

--Toni O., Lowry Hill (Semple Mansion,  Minneapolis, MN)-  Holiday Party

 

"Dear Mark, Thank you again for bringing wonderful music to our office gathering.  You made the evening very special."                     
--B. Andrew B., Dorsey & Whitney, LLP (Minneapolis, MN)-  Holiday Party

 

 I wanted to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for the wonderful job you and your ensemble did.  Sooooo many people commented on how good you were.  Your musicianship and presence was amazing!  It helped to create the atmosphere of class and elegance that we were looking for and what was truly great was that the band was able to "back off" and be in the background for the dinner the bring it up and really swing for the dance.  You have brought together a wonderful group of musicians of the highest caliber and I am happy to be a reference whenever you need it.  What made my night (and that of many of the people) was your ability to sight read two charts to perfection -well done!!  I wish you luck in the future thanks for helping to make our day so very special!!
-Eric S., Blaisdell Mansion (Minneapolis, MN)—Wedding reception


The right group for this event! Mark and his group, all very talented, played a variety of music, their sound was good, and they didn't overpower the group's dinner conversations. Thanks Mark for a job well done!

--Sharyn B. (Des Moines, IA)--Corporate Dinner--Minneapolis, MN

 

“Your group is very talented and brought elegance to our event. We
would highly recommend you to anyone looking for great live music for
any event. Thanks again.”

 John and Anna M., Golden Valley G.C. (Golden Valley)—Wedding Reception

  

 

The band did a great job! We kept hearing compliments about it all
night and continue to hear how wonderful they did. The music was
perfect and easy to dance to. I had several guests tell me it was the
best band they had ever heard at a wedding! I really appreciated them
playing the songs we requested as well. We had so much fun dancing at
our wedding that we didn't want the night to end! Thank you so much!

--
Aaron & Laura R., Millenium Hotel (Minneapolis, MN)—Wedding reception


 


You did a wonderful job. Everyone enjoyed the music so much, and want to hear you again! You are truly gifted.  

--Mary H., Event Planner, Augustana Apartments (Minneapolis, MN)--Luncheaon



Mark and his 4 piece Jazz band played at our wedding reception.  The music was wonderful!  I had a number of guests come up during the show and even a couple days later and comment on how much they enjoyed the party, especially the music selection.  Mark also accommodated my every request and his set up and take down was virtually unnoticeable! Thanks guys!  

--Marc and Lori D. (Foley, MN)—Wedding Reception



  'They did a wonderful job and we've received many compliments. They really made our wedding reception special. I would highly recommend them!!'

--Todd W. (Minneapolis, MN)-- Wedding - Excelsior, MN



Mark and his 4 piece Jazz band played at our wedding reception.  The music was wonderful!  I had a number of guests come up during the show and even a couple days later and comment on how much they enjoyed the party, especially the music selection.  Mark also accommodated my every request and his set up and take down was virtually unnoticeable! Thanks guys!

 

--Marc and Lori D. (Foley, MN)-- Wedding - Pease, MN



'Mark's jazz trio was a perfect choice for my company's holiday party. The musicians are very talented and friendly; everyone loved the music. They provided our party with a nice variety of jazz standards for background music. I would highly recommend this group to anyone.’

--Cara T. (Minneapolis, MN)-- Corporate Function - Minneapolis, MN

 

Mark Yannie's small swing band made our wedding reception a night to remember! We hired a swing instructor for an hour, and the band took it from there. Many of our guests raved about the band's large repertoire and high quality performance. Needless to say, we were incredibly pleased with Mark and his band and would recommend him highly.’
--Jane P. (Chicago, Illinois)-- Wedding Reception - La Crosse, WI



Mark Yannie’s great sax, flute and clarinet sound accompanied by various sound tracks from the standards to more current tunes created a perfect back drop for our daughter’s graduation party.  The benefit of quality live music like Mark is that people continue to interact and enjoy one another while enjoying the music as well---it’s not over powering but exceptional quality.  People also hung around longer than expected and I attributed that to having Mark there.  Thanks Mark, if I can ever provide a personal reference don’t hesitate to contact me. 

--Pete H., (Minnetonka, MN)—Graduation Party



 

'Mark played at our wedding on a paddle boat in Mn. He was outstanding! His music added a lot to our ambiance. It was great to have such nice live music playing while our guests mingled.'

--Michele D. (San Diego, CA)-- Wedding - Stillwater, MN

 

'Mark, Just a quick note to thank you and the other musicians for last nights music.  My parents had a great evening and I know they and their invited guests enjoyed your group. Thanks, too, for your great professionalism - I enjoyed working with you.'

--Diane L. (Minneapolis, MN)-- Anniversary - Minneapolis, MN

 

'Mark and his orchestra were very accommodating...learning extra songs for our occasion. They were very good musicians and entertaining. My whole family was very pleased.'
-
-Paul S. (Rochester, MN)-- Anniversary - Minneapolis, MN

 We could not have been happier with The Small Big Band.  Mark Yannie is easy to work with and very accommodating.  The members of the band are very talented and they have a wonderful sound.  We had a trio for dinner music, this was a very good idea.  And then we had the band for after dinner.  They played for 3 hours which was perfect.  People danced and we all had a great time.  I would highly recommend them.
--Sally K. (Eden Prairie, MN) – Wedding, Eden Prairie, MN

 Mark’s small big band was the perfect complement to my daughter’s simple, yet classic wedding celebration.  The band’s repertoire of swing standards were delivered with style and sophistication.  Highly recommended.  

--Randy H. (Maple Grove, MN) – Wedding, Minneapolis, MN

 

References by Musical group

Quartet

Small Big Band

Trios

Jazz Duo

Classical Duo

Solo



 General Mills                                     (Jazz Trio) 

Holiday Party

Rebecca Hansen

rebecca.hansen@genmills.com

 

Dorsey & Whitney LLP              (Jazz Duo)

112 Eatery

Holiday Party

Trudy Berg

Berg.Trudy@dorsey.com

 

  

Questar Data Systems                       (Jazz Trio)  

Holiday Party

Stella's Fish Cafe & Oyster Bar 

Cara Tooley

CTooley@questarweb.com

 

 

Dow Chemical -Conference                  (Small Big Band)

JAM Productions, Chicago, Ill.

Hotel Sofitel //  Walker Art Center        (Jazz Quartet)

Carrie Percival /Matt McGinn

 

Minnesota Vikings, Metrodome             (Jazz Quintet)

Live music on the Concourse Pre-Game

 

Prior Lake Rotary Dinner, Prior Lake, MN             (Jazz Duo)

Fundraiser

Reid Peterson

reidp@alphavideo.com

 


 

Sibley County FIA, Gaylord, MN                         (Jazz Quartet)

Fundraiser

Tami Stadtherr

sibleycountyfia@yahoo.com

 

 

Cedarhurst Mansion                                                      (Quintet)

Wedding Reception

Anthony Vinci

anthonyvinci@hotmail.com

 



 

Marriott-Minneapolis,West                   (Jazz Trio)

Wedding Reception

Oliver Bernal

bernal125@hotmail.com

 

Smokey's Restaurant                             (Jazz Duo)

Manitowish Waters, WI

Elizabeth Albers

ealbers@uline.com

 

 

Foshay--Hotel "W"                                                   (Jazz Trio)

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

Kirsten Johnson

KJohnson@mspcommunications.com

 

 

Gull Lake Drive-In, Brainerd, MN                            (Small Big Band)

Wedding Reception

Gwen Burggraff 

burggraff7@hotmail.com

 

 

Wabasha Caves, St. Paul, MN                                  (Small Big Band)

Wedding  Ceremony & Reception

Erin Manthey   

erin.manthey@gmail.com

 

Private Residence  Eden Prairie, MN                       (Small Big Band)

Wedding Reception

Sally Knaeble

knaeble@hotmail.com

 

  

Park & Fly                                              (Jazz Duo)

Holiday Jazz 

Marcia Simning, Facility Manager-Minneapolis

msimning@pnf.com

 

Waterfront Restaurant, La Crosse, Wisconsin         (Small Big Band)

Wedding Reception

Jane Perpich

jane.perpich@gmail.com   

 

 



Fair Isaac Corporation                        (Solo Sax)

Party

Annie Pearson

AnniePearson@fairisaac.com

  

CSM Corporation                                (Trio)

Business Luncheon                              

Ed Chan

echan@csmcorp.net

 

South Lake Excelsior Chamber            (Jazz Trio)

Holiday Party

Linda Murrell

eacc@isd.net

 

White Bear Lake Historical Society    (Jazz Duo/ Quartet)

Fundraiser

Ellen Richter

ejrichter@comcast.net

 

Convention Party                                   (Jazz Trio)

Al & Alma's Restaurant                        

Mound, Minnesota

 

University Club--St.Paul (Downtown)               (Big Band)

Concordia College Dance

- Sydnee Bickett / Jason Rahn

bickett@csp.edu / rahn@csp.edu

 

  

Lost Spur Country Club                      (Small Big Band)

Wedding Reception

Michael Placko & Kariann Betzle

mikeplacko@aim.com

 

Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce       (Jazz Trio)

Bayview Event Center 

'Taste of the Lakes'

patsy@lakeminnetonkachamber.com

 

Private Home

Birthday Party                                    

David Lane                              (Quartet)

 

Wedding Reception

St. James Hotel, Red Wing, Minnesota     (Jazz Quartet)

James Johnson  & Marlene Colella 

jamesdalejohnson@yahoo.com

 

Walker Art Museum                    (Small Big Band & Trio)

Wedding

-Amy Griffith     

 grif0167@umn.edu            

 

St. Paul Hotel

Anniversary

- Gregg Dietzman                                    (Quartet)

dietzman@rockisland.com

 

                           

Burl Oaks Country Club                           (Quartet)       

-Wedding

Cindy Mellum  

Don Abel, Club Manager        

 

Price, Waterhouse, Coopers                   (Trio)              

Holiday Party

Jenny Alba                              

 

Minneapolis Club

Event-Dance                                      

Robin Hartwell                          (Small Big Band)

 

Hennepin Technical College                 

Fundraiser

Jean Morphew                                  (Trio)

 

Three Rivers Park District-Cleary Lake         

Picnic

Libby Jensen                             (Duo)

 

Minnesota History Center        

Wedding

Dave Wehner                          (Small Big Band)

 

 

Harriett Bishop Paddleboat

Wedding

Maria Cain                             (Trio)

 

Dollars for Scholars, Kimball, MN                   

Fundraiser

Kathy Roos                              (Quartet)

 

Private Home

50th. Birthday Party

Gwen Briesemeister                 (Quartet)

 

Bearpath Country Club

Dinner/Strolling

Tim Conners                           (Trio)

 

  

222-At-The-Village

Wedding

Candy Holker                        (Quartet)

 

Wedding Planner

Danielle Noeske                    (Quartet)

 

Private Home

Graduation Party

Martha Kolsum                     (Solo Sax)

 

Cathedral of St. Paul

Picnic

Laurie Krupp                         (Quartet)

 

Lake Harriet—Peace Garden                 (Solo Flute)

Magnolia Blossom Paddleboat

Wedding

Hassan Saffouri

Chris Kunz                               (Quartet)

 

 Jax Café

50th. Anniversary

Diane Lucas                           (Trio)

 

Mill City Museum                                            

Wedding

Eileen Roberts                         (Quartet)

 

 Radisson Hotel, St. Cloud

Wedding Dinner

-Tracy Wilson/Aaron Goman                               (Trio)

 

Courage Center, Golden Valley

Birthday Party

-Peter Hansen                                                       (Trio)

peter.hansen@electrolux.com

 

 

Cedar Valley Church                                          (Jazz Quartet)

Wedding Reception

- Stephanie Collins

stephlc6463@msn.com

 

Spring Art Party                                                 (Jazz Duo)

Northside Arts Collective

- Roxy McCann /Sarah Burke

 

 

Wedding Reception                                             (Jazz Quartet)

New Ulm

-Christi Jenkin

cjenkin@alum.blc.edu

 

 

Wedding Ceremony & Reception                    (Flute Duo)

Como Park, St. Paul                                        (Jazz Trio)                   

-Satish Jayaram & Joy Gjevre   (Quintet /Vocalist) 

joygjevre@gmail.com          

 

 

Wedding Ceremony                              (Duo)

Colleen Jenson/ Ahren Tschida

 colleenjenson@hotmail.com

 

Dorsey Law Firm                                   (Duo)

Convention

Susan Trapskin 

 

Wedding Reception                              (Small Big Band & Trio)

Cedarhurst Mansion

Carrie Eldridge & Jesse Mollner                                   

cleldridge@comcast.net

 

 

Anniversary                                            (Small Big Band)

Litchfield, MN

Jennifer Bjorhus 651-228-2146, 651-222-6129 

jbjorhus@pioneerpress.com

 

 

Wedding Reception                                (Jazz Quartet)

Hudson Golf Club, Hudson, Wisconsin

Ellen Lois

elois@wi.rr.com

 

Wedding Reception                                 (Swing Trio)

Minnesota Boat Club

Peter Tanghe

tanghems@comcast.net

 



Christmas Party                                           (Swing Trio)

Coachman Super Club, Baldwin, Wisconsin

McMillan Electric Company

Sherry DeLong

SDeLong@MCMILLANELECTRIC.COM

 

Holiday Party                                           (Jazz Quartet)

Minikhada Club, Minneapolis, MN

Zimmerman-Reed Law Office

Lindsey Rothrum

lar@zimmreed.com

 



 

City of Blaine, Minnesota                          (Swing Trio)

Concert Series

Shari Kunza

skunza@ci.blaine.mn.us

 

Pulte Homes                                            (Jazz Duo)

Open House

Katie Hedges

khedges@pulte.com

 



 

Earl Brown Heritage Center                       (Solo Piano)

Reception

Pam Gantz

 

Saint Paul College                                      (Jazz Trio)

Awards Ceremony

Jim Brown

 

Centennial Lakes                                         (Flute Duo)

Wedding Ceremony

Susie Sykes

sample732@hotmail.com

 

 

Rush Creek Country Club, Maple Grove, MN  (Small Big Band)

Wedding Reception

Abby Hahn/Mike Hoffman

abby.hahn@hotmail.com

 

North Links Golf Club, North Mankato, MN     (Jazz Duo/Quintet)

Wedding Reception

Erika Christensen

Erika.Christensen@blc.edu

 

North Commons Park, Minneapolis, MN                        (Jazz Quartet)

Northside Arts Collective

Connie Beckers, Executive Director

nacarts@earthlink.net

 

 

Funeral                                                                             (Solo Flute)

Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Mike White, Funeral Director

aazach@charter.net

 

United Parcel Service, Maple Grove, Minnesota                 (Jazz Trio)

Centennial Celebration

Cathy Bennett

cjbennett@ups.com

 

 Andiamo Paddle Boat                          (Solo Sax)

Wedding Reception

Michele Dwyer

mintocali@yahoo.com

 

 

City of Minnetonka Amphitheater

Concert in the Park

Ann Davy-Recreation Services

adavy@eminnetonka.com

 

St. Cloud Convention Center             (Small Big Band & Duo)

Wedding Reception

Brian Anderson

ande4723@umn.edu

 

Bayview Event Center              (Jazz Trio)

Wedding Reception

Todd Wetter

tawetter@yahoo.com

 

 

Hudson Golf Club                     (Jazz Quartet)

Wedding Reception

Terri McDowell

Teri.McDowell@deluxepinpoint.com

 



 

Plymouth Creek Center             (Jazz Trio)

Wedding Reception

Anton Klotchko

quicksilver5797@hotmail.com

 

Private Home                             (Jazz Duo)

Pool Party

Jerry Eggenberger

geggenberger@gmail.com

 

Nicollet Island Pavillion                  (Jazz Duo)

Wedding Reception

Jayme Shimek

shim0153@umn.edu
 

 

Lund’s Marketplace—Uptown               (Jazz Duo)

Holiday Jazz                



 

Maple Grove Parks and Recreation           (Jazz Duo)

Luncheon



 

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse               (Trio)

Employee Reception

 

Marquette Hotel                          (Trio)

Wedding Reception

Shannon Norsted

shanbecca@gmail.com

 

The Commons on Marice             (Small Big Band)

Senior Dance

Karen Ostler

651-688-9999

 

Madden's Resort                        (Small Big Band)

Independence Day Celebration

Ben Thuringer

ben@maddens.com

 

 

City of Excelsior           (Jazz Trio)

Park Concert--Band Shell

 

 

City of Eden Prairie        (Jazz Trio)

Park Concert--Purgatory Park

 

 

 

Dellwood Golf Club        (Jazz Trio)

Wedding Reception

Gary Davis

garmar354@comcast.net

 

Hilde Performing Arts Center    (Jazz Quartet)

Plymouth, MN



Dellwood Golf Club        (Jazz Quartet)

Wedding Reception

Katy Hei Danko

katyhei@yahoo.com

 

City of Richfield          (Jazz Trio)

Park Concert



 

 

City of Hastings Music Series         (Jazz Trio)

LeDuc Mansion

 

 

City of Golden Valley         (Jazz Trio)

Park Concert

 

College Club, St. Paul                           (Small Big Band & Trio)

Wedding Ceremony and Reception

 

North Oaks C.C.                (Jazz Trio)

Wedding Reception

Erin Callahan

erincallahan2001@yahoo.com

 

University Club, St. Paul        (Jazz Trio)

RNC

April Ponnuru

april@nationalreview.com

 

Coborn's Food Stores, Big Lake, MN      (Jazz Duo)

Holiday Music

Diane Skillingstad

Diane.Skillingstad@cobornsinc.com

 

Kowalski's Market, Woodbury, MN        (Jazz Duo)

Holiday Music

Steve Szondy

woodbury@kowalskis.com

 

 

Fiduciary Counselling Inc., St. Paul Hotel       (Flute & Harp)

Banquet

Jennifer Orton
jdo@fidcouns.com

 

 

Minnesota Vikings, Metrodome             (Jazz Quintet)

Live music on the Concourse Pre-Game

 

 

Lake Harriet                                         (Solo Sax)

Funeral

Kristin Tabor

kristintabor@getyourrearingear.com

 

Prior Lake Rotary Dinner, Prior Lake, MN             (Jazz Duo)

Fundraiser

Reid Peterson

reidp@alphavideo.com

 


Sibley County FIA, Gaylord, MN                         (Jazz Quartet)

Fundraiser

Tami Stadtherr

sibleycountyfia@yahoo.com

 

Cedarhurst Mansion                                                      (Quintet)

Wedding Reception

Anthony Vinci

anthonyvinci@hotmail.com

 



Marriott-Minneapolis,West                   (Jazz Trio)

Wedding Reception

Oliver Bernal

bernal125@hotmail.com

 

Smokey's Restaurant                             (Jazz Duo)

Manitowish Waters, WI

Elizabeth Albers

ealbers@uline.com

 

Downtown Lakeville Business Association        (Jazz Trio)
Park Concert
Judy Tschumper
dlba@frontiernet.net
 


Private Residence- Edina , MN                        (Jazz Trio)
Wedding Reception  
Jay Fogelberg
Jcfogelberg@aol.com

 
Private Residence- Bloomington , MN                        (Jazz Duo)
Wedding Reception  
Danielle Durkin/Mark Oldenkamp
danielle.durkin@allina.com

Park Concert                                                    (Jazz Duo)

Prior Lake, MN                                              

Lori Drabant, Recreation Programmer

LDrabant@CityofPRIORLAKE.com

 

Crown College                                                  (Jazz Trio)

University Concert

St. Bonifacius, MN

smithk@crown.edu

 

Adoption Fundraiser                                  (Jazz Trio)                    

Minneapolis Public Library

Clare Sorman

clare_sorman@yahoo.com

 

Ukranian Event Center              (Jazz Trio)                    

Wedding Reception

 Clare Sorman

clare_sorman@yahoo.com

 


St. Barneys Jazz Series                                (Small Big Band)

Concert

Plymouth, MN

Jeff Whitmill

jeff@whitmill.net

 

Trinity Episcopal Church of Anoka              (Jazz Duo)

Mardi Gras Party

Rochelle Pittman

crpttmnc@msn.com

 

Union Depot, St. Paul, MN                         (Small Big Band) 

Wedding Reception                            

Gretchen Sagmoe

gsagmoe@hotmail.com

 

Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center                 (Jazz Quartet)

Wedding Reception  

Marc Dunker

johnsondunker@yahoo.com

 

Millenium Hotel, Minneapolis, MN                                (Small Big Band & Duo)

Wedding Reception

Laura Bukowski                      

lcbukowski@gmail.com

 

                                               

Wirth Golf Club, Golden Valley, MN                (Jazz Trio)

Wedding Reception

Jon  McDonough & Anna Grasso                    

anna.grasso@netspi.com

 

 

Augustana Apartments, Minneapolis, MN                     (Solo Flute)

Mother’s Day Dinner

Mary Harding, Event Planner

mmhardin@augustanacare.org

 Graduation Party—Minnetonka, MN                         (Solo Sax/Flute)

Private Residence
Pete Henschel
pete.henschel@uscm.org


Park Concert—St. Louis Park, MN                 (Jazz Quartet)

Rick Birno

RBIRNO@stlouispark.org

 

 

Parade—Osakis, MN                                      (Dixieland Quartet)

Phil Reed

philreedins@midwestinfo.net



 

Small Big Band

‘Cease & Desist’

Jazz Quartet

‘Yannie Jazz Quartet’

Trios

Flute&Piano

‘Mark II’

Flute Duo