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June 2010 Headline Act for the 57th Annual Crusade for Children in Louisville, KY

"The best compliment that can be paid an entertainer is to re-book them on a consistent basis. With that in mind, we have surely paid the Marlins the ultimate compliment by having them entertain for the Kentucky Municipal League's past three annual conventions. Further, I have recommended the Marlins to many individual association executives, the American Society of Association Executives, and state municipal league colleagues throughout the nation.
The variety of music they offer creates a rapport with even the most diverse audience. 'Talent' is simply synonymous with 'The Marlins'. Just as important to a meeting planner is cooperation, and in that regard, I have found no entertainer(s) who offer more flexibility with a sincere willingness to meet unexpected variations in program scheduling or special requests. As an example, this year the Marlins developed a unique version of 'How Great Thou Art' for our invocation that was appreciated by 550 mayors, councilmembers, spouses, legislators and guests present at our annual banquet.
There is no group or single entertainer that I would have more trust and confidence in booking for any function or occasion than the Marlins. They appeal to everyone, offering a variety of soft music from the 40's through rock and roll of the 60's and the most current hits."

Edwin L. Griffin, Jr., CAE
Executive Director
Kentucky Municipal League

"All of us attending the AAA Southeastern Conference were thoroughly entertained by your group. As usual you displayed your enormous versatility and rare ability to just captivate an audience.
I have attended a number of Southeastern Conference meetings. At most of them 2/3 of the audience leaves after the awards. Those that don't are generally gone by 10:00 PM giving the band an abbreviated night. Well, we didn't do that. Your group had to work till midnight with nearly half of our group still present. That's a remarkable tribute. Furthermore, we received many glowing comments including 'best awards banquet we have ever attended,' and these comments came from veteran conference goers.
All in all, your group was the highlight of a very successful conference. We could not recommend you more highly."

R.L. Adams
Vice President Club Services
AAA Kentucky

"Once again, our thanks to you and your group for the wonderful performance for the Alumax party at the Stutz.  We have enjoyed the Marlins every year at Indy for many years and we hope to continue."

Penny D. Ziska
Indy Car Program Coordinator

"The Marlins were a big hit (my first clue was two aching feet when I finally crawled, no fell, into bed at 3:00). Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the Marlins' performance - and what a show it was!!
You are a true joy to work with. Your cooperation, flexibility and obvious commitment to performing your best comes across loud and clear. You all must enjoy what you do because you certainly look like you're having fun even when you're working.
It's been a long time since we've had such a good time that we wanted to hire the band for an extra set."

Crystal S. Coovert
AMAX Coal Industries, Inc.

"The Marlins is a fantastic musical group. Thank you for entertaining the delegates at the ASAE Regional Conference and Exposition. The variety of music (plus the entertainment) fit our group perfectly. We had a wide range of ages and interests in the group, and everybody enjoyed the variety and quality of the music and entertainment.
I would be glad to recommend to any association The Marlins for a dinner dance or entertainment. As you are aware, one of the most difficult things that associations have to do is to select a musical group that can appeal to all ages. The Marlins do that -- exceptionally well."

Jon P. Grove, CAE
Executive Vice President
American Society of Association Executives

"Our attendees' age range is from 45 to 90.  Sometimes it is difficult to provide the right entertainment for all ages but the Marlins met our every need. Their variety of music and sound was wonderful; they gave us something for everyone.  I received many compliments on the performance of the Marlins which included great show, fun, entertaining, and many more.  The Marlins were easy to work with and flexible to our needs.   I would recommend them to anyone seeking a professional, entertaining show.
I'm looking forward to working with you again next year."

Ginger J. Peterson
Human Resources
Ball Corporation

"You guys were AMAZING - can we do it again next year?"

George McNichols, President/CEO
Bedford Independent Federal Credit Union

"Boy, do you know how to make a party click. Thank you so much for providing the entertainment and making Carmel's first Inaugural Ball a truly special event.
Any time I've had the pleasure of attending a function where you played, I was always sorry when it was over. The dance was no exception. The feedback we have received has been fantastic and we look forward to continuing a tradition of having a Mayor's Ball on an annual basis. Thank you so very much for helping to make the Inaugural Ball such a special event."

Mayor Dorothy J. Hancock
City of Carmel, Indiana

"We would like to thank you for your fine performance. Your musical entertainment made our Captain's party a huge success. We heard many compliments from our customers, vendors and employees on the variety and style of music you performed. You could probably tell from the crowded dance floor that your enthusiasm for your music was projected to your audience.
On behalf of all of Clark Foodservice, thank you again and we look forward to seeing you perform again."

Lee Courson, General Manager
Clark Foodservice, Inc.

"I want to compliment you on the great performance. We have had several complimentary comments from the entire event.
Thanks again for allowing me to consider you all personal friends. I think that may be your greatest attribute. You all are so professional on stage, and yet so friendly when off stage. It is a pleasure to know you all."

Fred Lewis, Event Chairman
Seymour Lodge No. 462
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

"Thank you for performing the National Anthem during the historic 1993 Inaugural season.  It was a pleasure to work with you, and I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to perform before thousands of fans."

Gina Loretta Hale
Promotions Manager
Florida Marlins Baseball Club

"A sincere thank you from the Chicago Parts and Service District of Ford Motor Company for making our Medallion Managers Banquet so successful. Your musical talents, variety, good humor and professionalism contributed immensely to the wonderful evening enjoyed by so many Ford Motor Company and Ford dealership personnel. We appreciate all your extra effort and all your beautiful music. You made this a very memorable evening for us and for all our guests. We were indeed fortunate to have the Marlins as a vital part of our award celebration."

I. A. Sylvester, Administrative Manager
Chicago District, Ford Parts and Service Division
Ford Motor Company

"You list your services 'For Any Occasion', and I think you could add 'For Any Audience'. Your versatility of performance was equalled only by your quality.   Whether you were playing Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, or rocking to "Hammertime", the audience thoroughly enjoyed each rendition.
At Ford Motor Company, we understand the importance of quality in all things.  It is only natural that when we honor our finest dealer managers at our annual awards banquet, we look for the best in entertainment.   By booking The Marlins, we have done that for the past two years.  Continued success and best wishes to a very talented family."

Don Vahldick, Admin Manager
Ford Parts and Service Division
Ford Motor Company

"Our Annual Dinner/Dance was a great success this year.  I have had nothing but good comments from the people who attended.  I wanted to thank you for helping to make this possible. As always, you were a crowd pleaser for the young and old and were able to keep the dance floor 'hopping'.  It is always a delight to have you entertain and again want to thank you for helping to make our dinner/dance such a great success."

Jennifer D. Hall, President
Greater Indianapolis Firefighters Federal Credit Union

"What a great evening!  The Marlins provided the Home Builders Annual Inaugural Ball one of the best evenings of entertainment and dancing I can recall.  Your versatility makes you appeal to a wide group of people.
The music during dinner was excellent, just what we had in mind.  It provided a nice touch, plus you sent home many tired but happy feet from your great selections from throughout the years!
Thanks for helping make our evening a tremendous success."

Nancye McClanahan, Executive Assistant
Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky

"This was one of the best performances we have engaged."

Jesse Northcutt

"I would like to take this opportunity to express to you the fantastic response we have received on your performance. Many of the attendees commented that your music, showmanship, and professionalism was certainly the climax of our weekend. Your performance helped our convention to be what several said was the 'best ever'."

Thomas G. Dagley
Convention Co-Chairman
Illinois Association of Highway Engineers

"The compliments are still coming in about your appearance for us. You did it again and we truly appreciate your professionalism and the ability you have to read a crowd. As a meeting planner, you really make me look good!
We sincerely thank you for being with us and helping bring our convention to a close on a high note.  I will be contacting you again."

Jayne Admire, Special Events Coordinator
Indiana Association of Cities & Towns

"As always, the MARLINS did a great job! They always perform a variety of songs and styles that meet the tastes of a varied audience. No doubt they were the hit entertainment of the convention and very fitting for the inauguration of our new president."

Wendell C. Hoover, CAE
Direction of Education/Convention
Indiana Association of Realtors, Inc.

"The Marlins did it again!  Mesmerized the Indiana school board members. Before you completed your show, I was receiving requests to ask The Marlins to return next year."

Mary A Chapman
Supervisor of Conferences/Meetings
Indiana School Boards Association

"On behalf of the membership of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials, I want to thank you for a tremendous show at our Annual Meeting banquet.  Your show was excellent and the versatility of your act was unbelievable.  I can not tell you the number of superlatives that those in attendance expressed to me concerning your performance."

Dennis L. Costerison, Staff Coordinator
Indiana Association of School Business Officials

"Obviously the third time is a charm! The performance by The Marlins at the Annual Convention President's Evening of the Indiana Health Care Association was fantastic.  Have you ever seen a dance floor more crowded?!?  I haven't!
It seems that the Convention went very well, probably better than any Convention I have produced in the last 10 years. And I can assure you that your participation was truly a highlight of the Show.
Thank you very much for playing a big part in the success of the Annual Convention of the Indiana Health Care Association. I look forward to working with you again soon."

Terry J. Beyl, Deputy Executive Director
Indiana Health Care Association

"I would like to take the time to thank you for providing entertainment for the Indiana Young Farmers' members. As always your family does a fine job of keeping our members hopping. Once again, thanks for joining us with our Annual State Convention. Look forward to working with you again."

Lisa Moss, Executive Secretary
Indiana Young Farmers' Association

Text from a certificate awarded by Mayor William H. Hudnutt, III:
"City of Indianapolis Hereby Gratefully Acknowledges The Outstanding Services Of The Marlins Whose Contribution Toward The Betterment Of The Community Has Been Conspicuously Demonstrated In The Role Of 'Trees for Tomorrow' Celebration Visit of President George Bush"

And a personal letter from the Mayor:
"Thank you for providing such spirited and enthusiastic entertainment for the visit of the President and the 'Trees for Tomorrow' Celebration. I very much appreciate the extra effort that The Marlins made to perform at the event, and your performance was very well received by the thousands of people in attendance."

William H. Hudnutt, III
Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana

"Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed the Marlins at the Local Issues Conference in Louisville. I have heard nothing but favorable comments about the dance, which helped make this year's conference one of the best we have ever had."

Junior Wright, Deputy Commissioner
Office of the Governor
Department of Local Government
Frankfort, Kentucky

"WOW!! What a show!! You sure had 500 human services employees entertained and dancing for the evening.  Your variety of music and showmanship so impressed our members that the mood in the air was, 'Can we get them back for next year's convention?'"

Keller Campbell, Jr., President
Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources

"I wanted to thank you for your performance at our fund raising event with the Indianapolis COLTS. You guys were great! The music was just what we wanted; the patriotic set made the whole evening. I cannot thank you enough for your fine performance. From Gary's piano playing during the reception to The Marlins' dinner and dance music, we could not have asked for anything more perfect for this event. The Marlins made the party!"

Carrie Giannakos, Special Events Coordinator
Mental Health Association in Indiana, Inc.

"Just want to take a minute of your time and say a heartfelt THANK YOU!!!
Your performance at our Quarter Century Club Banquet was all that you said it would be plus a whole lot more. I have heard so many positive comments from those in attendance. They are saying this was the best entertainment we have ever had. Thanks for doing such a great job and making me look good!"

Linda L. Zilm, Judy K. Talbott, Tamee L. Baugher
Miles, Inc.

"THANK YOU to the entire group for a wonderful evening of entertainment. Our people really loved your show!  It's easy to understand how you keep performing year after year.
I received so many positive comments about the evening.  'Best entertainment ever' was the most common remark."

Geri Peterson
Buying Markets Coordinator
Our Own Hardware

"Following your performance Derby night, my boss approached me and said, "book them for next year!" Not only are the Marlins musically talented, they are entertainers in the true sense of the word. They know how to 'read' a crowd, which is so important for the type of functions I coordinate."

Patty Palmer
Special Events Coordinator
Philip Morris, USA

"Thank you for your superlative performance at RCI's Christmas Celebration again this year. I can highly recommend you to future clients and will hope that RCI can book the band again in the future.
Our RCI staff and guests really enjoyed your music. The variety of your selections satisfied all tastes."

DeLoris Gregory, CMP
Resort Condominiums International, Inc.

"You certainly did not make me work for my money when I had to promote you.  All I had to do was place my advertisement in the right places, saying who would be appearing at Opening Ceremonies and when everyone read or heard The Marlins, that was it.  Your terrific talent obviously speaks for itself.  We have had nothing but good things said about your show. It is certainly clear that South Bend, Indiana, loves The Marlins."

Colleen D. Schultz, Public Relations Director
St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

"Thank you for the wonderful entertainment The Marlins provided  to the delegates at the IIMC Conference.  Your group's music was a hit and enjoyed by everyone. The Kentucky clerks were thrilled you were a part of Kentucky's presentations."

Bobbie J. Brenner
City Clerk/Administrator
City of Shelbyville, Kentucky

"I would like to take this time to drop you a note in which I can not find enough words to express my gratitude for your terrific music and personalities, that you once again provided at our club dance.  I have been contacted by so many, to both thank the 500 Club for the excellent band or to ask for your phone number so that they might have you, The Marlins, to their function."

Robert Butterfield, Jr., President
Indianapolis 500 Shrine Club

That was the unanimous opinion of the employees of Swifty Oil Co., Inc.  Your family's performance at the party was responsible for the good time had by all."

Don R. Smith, Sr.
Vice President - Marketing
Swifty Oil Co., Inc.

"Thanks again for another outstanding night of music. You guys made a hero out of me again."

Robert H. Starnes, Vice President
Western Southern Life

"Just a note to let you know how we thoroughly enjoyed your performance. Not only are you extremely talented but you are also genuinely nice people. You were a real pleasure to work with. We look forward to our next opportunity to have your talented group entertain us again."

Dianne Settle, Advertising Manager
Wetterau Food Distribution Group

"What a fabulous, unbelievable show of entertainment! Again, the crowd loved you all so much that I didn't think they would let you leave. Since I had never seen you perform before I was excited and The Marlins were even more than I expected. You are not only wonderful musicians with fabulous 'crowd-pleasing' personalities but you are all really nice people!
Again, thank you for a 'killer' of a show.  I am looking forward to working with you again soon!"

Mandy Moore, Event Coordinator
Marsh Village Pantry
The Wiersma Co.