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Review Cate Cody Salty Dogs Band at our wedding

12th October 2011 • Dave

Cate you really made our dreams come true! The sound track for our big day will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Thank you!

Emma and I married on 16 July, and music played a big part in our day. Our evening reception for 110 guests was held in the dining room of a 16th century country house near Worcester. The music would need to fill the room, but not dominate. We wanted a high quality swing band who would bring a touch of class to proceedings, and still be sufficiently lively to get people up dancing. We wanted some songs that people would recognise, but not be too cheesy or predictable.

We asked around the performers we knew. We spent countless hours searching online. We even tried to assemble our own group of talented musicians. We were starting to feel frustrated that all the music acts we had auditioned were either too rocky, avant-garde, or simply not good enough to meet our high expectations. Then, somehow we stumbled on Cate’s web site, and knew instantly that she was the one.

Cate Cody and the Salty Dogs band is every bit as good in real life as they sound on her show reel. From the moment we first contacted Cate we felt we were in safe hands. If Cate doesn’t reply to your email immediately, the chances are she’s performing or travelling to another gig. So leave it a couple of days. Cate will pay close attention to all your requirements, and will get back to you.

Cate worked with us to select a song for our first dance, and was even willing to consider learning additional numbers, as she was keen to expand her already impressive repertoire.

Cate is the true professional and will think of everything. The band arrived nearly 2 hours before the performance to set up. And even when they started tuning up they sounded completely fresh. An extraordinary achievement as they’d just landed back from a jazz festival in Denmark. Don’t trust any band who doesn’t make sure you have sufficient space, power outlets, and allows sufficient time for setup and tuning.

Cate put us at ease and remained serenely calm, encouraging our other guests to join us, as we giggled our way through our first dance. The American song book is much more extensive than the over-played standards you usually hear at weddings. As well as performing swing favourites you know and love, Cate
Will introduce you to some undiscovered treasures.

The volume of the band and vocals were loud enough to cut through the crowd noise without making conversation difficult. And by the end of the evening the dance floor was full with guest’s young and old having a fantastic time.

Following our wedding, many guests, and even staff at the venue, commented on how wonderful the band was. And asked how we’d found Cate. Make no mistake, Cate will give your event an extra degree of style and sophistication you didn’t think possible.

Cate you helped make our wedding day truly magical. Your performance was the perfect honeymoon preparation, where we danced the nights away aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary II.

A thousand thanks.

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Dave and Emma Williams, Worcester

–Message from Cate Cody–

Wow, I’m speechless…you really were the perfect clients! The thought that has gone into writing this is so kind and I’m obviously delighted and also very proud that you were so pleased with the band. I shall forward your comments onto the others we truly enjoyed your wedding because there was such a great atmosphere from the start and everyone made us feels very welcome. We’re really glad we were part of your special day

Thank you again

Cate xxx

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