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Here is what our satisfied clients are saying about our performances.

From the June 8, 2019 Wedding Reception at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus:

The orchestra was a pleasure to have perform at our wedding! Their sound and vocals were silky smooth and top notch. Their performance was very polished. Our guests were entertained all evening, and many were recording videos of their performance. We worked with Tom Billing to put together a precise playlist for the reception and they pulled it off to a T. Big thanks to Bob, Tom and the group for a great evening!


From the February 16, 2019 concert at the Litton Center in Hamilton:


Dear Bob,

It was an incredible event for us all!    Already working on future ideas for The BGO!

You guys were just outstanding!!


Paul John Stanbery
Post-Corbett Laureate
Music Director and Conductor
Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus



From the August 19th Waynesville Wedding Reception:


Hi Bob, 


We just wanted to tell you again how much we appreciate you and the band playing at the wedding reception. We are still hearing from attendees (and neighbors) about how much they enjoyed the music, and you and the guys are awesome to work with. What a great pleasure to have friends like you to share in this great event. Many thanks to you and the group.


Cynthia and Bob


From Jane Mitakides of the Dayton Dance Club following the December 2nd dance at Moraine CC:

Bob, thank you once again for providing such spectacular music for the 2016 Christmas Party for the Dayton Dance Group.

We loving having the Bob Gray Orchestra, and always “save” you for Christmas, since you are everyone’s favorite!!

From Candy Marballi following her daughter's wedding reception in Cincinnati, OH:


Tom, a million thanks for a job well done!! Absolutely awesome on every level and folks continually commented on how great you all were asking how we found you, including a member of Obamas cabinet who hosts functions in cinci sometimes. You made the celebration memorable and joyous for all of us!!! I loved watching your orchestra as well as those on the dance floor. You all are a gift to the tri state and you can count on a 5 star review. 

All our best, Candy


From Andrew Ellis following his wedding reception in Bucyrus, OH:

The Bob Gray Orchestra played for our wedding reception on 6/20/15. They were truly a gift. The communication was smooth and they were very accommodating. Our reception was on the third floor and they still brought all their equipment up without any help. Our list was customized to the songs we liked and they played them incredibly well. They even gave us a bit of personal flare on a few of the songs. I would highly recommend these guys as they are truly amazing and worth every cent.

From Ann Puckett following her birthday party at Jackass Flats:

The Bob Gray Orchestra was able to play my 40th birthday party at a last minute notice (I booked them within 3 weeks of the event).  Working with Tom to iron out the last minute details was easy and stress-free as he was completely professional and detail oriented.  The party was a 1940's theme so the band wore matching period attire and played fantastic music, all from that time period as we requested.  They were able to make recommendations on music to play and were accommodating for us to play our iPod on their breaks.  I heard so many great compliments on the music and the guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  I highly recommend the Bob Gray Orchestra - they are fantastic.  We will definitely be booking them again.  - Ann Puckett 

From Denise Strickland, following her wedding reception in Sunbury, OH:

The Bob Gray Orchestra surpassed my expectations in every way! They were very quick at returning emails and phone calls, and they were extremely professional in their communication and their demeanor on the wedding day. They arrived to set up way ahead of time, handled announcements during the reception with ease, and knew exactly what to play to keep people out of their seats. Our dance floor was literally packed the entire night! I'm looking for an excuse to have another big event, just so I can have them play for me again!  We were so very pleased with the band, and all of your professionalism and helpfulness leading up to the big day! 

From Nancy Farkas, chair of the Dayton Opera Ball:

 As Chair of the 2014 Opera Ball, I worked closely with Bob Gray and his team to select the music for our 1940’s themed event “In the Mood”. The ball was a huge success and this was due in great part to the music which was fabulous and which kept to the theme throughout the entire evening. So many guests have since told us that this was the best ball they had ever attended and that The Bob Gray Orchestra was fabulous.



From Bob King, long-time musician after the Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village concert:

"There is nothing like listening to a group of seasoned professionals, playing, tight, well written charts, who know what they're doing, performing in a relaxed manner and having fun.  Every musician in the band is an excellent weak links.   Over the years I've been privileged to hear many guys ranks up in the top tier."  


From Judie Papenbrock re Birthday Party: 

They could not have done a better job for us and our guests. I received compliments all night. We had people dancing in the hall. I would hire them again without hesitation.  We had a very happy group due in good part to you and the orchestra.  I'll recommend you to anyone.  I just can't thank you enough.  People kept asking me where I found you and I just kept saying, "In underrated Springfield".  It was like having a private concert. I can't wait to cross paths again.


From Dayton's #1 Dance Fan:

We were at Riverscape on August 8th, 2013, having attended all of the first four bands that performed this year.  The Bob Gray Orchestra  plays the best dance music of all the dance bands this year!  They are Number #1!   Mike & Ann  (Dancers) 

From Renee Harlow at Otterbein RC in Lebanon:

The Bob Gray Orchestra performed outstandingly for our New Year's Eve event (2012) - so much so , that we will be bringing them back for our summer concert series! Can't go wrong with these guys!

From Jessica Hung, bride at a Schuster Center wedding reception:

Thank you again for doing an amazing job!

Thanks so much to you and the rest of the Bob Gray Orchestra for your outstanding musical performance at our wedding!  Your tireless dedication and professionalism throughout the evening lent such a classy air to the entire reception!  We received many compliments both during and after the event on your beautiful playing and tasteful selections, and I was honored to be able in inform my guests that we are colleagues.  It was truly special to me to have all the music provided by my colleagues and made the occasion that much more memorable. 

Re:  Dayton Philharmonic Gala at the Schuster Center in Dayton:

Your band put on a great show and I’ve heard nothing but 100% rave reviews from patrons who attended the event. They loved what they heard and loved dancing to your performance. You had a great selection of tunes in a wide range of musical styles that got people up and onto the dance floor, and every number was delivered just-right, even to the back-up vocal harmonies on “My Girl”!

I know everyone at the DPO looks forward to making “Dance to the Music” an annual event, and to having the Bob Gray Orchestra as our permanent “house band”.

Neal Gittleman Music Director Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra


Re:  Concert/Dance at Stubbs Park in Centerville:

         Comments to the city included:

Well Rehearsed

Best band yet!  Please heave them perform often!  Very good!

This band is wonderful

Great band

Love this band

They were great

Re:  Springfield Symphony Fundraiser at Kuss Auditorium:  

I don’t know if anyone has “officially” said anything to you or any of the band members about your gig with us last Saturday, but we had dozens of positive comments about the band!  Everybody loved the music.  Much appreciated was the diversity of musical styles, the inclusion of some rock/pop stuff, and the great musicianship.  Thanks very much to you and all the guys!  Robyn Zimman

 You & your band are the best!!!  Thank you for the great time!  Maureen

Re: Wedding Reception at Piqua Country Club:

As you could tell, the band was a great's amazing how few people get to hear a live horn band anymore, and a very good one helps a lot also...we've had lots of compliments about the band, so hopefully there will be a reference or two come out of it.

Great job, thanks again,
Ken Monnier

Re: Parzygnat/Dennis Wedding at Roberts Centre:

Here is what Debra wrote to Tom Pulsifer, the booker of the event:

Tom- Please share this with the rest of the band members. Mike and I wanted to thank the orchestra for making our wedding reception a memorable one. We have received many compliments from our guests about how great the music was and we feel the same way. Also, you did a fabulous job with "Always". Thanks again for pulling that arrangement together so was beautiful.  Debbie

Re: Wedding Reception Follow Up at the Xenia Legacy Center:

Here is what Nicole Renee Dellefield wrote to Tom Pulsifer, the booker of the event:

I just wanted to let you know that Dave & I were very impressed with the Bob Gray Orchestra!! We are so happy that we selected them as the band to play at our wedding. Many of our guests have shared that they enjoyed the music. In fact, all of us ended up staying later than we thought because we were having such a good time. Dave & I were also impressed with the service and help that you and the band provided us prior to the wedding. Thanks so much for your professionalism and talent. We have and will continue to recommend the band to others. Thanks for making our day great!

Niki & Dave Drye

Re: Wedding Reception Follow Up at the Courtyard by Marriott in Springfield:

I think what we enjoyed so much about the band was the great music that was played ... everybody was dancing. I feel like you really take your chances with a DJ. I've been to too many wedding receptions where the little kids and older aunts and uncles and grandparents are sitting there watching the "twenty somethings" dance to really bad "bar" music. A wedding reception isn't the place for that. I also thought you guys did a great job keeping everything moving by announcing everything. A lot of times people miss things because they didn't know what was taking place when. We've heard from so many of our guests how much they enjoyed our reception and the band was the biggest part of that. Please feel free to contact Nick or myself for a reference anytime, we've already mentioned you to a couple of folks in our area. Thank you again for making our reception so enjoyable for us and our guests!

Michelle Lemma

Re:  Wedding Reception Follow Up at the Graystone Winery in Columbus:

Everyone loved the band . I feel that the music was the highlight of the whole party.  Lisa and John Maharry

Some comments from a New Years Eve dinner/dance at the Courtyard By Marriott in Springfield:

"Excellent choice of the band and their music"

"Loved the Band"

"We liked the band very much-very well done"

"We liked the band-if they come back next year, so will we and bring friends with us"



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