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November 19, 2010

Class Reunions

Filed under: Reunions — Tags: , , — DJJerryB @ 7:26 am

A class reunion is a very special occasion. I have done my share of them. And I have learned that they call for a special kind of DJ, not just an ordinary wedding or club DJ.

The first thing that needs to be understood is that the dynamics of a reunion are completely different than any other type of event. Guests are there to see each other. And they don’t need a DJ who’s shouting and chattering and trying to get everyone involved in the party. The DJ at a reunion has to be a ‘traffic cop’– directing the class members when to sit for dinner, when to gather for photos, and helping the reunion committee coordinate their planned activities.

But above all, the DJ must understand that most people go to a reunion to talk with their old classmates, not necessarily to dance. After the guests have had plenty of time to renew old friendships and relive old memories, then and only then will they be ready to dance. And a professional DJ must have patience and tact to deal with the handful of guests who get frustrated that the dance floor doesn’t fill right away, and who blame the DJ for it. That’s where an amateur will panic and play a lot of inappropriate music to try to force people to dance when they’re not ready.

June 10, 2010

Class of ’90 – June 5th

Filed under: Reunions — Tags: , , , , — DJJerryB @ 7:45 am

My thanks go out to the Boston College Class of 1990 for a fun night. It was my first time on the Chestnut Hill campus. This was a group that liked to party and were not shy about requesting music. Some wanted a trip down memory lane and others were ready to boogie down to current dance tunes. The 400+ classmates definitely kept me on my toes. It was also exciting to speak with so many of the attendees and learn that they had come from far and wide to be there for Reunion Weekend.

And I discovered a new way to measure just how much fun a group is having — an entire dance floor chanting “One more song! One more song! One more song!” at the end of the night — it’s always good to know that you can leave people wanting more.

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