Read What Other Are Saying About 1st Generation Band!

From: Pattillo, Laura – PBIG
Date: Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 8:52 AM
Subject: RE: 1st Generation Band

To: Andrew Juge

Hi Andrew – The band was awesome and we had a great time! They were very easy to work with and put on a great show!

Thank you!

Laura Pattillo

From: Soiree South & Co.
Date: Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band @ Flamm – Kilberg Wedding Reception July 15, 2017

To: Mike Miglino

Hey there! Everything was WONDERFUL! I enjoyed working with Morris and the whole band was great to work with.

They sounded great too!

Thx. Laura

From: Miriam Durden
Date: Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

To: “Mike @ Sam Hill Entertainment”

Everyone at the wedding loved 1st Generation Band! We received so many compliments on the band! Their sound, vocals, song list, and high energy kept the dance floor packed all night! Morris Drane, band leader, was a pleasure to work with in the months leading up to the event.

Thank you for everything! We will definitely leave a wonderful review on The Knot!


Miriam and Blake Williams

From: Kristen C.
Date: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 4:31 PM
Subject: RE: 1st Generation Band

To: Andrew J.
Cc: Sims F.

Good Afternoon Andrew,

Thanks for checking in. 1st Generation was fantastic as always! True professionals and came dressed to impress for their performance. Morris and the entire band were great to work with and our guests really enjoyed them at our President’s Gala. They were flexible with our timeline and played a great dance set to end the evening. We’d love to book them again for a future event. I have already passed along your contact information to a fellow event professional since this weekend. Thank you for your help and the smooth process of booking our entertainment.

From: Sheila Burgess
Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Subject: 1st generation Burgess Wedding April 22

To: mike@samhillbands.com

Hey Mike,

I wanted to make sure you knew how incredible Morris and his band were for us Saturday night at the wedding. We had a weird weather pattern move in for the weekend with cold and rain.
I had to let you know how professional and upbeat Morris was throughout the whole day and night. He and the band were the best and really made the party! We will always remember this wedding and laugh in the future but will remember the band as having been more than we could have expected! If we have more parties and our last gets married we will be calling you again!

Thank you
Sheila Burgess

From: Martha Williams
Date: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

To: “Mike @ Sam Hill Entertainment”

Hi Mike,

Hopefully Dakota and Lucy will respond after they get home from their honeymoon, but my perspective (and probably theirs too) is that everything went great!

We really liked 1st Generation Band, and our guests did too. The music was great, the band members were great – no complaints at all, just satisfaction! 🙂

Many thanks,

From: eblevins
Date: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

To: Andy Jaspen


Everyone with 1st Generation was first class..great show, great band..great time!
Thanks for your help once again.

Eric Blevins

Bristol Cotillion Club

From: Carmen Owens
Date: Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

To: “Beth @ Sam Hill

Hey Beth!

We can’t say it enough, 1st Generation Band was awesome! They were able to provide nonstop fun and entertainment the entire night and we couldn’t be happier we chose them as our wedding band. Friends are still telling us a week later how much they enjoyed the music, and we can’t stop thinking about it either! We will gladly recommend 1st Generation to anyone who needs a band in the future! Thanks for everything.


From: Lori Tencer
Date: Sat, May 7, 2016 at 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth
I just realized I never responded to this email! I think my brain went on vacation after the wedding! Needless to say, the evening was everything we hoped for! The band was great and kept the party going until the end. They were so easy to work with and Morris was always easy to contact and prompt with his responses.
Thank you so much for sending 1st Generation our way!


Tencer-Milner Wedding Reception March 19, 2016

From: Elizabeth Colquitt
Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 6:36 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth
Oh my! We had a blast! The band was fabulous! Morris was always prompt with correspondence. They were very professional and really keep the audience involved! We could not have asked for a better time!

Now, the father of the bride comment

From: Joe Colquitt
Date: Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth
The 1st Generation Band was as advertised; professional in their dealings with us, outstanding sound and a favorite with the crowd. Believe what you read in their reviews, they are that good. Highly recommended. As the father of the bride, totally pleased.

Colquitt-Jenkins Wedding Reception March 5, 2016

Wedding Reception on January 2, 2016

From: John Booth
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth

Hi Beth,

The 1st Generation Band was truly phenomenal from start to finish! They were great about communicating with us before the wedding, and they absolutely nailed our first dance song! We have spoken to numerous guests who told us that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, and we both know that 1st Generation Band played a huge part in that. Morris was very helpful in planning songs and they kept the party going all night long. I’ve copied Chris in case she wants to add anything, but we will forever be grateful to Morris and the band for helping to make our special day so incredible.



Watts-Booth Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception on December 31, 2015

From: Steven Rogers
Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 4:34 PM
Subject: FW: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth


I’m writing to thank you and the band for a wonderful event. The 1st Generation Band was exactly what we were looking for. Morris took time to talk to us about what kind of music and atmosphere we wanted, and their show delivered just that.

We received nothing but positive feedback from our guests. People had a wonderful time and the dancefloor was packed. They highlighted the New Year’s Eve countdown then continued with upbeat music to keep the dancing going.

Choosing a band was a big decision for us and we’re extremely pleased with our choice. They helped set the tone for the event and delivered a wonderful time.


From Erin (Bride)….

Hi Beth,
The 1st generation band was fantastic! The music was amazing and exactly what we requested. Morris, the band leader, was easy to work with and very accommodating. Every guest raved about the band. Thank you for your help with the booking of the band.


Continuation …. Father Of Bride (FOB) from NYE!
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Phillips, Dennis
Date: Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Erin Phillips
Cc: Beth

Let me echo Erin’s comments and add one of my own. This is Erin’s dad. We had concerns about out wedding organist and our wedding planner asked the group leader about the brass possibly playing Trumpets Voluntary themselves or with the organist. They said they could do it and did. They added a draw touch and helped us out. They were great and easy to work with.

Phillips-Rodgers Wedding Reception

From: Marie-Louise Stanek
Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 7:24 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band November 14, 2015

To: Beth
Cc: Kim Lindsey, Vanessa Svensson

We are leaving for our honeymoon today, but all I can say is that everyone had a great time! The band was amazing amazing amazing!!! Exceed my expectations and then some. I seriously want to create a party just to hire them again. Love them!!!

Marie-Louise Stanek (Bride)

Stanek-Saratsiotis Wedding Reception

From: Megan Bailey
Date: Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band November 7, 2015
To: Beth

Hi Beth!
The 1st Generation Band came highly recommended to us by my aunt and uncle who went to a New Year’s Eve party that they were playing at a few years ago, and we are so happy that we took their recommendation! Morris was wonderful to work with, I have a pretty hectic job and he was so patient with me while we were trying to coordinate and nail everything down for the wedding. He was so helpful, funny, and kind! Many of our guests have since asked us about the band, and complimented what a great job they did! Our photographers told us that our reception was the most fun reception that they had ever covered! We had a wonderful time, and they played all of the songs that I asked them to play, they had great energy, and they even let one of our very close family friends who is a singer, join them on stage for a song! Their high energy and great song choices even had my husband (who has not one rhythmic bone in his body) out on the dance floor, and as far as i’m concerned, that made it a successful night for me!
It was such a perfect night, and we are so glad that we chose them for our entertainment!

Bailey-Cashbaugh Wedding Reception

From: simmons Lisa
Date: Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 8:33 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth
RE: Simmons/Stuckey wedding Reception 9-6-15

Hi Beth! We were blown away by the talent and professionalism of 1st Generation Band. They went above and beyond our expectations. We will definitely be recommending them to our friends.

Thank you,

Simmons-Stuckey Wedding Reception

From: Jennifer Meggs
Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Mike

Hey Mike,

I hope you are both doing well. To keep it short and sweet, Morris and his crew were nothing short of AWESOME!! I wish the reception lasted a few more hours, because I know that everyone (including Davis and I) were not ready to leave. The dance floor was packed the entire night. Morris was wonderful to work with, and was great at communicating with me via email and phone. If I was being honest, we took a leap of faith when we booked First Generation. We had never heard them, and didn’t know anyone that had. We were shocked and excited with how much we LOVED them. I would have paid double to have them again (sorry Morris 🙂 ).

Please feel free to use me for a reference going forward.

Thank you for a memorable night.

Davis and Jennifer Riser
07/11/2015 – Columbia, SC

Meggs-Riser Wedding Reception

From: Leigh Ann Ayres
Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 8:45 AM
Subject: RE: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth

I am the bride’s mother and just wanted to let you know that the 1st Generation Band was fantastic! They had people dancing all night and we were VERY pleased. We would recommend them to anyone. The music was just what our kids wanted and they were fantastic about working with the crowd. It really made our wedding just perfect!

Leigh Ann Ayres

Ayers-Ellington Wedding Reception

From: Rachel Felten
Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 8:36 PM
Subject: Felton-Hayworth Wedding, First Generation Band
To: Andy


My mother, Sandra, forwarded me the email you sent her regarding our experience with First Generation Band. Let’s see, how should I put this?…..I WOULD PARTY WITH THEM AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT! The guests raved all night about them, and the band kept things rocking–the dance floor was always packed. They’re song list was so spot-on and they were a pleasure to work with. Almost every band member came up to me, hugged me, and personally congratulated me on my wedding day. I just cannot say enough good things about them. Highly recommended!


Rachel Felton Hayworth (bride)

Felton-Hayworth Wedding Reception

From: Margaret Arbuckle
Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Andrew


I wanted to send you a note telling you how much we enjoyed the 1st generation band!

First, Morris emailed and telephoned me several times before the wedding to confirm requested songs, confirm the pronunciation of names and confirm receipt of the responses to his questionnaire from the hotel venue folks. He was very much on top of everything. They were fantastic!

Thank you for helping us have a wonderful wedding party! I think you will have more requests for them from others who live here!

Please convey my comments to the band.

Many thanks,

Arbuckle-Furst Wedding Reception

From: Donna Mague
Date: Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band 5/16/15
To: Mike
Cc: Julie Mague

Hi Mike,

We were most pleased with Morris Drane and 1st Generation Band. They were courteous, professional & played great music! We would highly recommend them to anyone seeking a great band. It has been a pleasure working with you.


Donna Mague (MOB)

Wild-Berthelette Wedding Reception

From: Anna Marie Dillard
Date: Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band – Dillard-Wright Wedding Reception May 23rd, 2015
To: Beth

Hi Beth,

We had a BLAST at our wedding! 1st Generation Band are incredibly talented musicians and performers. They really went above and beyond to put on a great show. They were easy to work with before the event as well. They earned a 5 star review from us!
Thanks so much,
Anna M Dillard Wright
Dillard-Wright Wedding Reception

Julie Mague
June 3, 2015
8:16 PM

Hello First Generation Band – (Mague-Schiavone wedding reception May 16, 2015)

I can’t thank you enough! You guys went above and beyond at our wedding! You were so professional, so thoughtful (playing “I Loved Her First” and starting with “Born in the USA” – it was so apparent that you were paying attention and into our wedding), you were dressed to the nine, and you were so much fun! As we told you, the band was the most important thing to us for our wedding and you surpassed anything we could have hoped for. I heard over and over during the reception that you were the best wedding band my guests had ever seen. You literally blew their mind – they didn’t know a wedding band could be so good! We ended up having to move dinner tables because the dance floor was so packed and we needed more space. They are still calling three weeks later and raving over you. Also, there was so much energy and momentum during the reception. I appreciate it so much that you didn’t take a second break. The party was so continuous!

Please send any future references my way. I am happy to tell any other couples about how amazing you are!

Thanks again and keep it up!


Mague-Schiavone Wedding Reception

Jodi Kimmelman
morris drane

May 17 at 5:40 PM
Morris –
We just arrived back home last night, after taking a few days off after Mollie & Jonathan’s wedding (May 10th, 2015). I wanted to let you know how fabulous the 1st Generation Band was! As my dad (84 years old) said to me the morning after the wedding: “The band made the party.” I totally agree! You guys got everyone from 3 to 84 enjoying the music and up on the dance floor. As you could probably tell from our group of family and friends – they had a great time! From the oldies to the beautiful slow dances to the fun contemporary music – everything was a hit. The MC’ing of the evening was perfect – and you guys had a beautiful introduction of the bridal party and the new Mr. and Mrs. Carl!
Thank you many times over for being part of our “wedding team” and providing an awesome wedding for our daughter!
–Jodi & Paul Kimmelman

Kimmelman - Carl Wedding Reception

Katie Merritt sent on behalf of Emily (Bride)
May 20, 2015
9:03 AM (4 hours ago)

to me, Beth
Great review from the 5/2/15 Cheshire-Jarrett Wedding – way to go!

Emily (Chesire) Jarrett – Bride wrote

I’ve been to 100+ weddings, many with great bands that charge considerably more than 1st Generation Band, but I’ve not seen any that deliver performance or atmosphere at any higher level than this group. Their repertoire is extensive, they avoided songs/genres we asked them to avoid, they played a few extra songs for us at the end of the night when NO ONE was ready for the party to be over, and they kept the dance floor packed and grooving all night long. In all honesty, we were working on a tight budget, but we insisted on having a band. 1st Generation was willing to work with our budget, and my only regret is not being able to pay them more. 🙂

Andrew & Emily

Chesire-Jarrett Wedding Reception

From: Mary Elizabeth
Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth

Quick note to say that they are not only awesome musicians, they are awesome people. So, so nice and kind. Loved each and every one of them! Please let them know this.

Mary Elizabeth Jackson

March 2015 Wedding Reception

From: Diane Dickey
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band Februray 28th, 2015 Dickey-Walker Wedding Reception
To: Beth

The band was AMAZING!! They totally made the party – our guests had the best time with them. 1st Generation kept the party going, were so easy and delightful to work with! The event planner at the Brewery said they were the best band he’d heard play there – and he has heard a lot! A couple of our guests are musicians, singer/songwriters and they were blown away! I am trying to find another celebration to ask them to play for us again! We spent Sunday reliving the wedding and reception and the band kept coming up in our conversations – it was a spectacular day for us!
Thank you!

Dickey - Walker Wedding Reception

From: Michelle Gilley
Date: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Subject: 1st Generation

To: Elizabeth

Good evening Elizabeth. I had the pleasure of working with the band for both events (Nov 15th and 22nd). The band members were a pleasure to work with and they were very nice. The 1st Generation band as far as performance were great! They were a band that kept the attention of their audience. A pleasure to work with and I will refer them again!

Merry Christmas!

The Engine Room – Monroe, Ga

Michelle Gilley

From: Stuart Dowling
Date: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Andrew

Our experience with 1st Generation Band could not have been better. Leading up to the wedding they were responsive and learned a song we used for the dance. They did an awesome job at the wedding and we had people get their cards before the night was over. Thanks so much for recommending them, we couldn’t have asked for a better band for our wedding!


From: Anthony Fox
Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: The 1st Generation Band
To: Beth

Hi Beth,
We’re about to depart for our Honeymoon, but I want you to know that the band was truly incredible! They exceeded every expectation we had – got the crowd so into the party, were absolutely full of energy and they made it an Incredibly fun and memorable night. Everyone commented throughout the night about how good the band was and I could not say enough great things about them and how they treated us.
We truly loved having 1st generation and will be recommending them to a great many friends. I’ll write a more thoughtful response soon, but do know that we could not have been happier. Thanks, Beth for all of your help in making this a truly special event!

All the best,

Date: Mon, July 14, 2014 at 11:03AM

We could not have asked for a better band than 1st Generation for our special day. Our wedding was on July 5th, 2014, and my husband and I were able to celebrate our heart out with our family and friends dancing with 1st Generation’s spirit and music.

From our initial rehearsal meeting to the final meeting, Morris, 1st Generation Band Leader, has been prompt and sensitive to our requests and narratives. They listened to our stories and respected our passion for music, our family stories, and how special we wanted our wedding reception to be.

Everyone loved them. Even the stoic Asian elders who find themselves difficult dancing in public! Our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, and nephews danced and cried with 1st Generation’s music. The most memorable moment was when everyone was dancing in circle, mixed with smiles and tears, then they played our last song, “Georgia On My Mind” so beautifully.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank 1st Generation, every musician and singer!, for making our wedding night the most unforgettable.”

Gyun and Andrew

Date: Mon, August 11, 2014 at 11:03AM

Best. Wedding band. Ever. Hands down. You guys were so amazing!! Everyone can’t stop talking about how they haven’t danced that much in years. Our wedding night was perfect because of you guys.
I’m almost speechless about how wonderful it was. All the songs were perfect and as you saw, Patrick LOVES shout! Hahaha.

Please pass this along to the rest of the band – you guys were just amazing!!! I will recommend you to ANYONE that asks and would love to write you a glowing review.

Thank you again for everything,

Jenny Cagle

Global Accounts Director

Date: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Morris and the 1st Generation Band were awesome! They had everyone young and old on the dance floor all night and left us all chanting for an encore after 11! We could not have had a better band to set the mood for the evening!

Thanks so much!

Sunnie Harmon


From: Thad Burgess

Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 10:08 AM
To: Beth
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

Thanks, Everything was perfect. Enjoyed working with them all night, could not have been any better. Please use us anytime as a reference.

Thanks again,


From: Charley Hopper

To: Beth
Subject: RE: 1st Generation Band


Jenna & Andrew are off on their honeymoon, so I will respond to your email.

We could not be more pleased with the 1st Generation Band!! They had everyone out on the dance floor and the quality of their performance was great.

I told Morris Drane the band leader that I would recommend them to any friends needing a band and recommend booking thru Sam Hill.

Thanks for making this a special night for my daughter!

Charley Hopper


From: Marvin Black Hopkins

To: Morris
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

Good Afternoon,

Hey last night was awesome! Got many compliments on you guys. Appreciate the good performance.


Mart Hopkins

University Of Georgia

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity


From: Rachel Hobgood

To: Beth
Cc: Thomas Grantham
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band Feedback Wedding Reception

Hi Beth,

Thank you for checking in with us! We had a fantastic time. The band had rave reviews from the moment the reception started. 1st Generation was so much more than we had hoped for. Thomas may have more to add, but the band was a huge hit. Everyone said they loved them!

Thanks so much,

From: Anna E Boswell

To: Beth
Subject: RE: 1st Generation Band

Hey Beth!

The band did a wonderful job! The crowd loved them! There were times when I
would be on the patio and majority of the viewers would be up and dancing.
It was a great night!

Thank you again for all of your help!

Anna Boswell

Georgia State University

Susan Walker

Client Review
Morris and band members,
I don’t even know where to begin. You all are amazing!!!!!! When we booked you for Lindsey’s wedding, we did not know anyone who had heard you live and Lindsey just went with what she heard you play online. You all exceeded our highest expectations. You are honestly the best band we have ever heard at a wedding and we have heard a lot of them! Everyone has been talking about you since Saturday night. We appreciate so very much how hard you worked and how few breaks you took. You really got the crowd going and everyone had a great time. So much fun! Thank you also for being so nice, friendly, and professional and for putting up with the little boys (my great nephews) in the front! 🙂 They had a ball! We all are trying to think of a reason for a party so we can book you again!

Kind regards,
Susan Walker ( Lindsey’s mom)

From: Debbie Smalley

To: Beth
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band
Hi Beth, we loved having 1st Gen play for our reception. They were fabulous
just as we knew they would be. They were very gracious and accommodating to
our requests. We received many compliments about them. I guess the biggest
one was that the dance floor was full all night long and nobody wanted to
stop when it was time to go home!  We loved them!


ATTN: 1st Generation Band,

Tommy Orton has submitted the following client review for Gig ID# 1230686

Client Review

1st Generation Band did a great job at our wedding. All my guests enjoyed the music and getting them on the dance floor wasn’t hard at all. All and all, I would say 1st Gen was a big hit.


From: Hardin Lovett

To: Beth
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

Hey Beth! The band was incredible! They put on a hell of a show. Everyone at the party was dancing their socks off. I would recommend them to anyone. Morris sent me the setlist about a month before the wedding so I could review it. We only had to make a couple of revisions. We also requested that they learn one song. They did it without question and performed it about as perfect as you could expect. I have a few friends that are either currently engaged or will be soon. I’ll be sure to pass along your info to them when they need it.

Thanks for all the help! It was an amazing time.


Bruton Campbell-Work


Words cannot describe how blown away we were by 1st Generation Band.
We feel so fortunate to have had a band that put such an effort into
making our wedding reception such a memorable celebration. Y’all kept
the party going and kept people dancing. I would not hesitate to
recommend 1st Generation Band to anyone. We have had so many compliments
from guests about the band. Thank you again for making our reception
greater than we could have imagined!

Brut and Chelsea Campbell-Work
From: Kristen Ploehn

To: Andrew Juge
Subject: RE: 1st Generation Band

From: Rebecca Alsobrooks

To: Beth & Morris
Subject: Write Up

As requested, I have typed up a recommendation that can be used however you please. We had so much fun with the band and hope I can use them again should we ever throw another large scale party 🙂 Thanks for all your help!

My husband and I were married in April of this year in Nashville, TN. We both had different thoughts on the wedding, but agreed on one thing….Good Music!!! We searched around through various local bands and online through different resources. When we heard 1st Generation Band we instantly agreed that we had to have them!

1st Generation Band worked with us to make sure we had the music we wanted. We ultimately wanted a good old school Motown/Funk band that would keep the crowd dancing. They were able to play a variety of music from Jazz (great for the parents in the beginning!) to the good old stuff, as well as great new R&B and soul. The crowd danced until the venue closed and they even accommodated our request for our 1st dance and father/daughter dance! The band also did us a special favor in playing Rocky Top to close out the night (UT Alumni and fans!).

Band member Morris Drane worked hard to make sure the night was exactly as we wanted it. I would use them again for any event and would highly recommend them in the future!

Becca Sempkowski
Nashville, TN

Hi Andrew

I can’t thank you enough for the recommendation on 1st Generation. You were
right; they absolutely made the night and were so great to work with! Our
Members could not even stay in their seats during dinner and were up on the
dance floor between every course! The last song had everyone still dancing
(which is a record with the group we have!) and asking for more! I will
recommend 1st Generation to all of my brides. Several Members even asked if
we can have them back for New Year’s Eve – let me know if they are

Thanks for checking in!

Private Events Director


From: Sissy Barham

To: Beth
Subject: RE: 1st Generation Band Performance @ East Alabama Medical Center
The band was awesome! Everyone loved them and danced and they were so sweet
and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend them to others!

Please let them know how much we enjoyed them!!

Sissy Barham
Foundation Coordinator
Opelika, AL 36801

From: Catherine Jordan

To: Andy Jaspen

Subject: RE: 1st Generation Band Performance at Colley Senior Complex – Troy, Al

1st Generation were Awesome! We loved every minute of it. The crowd went
wild, and dance on every song! We want them again. They played every type of
music for a mixed crowd young and old. I think they got into the crowd they
only took one 15 minute break between 8:00 p.m. till almost 12:30 am.
Everyone in the community is talking about what a fabulous band they are!

Thanks Catherine


From: Day, Charles E.

Subject: 1st Generation Band

I also sent this to Beth but am sending to you as well, since Beth won’t be back
for a few weeks. Please pass this on to the appropriate people. Thanks.

Ref# 46925 – Our AFGE Local 217 Christmas Party in Augusta, Ga was
a great success in large part thanks to the 1st Generation Band. We were very satisfied
with their performance and we have received nothing but compliments about them. We have
had several Christmas parties over the years with DJ’s and local bands but 1st Generation
was by far the best we have ever had. They are professional entertainers and they played
and sang their hearts out for the entire duration of the event. They were simply amazing
and we would like to have them back again next year!

From: Will Brearley

To: Beth
Subject: Re: 1st Generation Band

Hi Beth!

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you!

We absolutely loved the First Generation Band! They were very
talented and played a wide variety of music. Mr. Drane was very nice
and was in constant communication before the wedding.  Our guests ALL
commented on how much they loved the band. We would definitely book
them again for a large event. Is there a website that I can leave
this feedback on for the band?

Thanks for putting us in touch with the band and for your efforts
prior to our event.

Will and Kennah Brearley

First Generation, Wow! What a BLAST we had at our outdoor wedding reception. Morris was so very accommodating and prompt from the start. We worked together to come up with the perfect songlist! Everyone LOVED the band and we had so many guest dancing all night! We (the bride and a few bridesmaids) were even spotted dancing on stage once or twice. 😉 I look forward to booking 1st generating in the future! So many of my friends (future brides!) loved the band and I am hoping they will use them as well! Thanks again, Morris and Band!

Sarah Beth and Doug -Sarah Beth H, Hilton Head Island, SC


The band was excellent! They were very accommodating. We all had a blast.
We have already recommended them to friends. Thanks for making our special
day a great party as well.


Brian Hartley

Sent from my iPhone

Melissa Smith

Biltmore Forest Country Club – Asheville, NC

Morris and the band were top rate from the initial point of contact all
the way through set-up and the show.

Our crowd was a little slow getting on the dance floor. The band took
our suggestions and played more up-tempo music.

This transformed the crowd and made a great event! Will definitely
think about having this band back at the club.

Thanks as always,
Melissa Smith
Event Coordinator
Biltmore Forest Country Club
31 Stuyvesant Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Good Morning Mr. Drane,

On behalf of the Focus Care Medical Center team, we would just like to thank 1st Generation Band for an exceptional performance. The guest could not stop raving about how great you guys were. The professionalism and overall talent of your team helped to make our event a success.

There is no doubt that we will refer our friends and colleagues to your ROCK-IT-SHIP. I greatly appreciate your sacrifice in working within our limited budget and please know that it will not be in vain.

Look forward to working with you soon!

God Bless,

Beverly Roberts


Hey Mr. Drane,

I just wanted to thank you guys again for all that you did for our wedding. I gave you guys 5 stars on everything for the Gigmaster review because you guys were that good! I would’ve given you 6 if I could!
In all seriousness, you guys were perfect. Everyone has been raving about how awesome the band was and that they had the most fun at our wedding. And we have you guys to thank. You were nothing but professional and I never had to worry about anything with regards to the band. I knew you guys would be awesome and you were! The night couldn’t have been more perfect and I thank you guys for all the hard work you put in. It meant a lot to our grandparents that you were kind enough to learn a 4th song for them.

Thanks again for all you did. I know you guys will continue to bring other people the same awesome ROCK-IT-SHIP experience we got. Hope all is well.


Spartanburg, SC

Re: 1st Generation Band Just Checking In

From: Donzetta Matthews
To: Morris Drane
Old School/New School Concert

Hello Mr.Drane, great hearing from you !!!!. I can’t say enough what an awesome job you and your band did. People continue to talk about it everyday. Y’ALL ROCKED THE HOUSE!!! The people that was there say they will invite several people the next time !!!.
From: John McKinney
Subject: RE: Will & Julie McKinney’s Wedding Reception
To: Morris Drane

I had a blast. We had a blast. Everyone there had a blast – from the 3 year olds to my 75 year old brother in law. I think your song selection was dead on – the variety addressed every generation present. And as a former road warrior, it was a pleasure seeing how much your band members enjoyed themselves. I can’t tell you how much I hate to see bands that just stand there – looking like they would rather be somewhere else – or looking like they are in pain. Music is to be enjoyed by the performers as well as the listeners and your scored a perfect 10 on both fronts.

On a personal note, it was an honor to sing with you. You did not have to do this and I truly appreciate your gracious offer. Neither of my sons had ever heard me perform with a band as I came off the road in 1983 when my oldest was only a year old (and a year before the groom was born). I remember when I was playing clubs and someone would want to sing. Usually it turned out to be more comical than musical! I hope I did not embarrass the band as it has been a long time since I have sang with such a talented group of professionals.

Take care, and let us know where you guys are playing. I would love to come see you sometime when I can just sit and listen!


Marilyn Ratliff

To: Morris Drane
Tooie’s Formal Nite Out

Tooie’s Touch Formal Nite Out 2012 was truly a smash! 1st Generation Band pumped the party up to another level from the time they entered the stage until the finale. Having a mixed crowd from age 28 to 91 years old, they catered to the crowd and played hits from The Temptations to Adele. What talent! All in attendance got a chance to get their groove on, on the dance floor. When you see the Hostess, the DJ and the Videographer on the dance floor, you know that it’s a great party.

If you are ready to take your affair to the next level, The 1st Generation Band will do that for you.

Needless to say, I was very pleased.

Marilyn “Tooie” Ratliff
Tooie’s Touch

Smith’s Wedding Reception

What a time! Wow. They were eager to please, and easily learned our “special request songs.” The manager, Mr. Drane, stayed in touch with us during the months before the wedding. The band arrived in town well in advance of the wedding. I would recommend these folks any time, anywhere.

David S

Calhoun, GA

From: Mary Logan Barmeyer

Subject: Our Wedding
Dear Marsha and Morris,

I hope you will pass along this message to the entire band–your performance at our wedding was everything we could have hoped for. Thank you so much for making the evening SO MUCH FUN–everyone loved it and as you know, was up and dancing all night. We loved every song you played and I appreciate so much that you tailored the setlists to our selections. We couldn’t have had more fun–and we will be sure to recommend you to all of our friends. Please feel free to use any of this email for a testimonial!

All the best,
Mary Logan and David Bikoff

Umstead’s Wedding Reception

1st Generation Band played for my wedding in St Simons Island and they were AMAZING. Everyone enjoyed them and I had a few friends ask for their cards to play at future events. I wanted a band that would bring everyone onto the dance floor and 1st Generation made this happen. They are all very talented musicians and performers and they made my wedding even more memorable. Thank you!!!

Whitney U,
St Simons Island, GA


Cadaret, Grant, and Company Corporate Party

1st Generation Band is one of the best bands we have ever hired for a corporate event! They are talented, energetic, fun, interactive, and can get the crowd engaged in the music. They played a variety of music and played all genres very well. Guests kept coming up to us to tell us how fabulous the band is. They were a pleasure to work with and met our every request. Prior to the event they returned phone calls and e-mails to questions in a timely manner. From my initial inquiry to our firework finale, they were attentive. They certainly deserve the honor of the 2011 Gigmaster Top Performer! Kudos to Morris, Kim, and one of the coolest bands I’ve worked with!

Diana U,
Braselton, GA (gig ID# 1092295)
Susie Dyer wrote:

From: Susie Dyer

Subject: Re: Band and Wedding Coordinator contact info

Hi, Morris. We had a BLAST on Saturday! You guys were fabulous! All of our family had such a fun time dancing. Your jazz set was fantastic, and everybody loved Kimmie D’s “At Last”! All the kids absolutely loved jumping up on stage with you guys and dancing. It was all so much fun! Thanks so much for your patience with our disorganization. We are extremely happy that we picked 1st Generation Band!

Thank you again SO much for all your hard work and great music!



1st Generation Band was perfect. They could not have been nicer in regards to us changing the starting time, which speaks volumes to their professionalism and attitude. They picked great songs to play and made them sound terrific. We are excited to talking with them in the future.

-Hunter M, Fraternity Function,
Gatlinburg, TN

From: GigMasters

To: Morris
Subject: Rising Star Award Winners

Hello Morris,

Congratulations! Your 1st Generation Band membership for GigMasters Rising Star Award Winner for Top Motown Band. You won because you earned the most GigMasters bookings in your category, Motown Band. Well done!


from: Nicole Steeger

Subject: A Special Thank You from GigMasters for an Amazing Year

To: Dear Morris,

As we begin this New Year, the GigMasters staff wants to thank you for being one of our most booked, top-rated 5-Star performers. As a token of our appreciation for all of your hard work last year, we would like to offer you the ability to proudly display a GigMasters 5-Star Performer badge on your own website or Facebook page. This badge is available ONLY to members like you who qualify for our 5-Star Performer Program these are members who have 15 feedbacks or more and who were able to earn or retain their 5-Star status throughout the year.


From: Charles Burton

Subject: Re: New Years Eve Feedback

“Brasstown Resort”

Our guests and I enjoyed the performance. Everybody had a blast!!!! We would recommend this band to anyone!!!!


We really did enjoy your band. I have heard nothing but complements from everyone I have talked to. I look forward to having you back in the future. If there is anything that we can do better for you in the future please let us know.

Nicholas R. Pusateri

Assistant Proctor, Gorgas Hall

Co-Social Chair, Phi Gamma Delta
The University of the South ’14
Randi Clowers Triple Birthday Party

Very professional and talented group. Several guests were so impressed, they are considering hiring the band for future events!

Randi C,
Atlanta, GA (gig ID# 993149)
From: Garry Gammon
Subject: Wedding pics

To: Morris Drane

Hi Morris,

I hope you are doing well and that all the group enjoyed the summer and all the weddings you entertained.

I recall reading some of the reviews on your site before we booked you and they said oh this group is great and they really got everyone in the mood. I was a little skeptical and I by nature am always a little doubtful.

Well now that we have had over a month to get back into a routine and relive the wedding through pictures and emails from friends I have to tell you something. You and your group definitely were the high point of the evening beside the actual ceremony of course. My children loved singing with you and the family and friends were so surprised and can’t stop raving about how awesome you all were.

Morris, God bless you and above all I appreciated more the anything just what a kind, nice, enthusiastic friend you and your fellow members were to our family. You took such a genuine interest in making our daughters day so meaningful.

Please enjoy the pictures and thank’s friend.

Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you, it would be my pleasure.

Give our best to the group and please share this with them.

I hope the fall and winter holidays treat you well.

Take care,
The Gammon Family
The Gammon Family

The 1st Generation Band was first class their music, their professionalism, and their willingness to make our daughters wedding exceptional. Morris Drane the manager was one of the nicest gentleman I’ve ever worked with. His band members were so polite and respectful, they accommodated our every need and request. They actually learned two new songs and let the bride (my daughter) and my son sing with the band. The crowd from age 86 to 10 months old loved the energy and mood 1st Generation created. Everyone complimented them throughout the night. I highly recommend these nice entertainers and now good friends. You will be very satisfied.

The Gammon Family Garry G,
Charleston, SC (gig ID# 870536)

Subject: Re: Reunion
To: “Wayne Sisco”

This the review from Jack and me from the weekend!! Thanks so much! Everyone had a great time!

The 1st Generation Band is awesome! The musicians and singers have a great sound together. We used the band for a family reunion held in Atlanta, GA. I would recommend this band for parties, weddings, and reunions! 1st Generation Band played a variety of music! We had some old school and some new school music! Thanks for a job well done!


Powell wedding reception

This was my third event using the 1st Generation Band and each time it seems to get better. For this lavish wedding, they provided a keyboard player and a soloist for the ceremony a jazz trio for cocktail hour and a ten piece band for the reception. 1st Generation Band arrived on time, setup on time and met our every request and kept my guests on the dance floor. The leader of the band couldn’t be any nicer or any more accommodating. He was available for every conference call requested, promptly replied to emails and very knowledgeable and up to date with his music catalog. I cannot recommend this band enough!!!! –

Violaine D,
Atlanta, GA (gig ID# 758807)


ATTN: 1st Generation Band,

Rachel Slay has submitted the following client feedback for Gig ID# 854495

Client Feedback

1st Generation Band did a fantastic job at our wedding reception. Truly, they were one of the most fun and talented groups I’ve ever seen at a private event! They stayed in touch with me about details from the first time I called to reserve the band. Always checking in, asking for ways they could help or make the night better. I would recommend this group to anyone! All of our guests loved them and stayed until they had to pack up! Wonderful music, and they were great at getting the crowd involved. All members were very professional and talented! I hope to be able to attend another party where they play. Overall, a wonderful band that made our wedding so memorable!


Fabulous band! We were so pleased with them. The music was great and they were so professional from their appearance to their prompt response to any request that we had. Everyone in attendance has commented on how wonderful the band was and how they played something for every age group. We absolutely loved them!

Griffin, GA
Jaime Kay M,
Griffin, GA (gig ID# 827270)


1st Generation Band made our son’s wedding perfect. They know how to entertain and keep the crowd moving. Thanks for a great wedding reception.

Tracy and Fran Brock Roger B,
Bainbridge, GA (gig ID# 802430)


The band was super talented and interacted well with the crowd. We had a blast! They also were very accommodating with our every need…even learning new songs we wanted. It was a great experience!

Ariail J,
Sandersville, GA (gig ID# 768287)

ATTN: 1st Generation Band

Akeba Blase` has submitted the following client feedback for Gig ID# 854448

Client Feedback

At the Blase` Formal Event 1st Generation Band exceeded my expectation with their diversity of performance with their smooth jazz and popping R&B sounds. I was most impressed with their personal dress appearance and professionalism. Mr. Drane showed personal attention to our guest during their break time. A guest from DC area said the band was awesome. Another from Mathews, NC said I got to have 1st Gen at my next function in 2012. Guests from Mississippi and Alabama said they were simply off the chain. For those of us in Georgia 1st Gen is still on our minds after the March 5,2011 event sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. A. Blase`


Gig ID # 606924

We were incredibly pleased with the 1st Generation Band. They were extremely professional and put on a fantastic show for everyone at our wedding. We could not have picked a more wonderful band to play and we only wish them the very best in the future.

Andrew O.

Atlanta, Ga


I want to thank you for the great performance by the 1st Generation Band at our New Years Eve party!

I would like to book your group for our Spring Rackets which will again be held at the Piedmont Driving Club. I look forward to working with you on this event.



I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed having you and the 1st Generation Band play for our daughter’s wedding reception at Idle Hour Country Club. The band members were professional, polite, and exceptional musicians. What a class act- from beginning to end! Jennifer and Syd were having such a great time, they hated to leave! What a blessing to have met you all.

Thanks for helping celebrate the wedding and Wade’s birthday! We are available to open for you anytime!!! Just kidding… We are recommending you to all our friends for their parties, weddings and special occasions. We were so fortunate to have you come to Macon to play for Jennifer’s wedding.

The 1st Generation Band is a class act. Thank you so much. We will be looking forward to seeing you again.

It would be our pleasure to give your band the highest recommendation for further bookings should you ever need a reference.

P.S. Hope you liked the wedding cake!


Joan and Wade Adams
Macon, Georgia 31210


Hello Morris, just wanted to say thank you again for making my husband’s
birthday such a success. The Band is awesome and everyone wanted to know
where you guys can be found. The Band made the party feel as if we were in
Las Vegas Atlanta, thank you again for your professionalism, talent and
performance it was amazing.

Thank you,

Patricia Dent
Atlanta, Ga


Mr. Drane,

On behalf of our community, I would like to thank you and the 1st Generation Band for delivering what has been described as the best performance we have had from any band. The song selection kept the dance floor full and the sounds were smooth and well put together. I must say that this is one of the most talented groups I have heard. The vocals were tight and the audience seemed to really connect with the music. It is truly rare to find vocals, keyboards, sax, rhythm, bass and drums at this level together in one group. With lighters and cell phones in hand, it was clear they were not going to let you leave without an encore. Your group really helped to make our Oktoberfest @ Shakerag event an overwhelming success. Thanks again for a marvelous performance.

David Lenoir
Duluth, Ga


ATTN: 1st Generation Band,
Amy Stivers has submitted the following client feedback for Gig ID# 547661
Client Feedback

1st Generation was incredible. They were friendly, professional, and reliable. They accommodated my request to start the evening with jazz standards and then to play dance music later in the evening. The performance was outstanding! Great stage presence, awesome sound. Our guests loved them. There was a lot of dancing, even from some guests I wasn’t expecting to see on the dance floor! Throughout the evening, people made it a point to tell us what a great band we had hired, and how much they were enjoying the music. My fiance said, “I knew you had hired a great band, but they still managed to exceed my expectations!” I would recommend 1st Gen to anyone!



Thanks for the note. We had a blast at the wedding and the band was awesome!
Morris was so accommodating before and during the wedding.
I would gladly recommend 1st Gen to anyone looking for a great wedding band!

Thanks again for all of your help!


ATTN: 1st Generation Band,
Kate Wilson has submitted the following client feedback for Gig ID# 686074
Client Feedback

They were so nice and easy to work with. Everyone enjoyed their music and danced. They were terrific!

Kate Wilson



I just wanted to thank you for your great performance during our recent event in New Orleans. Not only was the music terrific, but you got the people involved. They were up and dancing the whole night and I know they were sorry to see the evening end. If we book another of our meetings in your part of the country, we’ll be calling you to re-book.



Client Feedback Gig 624383 – submitted by Carolyne Beaty

Additional Comments:

1st Generation Band was top notch. Morris Drane and all of the members of the band were professional, timely, accommodating and, most importantly superbly entertaining! The Band truly delivered. Our wedding was at the Biltmore Ballrooms and they worked collaboratively with our multiple vendors, coordinator and us. Our guests were in awe of their performance. They continue to ask us “Where did you find that Band?” and tell us how awesome they were. 1st Generation Band, we cannot thank you enough — you made our wedding/reception wonderful.


Carolyne and Todrick


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