Gary HippersonSounds Abound DJ and Master of Ceremonies
Cheers! All the way from London, England, where I began my DJ Career 13 years ago, I’m here to celebrate your special occasion. It would be an honor to serve as Master of Ceremonies for your event. I’ve spent my life as a professional entertainer, performing on stage around the world. In recent years, I performed various roles in disney productions, including hosting and DJing events for Disney Cruise Line. Therefore I’m confident hosting events both large and small, and I enjoy hosting parties for children as well. My top priority is customizing your event, tailoring a night of music to your unique sense of style and rhythm.
With A watchful eye on the dance floor, I’m quick to adapt to the crowd, and will keep your guests dancing in your honor all night. My eclectic love of music spans from classical to soul, disco to country, rock to house, and everything in-between. I’m always happy to provide high quality entertainment, and my British flair is sure to add the elegance you are looking for.
Please contact us to secure your event date. At your request I am available to meet in person, and I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you might have.
What Clients Say About Gary
Sounds Abound was a fantastic company to work with! Everyone I interacted with was extremely professional and kind. Our DJ Gary was so fun and catered to every detail I wanted for our special day! Everyone had a blast, and a lot of that had to do with Gary and the Sounds Abound crew! I would recommend them to anyone!
September 10, 2022
We had Gary from Sounds Abound DJ our wedding, and he was awesome!! Super friendly and he really listened to what we wanted for our music. Very accommodating for some more obscure ceremony music requests as well. He made sure everyone had a great time on the dance floor, everyone from the kids to the adults were out busting a move!
September 24, 2022
Gary Hipperson was a fantastic Dj!! He was kind and helped keep the whole evening on track. He was especially helpful with coordinating with other vendors during the evening and updating us on ideal times to greet guests. Great company and better DJ with Gary!
July 2, 2022
We absolutely adore Sounds Abound! Incredible folks to work with, fantastic advice and support, lots of contact and comfort in the lead up, DJ recommended especially for us, a video call ahead of the event, and a fantastic evening! So professional, gracious, and willing to work with our photographer and guests to play a special video of our ceremony during the reception. Thank you so much Sounds Abound!
November 26, 2021
Gary was the greatest DJ we could have asked for! Almost every single person at our wedding asked where and how we found him. Gary has the most amazing personality and was perfect at keeping the party going all night. He really made sure to play the songs we wanted and knew how to keep everyone on the dance floor. The majority of our guests never left the dance floor, which is exactly what we had hoped for! I will be recommending Gary and Sounds Abound to anyone looking for a wedding DJ!
November 13, 2021
We had DJ Gary and his assistant at our wedding and they did a fantastic job! Gary was warm and fun and got it all right from start to finish. Our ceremony music was on point, the cocktail hour was great, and then he kept everyone on the dance floor all night. We talked with Gary a few days before the wedding and he was very thorough with all the right questions and details to make our day go smoothly. Thanks, Gary!
October 9, 2021
The team was great during the planning process and leading up to the wedding. Gary was our DJ and working with him was great. Everyone loved him at the wedding and the dance floor was filled the whole evening! Would definitely recommend Sounds Abound!
November 17, 2018
Gary, Thanks to you and your team for making Caitlin and Joey's wedding special this past weekend at the Haight. We appreciate all the work you put into it. They were pleased with how it all came together.
September 1, 2018
Gary Andrew and I wanted to thank you for being a part of our wedding day. Everything was perfect! We also appreciate how easy it was to communicate and work with everyone in your office. Everyone was Great!
September 30, 2017
We got married on 9/30 and Gary was our DJ. From the start they have been incredibly smooth to work with and the online planning tool was easily navigated by us. Gary was professional, friendly, personable, and got everyone dancing. He was in contact with us multiple times before our wedding day wedding and showed up early to set up the speaker for the ceremony.
September 30, 2017
I know it has been over 5 weeks since our wedding day, but I just wanted to say how much we both loved having Gary as our DJ. He kept the dance floor busy all night long and it was always filled with people dancing. The music he played, everybody loved and all of our English and American guests loved the British twist he added. Being a brit, I certainly appreciated it! Both Gary and his assistant were faultless all day long. From the ceremony through to the reception. We are so thankful to Gary and Sounds Abound who really made our big day even better. You really have a fantastic DJ in Gary!
June 16, 2017
Lauren said... They were fantastic. They were accommodating of some of our odder music choices. Gary Hipperson was charming and we got tons of compliments specifically about him.
October 15, 2016
We would like to thank Sounds Abound and Gary Hipperson for helping make our day perfect. Gary was a pleasure to work with. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ. We chose a few must-have songs and let Gary do the rest, and we were not disappointed. He kept the atmosphere light and fun. Our dance floor was packed all night long. Thank you so much for helping make our day perfect.
October 28, 2016
Stellar Experience all around! A+ for Gary!
Our DJ, Gary was incredible and we cannot speak highly enough of him. He was a joy to work with and the wedding party and guests absolutely adored him. The two of us, and our wedding party felt like he was a friend we had known for years. He jumped into our "unorthodox" wedding without reserve and met our requests head on every step of the way. We were a wedding party filled with Musical Theatre performers and actors, and we had very specific song requests for the ceremony and the reception. On top of that we had two grooms combining traditional Irish culture with traditional Greek culture, and Gary made sure to please everyone from "the old country", in both music and presentation. The uplighting that came with the package enhanced our space and added that last minute touch of color we needed. We also went with the PhotoBooth package from SoundsAbound as well and couldn't have asked for a better finished product! All in all Sounds Abound was our top vendor for the night! No complaints! If you are having an event and need a DJ, snatch up Gary before he is booked! You won't regret it!
September 16, 2016
Private User said... My daughter’s wedding required DJ services in 3 different rooms for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Gary Hipperson of Sounds Abound arrived early and had all the equipment set up with time to spare. The music selected for the ceremony, reception entrance and special dances was non-traditional, and Gary played all of it perfectly. Gary made the reception a great party, with all of the families and friends taking to the dance floor. The party was so good that we extended Gary’s services for an extra hour. The bride and groom and their parents were all very happy with Gary’s DJ Services for the wedding. We highly recommend you use him for your wedding!
We absolutely loved working with Gary! It was such an easy process, and with all of the last minute changes we had, he flew threw it flawlessly! Would highly recommend!!
October 2, 2016
Gary was amazing!! He completely captured our style of music from beginning to end. Our dance floor was never empty and we received so many compliments from our guests. We met with Gary several times before our big day and truly felt like we had a great connection with him. It was wonderful working with someone who made us feel so comfortable. He even came out on the dance floor to pump up the party, and was a huge hit! Thank you!
July 10, 2016
Sounds Abound is wonderful!
We just had our wedding on July 16, 2016. We could not have asked for a better DJ. Gary was our DJ. He did an amazing job. Our dance floor was never empty. We did not provide Gary with much guidance, only about 10 must play songs. We left the rest up to him. He kept us on schedule with all of the special songs( i.e. first dance etc) through the night. His introductions were elegant and his expertise kept everyone dancing all night long. I really did feel like there was a method behind all of his song choices. It was wonderful to have an experienced DJ who was really an expert at his craft. Everyone at our wedding loved him! He was not only an amazing DJ but he also has a personality that makes him easy to talk to and fun! I would highly recommend Gary and Sounds Abound!
July 16, 2016
After debating with our parents about having live music or a DJ, we were nervous about finding a DJ who would provide a good mix of music and really get the party going. We are so thrilled that we chose Sounds Abound! Gary did an amazing job! Many of our guests keep telling us how much they loved the music at our wedding compared to some others that they have been to. They were professional and kept all of the events (speeches, special dances, tosses, etc.) on time but also spread out enough so that it didn't feel like everything was crammed into one. From what we heard, there was a good crowd of people on the dance floor until the very last song! We highly recommend them to everyone and anyone who is looking for a DJ!
June 4, 2016
Our DJ, Gary, was incredible. He kept the party going all night and got everyone up and moving. The dance floor was packed the whole night and everyone was telling us how awesome the DJ was. Gary would even get out on the dance floor and teach dances to our guests. He was really amazing and you cannot go wrong with him.
June 17, 2016
Gary - 6/11/16
We had Gary Hipperson as our DJ for our wedding and he was far more amazing than we could have ever dreamed! He read the crowd well, kept the energy going, looked up and played some unusual song requests and even taught our guests how to "Wobble". From start to finish, he kept everything moving smoothly and in good rhythm. His presence, knowledge and quick answers to questions kept us from worrying about all of the small details. I would highly recommend Sounds Abound (and Gary) to anyone who asks!
June 11, 2016
On Saturday, we had the pleasure of having Gary for our DJ. He did a spectacular job with the music, getting people on the floor and involving them in fun, dance, and laughter. We can't say enough about the fabulous job he did. Everyone had a great time and I feel that the DJ makes the event happen and Gary was great. Thank you so much for the coordination, effort, and all that you do to make sure we are in good shape.
May 28, 2016
We just wanted to write to tell you how very happy we were with the wonderful job Gary Hipperson did at our dance this year and last. His positive attitude and the great job he did really made our dance fun and awesome.
March 11, 2016
We hired Sounds Abound for our event 2/28/2016. Gary was our DJ. He was easy to work with, had great suggestions and worked well with us on a few last minute changes. I'd definitely hire them for any event. If you'd like to contact me directly for a personal reference You're welcome to provide any potential customers with my name.
February 28, 2016
Sounds Abounds did a FANTASTIC JOB! They accommodated all our music needs. They also accommodated our last minute changes and all who attended had wonderful comments to say about Gary, the DJ. Thanks again for being part of our great night and making it memorable.
Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel
Perfect for our wedding: professional, stress-free, outstanding service
We hired Sounds Abound for our wedding, so we had their DJ/MC, photobooth, and video projector services. From the moment we first met with Rufus, we knew that Sounds Abound were true professionals who make everything clear and easy, which was a big relief to us since other aspects of wedding planning were surprisingly stressful and complicated for us. The online planner was easy to use, especially since we are big music fans and had our guests RSVP song requests. Based on Rufus' suggestion, we chose Gary as our DJ/MC. He was the best DJ I've ever seen at a wedding. He kept the schedule of the reception well organized, got on well with our guests, and had our guests of all ages on the dancefloor until the very end of our reception. In fact, at the end of the reception, our guests were begging him to keep playing! We would recommend him 100%! We also had Sounds Abound's fun booth (the bigger photobooth), which our guests loved too. At the end of the night, Sounds Abound even gave us a USB flash drive of all the photos, so we can see just how much fun our guests had! Thank you, Sounds Abound!
November 7, 2015
These people are the best!! Great communication- they always answered my emails in a very timely manner...and actually answered them with REAL answers and didn't make me feel like a bridezilla for sending them rapid fire questions. Awesome DJ Gary. They were so easy to work with and made my wedding extra special. I would easily recommend them to family and friends.
October 31, 2015
We had the best experience at sounds abound was wonderful! Gary accommodated our every need and wish to make our wedding the perfect night. He kept everyone dancing during the reception and also helped me to find the perfect music for our ceremony. We had many compliments on our dj choice and are so happy with everything.
October 10, 2015
We had a fantastic experience with sounds Abound. Our MC Gary Hipperson did an incredible job, and everything was perfect. Our families filled the dance floor until the venue closed! He catered to our personal style, but made sure to play songs that kept everyone pumped up. The Sounds Abound website is useful for organizing your must play\ do not play songs, and the conference and phone calls with the DJ leading up to the event made sure we were all on the same page. We would definitely recommend sounds Abound and especially Gary Hipperson.
Rob and Meghan
September 26, 2015
Gary Hipperson was our DJ/MC at our wedding recently and did an amazing job! We had the best night we could've asked for. We had the biggest dance floor available and at times couldn't fit everyone on it. Gary brought a ton of life to the night with great music and transitions. He occasionally came to us to ask if there was anything more he could do for us and clearly loves what he does. He got out on the floor to lead dances and everyone had an amazing time.
We would highly recommend him!
October 3, 2015
We selected Gary as DJ/MC for our wedding day. He was absolutely fantastic!
Gary was very helpful in the planning process. He sat down with us and went through every detail from song selection to correct pronunciation of everyone's name in the Bridal Party. In addition, we had a unique request of the DJ/MC introducing everyone in conjunction with our string duo. Gary coordinated and executed it perfectly!
When it came to running the dance floor, Gary kept it filled from the first song to the last. his song selections were excellent. Personally, I was a bit shocked at the activity given my side not being the biggest dancers. We cannot thank Gary enough for a playing such a huge role in making our wedding reception a truly special night.
September 18, 2015
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Gary Hipperson as our Wedding DJ. Gary was attentive to all our requests, even ones emailed to him at the last minute. He always responded quickly and had the perfect attitude to set us at ease.
The night of our Wedding he managed to keep the dance floor full the entire night. Usually there are a couple lulls at the other weddings we've been too, but at ours, the floor was always packed!
We've been nothing but happy with Sounds Abound and Gary. I definitely recommend him to everyone looking at Sounds Abound.
September 19, 2015
Gary Hipperson was our MC/DJ for our wedding and he was absolutely amazing! He took the time to meet us beforehand and practice all of the names, as well as went over exactly what we wanted to hear during our reception. His announcements were clear and precise, and everything went off without a hitch. He was eager to keep playing until the reception hall kicked us out. It was an amazing experience, we highly recommend!
Sounds Abound was the most efficient vendor that we worked with, and we greatly appreciated it! The online access to our account/music list made everything seamless.
June 27, 2015
March 6, 2015
I hired Sounds Abound to DJ and MC our wedding ceremony & reception in April 2014 for our April 2015 wedding. I came across them by accident, actually - I had a consultation another company they share a space with, and met with Rufus as I arrived early. They were my first and only formal music consultation! Rufus was honest with their packages and didn't attempt to upsell me to anything we didn't need, which I appreciated. Months after I spoke with Rufus, I ran into him at a wedding expo, and he surprisingly remembered me, which won me over.
The value of their packages was also higher than the other DJs I had seen at expos, and I really loved their online functionality. All info can be provided to them at any time online, their forms make the standard reception idiot-proof so you don't forget anything, and their 'jukebox' feature provides you with billboard lists, common songs for all the typical wedding dances, and easy creation for "must-play" and "do not play" lists, as well as allows you to pick the over-all musical vibe for your wedding. Their responses were always under 24 hours by email both before and after booking, and they provided deposit reminders and updates for when to start thinking about different components of the event.
We chose Gary as our DJ & MC, and we were so happy with him! We met with him about three weeks prior to our wedding to go over the flow of the event, and he made everything very easy. Gary was very flexible and intuitive on the day of the event, also - we changed the format of our ceremony the day before the wedding, and added a component to the reception the day of, and he pulled everything off as though it was the plan all along. Very importantly, he stuck to our "must play" and "do not play" lists, and made all our guests feel welcome - we provided some Polish music for my husband's family and friends, and controlled the flow on the dancefloor masterfully, making sure no group felt neglected. I absolutely recommend Sounds Abound!
April 24, 2015
Cindy (MOB) said...
Gary, our DJ with Sounds Abound, provided a fantastic night of entertainment for our daughters wedding. He did a great job of keeping our guests out on the dance floor which was always packed. He was also willing to lead our guests in line dances. I think he played three of them and only had to lead in one of them. (which our guests loved) I was so surprised to see how many people were still on the dance floor when Gary played the last song. People were still wanting to dance! Both Gary and his assistant were dressed up and very professional. He was great to work with. As for the photo booth, I don't think it was ever empty! It is a must have at a wedding. The disc they provide you, is a copy of everyone who had pictures taken! What a great keepsake and such fun to look at. I would hire them again!
October 18, 2014
Amazing Wedding DJ!
Our DJ Gary was fantastic and I would highly recommend him! This was a great company to work with and they made the planning process a breeze. The online portal allowed you to fill in information and songs as you wanted to and when the wedding week got here we did not have much else to do but relax. Gary played all our favorite picks and a couple of special requests from the wedding party. He played all the right music to get people up and dancing throughout the entire night. Our dance floor was never empty!
October 11, 2014
Unforgettable wedding reception!
You guys were with us every step of the way whether it was helping us make decisions about our reception, or dealing with last minute changes. Gary was very professional, but also energetic and so much fun! He got out on the dance floor and taught everyone how to do the wobble, and we still laugh about watching some of our relatives wobble. The dance floor was packed all night and we couldn't have been happier with our experience!
Josh & Michelle Winder
August 31, 2014
We were so very pleased with Sounds Abound! We live in Ohio and our daughters wedding was an outside venue. Everyone was so helpful and I absolutely loved our DJ Gary Hipperson. Great job and just a delightful person. A+++
June 14, 2014
Very professional, organized and well done.
July 26, 2014
We had Gary DJ our wedding. He was extremely easy to work with and all of our guests raved about how much fun they had at our event!
July 19, 2014
Sounds Abound is an amazing company!
Sounds Abound provides DJs for our annual summer teen dance. I am always extremely impressed by the DJ they send. They are always early, and spend time talking to me in order to learn what we are looking for throughout the evening. Gary Hipperson was great with the teens, and really knew what songs to play in order to get everyone out on the dance floor. I am so grateful to Sounds Abound and would high recommend them!!!
Naperville Public Library