If your idea of the perfect party is a night filled with fun and dancing, then I am the DJ for you. My name is Larry Merkel, and I will do everything in my power to ensure you and your guests will have an evening to remember. My vast knowledge of music encompasses all styles, so no matter what type of music you want, I will be able to meet your needs. I tailor each event to the specific requirements of each customer. So whether you want the high energy of the Cha-Cha Slide, or the mellow sounds of Frank & Dean-O, I will make the evening YOUR evening.
What Clients Say About Larry
To put it briefly, there are not enough positive things that I could say about Larry Merkel and Sounds Abound. I doubt anything I can say here will do either the company or Larry justice, but I’ll do my best.
First off, the set up. It was not a particularly easy venue, and required multiple setups, (both indoor and outdoors) and utilization of the venue’s speaker system for a section of the night. If any of that phased Larry, he certainly didn’t show it. He arrived early and was a consummate professional. In 90 plus degree heat, he provided the music for the ceremony flawlessly.
But the reception was where he shined. We knew from other wedding attendances that typically people enjoy the music and dance for a small amount of time, but eventually the dance floor clears and people move on to drinking, chatting, or they just leave.
Not our show. Larry kept the energy high and kept our guests dancing from, quite literally, the first song to the last. I have honestly never attended a wedding where the dance floor was so busy for the entire event.
I wish I could offer constructive criticism or at least some area for improvement - truthfully, I have none. I was approached by three soon-to-be brides who demanded Larry’s information. I hope I’ll be seeing him again soon.
July 13, 2019
If you are wondering who to choose as a DJ for your wedding; pick Sounds Abound! My husband and I did quite a bit of research and meeting with DJs prior to choosing one and I can say that we knew almost right away after meeting with their staff that we would go with Sounds Abound. They were very kind and accommodating from the start. They talked with us until we had a package that worked best for our needs and at a price that was unbelievable compared to others that we looked at. Some other vendors charged the same price for one DJ as what we got with Sounds Abound including a DJ, DJ assistant, room uplighting, and a photo booth! With that, there were no corners cut, everything was perfect; the uplighting added more to the dining room than I could have thought and the photo booth was a hit all night. Speaking of the photo booth, the man who was running it was helpful, knowledgable, and stayed even longer than he was supposed to because guests were using the photo booth so much - we can't say how much we appreciate that! We had Larry Merkel as our DJ; we picked him based off of reviews and videos on the Sounds Abound website, which was a great plus - most other companies we looked at just assigned a DJ to you. Probably my greatest concern leading up to the wedding was that the dance floor wouldn't stay full, I just wanted people to dance. Larry and his assistant totally nailed this aspect. Guests danced the entire night, I couldn't have been more thrilled. He did a great job of combining playing songs that we asked for and adding those that he knew would keep the dance floor moving with a great combination of current songs and oldies for all ages. He even came out onto the dance floor and did the YMCA with us, he was awesome! He stayed upbeat and fun the entire night, even had no problem doing some extra things we asked like handing out glow necklaces and little gifts on the dance floor to guests. We are so happy with Sounds Abound and would pick them over and over. Thank you Larry!
April 27, 2019
Very helpful and kind
We chose Larry Merkel to be our DJ because my best friend's family had also booked him for a wedding and she recommended him to me. There were so many things about the reception plan that were hard for me to figure out and I totally worried about them (like when exactly should the cake be cut??), but Larry helped me sort everything out. He was totally kind and I really appreciated that during the stressful days before the wedding. If I had to do my wedding over again, I would definitely book Larry Merkel again-- the only thing I would do differently is I would ask him questions much earlier than I did because he knew all the answers! I highly recommend him and Sounds Abound.
June 9, 2018
The only option for wedding entertainment
From day one of choosing a DJ for our wedding this last September, I went straight to Sounds Abound and couldn't be happier. From choosing our music for the ceremony, special songs for the reception, and the dancing, the online planner was fun and easy to use and made sure we didn't forget any song for our wedding day. The couple weeks leading up to the day, I was able to talk to our chosen DJ Larry about any questions or concerns and he was ready and able to answer them. We used him too for our ceremony music, and I have zero complaints. I barely remember the music played during the processional and unity ceremony since it was so perfect. He helped make our night exactly how we wanted it. People were on the dance floor all night, I heard compliments of the sound level even after the day was over, and Larry and his assistant did their job very well. Wish I could have another wedding to use them again!
September 2, 2017
Larry was great! He touched bases with us a few times before the wedding for final details. He did great at keeping the night moving by politely reminding my husband and I of the time and what we needed to do next. The music was great, everyone had such a great time! Would highly recommend Sounds Abound and Larry!
September 23, 2017
We were initially drawn to Sounds Abound because we attended two weddings where Tony Ho was the DJ and thought he did a great job. Unfortunately Tony was not available on our wedding date, but we hired Larry Merkel instead. I'm so glad we did! Larry was wonderful to work with before the wedding and we have received so many compliments on his work during the wedding! Everyone had so much fun and Larry's DJ-ing playing a large role in that. Larry even saved the wedding ceremony by providing duct tape at the last minute to secure some vases that blew over in the wind (luckily as the bride, I was blissfully unaware of this until the next week!) I also want to give a shout-out to the Sounds Abound office staff who were very helpful and understanding when our initial venue shut-down and we were scrambling to find a replacement.
July 16, 2016
Larry was beyond incredible for our wedding. My husband and I were more than pleased with his DJ abilities, he knows what he is doing and helped us plan the evening. From song suggestions, to getting our guests up and dancing, he was on top of everything. He was able to troubleshoot when I forgot the charger for my laptop for our personally made slideshow, having his assistant run home for a MAC charger. The services he provided were beyond awesome and I would recommend Sounds Abound and Larry to anyone. I heard of Larry from my friends wedding, he made such a great impression that night, that I hired him for our wedding. He did an incredible job at both parties. HIGHLY Recommend Larry.
April 10, 2016
Sounds Abound was absolutely amazing!!! My husband is a musician, so needless to say that music is a very important part of our lives. We wanted to make sure that we had a great dj for our wedding. From day 1 of dealing with Sounds Abound they were nothing but professional! We made the fantastic decision to have Larry Merkle as our dj....and we were NOT disappointed!! Larry knew exactly what songs to play to keep the dance floor lively!
We received so many compliments from numerous guests that attended our wedding. In fact, a close friend and my cousin have since contacted Sounds Abound to be used for their wedding! We would recommend their services for any occasion. Thank you very much to Larry and Sounds Abound for making our reception even more memorable!!
June 13, 2015
So close to perfect
Our experience with Sounds Abound was wonderful. The online portal was easy to use and helped us pick all the songs we wanted (Wagon Wheel on repeat) and cross off all the songs we did not (Black Eyed Peas). The DJ, Larry M., was familiar with the venue and set up and ready to go. I never gave it a second thought. He even helped us edit and make adjustments to a few special songs requested by family.
Larry did a wonderful job of balance and kept the dance floor JAMMED all night. Everyone had a lot of fun.
August 1, 2015
Larry and all of Sounds Abound were wonderful to work with. They were prompt with responses, easy to meet with and were very on top of everything! Sounds Abound was emailing me about my upcoming wedding instead of vice versa. Larry was absolutely wonderful to work with;professional, friendly, wonderful at his job! He met with us prior to our wedding to make sure we were all on the same page. On the day of the wedding everything was set up, ready to go. He always checked with us and the photographer first to make sure everyone was ready for cake cutting, first dance etc. We received numerous compliments about how great our DJ was. He played all the music we liked, and would adjust the music to the crowd, we had so much fun!
July 17, 2015
Matt said... Larry from Sounds Abound did a tremendous job of DJ'ing at our wedding! He was spot-on with his announcements and did a great job of playing all of the songs we asked for as well as working with me to incorporate custom songs into the ceremony and reception. The company was very affordable and helped us stay within our budget while still providing excellent services. I would gladly recommend Larry and Sounds Abound to anybody.
May 23, 2015
Totally Made Our Wedding
Larry and everyone from Sounds Abound totally helped make our wedding perfect! Everything ran smoothly and everyone had a lot of fun on the dance floor. We would definitely recommend Sounds Abound to family and friends in the future!
April 4, 2015
Sounds Abound was absolutely amazing!
We had such a great experience with sounds abound. We loved working with Larry. He was so nice and gave great advice. We loved being able to go online and watch videos of the DJ's. Larry was funny and worked great with all the weird requests people made. He was also great at keeping us on track.
We also went with up lighting and the photo booth. Everyone had a blast using the photo booth. The uplighting transformed to room completely. It was so beautiful, I'm so glad we went with it.
I highly recommend Sounds Abound for any party!
So easy to work with! Larry was extremely laid back and easy to work during our initial meeting. We gave him minimal ideas for what we wanted, and he was able to expand on our suggestions and keep the dance floor going all night!! Highly recommend Sounds Abound in general, they are a great company, love their online planner system (made planning a wedding out of state very easy, and made payment easy as well), and everyone I interacted with was very nice. Thanks to Larry for making our wedding so fun!!
November 1, 2014
Bounding joy with Sounds Abound!
Ken, Larry, Steve, and the entire crew with Sounds Abound have provided us with such an exemplary service for our wedding, it's hard not to be grateful. From the day we walked in to their office, Ken was honest, caring, and eager to help us plan our event. Kudos for also being a Cubs fan! During the planning process, they allowed us to make changes along the way with so much ease! Their website and tools online, including their extensive music library, gave us the control to really set the tone (ha!) for our special day. Larry and Steve, I could not say enough wonderful things about them! Larry did so much to put us at ease for the night! My wife worked with Larry and the rest of Sounds Abound to put together a special, surprise Daddy-Daughter dance! They helped make recommendations for our music selection - when to play this, how we should time that, do we really want to have a different song for each intro, etc. And much to my surprise (hey, I've been to quite a few weddings), there was never an empty dance floor! They even led us through the YMCA, and had so many people smiling and laughing all night. It's so funny to find out we took our honeymoon at the same place that Larry did (he wasn't kidding how wonderful it was there)! Sounds Abound, I can't think of anything you could have done better for us and our day. Thank you, so sincerely thank you! Mark & Heather Jebens
October 11, 2014
Our wedding was absolutely perfect, in large part due to Larry from Sounds Abound! He was amazing, from the music during cocktail hour and dinner, to the introductions, to keeping the dance floor packed the entire night, and, of course, dealing with our numerous requests for some very unique songs. Sounds Abound was so easy to work with from the beginning, and we knew from our first meeting that they would deliver high quality service. Larry exceeded our expectations by a long shot, and we could not be happier with how our reception went! We had a huge number of guests tell us that the music and energy was by far the best they have experienced at a wedding. Thank you, Larry, and thank you, Sounds Abound!
June 21, 2014
Best DJs Ever!
Sounds Abound recently DJ'd our wedding at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, IL on March 22, 2014. Larry Merkel was fabulous from the start! We met with him before the wedding to go over the details, and he was a huge help in deciding our final song choices. At the event, Larry made sure that David and I (Sable) were happy during the event with how the music was flowing. He was accommodating to requests, but also made sure to get our "must have songs" in. He had a super engaging personality and helped our guests get and stay in the celebration mood! We would strongly recommend Sounds Abound for any wedding or celebration! The whole process was easy and the staff were always friendly! Thanks again to Larry for helping our wedding to be memorable!
March 22, 2014
My husband and I used Sounds Abound for our wedding a few weeks ago and they were great. Our DJ was Larry Merkel and he was AMAZING!!! Larry was easy to get along with and had great music suggestions. The dance floor was full all night long, which was something very important to us. Everyone that we have talked to has said that the DJ was great and people had a blast. Larry contacted us a few times before our big day and made sure that that all the details were in place (name pronunciations, dances, cake cutting, entrances, etc) I would highly recommend using SOunds Abound for any DJing needs. They are very professional and know what the are doing. We also used this company for our uplighting and Photo Booth. The people that did the lighting were wonderful. They had plenty of color options and could even match the lights to our wedding colors. The Photo Booth was alright. It was a huge hit with our guests, but we wouldn't recommend spending the extra money on the attendant to put the book together. It did not turn out like we had planned. Overall, Sounds Abound is a great company, and I would definitely use them again in the future.
October 5, 2013
My wife Andrea and I would like to thank everyone at Sounds Abound for helping us make our wedding a success! We would like to especially thank our DJ, "Larry" for helping us make our wedding day that much more memorable; especially, after our outside wedding was rained out! We also would like to thank the owner Ken for helping us through the initial process! My wife and I heard from some friends of ours that had used Sounds Abound and I myself actually was at a wedding that used the owner, Ken's son Kyle as their DJ! Our DJ, Larry was extremely easy to work with! We met twice with Larry and Finalized last minute details right up to the wedding! Larry knows his music too! We liked how he showed us that he actually cared about making this day that much more special for us! He was great at making everyone get out on the dance floor and his voice was perfect for making all our announcements! We would recommend Sounds Abound to everyone! Thanks again guys for a job well done!
June 21, 2013
Three people recommended Sounds Abound, and now we know why. Our MC/DJ, Larry Merkel, was incredible. Prior the reception we reviewed the timeline and what we want, and that is exactly what we received. The evening was flawless as the Sounds Abound staff created the right atmosphere for all stages of the evening, Larry MCed the event keeping everything on time and fun. What I like the best is that we received complements from the guests on how great an evening we had. We danced until closing time and had a great first night of the rest of our lives. Thank You Larry, for making the evening so special and a day/night we will remember forever. Thanks to Sounds Abound for the attention they took prior to the reception and all the helpful people we worked with. We'll definitely recommend Sounds Abound to everyone and anyone.
June 29, 2013
I used Sounds Abound after I heard them at my nieces wedding. I have used them a few times since and so has my niece. They are awesome. My group was a mix of all ages and they accommodate everyone. They kept the people dancing. They are a very reliable company and easy to work with. I will continue to use them for all my future events big and small. I highly would recommend them to anyone i know.
July 6th 2013
Larry DJ'd our wedding and he was absolutely fantastic! His personality, professionalism, and "DJ voice" were incredible! We were able to contact him several times prior to the wedding to discuss exactly what we wanted and he was super receptive, helpful, and enjoyable to talk to. He was totally prepared and kept our reception moving and exciting. I definitely recommend him!
June 15, 2013
We booked both DJ and photobooth through Sounds Abound for our April wedding. The office staff is great to work with and very responsive to emails. Larry Merkel was our DJ and he was wonderful. We had seen him at a friend's wedding a couple years ago so choosing him was easy. The online planner makes song selection simple and helps keep you organized. We met with Larry about a month before the wedding to run through the day and he also called the week before to make sure there were no last minute changes. The day went off without a hitch and the dance floor was packed all night. Larry did a great job of working with our songlist and adding his own selections to keep the party going all night. We've received so many comments about how great the music was and how much fun everyone had and Larry made that happen.
The photobooth was wonderful and the attendant was great. All of our guests had a great time with the props that were supplied and we have a great guest book proving it!
I would recommend Sounds Abound to anyone needing DJ/Photobooth services!
April 27, 2013
We had Larry as our DJ and he was just amazing. He met with us and called us before the wedding to understand what type of music we wanted. And the music selection at the wedding was exactly what we wanted! Everyone there commented how they loved it. People were dancing all night. I would recommend Sounds Abound and Larry to anyone!
May 18 2013
Larry Merkel did a fantastic job as our DJ! He makes a great DJ and a lot of our family and friends were interested in Sounds Abound! I passed on your website info and Larry's name. Just thought you all should know! Thanks.
December 1, 2012
Sounds Abound and all of the staff I worked with were amazing! We used Sounds Abounds for our employee awards banquet this year. Ken Overbey, who set everything up for us, went out of his way to ensure we were ready to go and even came on-site to check in with me. Larry Merkel, the DJ was great! He made announcements throughout the evening and even got a non-dance crowd up and dancing. He even danced with us which I received numerous great comments about. We also utilized the photo booth. The pictures came with our logo at the top, designed by Sounds Abound. All of our staff members were blown away at how much fun it was, the props that were provided, and the quality of the photo booth pictures. Our photo booth attendant Mike Macie, was wonderful as well! He went out of his way to have fun and talk to everyone. I have never received so many great compliments about our employee awards banquet from our staff members, and I truly appreciate the service from Sounds Abound for making this a great night!
January 25, 2013
"Larry was a very fun DJ to have. Even after we ran out of must play's and songs we like, he kept playing a lot of good songs! Very good DJ with a good plan to keep people dancing!"
June 30, 2012
Jillian & Nick – September 29, 2012
“From start to finish Sounds Abound was an outstanding experience. I had to work around my brother’s deployments and my wedding venue closed in the middle of our engagement, and Sounds Abound was there to help every step of the way. Larry was fantastic and such a joy to have at the wedding. I would highly recommend him and Sounds Abound to anyone! Everything was fantastic!”
Jayne & Craig – September 1, 2012
“Larry, Thank you for the wonderful job you did as our DJ and Master of Ceremony! You did a fantastic job of planning and executing the schedule of events (e.g. introduction, cake cutting and first dance ), keeping the crowd dancing, setting the perfect mood with the right mix of songs, as well as playing our personal favorites and anticipating songs we would like as well as a few specially requested songs. Thank you so much for making our wedding so much fun with the wonderful music and entertainment.”
Nicole & Matt – August 18, 2012
“Sounds Abound was a great company to work with for my wedding. I had to plan my wedding long distance and they made it really easy on me to pick a DJ. They were always very professional on the phone, and I loved the fact that I could see my DJ options online. Larry was also great to work with. He was very thorough in his work and quick to respond to my emails and phone calls. He was always able to answer my questions and made me at ease even before the wedding day because it really seemed like he knew what he was doing. Larry provided service for our wedding ceremony and reception. He did an awesome job during the ceremony of fading out the music during the lighting of our unity candle so there was no awkward waiting time for the song to get through. And during our reception he really kept things on a roll. He would remind my husband and I when it was time to cut cake, time for the slide show, etc. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about our schedule or making things happen with his help. He also did a great job of feeling out the crowd to see what type of music they would get everyone dancing and also followed our guest’s song requests. Thanks Sound’s Abound for helping make our wedding day perfect!”
Cathy (MOB) – Becca & Eric – August 11, 2012
“My expectations were high, as I was familiar with your services from previous family members’ wedding receptions. You guys are the best! LOVE all the props: really fun for all ages! And the up-lighting was gorgeous – many positive comments from guests.”
Jaimie & Drew – Gail (MOB) – July 28, 2012
“Larry Merkel and his assistant were fabulous at my daughter’s wedding on Saturday, July 28th. Larry and his assistant were excellent, and kept the reception going! They were professional in all ways, and we would totally recommend Sounds Abound, and Larry!”
Kelly & Kyle – July 7, 2012
“I was so impressed with Larry! We chose him because of his work with another wedding we had been to and he exceeded our expectations!!! Everyone had a blast and he was professional and interactive. We couldn’t have been happier. Thanks!!”
Laura & Tim – June 30, 2012
“He was a very fun DJ to have. Even after we ran out of must play’s and songs we like, he kept playing a lot of good songs! Very good DJ with a good plan to keep people dancing!”
Melissa & Anton – October 8, 2011
“Larry was great, before the event he had no problem meeting with us to go over the last minute details, at the event he got everyone dancing and kept thing running smooth. We were very happy with Larry and the service that he provided us with our wedding.”
Megan & Dan – October 1, 2011
“Larry was awesome! We were very happy that we picked him. Pleasure to work with! Kept the dance floor bumping all night long. He went above and beyond what we expected.”
Katie & Anthony – September 10, 2011
“I would highly recommend Sounds Abound! I loved the online tools and music selections. Larry Merkel was a great DJ and we were very happy with him. He was friendly, accommodating & very detailed. He called twice before the wedding to make sure everything was in order & the evening went very smooth. He was fantastic!!!!”
Cara & Jason – August 27, 2011
“I can not say enough how awesome Larry was to work with! Not only does he have the best announcing voice, he had about 80% of our guest stay to the last song dancing. We had so many guest say how fun our wedding was which was due to adding the photo booth and simply telling Larry to play music everyone knows and can dance to. He did an amazing job at that. I would recommend him to every family and friend!”
Veronica & T.J. – July 9, 2011
“Larry and Jake were awesome. The music turned out even better than we could have ever hoped. the Djs looked like they were having just as much fun as the rest of us. There couldn’t have been a better fit, for our style of wedding.”
Michelle & Adam – August 28, 2010
“We chose to use Sounds Abound and, specifically Larry Merkel, based on a wedding we attended in 2009. We knew that night that Larry was “our guy”. He was always so professional, knew exactly what we wanted, and kept the dance floor hoppin’ all night. We could not have asked for a better dj, and MC for our wedding. We also used Sounds Abound for our photo booth at the reception, and we are so glad we did. The attendant was a blast, and kept the pictures flowing, and the smiles coming! We cannot imagine having a better night, and Sounds Abound really did their part to make it all perfect!”
Erica & Derek – August 7, 2010
“Larry did an amazing job as DJ/MC at the wedding. He played exactly the type and mixture of music I wanted. He was extremely professional and friendly. I would definitely recommend Larry for any DJ/MC event. You won’t be disappointed!”
Sarah & Justin – June 19, 2010
“Larry contacted me several times and was welcome to last-minute changes. We had a wonderful wedding, and all of our guests commented on the fun time that was had.”
Kim & Paul – May 22, 2010
“Honestly, Larry made the night! I read all the comments about him before, but he really went above and beyond the call of duty. Everything was so organized and everyone raved about the “Dancing With the Stars” Package. The music reached out to all different age groups. I believe a lot of people stayed around because of Larry. He was one person that I didn’t have to worry about. He did his thing and everyone was impressed. All in all, 5 stars! I can’t wait until someone I know gets married. I will DEFINITELY recommend Sounds Abound!”
Karen & Gary – October 17, 2009
“We would definitely recommend Sounds Abound, and particularly, Larry Merkel, for a wedding DJ. We had nothing but supreme customer service from them from beginning to end. Our families are wall flowers – we never expected them to get out on the dance floor. But the floor was packed all night, thanks to the excellent song mix and encouragement from the DJ. The experience was overall excellent.”
Cindy & Mike – October 11, 2009
“Sounds Abound was flawless. Not only was my DJ absolutely fantastic, Larry Merkel, but so was the customer service, the online event planner tool and the wedding shop is great as well. I would recommend Sounds Abound to everyone and anyone who needs a DJ for any type of special event. Larry was perfect! He was fantastic. I was so impressed with how wonderful everything was executed throughout the night. My family and friends kept telling me how great he was and the music choices were absolutely perfect. He listened to everything my now husband and I wanted from the beginning until the very end. Sounds Abound and Larry Merkel made my wedding reception everything I wanted and more! Thank you very much!”
Linda – Commodores Ball The Abbey Marina – Lake Geneva – September 26, 2009
“Great! I asked Larry to keep the music on the low side so people could sit and talk at the tables if they wanted for the ones that don’t dance. I had nothing but great comments from people for the entire event, but many for saying it was so nice to be able to sit and talk at the tables and actually hear what people were saying and not having to scream over the music. It was great. Everyone who attended loved it. Larry and his assistant did a fantastic job for me. It was excellent!!!”
Debbie & Scott – September 12, 2009
“Sounds Abound was really great. We loved our DJ’s( Larry Merkel And Rob) they kept everyone on the dance floors and got the crowd fired up when the bridal party intros were announced. We received so many comments after the weeding that people haven’t danced so much in long time. It made us feel so good. Thanks to Sounds Abound for making our Wedding so spectacular”
Amy & Mike – August 9, 2009
“We’re very pleased to have chosen Sounds Abound as our DJ service and will be sure to recommend them to others. The video montage was a favorite and so easy for us. Thanks for adding to our special day!”
Lauren & Keith – July 17, 2009
“We are so thrilled to have chosen Sounds Abound Entertainment for our wedding! We could not have been more pleased with the kindness of your staff and how helpful they were along the way!! Continue the communication! That really helped us out to hear from you every so often as the date got closer!!”
Gina & Jon – June 27, 2009
“I could not have asked for a better DJ! It was by far the best music selection I’ve heard at a wedding (or any event for that matter)… needless to say, I’m glad it was at my own wedding! Cocktail and dinner music was a perfect blend of the styles we requested, and the dance music was AWESOME. Almost everyone was up dancing the entire time, and Larry even got on the dance floor to teach the the Electric Slide. In terms of “behind the scenes,” I appreciated the online music selection form. It made my very busy weeks before the wedding that much easier. The booking process was easy and I appreciated the check-in phone calls prior to the event. A+ on all fronts… thank you from Jon and I for such a great experience!”
Kimberly & Jeremy – June 6, 2009
“It was exceptional. Our guests really enjoyed Larry’s performance and flow. I believe you are at a level that though perfection is not attainable that continuation of your current efforts will ensure your on-going success.”
Jamie & Mike – May 30, 2009
“We were extremely pleased with everything, start to finish, with Sounds Abound. The customer service is excellent, everyone was so professional and friendly, and we really enjoyed Larry. He was a great time and got the party started. He was so easy to work with and very flexible with a couple last minute requests. We’ve heard from many of our guests that the music was great and it kept people dancing all night long. Thank you Sounds Abound and Larry!!!”
Melissa & Joe – May 9, 2009
“Larry was excellent. You were the best Vendor I dealt with for my whole wedding planning experience! Thank You so very much for being so great. You should push the photo booth option. Everyone loved that and asked where I got the idea.”
Claire Benet Academy – March 7, 2009
“We had a Benet Academy Mother-Son dance on 3/7/09. We required many things of Larry that evening. He played fun music during a time that the boys were playing at blackjack tables, and also played music appropriate for dancing during a separate time of the evening. He found great songs that would get both the high-school boys and their mothers out onto the dance floor, and keep them there, enjoying each others’ company. Larry was also outstanding as emcee of the event, which included him serving as a host for the Deal or No Deal Game Show. He interviewed the 10 boys on stage before they competed for their prizes, and he was witty and entertaining. He was able to command the attention of the room. Larry was really wonderful to deal with both in planning and the night of the event. The night on-site he was flexible and adapted his music and timing to the needs of the evening. We’d all highly recommend Larry for any event!!!”
Carrie & Ryan – February 28, 2009
“I thought Larry was fantastic! The next day a bunch of my guests commented on how excellent the DJ was and asked what company he works for! Thank you!”
Melanie & Blair – October 11, 2008
“Larry was awesome!!! We had a special surprise for everyone, fireworks, and Larry knew about it. He helped us decide how we would get everyone outside for the fireworks display. When he made the announcement that we wanted everyone outside for a toast, he said that it was “something so big that four walls can’t contain it.” My husband absolutely loved it!!! Larry was very enthusiastic about it, and made everyone excited about what was to come. He was very upbeat throughout the entire evening. I could not have asked for a better day!”
Beata & Konrad – September 6, 2008
“Our DJ Larry did an incredible job at our wedding. All of our guests had an amazing time and they kept the dance floor full the entire night!! Also, they were extremely organized and professional and they were the only part of the wedding that went without a hitch. They even added music that I hadn’t thought of but my guests loved. We were extremely impressed and will definitely recommend them to everyone we know. Thanks again!!!!”
Jacqueline & Kyle – August 23, 2008
“We could not be happier with your DJ services. Your office staff was always so helpful and friendly. Larry was an excellent DJ, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding DJ. Great job! We could not have asked for better!”
Fran & Joe – July 5, 2008
“Larry was great! He was very professional and attentive. He made sure to include all of our special requests. He has a great personality and did a great job interacting with the guests. He made the event smooth, effortless and fun!”
Gina & Chris – June 20, 2008
“Sounds Abound has a great online planner that really helped our wedding reception go smoothly. Every song we requested was played and Larry stayed on schedule.”
Reshmeen & Cyrus – May 25, 2008
“The planning process was easy and our DJ, Larry Merkel, really made us feel comfortable. He answered all our questions and provided an excellent and entertaining evening! We couldn’t have asked for more!”
Charmaine & Vince – May 8, 2008
“I wanted to let you know that Larry Merkel was the best DJ ever! He is a wonderful person and just did an awesome job! All my guests really liked him. The services your company provided was outstanding! I will continue to recommend your DJ service to anyone I know in the future that is getting married. Thank you for providing good service and a fabulous DJ. It is well worth the money!”
Devin & Matt – May 3, 2008
“Larry – I just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you for taking part in our wedding reception this past Saturday. We definitely could have danced all night long and from the sound of it our guests felt the same way. Matt and I cannot thank you enough for helping us have a reception that our entire family will talk about in the years to come. You are the best! P.S. The YMCA with the props was the highlight of the night!!!!! Although I think Matt would say the “Go Cubs Go” was his highlight.”
Laila & Kyle – March 1, 2008
“I can’t even begin to express how much we enjoyed having Larry Merkel as our DJ!!! He was amazing, and was the PERFECT MC for our special day. I especially appreciated all the great communication leading up to the wedding day. Even his wife was courteous and responsive when I called his house. Larry took the time to perfect all of the name pronunciations–and believe me, there were some tricky ones!!! Larry’s voice and presence radiated enthusiasm and excitement without being cheesy or corny. He has a genuine way about him. During the evening, he never interrupted me…he would wait sort of at my side and behind me to get my attention. He asked my permission before giving the microphone to guests who wanted to make a toast, but that I had not included on my “list”. He said he would not give the microphone to anyone unless I indicated it was “ok” –class act! And then when the spontaneous toast turned south and the guest started babbling incoherently and swearing, well, Larry was right there to cut the volume and return to dinner music!!! Larry followed my instructions to the “T” — I don’t know what else to say except we are just so very pleased with our choice of Larry Merkel.”
Shannon & Ken – October 13, 2007
“It was a wonderful night. Larry kept the party going and it was great to have everyone dancing all night long!! Keep up the good work. Make sure that your customer service stays at the top.”
Jie & Mark – October 6, 2007
“Larry was very professional and very accommodating and easy to work with. The service was exactly as described and exceeded our expectations. Larry was excellent at making sure he fulfilled all of our requests and requirements.”
Sheri & Gary – September 8, 2007
“I love the online planner. It helped me keep myself organized. Larry was wonderful! He had such great ideas and was so pleasant to work with. Many of our guests remarked about the fun atmosphere he created at our reception. He was very patient with our constant requests for changes throughout the night. I don’t know if I could remain calm and pleasant like Larry in such a charged atmosphere. Thanks again Larry!”
Carrie & Steve – July 28, 2007
“Everything was wonderful! We referred several people who asked for Larry’s name for future events!”
Lisa & Matthew – June 16, 2007
“Everything was great. Larry did an outstanding job. My husband and I could not be happier with his job! Everything was perfect. Nothing could have made our experience better.”
Cathy & Jon – May 26, 2007
“Larry was a class act. He did a really great job and was accommodating for all of our requests.”
Jennifer & Brian – October 21, 2006
“Larry was Excellent. Our wedding was perfect, thank you!”
Kara & Neal – October 7, 2006
“The Sounds Abound staff was very helpful and willing to answer all our questions before our wedding. Larry, our DJ, was excellent! He played songs that had everyone on the dance floor the entire night. Many people commented on the great music and the interaction Larry had with our guests. Thank you! Everything was wonderful!”
Katie & John – September 16, 2006
“John and I wanted to say how wonderful our experience was with Sounds Abound. We came in to listen to music and Jeff got together all the songs that we wanted. Larry Merkel was our DJ and he was the best! He made our day truly special. Everyone danced the entire night and we had the best day of our lives! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience. We have recommended you to our friends that are engaged too. Thanks again!”
Lindsey & Pete – September 3, 2006
“Larry and his partner were amazing! He truly has a way of keeping people energized and having a good time. We received multiple compliments about his professionalism and will definitely recommend him to others. He made the entire booking process very easy to handle and made the whole experience an unforgettable event! We would recommend Sounds Abound to anyone who wants to have a great party!”
Julie & Jeff – July 29, 2006
“Larry Merkel did an excellent job as a DJ for our wedding. We really enjoyed all the variety of music he played and catered to our wishes. Thanks Larry!”
Jennifer & John – June 10, 2006
“Larry was perfect — he was everything we wanted in a DJ and managed to avoid everything we didn’t want. He did a phenomenal job helping our event turn out perfectly!”
Susan & Guy – November 5, 2005
“We cannot thank Sounds Abound and our DJ, Larry, enough! Everything was perfect and our instructions were followed perfectly. Larry interacted with our guests and made them laugh. I would highly recommend Sounds Abound and will also book with you again, should I have another occasion. Thanks again for making our reception so fun and memorable!”
Angie & Bill – September 3, 2005
“Larry was absolutely wonderful. He always checked with us as to what needed to be done to keep the evening moving. The guests loved him as did we. I have already recommended your service and Larry to a co-worker getting married next summer. Thanks so much.”
Amanda & Christopher – June 18, 2005
“Larry was very flexible and easy to work with. My initial contact with him left me at ease. He followed our wishes for the “no play” list and contacted us when a majority was requesting a song on that list. Everything was great!”
Sonia & Scott -May 21, 2005
“We had a great experience with Sounds Abound. Larry did a fantastic job and really made the reception smooth and enjoyable. I would not hesitate to suggest Sounds Abound to others in the future. Everything went really well for us. I really appreciated being able to modify our plans on the website. That is a very handy feature.”
Julia & Scott -October 23, 2004
“Larry was very professional and friendly! He was very mindful of Scott’s and my wishes. He would double check with either of us before starting an important dance and would quickly change the order of things if either of us wanted a couple extra minutes with our guests. I would highly recommend him. Thanks Larry for helping make our wedding day perfect!”
Diana & Keith -September 4, 2004
“Larry was amazing! We couldn’t have asked for a better performance. He did a great job and we receive a lot of complements about the reception music. Larry played great music to keep people moving through the whole reception. Everyone tells us they had a great time at the reception and Larry played a huge role in that!”
Lorene & Jim -August 14, 2004
“Larry did a great job of showing open communication with us. He was flexible for change and special requests on the spot. The Music/DJ part of a wedding, I feel, is one of the most important aspects as it is a lasting memory of the bride & groom and their guests.”
Amy & Kevin -July 31, 2004
“We had complete confidence in Sounds Abound from the start, one year prior to our wedding, and were impressed through the entire process. Larry and Frankie were personable and professional. Guests filled the dance floor the entire night and Larry was definitely in tune to our musical tastes. He played our “Must plays” and exactly the type of music we were hoping for. I finally learned the electric slide. Thanks!!! Also, the photo montage that Ken did was a big hit and extremely well done.”