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Jazz and African Music for Corporate Event, Gaylord Resort

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Jazz and African Music were provided for a corporate event at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort.  The “Olivera Quintet“, consisting of piano, bass, drums, saxophone, and guitar, provided a variety of music entertainment.  As the 2,300 guests entered the ballroom, they were greeted with upbeat jazz music, followed by a variety of selections for dinner music.  An awards ceremony followed, with 16 custom arrangements performed for the emcees and award recipients.  Following a performance by Diana Ross, the “Memories of Africa” 8-pc. percussion ensemble lead the guests downstairs to an after party with Kool & The Gang.

Herald Trumpets sound for “National Geographic Evening Of Exploration: Oceans” Inaugural Gala

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Herald Trumpets sounded a fanfare for the “National Geographic Evening of Exploration: Oceans” Inaugural Gala at the Society’s D.C. headquarters. The ocean-themed event, transformed the cafeteria into an underwater extravaganza.  Guests walked a blue carpet, then found themselves surrounded by coral and seaweed draped from the ceiling and scenes of marine life swimming on the walls.  The evening celebrated the work of its Explorers-in-Residence, Fellows, and Emerging Explorers, and honored three individuals.  Scientists from the International Space Station sent a personal shout-out for their astronauts’ view of the world’s oceans, which cover 70 percent of the earth.  As guests entered for dinner, two herald trumpets sounded the ever-recognizable National Geographic fanfare.  Kudos to Syzygy for the decor, Atmosphere for the lighting, Olivera Music Entertainment for the music, and Gardner Mills Group as executive producers for a spectacular production!

Big Band Music by the ‘Olivera Orchestra’ and Rock Band/Karaoke/DJ perform for Corporate Event,National Air & Space Museum, DC

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Olivera Music Entertainment was Music Producer for this Holiday Celebration, which included:

“Vaughn Suponatime with the Olivera Orchestra 17-pc. Big Band” with a swinging big band music atmosphere for everyone’s listening and dancing pleasure.  Vaughn Suponatime’s impersonation of Frank Sinatra included such classic hits as “Come Fly With Me”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Luck Be a Lady”, and “My Way”.  The Olivera Orchestra provided the dynamic accompaniment, along with features such as “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”, “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”, “Old Devil Moon”, and “In the Mood”.

In another area of the museum, Olivera provided a combination of Karaoke and Rock Band Karaoke. Guests could showcase their talents as a solo artist or in groups.  Rock Band is the latest trend in Karaoke, allowing instrumentalists to participate as well as vocalists as the featured entertainer.

Swing Dixie Musicians at Food & Friends Dinner & Auction, Washington, DC

Monday, July 19th, 2010


The 20th Annual Food & Friends Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction was held on June 14th at the Washington Hilton in DC.  Olivera Music Entertainment was proud to be a Chef de Cuisine Sponsor and Entertainment Assistant.  Our very own “Swing Dixie” 6-piece ensemble performed lively dixieland and swing music as guests enjoyed numerous samplings of food and drink from celebrity chefs.  This event raised $800,000 for the organization.

The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.

Values of Food & Friends

Accountability: At every level of our organization we are accountable to our clients, donors, volunteers, staff and the public – with unwavering integrity of program services and financial standards.

Community: Partnerships and collaborations are vital to our success, both inside and outside the organization, as we build communities that invest in the welfare of others.

Compassion: With hearts open to the needs of all, we believe friendship, empathy and kindness are as much a part of the sustenance we provide as the meals we prepare.

Dignity: Through confidentiality, respect, and a commitment to quality of life for all, we recognize the dignity of every client, volunteer, donor, staff member, and guest.

Diversity: The caring, loving, fun and dynamic nature of our organization is made possible by the diversity of the people we serve and those who help us serve.

Excellence: At every level of operation and public engagement – from food planning and preparation to nutrition education and workshops, from volunteer coordination to special events – we are committed to the highest standards of quality and excellence.

Reliability: As safety, trustworthiness and dependability in all aspects of our operations are the cornerstones of our services, our clients, volunteers, staff and guests can rely on us to fulfill our mission without fail every day.

Jazz Music Entertainment for President Obama, Washington, DC

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The Olivera Trio was honored to play for President Obama on February 4th, 2010.  The event was an elegant reception and dinner held at the National Museum for Women in the Arts.  180 guests were welcomed with cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres served by Avalon Caterers.  Our musicians added the perfect atmosphere to the gathering, including the lively sounds of Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Ellington, and Presidential favorites, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.

An hour into the event, the President arrived.  He greeted a small group of guests separately in a secluded area of the museum.  He then proceeded to a photo op area adjoining the reception.  This photo op area was cordoned off by 10 ft. high pipe and drape.  The buzz in the room was clearly felt when the President arrived.  The sudden increase in Secret Service agents indicated his presence.  All the guests made their way through this area and were greeted by President Obama.

The Olivera Trio was thrilled to be invited through the receiving line to meet the President.  As the last guests cued up, we concluded a song and were escorted to the photo op area.  Slipping behind the pipe and drape you suddenly feel like a little kid again.  The President of the United States is in front of you, and shortly you will shake hands with the most powerful person in the world.  He is 6 feet tall, handsome, gracious and charming.  What a thrill to meet President Obama!

After greeting the President, then posing for photos, everyone proceeded down the elegant staircase to dinner.  After the first course, Governor Tim Kaine proceeded to the podium to introduce the President.  President Obama’s speech was eloquent with touches of humor, yet with strong conviction on his vision for moving the country forward.  This was truly an incredibly gifted speaker, matched in my personal experience, only by Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell.  It was a special evening the Olivera Trio will never forget.


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