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Fife & Drum for Corporate Event at Smithsonian

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
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Fife & Drum Trio at the Smithsonian

Fife & Drum Trio

Fife & Drum Trio at the Smithsonian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fife and Drum Trio at American History Museum

A Fife & Drum 3-pc Band performed for a corporate event at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum in Washington, DC.  A perfect patriotic setting for an Americana theme, the two fifes and drum were dressed in appropriate attire representing Colonial America.  Whether for a reception, leading guests from location to location, or as featured entertainment for the evening, this adds a spirited atmosphere for a special event.

Specialty groups, such as a Fife and Drum Ensemble, Mariachi Band, Dixieland Band, Flamingo Trio, or Folk Ensemble, make a special event truly unique, adding flair to the theme for the event.  Olivera Music Entertainment offers all types of specialty ensembles, along with a complete selection of soloists, small ensembles, dance bands, and national acts with full production.  Give us a call to discuss your ideas for your next event.

Olivera offers signature customer service

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Olivera Music Entertainment is pleased to offer this article, which outlines our signature customer service.  It is from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Business Guide for 2014.

OLIVERA MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT   It’s Still Fun

HOME-BASED BUSINESSES play an important role in the overall economy of Loudoun County. Indeed, home-based businesses like Olivera Music Entertainment, the Chamber’s 2012 ‘Home-Based Business of the Year’, represent about 30% of the Chamber’s membership. These small firms, with no more than one employee other than the owner/couple who started the idea, are scattered throughout Loudoun County, mostly invisible on tree-lined neighborhood streets in all the villages and towns that make our part of Northern Virginia special.

Connie Olivera, a professional pianist, and her tuba/bass player husband Kevin, started their music booking agency in 1987. Connie explained that she and Kevin have been operating their business since the day they decided there was a demand in the Greater Washington area for a service-oriented music entertainment agency. “We were (and still are) professional musicians and we knew several musicians and the corporate clients who hired talent for their events,” explained Kevin Olivera, “so we started to match up the talent with the clients. For the past 26 years, we have been successfully brokering music talent for our clients from our home in Ashburn.

The new Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg and the National Conference Center in Leesburg are two of the Olivera’s many Loudoun County clients, but their long list of satisfied clients includes most of the major corporations and organizations located throughout the Greater Washington area, including both the Republican and the Democratic National Committees; they arranged the musicians for the Official Inaugural events for both of President George W. Bush’s inaugurations and have performed for President Obama.

When we interviewed Connie and Kevin Olivera in October 2013 for this special profile, they had just completed a successful event at Mount Vernon – the opening of the new Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington. Kevin explained how Olivera Music Entertainment has worked with the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association for many years. When the Association began to plan this special opening event for their exciting new library, they called on Olivera Music Entertainment to provide and manage the music entertainment. “We worked with them for sev- eral months, helping them plan how music would be an important part of the festivities, especially for the Gala celebration,” said Connie Olivera. “We arranged a fife and drum unit to greet the guests, plus an 8-piece swing orchestra for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. We also booked a strolling string quartet for the luncheon the following day, held after the official grand opening.”

“As with most of our clients’ special events, the Association looked to us to help make music an integral part of the grand-opening event. We are known throughout the entertainment industry in the Greater Washington area for our expertise and hands-on management of the music entertainment for special events,” Kevin explained.

In addition to working closely with their clients, about 50% corporate and 50% social, such as weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs, Olivera Music Entertainment also distinguishes itself by the way it works with musicians. “Too often,” Kevin said, “musicians are left guessing about the necessary and basic arrangements of an event. That does not happen when they work with us.”

Several days in advance of every event, whether that’s a wedding for 500 guests at one of Washington’s grand hotels or a cocktail party at the boss’s home for twenty of their employees – and every other event that needs music entertainment – the office sends an email to the performers with precise details on the event – when to arrive, where to park, contact names and phone numbers, the performance times, special music requests – no detail is left out of the email.

Both of the Olivera’s mentioned their special relationship with the pool of more than 1,000 musicians and musical groups they regularly work with. As Kevin noted, “Our musicians appreciate how we make it possible for them to concentrate on what they do best, entertaining our clients. We take care of our musicians. As professional musicians ourselves, we know how important that is. We also know that if we take care of them, they will, in turn, take care of our clients. The musicians perform for other booking agencies and they tell us no one else does what we do – for them as musicians and for the clients for which they perform.”

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ISES Esprit Award 2013 for Olivera Music Entertainment!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

ISES Esprit Award 2013 Gala

Olivera Music Entertainment is thrilled to announce we are the recipient of a International Special Events Society, ISES Esprit Award 2013 for ‘Best ISES Team Effort, Budget over $200,000’.   This internationally recognized awards ceremony draws entries from the 52 ISES chapters around the world.  The ceremony took place at the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

The event was entitled the ‘Did you hear the news? Gala’, and was held at the USA Today/Gannett building in McLean, Virginia.  The team included 12 ISES DC chapter members, covering  all aspects of the event:  music, event planning, decor, sound, photography, transportation, event furnishings, valet, lighting, draping, plants, bartending, place settings, and multi-media.  Kevin Olivera was Entertainment Chair for the following music entertainment production:

  • Arrival – “Swing Dixie” 6-pc. band
  • VIP Reception – Jazz Duo
  • Full Reception – Jazz Quartet and a Newspaper Man Statue
  • Awards Ceremony – Solo Harpist, Awards Ceremony MC, Baseball Bat Violinist
  • Dinner – “Pop Culture Strings” 4-pc.
  • Dancing – “Amaretto” 9-pc. band, and a Handwriting Analyst

The planning for the Gala began nine months prior to the event.  Multiple site visits and a tech rehearsal were crucial.  Communication with all team members was crucial to ensure each company’s plan was in synch with all other team members.

The International Special Events Society was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct.  ISES works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the “event as a whole” rather than its individual parts. ISES has grown to involve over 5,500 members active in 52 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ISES provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

For over 25 years ISES has been a valued and trusted partner in the events industry. An industry that generates over $200 billion for the global economy and supports over four million jobs.

ISES members are regarded as the very best in what they do, creating a powerful and influential community of event professionals around the world, working together to find new ways to communicate through the power of live events.  As the association continues to expand and engage, reaching new audiences and markets around the globe, so the ISES brand continues to evolve.

Music Entertainment Production for National Geographic’s 125th

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

National Geographic 125th GalaNGS kabuki screenNGS drummer;african drummerNGS explorers,band National Geographic 125th GalaThe National Building Museum was the site for National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Gala.  Olivera Music Entertainment provided music entertainment production for the event, including:

  • 27 musicians, including 23 brass and percussion players and 4 African drummers.
  • Specially composed fanfares to summon guests from the cocktail hour to dinner and for the awards presentations.
  • A Grand Finale, with the musicians onstage, plus antiphonal musicians around the museum atrium, in an inaugural performance of the new arrangement of the classic National Geographic theme.  Music radiated from each corner of the room, including the brass and percussion in a resounding grand finale performance, as a presentation of ‘A New Age of Exploration’ explorers were revealed behind a kabuki screen.
  • Extensive pre-planning with the event producers and event team.
  • Coordination with the conductor/arranger, John Wasson, for pre-event planning, music distribution, rehearsals, and performance.
  • Coordination for three days prior to the event for set-up of the stage, equipment needs, and several rehearsals.
  • Coordination with the technical crew for sound and lighting requirements.
  • Music entertainment production included Kevin Olivera as music coordinator, plus two assistants.

This elegant black-tie event included stunning decor, with three-sided plus ceiling video footage, highlighting sea, land, and air.  The meal creatively reflected each of these segments, along with the tables and table decor. The National Building Museum is a perfect site for such a grand scale celebration.  Hats off to Gardner Mills Group for an extremely successful and memorable event capturing the essence of ‘A New Age of Exploration’!

Business Support is Essential for a Healthy Community

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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Olivera Music Entertainment has a strong commitment to give back to those who support our communities.  Business support is essential for our community to thrive and prosper.  Over the past 27 years we have donated over a quarter million dollars to numerous community and non-profit organizations and events, including the following:
Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel
Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
American Red Cross
Ashburn Farm Barracuda Swim Team
Barns at Franklin Park
Blue Ridge Hospice
Committee for Dulles
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Disabled Veterans of America
Dulles Area Association of Realtors
Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
Executive Women International
Fauquier Chamber of Commerce
Fauquier Hospital
Fauquier Springs Country Club
Fight for the Child
Final Salute
Folger Shakespeare Library
Food & Friends
George Washington University, Loudoun Campus
Hunt Country Celebrations
Inova Alexandria Hospital
Inova Health Foundation
Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation
International Special Events Society, DC Chapter
Junior League of Northern Virginia
Leesburg Rotary
Leesburg VFW
Let’s Help Kids
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Loudoun Area Agency for the Aging
Loudoun Arts Council
Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association
Loudoun Country Day School
Loudoun County Public Schools
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Loudoun Community Free Clinic
Loudoun Heart Association
Loudoun Hunt
Loudoun Interfaith Relief
Loudoun Symphony Association
Loudoun Therapeutic Riding
Loudoun United Way
Loudoun YMCA
Manassas Battlefield Trust
March of Dimes
Middleburg Classic Horse Show
Middleburg Tennis Club
Montgomery Hospice
National Building Museum
National Museum of American History
National Steeplechase Association
Oatlands
Operation Second Chance
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Potomac Riverkeeper
Rotary International
St. David’s Episcopal Church
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
Smithsonian Institution
Thomas Balch Library
Tigerlily Foundation
Town of Leesburg
Virginia Hospital Center
Virginia Opera
Virginia Therapeutic Riding
WETA
Wolf Trap Foundation
Together, we can make a difference!
Please support your community!

 

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