On 30, Apr 2014 | In Wedding Bands | By CMG
The Avenue band is one of the hottest Cleveland wedding bands as well as one of the most requested bands on the Cleveland Music Group roster for all occasions, including private, corporate and public events. The Avenue presents a young, fresh sound that can stylishly perform decades of music thanks to the collective experience from its talent.
The Avenue was named Cleveland’s Best Cover Band 2017 by Cleveland Magazine and chosen by the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland to perform at their grand renovations reveal.
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how amazing The Avenue band is, and it’s hard to give them due praise without sounding cliche or corny. But if you like to dance and want your guests on the dance floor all night long having an amazing time, you HAVE to hire this band! Every time I see people who attended, the first thing they tell me is how much fun they had at our wedding and how amazing the band was. We had a wide range of guests, as most weddings do, and those that love to dance talked about how awesome it was that the dance floor was full the entire night, and those that don’t usually dance told me how great it was to let loose and that they haven’t danced that much or that much in a while. I’ve been to (and in) a lot of weddings, and while most entertainment is good to great…this band is simply exceptional. I was so impressed, and yes, I know I’m biased, but still…
We had 300+ attendees, and once the dancing started, no one went back to their seats (this was told to me by a number of people, including some of the wait staff from the evening who were shocked at how much people were dancing and how good a time everyone was having). They were so good that when I got back to work after our honeymoon, I was told we hired this band for our spring fundraiser simply because of how awesome they were at our wedding!
You simply can’t go wrong hiring this band. It’s one decision you will never regret.
This band is large, so rightfully so it’s a bit on the pricey side, and I was hesitant at first because it was more than we had planned to spend. It was worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY. No joke. If you love music and want it to be a focal point for your wedding, I cannot suggest this band enough.
Furthermore, Tiffany (the band leader) is as nice and professional as they come. Always responsive and reliable, she took great care to ensure the night went exactly how we envisioned, all the names were pronounced correctly during introductions (and we had some tough ones), everything was timely and seemingly effortless…she adhered to every small detail and made sure we considered things we would never have thought of in the first place.Maegan & Jason CrossSep 9, 2017Shoreby Club
The Avenue played great music and everyone wanted to get up and dance! Tiffany did a great job as emcee for the beginning of the reception!Mary and Evan WatkinsSep 2, 2017The Kahkwa Club, Erie PA
The Avenue Band is nothing short of AMAZING!
The Avenue band surpassed our expectations and helped make our reception nothing short of incredible! Tiffany helped me plan the schedule for the whole reception and flawlessly made the whole thing go off without a hitch! Her calmness in moving the reception along kept both my husband and me calm the whole night and allowed us to enjoy ourselves the entire time. My Maid of Honor surprised us with a Flash Mob which included our entire 280 guests and Tiffany worked with her to make it happen and recorded the whole performance for our memories in addition to the band chiming into the recorded music.
As a whole, I just can’t say enough. If you’re planning a wedding, HURRY UP and book the AVENUE BAND! They will help make your wedding an event to remember!Jared Fritz and Amie ZvosecJul 1, 2017The Columbia Ballroom
One of the top priorities for our wedding was having a band. We spent a lot of time searching for the perfect band and came across Cleveland Music Group online. Scott Jones was extremely helpful in the initial process and was always very responsive. We ended up choosing The Avenue and couldn’t have been more happy with the outcome! Tiffany was great to work with leading up to our wedding and she did an amazing job emceeing. We were absolutely blown away by how good the band was. They played everything from oldies, to Motown, to top 40. The dance floor was packed with guests of all ages the entire night, and we received so many comments on how great the band was! Even those who preferred not to dance said that they simply enjoyed listening to the band, they are that good! We would highly recommend The Avenue and are so thankful that we chose them for our wedding!Kelsey and AustinMay 20, 2017Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
We hired The Avenue for our wedding and they were outstanding! They certainly made our wedding reception and kept all 300 guests on the dance floor all night long! The Avenue and Cleveland Music Group were super easy to work with during the planing phases as well. Thanks for everything!Kara & Mark TupaApr 29, 2017Windows On The River
The band was amazing. Everyone was on the dance floor all evening. They were very prompt in setting up. Volume was good, guests were able to carry on a conversation. Tiffany was a great MC. The song selections were right on! Thank you to The Avenue. We would most certainly recommend them for any occasion!Cheryl BarkettNov 19, 2016Leo's Ristorante
Fabulous-had everyone dancing
The Avenue played from Frank Sinatra to the most up to date – with everything in between – the whole room was dancing during the Hora and during most of their music—fabulous!!Leslie Koblentz-Elexa Koblentz & Alex SpektorAug 27, 2016Beechmont Country Club
Danced All Night Long
I would like to thank Tiffany and The Avenue who played at our wedding this past weekend. The band was professional to work with and sounded great! The dance floor was packed all night long!Amy Kaufholz and Derek ElbaorSep 10, 2016Brookside Country Club
A Wonderful Night
Thank you to the Cleveland Music Group for providing our family with beautiful wedding ceremony music by Anthony Fuoco, uplighting to create that special feeling when walking into the room, and an amazing band for our son and daughter-in-law’s reception.
The Avenue was the perfect band for our event. Their energy kept the dance floor full all night long. Their music crossed generations and created a fun and celebratory atmosphere. In fact, many guests are still complimenting us on our choice of bands. Overall, you helped us to create a wonderful night!Lori Soble (Jen Fingerhut and Matt Soble's Wedding)Oct 22, 2016The Tudor Arms Hotel
The best decision you can make, other than getting married.
We booked The Avenue from CLE Music Group for our wedding. Other than getting married, this was perhaps the best decision we made. Everyone from the owner, Scott and all the staff is top notch and very responsive. This was not the case when I looked into other choices for other bands. We felt honored to have what we think is the best and most polished band in Cleveland for our wedding. The play a great set list and know how to keep the floor packed. Their sound engineering is so dialed in, you feel like you’re at house of blues. This doesn’t even begin to mention the talent of the singers and instrumentalists; they are all amazing and true professionals.
I almost majored in music, so music is very important to me and I’m very discerning and picky. I looked at all the options and it was down to the Avenue and another similarly sized band that was slightly less expensive. That other group sounded good at their showcase, but when I researched and spoke to a few of them, I realized they are not really a group. It’s merely an agent of sorts that books these independent musicians for shows. Music is about rapport and anticipation, it frightened me to think our wedding band could have been thrown together with musicians that played together a handful of times or maybe never. With the Avenue (and the entire CLE group) you know what you are getting and can rest easy.
Additionally, as I researched, I found out that there were all sort of upgrades that made the less expensive group slightly more expensive. For example, if you want good sound quality, you need to upgrade your sound package to better speakers. To me this added a lot of additional stress and things to keep track of that add to the list of things you worry about when planning your wedding. Do your research and you only have one option, the Avenue. There are so many things you need to do for your wedding, this was one thing where we were able to fully remove this stress from the planning knowing the band would deliver and did they. We had the unfortunate event of a guest having a stroke at the reception (they are ok). But the Avenue was so professional and when they came on were able to turn the mood around and ensure everyone had fun for the rest of the evening. Everyone was raving about how fantastic the band was and they’ve never heard anything like it at a wedding. Thank you so much guys, you made our reception!Jason & Pamela SomrakOct 8, 2016Westin Cleveland
Awesome Wedding Band!!!
The AVENUE led by Tiffany performed at our Wedding in Rocky River on 8/13/16. They were a huge hit!!! Tiffany and crew rocked the party all the way till midnight. They were able to keep the group of 230 entertained, which was impressive given the age range of 18-85. Guests are still asking who the band was and how great they were…the venue even commented on how great the band and dance floor flowed all night.
Song list: they can play everything from Frank Sinatra, classic Motown and even keep it current with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, etc…
The band is very professional and managed the evening masterfully! Thank you so much for a memorable evening.
Only room for improvement would be learning a few extra songs not on their list by request.
We will send pictures once we have some. I am sure there will be some amazing pictures.Tom Bufalino & Vanessa McClain-DuerAug 13, 2016Westwood Country Club
We were very impressed by the performance of The Avenue at our son’s wedding last weekend. They played every song we wanted and played them all very well. They are truly a great band and great performers. All of our guests were still talking about the band the next day. Everyone loved the band. Tiffany was amazing. She really put on a good show. I cannot thank her enough. If you want a great party band, hire The Avenue. You will not be disappointed.Angelo BufalinoAug 13, 2016Westwood Country Club
What an awesome band!! Organized, extremely flexible and easy to work with, and very professional. We have had so many compliments from our wedding guests on how great the band was! The band kept everyone on the dance floor the entire evening, and they were simply phenomenal! Above and beyond our expectations, and we would recommend them over and over again!! Thanks CLE music Group and The Avenue Band!Danielle LoGrasso and Edward BorowyOct 24, 2015The Metropolitan at the 9
The Avenue was amazing
Dear future Mr and Mrs, Sarah and I would like to take a moment to rave about how wonderful The Avenue was. We both know the level of anxiety that surrounds selecting the perfect band. Rest assured, THIS IS THE BAND FOR YOU! I will digress for one moment to share how nervous Sarah was that our dance floor would be empty. She wasn’t sure if people would be up and dancing. The ONLY time that people sat was during the sit-down meals. Our party ended at 1 am and had The Avenue continued to play music, our dance floor would have continued to dance. Our guests kept shouting for one more song and after that one ended they wanted another. Every single person from young to old told us how impressed they were and how amazing the band was. Good luck to you and early congratulations from the November 21st, 2015 Bride and Groom Sarah and Jason PilletSarah and Jason PilletNov 21, 2015Renaissance Hotel
Great talent, energy and enthusiasm!
We received countless comments from our guests about the talent and quality of the band (The Avenue). They brought tremendous energy and enthusiasm to our wedding, bringing everyone out onto the dance floor, even those who normally don’t dance. Our 750 square foot dance floor was packed to capacity all night long and at 1AM for the last song. The band leader did a fantastic job with all of the planning and details and did a masterful job acting as MC.John BeringerNov 14, 2015Cleveland Museum of Art
The Avenue Rocks!
The Avenue rocked the house at our daughter’s wedding reception. Everyone was on the dance floor. The music played was great for all ages of guests from the bride’s 93 year old aunt to the 2 year old flower girl. Tiffany was wonderful to work with. Thanks for making the evening a night to remember!!Lauren Beifuss and Anthony BoehmerJan 10, 2015Westwood Country Club
Recorded client commentCourtney TintorJan 11, 2014Windows On the River
They were simply outstanding and the MC did a wonderful job. We truly believe that having a live band added so much depth to Sarah and Jon’s wedding. Thank you so much for all your help.Margaret Gothot (Sarah Gothot & Jon McClelland)May 26, 2013Westwood Country Club
The Avenue did an outstanding job for us at our daughter’s wedding. They had everyone up dancing and we got many compliments on the band from our guests.Collin Knisely (Lauren Knisely & James Shaefer)May 18, 2013Westwood Country Club
This is our second round with The Avenue. We were very pleased and our guests never stop raving about the band. I highly recommend them. They added the finishing touch to our wedding.Mary Rega (Jennifer Rega & Justin Shedron)Mar 23, 2013Embassy Suites
If you are looking to have the perfect wedding reception include The Avenue!Debbie Morsefield & Brian WehnerOct 27, 2012Union Club
The Avenue made it an amazing evening! They were everything I hoped for and more.Kathleen Goodfellow (Christina Goodfellow & Ryan Morgan)Oct 20, 2012Mayfield Country Club/Sand Ridge Club
The Avenue absolutely rocked out at our wedding reception from start to finish. The dance floor was packed from 8:30 until 12:30, and I can’t even count how many people commented on how great the band was in the weeks following.Cole Braham & Bridget LarsonOct 6, 2012Portage Country Club
Everyone had a wonderful time. The dance floor was packed all night long. The music made for a very memorable evening.Colleen Iliano (Lauren Iliano & Ricky Jamieson)Sep 21, 2012Mayfield Country Club/Sand Ridge Club
The Avenue was simply outstanding. Planning a wedding involves a lot of moving parts, and you hope that it all comes together at the right place and time. The Avenue was everything that we had envisioned and hoped for. Terrific group of talented musicians and singers.Dane A. Shrallow (Alexandra Joerg & Ian von Gordon)Sep 9, 2012Botanical Gardens
The Avenue did a tremendous job at our daughter’s wedding. We received many compliments from our guests. Very professional group, we will definitely refer them. Thank you for making my daughter’s wedding so special!Rose BarthSep 8, 2012Embassy Suites
The Avenue were outstanding and made the wedding even more special than we thought. We saw the band at the MetroHealth benefit and the Cleveland Zoo event–In my opinion they are the best band in the Cleveland area, hands down! Thanks so much for making Andrew’s and Caitlin’s wedding a very special evening!Sean & Jennifer Boyle (Caitlin Boyle wedding)Aug 25, 2012Ritz-Carlton/Cleveland
The Avenue was fabulous! Music was great for all ages. The only problem was that we should have gotten a bigger dance floor because everybody danced all night!Randy GrahamAug 18, 2012Silver Grille
Very talented group….our alumni gave us great feedback! Thank you!Sharon Rice, Alumni EventJun 9, 2012College of Wooster
The Avenue was the life of the party and kept the dance floor packed! If anything went wrong, nobody knew it. We got all kinds of compliments on how much fun the band was. Thank you for making our day smooth, special, and a blast!Jamael (Sadallah) & Nick SzucsMay 26, 2012Akron Art Museum
They were great, the sound and the choice of music kept everyone dancing all night long. They definitely added to the success of the wedding.Eileen Mone (Kate Mone & Jim Patton)Apr 21, 2012Marriott Cleveland Airport
We would like to thank The Avenue for playing at our son and daughter in laws wedding at Westwood Country Club on New Years Eve. So many of our guests came up to us at the wedding or called the next day and said that it was the best wedding, the best New Years Eve, and the best band that they have ever heard at a wedding. Every aspect of working with the band was excellent. The band leader provided great guidance that made the flow of the evening work perfectly. The dance floor was filled from the first dance to the last dance at 1:00 am. You guys are the best and we hope you’re around for our three other kids’ weddings.John & Karen Blackburn (Scott Blackburn & Lauren Pangrace)Dec 31, 2011Westwood Country Club
The Avenue Band was excellent! Our guests really enjoyed the entertainment. Thanks so much for your part in making it one of our most enjoyable holiday parties ever!Jenny Maskol, Sagequest CorpDec 7, 2011Winking Lizard Bedford Heights
The Avenue was wonderful- everyone had a great time dancing and everyone complimented me on how great they were!Valerie PervoOct 8, 2011Columbus Athletic Club
Thank you so much to Cleveland Music Group and The Avenue band for helping to make our wedding unforgettable! From the time we came to the office to decide what we would book, everyone was very helpful and nice. Our reception was awesome and the dance floor stayed packed the whole night…we wish we would have paid for extra 🙂 Our family and friends are still talking abuot how great everything was- band included! Thanks again!Michelle & Kevin SireyAug 13, 2011New Orleans Party Center
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did at my daughter’s wedding at the Hyatt Old Arcade. I know the size and layout of the venue provided challenges but you handled these challenges masterfully. Your number one task – keeping people on the dance floor – was quite successful as evidenced by the photos and the chants ‘One More Set, One More Set!’ which occurred after your final song. Emily and Jeff could not have been happier! Thank you for making their reception so much fun!!!Paula Klecka (Emily Klecka wedding)Jul 30, 2011Hyatt Regency at the Arcade
We would like to thank the entire staff and the band for a job well done. The entire staff made our special day that more special.Mark & Ginger BerryJun 18, 2011Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora
The Avenue did an incredible job at our wedding. The band actually arranged and learned two new songs specifically for us, which showed an extremely high level of service and dedication to the client. Most of our guests were musicians and were very impressed with the quality of the band.Donna Dehn & Todd JelenJun 12, 2011Greystone Hall
The Avenue was so much fun. They played great music all night long and kept everyone dancing. Thank you!Zach Guren & Lauren KrugJun 11, 2011Manakiki Country Club
The Avenue was AWESOME!!!! They really made the party and we could not have been happier! I highly recommend them.Sarah GordonMay 28, 2011Glenmoor Country Club
The Avenue added a magical note to my son’s Engagement/New Years Eve Party. They knocked everyone out with their talent and warmth. I couldn’t have asked for a better performance…everything was seamless and tight. They made the gig!! BRAVO!!Jim ProkellDec 31, 2010Pittsburgh Athletic Association
The Avenue is an awesome band that is always a hit for any venue.Jane Sardelle, Cole Eye Institute, Holiday PartyDec 11, 2010the Intercontinental Hotel
‘The Avenue’ was excellent! My husband and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to perform at our reception. From the beginning of our search for the right band to the end of our party, this group made us feel number one. Thank you so much for working with us and making our night so much fun and so memorable.Abby HemmNov 6, 2010Piqua Country Club
The band was so wonderful that no one wanted to go home! The songs were a huge mix for all ages and everyone was up and dancing…even my 90 year old Mom!Tracy Bellino & Bill BensonOct 23, 2010The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland
The Avenue completely exceeded our expectations and made our night a night to remember.Christina Axelrod & Rick MeadOct 16, 2010Walden Inn
The Avenue was excellent!! The dance floor was packed all night!! I would recommend them to anyone!!Katie Klemenc & Don SwindellSep 25, 2010Pine Ridge Country Club
Everyone commented on how great The Avenue was! They had the whole place dancing the night away. Thank you for making our wedding reception so fabulous!Lisa (Grandinetti) & Jason SwogerAug 28, 2010Walden Inn
They were the highlight of our wedding and had all of our guests raving about how phenomenal they were! They kept the dance floor full all night. They played a variety of music that met the needs of all of all guests. We would highly recommend them to anyone.Robin & Doug DeverAug 7, 2010Embassy Suites Independence
From beginning to end, The Avenue continued to please their listeners with a very top notch performance. We have booked them for our event four years in a row and they continue to please. You simply cannot go wrong with this band!Bill Furman, City of IndependenceAug 6, 2010Independence Home Days
The Avenue did a great job at our daughter’s wedding. From the wedding party introductions to the dinner music to the dance music everything was done professionally and without a hitch. After dinner was completed, they got the place rocking and the dance floor was full all night. We received many favorable comments on the band and the vocalists. Well done and thanks to The Avenue for their part in making this a memorable event.Jim Cundey (Joanie Cundey)Jul 17, 2010Westwood Country Club
We are so happy with our choice of bands! They kept the energy high and had people of all ages on the dance floor the entire night.Toni Congeni & Christopher DeAngeloJun 26, 2010Kalahari Water Park, Sundusky
The Avenue was, without question, exceptional! We had a fun-loving, dancing crowd at our wedding and without the right band the reception could have flopped. Instead, The Avenue kept us going all night, and were extremely professional from start to finish. The song we requested for the mother-son dance sounded better than the original. Thank you for contributing (in a BIG way) to an amazing wedding reception!Mary Clemens & Mike KokkinenJun 19, 2010Chautauqua Suites, New York
You guys did an amazing job, people are still commenting about the band. Thank you once again for learning the father/daughter song. I thought it sounded great and I know they were both happy with it. Take care, we’ll be sure to use you in the future as well as recommending the band to others.Joel Carney (Lauren Cecconi wedding)Jun 5, 2010Brookside Country Club
As my children would say, ‘They rocked!’ The Avenue was recommended to us by Amy Hissa. It was the best advice we received. Our guests all commented that the group catered to all ages…and I can tell you our large dance floor was packed all night. We couldn’t believe when Last Dance played at midnight. The night flew by. My daughter and son-in-law loved the current songs and I must admit that ‘I Need You Now by Lady Antebellum brought the house down.Linda Schwartz (Erin Schwartz-Forehand wedding)May 15, 2010Ritz-Carlton
The Avenue was fabulous! My clients were very pleased with the band and felt they exceeded their expectations! Thanks again!Amy Hissa, At Last Event Planning (Erin Schwartz wedding)May 15, 2010Ritz-Carlton
The Avenue is extremely professional and talented – excellent singers, performers and musicians. A ‘class act.’ Thank you for helping to make our wedding celebration a lovely evening for all!Virginia (Aimee) ChappelowMay 1, 2010Walden Country Inn & Stables
The Avenue made our wedding celebration SPECTACULAR! The dance floor was packed the entire night and guests were shouting for more at the end of the evening. The band certainly knew what to do to keep the party going all night. Thanks so much to the Avenue for a fabulous performance!Danielle Donofrio & Jason JobOct 17, 2009Hilton-Fairlawn
The Avenue was a fantastic band! They kept the guests on the dance floor all night. We have had a million compliments on how much fun people had at our wedding and how fantastic the band was. We would (and have) recommended The Avenue to all of our friends and family. Thank you to all of The Avenue for helping to make our wedding a blast!Rebecca (Avram) & Jimmy RugglesOct 3, 2009Hillbrook Club
We had the best night of our life and The Avenue was key to whole plan! They kept everyone on the dance floor all night and provided amazing entertainment! The night couldn’t have been better and everyone came up to tell us that the band was amazing! Thank you so much for being creative in working with us to find a way to work within our budget and provide an exceptional band. I hope that they also had a fun night and were well taken care of by the staff at The Country Club.Liz Feldman & Alan GillmoreSep 26, 2009The Country Club
Chris and I wanted to thank you for the wonderful job your whole band did at our wedding. You made the night special and the singing and dancing you provided were above and beyond. I wanted you to know that our guests are still talking about what a wonderful band ‘The Avenue’ is and how unique and special they made the night. Thank you again for everything, we had a blast.Erin Neumann & Chris BeardSep 12, 2009Marriott Key Center
WOW, the wedding was a huge success due the performance of THE AVENUE. Erin and Chris were dancing all night, along with their friends and family, they LOVED every moment. We have had compliments on the band since we got home. Thank you for making our childrens’ wedding a memory to cherish. Needless to say they could have danced the night away, we had to ask for more music, and when you left they still hung around. This a a great band with lots of energy and we would recommend them anytime to anyone.Elaine & Michael Neumann (Erin Neumann & Chris Beard)Sep 12, 2009Marriott Key Center
The Avenue was terrific! Our wedding guests loved having a band to dance to and all of the music was perfect for the setting. Thank you so much!Naomi (Halasz) & Ben SeeleyJul 18, 2009The Oaks Lakeside
EVERYONE at the wedding has emailed, texted, phoned, or told us in person how amazing the music was. Your band surpassed everything we wished for. It was such a good time, and as you could tell, most people did not want to go home. The musicians were amazing, but your voices were unbelievable. Thanks for a magical night that we will never forget.Clara Stanic (Jessica Stanic & Johnathan Sumers)Jun 27, 2009Hillbrook Club
The Avenue’s performance and professionalism were far beyond our expectations. People were blown away by their sound, sophistication and stage presence. We have never heard a better band! We had many guests from NJ, NY and Philadelphia, and they were amazed at how great The Avenue was.Marsha MillerMay 24, 2009Hilton-Easton, Columbus
The Avenue kept the party going all night! The energy was high, the guests were dancing and the whole gala was a success! I would recommend The Avenue to anyone planning a gala, a corporate function or a wedding. They are fantastic!Carla Valyko, Ohio College Of Podiatric Medicine GalaMay 23, 2009Embassy Suites Independence
The Avenue did a fantastic job at making our big day unforgettable! We had numerous compliments and they kept the dance floor moving…always a must! I highly recommend booking them for your event.Kathy (Naso) & Kevin AlbertyMay 16, 2009Renaissance
The Avenue was amazing and kept everyone dancing all night!MacKensey Powers & David TollonMay 2, 2009Cleveland Browns Stadium
From the keyboardist during the cocktail hour to the terrific dinner music and of course the phenomenal entertainment for the remainder of the reception, our guests continue to praise ‘The Avenue.’ You kept the energy high throughout the evening and even those guests who do not dance were greatly entertained listening to the group. Very few people left the wedding early–a sure tribute to ‘The Avenue.’ After the final song, several guests were chanting ‘encore’ hoping for the evening to continue.Jeff and Judy Shafer (Brooke Shafer & Steve Cornell)Apr 25, 2009Marriott Key Center
The Avenue played at our wedding and got the guests dancing all night long. The #1 compliment from our guests was regarding how fantastic the band is. Everyone enjoyed the night from cocktails to the reception. We had them play our first dance song and it was sung and played perfectly. The memories created by a live band are priceless. We are so happy we chose The Avenue. The band was professional, fun to watch, and the musicians not only sounded great but looked amazing.Tina Hanna & Chris SeinkOct 17, 2008Wyndham Cleveland
Highly energetic, smooth, professional band. Kept our wedding reception hopping.Zeev Friedman (Father of Laurie Friedman)Aug 31, 2008Marriott Cleveland East
In the midst of much chaos, the band leader really kept the evening going in the right direction and helped us stay on schedule. We’ve had quite a few compliments from our friends and families about the band. Kudos to them for delivering such a great performance.Monica Fry & Griffin RalsonAug 30, 2008The Club - Key Center
Our guests can’t stop talking about how much they loved the band. They felt inspired to dance like never before. Thank you for your professionalism.Sharon ThomasJul 19, 2008Inter-Continental
We were extremely pleased. I will definitely call you again!Kim Ross; Brian Ross' High School Graduation PartyJun 21, 2008Courtland, OH
We can’t thank you enough!!! Everyone was on the dance floor ALL night—old and young alike. You truly helped make our wedding a memorable event. Everyone is still complimenting the ‘AWESOME’ band!!Kristen (Campbell) & Michael FunovitzMay 10, 2008Butler Country Club, PA
The Avenue was great! Their energy and talent were exactly what we wanted to make our party a SMASH!Tina Goodman & Clint LucasDec 22, 2007The Venue, Smith Bros. Warehouse in Columbus
They were amazing!! We had a packed dance floor all night and people were actually stomping and screaming ‘one more song!’ by the end of the night. We could not have asked for a better band. Thank you so much, we have people asking us all the time what band we used, and we are passing around your info every chance we get!Kate (Hageman) AbrahamAug 25, 2007Windows on the River
THE AVENUE ROCKED THE HOUSE!!! I am getting rave reviews on the performance. Thanks to all.Christopher Maduri, SVP/Market Manager, CBS Radio-Cleveland (Areal Maduri wedding)Aug 5, 2007Bertram Inn
The Avenue was super terrific. Professional and fun! Their great sound enticed young and old, even the teens to the dance floor. We’ll want them again.Charlene Armenti, Home Days Entertainment Co-ChairmanAug 3, 2007Independence Home Days
I am very glad we booked through you; they were prompt, reliable and a pleasure to work with. The Avenue was the best I’ve heard at a wedding!Mark Carson & Rebekah LeeJul 21, 2007Signature of Solon
The Avenue exceeded all our expectations. It has been almost two weeks since the wedding and guests are still raving about the band at our wedding. Thank you for everything. You will definitely be in our plans for future functions.Heather Corso & Jeff ValusJun 30, 2007Myers University Club
Guests shared with us, ‘they were the best band they had ever heard – very danceable and terrific musicians.’Patti Null (Alexandria Null)Jun 23, 2007Hillbrook Club
They played all the songs we requested perfectly, as well as many others. Our guests filled the dance floor all night!Liz Normand & Steve FowlerJun 16, 2007Carranor Club in Perrysburg, OH
Such great musical talent and gifts, but just as important so customer service oriented and genuinely focused on providing a special atmosphere for family and guests. We’ll show the Avenue contact info every opportunity we get.Deborah Normand (Liz Normand & Steve Fowler)Jun 16, 2007Carranor Club
The Avenue did an excellent job at our daughter’s wedding. The dance floor was always full; played music that was fun and great for ALL guests. Very professional; very classy.Susan (Kristen Hujarski & Paul Hadden)Jun 9, 2007Shaker CC
We loved this band. Will use again!Kathy Huckabee, Fairlawn Country Club President's BallJun 2, 2007
The Avenue is truly an exciting, fun and talented band that I would recommend for any event. They bring a lot of energy and sophistication and they helped make our Gala Benefit the best one yet.Mark Syroney, Director of Institutional Advancement, Ohio College of Podiatric MedicineMay 26, 2007Sammy's at Legacy Village
We just wanted to thank you for putting on such a great performance at our wedding. We received many compliments on the band and had lots of fun dancing!Christy (Shumaker) & Greg ZydykMay 5, 2007Walden Country Inn & Stables
What a great party band! They started off strong and kept the energy going all night long.Jennifer Atkins, Chagrin Valley Women's LeaugeApr 21, 2007Signature of Solon
Oh, you guys were great! I was told that this was the first time in 20 years that the guests stayed and danced past 9:30!!! Thank you so much, I must say that you guys made our function a success!Patricia Bragg, EMH Medical Center Auxiliary Fund Raiser BallNov 4, 2006Elyria C.C.
WOW we were really happy with the way things turned out…its a real testament to the fun atmosphere that you guys helped create that there were still 100 people on the dance floor at the end of the night.Meredith Paige & Jason KrootOct 21, 2006Fairlawn C.C.
Your band did a great job at the Paige/Kroot wedding. It surely looked like everyone was having a good time and lots of dancing!! Thanks so much. All the dancing is proof that the guests are liking it!!Isabelle Gordon, wedding plannerOct 1, 2006
Scott Savol's smooth, soulful voice took him all the way to the Top 5 in American Idol Season 4, alongside winner Carrie Underwood. Born and raised in Cleveland, Scott learned to sing at a young age and performed with the Shaker Heights High School Choir as well as at festivals and church shows. Though he never sought out fame, his stint on American Idol gave him a worldwide platform, instant fans and a spotlight that hasn’t stopped shining since. Scott joined The Avenue in 2013 and is happy to be back home doing what he loves most.
With a uniquely modern R&B/pop style, Tiffany Marchak has been wooing audiences all over Northeast Ohio since her return from the American Idol Season 2 National Semi-Finals in L.A. She was also a National Semi-Finalist (top 25) for ABC's The One. In addition to winning WKYC's In The Spotlight, she was a Cleveland Idol finalist and has appeared at Pickwick & Frolic, Geauga Lake, and participated in various commercials, corporate videos, and events. She has also recorded jingles for American Greetings and in 2017, her voice was featured on an episode of Buddy Thunderstruck on Netflix. When not singing with and acting as band leader for The Avenue, she assists Guinness world record holding magician Rick Smith, Jr. Tiffany is a founding member of The Avenue.
Leigh Peterson began performing professionally at Pickwick & Frolic along with Tiffany. Once named an "Outstanding Jazz Musician" for vocal performance by the IAJE, her proudest moment was appearing live with Neil Young in his musical, Greendale, as an extra dancer. She's also performed as a backup singer for jazz vocalist Helen Welch and as "Heartbeat," a mod singer and dancer in the British Invasion tribute band, The ReBeats. She has recorded jingles for American Greetings and appeared in many films, commercials and ads. In 2017, she appeared in a car commercial with Indians pitchers Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller. Leigh has worked in the Cleveland Music Group office since 2005 and is a founding member of The Avenue.Ray Porrello is the former personal drummer of Sammy Davis Jr. Ray toured the world with Sammy and appeared with him on his TV appearances including The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, and Mike Douglas, as well as on Sammy's own show, Sammy & Company.
DrumsRick Matousek has been a member of the CMG team for years as part of BackStreet DJs and band. Having been raised in a theatrical and musical family, Rick started playing keyboards at the age of seven. He soon “outgrew” his instructor, taught himself to the texts of John Mehegan and performed with Neil Geraldo, guitarist for Pat Benatar. He toured with MainStreet Singers in Las Vegas, opening for such acts as Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Hope and Rich Little among many others. Rick's talents include writing charts & sequences, arranging vocals, playing keyboards, DJing and singing lead male vocals.
KeysErin Vaughn is a musician and educator, born, raised, and residing in Northeast Ohio. He is a graduate of The University of Akron (B.A. in Jazz Studies) and Kent State University (M.A. in Music Theory). As a full-time faculty member at Kent State University at Stark he is an instructor and coordinator for the university’s guitar department and small group studio ensembles. Erin has performed in ensembles, bands and professional theater productions all over Northeast Ohio, Michigan and New York, sharing the stage with Train, Third Eye Blind, Pete Yorn, Foreigner, and others.
BassDonald Pelc started playing guitar at the age of 9. He was a student at Cleveland's School of Rock, where he later toured with the school's group of National All Stars, playing throughout the midwest. He now works at the school as a guitar instructor and show director while finishing his jazz guitar studies with Bob Fraser at Cleveland State University, where he will receive a B.A. in guitar performance.
Mark Russo (trumpet) has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines and has performed extensively with such local groups as The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Selvaggio's Hedectet Jazz Collective (HJC), Ernie Krivda’s FAT Tuesday Big Band, The Dave Banks Big Band, The DanJO Rock Orchestra, The MOJO Big Band, Sophisticated Swing, The Hermit Club Jazz Orchestra, The Swing City Big Band, Night Bridge and the Dan Zola Orchestra to name a few. Mr. Russo has founded projects such as "Buhaina's Delight: The Music of Art Blakey", a group dedicated to continual awareness of the music of the Jazz Messengers and the JAZZ INITIATIVE, a small jazz quartet dedicated to the advocacy of Jazz Education and Jazz outreach for the community. He has shared the stage with such artists as Ken Peplowski, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Bobby Shew, Carl Allen, Ingrid Jensen, John Bailey, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, Randy Johnston, Wayne Bergeron, and Mike Lee.
Pete Cumming (trombone) has played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra as lead trombonist, Ernie Krivda Fat Tuesday Big Band, Mojo Big Band, Dave Banks Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Band, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony and Metropolitan Brass Quintet. He has played shows at The Cleveland Playhouse, State Theater and many other local theaters. He also leads the University Brass Quintet and the trombone group Bones About It. He works for Conn-Selmer Inc. who make brass musical instruments under the Bach, Conn, Holton and King brand names as well as Steinway pianos, Ludwig drums and Selmer Paris saxophones to name a few.