Hot Topic Band

Hello Geno & Dawn,
Saturday night was off the charts!! Many, many nice compliments on how fabulous the South Pacific event was. You and your Crew absolutely made the evening so special! Thanks again for your professionalism and for making the Port Royal Club the best around!!
Jim Millett
Assistant Manager
Port Royal Club

Hi Dawn, Just thought I would let you know that Mr. and Mrs. Ruesterholz were over the top with their party. They loved your music. Mrs. Ruesterholz stopped by this morning and again raved about the band and the entire night. It is so nice to work with you. Very smooth.
The Club at Mediterra
It's All About Community"
Mary Ann Shea
Events and Catering Manager
Good Morning Dawn and Geno,
I got an email from Sandy at Lincoln Financial. They loved the beach party. They said it was the best ever. Thanks for everything.

Monica Rossell
Wizard Connections
(Bride) Dawn, 
We don't even know how to express how amazing you guys were at our wedding! Thank goodness we hired you as our band! The timing of everything from the start of the ceremony to the end of the evening was seamless and made it so easy for Jordan and I (and my mom!) to just enjoy the evening and not worry about logistics. The music was incredible and people haven't stopped commenting on how great you guys were and how thought that the range of songs that you played - from Motown to newer selections - was incredible.  I think that the best testimony to how fantastic you all were that is that no one wanted to get on the buses to leave and wanted you to keep playing even though it was incredibly hot on the dance floor! 
If we can ever be a reference for you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! We would be VERY happy to be! Thank you again for making our wedding such a FUN and memorable experience!
Best regards,  Laura and Jordan Angell

(Mother) Dawn,   
I can't thank you and the Hot Topic Band enough for the most wonderful party!!!!  You were really spectacular and totally made the party one of the most memorable events ever!!  My friends from Boston told me that if they ever have a large party, they would definietly consider flying you up to play, you made the party that much fun.  Everyone raved about the fabulous band. And thank you for letting my nephew sit in on a song.....unfortunately I missed it, and I am unhappy about that (but what can you do when you are the mother of the bride and have to get around to everyone). 
Thanks, too, for the early on tips you shared with me on the phone the first time we spoke,  long before Laura gave her nod to me to go ahead and hire you.  I had you already hired in my head from that day....only I had to wait till Laura figured it out for herself. 
We would have had to pay you for even more overtime (and with pleasure) if the bus driver had not issued his ultimatum to leave! 
Anyway please extend my grateful appreciation to the rest of your band of a job exceptionally well done.  Joe and I wish you all the success and happiness you most certainly deserve for bringing such excitement and fun to the  start of Laura and Jordan's marriage. 
Sandra Bissell

(Guest) I’m an experienced 30 year old drummer who was a guest at the Angel-Bissell wedding on Saturday night in Fort Myers, and though I spoke to your drummer, I’d just like to give my accolades to your band. You guys were true pros! The quality of sound, the pacing of the tunes and the breaks, the killer musicianship – I was totally floored. I’m not one to dance a lot, either, but your drummer has a killer groove accompanied by some tasty chops. All around, your band was by far the best wedding band I have ever seen. Congratulations to you all for fine-tuning a FANTASTIC show.
Cheers, Fitch Proctor

Client Management Online / Fiduciary Data Access Review
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management 100 Federal Street, MA5-100-03-01, Boston, MA 02110, Phone: 617.434.8688

Dawn, Thank you a million times over for making my wedding perfect! You were fantastic! I cannot thank you enough. I cannot believe you had people dancing the entire time!!! "Lovely Tonight" was just amazing. I hope you will be able to sing that at another wedding. "True Companion" was absolutely perfect too!!!! Again, thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Jennifer L. Shanahan (Johnson)
Marketing/Membership Director
239-793-0500 ext. 111

"Hi Dawn,
It has been 3 weeks since you played at Luke's 75th birthday party & we are still getting "thank you" cards from invited guests commenting on the music you & Gene provided.Your music was outstanding that night!  It got everyone up & on their feet & they had a ball.  I had people tell me they were so sore the next day just from dancing. Thank you sooooo much for making Luke's party such a huge success.  You were both at the top of your game that evening & we are most appreciative of your efforts.
See you soon at Rosies,
Chris Cunningham"

Thanks for making our party so much fun….and successful. It was great seeing and hearing you again. My feet and legs hurt soooo badly on Sunday, but the pain was worth it. I haven’t danced that much since the last time you played for us.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of you.

AJ Bott
Office of Continuing Professional Development
USF Health

Ritz Carlton Wedding March 2010
You all were absolutely amazing!!! My guests are still raving about how great you were! You kept everyone on the dance floor the whole time and it was exactly what I wanted!  Thank you so much for making my night perfect!
Laura "

"Hi Dawn,
I want to personally thank you again for doing our wedding at the Hilton on 1/2/2010.  Your band was fabulous!!!!  Everyone kept commenting on how great you all were and how much fun they had dancing.  And, the older folks were really happy. They enjoyed the music selection. You truly made our night special.
Just so you know, we have a small token of our appreciation coming your way.
We meant to give it to you after the party but we forgot. 
Best wishes for the new year and if you need any recommendations we’d be glad to give them to you. 
Kind regards,
Joie & Bob Markes"

Wedding, Fiddlers Creek Country Club
"Hot Topic were recommended to us by the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa and what a recommendation!!! From beginning to end, Dawn and the crew were so helpful, suggesting ideas of how to manage the evenings entertainment and fitting in everything to suit our budget. Our biggest concern about the wedding was that the entertainment should be first class and Hot Topic surpassed our expectations ten fold. The music kept everyone up dancing all night and at the end of the night, no-one wanted them to stop including us! If you are keen to have a band that will keep the party going and interact with the crowd, then Hot Topic is the band for you. Absolute professionalism with just the right amount of fun thrown in made our wedding reception a night to remember. Thank you to the whole group for making our wedding reception the best that it could be. We will always recommend you to our friends for any party and wish you guys the best of success for the future.
Kind regards, Kelly & Brian Hamill, September 2009"

Thanks for another AWESOME evening of entertainment. You, Geno and the guys are great!!!! Our Members had such a wonderful time. You are always so accommodating to all of the special requests that we have.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!!!
Best, Heidi
Heidi Clay
Private Party Coordinator- Club Pelican Bay, Naples, FL"

"Hi Dawn,
Just wanted to say thank you for this past Saturday night.  Everyone has been telling us how much they loved you guys!  Thanks for helping to make our Welcome Back party such a success!
Thanks so much! Angie Fox, Event Coordinator

Grey Oaks Country Club, 2400 Grey Oaks Drive North Naples, Fl 34105 "

"Hi Dawn, Thanks for everything last night – you guys did a great job!!!  I also wanted to express a BIG thank you for working with all our “extras” throughout the evening, I really appreciate it. Thanks again !
Naomi Burns, Banquet Manager
The Forest Country Club, Estero, FL"

"Dawn and Geno,
Thank you so much for playing at our Wedding Celebration! You and your band truly gave us the most amazing wedding…every single guest was blown away! You were truly incredible. We knew you would be great but you definitely performed above and beyond our expectations. You made a special and amazing night all that much better.
You were a pleasure to work with, both professional and talented! Please thank each band member for us and please feel free to use us as a reference; we would highly recommend you to anyone who asks. Not that you need another reference I'm sure you have plenty!
Best, Leslie and Gordon Love"

Gasparillo Inn, Gasparillo Island FL
Katie and Eric wedding
We just wanted to drop you a note to say THANK YOU so much for an amazing night on April 18- our wedding was so much fun thanks to you guys! Everyone loved the music, and as you know, couldn't stop dancing :)
Thank you for the “Rappers Delight” for Eric,and we think the “Don't Stop Believing” Journey song was the hit of the night :)
Thank you again for everything-we had the best time! Hope to see you again soon.
Katie & Eric”

The Wine Festival, Naples, FL
Don and Mosey Gunther

"Dear Dawn and All,

Once again, your music set the mood for loads of fun. Everyone enjoyed hearing you play.
Hope to see you again soon.

All the best, Mosey and Don Gunther"

Vanessa Sherrard and Tanner Ouimette, Bride and Groom
Diamond Head Resort, Fort Myers Beach

“Dear Dawn,
Thank you so much for an amazing night of music at our wedding! Everyone complimented on how great you all sounded. Your Bose sound system is fantastic and I love how compact it is. Many rigs have gigantic speakers that dominate the room, but your system is small, sleek, and clean. The music selection was right on and we had a great time dancing. Tanner and I are especially grateful to Hot Topic for learning to play our song, on short notice. I can't tell you how meaningful that was to both of us. Thanks again for your professionalism and for sharing this occasion with us.
Vanessa & Tanner Ouimette”

Michelle Massuda and Matt Russ, Bride and Groom
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco Island

“Hi Dawn,
Great time on Saturday night! Thanks again for everything - you got rave reviews from all!

Beth and Brian, Bride and Groom
Shadow Wood Country Club

We are so thankful that we booked you for our wedding reception.  We appreciate all your help in the planning of our reception.  You were always so nice and prompt in returning any of our emails.  We had a wonderful time and we owe it all to you and the band.  I have never been to a reception where the guests were up dancing before the food was served.  We had a wonderful time and all we hear from our guests is how great the band was.  We will definitely recommend you to anyone in the area looking for a really great band.  If you ever need to use us as a referral please let us know. Thanks again for a memorable night that will never be forgotten. 

Beth and Brian Janoski”

Tracey Faye and Jim Cappio, Bride and Groom
Naples Lakes Country Club

“Everyone raved about the band at our wedding and we had such a good time!!
It all went by way too fast!!

Thanks so much for everything!!!
Thank you,


Christine Poole, Meeting Planner
Naples Grande Hotel

“ Dawn and Gene,
Hello! I just wanted to send a note to say thanks again for such a great time with you and your band at the Naples Grande for the DASA Summer Institute.
I really enjoyed meeting you and hope we can work together again in the future.

Warm Regards,


Marilyn Scott, Mother of the Bride
Mediterra Country Club, Naples, FL

“Hello Dawn and Gene,
I wanted to write and say thank-you for just the best wedding dance party I’ve ever attended. And I’m not alone, as witnessed by the 50 people who were still crowding that dance floor at the end of the night. We all had such fun, and I hope it was fun for you too.
I also wanted to apologize that I never did send on the time –line for the day as I promised. I think I just kind of ran out of energy. I’m sorry. But I also knew that you were such pros you would know the drill, and would be flexible whatever came up.
All the best to you and your band…we will be delighted to pass on your name!

Marilyn Scott
P.S. Thanks for letting Andy “sit in” with you a bit…those of our friends who haven’t heard him play were thrilled.”

Katrina Gamez, Bride
Sanibel Harbour Resort, Sanibel Island FL

“Dawn and Gene:
Jeff and I wanted to follow up and say thank you for playing at our wedding. You were awesome and everyone had such a wonderful time. We just got back from our honeymoon a week ago and everyone is still talking about how much energy you guys had. We've been to many weddings throughout the country and you are definitely one of the best bands out there. Thank you for doing such a great job with learning our requested songs and playing "Hot in Here". Also, thank you for letting some of our friends hijack the stage and do some air guitaring. If you ever need a reference, please let me know.
All the best,

Patsy Carter, Bride
Quail West Country Club, Bonita Springs, FL

“You were absolutely superb! Thank you for making our night so special. I've had a hundred compliments on the band and our special song was perfect. You're the best and we will have you back to Quail West asap!

Thanks again,

Patsy Carter”

Art Jacobs, Father of the Groom
Naples Beach Hotel, Naples FL

“You folks were terrific. I thought the night was perfect and it was your music addition that made us all so very comfortable. You even got people to dance- in the sand! How cool. Whenever we get the opportunity to have another party, I am sure you will get a call.

Hugs to you, Geno, and Rob,


Vanessa Rodriquez, Banquet Mgr.
Pelican Preserve Country Club, Ft. Myers FL

We had sooooo many compliments about Hot Topic. It is the most I have ever
seen our members dance! You have a great voice, even better than your demo
sounds. We are going to add you to our concert list for next season, and I
would also like to add you to my Wedding Vendor list.

I will be in touch with you regarding dates for next year.

Thank you,

Vanessa Rodriguez”

Svenson wedding
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco Island FL

I have just returned from the honeymoon and I wanted to tell you how
fantastic I thought Hot Topic and you specifically were! I was so happy
with your performance and voice. You have great stage presence and you
made my wedding a lot of fun! I am very grateful!

Thank you very much!


Jackson/Robinson Wedding, Bobbi Hicks Wedding Planner
Ritz Carlton, Sarasota FL

“Hi Dawn and all of you with Hot Topics,
I have coordinated way over 1000 weddings and last night was the best EVER!!
As a band leader, you really listen and did exactly what we asked, which was what the Bride and Groom wanted. THANK YOU so much!! And, you then rocked the room. I was so impressed. I will certainly recommend you to my brides in the future. Bobbi Hicks:

Van Beek wedding
Ritz Carlton, Sarasota FL

“Hi Dawn!
Formal thank you note to follow, but I just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you so much for playing our wedding on Saturday night! You guys were just fabulous and everyone had a great time getting their groove on ;-)

Thanks also for all your help during the planning,


Wilson Wedding
Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers FL

"Dawn, just a quick note to thank you again!

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony music and the entire reception. We couldn't ask for anything better. Dawn, you have a beautiful voice, and all of you are heads above the rest. I can't tell you how many phone calls I've received about the band and the event as a whole. I could use some of your business cards to pass out, if you can mail some to me...

Once again, you did a great job! Everything went off perfectly.

Your band received sooo many compliments! They really enjoyed the music and dancing (some a little too much!)

I honestly didn't worry about anything that day because I was confident that all the people involved were extremely competent and honestly helpful in pulling it all together. I appreciate all the effort!

We couldn't have asked for a better day. Laura & Bob are still on their honeymoon, but I couldn't wait to thank you again!



Sarah Repphun and Rich Fulyar Wedding
Naples Beach Hotel, Naples FL

“Thank you again for doing a wonderful job at our wedding and reception. Everyone really enjoyed your talents!

Sarah & Rich Fulytar”

Tiffany Herrick and Brian Graff wedding
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples FL

“Dear Hot Topic,

We wanted to send you a belated thank you for the wonderful performance you gave at our wedding May 6th. Brian and I were thrilled with your music, song selection and professionalism. All of our guests raved about how great you were.

Thanks again,

Tiffany Herrick and Brian Graff”

Caitlin Russell and Chris Driscoll wedding
Palmira Country Club, Bonita Springs, FL

Hi Dawn and Gene!

Chris and I want to sincerely thank you for ALL that you did to make our wedding day absolutely perfect! You are truly a terrific group and very good looking I would like to add! Our guests continue to rave about how much fun they had at our wedding and we would like to give you ALL of the credit. You truly made our day! Our guests had a wonderful time dancing and just having fun. We can not thank you enough for all that you did - the intros were great, the dancing, the singing, and good times were had by everyone.

The next time we have an event in Southwest Florida, you will be the first people we contact!

Thank you! We truly appreciate you and will never forget what you did for us!

Caitlin and Chris”

Lake / Cozzarelli wedding
Naples Beach Hotel, Naples FL

“Hi Dawn and Gene,
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing job you and the band did at
our wedding. You surpassed all of our expectations. I loved all of the music you played (especially the
Bruce Springstein songs which you guys obviously worked so hard to master). Everyone was just raving about your performance the next day. Your professionalism and knowledge of your craft made us feel so at ease. You were truly a delight to work with and the wedding would have never been so much fun without Hot Topic! I wish all of you nothing but future success because youabsolutely deserve it!!

Sincerely, Jennifer Lake-Cozzarelli”

Robert Genirs, Groom
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco Island FL

“Dear Dawn, Gene and all the Hot Topics,

We know that you could see all of the planning which went into our wedding reception and we think you will agree that the decorative flowers, food presentation, food quality and quantity, and general ambiance of the Club were outstanding.

However both Corinne and I have always believed that it doesn’t matter if you do everything else right because if the band isn’t good the party fails.

Our party was an unbelievable success and you guys were major contributors. The music selection was fabulous, you played to the crowd and sent everybody home with sore feet.

Thank you for an extraordinary job.


Bob Genirs”

Joy Laing and Stuart Ross wedding
Ritz Carlton, Naples FL

“Hi Dawn,
I would just like to thank you very much for singing “Flowers in the
Window”, you all did it very well and all our guests thought you guys
were fantastic.

Thank you so much for making our wedding so memorable.

Kind regards,

Joy Ross”

Michele Hansen / Andy Cabrera wedding
LaPlaya Resort, Naples FL

“Dawn and Gene,
Thank you so much for making our wedding a night to remember for all of our guests. We’re very excited and hope you had a blast too.

Thanks again!

Michele and Andy”

Zak & Sarah Clark wedding
Ritz Carlton, Naples FL

“Dawn, thanks for all you guys did on the 1st. Sarah and I thought everything went great
and we feel very fortunate that we found you guys!

Thanks again, you guys sounded great!


Billie Herman / Matthew Warnick wedding
Naples Beach Hotel, Naples FL

“Dear Dawn, Gene and the Band,

Thank you so very much for your hard work and great performance at our wedding. What a pleasant surprise for you to sing our first dance for us. Music is such an important part of a reception and you kept everyone moving and there was a lot of energy. You all sounded very good and made me very happy. Matt and I had such fun dancing, as did our guests. You were a pleasure to work with.



Mary and Jerry Dusza, parents of the bride
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco Island FL

“Dear Dawn and Gene,

The wedding was a blast! You got all the people going right away! Everyone, from 20 something to 80 something, loved the music! We got many, many compliments on the band. Thank you so much for working with us. You did an outstanding job!

We'll see you at Hideaway for the Valentine's Dance on Feb. 11!

Mary and Jerry Dusza”

Nusbaum wedding, Douglas Schwartz - wedding planner

Quail West Country Club, Bonita Springs, FL

“Dear Dawn and Gene,

Thank you so much for performing at the Nusbaum wedding. It couldn’t have been a better night. It was terrific to work with you. Everyone enjoyed the band; they were great and the saxophonist was just phenomenal.

Judi Nusbaum was thrilled with everything. Thanks again, and I look forward to working with you in the future.


Douglas D. Schwartz”

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