Holiday Party — How Music Makes It Wonderful

by Robbie Schlosser

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Magnolia Jazz Band in San Jose, 2012We recently helped the San Jose Rotary Club. They hosted a wonderful little holiday party for a local seniors’ residential facility.

Everyone loved it!

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It was a very special event. Everyone enjoyed a fine meal and the good company of their friends.

We were working with great colleagues, too.

It’s always a pleasure to work with Debbie Blackwell, of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, one of the top caterers in Silicon Valley. And thanks for these photos, Jay Corona.

Magnolia Jazz Band in San Jose, 2012

We set up in a comfortable corner of a large dining room and created a happy, festive holiday party mood for a few hours.

We entertain at all kinds of special events just like this nearly every day.

This evening we entertained everyone with the usual holiday tunes and the favorite songs from their youth. The music brought a special holiday touch, gave everyone something they could share, and helped them get into the jolly spirit.

Magnolia Jazz Band in San Jose, 2012

The guests gave us lots of requests, and enjoyed some singing and dancing, too.

Afterward, I realized I’d just seen another powerful reminder of a simple lesson.

It takes seeing all kinds of parties to understand there’s only one kind of party. That’s the one where people get together to feel good.

Usually people gather to celebrate some landmark. Like someone’s wedding, birthday, or anniversary. Or a regular holiday, the completion of a long project, the start of a new year, or the annual harvest.

Our society celebrates lots of landmarks, and it feels like the Magnolia Jazz Band helps at most of them. At this time of the year, it’s usually a holiday party. The rest of the year, it’s everything else, including another holiday party occasionally.

Whether the get-together is very elegant and stylized or simple and down-to-earth, the important thing is that everyone enjoys being there.

The details make the difference, of course, but a party is a party. Usually the festivities don’t require much — a good combination of guests with music, food, decor, music, and whatever additional touches make the event special. And did I mention music for the celebration?

In this respect, a simple holiday party is just like the coronation of a king. Over the years, we’ve played at many of the former, and none of the latter.


So here’s a tip for planning festive music.  For a wedding, holiday party, any event.  Whatever music you select must help all your guests feel good to be there.

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Meanwhile, the Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

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