Originally tasked with the important jobs of maintaining and updating Keystone's inventory of equipment, computers, and song libraries, Dave made an easy transition to becoming a DJ for Keystone. With a genuine interest in pleasing each and every client--by getting to know their unique style and music preferences--he forged a strong under
Originally tasked with the important jobs of maintaining and updating Keystone's inventory of equipment, computers, and song libraries, Dave made an easy transition to becoming a DJ for Keystone. With a genuine interest in pleasing each and every client--by getting to know their unique style and music preferences--he forged a strong understanding of planning, programming and performing for a wide variety of age groups and for any occasion.
24 years and hundreds of happy clients later, Dave's greatest joy continues to be making happy clients when he DJ's a carefully planned event...his success being primarily from a keen ability to prepare thoroughly, read any crowd, and drop just the right beat at the ideal time.
For weddings, and other private & corporate functions, he familiarizes himself with every small detail, well in advance of each event, and makes sure that he plays all of the client's special requests and other favorites.
Dave also has a professional, upbeat style when delivering announcements, and will be sure to make your grand entrance or other announcements extra-special!
Plus Dave is very personable with all of his clientele. At weekly events, he even knows every guest by name, plays all their favorites, and finds all their hard-to-find requests.
When not DJ'ing, Dave's friendly face can be seen managing at the North Park Lounge McCandless, where he has also been a fixture for over two decades. He also worked for a time at the NPL Cranberry/Bamboo Bar (known as the Deckhouse at that time) and he was the original GM of the North Park Clubhouse on Rte. 8, where he first became acquainted with Karaoke...and then, with Laurel's help, turned it into a household word for thousands of North Hills guests, who looked forward to singing weekly at the NPLC show there, and enjoyed it for many years!
When not working in either capacity, Dave enjoys his family and pets, or can be found experimenting with all his technology! He loves the challenge of a new gizmo to tinker around with, until it is yet another new skill under his belt.
He is a fan of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Fantasy Football (he belongs to a whopping SEVEN fantasy teams!) He also enjoys watching other sports from time to time, namely baseball, hockey, golf, racing, and the Olympics. And he enjoys an occasional outdoor skirmish of flag football with his own sons in the family yard.
He loves vacationing with family, and really enjoys riding bikes, especially at the beach.
A Pittsburgh native, Laurel is a cheerful, dynamic, and multi-talented musician and entrepreneur. Her childhood presented her with many diverse musical experiences... which enabled her to become acquainted with, and fond of, a wide variety of popular music. She has been a professional singer and performer for about as long as anyone can
A Pittsburgh native, Laurel is a cheerful, dynamic, and multi-talented musician and entrepreneur. Her childhood presented her with many diverse musical experiences... which enabled her to become acquainted with, and fond of, a wide variety of popular music. She has been a professional singer and performer for about as long as anyone can remember, and she appreciates many different music styles.
Laurel was also ingrained at a young age to always work hard, strive for excellence, be honest, take responsibility, correct mistakes, be a self-starter, follow through, follow up, be thorough...and NEVER settle for anything less than doing something the right way. And above all, give credit where it is due, give thanks to those who help us succeed, and always stay humble.
Her early adult experiences then instilled in her a strong entrepreneurial spark, which fueled her desire to "go for it" and venture into anything she desired without fear or reservation. This enabled her to grow her company into what it is today...one that offers both the inventory and the know-how to provide the wide variety of professional services that her clients want and need.
After majoring in music at Duquesne University, while also performing in several successful bands, Laurel was hand-picked to introduce the concept of Karaoke to the Pittsburgh market in the late 1980's--via a highly-attended "reveal" event at a local mall, with hundreds of curious onlookers. Before long, she was hosting as many as 5-7 Karaoke events per week, and helping further spread the new craze to thousands of locals in the Pittsburgh and surrounding Tri-State area. She immediately began redirecting much of her own musical ability and energy toward helping others develop their own love of singing and performing. She was soon affectionately dubbed the "Karaoke Queen" in several fan circles, in those early years.
Before long, her successful Karaoke events opened up a variety of lucrative DJ opportunities as well, and she was soon making a full-time living as one of the area's first ever KJ's, as well as being a DJ. This success also eventually led her to become the area's premier dealer for Karaoke music and equipment for over 14 years. Then the wedding business began to take off, so she and Dave took a step back from retail to devote themselves to events full-time.
Laurel has a passion for making people happy, whether it be through singing, DJing, or simply helping others have fun at an event. Her style is very personal and intimate; she takes delight in interacting with guests and fans, getting to know them on a first-name basis, learning their favorites, and making every show "theirs".
Laurel strives to create an inclusive environment, encouraging everyone to have fun together, regardless of age, ethnicity, abilities, or other differences. She makes an extra effort to reach out and say hello to guests who may appear to feel marginalized. She cares profoundly about all of her guests, and she treats them like family!
At her weekly shows, Laurel goes out of her way to get to know her regulars by name, and also greet every newcomer. When she meets a guest who may have just moved to the area and is looking to make some new friends, she will often introduce them to some of her regulars, so that they can relax and feel a sense of belonging.
When Laurel has a free moment away from her entertainment business, she enjoys spending time with her family, her close friends, and her two energetic dogs, plus singing professionally with the local band Mercedez. She also enjoys writing music, playing piano, designing flowers and decor for her other business ventures, and also creating computer designs...plus watching movies and attending concerts...and she is active on the worship team for her church.
Laurel cherishes her family vacations at Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, and loves taking long walks on the beach. She enjoys visiting new places, trying new things, and acquiring new skills and experiences. She also enjoys any out-of-town engagements with her business or her band, plus staying on top of trends in the worlds of music, fashion and event decor.