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Music ‘extremely important’ for the occasion

February 21, 2008
Williamsport Sun-Gazette
The wedding and reception music is “extremely important,” according to Brian Barckley of DiscMaster, a digital DJ and Karaoke service.

“A good DJ has instincts and knows what to play and when,” he said.

Barckley attended both wedding expos, showing attendees what he offers.

“I discovered my entertainment side in high school as I was the first drum major in my school’s history. I continued to perform in college with lead parts on the tenor saxophone in the Clarion University Jazz Band. I also have a bachelor of science degree in music education,” he said “The DJ business was a natural and fun choice with my musical background and entertaining side. I am entering my 13th year as a DJ in the Williamsport area.”

Us Girls DJ Entertainment, featuring Sue Nolan and Pam Godfrey, attended the Clear Channel Wedding Expo to show that women can jam, too.

“Actually, it all kind of just fell onto our laps. My cousin had asked us if we would play music at her wedding, most likely thinking we would bring some home stereo equipment and throw on some CDs. But instead we went and rented all this professional equipment, bought props, and brought all of our music and just busted out and had a great time,” Godfrey said.

During the reception, people were requesting their business cards.

“We just looked at each other with the realization that we could definitely do this. So we slowly started getting gigs and buying our equipment a piece at a time, and word of mouth flew, and here we are today, still loving what we do,” Godfrey said.

Best friends since they were 5, the two said they work well as a team.

“Woman are typically more detail-oriented. We go over every aspect of every party we do again and again to ensure it is going to be done right,” Nolan said.

Barckley added that he uses an advanced sound and lighting system and can incorporate the bride’s wedding colors into all of her special dances, which helps creates a special atmosphere.

All three DJs stressed the importance of keeping their music libraries up-to-date. With technology, it should be easy for a DJ to find just about anything anywhere, Barckley said.

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