JC grad makes music

Will de Rosset hasn’t had a weekend off in a very long time. The full-time disc jockey is busy on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays making sure guests are enjoying the music at the weddings he services weekly.

“A wedding without music is like a day without sunshine,” said the St. Joan of Arc, Aberdeen, parishioner. “The wedding is there, but without the warmth.”

Mr. de Rosset knows that music can bring out the best in people and thinks it is one of the more important aspects in wedding reception planning.

“Dancing is a release; it can make or break a wedding,” he said. “People want to have a great time. They recognize how special the day is.”

To ensure that guests ultimately enjoy the music, Mr. de Rosset encourages brides and grooms to take the time to listen to a DJ or band in advance. If selecting a DJ, he said, look for experience, versatility and attitude.

“Make sure the guy knows what he’s doing. How many weddings has he done? See how he interacts with the crowd. Is he boring or fun?”

Asking for references is also smart. Full-time companies usually receive thank-you notes, he said, so ask to read them. Make sure the DJ knows what type of crowd to expect at the wedding. Place older guests further away from the speakers.

As the owner of Iceman Entertainment in Harford County, The John Carroll School alumnus has been juggling tunes for 10 years. Now 33, he bought the company five years ago and has almost 30,000 songs to offer.

The DJ is happy when people dance and knows it makes the bride and groom happy on one the most important days of their lives.

“It makes it fun,” he said. “Even if I see people tapping their toes at a wedding I know they’re having a good time.”

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