Michael Valenti

Michael (Mikee V) is a veteran & a professional with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. He started playing drums at age 15, went on to become a Percussion & Music performance major at the University of MD.

Michael has toured & played many of the U.S. nightclubs throughout the 70′ & 80’s, sharing the stage with groups such as Three Dog night, Blood Sweat Tears and the legendary late & great jazz drummer Buddy Rich. The last 15 years, you might have seen Michael playing drums at a wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah with the popular band Nightlife.

He has performed at parties for AL Gore, Barbara Streisand, Nancy Kerrigan, Tom Clancy & many more. Michael has been a part of over 1000 successful parties in the last 15 years alone. As a DJ or Karaoke M.C., he brings years of experience, a song selection of over 13,000 tunes & the capability of playing percussion along with the music for that live, “snappy” edge. He can also give Latin and Ballroom dance instruction!! You can also have the best of both worlds and have his band Sinbad (4-7 pieces) play a set or two, to compliment the DJ.

Michael is a natural when it come to games and entertaining the kids. He comes to your party with a big smile, a back up sound system and a guarantee to make it a night to remember!!

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Testimonials

Sampling of weddingwire.com reviews

“Michael Valenti did a fantastic job as a DJ at my son’s wedding on October 15th at Fauquier Springs Country Club. He spent an inordinate and unexpected amount of time talking with the bride and groom in preparation for the event and needless to say the wedding came off without a hitch. He’s the best I have ever met and I’ve been in the music business for years. As father of the groom Michael’s professionalism, his on-time arrival (arrived very early), and calm demeanor meant the world to our family as we had confidence that he would be the best we could find. And he didn’d disappoint us in that respect. He’s a gentleman and takes his role as DJ very seriously to assure those who hire him that he will do everything he can to guarantee success with the music and the program for the evening. I would highly recommend him for any engagement where reliability, professionalism, and understanding of timing are essential. In three words – He’s The Best!!!!! – Sincerely, Don Halcombe – Manassas, Virginia”

“Thank you so much for making our wedding so much fun! We heard from so many people that it was the most fun they’ve had at a wedding! While the day didn’t turn out exactly as we had planned because of the weather, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect celebration! We will always remember our special day more fondly because of all the wonderful people we met like you, in planning for it!”

“Michael provided music for my entire wedding day: ceremony, cocktails, and reception. I suggested a couple of songs for each event to give him an idea what kind of feel we were going for and he ran with the rest. He also went through to double check with me he had the correct versions for the different songs I wanted to use, and worked with my hired dance group to have their performance song played at the reception. Mine was a daytime wedding so getting people onto the floor is an uphill battle. But he was still able to pull it off and eventually got guests off their butts and onto the floor–even my mom who does NOT dance (I will admit, I found this both fascinating and horrifying at the same time). He is not an over-the-top cheesy DJ, nor does he stay in the corner the whole time–a good balance, interacting with the guests when appropriate. One of the main reasons I decided on Michael was because he offered to meet me in person–I interviewed several DJs and all others preferred to stick to the phone, or reluctantly agreed an in-person meeting can be done if necessary although they really didn’t think it was needed. I understand DJs have probably done many many weddings and know the routine, but this is my first (and only) one, so it made all the difference that Michael went out of his way and offered to meet up.”

“Mike Valenti was an AMAZING DJ! We had him DJ our wedding last month and could not be happier with how he ran the reception. He handled each transition very smoothly. He was extremely entertaining and fun. He made sure to play songs that everyone loved…it was a non-stop dance party the entire night! After the reception, about 15-20 people commented to me that Mike was the best DJ they had ever seen at a wedding. Everyone loved him and I could not give a higher personal recommendation. If you want your event to run smoothly and for you guests to have a blast, then hire Mike Valenti. Thanks so much, Mike for giving us such a wonderful reception!”

“Michael is not only professional but he cares about the flow of your event and will take the time to work with you to bring your inner vision to fruition. It is a pleasure to have a vendor that works hard to understand the needs of his clients. Five stars is not enough!”

“Our parents wanted a big band, we wanted a serious DJ. DJ Michael V is it! His, professionalism, enthusiasm, and experience all came into play. Our wedding was amazing, Michael being our DJ really had a lot to do with that! We were blown away, by his style, and the sound of our venue. The room could hold over 400 easily, and his tunes stretched from corner to corner, sounded amazing. We had 230 people dancing the whole time, DJ Michael V. has to be you’re top choice if you’re looking for a DJ!!, his planning, and expertise are what sets him apart from other DJ’s, we were thrilled to have him, and will use him again for other events in the future!”

“Working with Michael was great. I pretty much went into this thinking I wanted someone who could just do a great job with little direction from me. Michael did a fantastic job. He picked wonderful music and had the dance floor full the entire night. I’m really glad we booked him for our wedding and I would recommend him to other couples.”

“Michael did an amazing job at our wedding! Our wedding was at a country club outside under a tent and it was very hot which could have easily made everyone stay in the inside portion which had A/C (making the dance floor vacant).However, he did an amazing job selecting songs that kept everyone dancing all night. I can’t remember a single time that the dance floor was empty. He does an amazing job at building the momentum in the room. There was never a time when a song was played that cleared the floor. Also, he was very professional, responsive and met all of our needs. He kept everything on schedule and worked independently with our caterer to coordinate the night. You do not need to worry because he is punctual and makes things very easy. Everyone had a blast and he delivered exactly what we wanted! I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I’d advise everyone who wants a Dj to choose Michael– forget the band that is overpriced and takes breaks and choose a Dj who won’t ever stop your party!!”

“Hands down, best decision we made in respect to vendors for our wedding. Mike is a PRO and it shows in everything he does, whether it is his meetings with you before the wedding to help you plan your day, the easy online tools you can use at home to pick your songs and make a timeline, or the flawless way he leads your reception from start to finish.

It is so obvious that he loves music and dancing and getting people involved and that is just contagious. Our dance floor was packed the entire night and he was so great at taking our playlist and adding his own expertise. He also orchestrates the entire evening, even between other vendors, the reception site, your family, and keeps the night going with all the toasts, pictures, etc.  We can’t recommend him enough!”