What they're saying about "Take Two":
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"When it comes to performers, there are loads that talk a good game, but Ted not only is an amazing musician/performer, he’s humble and kind. Our Veterans are ALWAYS excited to see Ted on the event calendar, and his shows are always well attended and enjoyed by everyone."
-- Jade Lange, Recreation Director, Oregon Veterans’ Home, The Dalles, OR
"Ted provided live piano music for our wedding ceremony and reception. He also MCed the reception and learned our songs for the special dances. Also, his lovely wife Sandy acted as wedding coordinator and did an awesome job! They met with us beforehand and helped us select the music. They helped us handle many last-minute details, and made the day a lot easier for me (the bride). They were both just wonderful! I couldn't thank them enough for all they did."
-- Sirena and Ryan Engard, The Dalles, OR
"What a talented musician Ted is! We were thrilled to find that Ted was willing to travel to our venue to play for our 50th wedding anniversary party. Our program theme was “Back to the 60s” and we gave Ted a very long list of songs to play. He knew all of them plus many more. Ted was so organized with all of the songs on cue that our guests thought we’d had a rehearsal (we didn't). We all enjoyed the music so much! We highly recommend Ted for any special occasion."
-- Dennis and Marilyn Kuckartz, Beaverton, OR
"What a pleasure having Ted’s piano stylings for our cocktail reception! There is nothing like live music for a party, and Ted had a little something for everyone in his repertoire. Ted's music made all the difference in setting the tone for the evening."
-- Liz Hartmann, Account Manager, Thread Creative, Hood River and Portland, OR
"Thank you, Ted, for playing at our 2016 and 2017 Annual Meetings. You provided the perfect background music to keep our guests entertained while being able to visit!" -- Traci Brock, Marketing & Member Services, Wasco Electric Cooperative, The Dalles, OR
"We come from Salem to the Columbia Gorge Hotel often, and one of the big reasons is you, Ted! You're so entertaining, engaging with the audience and playing all types of genres!!! It's so fun at the Columbia Gorge Hotel! Always look forward to seeing you in the lounge!!! Thank you for making our visit special!" -- Tim and Suzy Tannenbaum, Salem, OR
"Ted, many thanks for providing the music for my wife's birthday celebration! Everyone really enjoyed your music! It made the whole evening! We especially appreciated your flexibility in going with the flow of the party, and willingness to accommodate guest performers on the spur of the moment." -- Jim Reed, Hood River
"Ted, we all love your music and personality here. I always get compliments about you when you play!"
-- Rachel Lahti, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Hawks Ridge Assisted Living, Hood River, OR
"Ted, thanks so much for playing for our "Celebrating Summer" party on the beach. You and Esther sounded amazing. We all really enjoyed the evening and everyone is still talking about it. Those that didn't come are regretting it now. :)" -- Sharon Chow, Hood River Event Site Coordinator
"Ted, we really appreciate what you did to make The Dalles Relay For Life a very successful event. You and your music were extremely well-received. I cannot begin to tell you how many compliments you got not only from the staff, but from participants as well. It was the most compliments from the general public that I can recall from ANY Relay For Life Event! Everyone said you managed to play their very favorite song! That is awesome." -- Don Wimberly, co-chairman, Relay For Life In The Dalles
"Ted, I just wanted to tell you again what an absolutely wonderful job you did at our wedding reception. It made the evening so special. You are such a crowd-pleaser! What a talent; you can do anything! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" -- Polly Leach Hamilton
"Ted has extraordinary musical intelligence!" -- Alonzo Garbanzo, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist
"Ted, I knew you were good, but I didn't know you were THIS good!" -- Tess Barr, bassist, vocalist, and owner, Hood Crest Winery
"Ted's got big ears!" -- Kevin Selfe, award-winning blues guitarist and Delta Groove recording artist
"I really appreciate your amazing versatility ... and how you move from genre to genre!" -- James Patrick Hurley ("Coach"), CEO, Engineer and Guitarist, JC Crow Productions, Centralia, WA
"P E R F E C T !!!! Ted, you and Jennifer were exactly what we needed for our dinner/dance in that big ballroom to be a memorable evening!" -- Paul Eckard, New England Masonic Lodge #4
"Ted, we are completely satisfied customers! You did a GREAT JOB! Thank you for providing us with great music that was enjoyed by everyone, young and old. Everyone came up to us afterward with compliments on your musical talents, as well as your versatility and willingness to work with our 16-year-old girls and their impromptu "American Idol" act. We are so happy you could travel to Cleveland, not once, but twice, to perform at our events. It's our pleasure to give a testimonial for you." -- Bonnie and Jeff Morris
"It's REAL MUSIC! And it's dancing music !!" -- Kathy Nunamaker
"Ted, is that really you playing all that ?!?!" -- anonymous listener at The Portage Grill in The Dalles
"We were glad to have Ted entertain us. He played tunes everyone recognized, and his performance is so polished that during a moment when I was somewhat distracted in a conversation, I thought he was taking a break and a commercially-produced CD was playing. But it was him!"
-- Sierra Wright, The Pines, Hood River, OR
"Take Two is a W O W !!! If you're looking for a group to get the party rolling, just call on Take Two! We had the Trio for our annual party; our guests had as much fun as we did, and the band was ready with requests and changing up in a heartbeat. Take Two, thank you, thank you, for making our party a huge success." -- Karen Richards, Rockbridge Stables
"We wen't sure what to do about music for my daughter's wedding ... until I met Ted Horwitz. Take Two is probably the best-kept secret in the area! They are the best for all size affairs. They sound like a full band; you can't believe it until you hear them. They handled music for the entire day: ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. They play all types of music, act as MC, interact with guests and keep the place hopping. So many of our guests came up to me and asked, "Where did you find them? They are fantastic!" Thank you, Ted; you made our daughter's wedding greater than I could possibly have hoped!" -- Nancy Martin
"We had a very large wedding reception in a hotel ballroom, and with Take Two we got the best of both worlds: the sound of a large band, and yet the intimacy and crowd interaction of a live stage performance. They took charge and smoothly directed the flow of events. They were musically very versatile and flexible. They also knew when to stay in the background and when to take center stage. And they brought a personal touch to our rehearsal dinner, playing solo piano as an elegant backdrop during dinner, and then accompanying the singing that came later.We are honored to highly recommend Take Two." -- Brian and Linda O'Brien
"Preparing for a wedding can be very stressful, and a bride needs to know that everything is taken care of. After I met with Ted and picked out my music selections, I felt like I was in such good hands and wouldn't need to worry at all about the music from that point on. On the Big Day, he arrived early and was dressed in his tuxedo. His darling wife Sandra even helped me with my last few fixes before I walked down the aisle, a very personal touch! You can't go wrong with Take Two!! Thanks again Ted for everything!!! I am recommending you to all of my friends!" -- Danielle Pitzo McKinney
"Dear Ted, we want to thank you for your participation in the Village Academy 'Celebration of the Arts'. Your music was fabulous! The guests loved your dedications and the fact that you could play all of their requests. So many bands have such a restricted format, but your group did it all! Everyone had a great time, and they are still talking about it! We hope to see you again in the future." -- The Gala Committee at Village Academy
"The Take Two Trio has a playlist that extends from Etta James to the Eagles. Their sound is so exceptional that, two weeks after our party, we were still getting thank you notes from our guests for the music. They played many of our specific song requests and created exactly the atmosphere we wanted." -- David and Nanci Gobey
"Thanks so much for your wonderful music and helping to make Barb's 50th birthday a surprise. Everyone's comments about the music were GREAT, and you kept our crowd very lively and interactive throughout the entire evening. I so enjoy your talent, and I will certainly spread the word about you. Again, my personal thanks." -- Dr. Tom Anderson
"Ted played for our ceremony, and he was the sweetest person to work with. The music was beautiful and he was willing to learn a lot of new selections for us. He played an electronic keyboard, but I swear it sounded like real instruments. He went out of his way to come to the rehearsal with his wife the day before to make sure I was ok with his playing. He really was just wonderful." -- Beryl Piccolantoni
"Our friends always enjoy Take Two so much. We had a celebration at the country club for my wife's birthday, and Ted and Cheryl turned what could have been a mediocre party into a great one." -- Stan Ickes
"Ted is a musical wiz!"-- Arnett Howard, Central Ohio musician and historian
"Take Two has performed at Oktoberfest for a number of years, and we know we can always count on their quality and versatility. Whether it's a full band, duo or trio, and whatever the age or energy level of the audience, Take Two is always entertaining and easy to work with." -- Wayne Owens, Entertainment Coordinator, German Village Oktoberfest "The music was one of my favorite things about our wedding. Ted, you and your wife Sandra HAVE to be two of the nicest people I have ever met. You were both SO anxious to please. It's obvious that you love what you do, and the music was perfect. You have an amazingly large repertoire, and you really tried to make everything special at both our ceremony and reception. I will highly recommend Ted Horwitz and Take Two to anyone. You were my absolute favorite of all my wedding vendors." -- Cortney Fairbanks
(Note from Ted: "The above is an excerpt. Click here to read the complete text. I don't think I could have come up with a better advertisement for Take Two if I had written it myself!")
"Thank you, thank you, thank you sooooo much for playing for my Mom and our family on Mother's Day ! I am sure someone as renowned as you has no idea how much we appreciate your talent, but truly you and Cheryl have given us a gift with your music. God bless you." -- Deb and Rich Groce
"Thank you so much for entertaining the residents and staff of Trillium Place. Seeing the smiles on the faces of our residents, hearing them singalong and the wonderful comments about your performance warms our hearts. Some called their families to tell them about their fantastic evening and some even were brought to tears because you touched them so much! They have been talking about it to everyone! Thank you endlessly and I can't wait to have you back at Trillium Place! I would recommend you to anyone... and I will!!!" -- Maria Fabish, Director of Lifestyle Programs, Trillium Place
"Ted, thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding! We loved the way you played our selected pieces. A lot of our guests complimented us about you. We sincerely appreciate your time and energy for our special day!" -- Tony Strong and Jana Sizemore-Strong
"Take Two catered to our exact needs for our wedding reception. They met with us ahead of time to play sample music and help us compile a song list to appeal to ourguests. During the reception they did an outstanding job setting the mood that we werehoping to achieve. We were also fortunate that Ted served as the MC.I would be very honored to recommend Take Two for any special occasion." -- Marya Cassandra
"Thank you so much for playing such wonderful music at our wedding, and for all your help. It made our day very memorable." -- Tracy Imamura
"Ted, we are so glad we had the opportunity to work with you for music for Beryl and Andy's wedding ceremony. You were wonderful and the music was excellent. Most especially, we appreciated your willingness to work with us to create the atmosphere that the bride and groom wanted. Beryl was very happy with how you interpreted the song she selected to walk down the aisle. You were so easy to work with and we would certainly call on you again. It was a pleasure to work with you!" -- Marilyn and Eric Brown
"Ted, the McCartney concert in Atlanta was finished to perfection by your sing-along. I was amazed at your ability to play any song requested. You seem to have the entire Beatles discography memorized and translated through your fingers! I have read your web page and your group sounds amazing. I only wish that ya'll were closer to Alabama. Thanks again for sharing your talent and time with all of us - you were great!" -- Pat P., Tuscaloosa
"Hi Ted - We had one of THE BEST TIMES OF OUR LIVES at the Omni belting out the Beatle tunes. You were WONDERFUL!!!!! We'll never forget it. You made the night really complete! Would you ever play at a wedding in Boston??????" -- Cathy M. and Ann Marie H.
(Ted says, "Yes, Take Two does travel. Appearances outside the central Ohio area include Cleveland, Dayton, Atlanta, Detroit, Cape Cod, Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and even the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.")
"Thank you for the terrific evening of music for our pre-wedding dinner. We never dreamed we would have so much fun! And special thanks for digging out our high school Alma Mater!" -- Dick and Sandy Rose
"We really enjoyed your music at our wedding. Thanks again for learning those special songs for us, and adapting them to the setting. We also appreciate the time you spent discussing, suggesting and playing different songs to help us decide what to include. You did a great job!" -- Andy and Laurie Erkis
"We are delighted to recommend Take Two to anyone who asks. Weeven have recommended you to people that haven't asked!! We gave Ted a list of songs we wanted at our wedding reception, includingsome MUST-HAVES, and he came through with flyingcolors. He could read the crowd and played exactly the right mix of tunes so there was something for everyone. The music of Take Two made theentire reception a very memorable occasion. Our friends still talk abouthow much fun they had!" -- Dick and Marlene Moose
"Ted played for both our ceremony and reception. He was brought in on short notice and came through with everything we asked for, even though we had some requests that were not your typical wedding tunes. Everyone had a great time and I heard many favorable comments about the music. Even my easily-bored teenage kids said they enjoyed it. We are very happy to recommend Take Two." -- George and Sue Rutter
"We have had Take Two play for our dinner dances since 1993, and everyone really enjoys them. They always play familiar, danceable songs, and they're very sensitive to the mood of the audience. " -- Ron Doerschug, Kilbourne Dancing Club
"I just wanted to let you know how thrilled we were with your performance at my folks' anniversary party. You two were awesome. Thanks so much for everything!!!"-- Howard Cooper
"Ted, we wish to thank you for the wonderful job you and your band did to make our wedding a great success. You are extremely talented and everybody enjoyed your music tremendously. We appreciate the way you treated everybody, including the children, and the rapport that you showed to our group. We would definitely recommend you to anybody. Again, thanks for making it an evening to remember; it was the best wedding I've ever attended!". -- Leavina and Floyd Ramm
"Ted played for our wedding ceremony, and we feel he was our best choice. Everything he played was enjoyable and appropriate, and we would definitely recommend Take Two." -- Mike and Katrina Jacobson
"Take Two provided the music for our wedding ceremony, dinner hour and reception, and everyone still talks about what a good time they had, and how much they enjoyed the music. Take Two played a nice variety that catered to all ages. We asked for some unusual special songs and they delivered. We liked what they had to offer."-- Steve and Jane Pinces
Ted says, "The following is from the former Cortney Swartz, who married Larry Fairbanks on October 26, 2002 at The River Club at Confluence Park. It was completely unsolicited. I know it's long, but I don't think I could have come up with a better advertisement for Take Two if I had written it myself!"
"The music was one of my favorite things about our wedding. I found Take Two in one of the Columbus bridal magazines and checked out your website. I liked what I saw, which was a keyboard player who could customize about any combination of musicians and/or singers that we wanted."
"We just wanted a piano player to do the ceremony music and provide light background music during the reception. We went to listen to you at one of your weekly appearances at The Top Steak House. We thought you were very good and when we found out that you were open on our date we immediately decided to go with you."
"Ted, you and your wife Sandra HAVE to be two of the nicest people I have ever met. When we met with you a couple weeks before the wedding to iron out details about what we wanted, you were both SO anxious to please. I appreciated that you asked a lot of questions to get a feel for how the ceremony would proceed so you'd have the timing just right, and that you even offered to attend the rehearsal if we wanted. It was also great that you asked about our preferences in musical styles, and played several selections for us to help us decide."
"When you asked whether it was okay to add in different instrument sounds on the electronic keyboard or if we just wanted strictly a piano sound, I'm glad I told you just to use your judgement and have fun with it. It's obvious that you love what you do, and the music (and your judgement) was perfect."
"During the ceremony, you'd have thought we had a full complement of musicians playing. The sounds of Lohengrin just filled the room as I walked in and it was beautiful. During the reception, the music was a perfect, understated background to all the conversations going on, and people really enjoyed it."
"Sandra was great too, keeping an eye on things and reading the crowd. She was right there with a microphone for the best man during the toast and helped make sure that announcements like the opening of the buffet and the cake cutting were timely. She also helped with my train and opening the doors for me as I entered the ceremony room, which I'm sure was not in the job description! :)
"I think she's also responsible for Larry coming up and asking me to dance after most of our guests left, though she didn't say so. :) She just told me that every bride deserves at least one dance. It was actually the first time we've EVER danced together, and it was so special. You really tried to make everything special. "
"You were so willing to take requests during the reception (Moon River was a nice touch considering the location on the river and my uncle was mighty pleased with himself for thinking of it) and you have an amazingly large repertoire. And best of all, when my uncle, an incredible singer, wanted to sing "Some Enchanted Evening" for me before he left, you were able to play along with him and match him perfectly. Anyone who doesn't know much about music might not realize, it can be really difficult for a musician and singer who have never worked together to be able to play and sing in perfect time with each other, but you did it EFFORTLESSLY. It was a beautiful moment at the reception."
"Things started to wind down around 4 o'clock, a little earlier than weexpected, and we had paid you to perform until 5. It was very kind of you tooffer to refund the money for the remaining hour. But we were so happy withyou that we really wanted you to keep it."
"I will highly recommend Ted Horwitz and Take Two to anyone. You were my absolute favorite of all my wedding vendors." -- Cortney Fairbanks