"The Sentimental Journey MADE the party.
Nothing would have worked without your music."

E. Hancock, of Smith, Curry & Hancock

"The feedback from our membership has been
nothing short of sensational. Sentimental Journey's
participation was instrumental in making the
evening the success that it was."
H. Halpern, Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

"Your music was really the 'icing on the cake'
...we hope we can get together again in the not too
distant future"

S. Snyder, M. Perlman and P. Schneider, Atlanta Jewish Community Center

"The entire parish is still raving over your great
performance last night. The word got around after
your previous performance here six months ago, and
our crowd this time was the largest ever for a parish
event. Thanks for making our fundraiser such a success!"
Alan Brown, Minister of Music, St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church


A letter from the Rabun County Music Festival Association

Dear SJO,

On behalf of the Rabun County Music Festival I want to thank you for the exciting concert performance of the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. The "Big Band" sound was never more professionally done with vocalists, arrangements, and upbeat selections all merging to create the best "Big Band" around. We Had rave reviews from our audience with encouragement tp "bring them back". Sentimental Journey Orchestra brings back the swing, jazz, and toe tapping sounds we all love,

The concert on July 23rd (2006) was a highlight of our season.We highly recommend Sentimental Journey Orchestra to all who enjoy the big band era.

Barbara Kobacker
Chairman, Rabun County Music Festival Association.

A letter from the Event Coordinator after SJO's performance at
the Rome (GA) Heritage Festival's WWII-style "Hangar Dance."


First of all I just wanted to let you know how very much we enjoyed you guys... This event is just what our town needed. You are all true professionals and it shows.

Rita Smith
City of Rome
Event Coordinator

After our premier concert at the historic
Langdale Theater in Valley, Alabama...

The Sentimental Journey Orchestra
Atlanta , Georgia 30308

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I wanted to pass along some of the comments about your performance last Saturday night at the historic Langdale Theater.

They range from outstanding to best ever and many in between, all very complimentary.

I enjoyed working with all of you. The music was wonderful and the vocals were superb. I now can understand why my friend Phil Harrison in Atlanta was so glad to recommend your group.

I am still receiving favorable comments today and we hope to invite you back again. In the meantime, if anyone in the promotion business needs a recommendation, please ask them to give me a call.

Good luck to you all and thanks again for an evening of good music, good times and good memories.


Bill Gilbert

Dear SJO,

You may recall I'm the person who originally contacted you about the possibility of the Sentimental Journey Orchestra playing at Langdale Historic Theatre as part of its on-going series of musical presentations. I put you in contact with Bill Gilbert and, as they say, the rest is history, because the performance that took place yesterday was truly a sensation!

I've been a big band lover for years and not only have attended most of the 42 concerts held at Langdale Theatre, but for years now have gotten together a regular group of out-of-town attendees (dubbed as the Langdale Concert Gang) and we regularly bring a dozen to two dozen down to the Valley - first for "supper" at some nearby location and then we have a block of seats at the concerts.

I review all this simply to say our gang's response to Sentimental Journey topped any reaction we've ever had and all have been positive, I must say. Talking with an estactic Bill Gilbert afterward, I certainly didn't have to encourage him to re-book your band - he was already convinced from the overwhelming reaction of the crowd - as it seemed your band members were too.

Please pass along to every one associated with your fine organization our sincere appreciation for a most enjoyable evening! I am proud to have had a modest part in making this beneficial connection!

Phil Harrison,



Wedding Testimonials

“We engaged the SJO to play at our daughter’s wedding and were thrilled with the results! Our crowd was diverse in terms of age, race and background and the SJO was a unanimous highlight of the evening. Seeing the players in their matching white jackets, attractive bandstands and gleaming instruments was truly a phenomenal sight. Their sound was strong and tight----my daughter’s peers were shocked that the music and sound of their grandparents could be so much fun to dance to. The band was very cooperative in putting together a custom playlist for our crowd and were very open to others sitting in for a couple of numbers---even a singing bride!

The truth is, our friends and family are trying to find another occasion when we can hire the SJO---even though we are out of daughters to marry away!”

Thomas Bogle

Bogle Farms

Lagrange, Ga


The SJO made our May wedding the classy event we were shooting for. We couldn't have been more pleased with their performance. All of our guests were "wowed" by the band, and talked about them for weeks after our wedding! The band learned "Pick Up the Pieces" for our cake cutting, and they were fantastic. Henry Mason is very easy to work with, and I would recommend the SJO in a heartbeat.

Todd and Nicole Fantz

Good Morning,

Thank you for your kind words and let me tell you again how much I enjoyed working with SJO. You all made a great impression on the guests and myself. Thank you again for everything!

I do hope we'll have the chance to work together in the future!


Susan Graham
Bella Sera Event Design and Management

The SJO,

I wanted to take this opportunity to share the thanks of Kelly & Mike and add my personal thanks for making her wedding reception such an incredible experience. I could not begin to count how many people told me what a fantastic band you were! Even now, I'm still getting such glowing reports. As I mentioned to you in person, there were several musicians in the audience, so their praises were the proverbial "icing on the cake"! Your selections, your stage presence, and beautiful playing (and singing) were truly a three-hour treat!

I also wanted to again thank you for allowing me the opportunity to play my surprise "Funny Valentine" sax solo. You were correct when you said Kelly appreciated that "more than I would know". She has already mentioned it several times since! It showed off your flexibility which was evident with the cake-cutting, toasts, and other usual reception activities. You were truly the perfect band for us.

Please feel free to give my name and number to anyone seeking a band for any occasion, but especially a wedding reception. Your musical appeal to all ages is a forte'. Why anyone would hire a 'disc jockey' when you are available, is beyond me. Thank you again for the entire experience before and during the performance.


Bill Cartus

Hello SJO,

My husband, Andy Woodman and I, Meridith (Keller) Woodman had the pleasure to see the SJO again this past Saturday at our friends wedding -Bryan & Shelley Weinlein! ... We were married on April 10, 1999 and you all played at our reception at Callanwolde! The most magical night of our lives!!

It was wonderful to see you all again and dance our song - "Fly Me to the Moon"!! Bryan was a groomsman in our wedding and he loved you guys so much that he wanted you to play at his wedding! It brought back such truly beautiful and happy memories for us to dance to your beautiful music - special thanks to Steve for wishing us a happy 3 year anniversary and dedicating our song to us!

You all helped to make our wedding day truly magical and the most blessed day of our lives! We would love to see the SJO again soon and dance to that gorgeous music! Please put us on your email distribution and let us know when you will be playing next. We know that you used to play once a month - are you still doing this?

Stay well and thanks truly for the wonderful and cherished memories - this past Saturday too!

Meridith & Andy Woodman

Here's a representative list of some of our past clients:


Langdale Theater, Valley, AL
The Atlanta Ballet Ball
Hyatt Regency NewYear's Eve
American Legion, GA Post #1
Capitol City Club Centennial Ball
Ted Turner's 50th Birthday Ball
Sky Valley Ski Resort
Georgia Hotel and Travel Association
Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
Boy's Clubs of America, (Atlanta)
Knights of Columbus
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church
Atlanta Jewish Community Center
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
High Hampton Inn (NC)
Cashier's Country Club (NC)
Birmingham Country Club (AL)
Lake Arrowhead Country Club
The Swordsmen's Ball
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Atlanta Boys Club Annual Awards
St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary Ball
Fanny Moon's (Underground Atlanta)
Druid Hills Country Club
Ruby Red's Warehouse
Rivermont Country Club
City of Decatur, GA
City of Rome, GA
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Hinman Dental Society
St. Thomas Aquinas Holly Ball
SIDS Institute Benefit
North Cobb Arts Alliance
Christ The King Cathedral Benefit
AmTech, Inc. Annual Convention
Atlanta Chapter, Sweet Adelines
Clayton County Cancer Society
Washington & Lee U. Alumnae Assn.
Concert Association of Newton Cty.
Columbus Symphony

Cumming Playhouse

Rockdale Auditorium

Rome Airfield
Lawrenceville Road UMC

International Assoc. Electrical Engineers

American Association of Rheumatoligists

Georgia Aquarium

Griffin Auditorium

Atlanta's Fox Theater, 75th Anniversary
Jimmy Carter Nobel Tribute Concert
Georgia Tech Swing Dance Assn.
Country Club of the South
GA Neurofibromatosis Foundation
Gainesville Rotary Club
Gwinett Ballet Benefit
American Women in Radio and TV
City of Newnan, GA
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
Isle of Palms Wild Dunes Country Club (SC)
Society of Logistics Engineers
North Cobb Arts Alliance
Concert Assoc. of Newton County
Decatur Rotary Club
Colony Square New Year's Eve 2004
AIWF 10th Anniversary Ball
Atlanta Journal & Constitution
WXIA-TV Christmas Party
The Standard Club
Strohs Rose Competition
Epps Air Service
Peachtree Raquet Club
Holiday Inn Buckhead
Athens Botanical Gardens
S. Georgia College 2nd Century Gala
Chattahoochee Country Club
Roswell Historical Society
Atlanta Athletic Club
Eastlake Country Club
Delta Airlines Pilot's Banquet
Chateau Elan Concert Series
American College of Surgeons
Ahavath Achim Synagogue
Osborne Travel Company
Atlanta Humane Association
Columbus Ironworks & Conv. Ctr.
The Skall Club

Woodward Cathedral

Griffin Auditorium
Rearden Theatre of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee

Harold Byrd Post

Bogle Farms - Greenville

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Athens Country Club

Child-Kind/Fox Theatre

United States Marine Corp League #952

...and hundreds more!
Your name too, can appear on this list!

Just call Rick Tardif ( 770-713-4058 )