Happy 30th Anniversary Windy City Hitman DJs

On this date, April 15, 1989, the Windy City Hitman DJs performed at their very first event ever. Tom & Chris De Taeye’s Wedding Reception at Gallaghers in Mt. Prospect. Happy Anniversary to Tom & Chris (my sister) on 30 wonderful years together and two amazing kids!
Thank you for taking the chance on an inexperienced, unproven but excited rookie DJ. Great memories and terrific time for all. Spun using the classic 45 records on dual turntables and featured an extremely tacky banner. The rest is 30 years of history and fun.


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It’s March and time for Top Irish Tunes

It’s March with St. Patrick’s Day upon us – Many have asked for a list of our all-time greatest Irish Tunes – After all everyone is Irish one day a year!
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1963 NCAA Basketball Championship – Loyola vs Cincinnati

A Classic – 55 years ago – 1963 NCAA Basketball Championship –
Loyola 60, Cincinnati 58 (OT)
March 23, 1963
Freedom Hall, Louisville , KY
WCFL Radio – Red Rush
AP: #3 Loyola Ramblers (28-2) – Head Coach: George Ireland vs
AP: #1 Cincinnati Bearcats (26-1) & 2 Time Defending National Champions 1961, 1962 – Head Coach: Ed Jucker
Referees: Bill Bussenius & Alex George
Attendance: 19,153

1963 NCAA Championship from Gary Templin on Vimeo.

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Top Valentine’s Day Tunes

Here are 20 of our favorite Valentine Day’s songs straight from our collection. Our choices are based not just upon being good love songs but tunes that could relate well to the theme of Valentine’s Day. The choices are limitless:

“My Funny Valentine” – Ella Fitzgerald
“Cupid” – Sam Cooke
“Valentine” – Matrina McBride
“Be My Valentine” – George Winston
“Among My Souvenirs” – Connie Francis
“You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins
“Arrow Thru Your Heart” – Lou Gramm
“Roses Are Red My Love” – Bobby Vinton
“Expressway to Your Heart” – Soul Survivors
“Let Me Call You Sweetheart” – Lawrence Welk
“Only Love Can Break a Heart” – Gene Pitney
“Put A Little Love in Your Heart” – Annie Lennox & Al Green
“Valentine’s Day” – Paul McCartney
“You’re in My Heart” – Rod Stewart
“Happy Valentine’s Day” – Outkast
“How Deep is Your Love” – Bee Gees
“I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder
“My Heart Belongs Only to You” – Bobby Vinton
“Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden
“Love” – Nat King Cole

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Saturday at The Grove – It was The 4th of July


It was Saturday in the Park and it was actually the 4th of July for the Thomas & Amie (Conway) Gebavi ceremony & reception outside at The Grove (http://www.glenviewparks.org/facilities-parks/the-grove/) in Glenview. Relatives and friends witnessed their ceremony as well as actively participated in the celebration by dancing the night away to a variety of tunes. Appropriately The introduction song was “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago and by their choice we concluded the festivities with the same. The entire evening was filled with excitement on the dance floor whether to Oldies, fun Current Top 40, Disco or Romantic. In addition Thomas & Amie requested significant sets of Classic Rock, Country and Irish Jigs (http://www.windycityhitman.com/220/irish-tunes/) to be played which drew great dance action in the dance area of the pavilion. They even informed us of their favorite artists; Van Morrison, Queen, The Doors and Thin Lizzy which we played in abundance. Check out the dance videos and action photos with all the smiles. During both cocktail and dinner hours we put on 4th of July Tunes from our Patriotic Collection (http://www.windycityhitman.com/630/patriotic/). The Uplighting & Dancing Under The Stars helped made the Pavilion pop. Best wishes to Thomas & Amie and thanks for having us MC/DJ your wedding.



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Yelp Review – Testimonial

IMG_1717Thanks to Brad & Jackie (Houriet) Gillaspie for this wonderful unsolicited Yelp Review, who had us at their reception on June 20, 2015, at The Lehmann Mansion.

“I wish I knew where to begin with this AMAZING DJ company… To say that I was impressed is an understatement. My husband and I chose to use them for our wedding because they came highly recommended by my dad, who knows Gary Templin personally. About 8 months out from our wedding we booked our date and Gary had us over to his home (which is where his office is, which was awesome because it felt so personal) and talked with us about what we wanted and what we didn’t want. He took EXTENSIVE notes, which impressed me, and then he showed us what each of the different packages he offered would include–lights and all right there in his office! Gary was extremely thorough, and that is something I appreciate in a wedding vendor.

All of the music planning is done online after the initial meeting with Gary, which is awesome. You can make a must play list, a maybe play list, and a do not play list, so if you HATE the chicken dance like me, you can make sure it’s not played! You can also add in games if you want! You also choose songs for your entrance and your garter and bouquet toss, and put literally all the information you could think of online, and Gary gets the forms. It was so cool!

The week of our wedding Gary called me to go over everything and I was once again impressed by his thoroughness. He had all of my info, went over every detail, asked questions (including how to pronounce each bridesmaid’s and groomsman’s names, and that was that! I felt so at peace and for once felt like someone had everything under control–probably for the first time in the entire wedding planning process!

The day of our wedding (June 20 of this year) was the next time I saw Gary and it was when we were being announced into our reception which went off like a hitch as did our first dances.

Dinner music was Bing Crosby/Frank Sinatra style which people told me they loved, and I was impressed by how well the music could be heard all over the reception space! The Windy City Hitman’s sound system truly is incredible. Throughout the night Gary would come check in with me to make sure I was happy, which I really appreciated.

Next came the dancing, and I was SO EXCITED to see what Gary could do. The company’s whole motto is that they can read and pack the dance floor, and keep it packed with all ages, and that is EXACTLY what they did. I was BLOWN away. The first song he played was “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, and I expected it to just be the bridal party, but it felt like the whole room converged on the dance floor! And that lasted ALL NIGHT. The dance floor was jam packed, even our grandmas were out there dancing to songs like “Gold Digger” by Kanye West! I was totally impressed. One of my favorite moments was when Gary played “Chelsea Dagger” since the Hawks won the Cup this year, and the dance floor was so packed, EVERYONE was singing/screaming along, and it felt like Gary had just surrounded me with everyone I loved the whole time we danced.

I am truly impressed by the amazing job done by Gary of the Windy City Hitman, and I HIGHLY recommend them for weddings, or even a bar or bat mitzvah. I had people coming up to me saying that it was the BEST wedding reception they had ever been to, and they had never seen a dance floor so packed. Chicago/Wisconsin/Indiana weddings, PLEASE use The Windy City Hitman as your DJ, I promise you will not be disappointed!!!”

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Surprise 90th Birthday Salute to Elmo


Hey a Surprise 90th Birthday Party! It was an honor to be the entertainment for Elmo Gonzalez’s Birthday celebration on June 27 in Arlington Heights in the backyard of his daughter’s home. Only four blocks from our office. Loved the location. It was great weather and turnout for the festivities. The surprise song was “La Bamba” by Richie Valens. Elmo was really surprised. I immediately then put on the Big Band/Swing Tunes (http://www.windycityhitman.com/794/big-band/) from the 1940s’ when he was in the Navy in the Pacific. Elmo served on the Aircraft Carrier Bunker Hill and was at The Battle of Okinawa. He especially enjoyed The Navy Hymn “Anchors Aweigh” and gave a salute. I enjoyed playing summer themed songs, latin favorites and oldies. The line dances were especially popular for family and friends. “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington, Jr. was played as a special song for Elmo and his wife. “That’s What Friends are For” was played as it was one of Elmo’s theme songs while running as the two time Major of La Porte, Indiana. The kids just loved the Hula Hoop (http://www.windycityhitman.com/228/hula-hoops/), Twist (http://www.windycityhitman.com/232/twist/) and Limbo (http://www.windycityhitman.com/228/hula-hoops/) contests. Great food and fun for all ages. Holly thanks for contacting me. I had a blast. Check out all of the action photos and videos.


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Jackie & Brad Become One in Christ

It was truly a great joy to be with Brad & Jackie (Houriet) Gillaspie for the celebration of their marriage on June 20. Relatives and friends gathered in a festive mood at the Historic Lehmann Mansion (www.lehmannmansion.com) in Lake Villa under a tent. Even more special for a wedding of two Christians, like Brad & Jackie, who love the Lord, in which their marriage is a portrait of Christ’s Love for His Church.

This reception had the dance floor packed the entire evening! No matter what I spun from Jackie & Brad’s list or a song I filled in with, the guests were out there dancing the night away be it Current Top 40, Classic Rock, Disco, Funk, Motown, Oldies, Romantic, Big Band or Country – everything worked! Not one song failed. Two big keys; my clients knew their crowd and I played “Sets of Music” to keep the momentum going. Check out “The 4 Keys to Keeping The Dance Floor Packed” (http://www.windycityhitman.com/downloads/how_to_keep_the_dance_floor.pdf)
Jackie & Brad planned with me that the special dances would occur after they had cut their wedding cake to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor but before dinner. We personalized the order so that at first Brad would dance with his mom to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, Jackie would then dance with her father to “Just the Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra after which I would mix directly into “Jump Around” by House of Pain (her dad’s favorite, especially at Green Bay Packer games) which created quite a contrast and thrill with the entire bridal party quickly joining in on the fun which set the tone of excitement for the rest of the night. Check out the video on this one. Once things had calmed down Jackie & Brad soloed together for the 1st time as newly weds to “Never Stop” by Safetysuit.

After dinner it was nonstop fun on the dance floor. Check out all the action photos and videos. It was a pleasure to work with Bauer Catering (http://www.bauerscatering.com) who prepared the delicious meal. The table floral decorations were especially beautifully designed by Petal Peddlers (www.petalpeddlersinc.net). Great to see all the Trinity grads in attendance. Thanks for having had me as your MC/DJ on your big day. Jackie & Brad best wishes in your life together in Christ.

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8th Grade Graduation Fun

St. Peter’s Luthern Chuch Fellowship Hall in Arlington Heights was the appropriate venue for an Eight Grade Graduation Party for students from St. Peter Luthern School. Adults and kids were in attendance. DJ Brain played the music for dancing, games and activities on June 14. The 8th graders enjoyed making many music requests. A special bonus was having Karaoke where individual students as well groups of students preformed by singing some of their favorite tunes. Special thanks goes out to Missy Morris for hosting the party and inviting us to DJ the event. Best wishes to the Class of 2015.


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Cancer Survivor Birthday Theme

It is always so wonderful to be with Kim Jensen and the committee from Northwest Community Hospital for their annual Cancer Survivor Celebration at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. On June 14 I had the privilege to provide the music for this years “Birthday Party” theme. We played the annual fun time favorite activity of name that artist to songs about Birthday, Party or Celebration. Many participated in the best birthday hat contest. I put on the dog songs when the therapy dogs made their annual appearance, the kids just loved the dogs. Raffles, drawings, great prizes and delicious food filled the time and the colorfully decorated room. A fun time for all. Check out the colorful photos. Thanks again for having had me again this year.


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