The Party Faithful
Live music is the heartbeat of any party - it sets the rhythm of the evening and the flow of conversation, creates memories out of great songs, and jump-starts the celebration with ecstatic dancing. Well-known in Chicago and beyond for its infectious grooves and distinctive performances, the Party Faithful is a 10-to 12-piece ensemble built to exceed even these high expectations. Since its inception in 2006, the band has garnered rave reviews for its fresh and energetic style, world-class musicianship, impressive versatility, and high quality customer service.
Playing all types of events, the Party Faithful features three versatile and dynamic vocalists and is propelled by two sizzling horns, an unstoppable rhythm section made up of guitar, keys, bass, and drums, and a distinctive electric violin. In addition to the traditional add-ons for a band of this class (horns/vocalists), this band is ahead of the curve in offering a DJ as an additional instrument, bringing electronic beats and percussion, samples, and authentic scratching to current and classic songs, alike. Together, this all-star ensemble rides a tidal wave of rock and rhythm, creates a dazzling stage show in the process, and entices each audience with a musical energy unique to Great Life Music productions.
Customization is a cornerstone of every Party Faithful performance, and bandleaders Colby Beserra and Brian Schwab, work closely with each client to create a unique song list and performance concept that results in a one-of-a-kind show that keeps the dance floor full. The Party Faithful has performed in major cities across the country and is quickly gaining a national reputation as a top Chicago band in a city known around the world as home to some of the best musicians and live music, anywhere. Email us to check availability and plan your one-of-a-kind event with the Party Faithful.
November 2, 2013 - Podolsky / Tarantur Wedding
Last night was incredible.
Our guests were absolutely enamored with you and your band -- and for good reason. You guys killed it. Your acoustic set during dinner was awesome and your DJ ended the evening how we had envisioned.
Natalie specifically wanted me to thank you for playing Emeli Sande.
Thanks for taking our night to a whole other level! We can't wait to see you at another wedding soon.
— Adam (Groom)
August 17. 2013 - Rogna / McNicholas Wedding
My goodness what an evening and only the Bride out-shined your group!!!
Dozens of people said the best band they had ever heard and enjoyed in many, many ways.
Thanks for being part of the event and the planning and the spectacular performance.
Regards and be well,
— Larry and Cindy Rogna (Parents of the Bride)
August 17. 2013 - Rogna / McNicholas Wedding
Colby, thank you SO much for such a stellar performance this weekend! You and your band are absolutely phenomenal. Throughout the night guests kept coming up to us in disbelief that you guys could be THAT good at EVERY song. I kept hearing that people swore a recording was playing and then they would look up to the stage in awe. Since Saturday people have kept saying that you are the best band they have ever heard at such a party...MUCH more than a wedding band...when is the CD coming out?...where did we find them?...ETC.
I just had to share this with you immediately because truly...you were perfect. The song selection, timing, and flow could not have been better. Thank you for making the party so fabulous.
— Angela and Christopher (Bride and Groom)
July 6, 2013 - Morrissey / Hansen Wedding
Jake and I want to thank you so much for an amazing night of music!!! We had the absolute best time at our wedding and we cannot stop smiling or talking about the music and the dancing. Our first dance to "The Luckiest" took my breath away. Jake could barely hold it together and I had tears streaming down my face. We are both so thankful and are blown away by how well you sang that song for us. What a special moment for us! Thank you!
Hopefully there will be more Morrissey weddings soon so you guys can come back to LaCrosse!
All our best,
— Katie & Jake (Bride and Groom)
May 25, 2013 - Crane / Marsh Wedding
Thank you again...the band was beyond amazing :)
— Deborah Brody (Mother of the Bride)
May 25, 2013 - Crane / Marsh Wedding
Words cannot even begin to express how amazing you and your band were Saturday night. Our guests (and Jordan and I) just cannot get over how incredibly talented, fun, and energetic you all were. You truly made our wedding a giant, FUN success, and we can't thank you enough!!!!
— Steph and Jordan Marsh (Bride and Groom)
May 16, 2013 - Glenbrook South HS Prom
Thank you again for helping to make our Prom amazing. One of my students came up to me and said that she was sitting with all the music kids and they were talking about how the acoustic guitar guy was amazing. So you certainly entertained the crowd!
— Julie Smith
April 13, 2013 - McCarthy / Moster Wedding
Mike and I are at the airport about to leave on our honeymoon, but just wanted to take a minute and say thank you to everyone. Saturday night was truly the best night of our lives and we really appreciate the part that each of you (and your teams) played in making the night so special. We have heard nothing but superlatives from our guests....best food, best wine, best band, best flowers, best place cards, coolest concepts, most elegant, etc.
— Danielle & Mike (Bride and Groom)
November 17, 2012 - Serour / Levitt Wedding
Dear Colby & the Great Life Team-
Thank you for EVERYTHING you did for our wedding. Your band and ceremony trio were absolutely amazing. We could not have asked for a better night. Everyone was on the dance floor the entire time, including young and old, and our friends, through the late night DJ. We had a fantastic time. I know Cory could not have been more pleased with how his performance with the band was done. He had the time of his life. We just received the video back and have watched his "concert" numerous times. It was a moment we will always remember. Thank you for putting up with all of our requests. We know we are specific and detail-oriented people and it didn't seem to bother you. Planning from a distance isn't always easy, but through a couple phone calls and one meeting, you were able to make a great party and understood what we wanted. I knew Great Life Music would be an amazing band for a wedding, but it truly was above and beyond amazing. You are experts in the work that you do and it shows. Please refer any clients to us for a recommendation. I would be thrilled to give one.
Have a great holiday and happy New Year,
— Deborah & Cory Levitt, Rachel & Albert Serour
October 13, 2012 - Berg / Connor Wedding
Howard and I want to thank you for a magical evening of music and dancing. You helped to make Rachel and Brian's dream wedding come true. Many people commented that your band is the best they have heard. Some things in life meet your expectations and some disappoint , but your performance exceeded all expectations.
— Debra Cantor (Mother of the Bride)
October 12, 2012 - Driscoll / Trolley Wedding
We had the absolute BEST time and you MADE our day! So many people have raved about how great you were. It's amazing how you guys did How It Feels To Fly or your version of I'm Ready. And everyone loved the Hall and Oates, AC/DC, and my favorite songs Firework, Good Life, and Edge of Glory. You are the absolute best. We might remarry some day just so that we can call you again :)
Thanks so much,
— Megan (Bride)
September 29, 2012 - Macrini / Forrester Wedding
Thank you again for making Nikki and Brian's wedding such a party! You are quite a talented guy and it's no wonder that so may people sing your praises. Professionally you have a great attitue and I hope to work with you again soon!
All the best,
— Joella Beranek, Simply Perfect by Melissa (Event Coordinator)
September 29, 2012 - Macrini / Forrester Wedding
Really just wanted to write and tell you what an incredible time we had at the wedding last weekend and what an invaluable role you played in it. Not only was it great to plan with you for the big day, but you and your band just KILLED IT!! Everyone we've spoken to has asked us about you guys and Brian's coworkers are stopping him in the hallways at school telling him that the band was the best they've seen. Brian even got approached by the head of the prom committee saying that there's so much buzz about the band at our wedding that they were wondering if you guys do proms. Not that I am in anyway asking you to play their prom, it's just an example of how much everyone has been talking about the music! We are so thankful for your energy, your skillful emceeing, and all the little details and song selections that you played just for us. We loved every minute of it and are still basking in the fun and joy from last Saturday night... we could not be happier!
If you need a reference for future weddings or would like us to write you an amazing review on yelp or any other site, just let us know.
Seriously, we thank you so much from the bottom of our little married hearts.
— Nikki and Brian (Bride and Groom)
September 4, 2012 - Brown Wedding
Thank you all for being a part of our special day! All our dreams came true last night! It was beyond anything we expected! All of you are very special people. Its people like you that make this world a better place! With much gratitude and appreciation, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you! It was the best night of our lives!
— Kristy and Anthony Brown (Bride and Groom)
September 1, 2012 - Weingart / Haxton Wedding
People are still talking about the band -- the R & B sets, the bluegrass interlude, the Cover Girls (most people had never seen anything like them before) -- not to mention the ceremony music. You were a very important part of a very important evening and we couldn't have been more pleased with how things turned out.
— Arne Weingart (Father of the Bride)
August 31, 2012 - Pugliese / Konig Wedding
We are back from the honeymoon and behalf of Dana and I, we’d like to sincerely thank you for helping make the wedding an amazing party! We were so excited to have you guys perform and saying that you exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. I can’t count the number of people that raved about your band’s performance; it truly made the night a memorable one for everyone… hopefully the dancing crowd made for an entertaining night for you as well. If you need anything as far as references; we’d be more than happy to help. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon performing.
— Cole and Dana (Groom and Bride)
August 18, 2012 - Palmer / Kates Wedding
Hi Colby- We wanted to tell you how fantastic your band was at the wedding. You made the evening with everyone dancing all night. So many friends and family have asked for your name so you may get calls! We appreciate all your time and attention to details to make the evening such a success. Thank you to you and your band members.
— Dorinne and Alan Palmer (Parents of the Bride)
August 12, 2012 - Popowcer / Compton Wedding
We cannot tell you how extremely happy we were with the music at our wedding. You really helped create an awesome vibe at the party, and we heard from several guests that we had the most amazing band ever. Everything was perfect...... but Loving Cup and Do You Realize both gave me chills.
Seriously amazing night, and we owe a lot of that to you!
— Marni and Scotty (Bride and Groom)
August 11, 2012 - Goodner / Daniels Wedding
SO great to work with you Colby!
All our love and great thanks for making our event an AMAZING night!
Special thanks for learning our favorites- which we know are not easy- Tanlines!!!!
— Aly (Bride)
June 9, 2012 - Kliegerman Wedding
Dear Colby and The Party Faithful,
Kyle and I cannot thank you enough for playing at our wedding on June 9th. We have gotten so many rave reviews from our guests about the band and we couldn't agree more. No one wantedto leave the dance floor because we were rock so hard. All Kyle and I wanted out of the night was a kickass party and you delivered. We will be recommending you to anyone needing a band in Chicago.
— Kyle & Lisa Kliegerman (Groom and Bride)
May 27, 2012 - Lane / Reed Wedding
You and your band were just amazing at Matt and Megan's wedding. All the care you took with the playlist, set up and recruiting the musicians certainly showed. You put on an outstanding show with a great sound. So many moments stand out but the favorites were the daddy daughter dance and you and Matt together on stage. Please tell Jennifer and others you worked with how much we enjoyed it and appreciate your incredible talent.
— Claudia and Morton Lane (Parents of the Bride)
May 26, 2012 - Schwanke / Bukstein Wedding
What a wedding! Thank you so much for setting the musical mood for a wedding to remember. From the lovely classical pre service to the rocking dance numbers, your musicians set the tone. Our guests raved about the music!
We wanted you to know how much we apprecieated the care, energy, and talent that went into your performance. You guys never took a break, and everyone had a wonderful joyous evening. Thank you for helping Beth and Eric have a wedding they will always remember!
— Scott and Jan Schwanke (Parents of the Bride)
May 19, 2012 - Brennan / Simmons Wedding
You guys are awesome!
We did not want the night to end!! Send us your schedule in Chicago!! Thanks so much!
— The Brennans (Parents of the Bride)
December 31, 2011 - Schneider / Hipp Wedding
Thank you once again for making Rachel and Adam's New Year's Eve wedding so spectacular!
We can't tell you how many times our guests said, "What a fantastic/awesome/amazing/unbelievable [choose your adjective] band!" Everyone was blown away by the band's musicianship, repertoire, and energy.
The hora was one of the most fun horas we've ever done. As you promised, you played much more than just Hava Nagila, and the energy and celebration kept ramping up. Many of Rachel and Adam's friends had never seen the hora before. After participating that night, a bunch of their Catholic friends said they wanted to dance the hora at their weddings!
We also really appreciate your willingness to let Talia sing "the first dance" with the band. What an added bonus that you then invited her to sing again later in the evening! It was so special for all of us to hear her; and her participation added to the warm and personal atmosphere of the event. Plus, she had such a blast.
Your New Year's Eve countdown was perfect. And what better way to begin the New Year than with the incredible Ain't No Mountain High Enough?
Colby, we could not have been happier with your emceeing and the band's (and your) performance throughout the night. Thank you so very much.
— Linda and Jim (Parents of the Bride)
December 31, 2011 - Schneider / Hipp Wedding
Hi Colby (still hard not to call you Mr. Beserra even though it was years ago you were my teacher!),
I just wanted to send you a quick not saying thank you once again for the amazing night! I'm sorry this is so belated. Life after the wedding was crazy getting ready for our trip and then time melted away as we started traveling, but never-the-less, the wedding was the best night of our lives so far and it was in a large part to your amazing band and leadership! I've never seen so many people dancing and having so much fun; for a second I was worried we didn't have a large enough dance floor. So thank you very much for everything and I hope we can catch up and grab lunch or something when I get back.
— Rachel (Bride)
October 29, 2011 - Snyder / Spencer Wedding - The Drake Hotel
The music you created at the wedding on October 29th was exceptional!!! It was amazing to see everyone on the dance floor from the 87yr old Grandmother to the 6 year old nephew! You played for all ages. I was so happy we did the 15min. set at the very beginning because I think it set the mood for the entire night! So many people commented on that little touch which was your suggestion. Your acoustical arrangements are very memorable ....There were times I felt we could be at a concert! You never took a break as a whole! That definitely kept the energy at a high level. Christine Stone could not have given us a better suggestion for a band ! We took her word and you were a huge success! Please thank everyone that played that night. The wedding dinner and dancing music were a huge success. So many people have asked for your information...I only hope I am at a wedding soon where I can sit back and enjoy every set of The Party Faithful. This wedding was the only time I will be mother-of-the-bride! Thank-you again for the music of the night....possibly of the year!
— Mary Snyder (Mother of the Bride)
October 15, 2011 - Misrac / Riskin Wedding - The Ivy Room
We just wanted to thank you (and the rest of the group) again for making our wedding such a memorable night. The only topic of conversation at our Sunday brunch was the band- how good they were and how much fun everyone had. The Astral Weeks during dinner is a really special memory for me and Amanda. Please let us know if you would like to us to write up a review anywhere, we really appreciated working with you guys throughout the process.
— Jon and Amanda (Groom and Bride)
October 8, 2011 - Bannos / Eisel Wedding
You guys were beyond fantastic. Everyone had such a blast. You really delivered the full dance floor! And I'm so happy with the ceremony music and your guidance picking that. Loved it.
— Stephanie and John (Bride and Groom)
October 1, 2011 - Crane / McMillan Wedding, Ritz-Carlton
You were instrumental in making Kate and Patrick's wedding fabulous at the Ritz-Carlton on Saturday. You and the band played your hearts out! We loved the trio during cocktails as well as the beautiful music played during the dinner courses. You got the young and the old on the dance floor. Music plays a key role in the success of a party. I will say that you nailed it Colby, it was perfect from start to finish. Thank you so much.
— Kathy and Guy (Parents of the Bride)
June 25, 2011 - Rosenbloom / Ellis Wedding
I wanted to thank you and your band for performing at our wedding Saturday. I thought you guys did an amazing job and personally could not have been more pleased. I received a ton of great feedback about you and the band and was very impressed with your performance and professionalism. Thanks again, you guys played an important part making the day very special for me!
— Tom Ellis (Groom)
May 29, 2011 - Arbus / Cohen Wedding
I can't even begin to describe the feelings of my daughter's wedding. We're still on a little high. There are not enough superlatives for Colby and the band. Very few of my guests (including my wife and me) had ever even heard of Colby, let alone heard the band. I can't count the number of our guests who told me that this was about the best band they ever heard. In fact, a couple of our friends are hosting weddings later this summer and said they wished they had booked Colby. My only disappointment was that I could not be in the audience while you played as the guests entered the ballroom. I would have loved to hear what music was played. I literally could go on and on but I will end this with 3 things. My daughter had a few somewhat unusual requests for aisle walking music (some bandleaders probably would have asked her to change her mind) and Colby not only encouraged her to go with her choices but he made them work. He also kept the party building to a crescendo with the order of the music. And most important, not only did we extend the party, but at the end at 1 a.m., there was still a crowded dance floor.
I could not have asked for more.
Best regards to you, Colby and the band members. I only hope we have the chance to use you again!
— Lee A. Arbus (Father of the Bride)
May 29, 2011 - Arbus / Cohen Wedding
Just wanted to send you a quick note to say THANKS!!!!
You guys rocked our party last night - we had a fantastic time, and the fact that the dance floor was full all night was proof that our guests did, too!
We also got tons of complements on the ceremony music - I was so pleased with how everything turned out, especially Brown Eyed Girl, as I walked down the aisle :)
THANK YOU to you and your band for a great night!!!
— Randi & Jared (Bride and Groom)
April 9, 2011 - Katz / Loevy Wedding
A little note to say thanks for helping to make this evening so special.
You are the best!
— Paul & Betsy Katz (Parents of the Bride)
April 1, 2011 - Yelp Review
Colby Beserra and the Party Faithful (Great Life Music) are incredible. They had our dance floor packed from the moment the wedding began until the wee hours of the night. The entire night our guests were coming up to us telling us how amazing our band was. And people are still complimenting us today. As an added bonus, Colby is the nicest, most patient and accommodating band leader out there. He took the time to customize a package for us that suited our needs and saved us money without anyone noticing where we cut costs. ABSOLUTELY A FIVE-STAR FIND. We can't thank them enough for helping make our wedding so memorable. You will not be disappointed.
— Eliane R.
March 27, 2011 - Plotkin / Sax Wedding
So things have settled down here and I wanted to thank you so much for all the planning leading up the wedding, and of course our wedding day! People keep talking about how wonderful you guys were and all my brothers and sisters and friends yelled at me for not warning them about the recorded speech down the aisle. It really played out perfectly, and I could not have been happier. As I'm sure you noticed, quite a crowd was dancing all night long and I want to thank you for keeping people on the dance floor. We had a blast! Even the music during dinner was incredible- guests loved watching you sing with your guitar.
I'm sure you're busy with other weddings so I'll let you go.. just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the band's talent.
— Amanda Sax (Bride)
March 27, 2011 - Plotkin / Sax Wedding
Colby, I have to thank you for such a great night. Everyone I talked to asked who the band was. They loved you. It was like you and your guys (girls) were just in your zone jamming and we happened to be there. The music was so awesome and your singing was amazing. At one point you sang a song and the groom Adam started crying and couldn't stop. He was touched by the song and thought of his groomsmen that had passed away a few months back. Amanda and Adam were so happy that night with you and everything that was going on. They were over whelmed and so thankful that this party was for them. My son in-law Adam just kept hugging me and thanking me for such a fabulous night, he couldn't believe this was for them. He had never been to a wedding like this before, and the ones he was at were with a DJ and buffet. He didn't know how I plan weddings. (My 5th child married) Amanda and I kept everyone in the dark. Adam loved the little surprises you had for him. The sunglasses at night song is one he and his friends always plays at party's. Another one of his favorites was Footloose. Amanda and Adam had a blast at their wedding because of you and your Great Life Music band, The Party Faithful.
I also have to thank you for your patience and expertise in making that recording for Amanda to give to Adam. When I came up with this idea Amanda was so excited to do this and we got very emotional about it. She didn't think you would do it, but you did and it came out 10 X better then we thought. Her and I were blown away when we first heard it. It stopped us in our tracks and we were touched by it and cried for the first few minutes we heard it. The sound was perfect. We didn't expect that the reaction from the guests and bridal party to be so intense. We like that element of surprise. The recording had everyone crying both male and female. It was unique and one of a kind. Can't wait for the video and pictures.
Thank you again for making the wedding a memorable one for Amanda and Adam, and for doing such a wonderful job making us one very happy customer. I'm so glad we met you and had this chance to work together.
Sincerely and with love,
— Abby Hirsh (Mother of the Bride)
March 7, 2011 - Charity Gala
THANK YOU, THANK YOU,THANK YOU!
Thank you everyone for your support and expertise helping to plan for and during the evening of the 2011 Charity Gala. My understanding is that this year's event was one of the most successful in terms of head count and fundraising to date!!
It was a pleasure working with all of you. I hope to have the opportunity to work together again soon.
Again, many thanks for all your hard work.
— Jean DeFrancesco
December 31, 2010 - Rosenfeld / Farrell Wedding
Everyone has raved about you guys. You did an awesome job and many friends have told us you are the best wedding band they have ever seen. We really appreciate the effort and your talents.
Have a great year.
— Chris and Tracy (Groom and Bride)
December 11, 2010 Four Seasons - Friedlen / Zaslavsky Wedding
Dear Colby & The Party Faithful,
We wanted to extend our gratitude for your phenomenal performance at
our wedding. You exceeded all of our expectations in every way -
highlighted memories include the violin show, the acoustic dinner jam
session, and of course a rocked out "Frankenstein" entrance. Although
we had a "party people" crowd - it was you guys who kept the dance
floor packed all night long. Thank you for learning so many songs
that are so special to us. We have received RAVE reviews from our
guests - you guys were certainly the focus of the sunday morning
brunch banter. We are so looking forward to seeing the video!
— Lisa & Marc Zaslavsky (Bride & Groom)
Nov 6, 2010 - Balter / Malk Wedding
Now that things are somewhat settling down, I want to drop you a note to say a HUGE THANK YOU for being part of our wedding. We had such a great time and my #1 goal was achieved – dance floor filled all night long. I can’t even tell you the number of compliments we received on the band – everyone thought you were phenomenal!! I am dying to see the video and relive the night.
Thanks again and I will be sure to pass along your info to all my future bride friends.
— Stephanie & Craig (Bride and Groom)
October 30, 2010 - Heller / Teplinsky Wedding
Colby, Brian, and the rest of the team:
I've been meaning to write this letter since the wedding ended. I'm sure you get these all the time, but Stacey and I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. When we started planning the wedding a year ago we both decided that there were really 3 ingredients to make the perfect wedding: The alcohol package, The music, and The People. After I met Colby for the first time, there was no doubt in my mind that you guys were going to fill the music void. As a life long musician and a professionally trained vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, my only job was to find the wedding band. Trust me when I tell you we talked to several bands and you guys beat all of the "usual" competition by a long shot.
Your biggest differentiation from the rest of the usual Chicago wedding bands is that you guys are not a wedding band. Weird, right? Let me explain. You guys are so different than the cliche wedding band. When I describe you guys to my friends and family I tell them that you are all professional musicians with several projects and that weddings happens to be one of the many things in the large portfolio. I think it helps keep you guys fresh and relevant.
Your passion for music and performing comes through clearly in every song. Our dance floor was packed the entire night. Again, probably something that you are very used to. My parents, Stacey's parents, Stacey, and I are still receiving phone calls from all sorts of people inquiring about great life music. Hopefully you will receive a lot of business from our wedding. I will absolutely be doing everything I can to spread the word about you guys.
If there is anything Stacey and I can do to help let me know. Seriously, do not be shy to hit me up for a reference, a quote, an interview... I'd be happy to talk to any prospective clients or give you a quote for any PR pieces that you might be doing.
Thanks again and I look forward to hopefully seeing you play at many of our friends' upcoming weddings. Please keep us posted on any public appearances you'll be making.
— Dave and Stacey Teplinsky (Bride & Groom)
October 9, 2010 - Sheinbaum / Dworkin Wedding
Amazing. Outstanding. Incredible. Inspiring. Perfect.
And that was just during soup.
Seriously, thank you. You and your crew made the wedding ours. The way you and Brian projected our thoughts and tastes and energy during the ceremony AND reception was a revelation. The band was on fi-yah, and EVERYBODY said so -- no -- gushed so! The wedding was a symphony of joy, and you conducted it with such skill, poise, passion and honesty. On top of it, your resilience and strength (vocally and personally) was a biblically-proportioned testament to your dedication, talent and professionalism.
Did I mention, THANK YOU!!!!?
— Keith Dworkin (Groom)
September 25, 2010 - Saville / Collins Wedding
A huge thank you for you and Great Life Music. It was a fantastic party and your music made the evening! Many guests inquired about the band and I am pleased to pass along your info.
All the best,
— Connie Saville (Mother of the Bride)