Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some of our recent clients had to say, in their own words.

The Troupers’ performance was absolutely stunning! Not a bad song in their entire repertoire. Great flexibility was shown by Bill in meeting our last minute requests. The Troupers is a perfect choice for any wedding. They have our strongest recommendation. John and Jeanne Harbison My husband and I had the most amazing wedding day that we could have ever dreamed of and I, personally have been dreaming of that day for a LONG time! There were many many different aspects of our special day that made it so perfect but we want to share with you YOUR part in that. To say that you were accommodating, kind, generous, and easy to work with are all understatements! You assured me of your experience and professionalism the first time we spoke five months ago and I never worried for one second after that conversation. You showed up on my wedding day, played the most amazing show I have ever witnessed at any wedding or event, WOWED my guests, forgave me for not fulfilling your small, low-maintenance request for a break room, played my favorite song twice at my request, and made our wedding reception what I always dreamed of and much much more!! Our guests repeatedly told us how great you were and one couple had already found out when you’d be back in our area before the night was even over! We all look forward to being at another performance soon. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your perfect part in our perfect day! Warmly,
Sarah Hill and Matt Waters

October 2012 Bald Head Island
Thank you again for the wonderful gift of a truly rockin’ wedding! We’d be thrilled to offer our best recommendations for your group, should you ever need it. My best, Kristi (Bride) Hi Bill! You told me the first time we talked that we would have a terrific party with The Troupers and you were so right! We LOVED your music! Everyone has been raving about your music and asking how we found you. Even my 86 year old mother can’t stop talking about how much fun she had dancing. THANK YOU so much – you made the reception memorable. Don’t be surprised if some of the bridesmaids contact you for their weddings! Their mothers are already talking about it to me. 🙂 Amanda (Mother of the Bride)

June 2012 Westin Poinsett Hotel, Greenville, SC
Hi Bill, I just wanted to tell you that we had a fabulous time at the reception! Your band was awesome and really kept the party going. Everyone I have talked to has commented on how good you were and how much fun they had. Thanks again for all you did! Gayle and Doug Appleby February 2012 Sheraton Imperial Durham, NC They were AWESOME! so awesome. thank you so much!! the crowd loved them:) Alice P. Cooper, RNC, OGNP Chair, Duke Medical Center Blue Jean Ball Global Women’s Health Fundraising Event www.wncu.org Durham, NC 27707-5116

Dear Bill, Thank you and the Troupers for all you did to make our wedding day magical last month! Ross and I have received dozens of compliments from guests and family about how much fun the reception was – and specifically about what a wonderful band we had chosen. I appreciate the extra efforts you made to consult with me before the wedding to make sure that the tone of the evening would be consistent – sophisticated but high energy. You pulled it off in grand style! Our entrance with the trumpeter and your group to “The Saints Go Marching In” created a sense of fun from the first moment we entered the Old Well Room, and your musicians worked tirelessly to ensure that the guests had a reason to dance song after song. The song list was comprehensive, and allowed me to accommodate my parent’s generation with some wonderful swing and blues melodies while making sure that my friends had plenty of contemporary and classic pop songs to enjoy. I loved being able to join you and one of my friends onstage for a grand version of “Brown Eyed Girl” – I suspect photos of that will make many albums! It was a special treat to have you offer to play an extra 15 minutes so that you could honor my last song request – who knew that we’d still have 80% of the guests on the dance floor that late? You guided our event highlights (first dance, toasts, cake cutting) in an understated and appropriate way, making sure that the band breaks corresponded to natural pauses in the event and were very minimal. As the former Director of Catering at the Carolina Inn and a current Director of Sales at the 5 Star Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, I can say with confidence that recommending bands can be a very important part of the role as event consultant. The music sets the ambiance for a party, and along with decor and food, creates the memories. I would be delighted to recommend you to any bride who wants an elegant event with a full dance floor! I have already suggested you to the planning team at The Carolina Inn as a regular band referral, and would be happy to serve as a reference to any potential customer considering your group. Ross and I are blessed in so many ways with having wonderful friends and family, and I thank you for making sure that we had an amazing evening in which to celebrate with them. Kind Regards,
Michelle Ray Thompson

We could not have been happier with our choice of The Troupers for our daughter’s very special day (Kiawah Island, SC). We are already looking for a reason to have another party so that we can hire them again! All contact with The Troupers prior to the wedding was met with prompt and courteous response. I cannot begin to tell you how WONDERFUL a group The Troupers are. They are awesome performers, and they really brought all of the wedding guests together. Within minutes of the beginning of their performance, it seemed as if EVERYONE was dancing and enjoying the event. They were also extremely professional, from their dress to the manner in which they conducted themselves, both onstage and offstage during breaks. We have since had numerous guests tell us it was the best band at a wedding event they had ever seen/heard…
Amy R. Jordan, L.L.C. Johns Island, SC

Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC ~ The Troupers were fantastic!! All of our guests kept coming up to us and saying “this band is fabulous!” The dance floor was never empty. I think y’all knew exactly how to play the best variety to keep people involved and that in itself is an art. The whole group was amazing ~ and your female vocalist is SO talented! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this such a special night for Blair & Jeremiah AND for all the nice, supportive emails before the wedding. It was just a pleasure having you all there.
Astor Taylor (Blair’s Mom)

9/27/08
Hey there Everyone, I had the opportunity to see THE TROUPERS this past weekend at a great friend of mine’s wedding in Asheville. They were an excellent band! The jazzy cocktail hour set was perfect and set the mood fabulously. Once the sit-down dinner portion of the evening was over, Troupers REALLY pumped it up to the next level. The dance floor should have been a lot bigger, because it was pretty crowded all night long! With excellent male and female vocals on the front-line, stellar lead guitar work, strong bass lines, magical keys a phenomenal horn player and a solid drum-beat this band is elegant, entertaining and very professional. The planner and venue alike were pretty nervous about volume control. They usually work with the same bands over and over again, and were nervous about doing something outside of the norm by working with East Coast Entertainment.. The mountains tend to echo the sound and they frequently receive complaints from neighbors during large events. Both the venue reps. and the planner came up to me during the night to let me know how cooperative and accommodating Bill and the band were in regards to volume control and what a great band they are! Thanks Troupers!
Ellie LaBar, Entertainment Consultant, EastCoast Entertainment

8/2/08
Charleston, SC Once again, I cannot thank you enough – you and your band helped make the evening such a success. I appreciate the quieter music during dinner so people could talk – as you witnessed after dinner this was definitely a dancing group – some of them may not have known that about themselves before that night! I have received so many positive comments about you. I am more than happy to be a reference or testimonial – my pleasure! Please let me know if you ever need my comments to support your marketing!
Mary Beth Dacey, Kiawah Island, SC

May 3, 2008
Fundraising Gala You are very welcome. I just sent my comments to Ted Hall at East Coast, and am happy to send the same sentiments to you all as well. You all are by far, hands down, one of the best bands I have ever heard and been involved with. You personally were a pleasure to work with, and I appreciated your suggestions and comments, and am thankful that you helped me make announcements throughout the night. All of you were kind, nice people. I liked how you took turns with the vocalists, and all of you have really great singing voices. Robin gave Chaka Khan a run for her money with “Sweet Thing”. I received so many compliments on you that night. This week, people have been coming in to tell me how nice the event was, and how much they enjoyed the music and food. You were very prompt in returning after breaks and you stayed in the vicinity to keep up with our schedule. You have a great repertoire and the variety kept the crowd on the floor. I can’t think of any negative things to report to you. As soon as we get the date for our event next year, I am planning to book you again. Thanks so much for entertaining us. You will receive my highest recommendation from here on out!
Dawn Carter
Director of Development, Ridgecroft School, Ahoskie, NC

April 25 – Rehearsal Dinner
April 26 – Wedding Reception
Washington, NC We really did have the best time. Dustin and I both are terrible dancers but that didn’t stop us from dancing to every song. We liked every song and we enjoyed the diversity of the music and the male/female vocals. We had to wait 30 minutes just to make our formal “exit” because the City Club said they couldn’t get people to leave! Everyone was having such a blast dancing. Thanks for a terrific evening
Catherine and Dustin Barr

March 31, 2008 – Corinthian Ballroom, Roanoke, VA We would definitely love to have our comments on your website – you all did a fantastic job at the wedding! Thank you so much for the wild party you helped us throw! The dance floor was packed all night and we keep hearing compliments of how much fun everyone had and it is due in part to the great job you all did. Every song was one we loved and wanted to dance to. We will be passing your name around to our friends for future celebrations and weddings. My brother is getting married soon and has already asked for your contact information! We had a blast…thank you so much again! Take care,
Alison and Brad Ps
The Troupers have booked Alison’s brother’s wedding reception Oct 4, 2008!

March 8, 2008 – Alamance CC, Burlington, NC
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. Been playing catch up since returning home from the wedding. First, let me say that you & your band were an absolutely delightful addition to Kelly & Dave’s wedding. Everyone is still talking about how great & versatile the band was. I am sure you will be in great demand in the Burlington area now. The impressive backgrounds of your band members were very apparent in their performances. As you know, this family is full of musicians and just plain music lovers and dancers. So please accept my thanks from all of us, when I say “The Troupers” were an integral part in making this wedding reception a truly Magical event to remember! Much Continued Success
Patty R. Collins, Mother of the Bride

December 8, 2007 – Cotillion Club, Mt. Airy CC
You all were great! I enjoyed the variety of songs. I danced way more than I usually do. Everyone will definitely want y’all back again! I forwarded your e-mail to our officers and received the following comments back from them: “I think they did an outstanding job–I couldn’t believe the number of people who stayed ….”!! “Thought they were the BEST band we have ever had!”
Gail P. Theard
CPCU, Senior Vice President, Area Manager, BB&T Insurance

Friday, October 26, 2007
Mary, On behalf of The Troupers, thanks so much for your kind words. When I see the bride beaming while she dances and sings along, smiles on the parents faces as they dance, and the dance floor full… that’s why we do it! It was an elegant reception in a great location – being able to see the ocean while we played was special for us. We all are honored to participate. Best regards, Trouper Bill Mary Fournier wrote: Dear Bill and The Troupers, We wanted to let you know again how much we enjoyed and appreciated the music and fun you provided at our daughter’s wedding last Saturday at the Dunes Club. You have a great mix to choose from and we enjoyed picking out the music ahead of time because we knew there would be a range of ages and tastes among our guests. Another positive thing we would like to commend you on was that the volume of your music was just right. You are a very talented, professional, and friendly group and we will certainly recommend you to our friends and acquaintances in the future. All the best to each of you!
Mary and Claude Fournier, Morehead City, NC

Wedding Reception in Camden, SC 9/15/07
From: Bill Butler
Friday, September 28, 2007
Subject: The Troupers 9/15/07
Tish, Thanks for having The Troupers play for your daughter’s wedding reception. We had a ball! You guys were a fun and DANCING group. We certainly appreciate your hospitality – especially the HI Express across from a Krispy Creme!

Bill, We had a wonderful time at the wedding, much of that was due to the music you created! (and I didn’t know there was a Krispy Kreme by the HI – purely coincidental!) We had so many compliments on your band, even had another engaged couple that says they want to cancel their current band and hire you! Of course you can use my comments on the website – I am a good organizer, but not much of a writer, though. I already wrote a nice paragraph and sent it to East Coast Entertainment, and thought I had also emailed the same thing to you but cannot seem to find it. So here goes again… The Troupers band really came through for our daughter’s wedding on 9/15/07. They are true entertainers, and we have had many compliments on the band! The band members read the crowd very well and adjust music appropriately. We had a wonderful time, even those folks who don’t get up and dance much were on the dance floor most of the evening. The large variety of music pleased all age groups that came to the wedding, and vocals were quite impressive as well. The music was simply fabulous. Would we hire them again? You bet! This band gets two thumbs up! I would recommend it for anyone who wants to get a great party going. Sincerely
Tish Zimmerman

June 16, 2007 Wedding Reception Salisbury, NC
The Troupers are the perfect band for a perfect evening. The band was so easy to work with during my crazy time of planning. They did everything they could to make sure the day was everything I hoped for and that they day went smoothly. I am still getting complements on the band. My family and friends had a blast! Thank you Troupers for your musical precision and soul moving vocals! Hope this will work for your website…I mean everything I wrote. Thank you for making our evening so fun!!! I will suggest to everyone that they use The Troupers!

7/28/2007
Fundraiser in Salisbury, NC
Bill, Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond, but I needed some time off! Your band was absolutely fabulous — a true crowd-pleaser! The dance floor was full all night long! Thanks so much for your professionalism and excellent performance. We hope to have you back in the future. All the best,
Barbara Barbara Martin Lawther,
Director of Development,
The LandTrust for Central North Carolina

June 30, 2007 Lewisburg, W VA. Hello! It has been a bit hectic since the wedding…sorry to take so long getting back to you all! Well… I cannot say enough about The Troupers. First, Bill was extremely professional to work with. He was very attentive and responsive to our requests. I was nervous about the traffic coming up from NC to WVa and they were at the reception site setting up before I even got there! They sounds checks were complete and they were ready to go…. Second, I had Bill once we signed the contract to see if they could learn Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”. This is my favorite song and I knew it would be so fun for them to play. They learned the song and played it as the wedding and it was SUCH A HIT!! We are still having people come up to us telling us how amazing the band was, how interactive, upbeat and great sounding they were. We were really pleased with the band. They put on a great performance and we will recommend them to anyone! (They are actually playing at a friends wedding in Sept in Charlotte) Thanks so much for everything!
Margaret Tomlinson

5/16/2007 Wedding reception in Charleston Hello! Steve and I had a wonderful time at our reception thanks to you and your band! I really enjoyed everything you guys did from beginning to end and so did all of our guests. You did everything I requested and it turned out wonderful. Everyone is calling it a Cinderella wedding, and I have to believe that a big portion of it was due to your band and the way you handled everything! Several people have asked me for your contact information because they loved the music selection and the way you guys performed. My particular favorites were the “Love train” and also your rendition of “With this Ring”. Thank you for your attention to the details I had requested and thank you for making my wedding reception so entertaining. You and your band are truly talented! Kind Regards,
Michelle and Steve Fraser

New Year’s Eve – 12/31/2006 – Wilkes Co. Community College The Troupers have already been re-booked (on Jan 10, 2006!) for NYE 2007 by this great group! Email form client: “Everything was great Bill. I believe all our folk had a super time and thoroughly enjoyed you and the Troupers! I had a number of very favorable comments…and no negative ones! I appreciated the professional manner in which you and your band conducted themselves both prior to the event and during your time on our campus. Nothing by good things…and I’ll be happy to say so to anyone you might want me too! Thanks again. We’re beginning to plan next year already and I’m sure you will be considered again.
Rick Stegall, Development/Community Relations, Wilkes Community College

September 14, 2006 From Bonnie Carol Barrow Dear “TROUPER BILL”, THANK YOU to you and THE TROUPERS for making our wedding PERFECT!! I felt such ease during our first conversation that this portion of my wedding was in good hands, but you and the band truly made our wedding. I can not tell you the number of phone calls I have had from guest wanting your information. Everyone is RAVING about all of you, and laughing at how they could not walk for a week from dancing so much. People who NEVER dance, danced the entire time! Exactly what we wanted!! You truly are a TALENTED, FUN, and CROWD ORIENTED band, but most importantly “GOOD PEOPLE”!! You will see me on the front row dancing and singing with you again!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
Bennie Carol Barrow, Sales Manager, Hilton Wilmington Riverside and Riverview Suites

Wedding reception – Charleston, SC – Oct 7, 2006 From the groom: “Thanks so much for performing at our wedding this weekend. You guys were truly great. The timing was great, the sound was great and the look was great. You guys also did a terrific job of getting our guests up and inspiring them to dance. Again, thanks so much for being an important part of our wedding. Jennifer and I will always remember the Troupers fondly. Please let me know if we can be a reference for you in the future. All my best, Brett Katzner From the father of the bride: Bill, “Thanks for the email. Your band is great and I am so glad that Jennifer and Brett chose you for their wedding. Thanks for allowing me to introduce the song (I Loved Her First by Heartland – a special request by the father) and the band performed it beautifully. I have had many compliments about your band and the music. Hope to see you again soon. If you are playing, we’ll be having a great time. Has anyone ever approached you about playing in the park in Blowing Rock? You would be great there. Kindest regards,
Jim McDowell

Wedding reception – Belmont, NC – October 21, 2006 Mother of the bride to agent for this job: “From: Dillman, Colleen Tuesday, October 24, 2006 To: Ted Hall (Agent for ECE) Subject: RE: follow up form letter Ted, The Troupers were fantastic to work with, but I think you already know that. The crowd loved them and their music. They are a wonderful group of talented people and I was happy to have them there to share in Clair’s joy. Colleen
COLLEEN DILLMAN , SALES PERFORMANCE INTERNATIONAL

November 18, 2006 – Christmas Ball
Gastonia, NC Reply email from Trouper Bill to host of event and email of appreciation from host to Trouper Bill: Kristie, Thanks for your kind words. On behalf of The Troupers, I would like to say thank you for your wonderful hospitality – we had a blast! The dance floor is our barometer, and the meter said “full”. We were happy to play for your event and would love to play for you again. Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2006
I just want to tell you how much we enjoyed The Troupers this past Saturday night. You guys were awesome! Many guests told me that you were the best band that we have ever had. I can’t thank you enough for all you did to help make our gala a success. I hope we get to work together again. Sincerely, Kristie Smith, Junior League of Gaston County, Inc.

Monday, October 2003 Barry Herndon of ECE wrote: The attached letter is from Michelle Ray – she used to be the “sales and catering” director at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. The band I booked for her was THE TROUPERS! (based out of Durham, NC). THE TROUPERS are an outstanding variety dance band! They ALWAYS deliver. In short – this group is a “sleeping giant”. I (and several other ECE agents) have used the band in the past w/ the same results. Excellent band leader in Bill Butler – every time I book THE TROUPERS I know I can breathe easy because every “i” will be dotted and every “t” will be crossed! Bill advances dates well in advance, and bends over backwards for customers. Paying attention to every detail is Bill’s forte. Hands down – one of the best in the business. The band has dynamite female and male lead vocalists and great musicians. Simply stated – they can do it all: from a 1st class dinner set to beach oldies, to funk and disco to even current music. The following testimonial speaks VOLUMES about this fantastic group. Do yourself a BIG favor – book THE TROUPERS

Dear Bill, please accept my apologies on the delayed note to thank you and the Troupers for all you did to make our wedding day magical last month! Ross and I have received dozens of compliments from guests and family about how much fun the reception was – and specifically about what a wonderful band we had chosen. I appreciate the extra efforts you made to consult with me before the wedding to make sure that the tone of the evening would be consistent – sophisticated but high energy. You pulled it off in grand style! Our entrance with the trumpeter and your group to “The Saints Go Marching In” created a sense of fun from the first moment we entered the Old Well Room, and your musicians worked tirelessly to ensure that the guests had a reason to dance song after song. The song list was comprehensive, and allowed me to accommodate my parent’s generation with some wonderful swing and blues melodies while making sure that my friends had plenty of contemporary and classic pop songs to enjoy. I loved being able to join you and one of my friends onstage for a grand version of “Brown Eyed Girl” – I suspect photos of that will make many albums! It was a special treat to have you offer to play an extra 15 minutes so that you could honor my last song request – who knew that we’d still have 80% of the guests on the dance floor that late? You guided our event highlights (first dance, toasts, cake cutting) in an understated and appropriate way, making sure that the band breaks corresponded to natural pauses in the event and were very minimal. As the former Director of Catering at the Carolina Inn and a current Director of Sales at the 5 Star Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, I can say with confidence that recommending bands can be a very important part of the role as event consultant. The music sets the ambiance for a party, and along with decor and food, creates the memories. Barry Herndon at East Coast Entertainment guided me to select the Troupers after learning what was important to me, and I would be delighted to recommend you to any bride who wants an elegant event with a full dance floor! I have already suggested you to the planning team at The Carolina Inn as a regular band referral, and would be happy to serve as a reference to any potential customer considering your group. Ross and I are blessed in so many ways with having wonderful friends and family, and I thank you for making sure that we had an amazing evening in which to celebrate with them Barry Herndon of ECE wrote: The TROUPERS deliver again…. Below is more feedback on THE TROUPERS! This is from the job this past sat. If you have a form that you’d like for me to use, then just sent it. Otherwise, let me just say that Bill Butler is excellent at managing his client relationships. He’s easy to work with and makes it clear that his job is for us to have a good time. We went to a practice and knew we hired the “right” band. We had some communications up to and including the night of our event. He’s professional, flexible, customer-focused, and a talented musician with a great sense of humor that he probably reserves based on who his client is. I’m so glad he let me get a glimpse of it since I think he’s a witty guy. All of our feedback from the guests was positive and I believe his business will just grow and grow. I had a tough crowd because of the huge age range and some close, close friends in the music industry who are somewhat critical.The Troupers won them over. Not to mention, he’s well respected by Margaux’s Stephen (the premier Raleigh restaurant) which makes it a win-win situation.

Thank you for booking The Troupers for our daughter’s very special day (Kiawah Island, SC 3/05). We are already looking for a reason to have another party so that we can hire them again! All contact with The Troupers prior to the wedding was met with prompt and courteous response. I cannot begin to tell you how WONDERFUL a group The Troupers are. They are awesome performers, and they really brought all of the wedding guests together. Within minutes of the beginning of their performance, it seemed as if EVERYONE was dancing and enjoying the event. They were also extremely professional, from their dress to the manner in which they conducted themselves, both onstage and offstage during breaks. We have since had numerous guests tell us it was the best band at a wedding event they had ever seen/heard….”
Amy R. Jordan, L.L.C. , Johns Island, SC

The Troupers were fantastic!! All of our guests kept coming up to us and saying “this band is fabulous!” The dance floor was never empty. I think y’all knew exactly how to play the best variety to keep people involved and that in itself is an art. The whole group was amazing ~ and your female vocalist is SO talented! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this such a special night for Blair & Jeremiah AND for all the nice, supportive emails before the wedding. It was just a pleasure having you all there.
Astor Taylor (Blair’s Mom)
Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC (12/04)

This is my favorite band. The Troupers play all types of music, sound just like the record, and had me dancing on the tables!” George Bakatsias – renowned Chef and Owner of Parizade, George’s Garage, Spice Street “New Year’s Eve The TPC at Wakefield Plantation and everyone couldn’t stop dancing until well into the next year! The Troupers are best band we have had at The TPC at Wakefield.” John Sluck – Food and Beverage Director “The Troupers were wonderful! I received many raves and compliments for them and many people were asking for their name to use them in the future. Thank you so much for everything. We had a fantastic time!” Thank you for your follow up note. All comments about your performance, including my own, were very positive. In fact, to the point we would like to book you for next year. All the best and Merry Christmas
Owner, Governors Club Realty, Chapel Hill, NC

What a fantastic time Gary and I had at our wedding this Saturday! I can’t tell you how happy it made me, (being the anxious bride of course), seeing one of your band members setting up before I even got there. It really calmed my nerves to see that all our communication before the wedding was being implemented. I want to thank you and the members of the band, for the most memorable night of fantastic music. To see my dad, (who is 70 by the way), out there dancing with my mom, my great aunts, his granddaughters and then line dancing with my girlfriends was a HOOT. What an evening to remember. Once again, thank you Bill….The Troopers were the best (oh by the way, when are you playing in Durham so we can come and see?)
Donna Hamm

Call (919) 621-5984 or contact us today to book The Troupers for your next event! From our base in North Carolina, we are available anywhere in the United States or internationally.