Whether you are a professional event planner or a bride-to-be, or your boss just turned to you and said, “Hey! You’re planning the Holiday party this year!”, you can trust us to provide the perfect entertainment for the shared experience you envision for your event.
Allow us to propose how we can help you achieve your aims for your extraordinary event by crafting the perfect fit of music or other entertainment. It starts with the quality of the questions that we ask you.
You’ll be able to count on us to care about what’s important to you and to be straight with you about what will work and what won’t work. We’ll be bringing creativity, attention to detail and hands-on involvement to your event. We are known for this, and have been for over 30 years.
We are a small shop. We love what we do because we get to choose to work with the clients and event professionals who bring heart and soul to their work. We work with the best of the best local and national artists and production people.
Lee J's degree is in Jazz Studies, Composition and Performance. He has composed, produced, recorded and performed his own original music. In 1987 he started playing piano for Special Events, then he and his wife and business partner, Valorie, created The Lee J. Howard Band. Then Lee J. Howard Music and eventually expanded into Lee J. Howard Entertainment.
This is how it happened. In 1995, Lee J and his popular Special Event band were booked up and too frequently had to turn away their regular corporate event clients. The clients began asking Lee J and Valorie to use their knowledge and expertise to add the service of consulting, booking and producing other musicians and entertainers. They carefully redesigned and set up the company to be able to provide those services with full integrity. Soon after, they won the Best Themed Entertainment Allie Award for a production enjoyed by the guests at a 1995 CNN World Report event.
Co-Founder and President
Stands for creating inspiring moods.
Listen to his and Valorie's podcast about it, here.
Co-Founder and CEO
Stands for empowering conscious relationships with clients and artists.
Assistant Account Executive and Marketing Manager
Stands for compassionate communication.
One of the ways we are unique is that we don’t exclusively represent or manage any entertainers. Why? Because we are committed to having the freedom to choose what’s best for you and your event. This was a conscious decision that we made, for your benefit.
We are grateful to have relationships with the best of the best special event resources, developed over 30 years, locally and nationally.
What We Do For Our Clients:
-Special Event Music and Entertainment Booking, Producing and Consulting
-Provide professional musicians and entertainers who have proven their commitment to excellence
-Live music, DJ’s, productions, performers of all kinds
-Providing peace of mind
-Extraordinary customer service
What we do for our musicians and entertainers and other team members:
-We communicate with them respectfully, effectively, efficiently and clearly.
-We provide them with as much hospitality as possible so that they can do their best work for you.
Types of events include:
-Corporate, Conventions, Conferences, Celebrations and Holiday Parties
-Social Events and Celebrations, Including Wedding Receptions and Holiday Parties
-Concerts and Other Community Events
Event Statistics: 1987-2017
How many total events since we first started providing music in this industry in 1987?
Corporate Events: 3,007
Weddings / Receptions: 1,107
Holiday Parties: 1,051
Charitable Events: 202
Country Club Events: 138
Community Concerts: 106
Grand Openings: 64
Rehearsal Dinners: 52
Headliners We’ve Booked Include:
Kool & the Gang, Starship, The Wood Brothers and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
We've won numerous Allie Awards from our peers, including:
Best Team Effort, Best Themed Entertainment, and Best Overall Event – The Winning Team.
Best Team Event of the Year
“I just wanted to say thank you again for all of your help over the past few months to make this the best conference we have ever had. You and your company make everything BETTER and EASIER, which is exactly what I want in a partnership like this.”
- Casey Watkins
Symmetry Financial Group
"I am so grateful that you take the time to learn more about each of my events so you can recommend the perfect fit for the audience."
- Tamika M. Weaver, MPA
Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
"They did an AMAZING job. The clients, Lisa and I were all very pleased with the group. Thank you, as always, for bringing first class talent to the table!"
- Angie Gerstein
Meetings Planned Here, LLC
"They were awesome!!! And such a pleasure to work with (that is the most important thing!)."
-Sybil A. Lee, CMP
World of Coca-Cola
"You were a rockstar as always."
Wits End Productions
"........like how gracious and professional you are and how it is reflected in the talent that we use specifically. I think the world of you and Val. You made us shine."
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
"Lee J. - Thank you for helping to make our company party celebration last night a huge success! Our team felt like the center of attention and that a special night had been planned for them with great thought, design and entertainment. We truly appreciate ALL you did to allow us to provide them with such a great experience."
- Richard Wilner
Affairs to Remember Caterers
ACE Award 2013 – Best Caterer in the South