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Jim Perona

Classical Guitar from Wheaton, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$200 - $2000 per event
***WINNER OF "TOP NATIONAL GUITARIST" ON GIGMASTERS, "BEST OF WEDDINGS" ON THE KNOT & "BRIDE'S CHOICE AWARD" ON WEDDINGWIRE!****

My name is Jim Perona and thank you for visiting my Gigmasters page! Music is my passion, my profession, and I can't wait to share more about it with you! I've been performing at weddings, corporate parties, restaurants, private events, & much more FULL-TIME for over 3 years now & the clients have spoken - I am amongst the top-reviewed solo guitarists in the country!

What makes me stand out from the other performers is my unique ability to take any song and arrange it for solo guitar. This means that I can accommodate ALL musical requests, making your music options virtually limitless!

Additionally, my versatile performance repertoire spans over 500 years of music covering the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras as well as hits from the past 60 years. From Bach to the Beatles, I play it all. Just listen for yourself as I skillfully turn any song into an instrumental guitar piece by retaining its familiar melody and harmony while gaining a charming elegance that is beautifully suited for any occasion!

Because of the versatility in my repertoire, my act is compatible with virtually every type of event. I am enthusiastically ready, willing and able to perform at any event: Weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, civil unions, rehearsal dinners, retirement home recitals, birthday parties, anniversaries, seasonal holiday parties, wine tastings, and more! Any time, any place, you name it and I will be there!

***MY MUSICAL JOURNEY***

I was born to be a musician. As the youngest of 6 kids in a very musical family, I was completely mesmerized watching my older brothers play in their bands. In fact, on the days they had a gig, I'd scramble to finish my homework so I could have the chance to see them perform. After being a mini-roadie for many years, I decided it was time to be a part of the action. I started taking guitar lessons and, at the age of 11, found my calling and developed a deep passion for guitar. In 2008, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northern Illinois University, where I had the incredible opportunity to study with modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, the 2009 award recipient of "Best World Guitarist" from Guitar Player Magazine. In 2010, I received my Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from New England Conservatory, where I had the amazing fortune of studying with world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk (winner of the 1980 International Guitar Competition, founder of the Boston Guitarfest and close friend and student of classical guitar great Andres Segovia). I feel so blessed to have been mentored by some of the best in the world and truly believe they have fully educated me to become one of the most versatile, accomplished guitarists around!

***TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE JIM PERONA***

10. VOLUME CONTROL - The volume of my music is guaranteed to be loud enough to hear and enjoy, yet soft enough to have a comfortable conversation from 10 feet away!

9. PORTABILITY - Just me and my guitar (and usually some amplification, too), which means I can move from room to room with ease!

8. AFFORDABLE - Say good-bye to cutting hefty checks split among quartets and big bands and hello to me, myself and I!

7. DEDICATED - Above and beyond service with a smile. Will do just about anything to ensure you and your loved ones have the time of your lives. The sky's the limit!

6. PASSIONATE - Plenty of heart and drive. I respectfully treat you with the upmost care and will be there for you moment-by-moment!

5. HARD WORKING - Your happiness is number one in my book and I will work around the clock in order to create a flawless performance custom-made just for you!

4. RELIABLE - You can always count on me to be prepared, show up early to events and return all correspondence in a timely manner.

3. TRUSTWORTHY - No surprises when it comes to me! I will honestly and ethically communicate with you every step of the way!

2. PROFESSIONAL - My vast experience and friendly persona will erase all the stress so commonly experienced from an event.

1. VERSATILE/UNIQUE - You deserve nothing but the best and it's my goal to give you the highest-quality service possible. I eagerly accommodate ANY and ALL musical requests and will masterfully turn it into a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable solo guitar performance of a lifetime!

Thank you so very much for visiting my profile. It is greatly appreciated. I would love to be a part of your next event, so please feel free to contact me at any time and I will be more than happy to accommodate your every need!

All the very best,
Jim Perona
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100+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
Provided services at a GigMasters-hosted event
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!
2013 - Top Guitarist
2012 - Top Guitarist

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Jim was absolutely wonderful! He was so easy to communicate with before and on the day of the wedding. He was also very accommodating of last minute changes on the day of the wedding. Jim played beautifully, and all of our guests were commenting on how much they liked him. He made our day truly special, and I would recommend him to anyone considering an acoustic guitar player for their wedding or reception- or for any event really!

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Jim performed at our ceremony and cocktail hour for our wedding. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. Jim arrived at our church with plenty of time to set up his equipment and practice before the ceremony. He then played beautiful wedding music for our prelude. Jim was also nice enough to sing and play a song we requested for our unity candle portion of our wedding, which was absolutely wonderful. He also played all the songs we asked. Jim is not only a great guitar player and singer, but great to work with as well. He made our wedding truly special and we would not hesitate to ask him to play at another event. We definitely recommend him!

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We found Jim on theknot.com and went to see him play at the Cellar Bistro. He was amazing, and we hired him immediately! He played everything we wanted to hear, and I just wish I could have heard him play before I walked down the aisle! I can't wait to see him perform again!

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2016
Oct
7
Corporate Function
Rosemont, IL
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2016
Dec
17
Wedding
Chicago, IL
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2016
Dec
18
Wedding Ceremony
Naperville, IL
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
Dec
31
Wedding Ceremony
Milwaukee, WI
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Sep
10
Wedding
Brookfield, IL
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
Sep
21
Event
Lombard, IL
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
2016
Aug
5
Wedding
Naperville, IL
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Jun
11
Wedding Ceremony
Kenosha, WI
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2016
Jun
8
Corporate Function
Chicago, IL
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2016
Apr
18
Trade Show
Chicago, IL
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2016
Apr
11
Corporate Function
Indianapolis, IN
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fantasia X
Alonso Mudarra
Jingle Bells
James Lord Pierpont
White Christmas
Bing Crosby
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Traditional
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Johnny Marks
O Holy Night
Nat King Cole
Winter Wonderland
Dean Martin
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Judy Garland
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie
Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Helms
Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Classical Guitar
Flamenco Guitar
World Music Guitar
Classical Acoustic Guitar
Latin Acoustic Guitar
Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Jim Perona will also travel to Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Warrenville, Bloomingdale, Lisle, West Chicago, Addison, Downers Grove, Naperville, Villa Park, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Medinah, Oak Brook, Roselle, Elmhurst, Wayne.
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