professional disc jockey services for all types of events, such as
weddings, corporate events, schools, Bar Mitzvahs, educational &
transformational programs, anniversaries, graduations, etc. We also have
wide variety of live entertainment such as bands, string quartets,
trios, soloists, pianists, harpists and many other acts. All of our
professionals have 15 years plus experience!
specializes in music programming, therefore, she has traveled nationwide
and internationally performing World Music Events and corporate events
from the most intimate parties to the White House!
in multi-cultural events and music as well. Lighting packages are
available upon request and customized to each event. Event planning and
room setup is also key to a successful event, and we will guide you
through this process.
Our success is
due to experience, dedication, reputation, and our genuine passion for
music! These qualities are reflected in each and every event!
Awards achieved (including
DJ and Non DJ awards & memberships)
Bride’s Choice Award 8 years in a row from 2010-2017 via Wedding Wire
The Knot’s Best of Weddings for 2013
Excellence from the EPA as the Music Facilitator for all their
National educational programs
the MDWPA (MD Wedding Professionals Association) since 2008
Baltimore Area DJ Association (Badja) since 2010
Real Estate Agent since 1990 (not practicing)
Cosmetologist since 1985
Currently studying for Equine Gestalt Coaching Certification since 2013 through
began performing live music at the early age of 10 in San Diego,
California. I was a singer/songwriter and guitar player. I was in
many bands from lead singer of rock bands, top 40 bands and acoustic
groups. years, I managed to play every genre of club. After
playing out live 7 nights a week, I decided to venture into the DJ
industry! I began mixing music with vinyl, and to this day, I still have
all my vinyl and love the feel! Of course, now my library consists of
CD’s and several digital systems. I trained with a strict military
entertainer and performed at Officer’s Clubs and military bases up and
down the east coast.
Shortly thereafter, I did my first wedding and I was hooked! I love
doing weddings, because it is always a celebration with love in the air!
While doing weddings, I also continued to work in every genre of
from Christopher’s which was voted the one of the top 10 clubs in the
nation at the time to Hammerjacks, Hard Rock Café, Nashville’s, Padonia
Station, Impulse, Hurricanes and the list goes on! I managed some of the
largest clubs on the east coast and was responsible for hiring the DJ’s,
national and local acts, marketing and advertising commercials for the
clubs. I also was performing as a DJ for the clubs along with the other
jocks I hired.
As a live musician, I found I had a different “feel” for music then the
average DJ, and I quickly made a name for myself in the industry! I
began Santana Entertainment about 15 years ago, and have rarely
advertised throughout the years. Almost all of our business now comes
from referrals, which is the best way to build a business!
I have worked with many celebrities and sports icons performing their
own personal special events and continue to do so to date!
What to Expect?
always listen to what the clients wants and fulfill my promise to
deliver quality services and a professional approach. I educate them on
how to have a great party! Let’s face it….how many weddings does a
couple typically plan in their lifetime? They truly need the guidance of
a professional to help create a most unique, fun-filled and successful
If it’s a wedding, it’s all about the Bride and Groom! I never try to be
the center of attention at a wedding! I don’t believe in cookie-cutter
weddings, as each couple is unique, and I strive to bring the client’s
personality and style into their event! I find out the dynamics of their
crowd so I can guide them on how to choose music that will create the
right ambiance and an active dance floor!
I am extremely passionate about music programming and truly believe that
every song matters. The music needs to be at a cocktail and dinner
volume during this designated time, but it doesn’t need to be so
unnoticeable that it becomes simply “white noise”. The music’s job is to
enhance the event and begin to get the guests ready to dance! If the
first 2 hours of a wedding reception is the “invisible background
music”, then you haven’t moved your audience, and the audience is their
guests. I always do what the Bride and Groom want, so if they should
request light background music, then I will do whatever they ask, as my
philosophy has always been, “It’s your day, and it’s your way”!
I also work as a team with your other vendors, for example, never would
an announcement be made without first letting the Bride and Groom know,
all sets of parents, photographer, videographer, caterer and any guests
who may have stepped outside the party. This ensures no one will miss
any of your special moments! I can’t tell you how many times I have
stepped outside the room to invite guests in personally to view a
special dance, and they are so appreciative because they would have
missed that moment!
It’s also important to have a good “flow” for any type of event, and I
guide my clients from beginning to end when planning their parties. As
for corporate events and other parties, my goal is to create great music
programming to help create a fun-filled and successful party! Again, I
will educate the client on how to create the atmosphere they want to
achieve through great music programming! It’s also important on how the
room is set up, for example, there is a difference between a “warm set”
room and a “cold set room” which absolutely can affect the activity on
the dance floor!
It is also a must that we have backup sound systems, and I’m always
prepared with two full setups beyond the sound system set up for the
event! I will also with backup CD’s which includes all your key songs
and this is gifted to the Bride and Groom or the client of another type
of event at the end of the party! This is always an appreciated gesture
from my clients!
Finally, I believe how we show up at our events is so important! If
you’re passionate about what you do, it reflects in your work! I arrive
at each and every event with a smile, good attitude and a true desire to
create a fabulous event for you and your guests!
At the present
time, Santana Entertainment has 5 professional disc jockeys as well as
live entertainment such as string
quartets, soloists with a variety of instruments available, string
trios, vocalists, classical guitarists, violinists, flute, jazz bands,
pianists, Latin bands and top 40 variety bands. The individuals are the
best in the industry. Most of them have over 15 years experience and
none have less than 10 years.
are well-seasoned and are prepared to handle unforeseen circumstances in
a professional manner due to the years of experience. You will not find
the tacky DJ approach on the microphone, nor will you find a DJ that is
unable to play the crowd, which is extremely important to the success of
an event. At the end of an event, our clients know their event was
successful and memorable for their guests!
Our success is due to experience, dedication, reputation, and our
genuine passion for music! These qualities are reflected in each and
is the most talented, professional and attentive DJ that I’ve ever
Debbie Donovan, Owner of Valley Country Club, Founder of Tremont Hotels
Santana's Other Passion
In 2009, I was
performing a World Music Event in Colorado and ended up rescuing two
horses starving in the mountains. A month after they were brought to MD,
I was told they had to be put down due to starvation and I refused. I
began designing custom jewelry to support the horses, Destiny &
Cheyenne. I’m happy to say that jewelry sales are 100% supporting the
horses at this time!
extremely passionate about horses! I’m currently studying Equine Guided
Education which is a program for my rescue horses to work with battered
women, victims of violence and abused children while creating music to
help facilitate the program. The horses are very intuitive, and they
always know when one has had abuse in their background. The horses
are also going to be part of the facilitation for leadership and
transformational programs. Thus far, they have rescued a female soldier
from taking her life due to severe post-traumatic stress syndrome, and
to this day, she is still engaged with the horses and living a more
peaceful life due to their influence.
a moment to check out my website:
I am in the process of co-creating a program for women in which I will
be facilitating music to touch the heart and soul while they enjoy the
process of transformational growth, healing and peace in their lives.
I’m also a huge nature girl, so in my spare time, you will find me
either by the water, hiking in the mountains, in the pasture with the
horses or exploring any kind of natural site I can enjoy the natural
tranquility and beauty of nature!