THE CREW



Mike Gilbert   


MC Story:
From the first time I got on a microphone to do a speech at my eighth grade awards ceremony in front of the whole school, there was a sense of adrenaline that rushed through me that translated to excitement as the words came out of my mouth. I’m just glad my voice didn’t crack, because you never know at that age! The way everyone stopped talking and listened to me made a lasting impression on me. I didn’t know until many years later on what I had and what I’d come to enjoy. I was training as a DJ for a former company I worked for before going on my own. He handed me the microphone and told me to make an announcement. Once again the adrenaline kicked in and I made the announcement stopping the crowd from what they were doing to completely transition to do something else. Afterwards, he came up to me and said I think we found our next emcee. After some additional training I was doing events as the lead MC & DJ. 


DJ Story:
I didn’t start to DJ until 1998. I didn’t realize that growing up and listening to all sorts of different genres, thanks to my parents, growing up on how much it would help me. I was born outside of Cleveland, OH but was raised in Harrisburg, PA. Every weekend helping my dad work on cars and doing the list of chores my mom would give me, they had music playing from “The Oldies” station. Even driving to St. Augustine for vacations they had control of the music back then. I grew an appreciation of the music that came before my time and knew without the past we would never enjoy the music we listen to today. When I started to DJ weddings, Bar & Bar Mitzvahs, and other adult events, I knew what the adults wanted to hear and dance to. The rotation of songs came easy to me. This song would go great with this and that one. I did some local clubs in the early years but knew that the mobile DJ industry was where I wanted to be. 


Entertainment Story:
It all started when I was in third grade. We started to dance while on recess. That’s right, duct taping cardboard together turning on the music and break it down. We would draw crowds even the teachers got in on it! We would perform at talent shows. It was fun, we all hung out doing that while playing sports. I also played the drums or “percussion” from 4th grade through Graduation. We would perform with the band on competitions and even marching band after football was over. That would help me out with DJ’n and understanding matching songs up to the BPM (Beats Per Minute).When I grew older I moved down here in 1996 and started to go out with the friends I met. The dancing bug came out again and I was out there on the stage or dance box drawing the attention and feeding off the energy of the crowd. Every weekend I looked forward to going out entertaining thinking it would be cool to get paid for doing this. Then this guy Jeff, came up to me one night impressed on what I was doing and asked if I wanted to get paid for doing what I was doing in the night club. After my first wedding as a party host (dancer), March of 1998 at Deercreek Country Club, I was hooked!


Summary:
Whether it’s dancing, Dj’n or emceeing I get a thrill performing and putting smiles on your family and friends faces. It’s rewarding in and of itself seeing people dance and have fun, knowing that I did that. I’m also honored and blessed to be a part of someone’s memories that they will cherish and look back upon with a smile knowing how much fun they had! I look forward to providing that for you as well!


Tony Paolucci  


Tony Paolucci is a well known and well loved professional ballroom dancer and dee jay in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. He arrived in Jacksonville from NYC in 1989 as a transfer employee with Merrill Lynch. After many years as an executive in the corporate world Tony needed a change and so returned to his original passion: Music and entertainment.

As DJ, Tony is constantly adding to his music base with clean and appropriate music for all ages and events. He provides personalized playlists, his own table, DJ equipment, laser & other special effect lighting, speakers, and giveaways. He's provided DJ entertainment & event special effects light shows for numerous Jacksonville events including Fruit Cove & Durbin Creek School parties, Don Juan's Mexican Restaurant, Julington Creek Plantation Rec Center, and corporate fundraising benefit events.

As professional Ballroom Dance Instructor, he participates and produces numerous events small and large in the Jacksonville area. He trains local amateur dancers who have achieved much success (and first place trophies) in local, regional, and national competitions.

Tony is best known for producing and directing Jacksonville Florida's most notable, "Jacksonville's Dancing with the Stars" event. He also believes in mentoring young people, thus has participated in after school programs, various teen programs, and corporate and medical fundraisers as DJ or professional dance trainer.

Tony is a Certified Facilitator of the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" who's goal is to provide an interactive, safe, entertaining, energetic, and age appropriate experience for all party guests. He is proud to point out that he is currently licensed, insured, certified, and approved by the Dept. of Children & Families (DCF)!

"Our job is to make your day special and a huge success for you and your guests. From the backyard party to major arena events, no event is too big or too small."
 

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