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In addition to being a great musician, Dave is one of the kindest people and easiest individuals to work with. He is accommodating, respectful and communicative. His Gypsy Jazz trio made our wedding day a truly memorable and joyous occasion. Our guests were very moved by the wonderful energy Dave’s group brought and the diverse range of songs they played, from the Beatles to Hava Nagila. They received numerous compliments from young friends and grandparents alike. We are very grateful to have found Dave and highly recommend him for his musical abilities, his friendliness, and his professionalism. -Robert and Cristelle Shilov

Dave Holodiloff’s Gypsy Jazz Trio are amazing talents, cheerful and personable. They were a great addition to the festivities, and played with great positive energy, skill and creativity. Even non-musical people would recognize their abilities.  All my guests loved them. -Rudy Patton


Dave Holodiloff is a talented fellow who I can’t say enough good things about. He’s a multi-talented individual with a true gift. He is one heck of a fine mandolinist, and plays a variety of other instruments as well. He plays constantly, plays with everybody, plays Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, and Rock with equal adeptness, and whatever he plays, he grooves. -Arden Eaton (KPIG/Kelly Productions)

Dave Holodiloff approached the music with exuberance and clarity. A virtuoso, he was ready to try anything and I enjoyed his unique style. –Mark Lewis 

There are lots of great players out there and plenty of wonderful human beings that I have been fortunate to meet and do business with, but it’s rare to find an individual with virtuoso musical abilities to also be kind, humble, totally responsible and truly professional in their musical endeavors. David Holodiloff is one such musician. It is my fortune to know him and to be able to employ his talent. The client loved the band and their music. -J.P. Mosoff (Owner/President, BackBeat Talent)


Dave Holodiloff and band kept us dancing and their sound fit the mood of the event perfectly.  Our first dance song choice of “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison, was a tribute to my father, and he would have definitely approved of this version.  They played songs that we know and love; which kept us dancing all night.  Some of the trio played multiple instruments which brought complexity and diversity to the set.  The guests had great things to say and even the neighbors came over to enjoy the music (and not to complain).  Dave was easy to work with, professional and quick to respond to my emails.  I felt confident that he understood our vision, and I was right. Dave and the band were on-time, transitioned the party from food to fellowship, and even brought on some magical moments on the dance floor. Talented yet humble, experienced but fresh, and able to “go with the flow” when needed; the group rocked our small wedding and kept the guests talking about the good times they had for weeks.  -Cat and Casey Peterson


Dave is an insanely talented musician and a fantastic music teacher. As a beginning mandolin student with absolutely no experience, I value his focus on teaching good fingering and picking technique, as well as his attention to fundamentals… scales, chords, rhythm and music theory. He is infinitely patient, chooses great songs to play and makes each lesson totally fun! He has a knack for inspiring me to work hard and have a good time learning things that are new and difficult. Dave has a relaxed manner I appreciate, is skilled in many musical styles and demonstrates just how beautiful and varied the mandolin can sound. -Nikki Nedeff

Dave Holodiloff enabled me to pull off the surprise marriage proposal I envisioned for my fiancé. I was in need of somebody that was creative, talented, and enthusiastic about a unique proposal. Dave Holodiloff was willing to think outside the box and help me pull off a fun and very special marriage proposal.  During a hike out in Carmel Valley, Dave was there to serenade us during the proposal.  He went above and beyond to make it an exclusive, one-shot moment.  Dave was willing to learn and perform the song of my choice and hike out 45 minutes to the destination.  He is extremely professional, genuine, talented, and accountable.  He came through big for me on that day and my fiancé loved it. -Daniel Phillips

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