DJ Jarryd Audette

Hi! My name is Jarryd Audette. I have been a professional, well-versed and excitable DJ/Entertainer with Supersounds Entertainment since 2011, thanks to my great friend Ryan Allendorf who suggested I join the company. I learned much from him, along with many of the great veteran DJs in this company!  Thanks for reading a little about me and my experience ☺

People and Music: Among my favorite things in life, these two are certainly high up on the list. And, when they are combined, I am down-right inspired! As a DJ with Supersounds, and as a Musician since age 16, I’ve always been excited to be able to do and share a talent that I truly enjoy - which can usually be found in the moment on my face and/or with a few dance moves! Entertaining and helping others put on a great event/party is truly a great feeling that I take pride in no matter what the occasion. There’s always a certain eagerness, excitement, and wanting to do your best that comes along with helping make a day come true and to be part of a great memory in someone’s life!

Being able to read/vibe/interact with a crowd, to be flexible, have a go-with-the-flow attitude and being veritable with my DJing and music choices over my hundreds of gigs over the years has served me very well... name a type of event and odds are I’ve probably done it! Above all, on the day of the event I indulge in making customers happy and working off of their design.  I am not one to be biased with songs and genres, rather I enjoy the challenge of variety and to keep things interesting for everyone (if it calls for it)… a happy and filled dance floor is what I like to visualize and make happen!

There is nothing like Music and Dancing to bring people together for a moment to celebrate an important happening and let all matters melt away. I am psyched to have brought good times to many, and to be able to continue bringing it to others. I hope to see you out there! 

Thanks for reading, cheers and best wishes…

DJ Jarryd 


DJ Paul Pecor

I started at Supersounds 26 years ago as a High School Senior. I started with school dances and project graduations. Upon graduating from college, I decided to expand and try my luck with weddings. From that point on I have never looked back and I’ve completed over 500 weddings throughout New England. Flexibility is very important as a DJ as well as my other professions. I’m also an elementary school teacher and a varsity boys’ basketball coach. These three positions can create challenges as well quick on the fly thinking. Not only will I be there for you on your wedding day, but I will be a part of the entire process. Just always keep in mind it’s your special day. I’m here to help you!


DJ Charlie Rice

I have forty years of experience as an entertainer. I began as the lead singer of Downpour, one of Northern New England’s premier dance bands. My experience with diverse audiences, and many years of performances led me to develop my DJ skill to a highly specialized entertainment service. If you hire me as your Vermont Wedding DJ, you're assured the highest levels of professionalism and conduct, plus a memorable experience that will have both you and your guests more than satisfied!


Groomsmen Gifts!?

This article is for Grooms and what to give your groomsmen / groomspersons as a gift to say "Thank You" for being in my wedding! This is a great gesture, as your groomsmen may be spending extra money and time helping you with your big day! It's a nice way to say "Thanks, Pal, I love ya!"

The big question is "What the heck do I get them!!???" I have 3 criteria for this gift: A) Something Useful B) Something That Will Last A Lifetime and C) Something that will remind them of your friendship and your big day!

Letter C might be the most important! But B and A are arguably just as crucial!!! I also include D) something that is not too boring!! Opinion: Toiletry bags are great but they've been done before! Also they aren't they type of thing everyone gets excited about! Something out-of-the-box might be right for you and your groomsmen / groomspersons!!

In my personal experience, I have received 2 groomsmen gifts that I remember and still use to this day, even after 15+ years! The first is a Leatherman multi-tool. I keep it in my car, and it will save you when you least expect it. You are guaranteed 100% to use one of these. And Yes, the pliers in the multi-tool are way more useful than any swiss army knife!!! The 2nd is a hand-blown monogrammed rocks glass. Flasks are great too, but not everyone goes camping often, or nips on their spirits daily! The glass is a perfect way to enjoy the occasional drink, filling the drinker with not only alcohol, but with fond memories of the person who gave it to them! It makes the drink taste better!

  • Consider an assortment of items! A goodie box! I gave my groomsmen a goodie bag of all sorts of trinkets - bottle openers, pocket knifes, stainless mugs, etc. You can throw in some coffee, liquor, pipe tobacco, cigars, etc etc the sky is the limit!!
  • Zippo Lighters! Monogrammed, or not, have a lifetime warranty, and even if your groomsmen don't enjoy even an occasional cigar or two, these are great for camping and using around the house.
  • Stanley drinkware! Monogrammed, or not, these things are rugged and will be around a long time! And they have a great nostalgic look to them! Consider perhaps a gift set or mug!
  • Rocks Glasses! Mentioned previously - these are great pieces that your buddies will enjoy for years to come!
  • Multi-Tools! Also mentioned above, these are so useful it's not even funny! Try to get one of decent quality and it will last a lifetime! Your groomsmen are GUARANTEED to use them and appreciate this gift!
  • INSIDER TIP: Don't DIY!!! Unless you have some crazy cool idea, you may want to keep it simple and easy by buying some stuff with your hard earned money! You will be spending plenty of time getting ready for your wedding and this is another thing you may not want to have on your DIY plate. DIY projects eat a ton of time and can get aggravating!!

Thanks for reading and wishing you the best of times with your groomspersons, and of course, your fiancé too!!!! Cheers to the bachelor party!!

-Ryan Allendorf

OK LET'S DO THIS!!!

Ok but really - what are some actual ideas ??!! You want to get this done now!!! Below are some options that I really love!

Some of these gifts are sourced right here in Vermont! We recommend ordering through their website or stopping by McNeil and Reedy in Rutland, VT for a wide variety of high quality Vermont groomsmen gifts!!!












Vermont DJ - Matthew Emery

My name is Matthew Emery and I'm an experienced DJ with the skill to determine clients’ musical tastes and spin appropriate songs with finesse and excitement. I'm known for my confidence, fun personality, and eight years of experience. I’m a gifted mixer who can incorporate multiple genres and rehearsed assemblages fusing Country, Rap, Hip-hop, Pop, 2000s bangers, EDM, and House music. I’m known for my diverse playlist and talent. Throughout my career, I've performed on multiple DDJ controllers and sound system equipment while also controlling a light and laser show aligned with the music. 

I graduated in May 2021 from Champlain College with a Bachelor of Science, Secondary Social Studies Education Major. My social personality and public speaking skills, reinforced in several classroom experiences, have guided my professional development as an educator. I believe these abilities also align with my profession as a DJ - someone who can facilitate your entertainment with confidence, talent, and social skills. I have expertise in gigging weddings, private parties, clubs, bar mitzvahs, proms, and lake cruises. I'm a knowledgeable professional, with enthusiasm and energy, willing to entertain guests and fans of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. During the pandemic, I've been utilizing Twitch Live-Streams to continue to practice and market myself.

Check out one of my recorded live streams here, below!

Vermont DJ Matt Emery 2021-03-09 20-23-20 on Vimeo


Featured Vermont DJ: Bucky Brandt

Vermont Wedding DJ Bucky Brandt

Sometime  in the early 1990s, my neighbor, Supersounds founder and owner Grant Allendorf, asked me if I might want to become a DJ and work for him, and in the late spring of 1995, I began this completely unexpected and remarkably rewarding journey that has now led to my DJing more than 2500 events from weddings to corporate parties to mitzvahs to school dances to anniversaries to entertainment for tourists--all while teaching English and coaching lacrosse at Mount Mansfield Union High School.  At least 500 of these events have been weddings. I had no idea at the time how much I would come to love working for and being with people at their most joyous and intimate occasions. I am surprised how often I find myself moved to tears (well nearly--I am working) when I listen to a speech by a maid of honor, a best man, or a father of the bride I do not know about a bride or groom I also do not know.  Nevertheless, one of the truly serendipitous and joyful aspects of DJing for me has been that about four or five times a year I have the good and rich pleasure of DJing the wedding of a former student or lacrosse player.  So while I always enjoy the personal connection with our customers, the connection is all the more full at these events. Like all Supersounds DJs, I take great pleasure in working with the crowd to build the party and the dancefloor in order to allow people to be their very best at their most important occasions.  It is a tremendous privilege that I do not take for granted to have a job in which my goal and the source of my personal satisfaction is to make people happy--to push them to elation and create a sense of euphoria--all in a style that most suits them.  Whether I am at a dinner cruise on the lake, a school dance in a drab gym, or a grand wedding at a classic Vermont venue, this goal of making people smile and letting them find the most joy they can keeps me working hard for our customers and brings me as much pure exuberance as I believe and hope it brings them.

 

My Family--circa 2011


Featured Vermont Wedding DJ: Duane Dakin

A Word From DJ Duane on his experience and why he will take your event to the next level!

Hi, my name is DJ Duane, and I have worked as a DJ at SuperSounds since 2000. In that time I have amassed a repertoire of more than two-thousand events! As the company’s manager from 2008-2018, there is not an event, style, or theme I haven’t performed at with top-notch results. Today I specialize mostly with weddings as the chosen “primary lead DJ” for Grant at the Mansfield Barn Wedding Venue. There are numerous online videos of me at work, and over twenty evaluations on Wedding Wire.

If you choose to have me do your event I will dot my “I’s and cross my “T’s” as I have done for hundreds of others.  There is NO substitute for experience on your big day!


Featured Vermont Wedding DJ Jeff Springer

DJ Jeff Springer

Hi “MY NAME IS JEFF.” I have served all varieties of events and groups for years.  I have worked with crowds of 500 adults to 500 teenagers. I have done small parties to large weddings. I have DJ’d and MC’d all types of events and know it is my job to make your party a success for you and your guests.  If you want a DJ who will serve you with excellence and create great memories, then I am your guy!  I will give you what you want and understand you and your wedding needs.  I can adjust to your requests on the spot, will be prepared for everything, and service your event with the highest quality. I am approachable, caring, empathetic, fun, and honest, love to make others happy, and help you have a great time!  The day is your day, and I will make it your best day!

DJ Jeff & His Familiy at the Burlington Waterfront

How To Choose A Wedding Videographer

How To Choose A Wedding Videographer

Thinking of hiring a wedding videographer for your event?  Here are some questions you need to ask, if you want to get the best! 

 

Do I really need a wedding video? YES, and here’s why!

Often couples will write-off having video at their wedding, due to the added expense, and the focus on the wedding photographer.  Undoubtedly the pictures are SO IMPORTANT! However, without video, you will never be able to look back and hear your vows, readings, and the toasts given!  Those once-in-a-lifetime moments will be lost to distant memory without video. Not to mention that video proof of the wild party animals in action will be lost as well!  With your wedding video, your wedding will be captured to treasure for years to come!

 

What experience and strategies do you have that others don’t for getting the best video?

Make sure your videography company is experienced and has been doing weddings for at least 5 years.  Video Memory has been filming weddings since 1980, and knows all of the tricks of the trade to capture your special day and get great footage.  One example for sunny days - for church ceremonies - the videographer will have someone shut the doors after the bride and her father enter the church.  This allows for better lighting (less backlight) for the bride and her father during their processional! Another example is for when we shoot a wedding.  We have a checklist of positioning and particular shots that must be made. This is crucial for the fine details of your wedding, so that everything is captured to treasure for years to come!!!  Those particular moments include guests arriving to the ceremony and reception, and also cocktail hour mingling. This helps set the scene of what happened and who was at your wedding. Again, small parts like this ensure nothing is left out of capturing the biggest day of your life!

 

What is your backup equipment?

A good videographer will have backup equipment that is the same quality or identical to their primary camera.  Also ask how many cameras the videographer carries with him/her.

 

How do you ensure quality audio?

This is especially important.  A good videographer must have at least 2 sources of audio for your event!  If any weather, or unforeseen circumstance was to interfere with 1 audio source, there must be at least one backup!  Having 3 Sources of audio is the best!!!

 

How will I get my final video and what quality will it be in?

Will the videographer send it to you via USB, DVD, BLU RAY ?  This is a great question to ask before you are sent a format that is not convenient for you.  For example, if you do not have a Blu-Ray player then you may want it in a streaming format, or USB.

 

How many hours of coverage is included in the price? 

This may seem basic, but be sure to compare services and quotes because some companies may offer more or less hours of coverage.  Videographers range in price vastly, so be sure to check around, and get specifics of exactly what is included in your price. Also how long will the video be that is being produced?  Do you get all, or most of the raw footage? These are all great questions to ask while comparing services and researching options.

 

After reading this we hope you are well-equipped to get the best videography service that is right for you!  To engaged couples, we wish you congratulations, and the best of luck with the wedding planning process! The adventure is beginning, and what fun it will be!  Cheers! And don’t forget to get wild for the video!!!!

 


How To Choose A Photo Booth For Your Wedding or Event

How To Choose A Photo Booth For Your Wedding or Event

 

Thinking about a photo booth for your next event but don’t know exactly what to do?  Should you do it yourself? Hire a company? Or Have a friend do it? If you do it yourself, should you use an ipad, or what kind of camera?  Maybe a Polaroid photo booth station? In this article we will cover some of the pros and cons of photo booth options.  

 

Firstly, do you want digital images?  If no, then the polaroid booth with a backdrop may be an option for you.  With that said, in this day and age, it is so simple to have those images in digital format to last forever, and will also give you the option to print and enlarge particular ones that may be hilariously amazing!!!  With a polaroid option, you have only one copy of each picture, and risk losing that moment forever! If you do want digital images, you may want to use an ipad or ipod with a backdrop as a photo booth station. While the quality of phones and ipads have increased over the years, enlarging such a compressed file won’t end up with the best result!  Also, it may be difficult to hook up a printer at the event - so you are left with digital images only.

 

Secondly, how many copies of the photo do you want to print?  If there are multiple guests in a single picture, you may want more than one copy of the picture for the guests to take home!  Having a polaroid camera leaves only one copy! Having an ipad may not have an option to have any printed copies! This is where hiring a company who specializes in photo booths may be the right choice for your event.  Hiring the right photo booth service will allow you to get both printed copies at the event for guests to take home, and digital copies that are high quality!

Hiring a photo booth service - what questions to ask them?  If you decide to hire a photo booth service, there are important questions to ask the company providing it, to make sure you are getting the highest quality service.  These are all elements that make hiring a service well worth the cost!

Do I get the digital images and printed copies?  A good photo booth rental company will give you both the digital images, and also printed copies at the event for your guests to take home.

How many hard copies are printed at the event?  There is usually more than one person in a photo booth picture, so having at least 2 copies printed at the event is a must!

How many pictures are taken per session?  Some photo booths may only take 3 pictures per session.  Others take 6 pictures per session - so you are getting more bang for your buck with 6 pictures, and more fun for the guests!  Also, you will end up with more digital pictures at the end if the photo booth service does 6 pictures per session!

Is the booth enclosed, or open air?  There are many options when it comes to photo booths.  Small booths hold only 2 people. Jumbo booths hold up to 15 people!  Open air booths can hold a lot more! *** The open air photo booths, we have found, do not allow for an intimate, fun, “candid” setting and don’t produce pictures that are as much fun!  The privacy of an enclosed booth, sets the scene for hilarious pictures!!!!!!

Is there an attendant with the booth? And are they FUN?  Some photo booth rentals may not come with an attendant.  The attendant helps the guests utilize the photo booth to its fullest potential, meaning that they make sure the guests know how many pictures are being taken, where to look, and make prop and pose suggestions!  If you have the right attendant, they will take the booth to the next level of fun, and your pictures will reflect that!!!! For example, if guests don’t know where to look, or if they walk out after 3 pictures, and the booth takes 6, then you have lost photos, and photos that don’t come out as good!!!!  The attendant also deals with any technical issues that could arise! If you do not have an attendant, there is potential failure!!!

What do you have backup equipment???  Is there backup equipment on hand if something malfunctions on the photo booth?  Technical issues can arise on rare occasions, and it is imperative to have backup equipment to remedy the situation so the show goes on!  For an event such as your wedding, or bar mitzvah, you don’t want to lose those memories and want to make sure the booth is running for your guests the entire time!  Our company, Green Mountain Photo Booth essentially carries 2 identical photo booth systems to the job, so that if anything were to malfunction - we would immediately have it fixed!!

What camera is used and quality are the images?   The camera used should be a reputable digital camera, with high megapixels.  Should you decide to enlarge the images, this will make them much clearer, and sharper!!!  You will be glad when you have a real gem of a photo that needs to be framed, posted on social, or put up on a billboard!!

 

All of these reasons above should indicate that hiring a photo booth rental company can be a valuable endeavor, especially when you are hosting an event such as a wedding, bar mitzvah, or anniversary party.  I am always surprised by how much fun is had by guests having a few cocktails, and getting in the photo booth to have fun, let loose a little, and take some funny photos! A pro tip: always have props - of some kind.  There is always a party animal or two who will put the props together to make everyone laugh! Thanks for reading this article, and don’t forget…. SMILE!!!