Welcome!

Posted in Welcome on January 10, 2011 by mattgraumann

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Hello, and thank you for visiting!

MatthewGraumann@Gmail.com

Cell:  805-501-3784

I’m Matt Graumann, and I hope you have as much fun browsing and reading as I did creating the stories.

…and my Wedding Wire reviews (Please read them carefully, and compare what my clients say, compared to other Mobile DJs, i.e. “They played good music.”): Wedding Wire reviews.

My Philosophy:

“You deserve attentive and personalized service from our first phone call through the last dance.”

The ingredients for a successful event include enthusiasm, a sense of humor, and a pleasant attitude.

        Seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter ringing in my ears makes me proud to be a part of this wonderful profession.”

Imagine This:

“Weddings are all about love! All of us are so busy these days that your wedding will feel like a big family reunion. Picture all of your friends, family, and relatives enjoying themselves catching up on friendships, laughing, and dancing the night away!

All too soon it’s time to say farewell, and start your new lives together. If I can help create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of, I would be honored.”

My cell is 805-501-3784 if you prefer to text.

I’m also currently one of the Co-Directors of the ABC Westlake Village / Thousand Oaks local networking group along with Deanna Nash Events:

https://www.facebook.com/ABC.WestlakeVillage.ThousandOaks/

Photo Credit:  Jenny Quicksall Photography

Certificates, training, and workshops that have to be earned:

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Wedding Entertainment Director:

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Toastsmasters (Now an Advanced Communicator Gold):

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Past local chapter President and National Secretary of the American Disc Jockey Association:

 

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Active member and past member of event industry trade associations:

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Please call or email for information regarding talent fees and date availability.  Dates are booked on a “first come, first served” basis.

All The Best,

Matt Graumann

MatthewGraumann@gmail.com

 

All posts and content copyright 2020 Matt Graumann Entertainment


Matt and Anne’s “Kids”:  Princess, Ace, and Queue

(Photo credit: Dorien Vogelaar)

A special “Thank you” to Mark and Rebecca Ferrell for helping me to be the best that I can be for my clients!  http://markferrell.com/not-about-mark-ferrell/

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Southern California Wedding Reception DJ Pricing Explained:

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1.  Less than $999.99?:

No.  Just don’t.  Run!  It’s 2019.  Everybody has heard (or seen) at least one “Mobile DJ Horror Story.”  Don’t let a cheap DJ rip you off!

2.  $999.99 to $1495:  Usually a beginner, a hobbyist, “part time,” or a “subcontractor/employee” from a larger, “Multi Operator” DJ company/Agency that rents out, er, “hires out” other DJs.

Be sure to ask:  Larger companies may, or may not “assign” you a specific DJ for your wedding date.  Get everything in writing.

They probably won’t have a lot of experience hosting and entertaining.  Training usually is minimal or basic…so is their planning, wedding etiquette skills, and event direction.

Most likely will be “adequate” as an announcer, but not a true Master of Ceremonies.  Music knowledge and programming is typically more “Standardized.”

Results for your celebration will vary from “Forgettable” to “Average” to maybe even, “Good Enough.”

3.  $2,000 +

Usually are full time, single operators, who are passionate and dedicated to their craft, and have many years of wedding experience.  They are confident (not arrogant, nor “cocky”) in their abilities, and many will stand by their promises with a “money back guarantee.”

They have advanced training, public speaking and (appropriate) humor skills, continue to learn and improve, and are able to collaborate with you for any personalized ideas.

Music selection, programming, and mixing are at professional levels, and their sound system looks and sounds amazing!

These DJs are able to create special, memorable moments (GOOD ones, not the bad ones that end up on YouTube!), and are at your service for questions, planning, and your overall “Peace of Mind.”

And, your celebration is going to be FUN!

4.  $1,000,000:  Tiesto, Vanilla Ice, Calvin Harris…

In every industry, there are exceptions to the rule.

Also, options and enhancements like ceremony services, uplighting, dance lighting, and photo booths are sometimes available, or you could look for other companies that specialize in these services.

Not everyone gets to plan and host a wonderful celebration like you and your families are doing, so even though things might seem pretty hectic, good luck in your search, and be sure to enjoy the journey!

From my April 11th, 2015 couple – Sherwood Country Club:

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Sure, I have many “5 Star Reviews.”  …Just like many other Mobile DJs.

But then, sometimes a “5 Year Anniversary Thank You Note” arrives:

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Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2017 by mattgraumann

This guy.  Love his artistry and work!

www.chrisschmitt.com

Recent Highlights – Thank You!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2015 by mattgraumann

A special celebration at Mr. Murdock’s Ventura Farms:

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Video highlight recap:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UMe7oIzPpc&feature=youtu.be

Thank you, video credit from Alex and Vanessa from AndHer Visuals.

www.AndHerVisuals.com

Sherwood Country Club’s Memorial Day Pool Party:

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Sherwood Country Club’s beautiful new ballroom:

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Lawn ceremony site:

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Ceremony / Cocktail Terrace:

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Team Sherwood:  Work hard, play hard!

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(Photo credit:  Chris Schmitt Photography)

Sherwood Country Club – JJ and Elena’s Wedding Highlight Video (Credit – Chris Schmitt Photography & First Look Films):

March For Babies Los Angeles Walk.  Co-Master of Ceremonies and DJ for 15,000+

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Rockin’ it for a great cause!

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Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Employee Appreciation Event (Lights, Video, and extra sound provided by PSAV):

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United Way / Meathead Movers “Girls’ Night Out” Fundraiser

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Corporate Awards Event at Magic Mountain:

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A stunning wedding ceremony site – “The Tuscan Garden” at the Westlake Village Inn

(Lighting by Ideal Light And Sound)

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The Westlake Village Inn’s new tent!

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The awesome Dana Jordan!

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Moorpark Country Club:

Magnificent views and elegant menus!

 

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B & G Dance

 

Corporate Holiday Party for 400 at Calamigos Ranch

 

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Fun with James Hickey Photography!

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UCLA New Graduate Student Welcome – 1750 Students and Faculty.  Go Bruins!

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Grand Entrance Fun at Spanish Hills Country Club!

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Team Spanish Hills!

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Spanish Hills beautiful sweetheart table, flowers, and uplighting:

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Love.

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Mark Laing Creative Photography:

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Thank you, Mark, for being a gentleman, and your work is wonderful!

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Burgundy Blue Photography

info@burgundyblue.com

805-795-1616

“Timeless, Classic, and Fun!”

Ryan and Jayna, doing what they love, and making couples happy:

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Photo credits:  http://www.jesworkman.com/

If you don’t know Britt Arnett from The Argus Image, please be sure to visit her site!

Link for a published article courtesy of Southern California Homes:

http://www.southerncaliforniahomes.com/articles/matt-graumann-entertainment-is-the-most-organized-dj-and-shows-dedication-to-clients

Alex Neumann Photography – Awesome!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 7, 2012 by mattgraumann

If you’re still looking for your wedding photographer, www.AlexNeumann.com is great!

He’s an artist, and his work is wonderful:

Mr. Neumann, thanks for being a good friend, and you’re always professional (and fun!) to work with at our weddings.

You always make everyone look great!

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Images Copyright 2012, Alex Neumann Photography – 805.376.0612

Spanish Hills Country Club Bridal Event – Sunday, January 26th, 2020!

Posted in Bridal Events! on September 1, 2009 by mattgraumann

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The Beautiful Spanish Hills Country Club Ballroom

(Uplighting by Matt Graumann Entertainment).

Time for another great bridal showcase at one of the most wonderful country clubs in Ventura County!

Come chat and say “Hello,” sample some great food, view their beautiful ceremony sites and ballroom, and enjoy Spanish Hills’ service and atmosphere.

“A Day Celebrating Weddings!”

Come say “Hello,” and bring your family and friends.

Sunday, January 26th, 2020, 1-4PM.

Meet the best wedding professionals at Ventura County’s premier wedding venue.

For more information or tickets call or email events@spanishhillscc.com
(805) 388-5000 or visit www.spanishhillswedding.com

999 Crestview Avenue, Camarillo, CA 93010.

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It’s Almost Fall…Do You Know Where Your Lighting Is?

Posted in Wedding Colors & Lighting on August 25, 2009 by mattgraumann

Hello everyone,

I’ve been using my wireless, remote controlled, uplighting system for the past year.  The results have been amazing, and my couples have been thrilled!

What does that mean in “non-techie speak?”

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It means that we can match your wedding colors exactly.

No more royal blue, but not teal.

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No more bright red vs. romantic red.

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And, no more gaudy disco balls or flashing laser beams!

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We can also do fades and changes throughout the evening, timed perfectly to your dances or other special moments.

I love summer.

But fall isn’t bad, either!

“The room looked AMAZING!!!!!!

I literally walked in, and my jaw dropped to the floor 🙂

Thanks again for making our wedding so gorgeous and PERFECT!!!”

– Shauna 🙂
(October, 2010, Spanish Hills Country Club)

More pictures from December, 2010:
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(Photo Credit: Alex Neumann Photography)
Pale Pink at Spanish Hills:
 Winter Wonderland:
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BMW Appreciation Event:
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Gladstone’s Purple:
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Altadena Country Club Amber Uplighting
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New (December, 2014)!  Dance floor water cascading wash, or, layout permitting, you can aim them at the ceiling for an awesome effect.
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We can also make the effect static, and, of course, turn them off for your pictures for your first dance, parent dances, etc…

Girls’ Night Out! – United Way Fundraiser

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2009 by mattgraumann

Update: We’re at it again!  Join us for another evening of fun for a great cause on Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 6PM-9PM at the Camarillo Ranch House.

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There will be plenty of dancing, laughter, and the famous “Meathead Movers” fashion show lineup!

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http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/apr/08/second-quotgirls-night-outquot-fundraiser-event/

GNO 2013 Packed Dance Floor

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Calling all ladies (and guys, too!) for a fun evening to benefit female foster youth.  The United (Way) Women’s Leadership Council is hosting the event along with Meathead Movers, and myself as the entertainment.

 

For reservations, please visit www.vcunitedway.org and click on “News and Events,” or call 805-485-6288 x265

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Nicole and Phil Lish – November 28th, 2008; Calamigos Ranch

Posted in Wedding Celebrations on November 24, 2008 by mattgraumann

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All photo credits: Roman and Yvette Galvan
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galvanphoto1@yahoo.com

I first met Nicole and Phil in July, 2008, at Jerry’s Deli in Marina Del Rey for a dinner date to learn more about their wedding plans, and to see if we had a personality and style match.

After a few minutes, I could see that they were a great couple…Phil was cool, and Nicole was also a Psychology Major, so we were off to a good start!

They were looking for a “relaxed, organized, and comfortable” celebration without any “cheesiness”…but they didn’t want a boring DJ!  Since their wedding date was the day after Thanksgiving and all of their friends and family would be coming into town, they wanted to make sure that everyone would be glad they attended.

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We had a match, and in October, we met at Calamigos to plan their timeline, special songs, and discuss some personalized ideas.  We kept in touch via phone and email, and when I received some of their finished “homework,” and as the song lists were finalized, I knew this was going to be an incredible celebration!

Since I was providing the sound and music for their ceremony, I also attended their rehearsal.  It was great to meet their parents, and Nicole’s Uncle Dave who would be officiating their wedding.  I thought that Nicole and Phil looked excited and happy; they didn’t seem nervous, at all.

Custom pre-ceremony and ceremony selections set the tone for a meaningful and emotional ceremony.  I think everyone held it together pretty well until Nicole began walking down the aisle with her father, Steve.

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Then Uncle Dave read another personal dedication and tribute, and I, too, had to reach for a tissue.

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Cocktails began with Nicole and Phil’s “Beatles Love Mix” of songs that got everyone ready for a unique and unforgettable grand entrance! We also did a special entrance for their wedding party, and everyone loved it!  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

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After dinner, we recognized special milestones for some of their guests, and also explained why there were 1000, hand folded cranes behind their sweetheart table.  Then Phil escorted Nicole to the dance floor, and everyone cheered them on to Billy Joel’s “I Love You Just The Way You Are.”

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Next, Phil traded places with Nicole’s father so he could dance with his daughter, and a personalized dedication before their song created this moment:

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Dancing requests included classic rock, group “sing a longs,” and the song of the night was “Bro Hymn” for Phil and his buddies, and that brought the house down!

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After that, we had to tone things down a bit…LOL.

The evening ended with everyone surrounding Mr. And Mrs. Lish for one last dance, and then it was time to start their married lives together.

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I got to know Nicole and Phil very well, and I know they will put in the time and effort for their marriage, just like Nicole did for her softball career, and Phil does at his job.

The best part of the evening was after I had already thanked them and said “goodbye,” and about 15 minutes later, they came up to me, we chatted some more, and gave each other a hug.

Several weeks later, Nicole and Phil’s thank you note arrived in the mail.  They had written many nice things, but most importantly, they stated, “…Our day turned into a great reflection of us.”

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That’s what it’s all about.

Stacy and David Saenz – June 14th, 2008; The Intercontinental Hotel, Los Angeles

Posted in Wedding Celebrations on November 24, 2008 by mattgraumann

I met this wonderful couple through their wedding coordinator, Tobey Dodge, and we scheduled a lunch meeting at their hotel.

It was readily apparent that they knew their music, because when they were dating, they used to go out to clubs in San Francisco and stay out dancing until 3 or 4AM! I knew I would have to be on my toes, and we began talking about ways to incorporate their selections to create a loungey, fun, but not a “stuffy” affair.

They wanted all of their guests to enjoy themselves, because most would be travelling from out of town or out of country, and they definitely didn’t want the YMCA, the Macarena, or a corny game show host!

Since they are both busy and successful at their jobs, many emails flew back and forth across the country, and we also had a conference call or two to finalize their details and requests. We ended up with a really cool list of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s tunes, 80’s hip hop, 80’s pop, 80’s hair metal bands, 90’s hip hop, 90’s pop and rock, and some Top 40.

The big day arrived, the ballroom was looking beautiful, and the weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony! Hearing Stacy and David recite their vows to each other was a highlight that set the tone for their reception celebration.

Suddenly, a Korean drum group signaled to their guests that dinner was next, and everyone followed them into the ballroom for a drum performance that had everyone cheering and applauding!

After a personalized introduction for their parents, I delivered a high energy and custom introduction for their wedding party, and then, with big smiles on their faces, David and Stacy glided into the ballroom to Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Food was important to them, and the 5 course dinner didn’t disappoint! The socializing vibe included selections from Bocelli, some international and world music, Gypsy Kings, Jazz, and Sinatra.

After the toasts and the entrée, Stacy and David held hands at their family table for their personalized, funny, and touching special introduction before their first dance as husband and wife. Their guests really enjoyed it, and it was my honor to share their story.

Dancing and party time commenced, and I’m not sure who were better dancers….Stacy and her friends, or David and his buddies! We’ll call it a “tie,” as everyone was out on the floor having a blast. I’ll bet there were some sore feet the next morning!

Later on, Stacy and David had their ceremonial cake cutting and gave their “Thank You” toast to all of their friends and family.

Dessert and a cheese course was served, but the dancing kept going strong until midnight, and there was a big, happy group of dancers left on the dance floor when it was time to say “goodnight.”

After their wedding, Stacy and David were off to Italy and Croatia to “eat, drink, be merry, and relax at the beach.”

Just before they got engaged, Stacy and David were living in New York, and they discovered that the city is a great place to be in love…now they are back in the city, living in the West Village, just a few blocks north of the spot where David proposed.

Mr. And Mrs. Saenz, Congratulations!

I know you’ll discover that New York will be a great place to celebrate many future anniversaries.

Katie and Greg Pappianou – June 8th, 2008; The Westlake Village Inn

Posted in Wedding Celebrations on November 24, 2008 by mattgraumann

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Three words come to mind when thinking about this wonderful couple.  Family, Fun, and…Fight On!

Guess where Katie went to school?

I met Katie, Greg, and Katie’s family through my friend Emily (thanks again, Emily!), as Emily’s sister went to school with Katie’s brother.

I remember sitting down in their family room and meeting everyone (including their dog, Liz), and that all of us couldn’t stop smiling and laughing!  I could tell right away that both of them had great families, and that’s an important ingredient for a successful wedding celebration.

They told me they were looking for a fun and traditional wedding with some personalized touches, but not a DJ who plays offensive music…or someone who would embarrass and upstage Katie (and Greg).  Since I don’t make it a habit to be a game show host, we had a match!

Katie and Greg both lived out of town, but staying in touch for our planning was fun, as Katie and I competed to see who was more organized (I think we tied).

I also want to thank Katie and Greg again, because before they even had their wedding, Katie referred me to one of her USC roommates, Kate, who was getting married to Matt (not me) on January 5th, 2008 (please see my previous post).  So I actually ended up performing at Matt and Kate’s wedding first, in front of Katie, Greg, and Katie’s parents….hey, no pressure!

In May, we met again to finalize their wedding program, and it was another fun time.  Katie’s parents are wonderful people with a great sense of humor, and before we knew it, June 8th had arrived.

Their ceremony at the Tuscan Garden site was both beautiful and meaningful.  But, what was this?  At the end of their ceremony, their guests remained seated as the wedding party walked out first, then Greg’s groomsmen stood at attention at the back.  Only then did Pastor Johnsen announce “Mr. And Mrs. Katie and Greg Pappianou!”, and as I played their recessional music, applause filled the air as they exited underneath an arch of swords!  Very official looking and dignified.

Everyone enjoyed cocktails as Michael Buble, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, and Nat King Cole crooned in the background, and after recognizing their grandparents, parents, and wedding party with a personalized entrance, Ensign and Mrs. Greg Pappianou took the dance floor to “Young At Heart” by Frank Sinatra.

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After dinner, everyone went to an adjoining room where the bar and dance floor were open!  How can I describe the rest of the evening?  Take a look:

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One of the many dance highlights of the evening was “Shout!” Picture 60-70 people on the dance floor all jumping up and down at the same time…in a ballroom that’s on the second floor.  I hope they didn’t cause any permanent damage to the building!

Another unforgettable moment was when Katie surprised her Uncle Warren by inviting him to dance with her to “All I Want Is You”…no, not the U2 song…the one by Barry Louis Polisar.  That made his night!

Later on, Katie invited her sorority sisters to the dance floor and they sang a few songs together!

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Then, (to the horror of any UCLA alumni that were in attendance), the “USC Fight Song” was cranked up, and the dance floor was full for the rest of the night.

Since their entire group was young at heart, there was still a big group of people that were invited out to the lobby for the big sendoff!

Katie and Greg, Larry and Wendy, thanks for everything, and I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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