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Praise from voice students

"Amy Biondo has a very special way of setting a warm inviting tone when she teaches, allowing even the shiest of singers like myself to open up and feel truly supported. Filled with inspiration after our first voice lesson, I sat in my car and wrote a poem. Later Amy taught me how to simplify the process of converting my poems into songs. In just the short time I’ve spent with her she has helped me to discover my voice in ways I didn’t know were possible. I am forever grateful to her and her excellence in voice coaching." - Úna Hager 

"Amy is incredibly warm and makes music accessible to anyone. She is nurturing my daughter’s love of singing, but more importantly, she is nurturing her as a person and building her self-esteem. Highly recommend!" - Jenny McGuire

“I have so much gratitude for how you relate with my teenage son and how your playful interactions uplift and cheer him up. His work with you has increased his confidence in being who he is and manifesting in the world in a way that feels true to him. Thank you for bringing out the magic in my child!” - Nik Maslow

"I have taken in person lessons and zoom lessons from Amy, as well as her online course. All fantastic. The quality of my singing has improved immensely since I began working with Amy 2 years ago, and has been noticed by others as well. During the pandemic when i was home with my 2 kids, finding dedicated time to schedule lessons became challenging; that's where Amy's online course became invaluable. I could work on my voice whenever time allowed, be it 15 minutes in the morning or an hour at night. It kept me on my vocal game, and also made it easier to jump back into lessons with Amy when the kids went back to in person learning. Having the online course in my back pocket (so to speak) gives me incredible flexibility when I cannon scheduled a 1-1 lesson. Amy is always very encouraging and provides all the tools you need to work on any and every nuance of your voice. I have used various voice coaches over the years, Amy is the absolute tops.if you are serious about improving your voice, and I must say, every lesson is truly enjoyable. I walk away feeling renewed every time." - Sarah Goran

“Amy Biondo has an innate ability to guide others to find their voice; to connect with themselves, to relax and embrace the voice and the body, allowing everything to work together. Though I’ve just begun working with her, in a short time I have discovered much about myself and I’m feeling increased confidence in using my voice, for all kinds of things, including singing." - KFD

“I want to let you know how pleased and truly, truly thankful I am for you and your influence in our daughter’s life. After her lesson, she sang nonstop for three days! I just wanted to say thank you for being the teacher that she needs right now.” –China Kent

“We love the work you do with our son. It's so much more than just singing: it's fun and growth and self-confidence. Voice lessons are a bright spot in his life, and that's 100% because of you.” – Ethan Decker

“Thank you for the gentle spirit with which you teach. Our daughter loves working with you!” – Shirly Lee

"Working with Amy is dynamic, personal, and deeply supportive. Unlike any voice work I've done before! Highly recommend if you are looking to grow vocal knowledge and build skill in a spiritual, kind environment." -Alicia Goodeallen

"I decided to study with Amy after hearing her sing at Caffe Sole in Boulder. I wanted to learn how she sang so effortlessly and seemed so relaxed in front of an audience. I am a semi-professional jazz trumpeter, but have always wanted to improve my singing. Within a very short period of time, Amy had me singing in a much more relaxed way, using unique exercises that helped me loosen up my jaw and open my throat. This also immediately helped me with my pitch. She is a wonderful, encouraging, positive teacher. I enjoyed every minute with her and plan on “brushing up” with her on some more tunes in the future. I can’t recommend her enough." - Chris Hansen

"Our teenaged daughter loves her private voice lessons with Amy! She is fun to work with and so very supportive. Amy has helped our daughter to better understand her voice, and she was essential in preparing her for an audition. Highly recommend!" - Jen Berlingo

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Praise from workshop and course participants

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"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For the first time in many moons I slept peacefully and uninterrupted  through the entire night! Your guidance in this practice led me to such a place of relaxed freedom of expression that I literally felt the weight of the dark, quarantine "anxiety cloud" that I had been carrying around for so long lifting and drifting away. The feeling of openness brought me to such a much needed sense of relief, that I am so looking forward to experiencing this beautiful gift again and again." - Jeanine Brunetti

“What a wonderful experience! The first workshop kind of opened up the floodgates for me… I started to realize how numb and emotionally shut down I have become. Then I laid down on the floor and started to relax. I felt a sort of tribal feeling with the sounds and the music coming from Amy and Roy. I got up and started moving… then I just started crying, grieving… At the second workshop, I found myself smiling and singing and losing myself for a while. A much needed escape! This is a good thing you are doing. People really need this now. Thank you.” - Shirley

“Amy and Roy held such welcoming space, I felt free to move and vocalize with comfort and ease. This experience for me felt so healing, such a release, and I look forward to doing it again soon.” - Monica

 

“Loved it!  Totally unexpected and wonderfully liberating.” - Jason

"I loved freeing up creative impulses and collaboration with others; finding playfulness with others and losing track of myself. Vocal improvisation! I love it! It was a really balanced workshop—lots of material to reflect on and to have experienced in the moment. Very inspiring.” - Laura

"Thank you for creating a safe playful space." 
 

"Amy’s inviting, calm joy set a nice tone." 

"What I loved was Amy's gentle guidance and encouragement to explore vocalizations and have fun!" - Cory 

"I loved hearing vocal inspiration from others, being connected to them, feeling the safety and non-judgment of the space, the laughter we shared." - Liv

 

"I liked the permission, encouragement, clarity of instruction." 

"Very nice feeling of relaxation and connection in the group.  I liked the playful interactive quality." 

"I liked Amy’s presentation of graciousness, in terms of creating calm and stillness and full expression.” - Mariana

"Discovering and playing with voice as a contemplative practice was a new and fun challenge.” - David

"I appreciated having this space to break down some inhibitions—I found sonic delight in the freedom of the sounds tonight. It was a sort of music that came from the less tame aspects of human beings." - Deb

Praise from the audience

"I went into this feeling a bit nervous about how it would turn out. Not that I ever doubted Amy's talent or ability, but I was afraid it might be a bit cheesy or not quite say what I wanted to communicate. 

"Halfway into the first verse I burst into tears. Amy nailed it. She was able to create a beautiful song that captured the essence of my sister (who is dying of ALS), my love for her and some of the special moments of our lives. I am just so blown away by Amy’s ability to write songs about people she doesn’t even know after a one hour interview! During the interview there were a few times when I would stop speaking and was unsure of what to say and Amy kept the perfect questions coming to keep the conversation rolling and made it so easy to talk to her. 

"I am completely happy, just over the moon happy with this song, and I cannot wait to share it with my sister. Such a unique and meaningful gift to give somebody.  Who wouldn’t want a song written just for them? To answer my own question, it’s a life experience that anyone would be thrilled to have!" -Karen Diamond

“The lovely, liquid voice and tender lyrics pour over me, bringing tears to my eyes as I listen to our song again and again. Our interview was so lighthearted and filled with laughter as we shared the stories of our first date, courtship and love story. Amy's genuine heart embraced our spirit and we are overwhelmed by the beautiful music and touching words that so perfectly capture the essence that is uniquely ‘us.’ The image of our ‘Angels Katherine,’ the name of both of our mothers, watching over us, our expression of love in food and wine and family is so emotional and dear, family members and friends hearing our song were moved to tears. Yes, we ‘found a home’ in each other and we found this understanding and creative soul, in Amy, who gave us the amazing and deeply personal gift of ‘our song’ to treasure for a lifetime.” -Jeanine Brunetti

 

“Generations to come may never know us personally, but they will know and understand the beauty and depth of our love because of our song.” -Bob Brunetti

 

“Thank you very much for the song, Amy! Jeff and I loved it. The lyrics were spot on! The richness and beauty of your singing, captured the joy of our first date and our continued happiness together. Your genuine presence and ability to listen translated to meaningful lyrics, music and ultimately, a song of our hearts.” – Chad Loiacono

“It is difficult to put into words how special the experience was to have Amy capture our love story and relationship, and put it into such a charming song. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I cannot take for granted that most songs out there are intended for my kind of relationship... and that can be frustrating. Amy was wonderful to work with in this regard and it was a blessing to feel like someone championed our relationship. It'll be a big surprise for me to share the song at our upcoming wedding [date TBD, post-pandemic] and I cannot wait to see my husband's face when I spring it on him. As a singer myself, I really appreciate how she not only recorded it with her as the singer, but also provided an accompaniment track I can use when I perform it at the reception. I cannot thank Amy enough - such a joy to work with and I was impressed how quickly everything came together.” -Tom Blankenship

"We were invited to a small dinner party with relatives to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary. As the evening progressed, my husband surprised me with a custom love song written and sung by Amy Biondo, accompanied by Bill Kopper on the guitar. The song was so personal; it captured the essence of our life’s journey through the years. I was completely taken by how much we are still in love and how my husband was able to express this to me through Amy’s beautifully written song. The room was filled with tears and smiles and lots of emotion." - Shirley Mesoros

"Amy was so wonderful to work with, so insightful, and knew exactly what style I was going for as she wrote the song for our sweet Allie, who passed away of complications of pneumonia in 2019. Amy has a keen sense of emotional tenor, and found the right mix of love and pathos in the music and lyrics. It was engineered to perfection. I highly recommend Amy Biondo when you want a unique and lovely song to honor or memorialize a loved one!" - Mary Balzar

"We were with friends and were discussing our songs. After 51 years of marriage, we realized that either we did not have a song or just forgot what it was. To surprise my wife on our anniversary I contacted Amy Biondo, a local performer and song writer to write us a special anniversary song. Amy agreed and interviewed me by telephone to avoid a potential virus exposure. After giving Amy my information, she went to work on our song, and this will be our song going forward. We were lucky to have Amy and Bill at a small gathering to personally perform our song. We along with a small group of relatives sat there in awe all with misty eyes as the song captured the essence of our beginnings and our lives together. Then Amy and Bill took random requests from those in attendance and even though there were some songs that they had never played together before they blended song and instrument together flawlessly. I would not hesitate to recommend Amy’s song writing ability or Amy and Bill's performance for any occasion. A special song and performance at a wedding or any occasion would really be special as it was for us." - Joe Mesoros

"Amy Biondo did an incredible job! The love song she wrote for our anniversary was perfect. It was personalized and better than I thought possible. For our song I had a few unique or even unusual requests which Amy handled with ease. She was so easy to work with and very accommodating. You can trust her to turn your story into the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. I can’t say enough good about Amy Biondo and what she wrote for us. She helped me express my deep love and friendship in the most special way. Now it’s forever a part of our love story. Thank you Amy!" - Paul Wheelhouse

"Thanks a lot for your amazing work! You know, for some days now I have something that here in Germany we call 'earworm' - a melody or refrain that I just can‘t get out of my head - in a positive way! I really enjoy your performance. Your collaboration and service the past few weeks have been competent and friendly all the time. I did contact other love song creators before you, asking for the possibility of partially Farsi lyrics, none of them replied the way like you did: 'no problem!'

So, thanks again for your work and your openness for new challenges." - Johannes Lange

Praise from custom song clients

Praise for custom songs

"We hired Milestone for our wedding reception in Vail where we had about 110 guests. Having a great band was one of the most important things when we were planning our wedding, and Milestone went above and beyond our expectations. This is no ordinary wedding cover band – The Milestone Band are truly talented and versatile musicians. We had a smaller trio play light jazz music during cocktail hour, and then expanded to a 7-piece band with horns when it was time for dancing to begin. They had all ages out on the dance floor enjoying themselves, and we received so many compliments from our guests about how amazing the band was. As the bride, I couldn’t tear myself away from the dance floor – I was having so much fun! In addition, Ricardo was easy to work with and responsive to all of my questions. I highly recommend Milestone and would hire them again in a heartbeat!" - Jaclyn (Bride)

"Milestone is the most incredibly talented group of artists that not only provides quality service, but creates an atmosphere that is exceptionally fun! There wasn't a soul at our wedding that could keep themselves off of the dance floor! I can honestly say that Milestone made our reception party unforgettable, giving us our "once in a lifetime" day. They were so wonderful, in fact, that guests at the wedding were asking how to hire them!! Mark is also extremely easy to work with. He gave us all we wanted and more: song requests, brilliant play list to thrill each and every guest no matter their age, as well as being extremely welcoming and accepting of some last minute changes. Mark Diamond and Milestone made our party what it was; a joyous celebration of music, dancing, laughter, and love. The perfect band for anyone's perfect day!" - Annalise (Bride)

"Amy and Bill are very professional and seem to connect wordlessly in their performance. We requested some of our favorite songs, some of which they had never done together. Bill would effortlessly play an intro and Amy would pick right up with her deep clear vocals, putting their own personalities into each song. They are so talented, warm and natural. Thank you Amy and Bill for this unforgettable evening." - Shirley Mesoros

"We are still glowing from the deeply personal and touching performance Amy and Bill gave at a party at our home celebrating my brother and sister-in-law's anniversary. There wasn’t a dry eye as Amy’s lovely voice and Bill’s amazing guitar accompaniment filled our home and our hearts. It wasn’t just their amazing talent, as they fulfilled our many diversified song requests, but also the absolute warmth and joy of their performance that was felt by every guest. Thank You so much for making our party such a special and meaningful celebration!" - Jeanine Brunetti

“Our guests were entranced, they were tapping their feet, they were laughing and moved by the music, and by the friendly conversational style of Amy and the musicians, that brought everyone into the light of family and enjoying the music together. Our guests requested several songs, and Amy knew them all. Afterward, we received several notes of appreciation from our guests for that unforgettable evening. Thanks, Amy!” - Shelley Schlender

“Amy Biondo may not be Latina by birth, however, her heart beats Latin rhythms as she has been enamored by the music of América Latina all her life and her singing is the ideal addition to the group, reminiscent of the albums of Eydie Gormé with Trio Los Panchos…

"The harmonizing of Ricardo, Amy and Ed [is] seamless… Los Bohemios inject freshness to their renditions that will captivate even the most discerning listeners… [the album is] superb from start to finish. This is an auspicious debut for a group that evokes romance and at times makes you want to get up and dance.” - Arturo Gomez, Music Director of KUVO, on Los Bohemios' self-titled album

"Los Bohemios performed for our elementary students in January of 2023. They were outstanding; the group is made up of high quality musicians, performing a collection of numbers from a diverse spectrum of cultures. The children were very engaged and even had the chance to get up and dance. I would highly recommend this group." - Phil Katsampas, Principal, BCSIS Elementary

"We hired Milestone for our wedding reception and they were excellent! Musically great and fun and able to read the crowd well. Logistically, Amy was so accomodating and helpful with everything leading up to it as well. Highly recommend!" - Sam Tomaso (groom)

 

"Milestone was absolutely PERFECT in every way for our destination wedding!!! I couldn’t have asked for a better band. They performed acoustically on the terrace for cocktail hour, then on stage for the dinner and reception. From their list of over a thousand songs, we narrowed it down to just over one hundred. They seemed to learn and 'read' our group, and picked the perfect music for every moment. Ricardo was so nice to work with and always available. Professional, friendly, EXTREMELY TALENTED, and easy going. They were BETTER than any band I’ve ever seen for a wedding, corporate event, or party, and I’ve seen a lot! We hope to see them again soon!!!" - David D

"Milestone was amazing-I highly recommend them! We wanted something different than the typical wedding playlist. I requested Mariachi, Latin, Jazz, Country, Rock, Southern Rock and top 40 and we got it all! Perfectly performed. Every guest at our wedding was blown away by their talent, diversity, creativity and willingness to please. Several of our guests are very good musicians themselves and everyone commented that they loved the band! We asked for the world and they delivered and made all our dreams come true. It was truly magical." - Lauren B

"Milestone was nothing short of FANTASTIC. As this summer started I immediately went to book them AGAIN after their amazing job last year and wanted to leave a well-deserved 5-star review. They were amazing musicians, very flexible and accommodating (playing a range of genres - oldies to Salsas!) and took requests and favorites. I can't recommend them enough: if you are looking for a good summer band, they are awesome. You will probably have to book them soon: I wouldn't be surprised if they get booked up super fast." -Juan Miguel A

"Milestone was perfect for our wedding. No one wanted to leave the dance floor at the end of the night! They have a wide variety of songs available and sound great across all genres of music. We had multiple guest asking how they could book the band at their next event. They were easy to work with and adhered to all of our requests." - John G

"Milestone was the perfect addition to our wedding day! They had all of the guests out on the dance floor and have an amazing sound overall. I would definitely recommend them if you want your guests of all ages to enjoy the music and keep the crowd dancing all night long!" - Albani G

"Milestone was great! they were on time and professional and seemed really interested in making sure that our expectations were met. The band played a nice selection of songs that suited the event. Very classy group!" - Christine M

"This band was absolutely perfect for our wedding. They learned new pieces to accommodate our ceremony choices, they did an impromptu accompaniment for one of our readers who surprised us and sang it instead, they agreed to provide salsa lessons to everyone, and throughout, the music, singing and energy was fantastic. Can't recommend this band highly enough!" - Sarah M

"The band was amazing and Ricardo was wonderful to work with leading up to our wedding reception date. All of our guests were having such a good time that the band played 2 or 3 encores before we finally had to kick people out of our reception venue due to the venue's curfew! I'd highly recommend hiring the Milestone for your event... you won't be disappointed!" - Leanne C

"What a fantastic job! Milestone recently played our wedding and we couldn't have been happier. Ricardo and his talented musicians lived up to our expectations and delighted the crowd. Thank you so much!" - Scott D

"I absolutely LOVED this band. I can't tell you enough how AMAZING they were. I was so nervous because I'm 30 and my dad picked this band so I was worried only the older guests would be dancing. But they know how to play all different genres of music and are incredibly talented! They even are willing to learn two new songs. They sounded great and had everyone dancing all night long! Would definiltey recommend!" - Rebecca G

"Our corporate function was for 600 people in a Denver restaurant we bought out for the evening. The Ricardo Pena band was LOVED by all. The variety of music they provided, from the Beatles to Marc Anthony salsa covers and everything in-between, was fantastic and the quality of musicianship was superb! People kept coming up to me giving me kudos for the awesome band selection. I also loved working with them in the planning stages of my event and during the event itself. I highly recommend this band!" - Marcia B

"Dealing with Ricardo was one of the easiest aspects of our wedding. The end result was exactly what we wanted. A band brings a little more excitement to a reception than a DJ, in my opinion. We received compliments throughout the evening regarding the band. i HIGHLY recommend booking the Ricardo Pena band based on my experience. Their fee was VERY competitive and the quality of musicians was excellent. Do not hesitate to call an inquire about their service. i can guarantee you it will be an easy decision!" - Said A

"Milestone is simply the best wedding band in the known universe. My wife and I searched for several months until we fortuitously came across the band playing at a local bar in Boulder. They killed! Each and every member are all very talented musicians, not your average variety band. They can play covers like the originals and they are so diverse....they play jazz, funk, rock, salsa etc... If you are smart and care about having the best time at your wedding, then hiring Milestone should be your most pressing priority!" - Brian R

"Fantastic musicians and repertoire -- our guests loved Milestone (the dance floor was full) and they were a snap to work with! lots of positive feedback - including musicians with their own bands." - Leslie I

"Milestone was fantastic. They are extremely talented and played a variety of types and styles of music that we and our guests loved. I also felt very confident that in planning the wedding event Ricardo was sensitive to our needs and more than willing to accomodate our special requests. Ricardo is a polished professional and a great person to work with." - Harry H

"Milestone played at a cookout for my wife & I the day before we got married. We really loved them. And so did our guests. 'Where did you find this band??' 'They're one of the best bands I've heard.' Over and over, people kept coming up to us with compliments for them. But to me, the best compliment for the band is that people got out of their seats to dance and sing along. We were having a blast. The group's musicianship is first-rate. And their versatility was just what we asked for (from the Beatles to Vince Gill to Van Morrison to Led Zeppelin). I highly recommend hiring Milestone. Very talented players for a fun party."

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Praise from the audience

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