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“On behalf of Commodore Ron Burns , myself and the Oyster Point Yacht Club membership I want to thank you and your band mates for making our night such a success. Please thank your crew for us and let them know how much we appreciated all their hard work. You are all truly a talented bunch! Our members were so moved during the Armed Forces Salute and America the Beautiful and I saw a lot of tears and hugs. Your band won our hearts over last night and we look forward to having you play at Oyster Point Yacht Club again this coming year.”

Cheryl Johnson

Oyster Point Yacht Club

“The Generation Gap big band did an amazing job at our wedding! Everyone was blown away by the great sound and the variety of music that the band had to offer. In fact it was the highlight of the party! Even a month after our wedding, we are still getting complements about how wonderful the band was! Generation Gap big band helped make our wedding special for everyone that attended!

Carolyn and Tom Woods

“I want to thank you, Larry and your fellow band members of the Generation Gap, for the wonderful music that you provided for my niece and her husband’s wedding reception in my barn last Saturday evening. My family has received many complements about the wedding and the reception, and all have mentioned the outstanding music of the Generation Gap. Your music was definitely the crowning touch for an elegant evening! Thank you again, Larry and your fellow band members, for helping to make the reception such an exceptional and memorable event.”

Bill Moore

“ ’Larry Knowles and the Fabulous Generation Gap Orchestra’ was how we (advertised) you for our recent Black and White Ball at the Moose Lodge in Lodi, but we severely understated our advertising because you were far beyond fabulous. Amazing and unforgettable are two adjectives that quickly pop into mind, and your singer was absolutely incredible. Speaking for the many serious ballroom and swing dancers who were in attendance, I can only tell you that we are already counting the days until next year’s dance. Thanks, Larry and band members, for a truly memorable evening!”

Michael and Joann (Solari) Hall
Guys and Dolls Ballroom Dance Club
Stockton, CA

To Larry Knowles and the Generation Gap Big Band, “We really had a wonderful time at the dinner/dance last Saturday. Your band has an amazing sound and your vocalist is outstanding. We also loved your choice of dance music, especially because we are dancers. We are definitely looking forward to coming to more of your public events, so put us on your mailing list. We are truly delighted to have our Lodi Moose Lodge hear and dance to your music next; they are going to be amazed! We have a lot of great ballroom dancers who appreciate BIG BAND music. Thanks again for a truly enjoyable evening.”

Joann (Solari-Hall) and Michael Hall

“My husband and I found the Generation Gap (big band) online when searching for a band to play at our wedding. We were drawn to the big band sound, which was evidenced in audio clips on their website, and thought it would be a ton of fun to have them play our reception. Larry responded to our email inquiry promptly. He was courteous and friendly in making arrangements and even drove out for an ‘on-site’ visit beforehand to look at the venue. I could tell that we were dealing with a real professional. Leading up to the wedding he presented suggestions for songs based on our taste and worked with us to find a set list that was perfect for our event. The band exceeded expectations on the day of. Wonderful, talented musicians! There is nothing quite like having the sound and presence of a live 20 piece band. They left a wonderful impression on our guests. There were so many compliments. Our family members were shocked when I told them how reasonably priced the band was. We actually expected the booking price to be much more considering the travel, professionalism, quality of the music and the number of musicians. My husband and I were extremely happy that we could afford this incredible big band for our Sunday wedding. I can’t recommend this band enough. “

Kimie & Jason
Oakland, California

“The Generation Gap (Big Band) is the best example of oldies but goodies. This 19-20 piece band will take you back to memory lane and then bring you up to the classics. They are together, tight, and well-rehearsed. You will have a great time listening and dancing to their music. The Gen.Gap will put you in a good mood no matter what! “

Paula Li Burke

“On October 1st, 2011 The ‘Generation Gap’ Big Band played at Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies 75th Diamond Jubilee Reunion held at the Hyatt Regency -Embarcadero Hotel in San Francisco, CA. I was on the Host Committee and it was a pleasure to work with Larry Knowles not only as the Band Leader, but a professional individual that was very eager to accommodate us in our choice of music for our Gala Dinner/Dance.

Larry and his Band are very professional in appearance and in setting up for their performance. We requested a ‘special’ song that was very famous in the Ice Follies; it was a Johann Strauss Waltz that ended up being called ‘The Swing Waltz’. Larry worked endless hours to find an arrangement that could be played the evening of the Gala. Finally one of his band’s members was able to do a vocal and an instrumental arrangement for us. Needless to say the song was one of the highlights of the evening.

The Generation Gap did a wonderful job playing the ‘Swing Waltz’ as the evening started. Larry has a very talented vocalist (the delightful, Ms. Janese Powell) sang the ‘Swing Waltz’, with the original words, at the finale of the evening.

We had over 400 guests that had skated from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Larry Knowles and the Generation Gap Big Band has a great library of music that can accommodate any and all age groups. Using his vocalist at different times during the evening added to the variety of music. All our guests raved about the fabulous variety of music played through-out the evening.

I highly recommend the ‘Generation Gap Big Band’ for any Fund Raising Dinner Dance event as well as Weddings and special celebrations. Thanks for a Great Evening!!”

BJ Moehnke

“You and the Band were fantastic!!!!–Lots of positive comments from everyone!!—-Thank You so much for all you and the Generation Gap (big band) did to make our evening such a SUCCESS!!”


“The Generation Gap Big Band: I already had high expectations for your band, even before coming to listen; even so, I was totally impressed. Not only are you guys good, you are very good. Seriously, you’ve reached a ‘Threshold of Cool’. That’s a theory of mine for building teams and groups… whether it’s a Boy Scout Troop, baseball team, or a band… there is a point at which the group becomes good enough that the members feel part of something special. I think you and the band are there. “

Sincerely, Rod

“The Generation Gap Band is the best big band sound I’ve heard. They are efficient with their set up, on time and Larry Knowles is the greatest musician I’ve worked with on scheduling and details. Their price can’t be beat and their personalities and music take you through the night (or day) with laughs and listening and moving to the beat.”

Carol Longshore
Fundraising chair for the
Concord Historical Society

“I think your band is fantastic and right on the mark. As a professional DJ, I found you and your band to be extremely easy to work and coordinate with during our last wedding performance together. Everything went so smoothly. for a wedding, that’s extremely rare. Good luck on the road, and remember me if your next wedding couple want to compliment your band to include a DJ.”

Bob Powell
(DJ, retired Vacaville Fire Chief)

“My husband and I were married in October, 2007, and hired the Generation Gapbig band to play at our wedding. Mr. Knowles asked us what songs we would enjoy, and of course we only new of a few titles from that era, (all of which the band had). We explained that we wanted other songs that would get people out of their seats to boogie. Boy, did they!

I have never been to a wedding where nearly everyone, (including my 84 year old grandfather) was up dancing. The band was so energetic and seemed genuinely happy to be playing for our very special day. The band looked very professional in their tuxedos, and you can’t beat their price. I would recommend this band, (and I have) to all my friends and family. Thanks again Generation Gap.”

Cindy and Dave Crotzer

“The Generation Gapperformed at my wedding reception and helped to make it an unforgettable experience. There was a nice variety of great music that was fun to dance too. Several of my guests complimented the quality and professionalism of the band. I will look back with great memories to the wedding reception, and I appreciate the large part the Generation Gapplayed in creating those memories.”

Amanda and Jose Castro

“The Generation Gaphas been hired on numerous occasions for the dancing and listening pleasure of the members and their guests at the Vallejo Moose Lodge in Vallejo, California. Many of our members are avid dancers and the Generation Gapis always enthusiastically received. Their numbers (songs) are varied and planned for the specific occasion or audience. In addition, Larry Knowles and his group are always courteously receptive to requests for a specific number. It is always a pleasure to work with them.

The Generation Gapis always professional in appearance and set up, and always ready to play on time. Their breaks are minimal, and they have provided many hours of dancing and listening pleasure for our members and guests.”

Rosalea Damitz
Entertainment Manager

“Soon after the Crockett Museum opened in 1981, the Historical Society arranged for a ‘gathering’ of Crockett veterans on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. On Memorial Day of 1999 the Museum Board decided to sponsor an event to include the hiring of a band to play ‘old time’ musical selections and to invite the entire community to celebrate with us. C&H Sugar Company gave us permission to have the band concert in Rithet Park. Thanks in part to museum member Mr. Hank Triglia who was (and still is) a member of the Generation Gap Big Band, we were able to send an invitation to the Crockett community stating: The museum’s usual Memorial Day Observation has been expanded this year (1999) to include a band concert by the Generation Gap Big Band featuring familiar tunes from the 40’s and 50’s. Come by the Museum for conversation and refreshments. The Band Concert will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in Rithet Park.

Each year since that Memorial Day of May 1999, the Generation Gap Big Band has been part of an annual Crockett community event honoring veterans no longer with us. Despite some windy days, some hot days, and even a day when the park sprinklers came on in mid-concert… each year several hundred community and museum members have enjoyed the unique sounds of this great band on the annual Day in the Park.”

Keith Olsen
Crockett Museum