D&M Staff and Entertainers – Ohio
D&M Staff and Entertainers – Ohio
CO-CEO / Disc Jockey
Back in high school, Mark Derenberger was simply the guy who brought the music and controlled the stereo at all of his friends’ parties and get-togethers. But upon graduating, he got my first real taste for the entertainment business while accompanying another aspiring DJ to an event. That night ended up with Mark in charge of most of the music selection and crowd motivation, which ended with an applause at the end of the party. Just like that, he was hooked.
Like most music entertainers, Jake Macaluso’s love for music has always been a huge part of his life. Watching music videos on MTV TRL in the living room, he grew up trying to mimic Michael Jackson, Usher, and Justin Timberlake dance moves to use at school dances. He was part of the Napster/Limewire generation, burning hundreds of mixes for friends and classmates in junior high. When it comes to performing, Jake began by announcing baseball games and playing music for the batters and between innings at his high school in Mansfield. This gave him his first taste of mixing as well as his first paid performance.
As a musician, growing up and appreciating all styles of music, he has poured that passion into being a DJ. Matt has always been surrounded by all styles of music from jazz to salsa, gospel to hip hop, funk to country. There is no discrimination when it comes to his ear.
From an early age, music has always played a prominent role in Andrew Kuszmaul’s life – from his beginnings in the middle school band, to running the sound at his church as a teen, to performing as part of the honors chorus in high school. While most of us can truly say we enjoy music, not everyone has had it so front and center through their younger years and into adulthood.
Mike Small IS music. Ever since he was a young boy, he knew he loved music. And when he says love, he means LOVED music. It has had an effect on him that he sincerely feels was different from anyone else. Mike first began to express his love in the form of singing and dancing. You know that kid with the boombox outside in the neighborhood? That might have been Mike, making sure there was never a moment without rhythmic sounds filling the air.
If you would have asked him what he was going to do as a profession when he was in high school, as much as he would love to think so, disc jockey would have been the last thing Kurt Mueller might have said. Although he was studying radio broadcasting at Fort Hayes Career Center, he never thought he would be able to obtain and sustain the job that was first on his list. But as fate and dedication would have it, Kurt has been able to successfully pursue the career that he desired the most…and has done so much more than he had hoped for.
Patrick first fell in love with music at a very young age. When only two years old, he got in trouble for breaking the family’s new stereo by pushing the play, stop, and fast forward/rewind buttons over and over until they were stuck in place and no longer worked. In fourth grade, Patrick’s parents signed him up for drum lessons in an attempt to focus some of his young angst and help further develop his curiosity and love of music. By High School, he was in the Marching Band, performing with the Musical Theater department, and trying to start up a few different garage bands with varying groups of friends. He was hooked. This relationship with music and entertainment was going to be a lifelong pursuit.
While he proudly grew up in the city of Chicago, Illinois, Paul R. Moore has affectionately called Columbus, Ohio, his home for many years now. By residing in two very diverse cities, Paul has had the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation of all musical genres, creating a lifelong love for celebrations of every style. As a result, he honed his DJ experience in countless locations in both cities, from nightclubs & roller rinks to popular wedding venues & corporate gatherings.
Mike Forrest has had a passion for music for as long as he can remember – from his time in the band playing Saxophone, to playing drums in a garage band. Unfortunately, his dream of rock stardom did not come to pass. However, he did not let his lack of musicianship stop him from a career of music. Mike would help his brother DJ the campus clubs, loving the way the music influenced the dancefloor. From that moment on he (like all of the D&M DJs!) was hooked.
“It’s a hereditary thing passed down through over 20 years of service.”
When music runs through your family’s veins like blood, you have no choice but to inherit a passion for it like no other. Mansfield, Ohio resident by way of Orange, New Jersey, Robert C. Williams is just that passionate. By watching his father play music and him wanting to mirror him in every way, this passion for music turned into a lifestyle that welcomed him into its melodic fold.
As a musician, singer, songwriter and avid music lover, James is simply a guy who eats, sleeps, and breathes music. His motto since learning to love music at an early age has been “if it sounds good, then it is good.” James’s passion is pointed in the direction of creating an atmosphere where people can leave their problems behind, even if just for a moment, and enjoy the sounds!
Jay L. Smith also known as DJ Legend has been DJing solidly since 1994. He has done a variety of gigs from weddings to festivals to a national tour and opening up for names such as DJ 2ND Nature , DJ Z Trip and bands such as Turner Bachman Overdrive. He brings with him his knowledge of music in general and a catalog to match.