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Welcome to the new twenties!

We are so excited to welcome 2020 . . . a little swing party never killed nobody!

We can bring 20s dancers upon request to make your 20s themed event spectacular!

Special thanks to Sam for the use of his beautiful Buick “Daisy” http://www.somethingvintagesomethingb...

Filmed at the timeless McCune Mansion: Video by Lucas Catania BYU Ballroom Dance Company Members:

Emily Dighans, Alexis Dykstra, Jenna Harding, Jackie Hu, Rob McShinsky, Michael Olson, Tyler Smith, & Brandon Theurer


Ernst & Young Tour Kicks Off in San Diego

Gold Standard is thrilled to be a part of 6 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award shows this year! Congratulations to the San Diego winners and Seattle and Salt Lake- we’ll see you next!


Gold Standard on KUTV

Gold Standard performs an original song on KUTV to promote their upcoming support of the Humane Society of Utah's annual "Wags to Wishes" gala.


Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Rob's groups have been performing for the Entrepreneur of the year awards each year for the past decade, and this year Gold Standard had a blast at both the Salt Lake City and San Francisco EOY Award events. Here's a little recap from the SLC awards at the Grand America Hotel!  

Catch Me If You Can, Austin

We had the opportunity to perform for an event hosted by Frank Abagnale who was portrayed by Leonardo DeCaprio in the film "Catch Me If You Can" based on his true story.   We love Austin and hope to be back again soon!

Vlog Outtakes:

This week with so much tragedy and destruction, "We must laugh in the face of our helplessness against the forces of nature - or go insane” ― Charlie Chaplin


Here are some outtakes to lighten your mood . . . .

Vlog #5: Conn's Birthday, a solar Eclipse, and other life-changing events!

Amangani Jackson Hole was the perfect setting for watching the Solar Eclipse.  We performed there for their eclipse party the night before then were able to soak in the event in their hot tub and spa.  Also this past month we celebrated Conn's Birthday, check out some footage from his roller-skating party, and other general silliness we had to share!

Puppy Love in 360°

We thought you could use some 360° rescue puppy play time . . . about 10 minutes worth!

As you can see, we really enjoyed spending time with these 9 chihuahua puppies rescued from California at the Utah Humane Society.  We are also able to take a tour of the facilities and learn about the many amazing rescue dogs, cats, birds, and other animals for whom the Humane Society is a temporary home.  

Join us supporting a good cause at this year's "Wags to Wishes" Gala Saturday night at the Utah Humane Society:

Watch our first ever Gold Standard VLOG!

Watch our first ever Gold Standard VLOG!

Join us in some of our recent adventures in our fist VLOG!  Also make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for all of our videos:

Integrating a DJ into the band

 Gold Standard is a DJ+Vocals+Drums trio with many tools in our arsenal: live percussion, saxophones, flute, vocals, harmonization, and drum set, and on the electronic side: samples, looping, effects (on electronic and live instruments) and DJ techniques.


By integrating a full DJ setup into the band, we share the benefits of mixing acoustic and electronic elements which groups like Bonobo, Disclosure, Odesza, Daft Punk, Major Lazer, have used to rise to success.


Here are a few fun things that we can do as a result of integrating a DJ into the mix:


The vocals, saxes, flute, drums, and percussion all go through my DJ mixer.  As such I have access to DJ tools like live looping, echo, delay, phaser, filters, EQ, and all the other effects built into a mixer. 


Because I’m mixing live as a DJ, we keep the music flowing uninterrupted throughout our sets.  Bands may start and stop songs, pause in-between, tune guitars and have stretches of awkward silence.   Our music takes twists and turns, rises and falls, but keeps flowing as the three of us stretch and weave new spontaneous creations along with time honored hits throughout our set.


I run sound from my spot on stage with the band, whether we are performing for a large Aria Las Vegas venue or a small backyard wedding, I can keep the vocal and drum mix consistent so we sound our best.  I control stage volume and our in ear monitor mixes, eliminating the risk of noisy feedback from stage monitors or inconsistencies as we change venues.   We are set and locked in from start to finish and don’t need lengthy sound checks or separate audio engineers.  


I’m constantly updating and adding to my large and organized sample and music library to integrate new and classic sounds into our music.  While Conn is singing one of our popular songs, we might bring in a string breakdown and switch gears, changing the mood of the music behind the song on a dime, all the while improvising on our acoustic instruments.  


Photos by Pierce and Paris Tews