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Guestbook Entries - 2011

Steve & Margie Van Thiel
Greenville, WI

This message is long overdue -- we were at the Green Bay concert this past summer. WOW! What phenomenonal talent. Your abilities extend far beyond the fantastic amount of musical talent you shared with your audience. PLEASE COME BACK TO WISCONSIN. We have told so many people about your group and have encouraged them to view one of your concerts you if they ever have the chance -- please let us have that wonderful opportunity!

Steve & Margie Van Thiel
PS - We are the ones who have a daughter-in-law named Rachel Hart!

Don & Ann Esterbrook
Saline, MI

We had the pleasure of attending your Holiday Concert at Glacier Hills Retirement Center on December 22! The positive comments that we heard for days after made us proud to say we are from Saline! Your music made the Christmas season brighter for many who are not able to be "out and about" much anymore as well as the more able bodied folks. Thanks for your dedication and hard work and for carrying on Bob Phillips legacy!

Sonya Brower
Kalamazoo, MI

Was at your concert last night in Portage, MI. Was absolutely blown away! Enjoyed it so much! Felt like I was holding my breath the whole time.

Just turned 60 a couple of weeks ago, and had a surprise birthday party. Was the best birthday of my life. But I have to say that the music you performed topped my birthday by far! Thank you so much. God bless each and every one of you. You blessed me so last night!

Irene Woldring
Portage, MI

We heard the Saline Fiddlers at the Milwood United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo this afternoon and found it to be a highly energetic concert and we loved every minute of it. Hope to hear them again!

Anne Hampton & Caron Wilkes
Waterville, OH

Went to MCC expecting a mature, polished fiddling organization and lo and behold it was a young adult fiddling organization that met those expectations. We were simply amazed upon stumbling across such talent.

Love the enthusiasm of the group!
Anne & Caron

Beverly Ross
Nashville, TN

It was very delightful to see and hear the Saline Fiddlers video of my song, "Lollipop" on the YouTube while browsing the web today.

Your group is definitely an example of outstanding American musical talent. Good luck!

Beverly Ross

Haley Rock
Sebewaing, MI

I couldn't believe how amazing you guys were! It was a great way to spend my Sunday afternoon! Thank you so much for coming to USA Auditorium! It was wonderful to hear you all perform. You have a great future ahead of you! Keep up the great work and thanks again!

-Haley Rock

Vanessa Gokey

Today's concert was really great. I hope you guys come next year and play again. You can give my email if you wish if anyone would like to talk. I'm a REALLY great listener and I do this with everyone. I'm trying to see how good counseling or anything else might be. So if you wish to that's great. Oh and the director of this group you blended in real well with all the other kids.

Tim Santo
Paulding, Ohio

For the past four years, the Saline Fiddlers have made an appearance at the Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival here in Paulding, OH. And each year I have had the great pleasure of attending your performance. And I aways make sure that during that time, I am able to schedule myself out of the boy scout booth. Two things I would like all the performers to know: first: you hear the applause, but as I walk around the audience, I hear all the positive comments and I hear a lot of them! Secondly, this festival is the primary fund raising event for many of the county youth organizations...like the ones I work with, the boy scout troop and the 4-H clubs. A by-product of your appearance is that you help bring in some of the crowd, who then stop at our booth and purchase the food that we serve...So thank you for the great performances for the past four years, and a thank you for indirectly helping to raise funds for my scouts so that they can go to camps, have outings, and complete High Adventure trips. God's Blessings to all of you for sharing your musical talents!


I watched the your group perform at the Victorian festival and LOVED it! My favorite was Devil Went Down to Georgia....it was amazing Louie! Thanks for the entertaining show :)

Steve Dempsey
Kokomo, Indiana

What a talented group of high school student musicians, singers and dancers. Really enjoyed your performance along with my family that attended the Plymouth Blueberry Festival.

Todd Bowling
Belleville, MI

It was great to see you in Plymouth, IN. We've come to the Blue Berry Festival for a few years now and to see someone from home was so cool. Your performance was outstanding and my wife and I enjoyed listening to your show.

Way to go!

Todd from Belleville, MI watching you in Plymouth, IN

Charles Cooper
Phoenix, Arizona

I saw your performance at the UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Block Party on August 15th. You are all amazing. I bought the 2 CD's and your DVD. I watched it with some of my friends and they say the same thing. Keep up the great work!!! I do appreciate your talents and the smiles.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

My boyfriend and I first saw you at the DIA. Today, at the Woodward Dream Cruise, was the 4th time we saw you perform! We are "Fiddle Heads"! You always put on a great show! It is so nice to see such a talented group of young adults having fun doing something that they clearly love! Looking forward to seeing you in Northville in September! ;-)

Richard Wagonlander
Flushing, MI

Always glad to see the Fiddlers come to Riverview Park in Flushing. A beautiful but very hot night by the river. Hope to see you back next year.

Sandy Seibt
Flushing, MI

Saw you guys at Riverview Park in Flushing tonight. Amazing!

Sandra Davis-Goleniak

My sister and I saw your performance at the Farmington Founders Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011. We enjoyed the whole show! I especially liked the fact that your musical director highlighted everyone. You are all very talented! I also loved the clogging, as I used to perform with the Main Street Cloggers in Northville. Terrific job to you all!!!

Joan Cheng
Farmington Hills

Wonderful performance at the Farmington Founders Festival. Many high schools may not even have that many string players and Saline H.S. seems to have so many of great talent. The program is terrific.

Hyderabad, India / Ann Arbor, Michigan

I just watched your performance at the U of M hospital and it is just soo wonderful! Kudos!! You guys are awesome....

Dave Berglund
Sheboygan, WI

Your concert a week ago was fantastic! Please come back in the next few years.

Hopefully, the people heading up scheduling for the concerts (for the city of Sheboygan) will do a better job of promoting the event. I know you could be a large draw next time.

Chuck Emmert
Elsie, MI

Great time with you all on Sat night....loved the whole group and the program....I will vote for a return visit to cow-town in the future. Safe travels, stay healthy and hoping you bless others as much as you did us in Elsie...God bless!!!

Reta Gillson
Elsie, MI

You kids are fabulous. I was truly amazed.

Laura Reppenhagen
Elsie, MI

All I can say is wow! What a great show tonight at the Dairy Festival in Elsie! We really enjoyed your show and hope you come back another time!


Great job guys! You did awesome!


Enjoyed the Fiddlers in Egg Harbor. It's refreshing to see teen performers not all "glammed up."

Sue Schwandt
Grand Rapids, MI

My mom and I just attended the 3rd concert of yours - I guess we are now your groupies! We have seen you perform at Hudsonville, MI, Tecumseh MI, and Crystal Mountain resort. We love your concerts--they are toe-tapping, hand-clapping pure FUN! We look forward to attending more concerts soon. The students are excellent show people and musicians.

Beulah, Michigan

My four year old daughter and I got to see the group perform at Crystal Mountain Resort in July. We both loved every minute of it! It was impossible not to dance along and I was so impressed with the musicians. Thank you!

Tom & Bev Prohl
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Egg Harbor concert rocked! Thanks for the good time.

Teri VanLieshout
Door County, WI

You all rocked the house last night in Egg Harbor, WI!! Thanks so much for coming. I'll be back here to buy some CDs. Will see you again when you come this way again!! What a talented group!! Keep doing what you're doing!

Sheboygan, WI

Saw the group for the first time 7/1/11, Fri. evening in Sheboygan. Excellent! Loved every minute.

JoAnne B
Sheboygan, WI

Loved the show. It was good to see so many teen-agers enjoying themselves and using their talent to entertain others.

Mike Mathes
Kiel, WI

Thank you for the awesome show you performed tonight at the Sheboygan Concert Series. Your talents are incredible. Your music is most entertaining. Found it to be a wonderful mix of many styles. As a bluegrasser, I loved the bluegrass overtones, but also appreciated the Celtic style and was truly amazed by your versatility. I mean, Michael Jackson, really? Nicely done. You all have much to be proud of and thankful for. Praise be to God for your heaven-sent talents.

Wes Michael
Green Bay, WI

You guys were awesome. You all are so very talented. It looks like you have a lot of fun. Your families should be very proud of you. Thanks for a great concert. Keep up the good work.

Tina U.
Green Bay, WI

WOW! You really brought some life to Green Bay today. We were there from the sound checks to the last bow & loved every minute of it. Great show, fabulous talent, and I loved the variety - song, dance, fiddle playing & more . . . Thanks for a wonderful afternoon!

Dave Schultz
Hartford, WI

We saw the gig in Fond du Lac last night. It was great! It was also a special treat for us to visit for a very brief time with our great grand nephew, Andrew H.

Don Herbel
Green Bay, WI

Saw both shows in GB.......GREAT! Very talented group & enjoyed it very much. Just a suggestion: add some Johnny Cash & Jimmy Buffet tunes, they would sound super from your fiddles!!!!!

Scott Willems
Green Bay, WI

I just saw this group in Green Bay at Jackson Park. Holy crap, are they good! They have an all-around amazing show that completely belies the fact that they are high-schoolers! They can do everything from a big, full sound to small and sweet. Dancing, singing, playing - we loved it ALL!! New fan!!

Janet Wermes
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

We attended your performance last evening at Buttermilk Park in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. What a joy you all are!! We had a wonderful toe-tapping evening. Thank you so much!!

Pat Ebersberger
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Just attended a Saline Fiddlers concert in Fond du Lac, Wi. Amazing!! Awesome!!!

Amelia's Great Aunt.

Dearborn, MI

Saw both your sets at the Detroit Institute of Arts... what a wonderful, talented, energetic group of teenagers! Loved your performance and will be looking for future shows I can attend.

Ferl Bomia
La Salle, Michigan


Karen Duncan
Ottawa Lake, MI

Saw your GREAT show @ St.Mary's Park with my husband & 75 yr. old parents, we had a ball!! All of you are excellent!! Thank You for a fun evening!!

Marlyn Parlier
Cambrian Assisted Living
Tecumseh, MI

Thank you for a fantastic evening with so much talent and energy. What a wonderful evening we had.

Thanks again,

Nancy Maxwell
Beverly Hills, MI

What a "WOW" performance at the Lions Forum Saturday! As a music lover myself I couldn't sit still. I'm glad I have one of your CD's to bring back memories of your fun concert anytime I want. What's also important to me are your genuine smiles throughout your performance! The fact you have it all memorized is awesome! Keep it up, good luck and keep smiling!

Lion Nanc

Thomas Hardt
Saginaw, MI

What an excellent presentation this afternoon at the Lions Forum. Unbelievable energy that these young students gave. Outstanding performance!!!

Best wishes for all your futures - keep up the great work you do. You brought many smiles today from all generations.

Kimberly Thiede
Eastpointe, MI

My hat is off to all of you for the OUTSTANDING job you did at the Lions of Michigan Forum today. I wish I could bottle the energy you all have. It was a blessing to see young people so dedicated to a music form that many would not choose. So many talented "fiddlers" in one school! Again OUTSTANDING! Keep up the good work - bringing smiles to so many.

Jim Martin
Dearborn, MI

On behalf of our residents and the Sunday Entertainment Committee here at Henry Ford Village, please accept our sincere appreciation for the very wonderful program you brought to the Village.

It was great to have the group back again and the program was enjoyed by our residents. They continue to relay their appreciative comments. We are indeed fortunate to have had this special opportunity to experience your program and we look forward to your return next year.

Jim Martin
Sunday Entertainment Committee
Henry Ford Village

M. Green
Ann Arbor

On Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, I saw the Saline Fiddlers on television and I just want to say how much I enjoyed this wonderful group of young people who obviously love music, being together, and performing together. Thank you so much.