DJGreyhound DJ Services Professional Disc Jockey Services for Weddings and Private Events Serving MD, Washington DC, Northern VA, and South Central PA Since 2002
Vern Shird - Owner/DJ
BIOGRAPHY: In 2002, Vern Shird created DJGREYHOUND DJ SERVICES with a company mission of setting the highest standard of excellence in wedding entertainment. The DJGreyhound company name reflects Vern's passion for music and for greyhound rescue efforts. This passion for music can be traced back to his childhood as he collected music, listened to AT40's weekly countdown, and followed changes in the music industry. As a teenager, Vern began his wedding DJ career and gained valuable experience which allowed him to perfect his craft. Vern went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and financed his college education by performing at numerous weddings and events each year.
Vern has performed hundreds of weddings since founding DJGreyhound in 2002, has maintained a solid reputation as one of the region's premier wedding deejays, and is highly regarded and respected by his peers and by the Baltimore - DC wedding community. He is a member of the Baltimore Area Disc Jockey Association (BADJA), informing and educating both the public, and fellow disc jockeys, about the wedding industry.
Vern's work ethic and solid reputation is not just limited to the wedding industry. He is also well-known for his charitable work with greyhound/canine organizations. Those who have benefitted include:
Vern operates DJGreyhound as a sole proprietor - he is not affiliated with any entertainment agency nor does he work for any other entertainment company. He performs all of DJGreyhound's bookings and does not subcontract. In addition to operating DJGreyhound, Vern holds a CPPB certification and works weekdays as a Procurement Manager. Vern resides in Maryland with his wife Michelle.
DJGREYHOUND DJ SERVICES understands that all clients have different needs regarding music, requests, and itineraries; therefore, we can be very flexible and customize your party to suit your individual needs. We are able to offer you quality entertainment and excellent service at an exceptional value.
Here is what DJGREYHOUND DJ SERVICES has to offer:
SELECTION: We offer thousands of titles from our library on CD/MP3. We're constantly updating our library with the newest hits. Our standard play list can be viewed in the play list portion of this website.
EQUIPMENT: We use equipment from the maunfacturers disc jockeys have grown to trust. Our primary set-up includes: a CD/MP3 system with mixer, a power amplifier, two heavy-duty speakers, and a corded mic. All packages include a wireless mic system for blessings, announcements, and toasts. As an optional service, we offer a remote (secondary) set-up for wedding ceremonies, wedding cocktail hours, or event cocktail hours. The secondary system components can also serve as a back-up to the primary system.
Our primary set up consists of:
Gemini CDM-4000 Dual CD/MP3 DJ Mixing Console (1)
Peavey IPR 2000 Power Amplifier (1)
Peavey PR15 Full-Range Speaker w/Stand (2)
Shure Corded Microphone (1) and Shure Wireless Hand-Held Microphone (1)
Our secondary set up is used for wedding ceremonies and cocktail periods and consists of:
REQUESTS: We allow you to create your own "playlist" and "do not playlist" for your event. We also use our experience and music expertise to read the crowd and fill in the gaps with music that fits the style or mood of your event.
INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION: You will be contacted by us prior to your event in order to go through the itinerary ahead of time and answer any last minute questions or concerns. If you wish, we can customize your itinerary. We can even offer suggestions and add our own special touches to make your event memorable. During your celebration, we will emcee, coordinate the events, and work with other wedding and event planning professionals to ensure that your occasion runs smoothly.
APPEARANCE: Your disc jockey wears either a full tuxedo or a suit/tie to all events. You can specify your attire choice on your contract.
STYLE OF DJ: We are able to conform to your desired style whether it's high-profile, moderate, or low-key. A high-profile DJ provides high interaction with the crowd. A moderate DJ interacts on an "as-needed" basis, while a low-key DJ takes a more conservative approach with little or no interaction, only making announcements if and when you need them. Nearly all of our clients request a moderate or low-key style. In all cases, we take pride in our ability to read the crowd and to provide a classy, yet fun atmosphere without being cheesy.
BUILT-IN DJ INSURANCE: 100% on-time guarantee - If Vern arrives after the contracted start time, you get a full refund. DJGreyhound guarantee - If Vern is unable to perform at your function and a back-up DJ is needed, we will give you a full refund. Back-up guarantee - In the case of an emergency, we'll have a back-up DJ available. If a back-up disc jockey fails to show up at your event, we'll refund you 200%. We put these guarantees in writing as part of the Standard Contract Agreement.
COMPANY MISSION: Our company mission is two-fold: to provide the best possible service to our clients, and to promote greyhound rescue. As a member of BADJA, we network with other disc jockeys to stay informed of the latest developments in the industry and to maintain a commitment to excellence. As a canine adoption advocate, we support greyhound rescue and other canine organizations through donations and volunteering.
This website is dedicated in loving memory of Red the greyhound (1992-2004), the inspiration for DJGreyhound. Red passed away from cancer, but he will forever have a place in our hearts. DJGreyhound is a proud advocate of greyhound rescue efforts.