A class reunion is a very special occasion. And it’s too important to entrust to a DJ who’s never done one. We’ve done thousands of them. And we’ve learned that they call for a special kind of DJ, not just an ordinary wedding or club DJ.
First, he must understand that the reunion guests aren’t there to see him. They’re there to see each other. And they don’t want a DJ who’s shouting and chattering and trying to get everyone involved in his party. A reunion DJ must be a professional “traffic cop”– directing the class members when to sit for dinner, when and how to line up for their class picture, and helping the reunion committee coordinate its speeches and awards.
But above all, a reunion DJ must understand that most people go to a reunion to talk with their old classmates, not necessarily to dance. After the guests have had plenty of time to renew old friendships and relive old memories, then and only then will they be ready to dance. And a professional DJ must have patience and tact to deal with the handful of guests who get frustrated that the dance floor doesn’t fill up right away, and who blame the DJ for it. That’s where an amateur will panic and play a lot of inappropriate music to try to force people to dance when they’re not ready.