Gary Roland & 
The Landsharks Band Testimonials

This page contains testimonials, references, and reviews of The Landsharks.

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett says of the Landsharks:

"THEY ARE GREAT SHOWMEN.  THEY REALLY ARE.  THEY ENTERTAIN AN AUDIENCE.  THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THAT BAND."

-- Jimmy Buffett, Radio Margaritaville interview with Steve Huntington Listen HERE

Jimmy Buffett says of the Landsharks:

"THE AMAZING THING ABOUT THE LANDSHARKS IS THAT THEY IKNEW  THE SONGS BETTER THAN I DID!"

-- Jimmy Buffett, introducing The Landsharks at Margaritaville Listen HERE

Concert Review

Rhythm & Dunes breaks fundraising record

 

By RILEY KELLEY Daily News Staff Writer Aug 17, 2021 Updated Nov 23, 2021

 

Concertgoers dance at the second Rhythm & Dunes concert of 2021, held at Waterfront Park on July 31. This year's concerts raised a combined total of $15,000 for local high school music programs — a new record.

 

JEFF KIESSEL

Rhythm & Dunes raised more than ever for school music programs in the area during its back-to-back weekend events in July.

 

Presented by West Shore Bank, this year’s benefit concerts raised a total of $15,000, according to Aubry Healy, marketing and communications specialist for the bank. Healy announced the total Tuesday in a press release. The amount surpasses the previous record of about $14,000 in 2019.

 

Funds will be distributed to music programs at Ludington, Mason County Central and Mason County Eastern high schools. Healy said there are no firm plans for exactly how the funds will be distributed to area schools at this time.

 

Organizer Donna Yager told the Daily News prior to the concerts that the goal is always to exceed the previous year’s totals. Because Rhythm & Dunes was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the bank’s first opportunity to beat its 2019 numbers.

 

With the goal reached, Yager, who is retiring in October, said she’s delighted that her final year at the helm was such a success, especially considering the uncertainty about whether pandemic restrictions would lift in time for the concerts to take place.

 

“I am absolutely thrilled to share these results,” Yager told the Daily News. “After a challenging year for so many families and businesses, it’s a fabulous feeling to know our community continues to support West Shore Bank’s efforts to make a difference in our communities. And with the addition of other school organizations and nonprofits partnering with us, the impact was even greater this year.

 

“I wanted to retire knowing I made a lasting impact, and I feel accomplished.”

 

West Shore Bank President and CEO Raymond Biggs shared a similar sentiment in Tuesday’s release, remarking that the events benefitted from people eager to get back out into the world.

 

“After a year of staying inside, people were ready to be out in public again and the bank was proud to plan, with safety in mind, not only an event, but a community cause to rally everyone together,” Biggs stated. “We look forward to bringing more talented bands to the area next summer.”

 

The concerts drew thousands of people. Yager estimated about 4,000 people attended the first concert, featuring the Landsharks, on July 24.

Review

Serena's Wedding (St. Augustine, FL)

The Landsharks played a wedding in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

A letter from from The Bride:
Hello Gary,

 

    I just wanted to send a quick note thanking you all for our wedding.  The band was AMAZING! They new how to get people up and dancing on the floor. We had a lot of my parents family friends and adults there, as well as, a lot of our friends and the music they played had everyone dancing. Most of my parents friends, I had NEVER seen dancing before and they were all having a blast. The music was perfectly in line with what I had envisioned, "fun music that everyone can dance to" and that is exactly what happened. I am also so grateful that the band was willing to learn our first dance song.

 

    Again, thank you so much for all your hard work and TRULY making our wedding one of a kind.  Having a band brought a different kind of energy to our wedding that you don't find with a DJ. I think the biggest surprise I had was when they busted out with 'bringing sexy back"! That was awesome! haha. Also, I really appreciated them staying to the things I asked, like not playing YMCA or Macarena or what not. I have been to events where people ask that and it doesn't happen. You truly listened and respected our wishes and the fun that they brought showed on the dance floor. Everyone had such a great time and that would not have happened, could not have happened, without the right band and music! Thank you again for everything.

 

Serena

10-25-2008 St. Augustine, Florida, Wedding