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Meet Rick Sanford of A Blast Bands and DJs® and The Blast Band® in Duluth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Sanford.

Rick was not happy in the corporate world working for Dominos Pizza as a manager. He decided that a lifestyle change was necessary to be truly happy and took a leap of faith. Rick decided to follow his passion/dreams which have always been rooted in music playing guitar, singing, writing songs and making folks happy. The only two criteria that Rick had for his new career is that it had to be fun… and that it had to generate revenue.
How- Rick started playing in nightclubs as a one man band and has since then has built up the blast band piece by piece as time went on with the help of co-founder Kris Tonner. A Blast has served thousands of night clubs and customers having special events like weddings and corporate parties.

Customers trust us because of our track record, reviews and the fact that we always guaranteed that they will have a fun memorable and successful event!

We formed the band so we could provide the finest quality live music to customers needing the magic of a live band for their special events!

We started out as a rock band but expanded our horizons by building a huge variety song list consisting of rock, blues, funk, soul, top 40 and originals…

We consider ourselves one of the world’s most versatile live bands offering a duo up to a 12 piece Mega Blast bringing onboard our amazing female singers (The Blastettes) under the direction of Sherita Murphy and our full horn section directed by Ollie Patterson.
One unique thing about the blast band is that we allow our customers to select how big of a band they want. Some prefer a small 3 or 4 piece band while others want the Mega Blast line up of talent!

A Blast Bands And DJ’s/The Blast Band has served millions of customers and their guests over the last 30 years including major corporations including Walt Disney World, Comcast, Panasonic, Coca-Cola and others.
The happiest people on earth are the creators and that’s why we love writing original music. We’ve created a 120+ song catalog online at www.blast-tracks.com where you can go to listen, have fun and download some free music!

The Blast Band has had the pleasure of working with the Children’s Restoration Network (ChildRN.org) for the last 20 years helping raise awareness for Atlanta homeless children and mothers. We helped CRN break a Guinness world book of records in July of 2010 putting together the world’s longest concert that lasted 3 weeks straight and consisted of 343 bands!

We have gotten to where we are today by paying attention to detail customizing each and every special event around the customer’s wishes, needs, and desires for an unforgettable experience.
The Blast Band was voted best local band by Gwinnett creative loafing readers two years in a row!

Quality, service, dependability and the best customer reviews around is what the A Blast brand is known for!

We feel very blessed to have the ability to entertain customers and hope to continue doing it for a very long time! As far as we’re concerned, having fun, making the special customers we serve happy and generating revenue is the best job in the world!

In 2017, A Blast is launching a digital publishing company built around training musicians on how to book and perform gigs using the systems we’ve developed over the years.

Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, it’s been an amazingly smooth road because of the expert talent we have in the band. I also feel very blessed to be able to network with some of the best agents and band managers in the industry. Some years have been busier than others due to economic conditions…but we always seem to find folks who want to have fun and celebrate!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with A Blast Bands And DJs® and The Blast Band® – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
A Blast Bands And DJ’s/The Blast Band offers the finest quality talent at reasonable rates. We specialize in giving customers exactly what they want in regards to music for their special event.

We are most proud of our 99.99% customer satisfaction record and have some of the best customer reviews around!

What sets us apart from others is the fact that we do not cut corners, we anticipate the needs of our customers and deliver above and beyond that which is expected of us!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Atlanta is an awesome city because it has just about everything anyone could ever want. It’s very diverse and filled with wonderful people from all walks of life.

It’s an economical place to live in comparison to other cities around the country. It’s geographically located in a fairly safe location as far as hurricanes and earthquakes are concerned. It’s only a five-hour drive to the beach and a short drive to the mountains. I also like the four distinct season changes.

The only downside I can think of living in Atlanta is the traffic challenges… especially if you have to be somewhere during rush hour.

Contact Info:

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From Right To Left: Kris Tonner Darren Rogers Rick Sanford Dave Allen The Blast Band donated this guitar, signed by the artists who performed, to the Children’s Restoration Network for their world’s longest concert record breaker.

Blastette Kendria

Blastette Kendria

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The Fabulous Kris Tonner, Co-Founder Of The Blast Band!

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From Right to Left: Sherie Kendria Dave And Sherita!

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From Right To Left: Sherita Ollie Patterson, Our Horn Director, And Rick !

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Rick & Sherita Working The Guitar Solo!

Rick & Sherita Working The Guitar Solo!

“Rick,I just wanted to send over a quick note to say THANK YOU to the whole Blast Band for the most amazing wedding party we could possibly have imagined. The whole night was perfect, and I had no idea that you were in kahoots with my sister in law to plan a flash mob! It was more than we ever dreamed of and we will remember it forever. You guys rock, and my friends are using words like "epic" to describe our night! Thank you so much for the wedding we always dreamed of! Lots of love, Mr. and Mrs. Van Wart”Sabrina (Bride)

“Rick,I just wanted to send over a quick note to say THANK YOU to the whole Blast Band for the most amazing wedding party we could possibly have imagined. The whole night was perfect, and I had no idea that you were in kahoots with my sister in law to plan a flash mob! It was more than we ever dreamed of and we will remember it forever. You guys rock, and my friends are using words like “epic” to describe our night! Thank you so much for the wedding we always dreamed of! Lots of love, Mr. and Mrs. Van Wart”Sabrina (Bride)

Blast Band Took Over The Pensacola City Coronation Stage For A Couple Of Pictures!

From Right To Left: Jimmy Mouton Sherita Murphy Rick Sanford Sherie Murphy J K Smith Jr And Kris Tonner Up Front

The World Famous Blastettes! (Yes! They Are Twins!)

The World Famous Blastettes! (Yes! They Are Twins!)


Image Credit:

Robert Hinton
Nina Parker
Duncan Elrod
Jim Boling
John Schmitz

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