Jim Perona is a versatile Wheaton, Illinois-based guitarist with an impressive and varied resume. Passionate, professional and reliable, this talented musician has made a full-time career of performing at weddings, corporate parties, restaurants and private events. From Bach to the Beatles, Jim can arrange virtually any song for your upcoming wedding event.
Born into a musical family, Jim Perona began taking guitar lessons at age 11. In 2008, he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance, studying under guitar expert Fareed Haque and receiving the 2009 Best World Guitarist award from Guitar Player Magazine. He received his classical guitar performance master’s degree in 2010 from the New England Conservatory. He has since performed at over 300 weddings, earning the "Couple's Choice Award" on WeddingWire every year since 2013.
Jim Perona provides solo instrumental guitar musical entertainment for weddings and other special events at an affordable rate. His repertoire spans over 500 years of music, including more recent pop hits. As a solo guitarist, his music is guaranteed to be portable and the right volume for your guests to enjoy. Event services offered include the following:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Kasey · Married on 10/07/2018
Amazing Guitarist Made Our Wedding Beautiful
Jim was amazing to work with! From the start he was wonderfully communicative, and was able to clearly lay out our options after we shared what we were looking for. While he has a long list of songs as part of his repertoire, we were also able to pick a couple of songs - and he learned how to play so that he could perform them at our wedding. Jim brought all his own equipment and performed beautifully for our ceremony and cocktail. Our only regret is that we didn't get to listen to him more (as we weren't at our cocktail for very long). We highly recommend Jim - he's professional, incredibly talented, and was easy to work with. We're so appreciative that Jim could join us and help make our wedding day special!Sent on 10/30/2018
Rebecca · Married on 08/11/2019
The absolute best!
I could cry tears of joy just writing this review, Jim was so incredible and the best decision we made when choosing a musician for our wedding! Jim performed from prelude through dinner and set the tone perfectly for our rooftop city wedding, our guests couldn't get over how awesome he was! Not only is he a great guitarist but is willing to learn and special songs you request. I was deciding between a couple of different songs for the processional and recessional for the ceremony and Jim, without hesitation, recorded a couple examples of how these songs would sound and sent them to me that same day. He was an absolute pleasure to work with, and he seemlessly worked with all our vendors and our officiant. Talented and so easy to work with! We can't wait to go see him when he performs in town too!Sent on 08/28/2019
Emily Moran · Married on 07/26/2019
Best guitarist ever!
Jim is an extremely talented guitarist. We hired him to play for our ceremony and our cocktail hour. He arranged two new songs for our ceremony and they sounded amazing! He was professional, friendly and prompt with all communication. Our guests kept talking about how great he sounded! Jim has a wide repertoire of music, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re thinking about hiring Jim, stop thinking and just do it! You will love what he has to offer.Sent on 08/18/2019