I grew up in a small farming town called Cashton, WI. Was raised on a dairy farm and born into a family who loved music. Music has been in my family for generations. My grandpa was in a polka band called "Chuck and the Woodchucks". It included my grandma & grandpa along with my uncle, my 3 aunts and my father. Years later, my father and his siblings combined to form their own band called "Leather & Lace". Their band consisted of polka, bluegrass, waltz's, classic country, oldies, and some of today's country music. My love and appreciation for a variety of music started at a very young age. In fact, I played the tenor & alto saxophone, along with the French horn while I was in high school and in college.
Not only that, my father and uncle also own a stage and sound business called B&B Stage and Sound. B & B takes care of stages and sound productions, along with stage setup, lighting, and sound systems. You may have seen their stages at Oktoberfest in La Crosse, Onalaska Legion Days, Holmen's Kornfest or perhaps even Sparta's Butterfest! They are able to provide the smallest of sound systems through major concert stages, lights, and sound for events.
As you can see, music of all genres, has been in my blood for years and I enjoy keeping up the family tradition with a contemporary twist by being a DJ. I couldn't have done this without the help of my family's knowledge and expertise. They provided me with their equipment to help form my own business.
But how did I start? Where did I start you might ask?
It all started when I was a sophomore in high school (Cashton High School) and we had a homecoming dance coming up. The Dj that my high school hired, backed out a couple days prior. With administration in a panic, my father and I decided to try and assemble a system that would work to Dj the dance. I had just purchased an external hard drive & computer filled with thousands of songs from a family friend who was quitting his DJ business. With an extensive selection of music, B&B Stage and Sound provided me with their equipment to complete my set up. My homecoming dance was a great success and my high school decided to book me for future events. Not long after, word spread about my Dj business and was then asked to DJ my first wedding for a family friend.
It was after that wedding that my business really took off. After high school, I went to Viterbo University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Digital Media. I recently graduated with my Masters in Business Admininstration.
So where am I now?
I live in Rice Lake, WI and work at Northwood Technical College as an Instructional Designer! I was married to the love of my life, Chris Toufar on July 16, 2022 and know what it's like first hand to go through the wedding process. Outside of work, I enjoy being a Beachbody Coach, being active outdoors & exploring new places!
I have been so fortunate to have my business boom in the last several years and am starting to add some new features to my business. Make sure to follow me on facebook to see ideas, pictures and videos.
Don't let my location scare you away! I have traveled to Rochester, Chisago & Geneva MN, Madison, La Crosse, Hudson, Hayward, Trego, Appleton, Shawano, Lake Geneva, Milwaukee, and Prairie Du Chien, WI. I will travel far and wide to make sure you have the prefect day. Contact me today, to reserve your date! I hope to hear from you soon!
-Abby Brueggen aka Dj Abster