Teenagers dancing at a high school prom.

When the sun dips below the horizon in Hailey, Idaho, the students of The Sage School sure know how to bring the night to life. I had the privilege, along with sharp shooter Kenny Macias (photographer/videographer), and DJ Baltazar, of being the heartbeat of their high school prom. One thing 5th Empire is known for and that we had our sights set on, was to create a night these students would never forget.

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The Journey to Hailey

The journey to Hailey was an adventure, to say the least. Kenny, DJ Baltazar and I, armed with our love for music and the thrill of creating unforgettable experiences, packed our gear and set off for this quaint town. The anticipation was electric, the excitement, infectious. We were on a mission to create a night of memories for the students of The Sage School.

Two DJs, One Beat

One of the most significant lessons from this experience was the power of collaboration. Kenny, DJ Baltazar and I, with our unique styles and shared passion for music, tag teamed to create a vibrant atmosphere that resonated with the students. Our synergy was a testament to the magic that can happen when two creative minds come together.

Tuning into the Audience

Understanding the audience is crucial in DJing, and this event was no exception. We took the time to understand the students’ music preferences, their school culture, and their expectations for the night. This allowed us to curate a playlist that not only got everyone on the dance floor but also created a sense of unity and camaraderie among the students.

The Art of Adaptability

Flexibility is another important lesson learned. No event goes exactly as planned, and being able to adapt on the fly is a crucial skill for any DJ. Whether it was a last-minute song request or a sudden change in the event schedule, we were always ready to pivot and keep the party going.

Crafting Unforgettable Moments

Above all, our goal was to create a memorable experience for the students. From the first beat to the last dance, we made sure every moment was filled with joy, laughter, and lots of dancing. The smiles on the students’ faces and their reluctance to leave the dance floor were the best testament to the success of the night. And as head photographer and videographer, Kenny captured all the moments for the history books.

In conclusion, DJing at The Sage School prom was a rewarding experience filled with valuable lessons. It was a reminder that music has the power to bring people together, create unforgettable memories, and turn any night into a celebration. So, to all the school administrators out there planning their next event, remember to choose a DJ who understands your students, is flexible, and above all, knows how to create a party your students will remember for years to come.


Mike Gradian

While not only a Boise, Idaho DJ, Mike Gradian has been a staple DJ in the "City of Trees" for decades. He continues to grace venues across the state keeping the art of turntablism alive!

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