(link hidden) offers an interactive puppet and/or music show for the whole family. Children will sing, dance, and laugh historically. Ranger Jack specializes in songs about animals, fun stories, musical games, and singing animal-puppets. Treat your family to a fun-beyond-belief musical experience with a Ranger Jack show.
Ranger Jack was a pleasure to work with. From the first phone call leading up to the birthday performance at my son's 4-year birthday party, Ranger Jack was always professional, responsive, flexible, and engaging. His performance and interaction with both the children and parents were phenomenal and fun. I was concerned that the children might lose interest and focus during the show, but Jack kept them moving and entertained the whole way through. Everyone simply enjoyed the singing and dancing along with the entertainer. I highly recommend and appreciate Ranger Jack.
During the performance, Ranger Jack stimulated the children to interact with him. His engagement got the kids moving and dancing. There were plenty of smiles on all the little faces during the entire performance. Although he did his performance in a gymnastics gym setting, he kept the attention of the kids for the entire time. Ranger Jack's performance is unique and would be a great option as party entertainment!
Ranger Jack brought his music-filled show to the National City Public Library and entertained a crowd of 65 ranging in age from babies to 90-year-olds. Jack played both guitar and keyboards, and the show was highly interactive – Jack kept the kids engaged and they had a great time moving and singing along with classic favorites as well as Jack’s original songs. Jack came early and stayed late to talk with the children. He may have kept playing all night if we’d let him! Thanks, Ranger Jack!
Ranger Jack did a terrific job at my daughter's third birthday party. After one of the most fun days of her life, I asked Riley what she thought was the best part of the party and she said "the music!" And we know three year olds are brutally honest!! Ranger Jack captivated a large group of toddlers and their parents, by the end everyone was up and dancing and the parents got a chance to sit back and watch their children be entertained. It really was a treat!
I was looking for someone to entertain children between the ages of 3 - 7, for my nephew's birthday celebration. Ranger Jack came to the rescue - the day was filled with sing-alongs, and entertaining stories for kids. Ranger Jack was well organized and punctual. The children were mesmerized with his stories. Overall experience was very positive and kept the children very focused. Thank you Ranger Jack!
We went to Ranger Jack's show yesterday (at the Canyon Hills Library in Anaheim) and my 6-year-old daughter has not stopped talking about Ranger Jack to daddy, her piano teacher, and to our nanny. When I asked her what her favorite part of the day was, I thought she would mention the Discovery Science Center we had just gone to earlier that day. But no, it was Ranger Jack. She loved the show. I too totally enjoyed the show yesterday. RJ's keyboard playing was the best and his songs were very funny and entertaining for the kids and adults too. Ranger Jack's style is a bit like Randy Newman's.
The show was great! entertaining, the kids had fun singing along, with Ranger Jack. Row, row, row your boat was especially fun. We enjoyed his guitar playing and singing. He was friendly and energetic. We got a glimpse of his show at Storytime and look forward to experiencing his full length show. Thanks for the free tambourines Ranger Jack!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
Fun for the whole family. Everyone's singin' along by the end of each song. Package # 1: The Living Room Show, means I play an unplugged, intimate collection of songs, mostly on acoustic guitar, for a small group indoors. Eyes light up and ears perk as you giggle and sing along. Package #2: A Concert 4 Kids, means I set up indoors or outdoors. I bring all the equipment for a rockin' good ol time. This includes a Yamaha 88-key piano-keyboard and my Ovation electric/acoustic guitar as well as a mic and a full PA system. Besides Puff the Magic dragon and other favorites, you'll enjoy an alphabet song, a song about school, a birthday song, a lullaby, and tons of fun and funny songs about animals and their outrageous adventures. Meanwhile there's a wonderful music lesson going on throughout the entire show. Expect to tap your toes, laugh and cry all in the same hour. You'll have a blast with Ranger Jack!
In August of 2012, Jack performed before hundreds of children at the Huntington Beach Library's Concert in the Park in his first appearance as "Ranger Jack." He has since performed for over 40 birthday parties in Southern California, many more libraries, Pretend City, Kids Club at the Bella Terra Mall in Huntington Beach, the Montebello Mall and the Mall of Orange, monthly at the Orangewood Home for Children, the Bower's Kidseum, the Santa Ana Zoo, Zoomar's Petting Zoo in SJC, the South Coast Plaza So. Cal. Spring Garden Show, a Catholic School and a Jewish summer camp, and over one hundred performances at preschools in Orange and LA County, for that is his day job during the week. He is also a piano teacher in Costa Mesa and Fullerton, CA. Plus he just got hired to teach music to K-6 for the Fullerton School District.
"Ranger Jack" began his children's songwriting career in the spring of 2011 after more than 20 years as a music teacher, producer and performer. He had an epiphany after spotting an ad in "Backstage West" magazine soliciting children's music for a New York City music publishing company.
As a child, Forest was captivated by children's songs such as "Puff the Magic Dragon" as well as music from Disney movies, the film "Oliver!" and the Broadway musicals "Hair" and "Pippin". In addition, Forest says some of his fondest childhood memories are those of his mother singing him lullabies as he drifted off to sleep. As he got older, Forest grew to love the spirited and often humorous songs of bands like The Monkees, Peter, Paul and Mary and the Beatles - bands that would influence Forest's own musical style.
So it seemed par for the course that children's music came natural to Forest. He wrote and recorded three songs in answer to the magazine ad and subsequently wrote and recorded a 10-song CD, "Animals are Happy." In the summer of 2011, Forest was commissioned to write instrumental music for the children's DVD reading program "Skip & Daisy," which is sold and marketed to public, private and home schools across the globe.
In January of 2013, Ranger Jack got hired to perform in preschools weekly, and the rest is history. His calendar is filling up fast so contact Ranger Jack now for your next birthday or family event. To hear Ranger Jack's music, watch videos, read reviews or for more info, go to (link hidden).
Additional Booking Notes
I usually put on a 30, 45, or 60 minute interactive show, but often I am hired to play serenade music as the guests arrive, like Puff the Magic dragon, what I call "listening songs". Then maybe after I help with the birthday song as we cut the cake, the interactive show begins. All I need is a 5 by 7 foot area to set up my equipment, which mostly includes just my keyboard and guitar. In most cases I will need shade for outdoor shows and I can bring my own portable power supply if an electrical outlet is not handy. So get ready to sing and dance and HAVE FUN!!!
Since making the following set list in 2012, I've added tons and tons and tons of songs. But here is my original set list, before I added lots of new songs and traditional songs:
Puff the Magic Dragon (Peter Paul and Mary); Ranger Jack's Back; Good Morning Star Shine (from the musical "HAIR"); The Body Song; Animals Do Most Anything; Bark, Bark, Bark; A Is For Aardvark; Animal Feet; Are You Sleeping? (from Harry Nilsson's, "The Point"); All I Need To Have a Good Time; Doggies Are Happy; I Do Like School; Black Bird (The Beatles); Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver); Linus and Lucy (Peanuts Theme); Brave Bunny; One Year Older Than Before/Ballroom Baboons; Animals Do Most Anything, Part Two; Emily's Song (The Moody Blues); Rest Until the Dawning. And sometimes, mainly for the adults, Space Cowboy (Steve Miller) and Behind Blue Eyes (The Who). All songs without details (in parenthesis) were written and composed by the artist: (c) 2012 Ranger Jack Forest. All rights reserved.
|Ranger Jack||Singing Pianist/Guitarist, One Man Band, Children's Entertainer, Piano Teacher, Preschool Educator|
Influences & Inspiration
All classic rock, especially The Beatles, and many children artists. I also have a background in classical and jazz piano.
I bring all that I need: my piano and guitar : )