Nursing Home Entertainer Bob Desmarais

If you’re searching for the perfect entertainment for your residents, look no further! Bob Desmarais is a Manchester NH based nursing home entertainer with well over 1000 live shows to his credit! His live show, “Bob’s Sing Along”, will entertain and engage your residents with familiar songs that your residents will sing along to. Bob performs both in-person, and live stream via Zoom.

Like any skilled nursing home entertainer, Bob custom tailors his set list at each performance. He performs folk standards dating all the way back to the 1800’s, favorites from the roaring 20’s, and classics from the 1950’s and 1960’s. His setlist includes these songs and many, many more:

Folk: “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad”,  “Bicycle Built For Two”, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”, and many more!
Movie: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, “Hello Dolly”, Moon River”, and many more!
Standards: “New York, New York”, “Five Foot Two”, “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and many more!
Old Time Country: “Back In The Saddle”, “Hey Good Lookin”, “I Walk The Line” and many more!

Bob performs his show year round, and performs a special “Holiday Sing Along” show mid November through December. This show is composed entirely of holiday sing-along classics!
You can book Bob for a performance using our online scheduler below. You’ll be billed separately for the performance.

You can book a sing-along show (1 hour, $100) using our online scheduler below. Don’t see the day or time you need? Click HERE.


FAQ regarding Bob’s Sing Along

  • How long are the Sing Along’s? 
    • Bob’s nursing home entertainment shows are an hour long, and he will perform between 25 and 35 songs.
  • How far will Bob travel?
    • Bob’s shows are in the greater Manchester area. Shows 20 miles outside of Manchester will incur a $25 travel fee.
  • How much do the Sing Along’s cost?
    • Bob’s hour long performances are $100. Shows 20+ miles outside of Manchester NH incur a $25 travel fee.
  • How experienced as a nursing home entertainer is Bob?
    • Bob has performed well over 1000 live shows, and generally books over 100 shows each year.

      Nursing Home Entertainer

      Entertainer Bob Desmarais

  •  Does he bring his own equipment?
    • Bob brings a full professional sound PA, and everything else needed for the Sing Along show (all he needs is one plug!).
  • Does Bob do outdoor performances?
    • Yes, as long as there is no rain, he’ll perform outside!
  • Will my residents know the songs that Bob performs?
    • Any experienced nursing home entertainer knows how to connect with their audience. Bob’s set list is designed engage seniors, so the goal is that every senior knows each song! He plays folk sing-along favorites like: “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”, “Bicycle Built For Two”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “You Are My Sunshine”, “Five Foot Two”, “Dream A Little D ream Of Me”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, and many more!
  • Are there any options with the pandemic?
    • Bob is currently performing live streamed shows! All you need is a TV that is hooked to the internet, and can run Zoom meetings. Bob will send you the link before the performance. He has professional video and sound equipment to insure a great looking and sounding performance! He is no rookie to online performances; he does them each week and has MANY online live-streamed “entertainment for seniors” shows under his belt!

With the pandemic, entertainment for many switched to online. Even when the pandemic ends, online entertainment may be here to stay, and here’s why:

  • Many residents are bedridden, and can’t attend a performance even when it’s in their facility. However, they can enjoy performances in their room via a laptop or tablet!
  • Online performances are economical for the venues; there are several services available (our favorite is SeniorStreams) where facilities can sign up for several shows a week at a rate than is much discounted from individual performances.
  • Even when the pandemic is over, influenza, which is particularly dangerous to seniors, will still be present.

Bob is an experienced nursing home entertainer knows the value of entertainment for seniors. Did you know, studies have shown nursing home residents that are provided with stimulating activities not only have a much more rewarding experience at the nursing facilities, but these activities stimulate their minds and stave off depression? The purpose of the activities for seniors is to improve the quality of life for these residents. It helps a resident realize that they are not alone, and that there are others in the same situation. Activities benefit the residents psychologically, socially, spiritually, and physically.

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