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Whats included in the cost of hiring a band?

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Hiring a band for your special event isn’t just about music and instruments. It’s an investment that will generate life-long, priceless memories.

Our basic band pricing reflects a standard 4-hour, dinner/dance reception performance which begins at the conclusion of your cocktail reception. We provide quotes specific to your location and event date. There is no tax associated with our costs.

Our bands provide all the necessary equipment to perform a dinner/dance reception, including:

  • Musical Equipment
  • State of The Art Sound System and Engineer
  • State of The Art Lighting to illuminate the performance area
  • MC Services
  • DJ Services
  • 2 Customized Songs of your choice

Our artists utilize DJ equipment during their breaks and can DJ pre-recorded music at any point throughout the evening. Each band also acts as the MC, directing your evening’s flow of events based on a timeline you have devised. The band will also learn 2 new songs, just for your event.

With any of our groups, you receive the backing and support of New England’s most respected entertainment company, with over 30 years and 20,000 events to our credit. We are a second generation family business that is highly-regarded by New England’s top venues, Event Planners, and thousands of clients.

Additional Services

While our paperwork and costs contain no hidden fees, there are a handful of additional services our bands can provide, such as:

  • Cocktail Music. Our most commonly used cocktail reception instrument is electric piano, though depending on your needs, we can often utilize additional musicians as well (a duo or trio). Cocktail musicians perform background jazz and other music from the Great American Song book at their discretion.
  • On-Site Ceremony Music. Our most commonly used ceremony instrument is also electric piano, but we can also utilize additional musicians from the band to fit your musical selections. Ceremony musicians will learn special songs for your ceremony.
  • Additional PA system & wireless microphone(s) for on-site Ceremonies. IF you need a wireless microphone for your vows/ readers, or a lapel microphone for the officiant, the band can provide this service.
  • Overtime. This refers to extending the full band performance beyond 4 hours. This is a service you can decide upon during your event. However, we suggest you contract Overtime ahead of time if possible, which allows the band to structure their performance accordingly.
  • After Party DJ, to keep your party going well into the night.
  • Architectural Uplighting, Pinspots & Concert Lighting

These services can be added at any time, and do not have to be decided upon when you book a band. One of our consultants will be happy to provide pricing on the above listed services.

Band Breaks

We allow our bands a maximum of 2 breaks in a standard 4 hour performance. The first break will occur as your guests are served their main course and will not exceed 20-22 minutes. The band will provide pleasant pre-recorded background music during this time. Should they take a second break, it will occur approximately 1 and ½ hour before the end of the night and will not exceed 12- 15 minutes. The band will DJ high energy dance music over the PA at this time to keep the momentum going. We are routinely told by our clients that the band breaks felt “seamless”. Below are typical excerpts from our “Performance Review” questionnaire’s, which couples complete the week after their event:

We didn’t even know when you were on break! You coordinated so beautifully with your DJ – which was honestly one our biggest concerns! Kudos!
– Michal and Arash, Seaport Hotel at World Trade Center

I never felt that we were without entertainment during the breaks. The song choices were great and gave a chance to play some songs that weren’t on the band’s song list.
– Margaux and Chris, Ocean Edge

 I don’t even remember the band taking a break (which I guess is a good thing). I was having so much fun.
– Malka and Joe, Willowdale Estate

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