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Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a band for your wedding reception:

Q1: What are some things a couple should consider when choosing a band to hire?
Q2: What should a couple consider when choosing between a live band and a DJ?
Q3: Can certain songs generally be requested for the band to play / avoid playing / learn?
Q4: What sort of experience should a good wedding band have?
Q5: Can a couple usually decide how large the band should be?
Q6: How far in advance should a couple book a specific date with a band?
Q7: How many breaks does a band normally take?
Q8: Any other tips or suggestions about choosing a wedding band?
Q9: What factors influence the cost of a wedding band in New England?
Q10: Is it customary for a band to “hold” a date for a customer?
 

Q1:  What are some things a couple should consider when choosing a band to hire?
A:  Couples often have an idea about the types of music they are interested in. Visit the wealth of websites online where you can sample each band's sound and review their song list. Ask yourself if they play a wide enough variety of music and the music you are looking for.
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Trust the testimonials of previous customers or people who were guests at weddings where the band performed. Good bands have the ability to "read the crowd" and make the subtle adjustments needed to maintain the flow and energy of the party.
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Look over your guest list and consider a band that will offer the greatest entertainment and selection of music to move people of all ages onto the dance floor throughout the reception. An experienced bandleader will help guide you through the process of selecting music that will keep all of your guests entertained.
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Versatility is as important as virtuosity. When a good band plays a jazz standard, you should be able to feel and envision a jazz band playing. When we're playing a rock and roll classic, we want you to experience the sound and feel of a rock band. (not a jazz band playing a rock song!)

Q2:  What should a couple consider when choosing between a live band and a DJ?
A:  In our experience, nothing takes the place of a live musical performance in terms of energy, excitement and engaging that all-important audience .. the wedding guests. Most music lovers would rather see and hear their favorite band in concert than listen to recorded music. With that said, budget is often a factor of determining whether or not a couple can afford hiring a live band. Some couples choose a DJ because they want the original recordings of their favorite songs. Most bands that play for wedding receptions come equipped with their own DJ equipment, allowing them to play original recordings of requested songs.

Q3:  Can certain songs generally be requested for the band to play / avoid playing / learn?
A:   Like Tuxedo Junction, many bands are pleased to learn a few songs as requests, whether it's for a special dance or another part of the reception. We encourage couples to provide us with a list of requests along with any songs to avoid. We'll combine the request list with our "crowd-reading" experience in selecting songs that would be most effective at different times during the reception.

Q4:  What sort of experience should a good wedding band have?
A:  An experienced wedding band should be well-versed in the flow of events in a wedding reception.  The band needs to work together with the function director and other professionals in coordinating the events that will take place. For example, the band will need to make sure the photographer and videographer are prepared before beginning any of the special dances, cake-cutting ceremony or any other formalities. The band's MC should oversee the affair to ensure a smooth transition from one event to another, allowing the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their special day.

Q5:  Can a couple usually decide how large the band should be?
A:  Certainly, but consideration should be given to the nature of the reception venue. The size of the room, ceiling height, wall construction materials and number of guests all affect the way a band will set up for the best possible sound quality. Bigger is not always better. A band will have a "large enough sound" to fill the venue based on the quality and power of their sound system, and not the number of musicians.

Q6:  How far in advance should a couple book a specific date with a band?
A:  Wedding dates are generally booked anywhere from six to twenty-four months in advance. Once the venue is booked, your next task should be to hire the right band. Needless to say, the availability of good bands become more limited as you get closer to your wedding date.

Q7:  How many breaks does a band normally take?
A:  During the course of a four-hour wedding reception, bands customarily play three sets with two 15-20 minute breaks. The first break usually takes place during the main course, and a second break is taken between the two dance sets. Our band will play recorded music appropriate for dining during the first break, and up-tempo recorded dance music during the second break.

Q8:  Any other tips or suggestions about choosing a wedding band?
A:  Be wary of trying to judge the quality of a band on the basis of a video production. 
For a video to be relevant it needs to be a recording of a live performance before an audience. To properly record the music requires audio equipment that one would utilize for a concert, not a wedding reception.
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Many bands have videos produced with lip-synching, quick cuts and multiple moving cameras. These are fun, but not an accurate depiction of a live performance. The best way to measure a band's skill, energy, and crowd interaction, other than seeing them live, is to read real testimonials

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Value any feedback you receive from people who have actually "experienced" a band by attending a wedding reception where they played. Their experience may tell more about a band's capabilities than the experience of seeing a band perform briefly under non-ideal circumstances during a portion of a wedding. Your vantage point can sometimes be limited to a remote corner in the back of a room, a foyer or hallway looking in from the outside, or a location away from the path of the sound system. The dance floor is always the best location for you to hear and feel the sound of a live band.
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Ask about volume levels. Will your band cater to the needs of your audience, the nature of the room and the preferences of you and your family members by carefully monitoring volume levels during the course of the reception?
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A great band has the experience and the desire to make your wedding day the special day you have imagined and a day that will be memorable for your guests.  This band will answer all your questions and encourage you to think of the details that will make your day perfect.

Q9:  What factors influence the cost of a wedding band in New England?
A:  Date, time frame and travel distance are three main factors. There are certain "off-peak" times during the year when bands can be most flexible in providing discounts to the bride and groom.
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Some bands offer the option of adding musicians, which of course will add to the cost. Carefully consider whether or not this is a real need.
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There is a wide span of pricing among New England wedding bands. It's important to note that a more expensive band isn't necessarily a better band.

Q10:  Is it customary for a band to “hold” a date for a customer?
A:  It is difficult for a band to actually “hold” a date for any length of time. Inquiries for different dates happen continually and randomly throughout the year. It is not uncommon for a band to have several inquiries for the same date. You may be able to request a band to give you the “right of first refusal” for a date. The band would then notify you if they received interest for that date from another party, offering you the first opportunity to reserve their services.

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Tuxedo Junction Band live in Boston
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Tuxedo Junction Band - Harvard Club, Boston, MA.

 



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