Frequently Asked Questions. 

COMMUNICATION WITH THE BAND

Can I use the band’s speakers and/or microphone for my ceremony?


Most of our bands do have access to additional equipment and will offer use of a separate sound system and microphone for an additional fee. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring this option. Your best bet may be to contact an A-V company that's experienced with ceremony audio support. Most have ceremony packages that come with the proper equipment and a dedicated technician who can set up and breakdown that equipment and monitor the audio quality for you. You might ask your venue coordinator if they can make an A-V vendor recommendation.




How much power does the band need for their equipment?


Three to four 20-amp circuits will accommodate most bands in most situations, though requested power supply varies depending on equipment. Your band may request more circuits or access to 220V power. Check your band’s rider (if applicable) and consult with your venue coordinator to confirm that the appropriate power supply is available.




Does the band bring a generator?


Bands do not provide generators. Clients are responsible for supplying one if needed. If you're working with a tent company, you can probably rent a generator from them. Just share your band’s power needs, and they will advise you accordingly. They can also calculate your overall power needs to make sure you’re getting the right size/strength of generator to support all your vendors. If necessary, the band can make the arrangements on your behalf, but you will need to cover any associated costs.





SONGLIST

Can I get a copy of the band’s current song list?


Yes. Visit our website at any time to view a current, up-to-date song list for most of our bands. If you don’t see a song list for a Band you are interested in, please contact us and we will provide that for you.




What is the best way to specify song list requests?


Our bands are experts at choosing the right song for the right point in the evening, but we do ask that you review the song list and choose your play list for the evening. That ensures the evening to go as you envision it. If you like everything the band plays, you can leave it to the band leader to choose, but we really encourage you to do this. Once we connect you with your band, you will have the opportunity to provide them with requests from their existing song list, as well as any songs that you do NOT want to hear. This will give them all the direction they need, and they’ll do their best to accommodate your preferences. You will also need to let the band leader know if you will allow song requests from guests, or that you do not want that allowed.




Will the band learn a song that’s not on their song list?


The band will gladly learn and chart out a song not on their song list for a fee of $100 per new song. The song should fit the band’s style and instrumentation (i.e. don’t ask your Motown band to learn Dueling Banjos). Every request is subject to approval by the band, and any additional requests need to be discussed with the bandleader. You will need to submit your request to the band 3-4 months before the event. If the band is unable to accommodate your request, you can put the songs on an iPod and give to the band leader well before your event and we will play it through our sound system.




Can one of the guests play or sing a song during the band’s break?


This shouldn’t be a problem if he or she only needs to use a microphone or two. This presents more of an issue if they need to plug in an instrument or do anything that requires reconfiguring equipment on stage, as the band will be on break. You'll be able to discuss this in more detail with the bandleader. Many of our bands even encourage musical guests to sit in a song or two!





Can I get a copy of the band’s current song list?


Yes. Visit our website at any time to view a current, up-to-date song list for most of our bands. If you don’t see a song list for a Band you are interested in, please contact us and we will provide that for you.




What is the best way to specify song list requests?


Our bands are experts at choosing the right song for the right point in the evening, but we do ask that you review the song list and choose your play list for the evening. That ensures the evening to go as you envision it. If you like everything the band plays, you can leave it to the band leader to choose, but we really encourage you to do this. Once we connect you with your band, you will have the opportunity to provide them with requests from their existing song list, as well as any songs that you do NOT want to hear. This will give them all the direction they need, and they’ll do their best to accommodate your preferences. You will also need to let the band leader know if you will allow song requests from guests, or that you do not want that allowed.




Will the band learn a song that’s not on their song list?


The band will gladly learn and chart out a song not on their song list for a fee of $100 per new song. The song should fit the band’s style and instrumentation (i.e. don’t ask your Motown band to learn Dueling Banjos). Every request is subject to approval by the band, and any additional requests need to be discussed with the bandleader. You will need to submit your request to the band 3-4 months before the event. If the band is unable to accommodate your request, you can put the songs on an iPod and give to the band leader well before your event and we will play it through our sound system.




Can one of the guests play or sing a song during the band’s break?


This shouldn’t be a problem if he or she only needs to use a microphone or two. This presents more of an issue if they need to plug in an instrument or do anything that requires reconfiguring equipment on stage, as the band will be on break. You'll be able to discuss this in more detail with the bandleader. Many of our bands even encourage musical guests to sit in a song or two!





TIMELINE

Can I use the band’s speakers and/or microphone for my ceremony?


Most of our bands do have access to additional equipment and will offer use of a separate sound system and microphone for an additional fee. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring this option. Your best bet may be to contact an A-V company that's experienced with ceremony audio support. Most have ceremony packages that come with the proper equipment and a dedicated technician who can set up and breakdown that equipment and monitor the audio quality for you. You might ask your venue coordinator if they can make an A-V vendor recommendation.




How much power does the band need for their equipment?


Three to four 20-amp circuits will accommodate most bands in most situations, though requested power supply varies depending on equipment. Your band may request more circuits or access to 220V power. Check your band’s rider (if applicable) and consult with your venue coordinator to confirm that the appropriate power supply is available.




Does the band bring a generator?


Bands do not provide generators. Clients are responsible for supplying one if needed. If you're working with a tent company, you can probably rent a generator from them. Just share your band’s power needs, and they will advise you accordingly. They can also calculate your overall power needs to make sure you’re getting the right size/strength of generator to support all your vendors. If necessary, the band can make the arrangements on your behalf, but you will need to cover any associated costs.





VENUE

BAND EQUIPMENT

Can I use the band’s speakers and/or microphone for my ceremony?


Most of our bands do have access to additional equipment and will offer use of a separate sound system and microphone for an additional fee. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring this option. Your best bet may be to contact an A-V company that's experienced with ceremony audio support. Most have ceremony packages that come with the proper equipment and a dedicated technician who can set up and breakdown that equipment and monitor the audio quality for you. You might ask your venue coordinator if they can make an A-V vendor recommendation.




How much power does the band need for their equipment?


Three to four 20-amp circuits will accommodate most bands in most situations, though requested power supply varies depending on equipment. Your band may request more circuits or access to 220V power. Check your band’s rider (if applicable) and consult with your venue coordinator to confirm that the appropriate power supply is available.




Does the band bring a generator?


Bands do not provide generators. Clients are responsible for supplying one if needed. If you're working with a tent company, you can probably rent a generator from them. Just share your band’s power needs, and they will advise you accordingly. They can also calculate your overall power needs to make sure you’re getting the right size/strength of generator to support all your vendors. If necessary, the band can make the arrangements on your behalf, but you will need to cover any associated costs.





OTHER

Should I offer gratuity to the band?


Gratuity is always appreciated, but not expected. We support offering a gratuity if the band has exceeded expectations or if they have accommodated you in the planning process or at the event in a way that showed exceptional service. No amount is too small, and musicians will always consider any gratuity as a generous gesture from their client. But again, you are under no obligation to offer gratuity on top of the contracted payment balance. If you would like to offer gratuity, our experience has shown that anywhere from $25 to $100 per member of the band/crew is a reasonable range to consider, depending on the specifics of the contracted event. A gratuity can be provided directly to the bandleader at the event in cash or by check.





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