Most of the following agencies, bands, and DJ's will provide a free demo.
A-1 Music and Ken Gross Orchestras718-229-5522; kengrossproductions.com
Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, Juilliard and Broadway trumpeter Ken Gross offers eleven versatile bands. Better looking at your wedding and better sounding than any DJ, all perform your favorite and latest hits with "spot-on" precision while adding the elegance, excitement and energy of a live performance. From $2,500 to $15,000. (good value)
The "A" Band of New York845-783-0130; theaband.com
Songs from John Legend, Pharrell, and Katy Perry are just a fraction of the music this veteran band—which features anywhere from three to eight members as well as a DJ—covers. The group is known for its eclectic style and dance-inspiring rhythms. From $2,400. (good value)
Alex Donner Entertainment212-752-2920; alexdonner.com
Donner does everything from classical and rock to cabaret and soul. His client list includes Jimmy Buffett and corporate heavyweights like Cartier, Brooks Brothers, and Saks Fifth Avenue. DJ services are also available. From $4,500.
Al Scatt's Stolen Moments Entertainment914-693-2309; stolenmoments.com
This company is composed of acts—including DJ’s, steel-drum trios, jazz and classical orchestras, and a cover band—that are as well versed in the songs of Jay Z as they are in those of Louis Armstrong. Prices upon request.
Around Town Entertainment917-679-8636; aroundtownent.com
Helmed by Adam Michaels, this outfit offers groups of energetic musicians who play a mix of Motown, rock, jazz, big-band classics, and Top 40 dance. They’ve performed for celebs like Martin Scorsese and Jennifer Garner. Prices upon request.
A. Stan Wiest Music631-754-0594; stanwiest.com
This agency provides an array of bands and DJ’s—think mariachis, steel-drum ensembles, strolling violinists, and musicians well-versed in Persian and Greek music. It’s a favorite among Dixieland fans, sitar aficionados, and bagpipe enthusiasts. The band-and-DJ combo packages are especially popular for weddings. Prices upon request.
Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music212-447-6543; budmaltin.com
This band’s members perform contemporary dance music, rock, swing, and R&B, as well as specialty sounds like reggae, Latin, and klezmer. They can also supply jazz and classical duos, trios, and quartets for ceremony and cocktail music, and play 100 percent continuous music (no breaks). They will often coordinate live sound with their own DJ at no additional cost. From $2,500 to $12,000. (good value)
Campanella Ensemble917-952-8180; campanellaensemble.com
This group can deliver a string ensemble, cocktail pianist, roving guitarist, or practically any ensemble type imaginable. Among its talented musicians are singers, harpists, and all the standard string and brass performers. Prices upon request.
Carelli Collective914-242-0540; carellicollective.com
Under the direction of Gerard Carelli—a former Rainbow Room bandleader who’s played with stars like Ray Charles and Rosemary Clooney—this orchestra specializes in Rat Pack jazz but is also proficient in styles ranging “from Bach to Beyoncé.” Prices upon request.
Center Stage Orchestras212-769-3600; centerstageorchestras.com
Formerly Manhattan Swing Orchestras, this four-band company has played the Superbowl pre-game show and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. Among its members is guitarist Joe Bonacci, who once backed Tito Puente. The Celebration Strings group offers a mix that includes pop and rock as well as classical pieces—all played on string instruments. From $500 to $25,000. (good value)
Creations Music212-579-0096; creationsmusic.com
Bandleader Kim Sozzi draws on her experience as a recording artist to recreate songs exactly the way they sound on the radio. Some members of her seven- to 12-piece band (originally founded by Sozzi’s father) have been performing together for more than 25 years, hence their diverse repertoire of songs. Prices upon request.
This traditional Cuban dance orchestra, led by pianist and composer Leonel “Papo” Ortega, provides high-energy and original instrumentation with a vast arsenal of music in English, Spanish, and French. From $3,000. (good value)
- 747 Orchestra
New York, NY ; Tel: 516-365-5664 ; 747orchestra.com
747 Orchestra has a 30 year history in the wedding biz and is known for the authentic and soulful sounds of R&B, Motown, Funk, Soul and Jazz. The "killer" horn section, vocals and instrumentation make for a bumping dance floor. Prices upon request.
- A-1 MUSIC and Ken Gross Orchestras
531 East 20th Street New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 718-229-5522 ; kengrossproductions.com
Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, Juilliard and Broadway trumpeter Ken Gross offers eleven versatile bands. Better looking at your wedding and better sounding than any DJ, all perform your favorite and latest hits with "spot-on" precision while adding the elegance, excitement and energy of a LIVE performance. From $2,500 to $15,000 (good value).
- Dexter Lake Club Band
309 Third Street, Suite 3J Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 917-848-2145 ; www.dexterlakeclubband.com
We are the area's top non-traditional wedding and private event band, and we skip the usual cheesy material in favor of great songs that will keep your guests dancing the whole night.
- Hal Prince Music and Entertainment
146 East 37th Street New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-354-4100 ; www.halprince.com
Celebrating 50 years in business and still on the cutting edge, Hal Prince Music, a 2nd generation family owned company continues to book the finest talent in NYC! Bands of all styles, DJ's and MC's, we will customize the right music to help create the perfect wedding.
- Jarrell Entertainment
583 11th Street #1 Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 917-449-3435 ; jarrellentertainment.com
The preferred vendor for top venues, event planners and celebrity clientele in NY, LA, Hamptons and Miami, Jarrell Entertainment is an innovative global event entertainment company, offering an experienced staff of talented DJs and musicians.
- Manhattan Swing Orchestra
Box 7 New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-768-3600 ; www.manhattanswing.com
Manhattan Swing provides fine jazz, pop and classic music for your special celebration! Check out our electric pop Celebration Swings. They were featured at the US Open and the Super Bowl. We're sophisticated and fun!
- Rhythm N Ritmo With DJ Rudy
151-31 88th Street Howard Beach, NY 11414 ; Tel: 347-231-5343 ; www.BilinguaLdj.com
Latin bilingual music and wedding entertainment services for NY and tri-state area. We are here to help music loving couples have an amazing wedding reception. Call to schedule your free personalized entertainment consultation.
- Soul System Orchestras
New York NY 10019 ; Tel: 800-466-7685 ; www.soulsystemorchestras.com
Young, fun, and elegantly hip! Founded by ROB AFFUSO, drummer of Rock's best selling act, SKID ROW! With their youthful enthusiasm, charismatic, high-energy performances, SOULSYSTEM is NY's hippest event group and entertainment agency!
- Star Talent Inc.
590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10022 ; Tel: 212-541-3770 ; www.startalentinc.com
With 10 bands plus DJs and string ensembles too. Dance Bands have performed at the weddings of celebrities like Lisa Kudrow, Paul Abdul and Stevie Wonder's daughter's wedding. NYC's source for customized music services.