Most of the following agencies, bands, and DJ's will provide a free demo.
45 Riots917-969-0742; 45riots.com
The ever-popular 45 Riots hand-selects musicians to fit the taste and budget of each couple. With a mix of high-energy music from hip-hop to house and Top 40 to rock, you’re sure to find a diverse sound for your wedding. Prices upon request.
747 Orchestra516-365-5664; 747orchestra.com
This orchestra has more than three decades of experience in the wedding business and is known for its soulful sounds of R&B, Motown, funk, soul, pop, and jazz. The group boasts a sizzling horn section and vocals and instrumentation that make for a bumping dance floor. Prices upon request.
A-1 Music and Ken Gross Orchestras718-229-5522; kengrossproductions.com
Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, Juilliard grad and Broadway trumpeter Gross offers 12 versatile bands. All perform the latest hits with spot-on precision. The result is a never-boring evening of diverse vocals and harmonies, performed live with unmistakable energy. 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 $2,700.(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 such as Cartier, Brooks Brothers, and Saks Fifth Avenue. DJ services are also available. From $4,500.
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 such as Billy Crystal and Jennifer Garner. Prices upon request.
A. Stan Wiest Music631-754-0594; stanwiest.com
This agency provides an array of bands and DJs—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.
Bok Music914-723-0739; bok-music.com
Brendan O’Keefe is the man behind this small entertainment agency, which includes DJs, pianists, guitarists, and jazz and chamber ensembles. Most BOK-Music musicians are graduates of Juilliard or other fine conservatories and have performed on Broadway. Live ensembles start at $325 per musician, soloists at $500, and DJs at $999. ? (good value)
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 such as reggae, Latin, and klezmer. They can also supply jazz and classical duos, trios, and quartets for ceremony and cocktail music and can 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 such as 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.
Creations Music212-579-0096; creationsmusic.com
Bandleader Kim Sozzi draws on her experience as a recording artist to re-create songs exactly the way they sound on the radio. Some members of her 7- 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)
- 1Sterling Band
Tel: 201-585-7897 ; 1sterlingband.com
Sterling Band has some of the best musicians and vocalists you will hear. Versatility and great sound are what we’re all about. Whatever style of music you want for your special day, we can play it - the latest hits, Hip Hop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Jewish. We’ll make sure your guests never leave the dance floor! We've played events across the US and the World!
- 747 Orchestra
New York, NY ; Tel: 516-365-5664 ; 747orchestra.com
747 Orchestra has a 37 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 twelve 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).
- Bud Maltin Music (Live) & Metropolitan Music DJs
New York, NY ; Tel: 212-477-6543 ; www.budmaltin.com
Extraordinary range of styles, non-stop continuous dance music as well as ceremony & cocktail hour music. Get the vocalists and musicians you see. See us live in NYC. Plus DJ services including DJ/Live combinations.
- Creations Music
Tel: 212-579-0096 ; www.CreationsMusic.com
Voted NYC's Best Wedding Band, bandleader Kim Sozzi's career spans from a single on Dawson's Creek to multiple #1 Billboard Dance Hits. Watching Kim's team of exquisite musicians assures clients of an affair worth remembering. It's no wonder the band remains in high demand for weddings from New York to Barcelona.
- Dexter Lake Club Band
309 Third Street #3J Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 917-848-2145 ; www.dexterlakeclubband.com
Peerless wedding and private event band, with a unique, boutique and non-cheesy approach. Monthly live showcases. Recently profiled on front page of NY Times Style section, and one of NY Mag’s “Top 10 Reasons to get Married in NY”.
- Jarrell Entertainment
59 West 10th Street New York, NY 10011 ; 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.
- New York Edge Music
865 West End Avenue New York, NY 10025 ; Tel: 212-749-2364 ; www.newyorkedge.com
New York Edge is known for authentic Top-40 and Hip-Hop as well as totally elegant Swing and soulful Motown. Smoking' vocals and killer horns unite for a non-stop dance party. Elegant, high energy and fun!
- 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.