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BANDS (cont'd)

The Deanna Jones Orchestra


Playing jazz standards, funk, and Motown covers, among other styles (including original songs), this orchestra has an infectiously fun vibe. A typical arrangement includes bandleader Jones, plus three to four vocalists, four horns, and a rhythm section. Smaller ensembles are also available. From $5,000.

Dewdrop Society

Evoke the energy of a roaring Gatsby-era soirée with this ’20s and ’30s Jazz Age band. Made up of six to eight musicians from top New York City ensembles, Dewdrop Society covers a range of styles, including hot jazz, barrelhouse, swing, antique ballads, and Tin Pan Alley music. Prices upon request.

The Dexter Lake Club Band


These guys first met at Oberlin College, where they formed a cover band. Since then, they’ve built a reputation as a genuine rock band that also happens to play weddings. Members have performed with the Walkmen, the Cars, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Over time, they’ve added classic rock, soul, and Motown to their set list. Prices upon request.

Doug Winters Music


This band plays a mélange of songs, ranging from smooth crooning (think Bruno Mars and Frank Sinatra) to the best of ’80s rock. Winters also works with couples one-on-one to craft the songs for every stage of the wedding. Price is $1,200 per player with a minimum of eight players (though seasonal pricing is available).

Élan Artists


This cooperative represents artists, musicians, and bands and offers everything from classical ensembles to vintage groups to full-throttle dance bands. Past gigs include The Martha Stewart Show, Clinton Foundation, and Alvin Ailey parties, in addition to countless weddings. Band fees range from $5,500 to $15,000; classical-music ensembles from $350 to $2,500 for ceremony and cocktails.

Empire Beats


Empire Beats plays classic rhythm-and-blues hits along with its own original songs. Available as a five- to nine-piece band, Mark Boquist and his crew are guaranteed to keep guests dancing for hours. Prices upon request.

Faze 4 Orchestras


Faze 4, which recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary, hires out ensembles of 6 to 14 musicians for all styles of dance music, Top 40, and classic jazz. The company offers 13 distinct bands; find the right one for your event by checking out sample videos on the website. Prices upon request.

The Gainsborough Trio


This trio met as conservatory students, and the members now play weddings to augment their professional gigs in the pits of such Broadway shows as Wicked and Les Miserables. Wedding offerings range from Bach to Gershwin. Prices upon request. (good value)

George Gee Orchestra


This energetic Chinese-American bandleader (and lover of all things retro) has a big selection of combos available, including a party-starting 17-piece big band playing swing, jazz, rock, R&B, and Motown. Prices upon request.


Fronted by talented singer-accordionist Annette Ezekiel Kogan, this lively six-member “Klezmer-rock” band seamlessly mixes traditional klezmer music with modern tunes. Inspired by Eastern European rock, Golem’s versions of “Soul Man” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” make for an unforgettable reception wrap-up. From $1,000 per hour.

Hal Prince Music & Entertainment


This second-generation, family-owned agency offers any kind of big-day entertainment a couple could dream up—including dynamic dance bands, string quartets, lively orchestras, DJs, emcees, and more. Its musicians have performed with such artists as Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder and have been featured on Saturday Night Live. Prices upon request.

Hank Lane Music and Productions


This company is the exclusive entertainment provider at high-end spots such as the St. Regis and the Waldorf Astoria. The group can provide virtually any style of band or DJ. Former clients run the gamut from Diddy to Vera Wang; the company also provided music for both Ivanka Trump’s and Carmelo Anthony’s nuptials. Prices upon request.

Harbor Lights Music


Harbor Lights Music offers a roster of bands and orchestras, a slew of DJs, and classical and jazz ensembles to accommodate virtually any style and taste. The focus is on dance music: Top 40, R&B, mainstream hip-hop, Motown, ’70s jams, and big-band swing. Potential clients can preview the company’s bands at their local performances or via video before booking. Prices upon request.

Hire Julliard Performers

212-799-5000, ext. 313;

For the couple on a tight budget, students and recent alumni of the illustrious music school can play classical, jazz, and contemporary arrangements. Many will travel throughout the tristate area. From $270 per hour for one soloist (within Manhattan). (good value)

Jeff Jeffreys Music


Saxophonist Jeffreys and his troupe of talented musicians play swing, ’70s, Motown, and contemporary tunes. He also offers classical quartets, jazz groups, and solo artists. Prices upon request.

The John Malino Band


This outfit is perfect for couples more likely to frequent Bemelmans Bar than the Bowery Ballroom. Vocalist Malino headlines all performances with his Harry Connick Jr.–like sound. The veteran five-piece ensemble, which can expand into a full orchestra, has played together for over 15 years and performs jazz, swing, classic rock, and Latin. From $6,500.


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