These days there are are a lot of misconceptions out there about the difference between professional wedding and event bands and your neighbor’s friday night jam band which always seems to “rock the crowd” at the Coconut Grill or the yearly block party. Many people don’t realize that there is a lot more to performing for a special event like a wedding, anniversary party or corporate event.
Professional wedding and event bands interact with and integrate the actions of all of the vendors at an event. They announce the grand entrance, announce and play the first dance song, introduce the toasts, the bouquet toss – in short, they are in charge of moving the entire event timeline forward, from start to finish. They coordinate what is happening on the page – their timeline, with what is happening in front of them at the event. If the timing of the meals or the pouring of champagne for special toasts is off, the band has to be flexible and cover. So it is extremely important that they be experienced with handling timelines and with co-ordinating with multiple vendors at the same time.
In addition to being in charge of the timeline, they are also creating the musical soundtrack for the important moments. They will play the play-ons and play-offs for award presentations, the special dances and traditional presentations. They are the music and the energy of the evening as well as the glue that holds a timeline and event together. Professional wedding and event bands are expected to be on their toes, delivering talent, experience and professionalism at every turn. They are expected to be poised at all times, while complementing the theme of the event’s production.
If you hired your friend’s band, you might discover that hawaiian shirts were not what you had in mind for your big event. However when you hire a professional wedding or event band you will discover that you have a choice of two or three upscale matching outfits which will complement the level and the style of your event.
Aside from training, professionalism and experience, what truly set these types of bands apart is mentality. The mindset of the working professional event musicians are focused on delivering the highest quality of entertainment with the ability and willingness to be flexible and conform to the event producer’s needs. These specialized entertainers are usually comprised of seasoned studio musicians, touring professionals, and other world class musicians. Not only to they exude the highest professionalism, but they are also capable of delivering a huge variety of styles of music with studio quality perfection.
Perhaps there is a reason that your neighbor still plays at the Coconut Grill. It could be because “The Grill” is a little less demanding when it comes to requiring important announcements, supplying a professional sound system, 2 million dollar insurance policy, appropriate attire, long breaks, drinking on the job, and matching the swanky decor of the venue. Different bands match different venues. So when it comes to finding a band for your big event, make sure you find the shoe that fits.
If you would like assistance booking live entertainment or DJ services for your next event please call our office at 818-902-1233