Archive for December, 2009

Music for your Wedding

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The first question to ask is what type of music do you want. I write this from the perspective of a performing musician so I will be naturally biased to the “live” music side. I recommend a VARIETY of music because typically there will be several generations of family attending a wedding representing a variety of tastes, genres and musical era’s. Variety Bands are the most expensive form of entertainment because they usually have the most musicians in them. A seven piece variety band would have drums, keyboard, bass, electric and acoustic guitars and a male and female vocalist, for example. Variety bands can be much larger, up to 14 pieces or much smaller. As a performer, I do a VARIETY solo act.

You will want to hire a band that has a web presence to assure that you are not hiring a “pick up band” i.e. a bunch of musicians that don’t rehearse but know common songs that they will perform together. This is very typical so check out their website to assure that 1. they are a bona fide band 2. that you can hear a demo of them 3. that you can see their song list.

If you have a special song that you would like to have performed, you will need to negotiate this very early. More on budget and negotiation later. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you have at jesse.deese@mac.com

Wedding Music

Friday, December 4th, 2009

This begins a series on what to look for and expect from the musician, DJ or Band that you hire to perform for one of the most unique experiences of your life, your wedding.