(Closed) "Big Band" wanted!

posted 5 years ago in Miami and South Florida
Post # 3
Member
15 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@alaskin17:  Hey, I’m not any help, but wondering if you found something that fit the bill… I’m also searching for bands and finding it daunting! Thanks.

Post # 4
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Here are some bands we researched (my father is big in bands but we ended up choosing a DJ company because it was too expensive):

  1. http://www.thepowerhouseband.com/ – the most expensive but the highest-end most renown
  2. http://www.privatestockband.com/ – pretty popular in South Florida
  3. http://www.tartara.com – Specializes in latin music, very good
  4. http://valerietysonband.com/ – recommended for english music

What we learned is you can expect to pay anywhere from 5 to 20 times as much for a band as for a DJ. A DJs’ pricing may start at $750 where as a band typically starts at $5,000 and can go up to $25,000!!

We ended up choosing a DJ company because it fit our budget and we were able to give them a very wide range of songs to play that most of the bands were not able to accomodate. We also liked the fact that we can ask the DJ what song to play next and it can be done instantly (unlike a band who has a set playlist). 

Post # 5
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1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

funny- I thought you wanted pictures of wide wedding bands;) english is so amazing

Post # 6
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3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do your research.  You might be surprised what you can find.  We found a community 20 piece big band that has been performing together for 11 years and we were able to hire them for $500.  They were absolutely incredible and everybody loved them!

 

Post # 7
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30 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@jscalardi:  

We used Powerhouse for our wedding. They were great! Well worth the high price tag. Definitely have a big band feel – you can hire up to 4 extra horn players for a horn section.

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