Post # 1
I am trying to decide between several orchestras for my New Years Eve 2009 wedding. Have you heard of either the Don Cagen Orchestra or the Standing Room Only Orchestra? Both are based in Chicago. Are there others that I should be looking at?
Any insight you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Post # 3
We used Standing Room Only for our 11/15 wedding and it was one of the best decisions we made! We spoke with 8 bands and were blown away by them. Our dance floor was PACKED the entire night and 3 months later we’re still hearing from our guests how great our band was. They’re pretty affordable for a Chicago band and were incredibly flexible and easy to work with. They provided a solo guitarist for cocktail hour, a jazz trio for dinner and their 9-piece band for dancing. I’d be happy to share more info with you offline if you’d like (I could go on and on about how great they were, but I’d be happy to answer any more questions you may have) – just shoot me an email, karlaandmark at gmail dot com. Good luck!
Post # 4
I don’t have personal experience with Standing Room Only, but I’ve read several great things about them on other wedding sites! I’m keeping them in mind for my own wedding.
Post # 5
Don Cagen Orchestra is a fabulous band. They played my sisters wedding in 2008, and I chose my wedding date based on the Cagen band’s availability. They totally rocked my sister’s wedding, the dance floor was jammed, and they were so professional with all of the planning and being the MC that night. Don and Becky Cagen have been so nice to work with.
There are lots of musicians in my family, and I was a voice major in college. The quality of the singing is very important to me, and I could find no better singers than in this band. My sister works in a hotel (not in catering) and hears all the bands, she says Don Cagen Orchestra is in a class by themselves.
I do not know the other band, but just call several downtown Chicago hotels and see which of the two they recommend.
Did you know Don Cagen Orchestra played the official President Obama inaugural ball! Whether one is "Red" or "Blue", I think this is an awesome credential that says it all about the quality of this band! If they are good enough to share the stage with all of those superstars, they are good enough for me!
Post # 6
We are using David Rothstein band. We booked a 10 peice band with him. David is extremely easy to work with and very professional. After meeting with him and reading through his website, which is extremely thorough, we knew that we wanted to use him. Also, David personally mcs the entire event which I really liked. Additionally, he was on the cheaper side when we were looking into bands and pretty flexible. Also, I was impressed by some of the people that he has performed for that include President George W. Bush, and John Cusack.
Here is his website: