FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can some of the band members play for my Ceremony and or Cocktail Hour?

We recommend smaller configurations such as Keys for Ceremony or Bass, Drum and a Horn perhaps for Cocktail Hour.  We can work with you and help you figure out the best configurations based on the type of music you prefer.  If you'd like to add additional musicians, for example, Violins the Ceremony, or a Percussionist for Cocktail Hour we can arrange that as well.   This can all be possible for a small additional fee. You do not have to confirm this at the time of your contract signing and deposit. We always give you the option to add this 2-3 months prior to your event.

 

What is the pricing for the bands?

This is a very difficult question to answer as there are many variables, such as location, time, the number of band members, date, additional options, etc. To give you an idea, pricing can range anywhere from $6,500-$25,000. Please contact us for specific pricing questions!

 

Can I subtract band members?

Unfortunately, we cannot subtract band members as we cannot guarantee the high level of performance if any of the core band members are missing.  

 

How do I reserve a date before it books up?

At the time of the contract signing, a 25% deposit is due.  One week prior to your event the full balance is due by check. We do accept cashiers checks the day of the event, prior to the band set up.

 

Do the bands play the Hora?

Yes, we do know the Hora!!  

 

Can we see the band live?

Many people ask us about live footage. We do our best to discretely take footage during an event, but often, we aren’t able to get the greatest view of the band and the sound quality may not be the best. Our clients ask us to protect their privacy and that becomes a challenge when attempting to get live footage. Feel free to look through our Instagram page for photos and live footage. Let us know if you’d like us to send recommendations from previous clients, see our testimonial page and or feel free to check out our Knot reviews. When there is an opportunity, we like to invite guests to sound checks and other public performances. We will keep you informed!

We do offer private showcases in New York City, for a fee of $500. This covers an honorarium for our musician’s participation, 2.5 hour time commitment and the room rental fee (the champagne is on us!). If you book the band, we will provide you either a complimentary ceremony or cocktail hour soloist (a $300 value).

Get to know us better…

  • Let's set up a phone call with one of our band managers and or sales representative 

  • You can meet one of our band managers in person for a free consultation

  • Check out our Instagram for live recent footage @thebandmethod

  • Promo Video- www.thebandmethod.com 

 

Is sound included in the band price?

Yes, sound is included in the band fee for up to 200 or guests. Contractually, we only provide a sound system in one room.  That means if the reception (4 hours-dinner and dancing) is in one room you'll be all set, but if the reception (4 hours-dinner and dancing) is in two separate rooms there will be an small additional sound fee for another system if you choose to use our system. Most venue’s provide ceremony sound, if not, we can provide that for a small additional fee as well. Remember, that instruments and microphones have to be amplified by sound equipment to provide sound.

We hire the best sound team as sound can make or break the bands performance and the overall success of the event.  This is something that sets us apart from most companies as they require the band members to provide their own sound. Sound includes: 2 people to load in the sound system, speakers or a PA system, mixer, monitors for the band, amps for the band, drum kit, wires, an onsite sound technician for 4 hours and microphones (you may use our microphones for speeches).

 

How many songs does the band usually play in one night?

This all depends on timing.  But generally in 4 hours we can get through 50-60 songs.

 

Can you help us with the timeline of the reception?

Of course, we are very familiar with timelines. We can help you maximize the band's playing time!

 

Who is the master of ceremonies the day of the event?

The band leader, music director and or one of the vocalists will MC your event. Feel free to give us a script. We'll discuss this during our phone meeting as well as all the wedding music and other details. 

 

What if I don't see a song on the song list but I want it to be played at my event?

Each band can learn up to 5 new songs per event.  As we would love to learn more songs, we would rather be really great at 5 songs!

 

Should we plan on tipping the band members?

Tipping is always greatly appreciated!!!

 

Do I have to provide bands meals?

We found this on another website…check it out.

"It's a question that's been asked by many a client: Do we have to feed the band, what do we feed them and why should we feed them? As an agency we understand both the band, client and caterers point of view. Some bands ask for food to be provided by the client as part of their Ryder whilst many bands are content with the evening buffet. So what's the etiquette you may ask?

It's generally accepted that the client provide the band with a meal prior to the gig or during the gig. The caterer will probably be more than familiar with the situation and often offer a cheaper solution for suppliers meals. After all, the band doesn't expect a fine cut of medium-rare fillet steak, just a hot meal to keep them going.

From the bands point of view, they'll often depart for the gig at around 3pm and find themselves on the road all day. An hour or so waiting for the speeches to finish, another hour setting up and before you know it, it's 8pm and we've got a very hungry group of musicians. The last thing a band wants at this point is to leave the venue in search of food. If I could say one last thing on the subject it's that a well-fed musician is a happy musician and a happy musician is exactly what you want for a great party."

 

What do the band members wear?

We prefer the color black as it discretely blends in with any decor.  Depending on the type of event (formal, semi formal, indoor, outdoor, party vibe) However, if you have specific colors or costumes you'd like us to wear than we can try and make it happen. Below we've listed and given you examples of the standard attire.