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Seven Top Tips for Booking a Band for Your Party

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

The right style of live music can make all the difference to the atmosphere and success of your party or special event. This article lists the top seven criteria that will make your search for the perfect band or musical act that much simpler.

1) Match the style of music to suit your audience - some styles of music (for example covers bands, tribute bands, jazz bands) are ideally suited for a wide age range while others (steel bands, folk bands, etc) may be more specifically targeted. If you are planning a wedding, then music which covers a broad range is going to be best - while the band for a 21st birthday party or a Golden Wedding Anniversary may be significantly different.

2) Check with your chosen band as to the range of repertoire they can (or are prepared to) offer. If you are planning a themed party then matching the style of music to fit the theme is a great idea. Some popular themes musically can include 50's nights, Las Vegas Lounge, 80's old skool or Brazilian)

3) Take the time to speak in person with your band when making your initial enquiry - there is a tendency these days to communicate almost entirely by email, however nothing beats a one on one conversation to really gauge the professionalism of an artist.

4) Check exactly what the band's fee includes - their quote should include the number of sets they will provide, whether they supply background music for breaks, when they will arrive to set up, what equipment they will supply and if anything additional is required, whether they charge extra for travel or accommodation.

5) Whenever possible see your band live before you confirm your booking. When this isn't possible then live video recordings are an excellent alternative and will give you added insight into their onstage performance.

6) Check what provisions they have in place in the event that one or more members of the band is sick on the day of your event - a professional band should have suitably experienced musicians they can call on in an unforseen event such as illness.

7) Let your band know any special musical requests well in advance - most bands are more than willing to add your special requests to their repertoire however it's a good idea to give them plenty of notice, preferably three to four weeks in advance of your event.

Andrea Blades is vocalist with jazz duo Sax & Honey who are an award-winning swing band

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