With over 15 years experience providing music for all types of affairs, we have earned an excellent reputation for great music, exceptional talent and personalized service. In order to help you decide on a band for your event, here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
We encourage our clients to go through our song list and highlight the selections they would like the band to play and cross out any selections they do not wish to hear. On the day of your event we will perform music you have chosen. Our band is also extremely capable of “reading the crowd” and choosing music we are confident will pack the dance floor.
If you provide at least 4 weeks notice, and an MP3 of your song, we will learn up to 3 songs for your event.
Renaissance will perform music which is especially suited for the dinner hour and to conversation. Also, as the party progresses we are always amenable to lowering the volume at your request.
A standard engagement is 1 hour for cocktails and 4 hours for the full band. If there is a ceremony before cocktails, arrangements can be made for music to be played during that time. Within 4 hours our band will play a on a continuous music basis, which means that we don’t take breaks or play recorded music, unless requested. During the quieter dinner hour, we rotate our musicians and there will always be 2/3 musicians who will continue to perform dinner music.
The versatility and quality of musicianship in our band is such that our musicians can authentically perform a wide variety of music ranging from the ’40’s swing era to today’s Top 40 dance music. Our song list is very extensive and includes music from every era. You are always free to choose which songs you would like the band to play.
Renaissance is a “set” group which means every member in our band will be the same every time. We do not randomly put together freelance musicians for each event as some organizations do. In the event of illness a substitute of equal ability will be contracted.
Yes. You may choose to hire one or more of our musicians to perform for your ceremony. Your cocktail hour is included in our standard package. We can suggest music appropriate for your ceremony or you may choose your own music selections.
Our band is 10 pieces, but we can expand to 12 or reduce to 6. The size of the band you hire should fit the type of function you are having, the kind of music you would like the band to play, the number of invited guests and the size of the room where your affair will take place. We take all this into consideration before recommending the size of the band. We do not reduce the size of the band for weddings, except under very special circumstances.
First, we want you to know that music is and always has been an important part of our lives, the lives of our closest circle of friends, and as a central element of any social event in which we have a hand. We live with and surround ourselves with music.
Second, at our daughter’s wedding last Saturday we had a lot of musicians present, including many who are accomplished professionally in their own right. Our new son-in-law is one of them and has played professionally as a jazz saxophonist in Los Angeles and elsewhere. Members of his old group were present and many of the groomsmen whom you met are very talented musicians.
With all of that musicality in the audience, we have to tell you that we stopped counting the people who approached us to tell us that the orchestra was the best wedding band they had ever heard, and that in addition to celebrating a wedding, they felt as if they were part of an incredible musical event. Several people told us flatly, “This is the best party I have ever been to in my life.”
Finally, with so much individual virtuosity among your vocalists and musicians, your ability to keep the dance floor filled with only 2 or 3 of you on stage during partial breaks was just astonishing. You really are the best wedding band we have ever heard.
As people who are continuously planning social and charitable events, we will be recommending the Renaissance Orchestra to everyone we know, as will our caterer who, in addition to being a very good friend, is extremely sought-after and dispenses a lot of advice to party planners throughout our area.
We would like others to have the kind of experience you made possible for us and for all who were in attendance last Saturday evening.
With heartfelt thanks and sincere congratulations for your professionalism from our first meeting through the day and evening of the wedding…Joe & Betsy Falconi (Parents of the Bride)
Venue: Max Hansen’s Farm/Carversville, PA