[Dixielandjazz] Do you or your band play weddings?

LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing sign.guy at charter.net
Tue Jan 4 08:56:04 PST 2005

Don't laugh at weddings.  I at one time almost made a career out of them
until the DJ's came along.  There is no longer the traditional Catholic
wedding in the parish hall with a band but there is the High end wedding and
if you can tap into that trade it's lots of bucks.  They often go 5 hours
with tips.  The lowest is $125 per side man and has been as high as $350.
And that's for a 9 pc group (6 pc with 3 singers)  We play two or three of
them a month
The unfortunate thing is that they aren't OKOM and tend to be pretty high
energy bands.  Typically 1 hour dinner and three rock-pop.  The leader that
I play for has a neat angle.  After we play the Bride and Grooms request he
takes the music off the stand.  Everyone autographs their part and gives it
to the bride and groom for their 50th wedding anniversary band to play.
They love it.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TCASHWIGG at aol.com>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 12:21 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Do you or your band play weddings?

> Here is a new service going on nationwide in the USA you might want to
> it out if you have interest in this market.    Since it is a pre launch
set up
> however I would approach it with caution and check them out carefully
> paying anything.
> I checked California and there are only two entries for Live
> so far.
> 1 Harpist  and one Variety group.    But lots of DJ's climbing on board,
> those guys never miss a chance to market themselves, if they get one gig
> of this site it paid them for signing up.   Same thing should  apply to
> and solo artist that want to play wedding dates which are usually pretty
> pay dates if you ask for it and be reasonable.
> Stress that you play music suitable for all adult ages and tastes for
> dancing.
> Make sure you can and will Play "We've Only Just Begun" by that famous
> Smooth Dixieland Jazz Band " The Carpenters"
> inBride.com
> Cheers, and get those tuxedos out of moth balls and to the dry cleaners
> go get em.  And all you Lady Singers go to the back of your closet and get
> that Jr. Prom dress you have been saving all these years and go play
> in proper attire.
> Tom Wiggins  :))
> I'm with Jim Kash however, we only do Royal Weddings with Big Big Bucks
> World wide media coverage :))
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