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Couldn’t have been happier with Orkestra International. They were very responsive and on point about being in touch with us the whole time leading up to the wedding. And during the wedding they played very well. We had them start off with some jazzy music while we were eating and mingling and then stepped it up to some Latin and pop dance music. Barbara is a great singer and complimented many different styles of songs. Would definitely recommend them for anyone! Thanks guys!!Jul 15, 2018VerifiedBarbara O.'s reply
Jenny and Sam! I loved the War Memorial Building downtown as your location. The whole thing was all class and style. It was also amazing the way you did your reception with the food stations and the open seating. YOU did a fabulous job too. Thank you again for everything.
It was a pleasure to have such a fine group of musicians at our Samsung Anniversary Celebration. The band was very accommodating to a number of requests and even let me sit in and sing with them. Everyone was very impressed by their great sound and the vocals were fantastic! Let me know when you're at a public gig. I would very much enjoy listening to you perform again. 'Til next time!Mar 12, 2018Verified
Barbara was very flexible and could accommodate my request in a short notice. She also organized a piano player to come along with her. It was a great show and our family thoroughly enjoyed the performance.Mar 11, 2018VerifiedBarbara O.'s reply
Sri, I think most men need to take a class from you in what romance really is! The serenade type presentation of your anniversary ring to your wife was unforgettable for everyone. Funny I am starting to become the fastest gig in the west, in regards to pulling it all together at the last minute. Thank you so much for having us come to your beautiful home with your even more beautiful family. Best wishes.
I threw my Dad a birthday party this past September in Napa and I hired Barb and her band because my Dad wanted live music and singing. I'm glad I hired them because she has an incredible voice, a lot of charisma, an amazing band, and basically had everyone's attention. My Dad said he felt like he was in a nice upscale club with her performing and was mesmerized by her and her voice. She's really versatile as she can sing any English genre and style and also in any language too! My Dad is from Brazil, so he was completely impressed with her spot on rendition of "Mas Que Nada" and even sang along with her on stage. Dad said it was one of the best birthdays he had and is already trying to get OrKestra International to perform for his office's holiday party coming up.Nov 7, 2017Barbara O.'s reply
Thank you Gil! Your Dad's party was a blast. I look forward to the Holiday gig on Dec. 1. I hope to see you there. :))
I was recently married on June 17, 2017 in L.A. California! Upon planning for the wedding I was slightly worried about finding the proper music to accommodate my husband's family. They are from France and I wanted them to be able to recognize and connect to the ceremony through the music. On the other hand, my family is Jewish. After doing some research I stumbled across Barbara Ochoa and her band OrKestra International. She sings in several different languages, was so personal and accommodating over the phone I thought I have to listen to her sing and prayed that I would love it. Lucky for me and my fiance, we did just that. We fell in love with her voice and knew instantly we had to book them. She explained how she could do a French song at the ceremory, a trio of European favorites for dinner and an American party band with horns that included the Hora for the dancing portion. On the wedding day Barbara and her band were beyond prepared. She told me “I have all the music covered, don’t worry” at first I though it’s my wedding so I’m going to worry but everything went so smooth all night. Funny everyone was singing along when they did "Volare." So many of the guests that came up to us had the same thing to say: they danced and had a blast. I think she must have handed out about 20 of her cards that night. Thank you Barbara for such a genuine experience that none of us from that night will ever forget.Nov 1, 2017Barbara O.'s reply
Hey Patricia! My singing partner and I had a great and trip to Los Angeles and a great gig with your group. I think understand the 4 stars. Your grandfather was unhappy that I could not perform the specific Hebrew song he requested the day before the reception. As I tried to explain when we first met and it is clearly stated on our OKI website, songs that are not in English need a minimum of 2 weeks to prepare. I wouldn’t want any song to not be perfect. I did play it on the IPod, I hoped that was ok. Nevertheless, the French songs went over well. As I always say, you can’t go wrong with French tunes! Thanks for having us and thank you for the review.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?We can come as a duo or with a larger International band or we can come as a Standard American party band and add International songs. The price depends on how many musicians you want and how long you want us to play. That why it is hard to put a price on it before we connect.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I ask a lot of questions to find out exactly what you may need. We know enough songs to customize any type of show you may need for your event.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a BA with Honors from Columbia in Chicago and I only work with world class musicians. I have been doing events for over 25 years and can handle any situation we are placed in.