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Clifford Lamb Music
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
Ge G.
Verified review

I was looking for a piano instructor for a long time. I’m so glad that I finally found Clifford who is the exact the person who I was looking for. He teaches not only with his skill, but his passion as well. He has his own scientific and reliable system for each individual that helps students reach the goals. All the tools and materials that he recommended to me, became instrumental in my learning. He is working on jazz, blues, classical, bossa nova with me. I can see improvement in every class. Clifford is an amazing musician and instructor and I am grateful for his instruction.

Donna Stoering
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Karleen D.
Verified review

Donna helped me to be a better music teacher. As a teacher, I took lessons and often refer to the wonderful notebook Donna put together for me, with tons of ideas and thoughts about music in general. Donna can help musicians, and beginners, to really understand the elements of music, and suggest how to make music your career, or just enjoy music as part of your life skills.

Citizens Jazz
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Naomi S.
Verified review

I had the opportunity to have this awesome band play at my house party! They were really talented and played a really good mix of jazz and latin which was perfect for our guests. You won't be sorry if you hire this band:)

Rob Bennion
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Maria G.
Verified review

I can't say enough about how happy we were hiring Rob & his band The Gold Standard for our wedding in SF. They were AMAZING. He was the best thing about our wedding. The next day everyone from our friends, to our parents, and us too, were raving about how great the music was. He kept everyone dancing the entire time - even during dinner people were hitting the floor prematurely. They started playing as the guests were entering the reception venue - and when I peeked in to check them out before we entered the room - I was floored with how great they sounded! Rob was playing some electronic music with sax, flute, and there was a drummer, and a singer - Conn Curran (who was FANTASTIC). And then they played our first dance song - again, with Conn singing. It was perfect. I come from a family of musicians and they were all impressed and loved the evolution of music throughout the night. from the more Sinatra style dinner music, a bunch a great 90s stuff that appealed to our early 30s crowd, ending with more contemporary music by the end of the night. My husband and I were pretty busy preparing for the wedding beforehand so didn't give a ton of guidance on music - but we did fill out a questionnaire that Rob provided, which was great. It ended up working out perfectly, and I would recommend him a million times over to anyone getting married or throwing a party. He is professional AND talented.10 stars!!

Groovy Judy
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Marie H.
Verified review

We hired Groovy Judy and her band to perform at a biker event. She was extremely professional and the band was great! They played well and their song selection was perfect. I highly recommend her.

Granada Studios
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Guillermo G.
Verified review

My tango band Trio Garufa recorded our 2012 album at Granada Studios under the supervision of Stevan Pasero. We had an excellent experience and were delighted with the quality of the results. Many factors make Granada Studios an outstanding recording facility: First, the studio equipment, room design and acoustics are top notch. It's also a very nicely-decorated space, which makes you feel comfortable and relaxed during your long recording sessions. Second, Stevan Pasero strives for nothing short of excellence: he is extremely knowledgeable, detail-oriented and uncompromising when it comes to recording quality. He spent several hours optimizing the mic placement for each of our instruments (double bass, bandoneon and guitar), and was on top of every single technical detail, allowing us to fully concentrate on the music. It does make a big difference when your recording engineer is a very experienced performing and recording musician himself: Stevan gave us very valuable feedback on our music and was extremely supportive when we had to work long ours to finish our album. He even spent an entire night working with us when we had to deliver the master mixes the next morning. Lastly, Stevan's wide knowledge of the music industry can also be of great value to those who need advice in that area. In summary, I highly recommend Granada Studios to any musician looking for top-notch professional recording quality.

  • 15 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Annabelle D.
Verified review

Have been taking clarinet and alto sax lessons with Andrew for years. Great teacher who is a master of his craft and is very dedicated to the progression of his students. Takes the time necessary to really help you learn and perfect all areas. He is very skilled in both jazz and classical and can really help his student develop in whichever way they desire. Would highly recommend to anyone who is serious about learning their instrument.

YouROK! Music Lessons
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
Verified review

Seth is a terrific teacher for both adults and children. Both of my children learn from Seth, one in a personal setting and the other in a band setting and both are thriving and loving playing their instruments. I am taking an adult rock band workshop under Seth's tutelage, and I've never had more fun playing music in my entire life. I look forward to each week's jam session.

Fog City Jazz
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jon S.
Verified review

A skilled and multi-talented musician, composer, and arranger, Jeffery has collaborated with me on a number of projects including notating some of my own pieces. I was extremely happy with the quality of his work. Additionally, he was the band leader and composer-in-residence for San Francisco’s beloved Pickle Family Circus and consistently wrote music of great charm and invention. Highly recommended.

Tropical Hideout
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Sam F.
Verified review

I'm a beginner to guitar, having played a little piano and drums before. Been working with Chris for a few weeks now and it has been a blast. He's a talented musician who is connected to the music scene. I wanted a guitar teacher who was connected to the local music scene, and so I've really enjoyed working with Chris and even going to see his band perform. I also love how Chris walks through songs and is able to write out the tabs and chords on the fly, and then on top of that show me multiple ways of playing the same song. Highly recommend.

Music Teacher
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Karthi K.
Verified review

Patient, professional, and knows his stuff. What else do you want in a guitar teacher?

OrKestra International
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia F.
Verified review

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.

Martan Mann
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Dave B.
Verified review

Martan is a fabulous teacher! He focuses on jazz and blues piano, but is happy to help students with any piano topic. Highly recommended!

Amaya Voice Studio
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bong W.
Verified review

Natalie has been fantastic to work with! Her instruction through exercises, general tips/suggestions, and specific ideas when working on a particular song has all been stellar and on point throughout my work with her. I feel like I have improved dramatically over the course of our lessons, and my band members have made several comments about my improvement as well. She has an uncanny knack for knowing what I am doing with my breath, diaphragm, throat, mouth, etc., and being able to suggest just the right adjustments to make things sound better and more comfortable to sing. Natalie is a wonderful person, too, very encouraging, supportive, and respectful. I highly, highly recommend her!!

Michael Wynar/ Groove Lab
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Amy K.
    Verified review

    My daughter took guitar lessons from Michael for years. He was great and she learned a lot. She played jazz guitar in Albany middle and highschool jazz bands and continues to play in college.

    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Carolyn E.
    Verified review

    The music was awesome! We had a little happy hour in an outdoor courtyard and the trio provided ambient background music without needing amplification, which made our lives so much easier. The bass player was a little late but the other two were early and started playing right on time. (None of the guests could tell that anything was missing). I will be reaching out the them again!

    The Hitmen
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 23 years in business
    Myra T.
    Verified review

    I had a HUGE 50th celebration just this past Saturday, 11/19/16, at The GlassHouse in downtown San Jose, CA, and I had hired The HitMen to perform live for my guests. First and foremost, they were a "hit" with my guests as everyone enjoyed all the songs they performed. They were so on-point! One of my guests has a performing band of his own, and he gave such glowing comments about the HitMen! The songs were so classic and so dance-able that some guests just would not sit down and take a break! ;-) But aside from their actual performance, it was great to work with Kelly Aronica who handles the scheduling for The HitMen. Kelly was extremely accommodating (i.e. I wanted to play my own playlist music on my iPod as the background music as people arrived) and worked well with my Event Planner and the folks at the venue. He was very professional; yet exuded a friendly warmth about him. It truly made the whole process of planning this huge event so much less stressful . . . and actually, quite enjoyable! :-) I wholeheartedly, and enthusiastically, will recommend The HitMen to my friends, and as the Head of HR for my company, I will keep them in mind for events for my corporate contacts and HR network. Thank you for being a part of my 50th celebration and for making it so memorable for my family and friends! Myra Tallerico mtallerico@gmail.com

    About

    The Refugees are the most authentic Tom Petty tribute band in the nation! The band was named the top tribute band in the entire SF Bay Area in 2009 on KFOX 98.5 FM.

    About

    We offer the following: * Pop/Latin Fridays (second and fourth Fridays) * Fuz Fridays (first and third Fridays) * Frat/Sorority Weekdays * College Thursdays * Teen Starz We are featuring the hottest Bay Area weekly and biweekly parties; three full bars; and 6,000 square feet including two VIP areas, full stage, lounge, heated patio, and water fountain. We offer full DJ, bands, artists, production, and entertainment on-site and off-site supported for both public and private events.

    About

    I'm a rock/jazz drummer with experience working out songs, building bands, and organizing live sets. I usually work with a guitarist and bassist, and I'm used to improvising new drum parts to go along with their riffs and solos. I'm less about crazy chops and drum solos, and more about just delivering a great, steady beat. I also manage a small practice space, Abbot Studio. Our recording equipment isn't great, but it's enough for a proof of concept, and I have a good relationship with a more professional recording studio, ShatteredRecords. I'm located in Dale City, CA.

    About

    I am a vocalist/frontman for a band! I perform live at weddings, bar mitzvahs, nightclubs, restuarants, lounges and casinos!

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is a mariachi band?

    Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    How many mariachis can a band have?

    A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

    How much does a mariachi band cost?

    A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

    • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
    • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
    • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.
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