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Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 754 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dr. S.
Verified review

DeNoise Studio provided excellent videos of our event. They were professional, timely, and very courteous at all times. We will definitely use their services again.

Clifford Lamb Music
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Sam D.
Verified review

Great musician. His band livened up our party. I was asked by multiple attendees where did you find this group from.

Citizens Jazz
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Julian A.
Verified review

We hired Citizens Jazz for my Wife's surprise Birthday party at our house in Sausalito CA. Caroline was very professional and easy to work with. The band played some great music, Jazz and also some danceable music. The band played Happy Birthday for my Wife and also took requests. It was an amazing experience to have great quality music in our home and they were perfect for our party. I highly recommend Citizens Jazz!

Groovy Judy
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 19 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.

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

Rob Bennion's band, Gold Standard, recently performed at our daughters wedding. They were incredible! I was hoping they would live up to their promotional videos but they were even better!! Every moment of their performance from the cocktail hour, to background music during the program, to the dance portion of the evening lived up to, and surpassed every expectation we had. Rob was also very easy to work with. He answered every email quickly and worked closely with our wedding planner to make sure the evening was the memorable event we wanted it to be. I would highly recommend Rob and Gold Standard for any event you might be planning. You won't be dissapointed!

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
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Irene J.
Verified review

My son and his classmate took saxophone lessons with Andrew to be ready for Fall Band in 5th grade. He is straight forward and they learned fast from him. I highly recommend him.

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.

Danielle Wertz
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy J.
Verified review

As someone who has sung all my life, but never had lessons, I've been thrilled to work with such a talented and terrific voice teacher. Danielle brings enormous expertise based on her impressive music education, as well as from her years of training her own voice and performing. She is a gifted teacher who builds my confidence. I've been singing lead in a band and several people have told me they can tell the difference in my singing since I've been taking lessons from Danielle. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Brian C Belknap
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christine D.
Verified review

How often do you come across a real live one-man band? He amazed me and my guests with his musical prowess, and also got a round of applause from a neighbor over the back fence. Add to that a charming, warm personality -- he made everyone feel right at home while never being overly intrusive. And the kids couldn’t stop dancing!

Ashten Smith
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Evan T.
Verified review

I used to play in band as a kid, but I never explored singing very much. I wanted to try something new and was curious to know if I was any good. Ashten has started from the very beginning with me. I never knew how much went into singing before I took lessons with her. And she's been patient teaching me all of the concepts and works at my pace. I am really enjoying studying the voice and never knew how possible it is to become a better singer if you use the right tools. I'm definitely seeing and hearing very positive results.

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?

Michael Wynar/ Groove Lab
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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.

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.

Nova Jazz Band
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
Verified review

Daniel and the Nova Jazz Band performed for a Corporate Event I was planning in December 2016 and were absolutely amazing! From the moment I first reached out to the very last note they played, they were always very professional. They showed up on time, looked great and sounded event better. 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!!

Sutro Strings Collective
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
Verified review

Great musicians! The band livened up our holiday party. Multiple guests asked me where I found the band. They perfectly matched the energy I had envisioned.

  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa H.
Verified review

Raquel provided an excellent Latin guitarist for a dinner party. She was responsive and helpful in scheduling and her follow up was excellent. I was delighted with the guitarist, Daniel. He was lovely, on time and just an absolute treat. I would certainly use Band for Events entertainment for another event.

Phat Lix Music Inc.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Candace M.
Verified review

Kenya and his band were amazing. We hired them to perform at our wedding on September 11, 2016. Kenya provided an acoustic guitar solo for our champagne reception and the rest of the band, accomanied by an incredible vocalist (Femi Andrades) joined him for the wedding reception. The music for the champagne reception was perfect and created just the right ambiance for an elegant yet romantic evening. The song choices for the reception provided the energy we were hoping for to get our guests on the dance floor. Our intent was to have the band perform a set and then have the DJ kick off the party vibe. HOWEVER, our guests were enjoying the band so much, that we just had them continue and only used the DJ to fill in for breaks. I would definitely recommend Kenya and the Kenya B Trio for your event. You will not be disappointed. The Gainers

Band Manager
5.0
from 1 review
    Alana D.
    Verified review

    Noah has been an asset as a band manager for all the concerts we've done this year! He's great with communication, organization and getting the necessary information to make sure we run a successful show, from creating the equipment lists to helping promote the bands playing in the shows. It doesn't end when the show begins either. He's there to help every step of the way to make sure the bands know when to show up for sound check, all the way to making sure the show is running in a timely manner. And when the show ends, he even helps to make sure the bands have all their gear during the load out. He's been an important part of our event team and I'd have a hard time running a show with out him.

    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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