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Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 773 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Howard P.
Verified review

I have only good things to say about DeNoise. They came thru when the original videographer had a family emergency, created a great band video and I have to especially applaud Jimmy the editor for his fine work. The band will be returning to DeNoise for our next video Howard P

Clifford Lamb Music
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
Ad-min A.
Verified review

Fantastic music, easy to coordinate with, and arrived early to make sure the event started on time. Our employees had AMAZING feedback, so we will absolutely hire Clifford in the future.

Citizens Jazz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 36 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:)

Groovy Judy
5.0
from 17 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.

  • 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.

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

My son and his band have been working with Seth musically and creatively for several years now and we all value his mad skills as a talented musician and engaging coach/mentor. Seth communicates a passion for music as he encourages all of his pupils to work hard and reach for their potential - always from a place of compassion and fun!

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.

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.

  • 16 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Pauli G.
Verified review

Ralph is a remarkably intuitive and efficient one man studio to record with. Being a world class guitarist and teacher doesn't hurt. Also having played in excellent bands for so long gives him range. I recently did a recording with him that was a rush job of sorts with lots of fixes and he was amazing. He can actually tailor whatever recording project to the wants and needs of the artist. In short: He gets it. He works really hard, puts the project first and is more than fair to say the least in what he charges. I give him the highest of recommendations. You won't regret working with him. Ps. He is calm and friendly as well. He puts the client at ease knowing we're in safe hands.

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!!

Paula Harris Music
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 24 years in business
Shanna L.
Verified review

We were very fortunate to have Paula Harris and her band perform for our wedding. Most of the time she’s very responsive for all the emails. The band had a good mix of blues and soul music, mostly 60s and 70s. Our guests enjoyed their performance as well.

Jacqui T.
Verified review

Love the versatility of the band and how you can play various genres of music. We also really enjoyed the dance routines that band performs with the songs - this is truly unique to FSE and all our guests loved it!

The Hitmen
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Larry D.
Verified review

The band did an amazing job. Our event was for 1000+ people in San Francisco. The band played from 10pm to 1am and the crowd could not have been more energized and excited. The band was extremely professional and flexible with venue and event requirements. Highly recommend them for future events!

The Timebandits
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Randy R.
Verified review

This is the best band in Solano County. They can play any style of music and really get the crowd involved in their performance. You cannot go wrong with this band!

Hot Rod Jukebox
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
David K.
Verified review

Hot Rod Jukebox performed at the Atlas Cafe on Saturday January 9. They brought in about 30 people, which is excellent for this cafe. They performed two varied sets of 1960s oldies with a 6-piece group. Musicianship was excellent, and they engaged the crowd with a trivia contest, too. I definitely recommend Hot Rod Jukebox.

All Star Jukebox
5.0
from 1 review
  • 16 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kris C.
Verified review

We asked a lot with a quick turn around; Brian and his band came through for us and over delivered. They were professional, courteous and played some great music for our engagement party/surprise wedding reception. I would highly recommend them.

  • 42 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Richard M.
Verified review

Great job. Everyone loved the band and the members were so polite. I will use them again.

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We are professional soul/blues band with a national and international appeal that electricfied audience everywhere we go.

About

JD and Company is a seven-piece party/dance band which plays popular music from the 50s to the present.

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.

  • 7 years in business
About

The drD Band is a five piece band that plays Funk, R&B and Rock. drD is based out the San Francisco Bay Area and is comprised of five seasoned musicians. drD covers songs by Carlos Santana, Chaka Kahn and Rufas, Heart, Sheryl Crow, Led Zeppelin, Sly & the Family Stone, Pink Floyd, Kool & Gang and many others.

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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 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.

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.

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