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Clifford Lamb Music
from 89 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
Klauztrophobik P.
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Very patient, well trained pianist that takes his job very seriously. I'd recommend him for any aspiring blues, jazz and/or classical musician. I've been with Cliff with for over 3 months now and am really getting the hang of the blues.

Guitar Tutor
from 29 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Tammy B.
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Garrick has taught my 14 year old son acoustic and electric guitar for 4+ years. It has been a gift to have him in our lives an hour each week. Garrick has nurtured my son's love of music with his artistry and phenomenal spirit.

Donna Stoering
from 28 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Jane A.
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Donna Stoering is in a class by herself as a teacher and just a plain great musician! I heard her play in Chicago and just knew I had to get lessons from her. I had studied with teachers at the Eastman School and had some coaching at Juilliard, but no one came close to the creative, insightful way she taught. She was incredibly helpful to me, showed me in simple ways how to approach all kinds of issues of technique ( I have very small hands) . I was in awe of her but was put at ease by the of pure kindness in her personality. She talked through mus'l passages in a down to earth way that brought out the miracle of music. As an artist, she's incredible and accessible, and she makes music feel the same way. Superb!

Caminos Flamencos
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Ilan C.
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I have nothing but positive things to say about both Yaelisa and Jason and my experience with Caminos Flamencos. I have been taking flamenco guitar lessons with Jason for a bit over a year now. He is a master musician and his command of rhythm, technique, theory and harmony are second to none. Seriously, YouTube him and see for yourself! And just as important, he is a fantastic teacher. He really knows how to help you grow as a musician and reach your potential, and he cares about his students, so he's actually pushing you for your own good. Every session is a blast, always inspiring and I always come back improved from last time. I have also been accompanying some of Yaelisa's beginner / intermediate classes as a guitarist. The same values mentioned above for Jason apply to her as well (birds of a feather flock together!). She has amazing compás, and provides an incredibly solid foundation for her students, and for me, as a guitarist. She really cares about her students and it's been great to see students progress each week. I know my rhythm and ability to accompany has improved leaps and bounds thanks to her. I am getting an incredible foundation. Whether you're looking to begin your flamenco journey or take it to the next level, Yaelisa and Jason are your ticket!

Courtney Knott
from 4 reviews
    Phillip H.
    Verified review

    Courtney Knott is a phenomenal musician whose talent spans composition, arranging , conducting, singing and playing. Having know her for the last ten years I have watched her growth as a colleague but more importantly , a friend. She is extremely passionate and humble;those may be her best qualities. She makes music come to life whether it is gospel, jazz , rhythm and blues or classical. She is an extremely versatile musician who puts her heart and soul completely into performing and her craft. There's no doubt in my mind that she will be able to pass on her gift to others through teaching so that they, too may benefit from her artistry!

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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 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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