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Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 754 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
  • 168 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.

Kelly Keys
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 44 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia I.
Verified review

Kelly did so well at our wedding reception. He played classical, 90s and some slow jazz. Our guests really enjoyed their cocktail hour serenaded by live music. Thanks again Kelly!!

Citizens Jazz
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan R.
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Caroline's band Citizens Jazz were phenomenal! We had them play at our company event and they really blew us all away. Good mix of styles that could accommodate a quieter dinner as well as an upbeat cocktail party. The musicians were extremely talented and even played a few requests! I definitely recommend them and will definitely be hiring them again!

  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Alie K.
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Music isn't Dave's job, it's his life. His passion & dedication to his students is priceless. He makes learning fun & produces amazing results. My son ( drummer) & his band have had amazing results because of their mentor & teacher Dave. Whether your looking for lessons as an individual or you need help with building your band Dave Silva is your man!!!!

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

  • 15 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Annabelle D.
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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.

Diablo Jazz Company
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren K.
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We had Diablo Jazz Company perform for over 600 guests at a corporate event and they were absolutely spectacular. Very professional and sounded GREAT! Highly recommend for any event.

Fog City Jazz
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Omar D.
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I wanted to learn how to improvise better after having played classical piano for 8 years. After a few lessons I’m getting really comfortable! Jeffrey works at my pace, and provides examples from the greats of jazz music to inform how I ought to think about scales, intervals, and improvisation. Great teacher and I can’t wait for more.

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
Nikki B.
Verified review

Danielle was an outstanding vocal teacher! Each lesson we had was really tailored to my specific needs and provided a ton of materials for me to learn from. She really helped me develop my skills as a vocalist, particularly with her jazz expertise, and furthered me as a musician. She is a very fun and comforting person to be around and an amazing friend, as well as a teacher.

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.
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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.
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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
Anne A.
Verified review

We hired Daniel and the Nova Jazz Band for private event a few weeks back and I have to say, from beginning to end it was a total pleasure working with Daniel and Nova Jazz. Every step of the way, Daniel was so easy to work with and his jazz trio was the perfect addition to our special event. We love the way that they seamlessly went from jazz classics to Brazilian bossa nova we would highly recommend Daniel to anyone looking for a professional jazz band

Thea Rose
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rita F.
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Thea Rose is a real pro. Love her style of jazz. The people at my party Danced and had a wonderful time. Her energy is sincere. I am hiring her again for a party I’m having at the end of July. Highly recommended.

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

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn E.
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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!

  • 42 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Art A.
Verified review

Joe and J Silverheels were an awesome cover band! They tailored my wish list as requested and all four musicians had amazing talent. The energy was perfect as they engaged the audience throughout the performance. It was an intimate urban outdoor setting, they were able to adjust the sound level accordingly and brought some cool lighting to spice things up just that much more. The dance floor opened up quickly and it was a great synergy. I would not hesitate to recommend this band; especially if you want to mix in some quality jazz with a wide selection of rock and roll. Last but not least, they play a mean harmonica plus tenor and alto saxophones to boot!!

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

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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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