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Mahadev Productions
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Haleh M.
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Great band! Great music! Very professional! Very nice attitude!

  • 23 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Trevor P.
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Tim is an amazing guy! He's very professional/fun. My band and I where happy with the sound we got out of his studio.

  • 25 years in business
Wendy L.
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Thank you so much to my good friend recommended Ms Trevor to my daughter! She plays very good piano since She changed to Ms Trevor 's class.she only learned over a year. Which makes us feel so proud of her. Ms Trevor is a very nice,good patient and intelligent piano teacher.she has a lot of piano knowledge to teach all her students . As we can tell... all her students play so well on each year recital. I am highly recommend Ms Trevor if you decide your kids to learn piano. You weren't waste your money but you will get a big surprise ! At first my daughter learned piano at Camarillo Rock City ,which is much more closer to my house. My daughter didn't learn anything from there. Finding a good & intelligent piano teacher is so so important.I don't mind that it takes me 30 minutes to drive to Ms Trevor 's house each week .to seeing my daughter to getting big improvements piano lessons. All my hard work is worth it.....

JSH Music Productions
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah M.
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We hired Jon to DJ our Berkeley, CA wedding in October 2009. We also had them play jazz music on the patio during our cocktail hour. We couldn't have been happier with JSH Music! Jon is great to work with, clearly loves what he does, and is a cool guy - not obnoxious on the mike like some wedding DJs can be. He got everybody's name right (really important!) and helped the event flow really smoothly. He was also welcoming of some of our family members and friends who wanted to play a tune with the jazz band. We appreciated that flexibility. Jon created such a fun dance party (a packed dance floor the entire night) that one of my friends decided to hire him to DJ her own wedding after ours! Looking back at the pictures of the dance floor it was obvious what a great job he did - not only was the dance floor packed, all the older guests were up dancing too, including my almost 90-year old grandmother! We highly recommend hiring JSH Music for your event - you'll be glad you did!!

from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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Ignition is one of the best classic rock bands around. I have hired them several times for different events and every single time guests rave about their music. Most importantly they get everyone on the dance floor! As an event planner, that spells success for a party or wedding! On time, professional, great music selection and just fun!

Jennifer Deirmendjian
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
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I have known Jennifer Deirmendjian for 12 years now and worked with her musically on solo projects off and on as well as performances in bands. She plays and writes violin beautifully. I have learned so much from her musicianship in rehearsals on a professional level more than anyone I have ever worked with. She is patient, kind and disciplined. I highly recommend her teaching experience as she has been my mentor and inspired me in so many ways!

  • 12 years in business
Maggy C.
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Taylor is an awesome guitar instructor. I started taking lessons 2 years ago, I had never taken any musical instrument lessons before. Now I have started playing in our church worship band and I absolutely love it. Taylor is a very encouraging instructor-always focusing on the positive but definitely has challenged me which has helped me grow as a guitar player. He does a great job of balancing my lessons with practical skills and also music theory. Taylor is very good at helping me set short and long term goals which keeps me motivated to practice. Taylor is also very mindful of our lesson time and always makes sure to teach to the last minute of our scheduled lesson(and then some). Taylor is clearly a talented musician and passionate about his craft-that passion comes through in his teaching, he teaches because he loves guitar and music and he wants others to love it too. I highly recommend him as a guitar instructor!

Dan Willard Music Service
from 1 review
  • 12 years in business
Pamela H.
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Dan Willard and his band are wonderful! Their music set the perfect tone for our semi-formal wedding: jazzy, classy, gorgeous. He and his group are incredibly versatile. I will use them again and again for future events of all kinds. ~Pamela Haskell

  • 3 years in business

The Academy is a band based out of Santa Barbara founded by Jake and Gus Detar of Detar Music. The band is comprised of some of the best studio musicians residing in the Northern Los Angeles area. The Academy does all styles of music and tailors musical sets to the clients needs. Our varied song list ranges from Jazz to Pop to Rock and even includes some original songs. The Academy's normal lineup consists of 4 vocalists (one Lead and 3 backups), guitar, bass, keyboards, brass section and drums. All of our musicians are highly trained professionals and deliver incredible performances no matter how big or small the venue. Our shows are very high energy and tight making it nearly impossible for the audience to not dance. The Academy caters to weddings, corporate events and private parties. For booking information please contact Gus Detar Current Members; Kenny Nelson (vocals), Dr. Whitney Detar (vocals), Therese Detar (vocals), Jessie Hernandez (vocals), Jake Detar (guitar/bass), Gus Detar (piano/guitar), Daniel Bagdazian (bass/guitar), Harry Swalley (trumpet), Stephen Hughes (trombone), Rusty Cummings (drums/ percussion). We enjoy performing for a live audience and making people dance


The House Arrest Band is always in demand and brings their lively mix of music to dance floors and stages across Southern California. Playing everything from classic oldies to old school funk to Latin soul and everything in between, they always brings the party wherever they perform. With its smooth vocal harmonies, funky rhythm section, and polished horn section, the band is known for putting on energetic, passionate, and memorable performances. So, whether you want to go back in time or just back to the back seat, hop in with the House Arrest Band and they will take you there! Book the most requested band in Ventura County!


We are a small group of talented young musicians playing the greatest instrumental jazz hits from back in the day. Sit back and relax while we create a classy ambience with just the right blend of swing and jazz. We will travel to you and will take care of all setup/tear-down duties as quickly as possible, as to not interfere with other parts of your event. We dress to impress and are all non-smoking individuals. From weddings to birthdays, and even just casual get-togethers, we'll make sure you and your guests enjoy yourselves and create an unforgettable experience.


An excellent dance, cover band is available for hire in the west coast. Contact Tommy Gunn. You can become a fan of the UN Band on Facebook. Go and see where the band is playing next.

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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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