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Mike Strausbaugh
4.9
from 58 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
Verified review

My son Shane wanted to take heavy metal guitar lessons, and my friend recommended Mike. I never wanted to pressure Shane to stay with lessons, but I didn't need to; not only did he learn songs from the rock bands he loved, but he ended up falling in love with jazz. Mike was always so friendly and knowledgeable, and it was nice to hear Shane playing heavy metal one day and jazz the next. Michelle B.

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike J.
Verified review

Kevin, You ROCK!! We had so much fun listening to your music the other evening at the birthday party bash. We especially enjoyed when you played oldies by the great artists of the 60's and 70's. The Beatles are my favorite group and you played their songs to a tee....Their "Birthday" song was so appropriate. You're quite the entertainer!! Thanks for a wonderful time. Everyone had a blast because of the joy your music brings. I can tell you really love playing music because you kept the audience wanting more. You're awesome and fun!! We're amazed that you can play so many different music types. Will you please play at my wife's birthday party next month? We would recommend you to anyone. We'll be watching for your public gigs and will try to attend all of them! Your very ADMIRING FANS.....Mike and Genie

Brooks'n'Friends
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Dana B.
Verified review

Had a lovely experience with this local band! They are all very talented and add depth and quality to "cover songs" with their own talent and experience. We would absolutely use them again!

Eads Guitar Studio
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Peter F.
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I took lessons with Serena as a beginner in her group lessons through the City of Aurora and as a private student after that. I primarily studied jazz, but also checked out other styles. Serena helped me prepare for my college auditions, along with working in playing situations I was currently in, such as rock bands and pit orchestras. Her focus on sight reading has gotten me more work that I can recall, and the diversity of the material learned (especially classical guitar) gave me a great foundation to start from when studying guitar in college. Serena is nurturing to the beginning student, guiding to the intermediate guitarist, and maintains high expectations for the advanced student. Through hearing her other students at studio recitals, I can tell that she gives all students the same attention, regardless of their interests, age, or skill level. I am very thankful for the time I spent learning from Serena, and highly recommend her to anyone interested in developing on guitar.

Modern Music Studio
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tyler F.
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Nothing but positive stuff to say about Jeremy and his staff! I love going to his studio for practice and to jam. It feels wonderful showing up knowing I’ll get top notch treatment and experienced instruction. If you’re looking for a place for instruction, to record, band practice etc. THIS IS THE PLACE TO DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wasted time and money at Guitar Center! Never again! Modern Music Studio is the place to be!

Sydney Burnett Music
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah H.
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I would most definitely recommend Sydney's piano lessons! She is a very helpful and patient teacher; not to mention, she is also a very skilled musician. Her piano lessons have set a great foundation for me in music. The knowledge that I have from her lessons helps me to play with other musicians and to play in my school marching band. I have learned much about music theory from Sydney as well as a love for playing piano. If Sydney hadn't moved away, I would still love to have her as my piano teacher today.

Music Lessons with Teresa
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Chona B.
Verified review

Teresa was my daughter's piano teacher here in Chicago from kindergarten to 8th grade. From time to time, aside from piano lessons she helped my daughter with her clarinet for her school band. Teresa was an excellent teacher & a wonderful person. She inspired my kids with her works. I highly recommend her for everyone that needs a music lesson.

Steve Manshel
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alan J.
Verified review

We can't say enough about Steve and the band! Our wedding was perfect thanks so much to Steve and his attention to all of the details. He took care of all of the special touches from the ceremony to the reception. Steve came out early to our site to review all of the set up and help us plan. His eye for detail is next to none! He took extra time to research and find our special music selections which were quite obscure. Then he even set up and played acoustically for our guests prior to the ceremony - a huge hit with everyone! Then came the reception - it only got better! Steve knows how to read the crowd, they played a mix of everything and kept the dance floor full all night. The music was played at the perfect volume, you could still have conversations but could hear them. Perfect! He even MC'd for our event for the toasts and all the traditional pieces of the reception - way above and beyond what we ever expected. Even stuck around longer to play some of the favorites just to satisfy some of the requests. We would be happy to speak with anyone if you want to know more! If you don't know Steve - you should get to know him. Not only did we find a great band, but a great guy and a new friend for life! Thanks again Steve to you and the band! It was the Best Day Ever for us! Alan and Jackie

Kathy B.
Verified review

Most talented singer/songwriter/entertainer I've ever heard, with a huge songbook of great songs. I recommend him without hesitation. Do yourself a favor and hire this man for your next event.

Scott Slay and the Rail
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Jennifer G.
    Verified review

    Scott and his group were the best band I've ever hired. They arrived early, provided their own sound, dressed professionally, and kept my party guests dancing all night. I'd hire them again in a heartbeat.

    BlueStoneMojo
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Eric Z.
    Verified review

    Bob and the Dr played with four other band members for a private party in Parker last night. Wow! The first set transported me to the Village Vanguard as we listened to Miles Davis and other great jazz. Each musician is supremely talented,in their own right, but the real alchemy occurs when then blend. .. amazing performance by all, with an encode of Spooky that left all clamoring for more. Can't say enough about the music, the arrangements, Bob Neuwoehner's original compositions. The evening was a huge success, and Blue Stone Mojo was an integral part of that. Bring these gifted pros to your event, you will be glad you did. Eric Zelt, Parker CO.

    The Funky-Bots
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Eddie S.
    Verified review

    All night long during my wedding reception, the praise was relentless: "Where the hell did you find this band? They are incredible!" The Funky-Bots absolutely slay! I'm a musician myself, so it was really important to me to find a band that was tight and fun and played music with a real groove that will make people dance at my wedding. I sampled dozens of bands and got tons of quotes, but the clip Stephen sent me of his bandmates playing stuck out immediately. This isn't some corny neighborhood bar band with a rigid list of songs to choose from. The Bots are impeccably trained professionals, and everyone at my wedding could sense they were different. From the first meeting with Stephen, I felt at ease with his professionalism and confidence. He and his band never balked at a request, and were willing to try out anything, and everything they tried succeeded. Paige, the singer, has unbelievable poise and soul in her voice; she is a rare talent that you aren't going to find in most wedding bands. I could tell the band spent a lot of time practicing our songs, and they had fun with the arrangements. That energy and looseness carried over to the crowd; people can sense when the band is having fun, and it just makes the whole show exponentially better. The Bots came on time, were prompt with setup and flexible with the schedule, and were all around kind and gracious people. My only regret is that they couldn't play longer. I will recommend them to everyone I know till the day I kick the bucket. Thanks so much, y'all!!!

    • 6 years in business
    Jill M.
    Verified review

    Kevin was a great private lesson teacher for my 8th grade percussionist! He was very flexible and accommodating with scheduling, and the wise instruction he provided allowed my son to get the highest rating possible at Solo and Ensemble, win a distinguished scholarship award at the end of the school year from his band, and earn a coveted position in the high school drumline as only a freshman. Kevin provided insightful coaching which expanded my son's repertoire of instruments and technique.

    • 2 years in business
    Kevin D.
    Verified review

    This Band is amazing. They are professional and know how to get people dancing.

    About

    As a professional entertainer, all my shows are designed to cover a wide range of genres and dance music to meet the varied taste of any audience. Female entertainment providing soft rock for cocktail & dinner hour, usually 6pm - 9pm. Social & corporate events, theme parties of every kind and for all ages. Live entertainer singing the songs you know and love. Current, classic and nostalgic soft rock and great dance music. Parties for kids, teens and adults. Company picnics, reunions, special songs for your wedding, reception, anniversary, birthday. Sing along & Karaoke party package available.

    About

    When It Was is a jazz band, dedicated to playing timeless standards in the styles of Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Chet Baker, etc. Although the band is a full seven pieces with a horn section, we offer our clients different sized groups based upon budget and need, from quartets to trios or even duos, to fit virtually any budget. We are available on mornings, afternoons, and evenings, seven days a week. With some of the top musicians in town and a variety of instrumentation combinations, clients could have us in week after week and never hear the same song twice! We are happy to work up a detailed and specific playlist to guarantee that clients get exactly what they're looking for and help make their event flawless and memorable.

    • 14 years in business
    About

    We are a professional 8-piece band that plays the best of soul, funk, and R&B. We will travel and have done a number of weddings and performances. Thank you for your interest! Our song list is available by request.

    • 19 years in business
    About

    Mature, professional, experienced, seasoned. Mobile live musicians and DJ's are largely a fly-by-night bunch. I have been doing this at a serious top-shelf level for over 15 years, and I take every event as seriously as though it were my own. Music and entertainment are one of the most important aspects of your function and the quality will reflect on you for years to come; don't cut corners with a budget-priced newbie.

    • 8 years in business
    About

    • 8 years in business
    About

    Sugar Shack has worked with brides and grooms for over a decade. We have also worked with florists, photographers, officiants, venues, wedding planners, fathers, mothers and even parents and grandparents!!!! We are respectful, accommodating, and do our best to make your special day as stress free as it can be. Sugar Shack will not only provide you with a musical experience designed to enhance YOUR celebration, we will also: * Work directly with all your other vendors to help provide a seamless experience * Draw on over 20 years of wedding and event experience to insure a flawless performance * Integrate perfectly with your wedding planner, or provide wedding planning services as necessary * Act as emcee for introductions, toasts, special events and more * Handle all details of event production including stage, lighting, dance floor, sound and ambiance (please ask us about pricing) * And, most importantly, Liza is always available to provide moral support and encouragement in helping you throw an amazing party!

    About

    We are a four-piece musikal group (2 girls and 2 guys). We play German/Austrian musik-tratitionel/contemporary. Very entertaining with a very unique sound and appearance. Guitar/drums/steyrische/zither--yodeling/singing. We play every last Friday of the month at Helgas German Restaurant in Aurora.

    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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