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Top 10 Solo Musicians near New Smyrna Beach, FL

5. The Sweet Talkers
4.8
from 11 reviews
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4.8 (11)
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves New Smyrna Beach, FL
"The only wedding detail I found limited in my area was a musician for my ceremony. I asked several coordinators and call the music directors at colleges. My choices were not as I imagined. Then a friend mentioned Billy Meether weeks prior to my wedding date. Billy responded immediately and called me. He had other performances but he was able to make some changes to travel to the venue and play for my ceremony. He is extremely professional and very warm. I was impressed by his flexibility. Other options couldn't do or didn't seem eagerly willing to do what I hoped for with the songs. Billy approached every request with ability and enthusiasm. He was reflective listener. Musicians often have their own ideas but Billy wanted to learn about what I wanted and was able to deliver every request. A few days prior he reviewed what I had requested and even asked if I needed or wanted anything else. Even my last minute request for a sound track with lyrics for the family processional which I was told was not possible by others...he said no problem and it was done. He called my DJ to coordinate equipment needs. He showed up a good hour prior to ceremony. He also asked me what the groom and wedding party was wearing so that he wouldn't wear the same color and could compliment the attire! Billy looked so handsome and wonderful for the photos in front of the chapel in addition to playing the saxophone in a way that causes everyone to be moved to tears. When the double door opened to the chapel and I stood at the beginning of the aisle with my son, I heard Billy play our song "You and Me" by Lifehouse and I felt overwhelmed by the elegance and class he brought to the atmosphere. My first steps seeing my fiancée smile with tears and being serenaded by the perfect tempo and sultry saxophone is one of the most memorable moments of my life! I felt like a princess floating down the aisle to this music that sounded like it came down from the heavens. After the wedding Billy was willing to have photos done with the photographer which are amazing! He was so happy to be part of such a fairy wedding with a couple getting married at THEIR wedding venue with the family surrounding us who grew up on the most stunning property in Florida. The guests all commented that the saxophone was a beautiful addition. We were so blessed to have Billy bring superior quality and opalescently polished music the the ceremony and he look so good next to the alter. I felt like he cared about my wedding as much as if he was playing for a sister. I had booked a DJ and close friend for cocktail hour and the reception 8 months before learning about the Sweet Talkers but I would have hired them in a heart heartbeat and even let go of our deposit if we were not friends. I would highly recommend the Sweet Talkers and their musicians for any portion of the wedding. They will make your visions and dreams come true!"
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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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