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Jonathan Sadler Music (JSM)
from 8 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Julie S.
Verified review

Jonathan played for my wedding which was in my parents' home, streamed live over the internet. He played my parents' piano during the ceremony and then switched to playing guitar during our dinner. Having both those talents was wonderful. He brought a play list, and followed the script we gave him on when to play and when to pause - very attentive. Jonathan was on-time, played well - loud enough to appreciate but not so loud as to drown out our conversation. He was very quiet - which to me is neither good nor bad. :-) We would hire him again. My mother kept asking me where I found him. Thanks Thumbtack and Jonathan!

from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
David S.
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He's my best friend and is awesome as fuck


We provide DJs, bands, videographers, photographers, up lighting, photo booths and more! We are your wedding headquarters!

  • 14 years in business

When it comes to booking entertainment, one common question is "Should I hire a live band or a DJ?" Have the best of both worlds by choosing Bobby Standal, your all-in-one solution for event entertainment! Since 2006, Bobby Standal has been entertaining audiences all over Michigan and beyond with his unique hybrid-performance style. Bobby blends live singing, piano and guitar playing with the ability to DJ the newest and best dance hits. He can perform all the classics with the sound of a full band and provide live piano and guitar music With this much versatility, you are sure to have a tailor-made entertainment experience. Bobby will work one-on-one with you to bring you everything you want (and nothing you don't) to make your event a success. No detail is too small, and Bobby has the confidence and experience to do the job right! Bobby is experienced in many styles of music, including pop, R & B, '80s, Motown, big band, rock, country and more. His ever-growing repertoire is sure to entertain your guests and keep them partying and dancing all night long! His high-energy, interactive style creates a fun, exciting atmosphere and gets the audience involved in the show. Bobby has been a member of the Michigan based party band, The Groove Party, since 2008 and has performed at dozens of Michigan music venues, including many of the state's highest-quality and well-known locations. More information on the band can be found at the website provided. Bobby can perform live at any venue, be it a bar, a restaurant, a cafe, a concert hall, a festival, a backyard party or any place that you would like great music in. He has an impressive resume, having played as far and wide as New York and Texas, but Michigan is his home, and Bobby has had the pleasure of performing in many, many of the best Michigan music venues. No setting is too large or too small; Bobby can adapt to any audience and deliver a performance that is sure to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for a one-man band with a big sound, subtle piano music or a guitar man on a bar stool, Bobby Standal will bring a professional, polished sound to your doorstep! What can you expect at a Bobby Standal performance? For starters, tons of hit songs. You will find yourself singing along to tunes that you forgot you knew as well as the latest chart toppers. Do you want to hear your favorite song? Bobby knows hundreds of songs from every decade and style. He has been known to play audience requests from memory, having never played them before! When Bobby takes the stage, you can expect great vocals with live harmonies, intimate acoustic guitar, searing electric guitar solos, soulful keyboard sounds and so much more. Bobby uses technology to provide a huge, full-band sound, utilizing ultracool looping effects, drums and special instruments, and he does it all himself. Fake-sounding, cheesy-backing tracks are a thing of the past when you book Bobby! If you are looking for a unique, high-energy, versatile act with professional skills and experience, look no further. Contact Bobby today!


It is our sincerest desire to know God in a way that not only completes us and fills us but also overflows to those around us, whether we are worshiping, singing, playing, or just going about life. We strive to create an atmosphere of music that is not only motivational but that is also challenging and convicting.


Ross Mead and YTB is a modern country rock band that offers a variety of dance songs geared toward a modern country crowd. The live show is entertaining and engaging. YTB plays current country hits pulled from the top of the charts. Full of charisma and energy, with a growing resume, our country rock band is certain to please even the toughest of crowds.

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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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