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  • 18 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa K.
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Our oldest son has taken lessons with Rachelle since he was in the fourth grade and he is now going into the eight grade. While taking lessons from Rachelle, he was accepted and joined St. Cecilia's Music band. Our youngest son, who is going into the 6th grade, has taken lessons from Rachelle and without her teaching he would have struggled his entire first year in band. Both boys enjoy their lessons with Rachelle and I enjoy the expectations she has of them but also the fun she makes the lessons.

Stolen Horses
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
Brandy S.
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The Stolen Horses Band puts on a great show! There is never a dull moment while these guys are on stage. This group has great chemistry which shines through there music. The original songs have a lot of flavor between the vocals and guitar work. There is a lot of talent all around in this band, they are GREAT performers and every show is a surprise!

David Stone Music
4.5
from 2 reviews
    Greg S.
    Verified review

    David Stone has been involved with the arts whether it be acting, singing or playing music since he was 5 years old. He is versatile, and comfortable in all genres from classic show tunes to modern day alternative folk/rock. He has appeared in many productions and was featured in lead roles as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. He also performed with Central High School Choral Aires in Europe and throughout Michigan. He is an accomplished percussionist, plays keyboards, bass and guitar in contemporary bands and has excellent stage presence. He has performed many times for The Traverse City Film Festival, StonesHouse fundraisers, and countless private functions. David also works well with young adolescents and is an excellent teacher. He demonstrated this ability even when he played basketball in high school and was a role model for younger players while they attended sports camps. He demonstrates the same patience and encouragement with younger, aspiring music students. His many original compositions are truly melodic and reflect the sensitivity and deep emotion that touches the soul of his audience.

    Ultrafab Band
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Shannan M.
    Verified review

    Ultrafab Band played at my wedding! They are an AMAZING group! They are fun, interactive and their song list is the best! I would highly recommend them for ANY event! Keep Rockin' Guys!!!!

    Amarillo Sky Band
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Peggy N.
    Verified review

    What a great band! Fun and professional.

    • 12 years in business
    Jim M.
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    Booked gigs for my band and others, does nice marketing pieces and flyers. Helped produce songs and jingles for me as well.

    5 O'clock Somewhere
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 11 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    We play tropical rock, Jimmy Buffett, reggae, country and a liberal sprinkling of oldies, decades, Motown and Classic rock. We use guitar, ukulele, bass, steel drum keyboards, drums, djembe, sax, congas and harmonica.

    Gail S.
    Verified review

    The picture of the lovely bride and handsome groom in the military uniform is my son and new dughter-in-law at their wedding reception in the Union on the campus of Michigan State University five years ago. I can say without a doubt that the Rhythm Section Jazz Band was the best wedding band I have had the pleasure of hearing. Song choices were great, music great, wonderful personalities in the band. They really helped make that warm July day last in my memory. Five years and three babies later, you can still see some of their wedding pictures on Facebook. Thanks guys and gals.

    • 22 years in business
    About

    WINGMAN is made up of seasoned pro musicians from the West Michigan music scene.

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    We are a five piece band with pro musician playing a large variety of music to please older as well as younger generation

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    Elm Street Riot is an alternative rock based out Kalamazoo and Detroit. The band's sound has drawn comparisons to The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, and The Black Keys.

    About

    This 5-member band features a multi-talented group of male and female vocalist and musicians mixing sounds and effects of acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizer keyboard and percussion. Performing some of the greatest 60s, 70s and 80s tunes, plus a variety of top ten national hits, along with a blend of Zonixx original music. Casinos, weddings, private parties, graduations and night clubs are our specialties. We promise to entertain you and the dance floor will be hot.

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    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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