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Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica L.
Verified review

We hired Scott for the ceremony and cocktail hour music for our wedding. He was very professional and did an excellent job. The music was exactly what we wanted because he worked with us to select songs that fit our personality, even learning a recessional song that was not in his repertoire. Would 100% recommend him to a friend!

Jimi Durso
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Alexander M.
Verified review

I've played with Jimi since the first time I picked up the instrument (bass for 11 years). Lessons with him enabled me to play in big bands and small ensembles at the college level, as well as have a steady stream of gigs when I was in school. His method of teaching is sadly growing rarer and rarer in private lesson study. Rather than mandate to the student rote musical examples which are a.) boring and b.) relate nothing about learning actual music, Jimi's approach is a holistic one that has faith in pupil's drive and intelligence. He demonstrates aspects of music theory fundamentals, and then has the student utilize the formulas he has imparted to extrapolate the rest, with his guidance of course. If the student has trouble, Jimi instructs to fill in the gaps but never spoon feeds. This method insures the student actually learns and internalizes the information, rather than becomes an automaton. Moreover, Jimi encourages the students to bring in pieces that they actually like to play! So instead of spending months hammering out a highly diluted version of a Bach morning song, the student can bring in pieces by Zep, the Strokes, the Black Keys, Rihanna, whatever! Jimi then instructs through elucidating the music theory fundamentals within the songs that drew the student to the instrument in the first place! Jimi is professional, yet laid back. I have continued my friendship with him after studying and going on to professional life. He's just a good dude to know. Lastly, and this should be the last thing you consider. Jimi's rates are always reasonable. For private study in college, I paid 3-4 times as much for a lesson as what I paid when taking a lesson with Jimi. I hope you Long Islander aspiring musicians realize what a gem you have there.

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael D.
Verified review

Patrick and his staff hit it outta the park! Patrick and team showed up early, stayed late, and had smiles on their faces the whole time! Before the event we met with Patrick to go through the whole run of show. We also had lots of phone calls to go through specifics as details changed up until the last minute. My fiancé is controlling (to say the least) and hard to please, and she was beyond happy with their work! On the day of the wedding, the team was professional and fast acting. We had SO many moving parts to our wedding and 160 guests! We were really worried about it going smoothly. We were mentally prepared for hiccups, but there were NONE! Everything was easy and smooth and our guests were SO happy! And Patrick stayed cool and calm the whole time. We highly recommend Patrick and Ultimate Affairs for any event! I would use them again in a heartbeat. We are so happy we found Patrick & Ultimate Affairs. Do yourself a favor on contact this guy! Even just talking to him on the phone will put you at ease :)

Josh's Music Lessons
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Garrett G.
Verified review

Josh and his group performed at my wedding this past Saturday and were nothing short of phenomenal. The number of guests that came up to me and my fiancé raving about their performance was incredible. They played an amazing set that included a wide variety of music that everyone enjoyed - several times we ran out of room on the actual dance floor and people continued dancing outside the designated area which was great. I am definitely going to recommend them to my friends and family, as well as reach out again in the future if we need another performance. Thanks again Josh - you guys really made our wedding special and we'll never forget it. -Garrett & Tracy

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Soulful Sounds Entertainment
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ewarton M.
Verified review

This was one of those situations where you read through 100 reviews, find a company wit great feedback, and then use that company and see the reviews were correct. Soulful Sounds played and sang live music for my Wedding Ceremony and my Cocktail Hour. They were AMAZING! I got so many compliments on how great my band was. I gave them songs to learn about two months before the wedding, and they really got together to learn and practice the songs. This is the band you want at your event.

Philly Heart & Soul
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Larry S.
Verified review

I'm a video cameraman and have taped many bands over the years. Philly Heart and Soul ape the best. Great sound alll around from the horns to the vocals they have an incresdsble full sound. For weddings, corporate events or just about anything they would fit the bill

Nico Padden Music
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Allyson D.
Verified review

Nico wrote and performed an original song at my wedding. She took the time to learn about me and my husband, and wrote a beautiful song that really captured our relationship. She also played the music we walked in to.

Sabina Torosjan
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jillian D.
Verified review

My husband and I hired the string quartet during our cocktail hour for our wedding this past weekend. Sabina and her team did an amazing job and our guest were all impressed by their ability to play all the current and great hits. The quartet added such a classy yet fun element to our cocktail hour and we are so glad we chose Sabina and her team to play! Sabina was easy to work with and we appreciated all her help in making our special day so wonderful! We’d recommend her 100%

Jose Benjamin Escobar
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rev. Dottie Y.
Verified review

Jose brought wonderful music to our wedding reception. It was quality, and offered variety in many varied types from salsa to contemporary...from wonderful slow dance music to rock and roll. I, and my 200 guests were very impressed with the quality and musicality of Jose and his group.

partySWANK PARTYpoopers
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 27 years in business
Lisa J.
Verified review

Marla Mase is an extraordinary event planner, creator of party magic and Producer! After having been in the business for a couple of decades and working in so many different venues, types of events, parties and performances, Marla has an incredible team. She’s amassed a phenomenal, devoted group of performers, artists, designers & caterers whom she employs at all her parties, depending on need and skill set. I have worked with Marla on several creative projects and events and had a ball working with her. She is the ultimate professional, but always works in a relaxed, easygoing fashion. She is open to discussion and will always brainstorm to bring ones vision to life. Recently she produced a Rock show and party in Tribeca for me that hosted an amazing band, along with several international actors, dancers and singers. Marla hired one of her designers to transform the old Tribeca firehouse into an underworld of sea creatures and magic. It was spectacular. The food was a beautifully abundant array of hors devours and beverages. Hailing from Tribeca and having worked in the New York area for so many years for hundreds of high-end clients, Marla is truly cutting edge. She has an eye for the unique, and is able to adapt to the vision of her client. Marla really gets the job done. She’s personable and lovely and I always feel I’m in good hands with her at the helm.

Sound Heights Records
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jer H.
Verified review

Great place, clean, good location and amazing Hammond organ! Perfect for live bands and recording sessions.

Violin Lessons
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Megan M.
Verified review

Allison was scheduled to do our wedding and had to cancel but she found a replacement for me right away and there were no problems.

Select Jazz
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Pina L.
Verified review

I've hired this band for my wedding, couldn't find better. Easy to manage, punctual and great music - all my guests loved it

The Jersey SureCats Band
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Denise M.
Verified review

The Jersey Sure Cats performed at our wedding on April 7th in Allentown, NJ and were absolutely awesome. The songs they performed were varied and their voices harmonize beautiful. Sam, the lead singer, has a fantastic voice and really made our wedding song, All of Me by John Legend, her own. I have received tons of compliments from my wedding guests on how great the band played and how they enjoyed the variety and tone of their music. The wedding reception was held in a small banquet hall and they played quietly enough that you could enjoy both their music and be able to talk to and hear others at your table. I highly recommend the Jersey Sure Cats for any type of gala. They are very reasonably priced, easy to work worth and best of all, an excellent band. Please don't hesitate to consider them as they are truly the BEST!

Paladin Studios
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen K.
Verified review

Chanan was a joy to work with! Knowledgeable and skilled and very creative. He helped produce a record of sacred music for me and also provided back up guitar for my band when needed a few times in Dallas. He is an exceptional engineer and guitar player with a fine ear for detail.

Jonathan Kalb
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Dmitry B.
Verified review

Thank you, Jonathan to you and your guys for playing such a good music with exceptional quality. All guests (young and older ones) gave me very good comments about the performance. We all enjoyed the selection of songs, the quality of play as well as the fact that all guests could sing and play together with the band. Also, appreciate your guys help with the little hiccup on the event schedule we had and adjusting yourself to our needs! Thank you again for the unforgettable night!

Andrew Monohan
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 33 years in business
Elizabeth S.
Verified review

Andrew played at our wedding in 2017 and traveled all the way to Cape Cod to do so. He spent time with us beforehand, discussing our vision for the musical portion of the ceremony. He listened to our desires thoughtfully and carefully constructed a list of songs well ahead of time. Andrew is a talented musician and his diverse background is especially well-suited for any wedding's mood.

Sarah Goldstone
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca M.
Verified review

I came to Sarah with a goal of wanting to accompany myself as a singer, instead of having to rely on a guitarist or a band. In less than a year I played my first solo show. Sarah has prepared me to play solo, with a band, how to rearrange songs, how to read sheet music and so much more. Every lesson I learn something different. She’s made learning piano fun and interesting. Sarah is very patient, kind and extremely talented. I’d never go anywhere else!

  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Eugenia B.
Verified review

Rebekah and Tim provided live music at my Wedding Ceremony a week ago. Not only are they extremely talented and understood my style and what I was looking for - but they were professional and a delight to work with. I will certainly hire them again when I have an appropriate opportunity!

Helene's Notes
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon W.
Verified review

Helene was my piano teacher from kindergarten through high school. She taught me how to read, understand, play and love music. Furthermore, my early -and in-depth- start with piano prepared me for years of trumpet in various advanced bands. Although I am not currently taking lessons, I still sit down to play piano whenever I get the chance. I'll play anything from Bach to Beethoven to Josh Groban to new and classic Disney - really anything I'm in the mood for. Helene's teaching has made me proficient enough in piano and music in general such that I can truly enjoy playing. Thanks Helene!!

Caeli Smith
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jane C.
Verified review

We signed on Caeli to play, with a cellist, at our wedding's ceremony and cocktail hour. While Caeli had a conflict arise and wasn't herself able to join us, she took care of all logistics, including lining up a superb replacement and writing an arrangement of our recessional request (the Top Gun theme). She was wonderfully professional and responsive, loading YouTube videos of the songs she recommended (including Top Gun) so we could listen and decide on our song choices. I highly highly recommend Caeli!!

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 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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