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DJConnectionLive.com
4.7
from 259 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 512 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nina W.
Verified review

Nick's guy Ron was great! They worked with our budget and really got the crowd going. I would definitely hire him again. He had any song we wanted! Thanks guys.

Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rhonda S.
Verified review

Scott is a pleasure to work with. He's so talented! 5 Stars for Scott Arcangel - Hire him, you won't be disappointed. Rhonda, Mother of the Bride.

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Broderson Music Studios
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary G.
Verified review

Gary is one of the most talented people I have ever met!! His musical talent and years of experience make working with him very special. I am one of his "older" students and I am thrilled to be a part of one of his bands. Gary provides all students the chance to perform many times during the year which enhances the learning experience. The performances also create a strong and supportive bond among students and family. Because Gary is skilled at so many different instruments and voice, there is truly something for everyone. And, he has a good sense of humor :)

Jimi Durso
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Alexander M.
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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
  • 20 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie O.
Verified review

The best classical quartet music ensemble!! Vasiliy is amazing and very personable, they were truly a hit at my wedding!! Our guests were very impressed with their music!! Professional and all around affordable. They can play Mozart, Bach along with modern day genre which they did at my wedding, they played "Black Magic Woman" for my husband to walk down the aisle to... I walked down the aisle to Christina Perry " thousand years"!! They are awesome!! I would hire them again for an event!!

Josh's Music Lessons
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jason H.
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I briefly took guitar lessons from Josh. I wanted to learn to play with other musicians and improvise, and his jazz background is what caught my attention. The sessions were informative and Josh was very encouraging. I had to stop unexpectedly but what I learned in the few lessons I took was very helpful and got me out of the rut I fall into while practicing on my own.

Top Pro
  • 1 year in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie H.
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We had a low turn out due to the weather, but the music made it all better! We absolutely made the best decision choosing this band! They are professional, full of personality and extremely talented! The first of many events to come!

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

We were very pleased to have Nico play guitar and sing in our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. She is very professional, arrived in advance and dressed appropriately for a wedding. She asked us in details of what we need in the ceremony and the cocktail hour, and tailored the song choices to exactly what we wanted.  She recommended songs that would be good and also played my favorite, “Fools Rush In.” In a busy and stressful wedding, Nico’s professionalism made it easy and her beautiful singing made our ceremony really perfect.  My wife was so happy and several of our guests asked for her card.  We’d definitely hire her again.

Bassoon in the Wild
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Aaron V.
Verified review

Michael and his trio performed at our corporate function. They played wonderfully, were punctual and added a terrific element to our party. We would hire them again in a heartbeat!

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

Select Jazz
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Pina L.
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I've hired this band for my wedding, couldn't find better. Easy to manage, punctual and great music - all my guests loved it

Jonathan Kalb
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 2 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!

B.D. Lenz Music
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Lelica P.
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BD Lenz was the absolute perfect wedding band for us. They were easy to work with, extremely accommodating, and just an unbelievable group of musicians. BD was easily reachable via phone/email leading up to the day, and was completely professional throughout. They really knew how to keep people up dancing all night and even allowed me to come up and play a song with my old band. BD stayed up and played some lead guitar, just such an awesome experience. Music is so important to my wife and I, and there's no better band we could think of to play on our day. Please, please, please hire this band. You won't be sorry!!!

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!

Alex Aitken
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kyle M.
Verified review

Alex is a great teacher who helped me become a better and more confident drummer. I've played guitar and bass in bands in the past, but I wanted to branch out and learn drums to form a new band so I sought out Alex for lessons. He has really helped me understand the concepts I need to progress as a drummer. Been getting my chops up and hope to get the band gigging soon.

Peter & the Master Keys
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Phil C.
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Peter and his band were true professionals and exactly what we wanted for our New Orleans jazz theme. He even added a banjo player at our request. They were accommodating and most of all GREAT musicians. I would hire them again. -Phil C, Caldwell, NJ

Ryan Slatko Music
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alix & Matt K.
Verified review

Ryan and his assembled band (a singer + upright bass) were an incredible addition to our special day. He accommodated all of our requests, even when it was down to the week before our wedding. All in all he pulled together the trio in great time as we planned this all in short order and completely delivered! They looked great and sounded great and we heard rave reviews throughout the evening. Highly recommend Ryan for any music needs.

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!!

Music Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Felipe V.
    Verified review

    I contacted Marta's band through a common friend to play at the premiere of my last film, "La Última Noche", and the experience was just wonderful. I was impressed not only by the quality of the music -they're all unbelievably talented musicians-, but also for their professionalism and fantastic attitude. They were there way before time -and this is shocking for musicians! :), they lifted the mood of the party with wonderful tunes, they were really nice to all my guests and they left a great impression on all of us. Even Marta's cute Spanish accent was widely celebrated amongst my friends! If you're looking for a classy band to play classy tunes on your event, you can't go wrong with this phenomenal girl and her talented musicians!

    • 28 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Seth B.
    Verified review

    I hired Andy to play at my restaurant many times. I have known Andy for over a decade now, and I associate him with some of the best bands in town. When he plays solo he is respectful of his audience and plays an excellent range of music. He is definitely a crowdpleaser. And I can always count on him to arrive on time and play for as long as we agreed that he would play. I recommend him highly – and look forward to working with him again.

    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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