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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.

Twin Rivers Music
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Kaila Z.
Verified review

Todd Patnaude is a guitar teacher he is in a band and loves his guitar he is a great teacher he teaches basic guitar to advanced. He has been teaching for over 18 years! and he teaches young students to older if you are interested in learning Todd is a great teaching and I recommend him if you want to take lessons.

Top Pro
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie H.
Verified review

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!

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

Miguel Burney Music
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Taras F.
Verified review

Miguel has been playing guitar for over 6 years and he progressed very fast within the two years that he took lessons from me at St. Henry's Community Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After his two years, I requested that he become a guitar instructor at St. Henry's. He maintained an average of 10 students per week. Through teaching, Miguel was able to grasp a better foundation of music theory and sight reading. Miguel also played guitar in various high school jazz bands. Those experiences took his playing and knowledge of music to an even higher level. Miguel continues to teach students from beginners to intermediate to professional levels. If you are looking for a guitar teacher who can take your playing to a new level, give Miguel a call and start playing like you always dreamed of.

Piano Workshop at Chester
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Carole F.
Verified review

Mark Weisman has been my son's piano teacher since he was 11 years old. Alex is now a proficient pianist at age 21. Under the tutelage of Mark, my son advanced from a music student to a true musician. Mark is an engaging teacher who introduces his students to a variety of music genres, keeping classical, standards and popular music all part of the student's repertoire. My son Alex's interest in music was spurred on by Mark's enthusiasm and style of teaching. The Music Workshop conducts annual performances for parents and friends so we can see the progress our children have made. My son is now in college and still studies with Mark on breaks and in the summer. Alex belongs to The Jazz Band at Loyola University as well as his own band. He has played professionally for cocktail hours and theater productions. Mark has inspired Alex to continue his music into his adulthood. Mark Weisman is an exemplary teacher and person.

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.

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

The band I hired originally fell through and the jersey shore cats were right there to pick up the pieces. The music they played was very relaxing and a good party vibe. Great voices. The lead singer can preform himself at your event and every one would still love it. Great guy! Value was awesome they were Worth every penny! Would definitely hire them again!

Paladin Studios
5.0
from 6 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.

Nick West
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lorna M.
Verified review

Nick was the best! We had a cocktail party at our house and his 2 group band was just what we needed, playing smooth jazz and setting a wonderful mood for the party. Punctual, professional, friendly, and an excellent musician too. I'll be rehiring in the future.

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!

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!!

Peter & the Master Keys
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Phil C.
Verified review

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

Music Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Mareike W.
    Verified review

    I hired Marta Blazquez with her band- in this case I asked for q quartet with saxophone- for playing dinner jazz at my weeding this past summer. It was great to work with her, everybody was really reliable and showed up in time! The band brought all the instruments and equipment they needed. I love jazz and asked for my favorite songs. It was no problem for them to take requests- she has a great repertoire of music and everybody was really professional!

    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Harv B.
    Verified review

    Mr Rotante showed up early to hear how the piano would sound and how the music would flow in my home.Very professional indeed! He played a number of different styles of music and it worked out great, Our guests were very entertained.and we will definitely hire him again.

    Steve Lacey Music lessons
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    Arthur B.
    Verified review

    Before Steve moved to NYC, I had close to a dozen guitar lessons with him. At age 72, I decided to supplement my love for singing with knowing how to play the guitar. I have been successful learning. Steve's expertise served as a catalyst for me to "move out of my comfort zone." I've played at least 10 open mic nights and felt relatively successful singing and playing simultaneously. I've formed a band at the Georgetown, MA. VFW Post 7608. (see photo included). I'm the chap with the white hat on the right. I enthusiastically endorse Steve Lacey.

    Peanut Butter Bridges
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    Leah S.
    Verified review

    The band was fabulous!! We danced and sang and had an all around great time! Very professional.

    Baby Face Finster band

    New To Thumbtack

    • 3 years in business
    About

    We are a live band playing music from the 70's-today - if it rocks we play it. Covering everything from the Police to the Ramones and a little in between. We also bring a complete DJ set up so the party can continue in between sets- we get them rocking then keep them dancing.

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      Inner City Extravaganza

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        We play old school music as an old school band. We can perform line dancing in cabarets, family reunions, birthday parties, and club dates. The band is also available for studio work.

        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 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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