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Louis Pettinelli Music
4.9
from 147 reviews
  • 284 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin D.
Verified review

The Louis Pettinelli Quartet was everything I expected. They played at our wedding reception cocktail hour and all our guests stated how classy it was. We submitted specific songs and his band played it all. I appreciated how flexible and accommodating his was with our request. He was able to honor our desire for a 30 minute opening session with just the pianist and an hour performance with the whole band. I was very surprised when the sax player broke out the clarinet for one the songs. All the band members were professional and respectful. At the same time, you can tell they really enjoyed playing their set. I highly recommend Louis Pettinelli and his musical colleagues. He understands your needs and delivers it with the highest quality, professionalism and respect. Bands and musicians can learn a few things from Louis Pettinelli.

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Matt Santry
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven L.
Verified review

Matt provided music at my wife's 50th birthday party. He was fantastic! Arrived on time, played everything we asked for, and performed like a total pro. Familiar with both new and old songs. Would recommend him to anyone looking for great live music to accompany your event!

Top Pro
  • 16 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth A.
Verified review

I called it "God's perfect timing! Here's our story...Our family, recently bowed our heads, as our 97 year old father, united with his family in Heaven. We were blessed to enjoy every single minute we spent together. God bless my dad, "Babe's" soul. I wanted to honor my dad, by having live music playing at his service, as my dad loved music... he had 3,001, 33 1/3 records. All his friends and family gathered to celebrate his adventurous life. Scott Samuels promptly contacted me after I left a message requesting a vocalist/guitarist! His professionalism is "above" all others. I have EVER met. The rest, is a moment in time, my memories will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you for creating this site for the world to utilize. Scott, you're a fantastic performer/true humanitarian. I could go on and on, but those memories are mine. Betsy, Babes baby "DAURTER" as dad would say!

C-Note Music Philly
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn T.
Verified review

I have been studying guitar and bass with Stevie now for six months. The progress I have made is remarkable! Stevie plays and teaches five instruments and I have had the pleasure of seeing him perform live........he brings that same enthusiasm and excitement to his students at C-Note music school. Previously I had studied with a few other teachers that used a " one size fits all" method, while Stevie''s lessons are custom fit and tailored specifically to meet my needs,abilities,and goals. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn to become a musician!!!!!

David Joel Guitar Studio
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ken K.
Verified review

Testimonial for David Joel, Guitar Instructor: My name is Ken and I have been playing guitar for 43 years since the age of 12. I took lessons for about 2 years at the very beginning. I never learned how to read music in the traditional sense, just tab. I have played in classic rock bands over the years. Several years ago I reached a point in my playing that I felt I could not get any better and was playing the same music, leads over and over again. I was convinced that all I could learn was what I could hear or was shown by other musicians. I knew I developed bad technique habits over the years as well. I wanted to get better and began looking for an instructor on-line and found David Joel. A brief review of David’s web-site indicated he was well-versed in all styles on electric, acoustic and classical guitar. The backbone of David’s approach is based on the Berklee Series Modern Method books by William Leavitt. It requires the guitarist to read and play music…something I never did and as it turns out contributed to my “illiteracy” or lack of language or “data” as David refers to music. In the 2 ½ years that I studied with David he completely changed my technique, increased my potential to play a variety of styles and improvise and helped me to achieve many of my goals as a player. He is amazingly encouraging and very real when it comes to students of all ages. I currently enjoy playing in a number of classic rock bands and praise band at church. Thanks David!

Raven Productions Inc
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 28 years in business
Melody R.
Verified review

I saw the band preforming at a festival they were very funny and interactive. Also professional and and entertaining. WOULD DEFINITELY HIRE THEM AGAIN!!!!!😀

Gary Reed Musician
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Igor G.
Verified review

Gary is incredible !!! He played at my 40ppl party, all the guests were mesmerized and paid to the band and to the host(me) thousands of compliment. Great selection of songs !! Professional and passionate performance!! Great sense of humor !! Many other qualities !! My sincere recommendations.

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

This is one of the best bands I have heard. They have a nice variety of songs, and don't play too loud. Unlike other bands, they aim to please.

  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth L.
Verified review

I truly can't begin to say enough wonderful things about this band. The exquisite music speaks for itself. Ron played at my wedding and the entire crowd still speaks about what a class act both he and his orchestra are. He not only had a littany of directions and partial MC-ing to do, but benevolently dealt with my sister who had planned some surprises as well. He is professional, patient, reliable, talented, friendly, accommodating, and downright fun. The band are highly talented musicians and good people. I recommend them highly!

The Tenor Clef
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Fran H.
    Verified review

    Anthony Elia provides a musical experience that will fit the needs of your interest. Beautiful voice, charisma, overall pleasant experience. He is timely and reliable and we will hire him for every occasion we have. Never disappointed.

    Cello Grooves
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Madeleine G.
    Verified review

    Conor is a kind man and really great cello teacher. He always listens to my questions no matter how dumb I think they are. I’m third generation musicaian so I know a great teacher when I see one, and Conor is definitely great. He’s very patient, historically informative, and his passion not just for performing but teaching as well shines through very easily. Every lesson I leave feeling even more excited about playing the cello than before which I didn’t think was possible. I take lessons with him via Skype because we live 3000 miles apart so that’s very convenient. I don’t have to lug my cello around San Francisco or even leave my bedroom. Conor is very understanding about my health problems too. I can’t recommend him highly enough! He’s definitely the best cello teacher I’ve ever had!

    Joe Mixon
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 28 years in business
    Emmons R.
    Verified review

    I have listened to Joe play all kinds of music at many different venus and I always have a good time listening. I like his Caribbean music live and his classical guitar recordings.

    Liquid A
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 17 years in business
    Jen S.
    Verified review

    Great band! Music played always gets the audience up and dancing! I would recommend anyone to go see them play!

    GrandEvents
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 49 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Lynn B.
    Verified review

    We used GrandEvents to plan our Disney themed wedding back in 2012. Their prices and services were virtually unmatched. My Bridesmaids and my Husbands Groomsmen were color coordinated perfectly to match each Disney Prince & Princess. Our cocktail hour felt like you were walking down Main St at the Magic Kingdom. Our DJ added a nice touch by playing "Be our Guest" as each waiter & waitress came out dancing with trays in their hands for Dinner. The entire bridal party played along by dancing on their chairs and twirling their napkins. GrandeEvents also created a custom table number for each guest with a different scene from each Disney movie on them, along with fonts. A typical Disney wedding, when we priced them out, were in the upwards of $40k and up. We didn't even pay half of that. I am pretty sure Disney Orlando, FL would hire them to do their events, if they lived down there... Hands down, the best wedding experience I have ever witnessed. I wish I could post the video..

    Dan Pearce Guitar
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Colleen L.
    Verified review

    We fell in love with Dan from the get-go when we saw how great he was with Nolan and his vast knowledge and love of music. We are so impressed with how far Nolan has come with his Ukulele skills and ability to place his fingers on the strings for specific cords. Mr. Dan makes it all about the children. What is your kid into? Minecraft? Mr. Dan can make sheet music for it. Disney? Mr. Dan can make sheet music for it. Mr. Dan places the kids needs/wants first. Whatever it is that will get a child interested in picking up an instrument, Mr. Dan will do. One word to describe Mr. Dan is: Awesome. Okay a few more words: Patient, funny, down to earth, able to communicate with and engage children easily. One of the many reasons Mr. Dan is just so awesome: He comes to our house! I cannot stress enough how much of a help this is with having to drive the kids all over God’s green earth every day of the week. We are truly blessed to have this amazing music teacher in our lives. We look forward to many years of having Mr. Dan teach Nolan.

    Well Strung Band
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 17 years in business
    Patrick M.
    Verified review

    Lots of energy, a great song lost and the crowd loves them.

    About

    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.

    • 18 years in business
    About

    Providing the sound of jazz quartet for the price of a soloist! Providing high quality lessons on oboe and saxophone.

    About

    BVTLive! is one of the premiere agencies for Philadelphia wedding bands. With ten exclusive bands, there is sure to be one that is a perfect fit for your event's style and atmosphere. Among our other talented bands is the award-winning Jellyroll. In addition, BVTLive! guarantees that any band or DJ you hire for an event will meet your expectations, and more. Our website is equipped with information, testimonials, and videos for each of our bands as well as a schedule of dates when you can see our bands live for yourself. That way, you won't have to worry about what you're getting. To eliminate all the stress that comes with booking live entertainment for your important event or wedding, give BVTLive! a call today and partner with us.

    About

    We are a 3 to 7-piece django-style gypsy jazz band and French musette available for concerts, weddings, corporate, swing dances, etc. and all size venues. We have played at the Kimmel Center, World Cafe, and Sellersville Theatre. We are musicians of any style -- Klezmer, strings group, classical guitar, etc. We also offer gypsy jazz guitar lessons (private and group), transcriptions, etc.

    About

    We are a three-piece musical ensemble playing music from the fifties to the present. The band is comprised of Dave Long, Lauren Haymore, and Bob Szajna. We also provide complete DJ services and can combine live music and DJ music to give you nonstop entertainment! We are more than musicians; we are entertainers. We provide music, comedy, dance moves and audience participation to give you an unforgettable experience.

    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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