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Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle R.
Verified review

Stevie and John did an awesome job with my party! They arrived on time with all of their equipment, didn't need anything from me, and were super professional so I could keep enjoying the night. Their list of songs was extensive and when my friends came up with songs not on the list, they learned them on the spot if possible! Stevie even figured out Santana's Maria, Maria at my dad's request so we could have a father/daughter dance. Everyone had so much fun that we are talking about all chipping in to make having a private band an annual fun event! Their lights when if got dark made it seem like we were in our own private club. Also, I didn't even realize it until the end of the night- they didn't take any breaks (except when the VERY dark rain clouds threatened!) so the music just kept going and there wasn't a lull in the fun. Stevie turned my fun graduation party into an amazing night!

EL Melody Vocal Studio
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Gurpreet S.
Verified review

Let me start off by saying that it has been an honor and privilege learning from Sam. He is an amazing singer and an incredible teacher! I had previously taken vocal lessons from another instructor, but I wasn't too glad with the teaching method. I began taking lessons from Sam after reading the positive reviews on his profile. After my first class with Sam, I knew that I had made a good decision. After a couple weeks, I've seen major improvements in my voice quality, breathing technique, and vocal dynamics. In addition, I've started to sing with more emotion and connect with songs at a level that I didn't know existed. I'm excited to continue learning from Sam and I cannot be happier! Sam's very knowledgeable in all aspects of music, and his experience with soul, jazz, blues, and contemporary music really resonates. I believe what makes Sam an amazing teacher is his ability to connect with his students - he's very passionate about teaching and he makes it his goal to take his students to the very top. I trust in Sam to help me reach my goal because I know that Sam trusts in me. If singing is your passion, I highly encourage you to take lessons from Sam - he will help you find your voice! - Gurpreet

Top Pro
Don Bruce
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bhanu A.
Verified review

Don is a very accomplished guitarist with a wealth of knowledge. It shows that he is eager to impart his knowledge. I had my first lesson with him today and I learned so much. He incorporates music theory in to his lessons to show us why things are played the way they are and where they originated from. He was patient and very encouraging. His soloing skills are phenomenal and I am excited to learn from him. I highly recommend him to musicians of all levels. He is now my jazz guitar guru! Hail to the Guitar Chief Don!

Top Pro
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hannah B.
Verified review

It's always unique when the band beats the caterer to setup. I was very impressed. Very professional!

PG Productions
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Robin B.
Verified review

Peter provided a fabulous band, The Rockits, for a huge birthday party! They played great dance party music and didn't charge a ridiculous amount. Terrific tunes and energy from everyone in the band. Really made the party fun! I will contact him for any entertainment needs I have in the future for sure.

Jack Philipoom
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Eileen C.
Verified review

Jack Philipoom came to my attention at my nieces wedding reception in Williamsburg , Virginia where he was performing jazz guitar with an ensemble. It was there that I booked him for a garden party at my McLean , Virginia home. The flow and style of this extremely talented musician added an elegant ambiance to our evening. His personality is delightful, and our guests found him to be simply charming. I will definitely rehire him, and have highly recommended him to our friends.

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Blue Raccoon Tunes
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tom C.
Verified review

Carey is extraordinarily well-informed in all musical styles and is very patient and good-humored as he communicates to his students a thorough grounding in musical theory. In doing so, he is very passionate about fulfilling his professional obligations to his students. In addition, he is himself an excellent jazz musician. I recommend him to any budding musician without reservation.

Jackson Leas Music
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bruce W.
Verified review

I only took one lesson from Stephen, but it gave me a great impression. Stephen plays great jazz guitar solo. Also he is very patient when teaching guitar beginners. Hope to see you again Stephen

7DrumCity
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Omri M.
Verified review

Learning to play the drums with 7DrumCity has been, and still is, a pure joy. The teachers are experienced, professional drummers and the staff is responsive and attentive. You will get the best value for your musical education, a great space to develop your skills and an opportunity to confidently pave your musical path. But you'll also find that what makes this place so unique is its sense of community and support. Whether you are a beginner drummer, an experienced band player or just a curious guest, you will be immediately embraced and you will always feel welcome by this amazing, professional, super talented and super nice group of people. I know I do. Love you guys!

J Walk Music
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sasha S.
Verified review

I hired Josh and a stand up bassist to play for a work reception and dinner. They were outstanding! I received many compliments about the music and would hire them again no question. The jazz was just lovely and they were very professional and easy going. You won't be disappointed!

Energico Jazz Syndicate
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Dee C.
Verified review

Great Jazz group! Full of energy and skill! They shared their talent at a Benefit Comedy Show & received rave reviews!!!! I can't wait to see them again! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again and again!

Peter.Fields.Music
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rahul R.
Verified review

I had barely ever picked up a guitar in 2012. With Peter's instruction over the past few years, I am now comfortable with complex solo Brazilian jazz pieces. Thanks, Peter!

Sounds Good
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

The band played during the ceremony for my outdoor summer wedding in Baltimore in Aug2017. Bob and his band were very professional, easy to work with and great value for their services. Highly recommended for events large and small!

The Marquees
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
William S.
Verified review

This group was the greatest band I ever hired. I can't wait to work with them again

Shannon Gunn Music
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Peter L.
Verified review

Shannon of Firebird Jazz was hired by a client of mine to record trombone and was easy to work with and completely professional. Thanks Shannon!

Kim Reynolds Quartet
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
Verified review

Wow was a fantastic and professional band! They played for us at our 11th Annual Hottest Cool Jazz festival and we have received nothing but great reviews! They brought the energy and charming sound in addition to working with our budget and we look forward to working with them again.

Success
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Noreen C.
Verified review

Success is a consummate musician. He is very honest, constructive, and since his knowledge of music is so vast, he knows how to elevate his students to another level of musicianship. He is very competent in gospel, jazz, and classical genres. If you wish to be a well-rounded musician as well, you will most definitely reach success by learning from Success.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tom O.
Verified review

Hired Rock X on two occasions for a large family BBQ. They entertained the group well, sounded great and came with all the equipment needed. The entire experience was great.

  • 4 years in business
Kate M.
Verified review

The band sounded great—very together, able to perform in many styles, high energy and great sound. They also were easy to work with, good humor, excited about the show. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing and working with them again!

The Home Of Ernie Fields
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ernest R.
Verified review

I have to give Ernie Fields and his band two thumbs up. With winds blowing, rain falling, sides coming off the tent. Even though I told them it was OK and call it a day, They just kept on going. I would recommend Ernie Fields,, to anyone and all. Ernie Fields, a great entertainer and a true gentleman will do what it takes to insure your event will be remembered for years to come. Thank you Ernie Fields. My new found friend and all future events guy.

Fake Flowers Real Dirt
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Mike M.
Verified review

Billy and co are top notch. I've known Mr. Martin for a long time and he's played many events at my place in a couple different bands. He's a consummate professional and a good dude. FFRD is unique because they don't really sound like any one band. They're a combination of quite a few different genres, people of all ages will get what they do and they are super tight for such a big band. Hire them.

Q & A

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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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