UpFront Band
UpFront Band

UpFront Band

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Introduction: UpFront is a versatile musical group and solo performers who specialize in professional, live music and entertainment for any special occasion and voted one of the best wedding bands on Thumbtack (thumbtack.com/or/portland/wedding-bands/). Our focus is on jazz (smooth, standard, and swing), Latin, ballroom dance and our own twist on classic rock-n-roll, oldies and pop songs for parties and classical music for wedding ceremonies. We will tailor our performance to your needs at reasonable rates. Chris Bidleman (piano, keyboards, and bass) and Steve Burpee (saxophones), the founders of the band, have been playing music together since junior high school and in 2002, formed UpFront. Chris and Steve are joined by Robert Schultz on drums and are often fused together with good friends Jason Hafer on bass and Larry Pindar on guitar. UpFront can provide different configurations of musicians -- a duo of piano and sax for small events or wedding ceremonies, a jazz trio for the company meetings or a larger combo that can get people out of their chairs and dancing to Big Band Swing, Latin, R&B, and classic rock and roll. UpFront has been featured on Portland's KINK.FM, a local music spotlight radio show. While we often focus on jazz, there are no single labels to describe the wide range of musical styles we can perform. We can play oldies and pop tunes from every decade. We love to play cultural favorites, seasonal standards, and even classical music. Our playlist currently has well over 500 songs, but we can play many, many more, and we love to take song requests from the audience. We can perform as a solo, duo, trio, or larger band to meet your needs and budget. We will travel within the states of Washington and Oregon but are based in the Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA area. Please enjoy listening to our sample music online at our website. Your satisfaction is our first commitment. UpFront would love to be part of your special event and to personally tailor a performance to your specific needs at reasonable rates. We have performed at so many different events and love to change the style of music we play to fit the mood of the crowd and location of the event. We don't write music sets but will work with our clients to find the songs they want to hear and the joy we see when people recognize a song we are playing that perhaps they haven't heard in a long time and the smile it brings, that makes our job very satisfying. Please read our reviews and you will see that we can adapt well to nearly any situation or event that would benefit from a live music performance.
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Hired 24 times

Serves Ridgefield, WA

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4 employees

22 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, and Venmo.

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, punctuality, and work quality.

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Rachel B.
Dec 27, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

I had an excellent experience working with Chris for our holiday party this year! He was prompt, professional, communicative, and very flexible for the needs of our event--and that is saying nothing of his outstanding musical ability! An absolute professional and someone I would happily hire again. Thank you, Chris, for an outstanding evening!

Details: Holiday party • 26 - 50 guests • 51 or older • 31 - 50 years old • 18 - 30 years old • Piano • Variety • Oldies • Other • Other

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Erica P.
Aug 15, 2019
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Hired on Thumbtack

UpFront Band was amazing to work with. Chris was responsive and helpful during the planning process. On the day of the event they were punctual, friendly, and their music was fabulous. Our clients loved the event and the fact that they could request songs. Thank you UpFront!

Details: General event / party • 76 - 100 guests • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • Band • Vocals • Guitar • No preference • Variety • Banquet hall / ballroom • $1,000 - $2,000

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Brad G.
Jul 25, 2016
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Hired on Thumbtack

Chris and the UpFront Band performed for our wedding reception. They performed as a 5-piece jazz/swing combo. They were outstanding! We are swing dancers and we wanted the music to swing. They delivered exactly what we requested. They sounded great and were fun and professional. During the planning process, I corresponded with Chris by e-mail. Chris was easy to work with, responsive to our requests, and ready with ideas and suggestions. I highly recommend the UpFront Band for special events for dancers and jazz lovers.
Wedding Swing Band
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Claus C.
Sep 29, 2016
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Hired on Thumbtack

I would like to thank for their professionalism and interpretative quality to the musicians of UpFront Band. It was so a pleasure to meet the members of the group and a honor to share with them and their music in a diplomatic event. UpFront Band helped to enhance the occasion and to create the proper environment for it. I wish them the best, because they deserve it. Hoping seeing UpFront Band again. Claus
Wedding Jazz Band
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Kimberly D.
May 21, 2018
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hiring UpFront Band was the absolute BEST decision I made for our event! Though many guests didn’t dance, I received several compliments from our guests throughout the evening who really enjoyed the experience of listening to this band live. These musicians are very professional and were easy to work with. Their music was enjoyable for all ages. Take your event up a notch - hire UpFront Band! You won’t regret it!
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