How many hours does a band play for?
A: The standard
party performance time is 4 hours for the full band
and 1 hour preliminary with 1-3 musicians performing
for your cocktail hour. Most bands also provide
wedding ceremony music with 1-3 musicians from within
the band. Be sure to ask!
What are the standard prices for musicians in the NYC
A: A professional band costs
on the low end about $5000 and the high end about $15,000.
You can get a band for less but you stand the risk of
losing musicians to higher bidders, ie - getting different
musicians at your event. That is if the band is any good.
If the musicians aren't really so special then maybe you
will be OK. Out of NYC bands may be up to $1000 less,
but if they have a great singer, and a band from NYC offers
that singer more money or a better deal, you won't see
them at your event, you can be sure of that!
Do you learn special song requests for us?
A: All of our bands
rehearse and learn new music for every event that
we do. We learn up to three new songs for every
customer that is not on the repertoire list of the
How does band pricing work and why are the prices so
variable and so dramatically changeable?
A: A band that charges
$10,000 on a prime time Saturday in June may agree to
play for your event for $5000 if it is a Friday night
or a Saturday or Sunday brunch or early luncheon. You
may also get as much as 25-30% off the price of a band
if you book an off season time like January or February.
Sundays will always be less expensive and Friday Evenings
key factor in determining the price of any given band
will be the number of calls or requests that they have
gotten for your date. If you are on a budget, be sure
to ask that question, it might save you some big bucks!
Another option is to be willing to change the date of
your wedding in order to get a fabulously popular band
at a better rate then you could otherwise afford.
Can you play CD's or Tapes as well?
A: All IGMC bands come
equipped with a full sound system in order to accommodate
the most wild and unusual requests and can play
either CD's or TAPES at any time.
Can I see musicians performing live?
A: We frequently have live
shows for many of our groups. We also encourage a client
to hire the band for a very small fee (depending on
the band) and have their own private meeting / audition
performance in a rehearsal studio to preview the band
if you need reassurance and a feeling of security!
Will the musicians I see be the musicians that I
A: Barring Illness,
death or other extreme event beyond the control
of any organization, they will show up when you
book with a company like IGMC that signs contracts
for every single engagement with the band leader
as well as with you. Most music companies do not