Hiring a live band isn't something most people get up to on a daily basis. Usually a live band is required for parties,weddings and corporate events. This brings an extra dimension to the event, meaning your guests will be talking about it for weeks! Quality musicians add a touch of class, something you don't get when you've taken your music from your iPod. From the point of view of a corporate dinner, a jazz trio fits perfectly, giving a 'foot tapping' vibe. Your clients have the opportunity to discuss business whilst having the background music to sweeten the deal. A Wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a bride. The first dance is a magical moment where the bride and groom share their love with their guests. A band can 'kick off' the reception, creating a magical experience you don't get from a DJ.
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When choosing your band, be sure to visit www.gigmama.com. A good band will have reviews from previous gigs, videos & MP3s on our www.gigmama.com. While it's slightly more expensive, the bands are often that much more experienced & more likely to pull off the evening without a hitch.
When booking a band you should always consider how long it will take them to load in/set up/load out. Below is a list of what you should provide for any DJ/band:
* Somewhere safe for the band to park their vehicle so they can safely load in all their equipment. A suitable parking space should also be supplied.
* A meal should also be supplied; hot in the evening and sandwiches or something similar in the afternoon. Free soft drinks should also be supplied.
Don't get overwhelmed, the venue where you event is being held will have some of the items detailed above. Check with your venue.
Work out the band's payment so to make sure you are paying for all their time and not just the time they are playing. Some musicians and bands charge a separate fee for set up and travel so make sure you are clear with the band/musicians on what their fee include.