What type of events are you available for?
How many pieces are in the band?
We offer our 10-piece group exactly as seen on our demo. Our 10-piece group includes bandleader Dave Martin on lead vocals and sax, along with our male vocalist, both female vocalists, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, trumpet, and trombone. We also include a professional sound tech on every event.
Are you available as a smaller 5 – 8 piece group?
We can offer our group as an 8-piece configuration on non-Saturday or less popular dates. Beware of groups that offer themselves in many configurations such as a three to thirteen-piece group, as these are most likely agencies that may simply have a database of musicians that they piece together to suit any size desired. Finesse™ is a set group and always the same highly talented and very specialized performers as seen on our demo video. There is a great benefit to having a solid group of the same performers in that these types of groups are much more polished and rehearsed than groups that are simply pieced together. For our clients this means seamless non-stop transitions in-between songs, as well as a much higher caliber performance musically as well as visually.
How much space or size stage do you require?
How much power do you require?
We require a minimum of three separate 20 amp circuits to the stage area and for the band only. This is your typical house type power, but on three (or four) separate breakers and not shared by other items. Many venues have the power in place and nicely labeled, other venues (especially venues with moveable walls), don’t have any power, and require what is known as a power distribution “dropbox”. The power dropbox is always the preferred power choice when available. We require the power for band use only as other items such as small lighting can create buzzing sounds in the sound system, or worse yet, cause the power to blow.
Will a 10-piece group be too loud for my event?
How Does The Group Dress?
Unless otherwise instructed we always dress formally in modern fitted suits, ties, and jackets, with our female vocalists in formal gowns. Our front male vocalist will sometimes do a quick wardrobe change during the dinner segment and dress more for fun after dinner. For corporate events we dress for fun while still being formal.
What types of music do you play?
We cover a huge variety of music with a strong focus on fun well-known dance hits throughout the decades that will energize your event.
Can I have input on the song list?
Can you learn a special song for my event?
How long do you play?
Do you offer continuous music?
We take one 25 minute break during the main course service. We have found that this is a time where guests want to converse at their tables, and the band is not only not missed, but it is actually preferable to have the band not playing during this time. We play appropriate background dinner music via a flash drive during the break often making a custom dinner playlist based on your requests. This break also gives the band a chance to eat, refresh, and come out strong right after the dinner segment. We don’t stagger breaks, as that would give the client even less time with the full group and product, plus some members (such as the drummer) are really needed for almost any music. We advise against continuous music as it tends to unnecessarily wear out the band and makes for a lesser overall event, however, we can offer continuous music at an additional cost if you must have it.
Where is the band located?
We are located in Orlando, Florida and consider Miami, Naples, Tampa, and Orlando, to be our regular travel areas. Additional travel fees may be incurred for locations such as Key West or Jacksonville.
Are you available outside of Florida?
Do you offer music for the cocktail hour?
Yes, we always offer our keyboardist for the cocktail hour when needed. Other musicians can be added at an additional charge. Our musicians perform instrumental Jazz and Smooth Jazz background music as is often desired for the cocktail hour, and we can also assist in securing specialized acts for cocktail hours such as a New Orleans themed horn group, steel drummers, Latin groups, Acoustic guitar/vocal acts, etc.
Do you offer music for the ceremony?
We outsource our ceremonies to a fantastic group that specializes in ceremony music as we prefer that our musicians are well rested and ready for the reception segment. You will benefit from direct pricing from our ceremony musicians, and they offer many options including solo performers as well as string groups.
What kind of payments do you accept?
Checks or direct deposits only.
Do you carry liability insurance?
Why don’t I see you listed on the venue’s preferred vendor list?
Be especially suspicious if a venue attempts to limit your choice by only allowing you to use a vendor from their list.
There are venues (some very well known) that charge their vendors either a yearly flat fee or a percentage per event to be included on the “preferred vendor” list. Oftentimes in order to keep this system in place, they will only allow only a handful of agencies access to the list, thereby channeling every event through this small handful of agencies who are willing to play ball with the venue. The agent then pays a percentage back to the venue in return for having a “lock” on the venue. This means that the client is now paying an agent possibly 40-50%, in order for the agent to receive his commission, and then the agent will pay 10-20% back to the venue! In addition, there may be tax generated in the process of a service that typically wouldn’t be taxable. This is not legal (or ethical) and should be reported to the Florida Department of State if encountered.
When do you arrive on location for set up?
Our bandleader and set up crew like to arrive with the bulk of our equipment four hours in advance of the bands start time. We typically set up in less than two hours and then have some downtime to rest up in advance of the show. Other members such as the drummer, bass, and guitar players arrive one and a half hours prior to the bands start time, and vocalist arrive one hour prior to.
Additional items to help us do a better job for you
Access to the venue, ballroom, and stage
It seems obvious enough and typically isn’t an issue, however, we have encountered venues where the entire room is blocked off, or the stage is packed with chairs, tables, as well as other vendor’s items. This usually occurs only when the ceremony is taking place in a portion of the same ballroom, and then the venue is turning over the room in order to use the ceremony area once the ceremony is over. This is just fine, as long as they have our stage in place and we have access to the stage to set up.
Avoid poor or overcomplicated planning
Avoid micro-managing the band or playlist
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