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New York Edge performing at The Bronx Zoo, NYC

FAQ's

Are you a set band?

Yes, we are a set band of full time, professional musicians. We are not a music collective or a music agency. We perform together ALL the time.

How many people are in the band?

Our band size is scalable from 6 to 12 pieces. See Band Size page for instrumentation.

How can the same band perform at different sizes and still sound awesome?

We write custom arrangements for each band size so we sound awesome, authentic and true to the vibe and style at every size.

Your performance photos look like you are having as much fun as the guests… Are you?

All our pics are of real performances at real weddings — no photo shoots!
Energy is contagious and a two way street… guests feed off of our energy and we feed off of theirs. The key to an awesome party is for EVERYONE to have fun… guests and band :) Our reward is dancing and smiling guests and your (and your guests) reward is an amazing night of dancing and fun. We LOVE to perform and I guess it shows :)

Do you play and sing live or do you incorporate sequencers and/or tracks into your performances?

We play and sing EVERYTHING live. NO tracks, NO sequencers.

Do you play continuous music?

Yes! We play continuous LIVE music. We don't put on an mp3 and disappear for a break. We will only DJ music when you request it.

What is the bands repertoire?

Our repertoire is HUGE! As professional, full time, schooled musicians we know a TON of songs and we constantly learn new ones :) Check our repertoire page for artists and styles performed. If there's something special that you'd like to hear just ask… chances are we know it! We stay completely current and we bring new life to all the classics.

Do you own your own equipment and why should I care?

We own all our own professional, state of the art equipment. We own several different sound systems because we perform at so many different venues and we tailor our sound to fit location and number of guests. NO rental stuff… you know how everyone treats that rented car :)

What determines a band's price?

Often the first question we are asked is "How Much?” There are three basic factors that impact a band's price: band size (more or less people), day of the week (Saturday or non-Saturday), and time of year (big wedding month or not-so-big wedding month).

What determines band size?

Band size is determined by three primary things: music styles/sound, visual/audio presentation of the band, and budget.

Does band size impact repertoire?

We perform the same repertoire at all our band sizes from 7 to 12 pieces.

What repertoire/music do you play at a wedding?

Weddings are unique because wedding guests are usually mixed ages. Guests have the most fun when they dance! We offer a big mix of the best dance music to span the generations. All the songs we perform feel modern and fresh from classic oldies to current top 40.

Are you full time professional musicians?

YES! We are professional, full time, schooled musicians. Playing music IS what we do. We eat, sleep and breath music, and we love it. To us music is not just a job its a vocation :)

How do you pick what songs to play?

People LOVE to dance to music that they recognize. That said, we always strive to musically surprise and excite guests with our music selections and the way we structure our sets. We always read the room and respond to it; and we never perform the same exact same set twice :) We LOVE to keep each wedding unique, and by learning your personal tastes we include your uniqueness in the music and dancing.

Are you insured?

Yes! As a professional vendor we are fully insured.

Why is band pricing all over the place?

Price is such a big and confusing question it gets two FAQ spots :) So, aside from musicians with instruments, what are you paying for? A higher price does not always equal a better band, and a cheaper price does not always mean the band is a good deal… so how do you find your Goldilocks?

Some things that impact a band's price:
Quantifiable things: band size, band instrumentation, band repertoire, band equipment, and band longevity (always better if you are not a new band's 'practice' wedding :)
Intangible things: the bands level of experience, the quality of service that you receive off of the band-stand (both before and during your wedding), the bands performance skills, the bands talent, and the band's wow factor (yes, these are a bit subjective, but performance, talent and wow-factor totally shine at a live performance. They are the three crucial keys to inspire dancing at your wedding :)

Our perspective is this: We provide the absolute best in quality, repertoire and talent; as well as completely personalized service and attention; all at the absolute best possible price. Our fees go into the music, the talent, the repertoire and the personal service that you receive rather than extraneous expenses that don’t add to the music at your wedding. We know that we are more reasonable than we should be based on both the quantifiable and the intangible factors… but we want to be! Why? Are we crazy? Probably! But we are musicians first, and if its a choice between staying home or playing we’d rather play! We love doing gigs and by keeping our pricing fair we get to do more of them :) We know its your big day — we value that — and we are honored to be a part of it. We are the perfect balance of quality AND value.

Our clients say it best… Check out our reviews, thank you notes, and shout outs!

Why do people dance more to one band than another?

This can only be described as the wow-factor. A band’s wow-factor is the most difficult thing to quantify when you are selecting a band. Ever experience a band (or for that matter a DJ) at a wedding that looks and sounds great but guests only dance in fits and spurts… why? Wow-factor!

We have wow-factor. People just dance with us!

Our clients say it best… Check out our reviews, thank you notes, and shout outs!

What do I need to provide for the band to perform at my event?

Nothing! We are completely self contained for our performances. You provide the party (venue and audience) and we are good to perform!

Why do you want to connect? Just send me a price list… If I like your price and your web-posted music I'll hire you. I can meet and talk to you at my wedding

There is SO much more than price and web clips that goes into making the music on your wedding day amazing. Because its such an important day, we're proud to say we’re a little old school when it comes to connecting with our clients beyond cyber-space. We will be performing in person for you and all of your guests, so we want to connect with you in a very real way. We are not content with "pick a price, pick a band size, email us any particulars you think we should know, maybe have a phone chat the week-of the wedding, and we’ll see you there." We are not Amazon. We want to connect with you, learn your tastes, cover all the music planning details and special touches that make the music at the wedding truly yours. It's an important, once in a lifetime, detail filled, amazing day. We know you feel the same :)

When we hire New York Edge what is included?

We are full service. So…

Before your wedding...
•Pre-event music planning and coordination:
We meet together about 3 months BEFORE your wedding to plan out all your details, special music and special moments. Meeting well in advance leaves us ample time to make pre-wedding tweaks as needed :)
•We learn your special songs.

We bring to your wedding…
•Musicians
•All musical instruments
•Professional Instruments with all back-line and amplification
•Top of the line, full range sound system with wireless and wired mics
•Insurance, as required by most venuesw
•Complete band set up and tear down
•Music planning and coordination with your venue
•Optional DJ-ing with full professional DJ rig

At your wedding…
•We provide an amazing live performance for your reception, and/or ceremony, and/or cocktails.
•We coordinate with you (bride and groom) throughout the evening
•We coordinate with your venue (maitre d’) throughout the evening
•We MC your night: announcements, invites, or anything you may require

Do you provide an MC?

Yes! We MC your night: announcements, toasts, special dances, invites, or anything you may require. We also coordinate with your venue.

Do you provide music for ceremony and cocktails?

Yes! Soloists, duos, trios and quartets are the most popular options for ceremony and cocktail music. Styles include: classical, jazz, pop, and traditional ethnic/cultural selections.

Do you provide DJ'ing?

Yes! Upon request. It so happens that 3 band members DJ so anything you would like DJ'd is no problem :)

Do you have understudies?

We treat it like a Broadway show... We have under-studies all set "just in case." We've almost never used them, but as professionals its like insurance… you have it and hope you never need it.

A DJ is less expensive so why live music?

When you’re thinking music this is THE question. It's a question that many people struggle with. As awesome and amazing as a wedding is, a wedding is costly and everyone struggles with how and where to allocate budget. Often music gets put further down the totem pole than it should (I know we’re a music company so we are probably a bit biased) but your wedding is not just a dinner, and not just a gathering of friends and family. Your wedding is a celebration! When throwing a wedding it is important to decide what your celebration means to you, and if it means celebrating and dancing with your guests… that’s where music comes in! At the end of the night the good time that was had by all is what all guests remember the most. Live music adds wow, energy, entertainment and life. There is no more impactful way to enjoy music than by experiencing it performed live, and when live music is expertly played and the performances are electric there is nothing more memorable and special. It's different than a DJ… we know you feel the same :)

How do you decide how to configure the band, ie. which musicians and which singers?

All dance bands start with a rhythm section: bass, drums, keys and guitar. All dance bands need at least 2 vocalists: male and female. This is a 6 piece band and why we start at 6 pieces :) Once you've got the heart and soul of the band, now you can add all the flavors that add dimension, presence and wow to the band and make your night unique.

What do you wear?

Unless you your request otherwise, we dress in formal wear. We feel your wedding is a once in a lifetime special event and our dress should reflect that. However, like everyone, we have closets full of clothes, and if your vision for your special day calls for less formal attire, or even "musician-like" attire rest assured we have that too… after all we are musicians :)

Musically… Where are you coming from?

We are professional musicians routed in the jazz tradition. Why jazz? Because trained Jazz players combine expert skill and musicianship as well as expert flexibility and spontaneity. The ability to be flexible and go with the flow of the crowd is crucial to an events success and improv is at the very core of Jazz. With our strong roots and our passion for music we are proficient in all the many styles and specialties that go into making a wedding amazing.

Is there a formula… how many band members for how many guests?

Band size is determined by the musical styles the band is going to play and the presentation that you want to make. U2 is 4 guys and Earth, Wind and Fire is 12 guys. Both great bands!

How long do you play?

Most wedding receptions are 4 hours… so we play for 4 hours :) Many couples have us play for their cocktail hour and/or their ceremonies as well so the music is seamless. Most cocktail hours are, as the name says, 1 hour in length; and most couples hire a soloist or a two to four piece ensemble to set the ambiance. Most wedding ceremonies are shorter than 1 hour, but we allocate a full hour of music to a wedding ceremony so that your guests will experience your ceremony atmosphere as they are entering, being seated and waiting for your ceremony to begin :) All this said, all timing is customizable.

Do you travel? Will you play anywhere?

Yes! We will travel to where ever your wedding is being held :) We routinely perform all over the metropolitan area and we are also very experienced in all the details and logistics of performing beyond the metropolitan area too.

I love the music… now what do I do?

Reach out! Let's talk about the music at YOUR wedding! We respond within hours (unless we are performing - in which case we'll reach out after the gig :) Experience the New York Edge!

"Finding a band for our wedding was very stressful initially, but once we found New York Edge, we were able to relax. Rich was very thorough in preparing for our wedding and he kept in contact with us throughout the months of planning. The band was amazing; maximum energy throughout the party and everything we envisioned for our special day.”

Bettty & Andrew (Tribecca Rooftop, NYC)

"What can we say?!!! EVERYONE was up on the dance floor, singing, dancing (sweating their butts off!) and having a total blast! You guided us through the chaos of wedding planning and we can't thank you enough! We enjoyed every minute of the night and we have you, Shanti and the New York Edge to thank!"

Karen & Adam (New York Botanical Gardens, NYC)

"You guys completely rocked and made the wedding so much fun. Everyone was raving about you. We were on the dance floor as much as we possibly could be and when we weren't, I would look back and it was always packed. I don't have the words to express how grateful we are to you. You are all so talented!"

Mel & Tom (New Leaf Cafe, NYC)

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