Wedding Music and Party Music: Size Matters

by Robbie Schlosser

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With wedding music and party music, sometimes size matters.  Sometimes “bigger” can mean “better”.


When it comes to planning party music and wedding music, yes, size matters.

But only a little.  It’s usually just one of the details.

The main focus ought to be whether the wedding music — whatever it is — will help everyone enjoy being there.

So the main concerns become

  • Selecting the best songs.  What’s most appropriate?  Who will attend, and how to provide something for everyone?
  • Deciding the best ways to present the music.  Recorded or live?  Or both?

Are you considering live music?  A band?  Here’s where size matters the most.  Have the band’s size serve the event’s purpose.

Magnolia Jazz Band in San Mateo, 2012

Here’s the quintet entertaining at a lovely garden wedding last May.  We’re on the patio.

What a thrill to play at this spectacular home in San Mateo!  Celebration expertly planned and coordinated by Trisha Dean, of Trisha Dean Events.  Gorgeous photographs by Mary McHenry, of Mary McHenry Photography,  A pleasure to work with both of you!

Two hours earlier, the trio created a soft mood as guests arrived and joined a cocktail party on the front lawn.  Now the quintet moves to the back and plays the couple’s favorite dinner music.  Later we’ll play livelier music for all the dancers.

We usually entertain at weddings and parties that range up to a few hundred guests.

The trio is perfect for providing an elegant background for some of these events.

We’ll recommend adding a drum if the wedding music needs a bit more “momentum” for dancers.

We’ll recommend adding another “voice” — say, a trumpet or a saxophone — if the party music needs more harmonic interest.

It’s not rocket science.  We just help planners anticipate what music will best serve the celebration.

For the band, size matters, and bigger can mean better.

But not always, of course.

So here’s a tip:  Planning wedding music or party music?  Anticipate what band will best serve the celebration.  Size matters.

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Meanwhile, the Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

How can I help you? Call 408-245-9120 or use Planning a celebration? Ask about our availability.

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