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Top Wedding Bands In Philadelphia

March 28, 2013 7:00 AM

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Of the many things that can spoil the perfect wedding, choosing the wrong dance band is certainly a contender for the worst of wedding nightmares. As with any other part of the matrimonial celebration, the band plays a vital role in the atmosphere of the overall event. The right band will add to the wedding experience by setting the tone. Elements to consider include cost, the band’s reliability and versatility, its musical repertoire, space and equipment requirements, a band’s reputation based on previous engagements, its dependability and even the behavior of the individual band members. With those facts in hand, there are many professional wedding bands in the Philadelphia area from which to choose.
The Love Jones Band
(856) 630-1205
www.lovejonesband.net

Gary Randazzo, leader of the Love Jones Band, said the six-plus member band is not a “typical stuffy wedding band with rehearsed dance steps or rehearsed smiles. We are a fun dance party band with great stage chemistry.”

In addition to weddings, the band frequently performs at anniversaries, corporate events, bar/bat mitzvahs and other similar affairs. The recipient of many awards, this is an independent band that takes care of its own bookings, publicity and management. A flat rate is charged for weddings within 55 miles of the city. The band’s repertoire includes blues, country, big band, funk, Latin, jazz, oldies, rock, swing, R&B and Motown. The band members’ attire and music is adjusted to fit the client’s preferences – from Hawaiian shirts for beach events to tuxes or black suits for formal weddings.

Philly Party Band
(800) 242-7672
www.phillyparty.com

A preeminent wedding band that serves the Philadelphia-area as well as New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; the Philly Party Band is ready to hit the road to deliver a memorable performance at weddings and other private and public events. With state-of-the-art audio and lighting equipment, the band’s repertoire includes everything from James Brown and Andrea Bocelli to Rick James and Frankie Valli. Philly Party Band features a rhythm section, horns and four nationally-known lead singers, including acclaimed recording artists who are at home performing the latest top 40 hits, contemporary classics and yesterday’s favorites. A professional band with a very long list of performing credentials, the Philly Party Band has a solid reputation for excellence.

Sid Miller Dance Band
(267) 259-7570
www.brandywinevalleytalent.com

The Sid Miller Dance Band was awarded the The Bride Choice Award for 2013 by the National Wedding Wire Network. Award winners are from the top five percent of wedding professionals. The 12-piece band performs everything from the latest dance hits to dance music from the 30s and 40s, along with classic dance favorites from the 1950s to the latest contemporary music. Members of the band have performed with The Roots, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr, Bon Jovi and many more. Sid Miller Dance Band has performed for President George W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden and at the wedding of comedian Tina Fey. For two years in a row, the band was named one of the best party bands in the country by Modern Bride Magazine.

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Ken Battista Band
(610) 389-5133
www.kenbattistaband.com

A winner of the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards 2011-2013, the Ken Battista Band has performed at the Downtown Club at Trump Marina in Atlantic City, N.J.; the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia; Hotel DuPont in Delaware; and many other high profile venues. In a field where wedding bands are composed of 10 or more members, the Ken Battista Band has found its niche as a four to six member band that performs music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s as well as classic rock, country, funk, jazz, Latin, oldies, pop, R&B, rock, soul, swing, reggae and more. In 2011, vocalist Annamarie Silvestera performed live on MTV.com. Battista, on sax, has performed for more than 12 years and has produced 15 CDs. Vocalist and drummer Vince Zinno has performed for more than 30 years alongside Archie Bell, Karen Young and Len Barry of the Dovells. Richard Plunket, guitar and vocals, played his first professional performance at age 13.

Rich Posmontier Ensemble
(215) 836-1616
www.richposmontiermusic.com

The winner of the Pick of The Knot for 2013, the Bride’s Choice Awards for 2012-2013 and Best of Weddings 2013, the Rich Posmontier Ensemble has kept people dancing for more than 15 years at more than 1,000 parties. The ensemble features unique vocalist stylings from the Big Band era and Motown, to classic rock of the 60s, 70s and 80s, along with current popular dance music. Their repertoire includes favorites from Frank Sinatra and Van Morrison to Norah Jones and Beyonce, plus many others. Posmontier has been a full-time musician and band leader for more than 20 years. A former musical director for KYW-TV’s “Evening Magazine,” his ensemble has performed at jazz concerts, on live radio and on TV. The ensemble has performed at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the National Constitution Center, the Pyramid Club, the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue and many more.

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Jeffrey B. Roth, has won numerous state and national news and feature-writing awards during his career. A well-known crime writer, investigative reporter and a feature writer, Roth writes for a number of magazines and newspapers. Listed in the Locus Index of SciFi and Fantasy authors, Roth is the author of a number of published short stories and poetry. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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