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Alex Guillen

San Diego , CA
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LOCATION

6311 Caminito Partida
San Diego, CA US 92111 (map)

PHONE

619-755-3246

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

With nearly 20 years of professional experience in the wedding industry, Alex Guillen is one of the top ceremony and cocktail-hour musicians in San Diego. Guillen is an accomplished... Read more
With nearly 20 years of professional experience in the wedding industry, Alex Guillen is one of the top ceremony and cocktail-hour musicians in San Diego. Guillen is an accomplished guitarist who excels at performing different genres of music including Classical, Flamenco, Latin, Jazz, Acoustic Top 40, and more. Whether, you prefer traditional wedding music, or something a bit more personalized, we will make sure to create the perfect musical accompaniment to your wedding day.

The key to a great wedding is clear communication between the bride, or groom, and the wedding verndors,and If hired, we are always available for you to contact seven days a week via email or telephone to discuss the details of your wedding day. Each wedding is unique, and the ceremony and cocktail hour music is one of the most important decisions that you can make, so choosing the right wedding musician for the job is essential. We love what we do, and we are extremely honored to provide the music entertainment for each and every wedding that we do!

For more information, please click on the "Contact Us" button or schedule an appointment with us in person or on the phone. 619-755-3246 email: alex.guillen.guillen.music@gmail.com Read less
Ceremony Music , Band

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians), Medium (4-6 musicians), Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Calypso, Classic Rock, Classical, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
It depends on the music requested. If my clients want all classical music then black & white is usually appropriate. My Latin band usually dresses more colorfully, and my mariachi band dresses in mariachi style clothes.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes, I also play every week usually at different places around town where my potential clients can hear me play live in various music type settings.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes. It's my goal to serve your entertainment needs to the best of my abilities, and I often learn special songs specifically of the bride and grooms choosing. I can play 7+ hours of hits that everyone know in case you would like to hire me for your cocktail or dinner hour as well.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
I like to arrive at the venue at least an hour in advance.
How much space do you usually require?
If I'm playing solo guitar and it is indoors I can fit my gear in a 6x6 stage, or area. Preferably close to an electrical outlet. If I'm outdoors, I usually provide I larger battery powered P.A. system so I need slightly more room.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Just a table with my CDs and business cards.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
no lighting or disco balls. I provide the use of a battery operated P.A. system which comes with a wireless mic so that it can be used by my clients at no additional charge.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
no, but I can make a few announcements if required.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
If you hire my band to play at your reception then I will have done some investigative work ahead of time to find out which songs your guests would most likely want to dance to. I can also go around to each table and take requests as my band can play pretty much any song on the fly.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I do NOT take any significant breaks. If I am expected to play over two hours I also require a meal, I'm not picky.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes, I bring my iPad with all kinds of music on it that I can connect to my P.A.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
I have a network of hundreds of quality musicians that I have on call in case of emergencies.
What is your overtime rate?
$75/per musician
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
No additional Travel or Lodging expenses required.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
25-50%

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist
What instruments does your group play?
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Violin

REVIEWS

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Miriam
Wedding:
3/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Alex was great. He showed up with enough time to set up and discuss the game plan. Most importantly, he plays beautifully and made our day completely unforgettable. We loved him!!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Olga
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
We are very happy we hired Alex to perform at our daughter's wedding. He was flexible accommodating a last minute change of schedule and did his own set up so we could concentrate on other things. His music repertoire was excellent and his performance outstanding. He is very professional and friendly. I do not hesitate to recommend him for another event.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Karen
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Alex was great to work with and did a fantastic job playing our ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner. He helped me in picking out ceremony songs and was always available to answer questions or give advice. We let him be creative with the cocktail hour and dinner music and it fit into the theme of our day perfectly.
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Shannon
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Alex was amazing to work with from start to finish. He was patient, flexible, helpful and a pleasure to have involved in our wedding day. Alex is a talented guitarist and also provided us with an equally talented second guitarist and DJ for our reception since he was only available for our ceremony. I would highly recommend Alex Guillen to anyone looking for beautiful live music at their wedding, party or event.
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Alex played guitar during ceremony and cocktail hour on my wedding, he played classical and flamenco, he was very professional and always responded in a timely manner, I would recommend Alex to any bride that wants to add a special romantic touch to her wedding.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Mia
Wedding:
6/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Alex was great! I felt so comfortable with him from the moment we first spoke. He was so helpful and really talented. The only thing I would change is Alex living in San Diego because I'm in Arizona and we need more talented people like him here! Alex thank you again for helping make my wedding day the best day of my life :)
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Devin
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Alex was very professional and accommodated my every need when it came to choosing my ceremony music for my wedding. He played beautifully at the wedding and during cocktail hour at my reception. All the guests enjoyed his music and the selections that he played. If I am ever in need of a musician for any of my events Alex will be the person I reach out too. Go ahead and book with him. You will not be disappointed!!!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Carisse
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Alex performed during the cocktail hour of our wedding reception. We loved his music and so did our guests. He made our day memorable.

Alex was very professional and a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend him and look forward to working with him in the future.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jocelyn
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Alex was fantastic! Not only was he accommodating with our meeting times but he went out of his way to send me a list of songs and samples to choose from. He played all the songs I wanted for my wedding ahead of time so I knew exactly how the music would sound on my wedding day. I received tons of compliments from my guest on Alex's performance. I would recommend him to any of my friends.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Casey
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Alex has amaizing talent. His guitar playing is beautiful. I highly recommend him for ceremony and cocktail hour. He played during the seating of my guests, walks down the isle and during cocktail. It was the perfect touch to open the wedding so romantic and beautiful. Thank you Alex!!!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Ana
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Alex played Spanish guitar while I walked down the beach aisle on my wedding day. He played so beautifully I asked him to stay longer and play for the 1st hour of my reception. He was so wonderful, polite and easy to communicate with. I highly recommend him!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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alvaro
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Alex played during our wedding cocktail at Balboa Park on Aug 4th. We and our guests enjoyed his music, he is a superb guitar player and in addition Alex has been great to work with during the preparation and the event itself. He was literally one of the few providers of our event that we didn't have to worry about! We definitely recommend him – and thank you again Alex!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Danielle
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Alex performed for me at my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. He was amazing from start to finish. He contacted me via phone, within hours of me requesting a quote. He offered me so much more then what I was requesting, but still in my price range! He provided samples of the music he offered to play at the ceremony and played it perfectly. I asked for him to be creative during the cocktail hour and play the music that he is best at and he was amazing!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jim
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Alex. He played acoustic guitar at my wedding on the beach in Laguna Beach, CA as well as at the reception later that day. He knows a wide variety of songs and plays beautifully. He even played my wife's favorite song up close at our table. Many of our guests commented how beautifully he played. He is very friendly, flexible and professional. You will be extremely happy with Alex.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Brian
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Alex was absolutely fantastic!! We were so glad we found him to play for our ceremony and cocktail hour. We were looking for someone that could play some classical/spanish guitar, some traditional wedding songs (including special requests), and then kick it up a notch with some lively jazz and flamenco for the cocktail hour. Alex nailed it every time. He really set the mood for the wedding and got everyone ready for a fun reception. His girlfriend even helped us cue the bridal party so the timing was perfect! Not only would we recommend Alex to anyone, we would hire him again in a heartbeat. Well done and thanks again!!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Laurel
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.8/5.0
Alex was fabulous and is a very talented guitarist. He played not only during our ceremony but also our reception. His music was romantic, moving, and fun and upbeat as well all rolled into one. He was also very personable and genuine as well. I would highly recommend him for any event you are considering as he can play a variety of songs on his classical guitar and is incredibly talented!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
Alex Guillen responded with the following comments:

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much for the great review! I really enjoyed performing at your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at the Sheraton in Carlsbad. Congratulation, you and Chris make a beautiful couple.

Best,
Alex
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Ulrich
Wedding:
9/8/2013
4.8/5.0
Alex provided great background music for our ceremony, highly recommended. He is very professional and a great musician!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Private User
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.6/5.0
Alex was a fantastic performer! He played for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and did a great job. He learned 3 songs for our ceremony and really made it feel special. I would highly recommend Alex for your event!
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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