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Ben Sherman Classical Guitar

Frederick , MD
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Baltimore, MD US (map)

PHONE

410-259-4982

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SERVICES
Having played guitar for hundreds of weddings for over 30 years, Ben is the right choice to create the perfect music for yours. Ben is classically trained on guitar, but... Read more
SERVICES
Having played guitar for hundreds of weddings for over 30 years, Ben is the right choice to create the perfect music for yours. Ben is classically trained on guitar, but has equally long professional experience playing many other styles. This deep professional background enables him to adapt literally any style of music to solo guitar, from classical to classic rock, contemporary pop, movie themes, country and even video game music! Being so accomplished at such a wide variety of styles sets Ben apart from anyone else.

Please visit Ben's website: www.benshermanclassicalguitar.com to see his songlist, hear sound clips and watch video.

His services typically start with the ceremony, including prelude music and songs for the processional, recessional, and special music during the ceremony. All music can be chosen by you, or Ben can assist with suggestions from his wide ranging songlist. If you decide on a song that's not currently on Ben's list, he can usually learn one or two songs especially for you at no charge.

OPTIONS
Ben also offers several options that may be added on to your wedding-music package if desired:

Providing microphones for use during the ceremony,

Playing guitar for the cocktail hour, and

Adding his vocal talents to the cocktail music. This is a great option if you're looking for something a little more upbeat. Ben's repertoire with vocals goes much further into the classic rock style, which can be just the right thing to get the party started.

Ben offers online payment options, accepting major credit cards or PayPal with no fees! For more info and a customized quote, please contact Ben.

BIO

Classically trained, award-winning musician with a repertoire that ranges from Pachelbel and Bach to pop, rock and jazz, Ben has over 30 years experience performing solo guitar in MD, northern VA, south central PA, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Annapolis, Frederick, York, Gettysburg and Harrisburg. Ben is equally at home playing music outdoors or in, formal or casual; his guitar will set the perfect tone for your wedding, reception, corporate or special event.

Ben's background includes ten years of intensive guitar studies and a degree from Towson State University in classical guitar performance. Ben has maintained a commitment to classical music throughout his career. This has allowed him many exciting and varied performing opportunities, including a long running weekly engagement at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. D.C. in 2004.

Ben is a full-time free-lance musician and has performed thousands of gigs in the Maryland-D.C-Virginia area over the years, in a broad variety of styles. His professional activities also include a full-time teaching schedule and a recording career, having produced two CDs of original jazz-rock music. His first guitar instruction book is currently in production.

Ben has been honored many times for his achievements on the guitar, including a feature in Guitar Player magazine and winning Best Instrumental Musician in the Music Monthly Readers' Poll. Information about all of Ben's diverse projects can be found at his website: www.benshermanguitar.com

Since 1987 Ben has been part of the Lindon-Sherman Flute and Guitar Duo, performing at hundreds of weddings and special events. The Duo's CD, "A Wedding Sampler," features over 60 minutes of classical and light pop music. For more info on the duo, please visit www.myspace.com/lindonshermanduo Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Solo
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Microphones, Sample Performances, Sound/PA System, Vocals

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Charlotte
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Ben is fantastic! We hired him for our ceremony and cocktail hour music (including a dedicated piece during the ceremony), and it was absolutely wonderful. I wasn't the type of kid who grew up planning her wedding, but one thing I did know is that I wanted a classical guitarist, and Ben met my expectations and more. In terms of planning, Ben was extremely responsive and organized, which made me feel completely confident through the planning process. He even learned a new song at my request, which was lovely. The music fit the ceremony exactly, and set the tone perfectly. Thank you, Ben!!
Ben is fantastic! We hired him for our ceremony and cocktail hour music (including a dedicated piece during the ceremony), Read more...
Ben is fantastic! We hired him for our ceremony and cocktail hour music (including a dedicated piece during the ceremony), and it was absolutely wonderful. I wasn't the type of kid who grew up planning her wedding, but one thing I did know is that I wanted a classical guitarist, and Ben met my expectations and more. In terms of planning, Ben was extremely responsive and organized, which made me feel completely confident through the planning process. He even learned a new song at my request, which was lovely. The music fit the ceremony exactly, and set the tone perfectly. Thank you, Ben!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Rebecca
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Ben is an amazing guitarist and was wonderful to work with. He did an excellent job on our ceremony music and while I didn't get to hear much of the cocktail hour music I received multiple comments saying how great it was. He was also very communicative leading up to the wedding and was very detailed in wanting to know exactly what we wanted for the wedding. I would highly recommend him to any bride looking to add a classy touch to their ceremony/cocktail hour.
Ben is an amazing guitarist and was wonderful to work with. He did an excellent job on our ceremony music and while I Read more...
Ben is an amazing guitarist and was wonderful to work with. He did an excellent job on our ceremony music and while I didn't get to hear much of the cocktail hour music I received multiple comments saying how great it was. He was also very communicative leading up to the wedding and was very detailed in wanting to know exactly what we wanted for the wedding. I would highly recommend him to any bride looking to add a classy touch to their ceremony/cocktail hour. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
(Wedding 4/16/16) Ben played acoustic guitar for our wedding ceremony. Ben started by playing for 30 minutes before the ceremony and played for about 5 minutes after the ceremony before moving into the cocktail reception. He learned two songs for us for the wedding ceremony. They sounded beautiful. Even though we were busy doing all of the things brides and grooms have to do during the cocktail reception, we received rave reviews from our guests. We wanted a light and airy classic rock mood and he more than delivered. Ben is highly highly recommended. If we could give Ben 10 stars we would.
(Wedding 4/16/16) Ben played acoustic guitar for our wedding ceremony. Ben started by playing for 30 minutes before the Read more...
(Wedding 4/16/16) Ben played acoustic guitar for our wedding ceremony. Ben started by playing for 30 minutes before the ceremony and played for about 5 minutes after the ceremony before moving into the cocktail reception. He learned two songs for us for the wedding ceremony. They sounded beautiful. Even though we were busy doing all of the things brides and grooms have to do during the cocktail reception, we received rave reviews from our guests. We wanted a light and airy classic rock mood and he more than delivered. Ben is highly highly recommended. If we could give Ben 10 stars we would. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Katie
Wedding:
4/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Ben is a very talented artist. We originally were going to hire a guitarist for just our ceremony but after listening to his sampling of music and his quick attention to our inquiries, we decided to have him play throughout our cocktail party. His music is a wonderful mix of classical to soft rock.
Ben is a very talented artist. We originally were going to hire a guitarist for just our ceremony but after listening to Read more...
Ben is a very talented artist. We originally were going to hire a guitarist for just our ceremony but after listening to his sampling of music and his quick attention to our inquiries, we decided to have him play throughout our cocktail party. His music is a wonderful mix of classical to soft rock. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Ben was amazing and so helpful throughout our wedding planning period. My husband and I were unaware about having mics for the ceremony initially and Ben helped explain exactly what we may need, want and found all of the equipment. For a small additional fee, he provided it all and set it up before the ceremony. It was seamless and never have done something like this before we were really appreciative of his help! Ben is also amazing at responding promptly and will notify you if he needs something. Nothing goes unnoticed with Ben Sherman and the guests have been talking about how amazing he was ever since! He played classical guitar at our wedding ceremony and acoustics with singing for our cocktail hour. He knows so much more than the traditional wedding tunes as well, which is a huge plus!
Ben was amazing and so helpful throughout our wedding planning period. My husband and I were unaware about having mics for Read more...
Ben was amazing and so helpful throughout our wedding planning period. My husband and I were unaware about having mics for the ceremony initially and Ben helped explain exactly what we may need, want and found all of the equipment. For a small additional fee, he provided it all and set it up before the ceremony. It was seamless and never have done something like this before we were really appreciative of his help! Ben is also amazing at responding promptly and will notify you if he needs something. Nothing goes unnoticed with Ben Sherman and the guests have been talking about how amazing he was ever since! He played classical guitar at our wedding ceremony and acoustics with singing for our cocktail hour. He knows so much more than the traditional wedding tunes as well, which is a huge plus! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ben Sherman is a very talented performer. We found him by looking for a guitarist for our ceremony. I quickly realized he was a main stay in the local music scene. His price and talent was so great we decided to have him for the cocktail and reception as well as the ceremony. He has a very diverse song list and he even offered to learn a song or two for us. He was very involved and organized while prepping for the day. We discussed all the details and fine tuned the song choices for our ceremony until the last day! He has many music samples on his web site and even offered some other videos to show arrangement examples.
On the day of Ben showed up early and brought a very adequate set up for our space. His playing during the ceremony brought tears to most peoples eyes. After the ceremony he switched gears and Ben sang and played a bunch of songs to entertain the guests during the cocktail hour.. He did another set after our dances and brunch. We even danced to some tunes! HE provided the perfect background music for our early afternoon affair. Ben was even kind enough to let me use his guitar to serenade my wife on our day.. That made the day even more special. I would recommend him to any one looking for a detail oriented, responsible and extremely talented and flexible musician.
Ben Sherman is a very talented performer. We found him by looking for a guitarist for our ceremony. I quickly realized he Read more...
Ben Sherman is a very talented performer. We found him by looking for a guitarist for our ceremony. I quickly realized he was a main stay in the local music scene. His price and talent was so great we decided to have him for the cocktail and reception as well as the ceremony. He has a very diverse song list and he even offered to learn a song or two for us. He was very involved and organized while prepping for the day. We discussed all the details and fine tuned the song choices for our ceremony until the last day! He has many music samples on his web site and even offered some other videos to show arrangement examples.
On the day of Ben showed up early and brought a very adequate set up for our space. His playing during the ceremony brought tears to most peoples eyes. After the ceremony he switched gears and Ben sang and played a bunch of songs to entertain the guests during the cocktail hour.. He did another set after our dances and brunch. We even danced to some tunes! HE provided the perfect background music for our early afternoon affair. Ben was even kind enough to let me use his guitar to serenade my wife on our day.. That made the day even more special. I would recommend him to any one looking for a detail oriented, responsible and extremely talented and flexible musician. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was held in September at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Ben Sherman, my uncle, was the guitarist for the ceremony. Of course Ben is family, but he was just as professional, flexible and helpful as I would expect of any musician playing for our important day. From the moment we started preparing for the wedding, he treated us with the importance of any one of his clients and made sure everything was to our liking. In terms of the music itself- we cannot recommend Ben enough. The music he creates is absolutely beautiful, soulful, and comes so naturally. The air is filled with such beauty when he plays and it creates such a special atmosphere. Our guests kept coming up to us throughout the evening and even days after the wedding to compliment Ben’s music. He is an absolutely incredible musician and was a pleasure to work with. Speaking not only as family, but as bride and groom, there is absolutely no one we would more highly recommend if you want to most beautiful music for your special day.
Our wedding was held in September at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Ben Sherman, my uncle, was the guitarist for the Read more...
Our wedding was held in September at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Ben Sherman, my uncle, was the guitarist for the ceremony. Of course Ben is family, but he was just as professional, flexible and helpful as I would expect of any musician playing for our important day. From the moment we started preparing for the wedding, he treated us with the importance of any one of his clients and made sure everything was to our liking. In terms of the music itself- we cannot recommend Ben enough. The music he creates is absolutely beautiful, soulful, and comes so naturally. The air is filled with such beauty when he plays and it creates such a special atmosphere. Our guests kept coming up to us throughout the evening and even days after the wedding to compliment Ben’s music. He is an absolutely incredible musician and was a pleasure to work with. Speaking not only as family, but as bride and groom, there is absolutely no one we would more highly recommend if you want to most beautiful music for your special day. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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bumble burgh
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Ben was exceptionally professional and helpful through the whole planning process. He provided music suggestions when asked and worked with us on timing and execution to ensure everything was done to our satisfaction.

We highly recommend him for your next event.
Ben was exceptionally professional and helpful through the whole planning process. He provided music suggestions when Read more...
Ben was exceptionally professional and helpful through the whole planning process. He provided music suggestions when asked and worked with us on timing and execution to ensure everything was done to our satisfaction.

We highly recommend him for your next event. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Meagan
Wedding:
9/4/2015
5.0/5.0
We had Ben play ceremony and cocktail hour music for our September wedding and to say we were satisfied is an understatement! He was very easy to communicate with, willing to learn songs or adjust them to our liking and willingness to travel was amazing! If you are looking to have a guitarist for your wedding, do not hesitate! Ben is the best there is and his talent is outstanding! I will be recommending him for sure!

Thanks Ben!
We had Ben play ceremony and cocktail hour music for our September wedding and to say we were satisfied is an Read more...
We had Ben play ceremony and cocktail hour music for our September wedding and to say we were satisfied is an understatement! He was very easy to communicate with, willing to learn songs or adjust them to our liking and willingness to travel was amazing! If you are looking to have a guitarist for your wedding, do not hesitate! Ben is the best there is and his talent is outstanding! I will be recommending him for sure!

Thanks Ben! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Matthew
Wedding:
8/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Ben was awesome! Every song we asked if he could play, regardless if he had heard it or not, he was able to learn and show us how it sounded before moving forward. He even took a song we wanted and slowed it down for us at our request. His music as the background for the ceremony made our day perfect and we couldn't envision it without his help. Highly recommend!
Ben was awesome! Every song we asked if he could play, regardless if he had heard it or not, he was able to learn and show Read more...
Ben was awesome! Every song we asked if he could play, regardless if he had heard it or not, he was able to learn and show us how it sounded before moving forward. He even took a song we wanted and slowed it down for us at our request. His music as the background for the ceremony made our day perfect and we couldn't envision it without his help. Highly recommend! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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