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Doug Winters Music/Best Kept Secret

Tarrytown , NY
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LOCATION

61 Main St. , 2nd Floor
Tarrytown, NY US 10591 (map)

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914-238-9100

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ABOUT US

At Doug Winters Music, we are a "boutique" one band company. That one band, Best Kept Secret, has played well over 1500 weddings. We specialize in "reading" the crowd to keep the dance... Read more
At Doug Winters Music, we are a "boutique" one band company. That one band, Best Kept Secret, has played well over 1500 weddings. We specialize in "reading" the crowd to keep the dance floor "packed" as often as possible. I truly believe that their is a direct correlation between the way your party is perceived and the amount of people having a great time on the dance floor...the focal point of all the activity at your wedding. As the owner of the company, I also play keyboards as well as lead every job that Best Kept Secret has ever played. In these capacities, you as the client should feel totally comfortable that the first person you talk to when you call my office will be the same person that helps you build an itinerary for a smooth flow of your wedding evening, and the last one to pack up and leave. As I tell every bride and groom I've ever played for..."it's the most expensive party you'll ever throw, but remember it's still a party."

We would love to hear from you. Call me at 914-238-9100 or email me at dougwintersmusic@gmail.com. Read less
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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)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Dance, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Tuxedos.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
No breaks.

REVIEWS

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Jon
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Doug is great to work with. He listens and makes suggestions on how to make what you want even better. As people walked into the reception, they just started dancing. The floor was filled all night. Doug and his band can "feel" where the crowd is and he just keeps the party going. Not once did he need to ask people to dance, there was no need to, they were already up and dancing. Doug and his band were a major factor in the success of the wedding. We cannot recommend him highly enough. Everyone who has called us after the wedding has mentioned how great the music was. They are right!
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Eileen
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Doug Winters band played at my wedding in New Canaan 6/21/14. They knocked it out of the park, our guests were going nuts dancing and the floor was packed the entire evening. It was by far the best $ I spent.

I heard them play at a friend's wedding and I knew immediately I would hire them for the same reason, they had unbelievably awesome energy and momentum, never did the evening drag as can happen in so many weddings. Kept the floor packed all night. Loved the variety in what they played, they managed to nail every song, from the classics (Neil Diamond) to the contemporary stuff (Daft Punk). Each of the players brings a bit of different variety so they don't play the same type of music all night. Their song list is extensive and the one song I wanted to play not on there they learned and played which was a huge hit!

One of the best parts about working with this band is Doug. We communicated throughout the entire process. Doug loves what he does, he knows how to read a crowd, and he knows how to make a great party. It spends time and makes an effort to get to know every couple he works with. We talked and became friends during my planning process. I've heard that some bands the manager isn't present at the event which is not the case with Doug. I wouldn't want to do the planning with someone who wasn't going to be present the day of. Doug was a pleasure to work with, very responsive and flexible.

We had so many compliments on the band from guests - "hands down best band I have ever heard at a wedding ever" "the band was to die for" "that band rocked the house" "epic wedding band" I just can't wait to get our video and relive it all again.

The advice I'd give any couple considering a band for a wedding over a DJ. Do not second guess. Get a band. It will make the wedding. And when you make that decision, give Doug a call. It will be the best decision you've made.
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Lianne
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
The band was fabulous which made it a great party!!!!
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Tracy
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Doug and his band are simply the best! I couldn't have asked for more professional attention and I am still receiving compliments on how everything was simply perfect. I am overjoyed!
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Kathleen
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
We danced all night!
The band was very engaged with the audience and the audience responded!

Doug was very easy to work with and met all the special requests we asked for. It was a great party!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
they rocked everyone was blown away, great for all ages
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Doug Winters Music/Best Kept Secret responded with the following comments:

Thanks. You guys were truly a pleasure to work with/for. Please keep in touch.
Doug
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This band is truly the best kept secret. What a find. Professional from beginning to end. A great value.
But, most of all Doug and his band of talented musicians know exactly how to make a wedding party dance all night - no breaks! With very little effort on our part, Doug was able to determine the kind of music that would entice everyone and I mean everyone at our daughter's wedding get up and move!
Doug met with us beforehand to look over the venue. He worked with the Bride and Groom to help them come up with music for the ceremony and cocktail hour as well as for the reception. Doug answers e-mails and phone calls immediately and spends a great deal of time getting to know the people who hire him. He is a one in a million! The entire band interacted with our guests and made us feel very special, and connected! Thank you Doug and your band for making Molly and Alex's wedding extra special. We could not have imagined finding a better band!
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Doug Winters Music/Best Kept Secret responded with the following comments:

Dear Anonymous: You are a doll. I love what you wrote, I can't tell you how much it means to me. Best, Doug
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Lindsey
Wedding:
8/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Best band ever!!!! Best Kept Secret made the wedding a success and had the whole crowd going from beginning till end! They had a great play list and played contemporary music everyone could dance to! Super friendly and would definitely recommend them to anyone getting married!
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Jeannie
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Brides and Grooms,
If I was able to give 10s across the board I would.
DougWinters is the best and incomparable to the band leaders and bands that are out there, Not only was I crazed with making sure everything was (perfect) (I bet you dont know how that feels) but I was concerned with how all of my guests would feel.

As a musician and the daughter of a renowned musician, there was NO greater investment we made than to have the best kept secret play. Doug overlooked NO detail and can do this in his sleep--- yet makes you feel like you are the only bride on earth, He has been doing this for years but is full of youth and has a great spirit, EVERY song we selected was cd quality and as we danced our first dances there wasnt a dry eye in the room.

With the utmost confidence and sincerity I can vouch for doug, his remarkable band and his willingness to work with his clients, He is one and a million and frankly due to the complments we recieved through facebook, email, calls etc, we would have paid double, and we were nervous in the beginning with people pressing a dj agenda, MISTAKE. Not one regret and his kindness and professionalism did so much for the vibe of our wedding. After a few drinks I actually got the professional man on the dancefloor for a Michael Jackson tune......He doesnt like to dance, but he commits to all he does and our happiness was his goal. SUCCESS.!!!!! Best money we ever spent and uforgettable grammy worth performances. A genius.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Best Kept Secret and Doug Winters were an absolute pleasure to work with. They played awesome music and my wedding guests were dancing all night long. They were terrific and I have no regrets at all about working with them. They were worth every penny.
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whitny
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Doug and his band were phenomenal. Doug was extremely attentive to all of our needs from the start and made every effort to accommodate all of our special requests (including the 8 special songs we requested they perform during our reception. We did a somewhat atraditional wedding to break from the 'hallmarkification' of weddings and Doug was there every step of the way to help make our vision a reality. Doug also made me feel like I was the only bride in the world and had a special way of keeping in touch with me and connecting on a personal level throughout our wedding journey. From the minute Doug took over the mic, we knew we were in great hands. Doug's band executed everything to perfection and seem to really have fun in the process. They were the talk of the night! We highly recommend the Doug Winters Band for any occasion.
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Jodi and Shawn
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I heard Doug Winters Music years ago at my brother's wedding and knew immediately that I wanted to use his band for my own wedding. My wedding was just a few weeks ago and we couldn't have asked for a more amazing night! We keep getting so many rave reviews on how great the band was. They had the whole crowd up and dancing the whole entire night. They really made the party! Thank you Doug Winters for making out wedding the most incredible night of our lives!
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Doug is fantastic and extremely talented. Booking his band was hands-down one of the best wedding-related decisions we made and really defined our wedding. Tons of people came up to us at the wedding and after and said that they were the best wedding band they'd ever heard. On top of being a great musician and great at keeping the party going, Doug is also a really nice guy and really easy to work with. So happy we booked him!
Services Used: Band
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rhs109
Wedding:
10/29/2005
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Doug Winters and The Best Kept Secret to anyone who is in the process of planning a wedding. Doug knows how to get the party started, and keep it going throughout the entire night. Leave it to him and he will make your wedding an unforgettable night. I have friends who are still talking about the music at my wedding years after it happened. If you want to have a memorable, fun, energetic wedding, this is the band for you. And not to mention how easy Doug is to work with. He will listen to your requests and work with you to learn specific songs you may want to hear. Book Doug Winters and The Best Kept Secret immediately!
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Marina
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
Doug Winters and his band were absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! Everyone at the wedding raved about how great the band was, they got almost everyone on the dance floor. Doug and team did such a fantastic job with the music. I loved how the band intermingled with the guests- the drummer getting guests to hit the drum, the singers interacting with the dancing crowd. Everything was awesome, superb and outstanding. They infused the party with a fabulous, energetic vibe, and we couldn't be any happier. They played all our favorites, and we didn't even discuss how to end the night and they did a phenomenal job with Disco Inferno- which inspired a dance-off among the crowd. I could just gush and gush how elated I am about Doug and the band. Thank you so much for making our wedding celebration so much FUN!!!! Everyone had a blast!!!!!! I would send any and all
business their way. Doug and his band were incredible. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!
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mosk1159
Wedding:
5/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Listen, If you are going the band route for your wedding, you need to contact Doug. His crew is phenomenal! They play well-known relevant music from ALL genres that keeps the entire party dancing the entire night (See our video for proof). I actually saw Doug perform at one of my buddies weddings and instantly knew i would hire him at my own. It worked out very well. We even had a favorite song (Jason Mraz, I'm Your's) that Doug's band learned specially for us upon request. They good like that. killer wedding band, trust me!
Services Used: Band
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gchang
Wedding:
6/21/2008
5.0/5.0
We had the 12-piece band, and they were AMAZING! I can't say enough good things about them. They kept the dance floor packed for the entire night, and our guests couldn't stop raving about them! While they didn't play all the songs on our must-play list (we had about 25, so we didn't blame them), they definitely knew what type of music our guests would like, and there wasn't a single song played that we disliked.
Services Used: Band
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Liz
Wedding:
6/30/2007
5.0/5.0
Doug Winters Music was incredible!! Doug was a pleasure to deal with before our wedding, was so responsive to any and all emails we had and was extremely flexible. The band learned our first dance song since they hadn't played it before and did a great job! We got so many compliments on the band, everyone thought they were amazing and I've had a few friends that have since booked Doug, including my mom who is now getting married! Doug and his band are truly the best at what they do and they helped make our wedding day so special. They are the best!!
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linda
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
They were so amazing I am using them again for my other daughters wedding.
Services Used: Band
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Karen
Wedding:
8/31/2013
4.9/5.0
Doug Winters Music/Best kept secret was amazing!!! They had everyone on the dance floor. They played the old school classics as well as current hits on the radio. So many guests came up to me after the wedding and told me how much they loved the band!!
Services Used: Band
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otierney74
Wedding:
11/7/2009
4.9/5.0
Doug's band "Best Kept Secret" was the band at our wedding in November 2009 and we could not have been more thrilled. The comments we received from everyone -- literally everyone -- following the wedding were all along the lines of either "WHERE did you find this band??" and "that was the best band ever!!" I had learned of BKS from a friend who I had asked for recommendations as she had done extensive research and she said her absolute favorite choice for a band, as she had seen them perform twice at other weddings, was Best Kept Secret. She was 100% right. I cannot recommend Best Kept Secret highly enough as they were a pleasure to work with from start to finish, even when we had to switch the date on them after signing the contract because of a problem with the original venue. They have a wide range and are more than willing to learn anything not on their extensive playlist. I am positive you will share the same sentiment!
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KatieMaloney#2
Wedding:
12/18/2010
4.8/5.0
You rocked it out!
Services Used: Band
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Marisa1022
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.8/5.0
Doug Winters Music was wonderful--we are still getting comments (from guests who usually prefer a DJ, nonetheless) about how great our band was. Our dance floor was constantly packed and they really got things started without getting cheesy. They are a bit pricey, but if you can swing it, it really makes the wedding classy. We had a few snafus that I think only I (and a few of my musically inclined guests) realized--our first dance song's tempo was MUCH faster than was played at the wedding, and they forgot/didn't know the lyrics to 1 or 2 songs, and they played a couple of my 'do not play' songs (but they fit in well with the rest of the music, so I let it go and was okay with it). Otherwise, they put on a great party--highly recommend them.
Services Used: Band
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Laura
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.7/5.0
Doug Winters and Best Kept Secret are an awesome band! Doug is a delight to work with. If you live in the NY area try to meet with him in person - it will make planning your playlist so easy. Take his advice about what songs to use for parent dances, etc., and don't worry too much about making special requests - he has such a long list of great songs the band has down perfectly. Your guests will be telling everyone for weeks afterward what a great party your reception was!
Services Used: Band
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Christina
Wedding:
5/18/2012
4.6/5.0
Doug is a fun great guy to work with and the band was FANTASTIC! My guests danced the night away and I couldnt have been happier :)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
The and was amazing during the reception. They really kept the party flowing and people danced all night! The lead singer was excellent. My only problems I had were the order of my songs during the ceremony got a bit mixed up and the owner was a bit opinionated at times. But my husband spoke to him and then everything was smooth sailing again. Check out their video you won't be sorry
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alys
Wedding:
7/21/2007
4.5/5.0
“Wow” is all I can say. Doug Winters and his band created the most amazing night at our wedding. I cannot tell you how many people came up to us raving about the music and the band. The whole night was EXACTLY as we wanted it—high energy and dancing the entire night. We had so much fun and we know that our guests did as well.
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