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Doug Winters Music/Best Kept Secret

Tarrytown , NY
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

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.

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Alexandra
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Doug Winters / Best Kept Secret was spectacular at my wedding! They had the dance floor PACKED even before our bridal party was introduced at the very beginning of the reception! Doug was a pleasure to work with during the planning process, and his and his band are so incredibly talented. They listened to our requests and truly made the evening so special for us. Throughout the 4 hour reception, the dance floor was packed. Even the solos that were performed during dinner took my breath away. I had to stop walking around greeting people at one point to just watch them sing and take it all in! My family and I are so happy to have had them play at our wedding, and we were complimented on them throughout the evening by our guests and by the manager of the club. I highly recommend Doug Winters' Best Kept Secret, they were amazing!!!
Doug Winters / Best Kept Secret was spectacular at my wedding! They had the dance floor PACKED even before our bridal Read more...
Doug Winters / Best Kept Secret was spectacular at my wedding! They had the dance floor PACKED even before our bridal party was introduced at the very beginning of the reception! Doug was a pleasure to work with during the planning process, and his and his band are so incredibly talented. They listened to our requests and truly made the evening so special for us. Throughout the 4 hour reception, the dance floor was packed. Even the solos that were performed during dinner took my breath away. I had to stop walking around greeting people at one point to just watch them sing and take it all in! My family and I are so happy to have had them play at our wedding, and we were complimented on them throughout the evening by our guests and by the manager of the club. I highly recommend Doug Winters' Best Kept Secret, they were amazing!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Doug Winters Music played at our wedding, and they were fantastic ! My friends are still talking about them a month later. Doug is very professional, flexible, easy to reach, and he and his band did an amazing job !!!! Hire them !
Doug Winters Music played at our wedding, and they were fantastic ! My friends are still talking about them a month later. Read more...
Doug Winters Music played at our wedding, and they were fantastic ! My friends are still talking about them a month later. Doug is very professional, flexible, easy to reach, and he and his band did an amazing job !!!! Hire them ! Read less
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Dania
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Forever grateful to Doug Winter's Music Band for he was amazing from our initial contact prior to booking, to the last song of the night! He was receptive to our needs and a great listener with lots of great ideas too. He played the perfect music with perfect acoustics for the Ceremony, Cocktail Hour and Reception. He had our guests dancing from the moment they entered the Reception. We had a packed dance floor with our guests saying over and over that this was the best Event Band they have ever heard. They were able to play and sing every special song we needed. From the teenage guests to the 93 year old Grandma, our dance floor was rocking all night! He coordinated the night's events seamless, just like we wanted. His vocalists and musicians were incredibly talented and sooo much fun. They lifted the energy of the entire Reception venue. It is true that 'The Music' is at the top of the list to make a wedding perfect and this was true with our wedding! We could not have been more pleased and thrilled with our music, Doug Winter's Music!
Forever grateful to Doug Winter's Music Band for he was amazing from our initial contact prior to booking, to the last Read more...
Forever grateful to Doug Winter's Music Band for he was amazing from our initial contact prior to booking, to the last song of the night! He was receptive to our needs and a great listener with lots of great ideas too. He played the perfect music with perfect acoustics for the Ceremony, Cocktail Hour and Reception. He had our guests dancing from the moment they entered the Reception. We had a packed dance floor with our guests saying over and over that this was the best Event Band they have ever heard. They were able to play and sing every special song we needed. From the teenage guests to the 93 year old Grandma, our dance floor was rocking all night! He coordinated the night's events seamless, just like we wanted. His vocalists and musicians were incredibly talented and sooo much fun. They lifted the energy of the entire Reception venue. It is true that 'The Music' is at the top of the list to make a wedding perfect and this was true with our wedding! We could not have been more pleased and thrilled with our music, Doug Winter's Music! Read less
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Juliana
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Doug Winters Music/Best Kept Secret is HANDS DOWN the BEST Wedding band out there. They played everything we asked and more, even if it wasn't on their playlist. They even learned a song on the fly during the wedding so my wife could sing! Every band member is great. Doug is the most professional band leader, he was the only band leader we met with, and we hired his band on the spot. All of Doug's suggestions were great and made the day so special for everyone. All of our guests said they were one of the best bands they've ever heard. Whether it was Bruce Springsteen or Montell Jordan every song sounded great. The dance floor was packed from beginning to end. Hire this band if you want your wedding to be as good as ours was! Thanks for everything Doug!
Doug Winters Music/Best Kept Secret is HANDS DOWN the BEST Wedding band out there. They played everything we asked and Read more...
Doug Winters Music/Best Kept Secret is HANDS DOWN the BEST Wedding band out there. They played everything we asked and more, even if it wasn't on their playlist. They even learned a song on the fly during the wedding so my wife could sing! Every band member is great. Doug is the most professional band leader, he was the only band leader we met with, and we hired his band on the spot. All of Doug's suggestions were great and made the day so special for everyone. All of our guests said they were one of the best bands they've ever heard. Whether it was Bruce Springsteen or Montell Jordan every song sounded great. The dance floor was packed from beginning to end. Hire this band if you want your wedding to be as good as ours was! Thanks for everything Doug! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Thanks to Doug Winters--our wedding felt like a party. It was amazing to see have so many of our friends and relatives up on the dance floor with us--we basically didn't have to go table to table to make the rounds because we were able to spend time with everyone on the dance floor! Doug works with you from the very first time you contact him--he even responded to a request that I sent the night before the event! He listens to all of your ideas, and tells you which ones will work, even the ones you think won't, and has suggestions for how to make everything even better. My husband and I had a fairly esoteric first dance song, which they learned very well!

Doug not only lead his amazing band and made sure the music was top notch, but he kept the party kept the evening going smoothly, and had great ideas on how to time the speeches and special dances to avoid breaking the flow of the evening. The father daughter dance was sort of an inside joke, and Doug suggested (though it wasn't planned) that my father give a little explanation behind our father-daughter dance. This suggestion is one of the examples of how Doug understands how to do a great job with events to make everyone at the reception feel included in the experience.

The band was great- when the guests were hesitant to stop partying to come watch the cake cutting, the lead singer broke into an impromptu rap about it being time to cut the cake, which got a lot of laughs and people's attention.

We were married months ago, and everyone who we talk to about the wedding mentions the band. Thanks!
Thanks to Doug Winters--our wedding felt like a party. It was amazing to see have so many of our friends and relatives up Read more...
Thanks to Doug Winters--our wedding felt like a party. It was amazing to see have so many of our friends and relatives up on the dance floor with us--we basically didn't have to go table to table to make the rounds because we were able to spend time with everyone on the dance floor! Doug works with you from the very first time you contact him--he even responded to a request that I sent the night before the event! He listens to all of your ideas, and tells you which ones will work, even the ones you think won't, and has suggestions for how to make everything even better. My husband and I had a fairly esoteric first dance song, which they learned very well!

Doug not only lead his amazing band and made sure the music was top notch, but he kept the party kept the evening going smoothly, and had great ideas on how to time the speeches and special dances to avoid breaking the flow of the evening. The father daughter dance was sort of an inside joke, and Doug suggested (though it wasn't planned) that my father give a little explanation behind our father-daughter dance. This suggestion is one of the examples of how Doug understands how to do a great job with events to make everyone at the reception feel included in the experience.

The band was great- when the guests were hesitant to stop partying to come watch the cake cutting, the lead singer broke into an impromptu rap about it being time to cut the cake, which got a lot of laughs and people's attention.

We were married months ago, and everyone who we talk to about the wedding mentions the band. Thanks! Read less
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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!
Doug is great to work with. He listens and makes suggestions on how to make what you want even better. As people walked Read more...
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! Read less
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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.
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 Read more...
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. Read less
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Lianne
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
The band was fabulous which made it a great party!!!!
The band was fabulous which made it a great party!!!!
The band was fabulous which made it a great party!!!! Read less
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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!
Doug and his band are simply the best! I couldn't have asked for more professional attention and I am still receiving Read more...
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! Read less
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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!
We danced all night!
The band was very engaged with the audience and the audience responded!

Doug was very Read more...
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! Read less
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