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Chris Sarlas Orchestra

Highland Park , IL
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3100 Centennial Lane
Highland Park, IL 60035 US (map)

PHONE

847-780-8900

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ABOUT US

Named one of the five best wedding bands by CBS Chicago, The Chris Sarlas Orchestra isn't just another wedding band. It's *your* wedding band.

Whether you're gleefully packed... Read more
Named one of the five best wedding bands by CBS Chicago, The Chris Sarlas Orchestra isn't just another wedding band. It's *your* wedding band.

Whether you're gleefully packed like sardines on the dance floor, listening to everyone gush about the phenomenal time they had at your wedding, or reminiscing about your idyllic first dance, one thing's for sure: the secret to earning party-of-the-year status is choosing the band that really gets who you are (and of course, sounds amazing too).

When you're planning the first dance of the rest of your life, know that we've got your back....because everyone should experience unbridled happiness on the dance floor, at least once in their lives.

Our first priority, always, is to get to know you. We learn about your wedding vision and hear about the music you love. We never forget that it's your party. (And yes, you can cry if you want to. You know, tears of joy.)

You'll always be treated as our most valued client, and our customized approach is the best insurance you have that the entertainment on your wedding day will speak to you, your family, and your guests. Party-of-the-year, here we come! Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
7+
What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?
Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock, Strings, Swing, Top 40
What music services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learning New Songs, Liability Insurance, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Vocals, Willing to Travel
What items are available?
Lighting, Microphones, Sound/PA System

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Evan
Wedding:
12/31/2015
5.0/5.0
OH WHAT A NIGHT! The Chris Sarlas Orchestra reached its consistent high level of achievement at our daughter's New Year's Eve wedding this December 31, 2015. They demonstrated their extraordinary dedication to insuring that this magical evening would be spectacular from the onset. True to form, guests danced the night away from the moment they entered the venue to well after midnight. No one wanted to leave and they kept chanting "One more song!" A true testament to their talent . . their energy . . and their interaction with the guests. From the strolling violins to the strong band performance, they were simply put . . . "incredible".

Highly accomplished and multi-talented, their musicians with the leadership and perseverance for perfection by Chris and Carol Sarlas, made the evening of what dreams are made of and our guests have not stopped praising their performance. Job beyond well done!

Evan and Marika Mammas, Glenview, Illinois
OH WHAT A NIGHT! The Chris Sarlas Orchestra reached its consistent high level of achievement at our daughter's New Year's Read more...
OH WHAT A NIGHT! The Chris Sarlas Orchestra reached its consistent high level of achievement at our daughter's New Year's Eve wedding this December 31, 2015. They demonstrated their extraordinary dedication to insuring that this magical evening would be spectacular from the onset. True to form, guests danced the night away from the moment they entered the venue to well after midnight. No one wanted to leave and they kept chanting "One more song!" A true testament to their talent . . their energy . . and their interaction with the guests. From the strolling violins to the strong band performance, they were simply put . . . "incredible".

Highly accomplished and multi-talented, their musicians with the leadership and perseverance for perfection by Chris and Carol Sarlas, made the evening of what dreams are made of and our guests have not stopped praising their performance. Job beyond well done!

Evan and Marika Mammas, Glenview, Illinois Read less
Services Used: Band
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Fleury
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
Of all of the things that guests remember from a wedding reception the MUSIC tops the list and the Chris Sarlas Orchestra is TOPS! My husband said, the music made the evening!

I contacted Chris Sarlas 14 months before my daughter's wedding because he had been praised by an event planner at one of the venues we were considering. I called him and he responded immediately. He was pleasant, informative and was interested in hearing what our thoughts were about the tone and style of our wedding. He sent several very helpful emails about the process of hiring music for a wedding, etc. He suggested that my daughter and her fiance, who live in NYC, set up a phone call "meeting"; they called and had a long, informative conversation after which, they were so excited about working with Chris and his wife Carol. The next time they came into town, we met with Chris and Carol at their home for coffee and talked more about the "feeling/atmosphere" that they wanted for their reception. Chris suggested an "East Coast" style format in which right after the bridal couple is introduced, they dance their "First Dance", just as they finish, all the guests are invited to dance and the band plays several sets. This gets all of the guests involved in the party immediately. There is such energy; people are engaged and into the party from the beginning! With East Coast Style, there is dancing between courses and this keeps the energy level high.

All of our guests raved about the music, everyone was up and dancing! One of my friends said that her husband , who never dances, was up on the dance floor enjoying himself! One of our New York guests sent me a note and said that The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was by far one of the BEST BANDS that he had ever heard at a wedding! Chris and his wife are true professional and equally important, very nice people! They are interested in making your event exactly as you have dreamed it would be.

Another great factor is that Chris is a great DJ.
Of all of the things that guests remember from a wedding reception the MUSIC tops the list and the Chris Sarlas Orchestra Read more...
Of all of the things that guests remember from a wedding reception the MUSIC tops the list and the Chris Sarlas Orchestra is TOPS! My husband said, the music made the evening!

I contacted Chris Sarlas 14 months before my daughter's wedding because he had been praised by an event planner at one of the venues we were considering. I called him and he responded immediately. He was pleasant, informative and was interested in hearing what our thoughts were about the tone and style of our wedding. He sent several very helpful emails about the process of hiring music for a wedding, etc. He suggested that my daughter and her fiance, who live in NYC, set up a phone call "meeting"; they called and had a long, informative conversation after which, they were so excited about working with Chris and his wife Carol. The next time they came into town, we met with Chris and Carol at their home for coffee and talked more about the "feeling/atmosphere" that they wanted for their reception. Chris suggested an "East Coast" style format in which right after the bridal couple is introduced, they dance their "First Dance", just as they finish, all the guests are invited to dance and the band plays several sets. This gets all of the guests involved in the party immediately. There is such energy; people are engaged and into the party from the beginning! With East Coast Style, there is dancing between courses and this keeps the energy level high.

All of our guests raved about the music, everyone was up and dancing! One of my friends said that her husband , who never dances, was up on the dance floor enjoying himself! One of our New York guests sent me a note and said that The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was by far one of the BEST BANDS that he had ever heard at a wedding! Chris and his wife are true professional and equally important, very nice people! They are interested in making your event exactly as you have dreamed it would be.

Another great factor is that Chris is a great DJ. Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Chris Sarlas Orchestra is THE BEST. Our priority for our wedding was a fun party with a packed dance floor, and the band absolutely delivered. The band kept our guests dancing all night long until closing, and we had numerous compliments during (and they've kept coming after) the wedding about how great the band was. The band played two of my sisters' weddings as well, and we loved them so much we actually chose our wedding date around the band's availability! And we are so happy we did. Chris is a pleasure to work with - he's professional and accommodating to our requests and our wishes. We also had the band's string quartet play our ceremony music. They did an amazing job too, and Carol was extremely helpful in recommending music to fit with our taste. I wouldn't hire any other band!
Chris Sarlas Orchestra is THE BEST. Our priority for our wedding was a fun party with a packed dance floor, and the band Read more...
Chris Sarlas Orchestra is THE BEST. Our priority for our wedding was a fun party with a packed dance floor, and the band absolutely delivered. The band kept our guests dancing all night long until closing, and we had numerous compliments during (and they've kept coming after) the wedding about how great the band was. The band played two of my sisters' weddings as well, and we loved them so much we actually chose our wedding date around the band's availability! And we are so happy we did. Chris is a pleasure to work with - he's professional and accommodating to our requests and our wishes. We also had the band's string quartet play our ceremony music. They did an amazing job too, and Carol was extremely helpful in recommending music to fit with our taste. I wouldn't hire any other band! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Ron
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra is where you turn if you want service from professionals who do this every weekend, and as a result they have it down to perfection. There was NOT ONE negative from me or my new bride or all 230 attendees. The orchestra ROCKED, providing ALL types of music from a variety of eras. You will have input in what they play (Chris and his wife even invite you to their home if you choose that route, or you can do it over the e-mail), but Chris (the band leader) knows how to read the audience and pick the right songs for the right time of the evening. So, collaborating with you ahead of time, Chris makes it fit for your evening as it unfolds. You WILL NOT REGRET choosing The Chris Sarlas Orchestra. Book early, for his main band is booked far in advance.
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra is where you turn if you want service from professionals who do this every weekend, and as a Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra is where you turn if you want service from professionals who do this every weekend, and as a result they have it down to perfection. There was NOT ONE negative from me or my new bride or all 230 attendees. The orchestra ROCKED, providing ALL types of music from a variety of eras. You will have input in what they play (Chris and his wife even invite you to their home if you choose that route, or you can do it over the e-mail), but Chris (the band leader) knows how to read the audience and pick the right songs for the right time of the evening. So, collaborating with you ahead of time, Chris makes it fit for your evening as it unfolds. You WILL NOT REGRET choosing The Chris Sarlas Orchestra. Book early, for his main band is booked far in advance. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Tia
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the highlight of my son's wedding reception! Besides the amazing talent that we all enjoyed, they have the timing, and professionalism to create an amazing party. People danced all night! One week after the wedding, we are regularly being asked how we found them (word of mouth) and told how amazing they were. You can't go wrong with this band! We also used the string quartet for the ceremony and dinner music and they were just as wonderful. They have a huge selection of music to choose form. Chris worked with the Bride & Groom in advance to choose music and discuss everything from the introduction of the wedding party to how to do toasts.
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the highlight of my son's wedding reception! Besides the amazing talent that we all Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was the highlight of my son's wedding reception! Besides the amazing talent that we all enjoyed, they have the timing, and professionalism to create an amazing party. People danced all night! One week after the wedding, we are regularly being asked how we found them (word of mouth) and told how amazing they were. You can't go wrong with this band! We also used the string quartet for the ceremony and dinner music and they were just as wonderful. They have a huge selection of music to choose form. Chris worked with the Bride & Groom in advance to choose music and discuss everything from the introduction of the wedding party to how to do toasts. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Kara
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Just about every band you google will be relatively good--especially if you're celebrating your big day in the wonderful city of Chicago. The difference between every other band and this one is Chris. He is hands on, easy to talk to, intuitive and simply THE BEST guy to work with. He provides hundreds of songs on his song lists, has a great team behind him and is who you should choose for any party--but especially your wedding. Do yourself a favor and book the Chris Sarlas Orchestra now. You will not regret it :)

-An extremely happy couple :)
Just about every band you google will be relatively good--especially if you're celebrating your big day in the wonderful Read more...
Just about every band you google will be relatively good--especially if you're celebrating your big day in the wonderful city of Chicago. The difference between every other band and this one is Chris. He is hands on, easy to talk to, intuitive and simply THE BEST guy to work with. He provides hundreds of songs on his song lists, has a great team behind him and is who you should choose for any party--but especially your wedding. Do yourself a favor and book the Chris Sarlas Orchestra now. You will not regret it :)

-An extremely happy couple :) Read less
Services Used: Band
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Tynan
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
The Tom Christie Band was absolutely wonderful at our wedding! Chris Sarlas and Christie were so nice and easy to work with leading up to the big day, and Christie helped coordinate everything flawlessly and was so flexible the night of during the reception.
Most importantly, the band and the vocalists were amazing - the dance floor was full the entire time and everyone has given so many compliments! Highly recommend!
The Tom Christie Band was absolutely wonderful at our wedding! Chris Sarlas and Christie were so nice and easy to work Read more...
The Tom Christie Band was absolutely wonderful at our wedding! Chris Sarlas and Christie were so nice and easy to work with leading up to the big day, and Christie helped coordinate everything flawlessly and was so flexible the night of during the reception.
Most importantly, the band and the vocalists were amazing - the dance floor was full the entire time and everyone has given so many compliments! Highly recommend! Read less
Services Used: Band
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dave
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We could not have been more pleased. Chris and his entourage did an outstanding job. A weddings tone is set by the music and this wedding was one that will be remembered.
We could not have been more pleased. Chris and his entourage did an outstanding job. A weddings tone is set by the music Read more...
We could not have been more pleased. Chris and his entourage did an outstanding job. A weddings tone is set by the music and this wedding was one that will be remembered. Read less
Services Used: Band
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S
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing. Our guests loved them. We enjoyed the piano at cocktails, followed by string quartet during dinner and the band for dancing. They all did a truly wonderful job and made the reception a memorable occasion. We had so much positive response and many inquiries about where we found the "band". Chris is professional and personable. He was so easy for my daughter and her husband to work with even from out of town. We highly recommend Chris and his orchestra.
The McGurn Family
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing. Our guests loved them. We enjoyed the piano at cocktails, followed by string Read more...
The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was amazing. Our guests loved them. We enjoyed the piano at cocktails, followed by string quartet during dinner and the band for dancing. They all did a truly wonderful job and made the reception a memorable occasion. We had so much positive response and many inquiries about where we found the "band". Chris is professional and personable. He was so easy for my daughter and her husband to work with even from out of town. We highly recommend Chris and his orchestra.
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I wish there were more than just 5 stars, because The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was absolutely fantastic.

Right from the first point of contact, Chris was professional, accommodating, and spirited. My husband and I lived out of town, and Chris made a point to phone conference with both Ryan and I, and my parents (several times throughout the year). He really kept us organized throughout the entire planning process.

We hired the Chris Sarlas Band for the Reception AND the String Quartet for Dinner. We got so many compliments re: how amazing these musicians are. The dance floor was packed, the music selections were spot-on, and the singers were lively and energetic.

The best money we spent while planning the wedding was hiring The Chris Sarlas Orchestra and Strings! Everyone had such a great time!

Thank you to Chris and his fantastic team members for making our Wedding Day and night to remember!
I wish there were more than just 5 stars, because The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was absolutely fantastic.

Right Read more...
I wish there were more than just 5 stars, because The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was absolutely fantastic.

Right from the first point of contact, Chris was professional, accommodating, and spirited. My husband and I lived out of town, and Chris made a point to phone conference with both Ryan and I, and my parents (several times throughout the year). He really kept us organized throughout the entire planning process.

We hired the Chris Sarlas Band for the Reception AND the String Quartet for Dinner. We got so many compliments re: how amazing these musicians are. The dance floor was packed, the music selections were spot-on, and the singers were lively and energetic.

The best money we spent while planning the wedding was hiring The Chris Sarlas Orchestra and Strings! Everyone had such a great time!

Thank you to Chris and his fantastic team members for making our Wedding Day and night to remember! Read less
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