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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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Alexandra
Wedding:
11/5/2016
5.0/5.0
After much deliberation we choose Carol Sarla's band. We want a band that would keep people on the dance floor all night and they did just that! Carol and Chris were very personal and professional during the planning process. I would not hesitate to use them again.
After much deliberation we choose Carol Sarla's band. We want a band that would keep people on the dance floor all night Read more...
After much deliberation we choose Carol Sarla's band. We want a band that would keep people on the dance floor all night and they did just that! Carol and Chris were very personal and professional during the planning process. I would not hesitate to use them again. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Chris Sarlas Orchestra is phenomenal! Non stop great music, dance floor was always packed. We even asked for a special entrance song for the wedding party intro and Chris was very helpful in making it happen. He listened to what we wanted and was very responsive.. What a terrific band. Highly recommend them, in fact want them to play at our next wedding!
Chris Sarlas Orchestra is phenomenal! Non stop great music, dance floor was always packed. We even asked for a special Read more...
Chris Sarlas Orchestra is phenomenal! Non stop great music, dance floor was always packed. We even asked for a special entrance song for the wedding party intro and Chris was very helpful in making it happen. He listened to what we wanted and was very responsive.. What a terrific band. Highly recommend them, in fact want them to play at our next wedding! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
We had The Tom Christie Band at our wedding and couldn't have been happier! Chris was wonderful to work with as we were planning the evening - making sure that the band would be a good fit for us and play 60s, 70s, 80s and Motown hits - no current songs for us at our wedding .. and they DELIVERED. Many guests commented on the band! For me personally, I love music but am not a dancer - I was out of the dance floor for a better part of our evening (my new husband was so happy!) - this band was fun!! The Tom Christie Band was a highlight of our reception and I highly recommend them!
We had The Tom Christie Band at our wedding and couldn't have been happier! Chris was wonderful to work with as we were Read more...
We had The Tom Christie Band at our wedding and couldn't have been happier! Chris was wonderful to work with as we were planning the evening - making sure that the band would be a good fit for us and play 60s, 70s, 80s and Motown hits - no current songs for us at our wedding .. and they DELIVERED. Many guests commented on the band! For me personally, I love music but am not a dancer - I was out of the dance floor for a better part of our evening (my new husband was so happy!) - this band was fun!! The Tom Christie Band was a highlight of our reception and I highly recommend them! Read less
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Peggy
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
If you want your guests to be dancing all night and have a fabulous time, then book Chris Sarlas. Our dance floor was never empty! Many of our guests commented that the band was so good that at times they had to look to be sure the band was playing and not recorded music. Another thing that we noticed, was that the speakers were turned toward the dance floor which enabled other guests (who were resting after having been dancing) to have a conversation without having to scream to each other. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
If you want your guests to be dancing all night and have a fabulous time, then book Chris Sarlas. Our dance floor was Read more...
If you want your guests to be dancing all night and have a fabulous time, then book Chris Sarlas. Our dance floor was never empty! Many of our guests commented that the band was so good that at times they had to look to be sure the band was playing and not recorded music. Another thing that we noticed, was that the speakers were turned toward the dance floor which enabled other guests (who were resting after having been dancing) to have a conversation without having to scream to each other. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Chris and his crew were very easy to work with and we connected with them from our very first meeting! We immediately cancelled every other band meeting we had scheduled. Based on their performance, would not have changed a thing!! Our guests raved about the entertainment. We are so happy we chose them!
Chris and his crew were very easy to work with and we connected with them from our very first meeting! We immediately Read more...
Chris and his crew were very easy to work with and we connected with them from our very first meeting! We immediately cancelled every other band meeting we had scheduled. Based on their performance, would not have changed a thing!! Our guests raved about the entertainment. We are so happy we chose them! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
I first heard Chris Sarlas Orchestra at my cousin's wedding eight years ago and I was beyond impressed. They made the wedding phenomenal. A few years ago, they also played at my brother's wedding and were even better than I remembered. After my brother's wedding, I knew that if I ever were to get married, Chris and his orchestra would be at my wedding, and sure enough, I was lucky enough to have this orchestra at my wedding this summer. When I was planning my wedding, friends and family asked me if I would have the same band that my brother had at his wedding because they are absolutely the best out there. Every time I have attended an event where this band was playing, they were outstanding. They are consistently well prepared, extremely talented, and make every wedding a blast. For my own wedding, I could not have been happier with Chris and his team. Working with Chris was enjoyable and fun every step of the way. Within minutes of meeting my husband and me, Chris knew the type of reception we wanted and was very helpful. I also appreciated how quickly Chris would respond to any emails or phone calls. One of the best qualities about this orchestra is that they truly and genuinely care; they want the day to be perfect and want everyone to have fun. Chris listened and worked off of what I wanted and was a huge part in making my wedding so special and memorable. The entire orchestra is so talented; they are able to read the energy and respond to it accordingly. I did not have to worry at all because I knew Chris and his band would play a great variety of music, and they kept our dance floor packed the entire night. We set the tone early, right after introductions with a short dance set, which set the tone for a great party. Thanks to this band, my wedding was fantastic. I want to have another party just to hear them again! I could not have asked for a more talented, caring, professional, and fun band, and I cannot thank Chris and his orchestra enough!
I first heard Chris Sarlas Orchestra at my cousin's wedding eight years ago and I was beyond impressed. They made the Read more...
I first heard Chris Sarlas Orchestra at my cousin's wedding eight years ago and I was beyond impressed. They made the wedding phenomenal. A few years ago, they also played at my brother's wedding and were even better than I remembered. After my brother's wedding, I knew that if I ever were to get married, Chris and his orchestra would be at my wedding, and sure enough, I was lucky enough to have this orchestra at my wedding this summer. When I was planning my wedding, friends and family asked me if I would have the same band that my brother had at his wedding because they are absolutely the best out there. Every time I have attended an event where this band was playing, they were outstanding. They are consistently well prepared, extremely talented, and make every wedding a blast. For my own wedding, I could not have been happier with Chris and his team. Working with Chris was enjoyable and fun every step of the way. Within minutes of meeting my husband and me, Chris knew the type of reception we wanted and was very helpful. I also appreciated how quickly Chris would respond to any emails or phone calls. One of the best qualities about this orchestra is that they truly and genuinely care; they want the day to be perfect and want everyone to have fun. Chris listened and worked off of what I wanted and was a huge part in making my wedding so special and memorable. The entire orchestra is so talented; they are able to read the energy and respond to it accordingly. I did not have to worry at all because I knew Chris and his band would play a great variety of music, and they kept our dance floor packed the entire night. We set the tone early, right after introductions with a short dance set, which set the tone for a great party. Thanks to this band, my wedding was fantastic. I want to have another party just to hear them again! I could not have asked for a more talented, caring, professional, and fun band, and I cannot thank Chris and his orchestra enough! Read less
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Spencer
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of having The Chris Sarlas Orchestra perform at our son's wedding 4 years ago and the experience was extraordinary. So extraordinary, in fact, we also engaged Chris to provide the entertainment for our daughter's wedding this past June.
Actually they provided much more than the entertainment. My wife had everything perfect. From the flowers to the table linens to the lighting, you name it. But what made our reception so special was Chris Sarlas. In fact, the performance of the entire orchestra and vocalists made the reception simply SPECTACULAR!
We have attended many weddings and functions but never has any other band come close to the evening Chris delivered for us. Each and every song played sounded as if it was recorded in a studio, and there were no songs the orchestra could not perform. Their versatility is unmatched.
As important as the performance is, the pre wedding planning is equally important. Chris is most professional and wonderful in this aspect as well. He is easy to work with, very attentive to your needs and requests and will to anything to ensure your reception will be TOP DRAWER. Chris and his wife Carol always and promptly return any phone, text or e mail message sent to them and for anyone who has planned a wedding you know how crucial this can be.. This is a trait many "businesses" sorely lack, but not Chris.
At our daughter's wedding, the dance floor was filled with each and every number. Chris' music provided an unforgettable evening and a great number of our guests told us it was the "best" wedding they had ever attended and we owe a great deal to Chris. In our eyes, the music makes the wedding and The Chris Sarlas Orchestra made our wedding!
We had the pleasure of having The Chris Sarlas Orchestra perform at our son's wedding 4 years ago and the experience was Read more...
We had the pleasure of having The Chris Sarlas Orchestra perform at our son's wedding 4 years ago and the experience was extraordinary. So extraordinary, in fact, we also engaged Chris to provide the entertainment for our daughter's wedding this past June.
Actually they provided much more than the entertainment. My wife had everything perfect. From the flowers to the table linens to the lighting, you name it. But what made our reception so special was Chris Sarlas. In fact, the performance of the entire orchestra and vocalists made the reception simply SPECTACULAR!
We have attended many weddings and functions but never has any other band come close to the evening Chris delivered for us. Each and every song played sounded as if it was recorded in a studio, and there were no songs the orchestra could not perform. Their versatility is unmatched.
As important as the performance is, the pre wedding planning is equally important. Chris is most professional and wonderful in this aspect as well. He is easy to work with, very attentive to your needs and requests and will to anything to ensure your reception will be TOP DRAWER. Chris and his wife Carol always and promptly return any phone, text or e mail message sent to them and for anyone who has planned a wedding you know how crucial this can be.. This is a trait many "businesses" sorely lack, but not Chris.
At our daughter's wedding, the dance floor was filled with each and every number. Chris' music provided an unforgettable evening and a great number of our guests told us it was the "best" wedding they had ever attended and we owe a great deal to Chris. In our eyes, the music makes the wedding and The Chris Sarlas Orchestra made our wedding! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Amber Rae
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Words cannot describe how great the Chris Sarlas Orchestra truly is!
My parents experienced their greatness at a friends wedding and booked them for mine! What a treat! They do not disappoint. Chris is amazing to work with and an expert in his field. He made the planning a breeze from start to finish and knew just what to play to keep the dance floor full! Everyone had a blast! Chris and his band are so talented, I felt like I was listening to the radio. They really know how to "Turn the Heat Up"! Sorry for all the exclamation points but they were just awesome! :)
Words cannot describe how great the Chris Sarlas Orchestra truly is!
My parents experienced their greatness at a Read more...
Words cannot describe how great the Chris Sarlas Orchestra truly is!
My parents experienced their greatness at a friends wedding and booked them for mine! What a treat! They do not disappoint. Chris is amazing to work with and an expert in his field. He made the planning a breeze from start to finish and knew just what to play to keep the dance floor full! Everyone had a blast! Chris and his band are so talented, I felt like I was listening to the radio. They really know how to "Turn the Heat Up"! Sorry for all the exclamation points but they were just awesome! :) Read less
Services Used: Band
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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
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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
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