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High Society Orchestra

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

195 N Harbor Dr.
Chicago, IL US 60601 (map)

PHONE

312-228-0537

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Welcome to High Society Orchestra! "Packing the Dance Floor Everywhere We Go!"

You’ve dreamed your event down to the smallest detail. Now, let High Society Orchestra help... Read more
Welcome to High Society Orchestra! "Packing the Dance Floor Everywhere We Go!"

You’ve dreamed your event down to the smallest detail. Now, let High Society Orchestra help make your dream a reality!

Since 1993 the High Society Orchestra has been helping its clients create the events of their dreams. We do this by providing exceptional musical entertainment designed to match your unique vision.

We do not use any cookie cutters in our planning process!

Many bands try to force their formula and agenda into all situations. The High Society Orchestra is different. We start by listening to your ideas, concerns and desires. Once we are positive we understand your vision, we make it our mission to create the event of your dreams. We believe it is this concern and attention to detail (along with the special moments created) that has made the High Society Orchestra one of the most sought after high energy dance bands for extraordinary weddings, parties, galas, and corporate events in Chicago and the surrounding area.

Need music for your ceremony and cocktail or dinner hours? We are specialists in this area too!

Are you ready to share your dream with us? We’re ready to listen! Just call us at (312) 228-0537

Not ready yet? Take the time to read through our website, www.highsocietyorch.com .

Check out the "Rave’s" from clients on our "Testimonials" page. Watch our "Cheesy Camcorder" videos from recent events on the "Weddings" page. Browse the photos from past events on our "Gallery" page. Then call us at (312) 228-0537 or e-mail us, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to meeting you! 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, Big Band, Dance, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Pop, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Nell
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
We loved High Society. They were an amazing part of our wedding. The ceremony music was gorgeous, the quartet during dinner and cocktails was nice, and the band for dancing was incredible. People danced the whole time. We received lots of compliments, and I know of two friends who booked them for events after seeing them at my wedding!!!

thank you so much to Alan and the whole team.

Nell
We loved High Society. They were an amazing part of our wedding. The ceremony music was gorgeous, the quartet during Read more...
We loved High Society. They were an amazing part of our wedding. The ceremony music was gorgeous, the quartet during dinner and cocktails was nice, and the band for dancing was incredible. People danced the whole time. We received lots of compliments, and I know of two friends who booked them for events after seeing them at my wedding!!!

thank you so much to Alan and the whole team.

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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thanks Nell! We had a great time working with you. Congratulations!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
By far the best band at any event I've ever been to. I still have people talking to me about how awesome High Society Orchestra was at my wedding a few months. I HIGHLY recommend them.
By far the best band at any event I've ever been to. I still have people talking to me about how awesome High Society Read more...
By far the best band at any event I've ever been to. I still have people talking to me about how awesome High Society Orchestra was at my wedding a few months. I HIGHLY recommend them. Read less
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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review! We love playing great weddings for great people!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Hi Allan, If I had to choose one word to describe the music at Kathleen and Bob's wedding it would be SPECTACULAR!! From start to finish you delivered a wonderful performance. Please thank your musicians, singers, sound people, everyone for a great night. It really is true that the music makes the night! I can't count the number of compliments that people gave the band! You all made it such a wonderful night for the bride and groom. You really out-did yourselves with your talent and energy! Thank you for a FOURTH great O'Rourke wedding! Mary
Hi Allan, If I had to choose one word to describe the music at Kathleen and Bob's wedding it would be SPECTACULAR!! From Read more...
Hi Allan, If I had to choose one word to describe the music at Kathleen and Bob's wedding it would be SPECTACULAR!! From start to finish you delivered a wonderful performance. Please thank your musicians, singers, sound people, everyone for a great night. It really is true that the music makes the night! I can't count the number of compliments that people gave the band! You all made it such a wonderful night for the bride and groom. You really out-did yourselves with your talent and energy! Thank you for a FOURTH great O'Rourke wedding! Mary Read less
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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thanks Mary! We had a great time too! It's always a pleasure working with outstanding families like yours.
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Anne
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
High Society Orchestra made my wedding toms of fun! All of the guests- of all ages - loved them! They got everyone up and dancing!

They are also very professional and accommodating. They worked with me before the event to make sure they knew exactly what I wanted and that I was comfortable with everything.

I cannot say enough good things about them:).
High Society Orchestra made my wedding toms of fun! All of the guests- of all ages - loved them! They got everyone up and Read more...
High Society Orchestra made my wedding toms of fun! All of the guests- of all ages - loved them! They got everyone up and dancing!

They are also very professional and accommodating. They worked with me before the event to make sure they knew exactly what I wanted and that I was comfortable with everything.

I cannot say enough good things about them:). Read less
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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thanks Anne! You were a great client. We had a great time working on your wedding!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
If you want your guests "dancing on the tables" there's a strong possibility with Allan Heiman and his High Society Orchestra.
This is the band to get for continuous, non-stop music.
Great sound, great energy!
Loved the "You throw a great party!" accolades from our guests.
If you want your guests "dancing on the tables" there's a strong possibility with Allan Heiman and his High Society Read more...
If you want your guests "dancing on the tables" there's a strong possibility with Allan Heiman and his High Society Orchestra.
This is the band to get for continuous, non-stop music.
Great sound, great energy!
Loved the "You throw a great party!" accolades from our guests. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Many favorable compliments from the wedding guests.
Many favorable compliments from the wedding guests.
Many favorable compliments from the wedding guests. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
High Society worked with us to create exactly what we wanted musically. They accommodated our guest musicians and really helped make our wedding the party of the year. I cannot say it any better than our guests at the end of the night.... "One More Song! One More Song!...."
High Society worked with us to create exactly what we wanted musically. They accommodated our guest musicians and really Read more...
High Society worked with us to create exactly what we wanted musically. They accommodated our guest musicians and really helped make our wedding the party of the year. I cannot say it any better than our guests at the end of the night.... "One More Song! One More Song!...." Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
My mother, Cindy Rash, recommended the High Society Orchestra after they played at her company Christmas party for 1st Source Bank so we booked them for our event after only seeing their website and videos, but we were so pleased with our decision. The band was punctual, professional, kept in touch up until the wedding, sent us all the appropriate reminders, paperwork, questions, etc. and was very flexible with working with our unique requests and guests. We had several very talented people at the wedding that wanted to sing, (including myself, the bride, and the groom) and they were more than accommodating. The live band made the night so much more exciting, alive, and fun and everyone was nothing but complimentary of our choice, the band's musical abilities, and their song choices.

The only issue we had all night was for the first dance - the ipod or song cut out within the first 30 seconds and though they tried playing it again, it still happened. Luckily, thanks to our talented bunch, the groom's good friend hopped up on stage and played/sang the song live for us instead which was even more special. BUT not every wedding is going to have a professional musician in the crowd that knows the song, so I would recommend that if any specific songs are supposed to be played from the ipod rather than live, that the band should test the song ahead of time to make sure that it will play.

Overall, I know that everyone had a great time, they enjoyed the music and the band tremendously, and I think that the band even had a good time! So, thanks for making our wedding the best one ever and we'll definitely recommend you to everyone who is in need of a wedding (or other event) band!
My mother, Cindy Rash, recommended the High Society Orchestra after they played at her company Christmas party for 1st Read more...
My mother, Cindy Rash, recommended the High Society Orchestra after they played at her company Christmas party for 1st Source Bank so we booked them for our event after only seeing their website and videos, but we were so pleased with our decision. The band was punctual, professional, kept in touch up until the wedding, sent us all the appropriate reminders, paperwork, questions, etc. and was very flexible with working with our unique requests and guests. We had several very talented people at the wedding that wanted to sing, (including myself, the bride, and the groom) and they were more than accommodating. The live band made the night so much more exciting, alive, and fun and everyone was nothing but complimentary of our choice, the band's musical abilities, and their song choices.

The only issue we had all night was for the first dance - the ipod or song cut out within the first 30 seconds and though they tried playing it again, it still happened. Luckily, thanks to our talented bunch, the groom's good friend hopped up on stage and played/sang the song live for us instead which was even more special. BUT not every wedding is going to have a professional musician in the crowd that knows the song, so I would recommend that if any specific songs are supposed to be played from the ipod rather than live, that the band should test the song ahead of time to make sure that it will play.

Overall, I know that everyone had a great time, they enjoyed the music and the band tremendously, and I think that the band even had a good time! So, thanks for making our wedding the best one ever and we'll definitely recommend you to everyone who is in need of a wedding (or other event) band! Read less
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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the great review Nicole! Your party was a ton of fun.

For the record, we tested your first dance song. (We did not, however, listen to the whole song as we have never had an mp3 quit in the middle - An assumption we will never make again!) For some reason it just would not play beyond 30 seconds. The rest of the songs you provided worked fine, so we still do not know why it happened.

Sorry for the hassle. We try hard to make sure thing go well. Your groomsman did rock that song though. Maybe it was fate!
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Amy
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Guests at our wedding commented that The High Society Band was the best wedding band they have ever heard. The are very professional to work with and extremely professional musicians. We did not want the evening to end, thanks to this band. I highly recommend High Society Band for any event!!
Guests at our wedding commented that The High Society Band was the best wedding band they have ever heard. The are very Read more...
Guests at our wedding commented that The High Society Band was the best wedding band they have ever heard. The are very professional to work with and extremely professional musicians. We did not want the evening to end, thanks to this band. I highly recommend High Society Band for any event!! Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
We are so grateful to HSO, in particular for their ability to learn songs specifically for our wedding, their professionalism, and most of all their talent. For a memorable event I'd absolutely recommend HSO.
We are so grateful to HSO, in particular for their ability to learn songs specifically for our wedding, their Read more...
We are so grateful to HSO, in particular for their ability to learn songs specifically for our wedding, their professionalism, and most of all their talent. For a memorable event I'd absolutely recommend HSO. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
All of our guests keep telling us that our wedding was the best one they've ever been to! We absolutely feel that High Society is a HUGE reason they're saying so... EVERYONE danced the entire time (which is rare)! The band accommodated all of our "off the menu" song requests and performed them beautifully. I am so thrilled to say that I had such fun at my own wedding, especially the "Hey Ya" finale!!!! It certainly was a PARTY! Thank you SO much HSO!
All of our guests keep telling us that our wedding was the best one they've ever been to! We absolutely feel that High Read more...
All of our guests keep telling us that our wedding was the best one they've ever been to! We absolutely feel that High Society is a HUGE reason they're saying so... EVERYONE danced the entire time (which is rare)! The band accommodated all of our "off the menu" song requests and performed them beautifully. I am so thrilled to say that I had such fun at my own wedding, especially the "Hey Ya" finale!!!! It certainly was a PARTY! Thank you SO much HSO! Read less
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Glenda
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
The High Society Orchestra was the high point of our reception. Not only were they extremely talented, but each member was friendly and polite. Many people have told me that they have never been to a wedding where the dance floor was filled until the end of the evening, as it was at our reception. All ages were out on the parquet ‘dancing the night away.’" I would gladly recommend the High Society Orchestra to anyone looking for a fabulous band!
The High Society Orchestra was the high point of our reception. Not only were they extremely talented, but each member was Read more...
The High Society Orchestra was the high point of our reception. Not only were they extremely talented, but each member was friendly and polite. Many people have told me that they have never been to a wedding where the dance floor was filled until the end of the evening, as it was at our reception. All ages were out on the parquet ‘dancing the night away.’" I would gladly recommend the High Society Orchestra to anyone looking for a fabulous band! Read less
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kathleen
Wedding:
6/29/2012
5.0/5.0
High Society is an excellent orchestra. They played all of our requests and kept the wedding alive ! There was never a dull moment and all of
our guests loved their music.
High Society is an excellent orchestra. They played all of our requests and kept the wedding alive ! There was never a Read more...
High Society is an excellent orchestra. They played all of our requests and kept the wedding alive ! There was never a dull moment and all of
our guests loved their music. Read less
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Joo Won
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
High Society Orchestra performed at our wedding on 6/15/2012.

Allan was easy to work with as he responded to all the emails promptly! His emails are short and straight to the point (which can appear to lack some friendliness) but very professional. He sent us a worksheet he wanted us to complete for the reception about 2-3 months prior to the big wedding date. And he was very flexible making the changes I requested even a few days prior to the event. He called to confirm everything a few days prior to the big event, including directions to the venue. It was their first time performing at our venue and you could tell he wanted the event to go smoothly!

My day-of coordinator told me that the band was the first to arrive and first to have everything set up. I appreciate that because everyone else was running late, including our caterer! And let's get to the point - THEY WERE AMAZING!! Great singers and performers. During their breaks, the band played music on their ipod and I thought it was great. The band was prompt to get back on stage and was really friendly to all of our guests. I got so many complements about the band during and after the event.

As a bride, I wanted to make sure things ran smoothly and effortlessly, all while making sure that our guests would enjoy the night. This band made our reception a blast. It would not have been the same without them.

Thanks High Society Orchestra for making our day special!!!
High Society Orchestra performed at our wedding on 6/15/2012.

Allan was easy to work with as he responded to all Read more...
High Society Orchestra performed at our wedding on 6/15/2012.

Allan was easy to work with as he responded to all the emails promptly! His emails are short and straight to the point (which can appear to lack some friendliness) but very professional. He sent us a worksheet he wanted us to complete for the reception about 2-3 months prior to the big wedding date. And he was very flexible making the changes I requested even a few days prior to the event. He called to confirm everything a few days prior to the big event, including directions to the venue. It was their first time performing at our venue and you could tell he wanted the event to go smoothly!

My day-of coordinator told me that the band was the first to arrive and first to have everything set up. I appreciate that because everyone else was running late, including our caterer! And let's get to the point - THEY WERE AMAZING!! Great singers and performers. During their breaks, the band played music on their ipod and I thought it was great. The band was prompt to get back on stage and was really friendly to all of our guests. I got so many complements about the band during and after the event.

As a bride, I wanted to make sure things ran smoothly and effortlessly, all while making sure that our guests would enjoy the night. This band made our reception a blast. It would not have been the same without them.

Thanks High Society Orchestra for making our day special!!! Read less
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Marie
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
High Society played our wedding on April 14, 2012, and they couldn't have been better. It was amazing how many people told us it was the best band they've ever heard at a wedding.

It was a pleasure working with Allan Heinman as well. We'd absolutely recommend them - they were incredible!
High Society played our wedding on April 14, 2012, and they couldn't have been better. It was amazing how many people told Read more...
High Society played our wedding on April 14, 2012, and they couldn't have been better. It was amazing how many people told us it was the best band they've ever heard at a wedding.

It was a pleasure working with Allan Heinman as well. We'd absolutely recommend them - they were incredible! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
3/3/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired High Society Orchestra for our wedding and were very pleased. The band was just fantastic. Super-talented group. We danced all night! Our contact was Allan, and he was very easy to work with. He made everything happen just as we planned. We highly recommend this band.
We hired High Society Orchestra for our wedding and were very pleased. The band was just fantastic. Super-talented group. Read more...
We hired High Society Orchestra for our wedding and were very pleased. The band was just fantastic. Super-talented group. We danced all night! Our contact was Allan, and he was very easy to work with. He made everything happen just as we planned. We highly recommend this band. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
High Society Orchestra is a great band! Not only did our friends and family have a great time, but Allan and the entire group were very professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend this band!
High Society Orchestra is a great band! Not only did our friends and family have a great time, but Allan and the entire Read more...
High Society Orchestra is a great band! Not only did our friends and family have a great time, but Allan and the entire group were very professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend this band! Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
High Society Orchestra played our wedding on August 27, 2011 and they were absolutely fabulous. Carlo was our main point of contact at the reception and he was really on top of things and was a pleasure to work with. Most importantly, the band sounded fantastic! At one point I was in the back of the room talking with guests who asked if we had a dj playing songs while the band was on break. The music sounded like the actual artists recording, but it was the band playing the whole time! The dance floor was packed all night. Our guests have been raving about how awesome the music was. High Society made our party totally awesome! Do not hesitate to book with them. We also enjoyed working with Allan Heiman to make the arrangements for the band and to make sure everything was in order the week before the wedding. We are incredibly happy that we chose High Society Orchestra, you will not be disappointed.
High Society Orchestra played our wedding on August 27, 2011 and they were absolutely fabulous. Carlo was our main point Read more...
High Society Orchestra played our wedding on August 27, 2011 and they were absolutely fabulous. Carlo was our main point of contact at the reception and he was really on top of things and was a pleasure to work with. Most importantly, the band sounded fantastic! At one point I was in the back of the room talking with guests who asked if we had a dj playing songs while the band was on break. The music sounded like the actual artists recording, but it was the band playing the whole time! The dance floor was packed all night. Our guests have been raving about how awesome the music was. High Society made our party totally awesome! Do not hesitate to book with them. We also enjoyed working with Allan Heiman to make the arrangements for the band and to make sure everything was in order the week before the wedding. We are incredibly happy that we chose High Society Orchestra, you will not be disappointed. Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
High Society was one of the highlights of our downtown Chicago wedding. Allan, Carlo and the whole band were so professional and really cared about our special day and what was important to us. The band sounded great! Our guests are still talking about how much fun they had dancing the night away.
High Society was one of the highlights of our downtown Chicago wedding. Allan, Carlo and the whole band were so Read more...
High Society was one of the highlights of our downtown Chicago wedding. Allan, Carlo and the whole band were so professional and really cared about our special day and what was important to us. The band sounded great! Our guests are still talking about how much fun they had dancing the night away. Read less
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Lucy
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
The dance floor never seemed to be anything short of packed and electric. If you want a special experience at your wedding then hire this band. Lots of people not known for dancing were recorded in action; even one man who refused to dance at his own wedding! It was seriously worth every penny. They assured me that I wouldn't be disappointed and they were right, I wasn't. Thank you for making our evening such a memorable one for all of us.
The dance floor never seemed to be anything short of packed and electric. If you want a special experience at your wedding Read more...
The dance floor never seemed to be anything short of packed and electric. If you want a special experience at your wedding then hire this band. Lots of people not known for dancing were recorded in action; even one man who refused to dance at his own wedding! It was seriously worth every penny. They assured me that I wouldn't be disappointed and they were right, I wasn't. Thank you for making our evening such a memorable one for all of us. Read less
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Maureen
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
EVERYONE was on the dance floor! All musicians were extremely talented and knew how to read the audience.
EVERYONE was on the dance floor! All musicians were extremely talented and knew how to read the audience.
EVERYONE was on the dance floor! All musicians were extremely talented and knew how to read the audience. Read less
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Donna
Wedding:
6/25/2011
4.9/5.0
Hugely Entertaining. High Society Orchestra rocked the dance floor. Every guest was up and dancing. I didn't know I could hire a band this good. They even managed to get my father dancing. No DJ in the world could compete with the quality and energy of their performance.
Hugely Entertaining. High Society Orchestra rocked the dance floor. Every guest was up and dancing. I didn't know I could Read more...
Hugely Entertaining. High Society Orchestra rocked the dance floor. Every guest was up and dancing. I didn't know I could hire a band this good. They even managed to get my father dancing. No DJ in the world could compete with the quality and energy of their performance. Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
6/2/2012
4.9/5.0
First, I just want to thank the whole High Society group for doing a great job from beginning to end. Everyone (Allan, Carlo, Donna, I don't remember everybody's name) was so nice and easy to work with.

Second, if you are reading this, you are probably considering hiring a band to play your wedding. The short of it is... HIRE HIGH SOCIETY!

They are professional. They played all of our requests. They we able to choose just the right songs to keep us dancing all night. We had a great time. Our family and friends commented on how great the band sounded. It just doesn't get any better than this.

HIRE HIGH SOCIETY!
First, I just want to thank the whole High Society group for doing a great job from beginning to end. Everyone (Allan, Read more...
First, I just want to thank the whole High Society group for doing a great job from beginning to end. Everyone (Allan, Carlo, Donna, I don't remember everybody's name) was so nice and easy to work with.

Second, if you are reading this, you are probably considering hiring a band to play your wedding. The short of it is... HIRE HIGH SOCIETY!

They are professional. They played all of our requests. They we able to choose just the right songs to keep us dancing all night. We had a great time. Our family and friends commented on how great the band sounded. It just doesn't get any better than this.

HIRE HIGH SOCIETY! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
This band is amazing. The dance floor was full from the first song until the last. We really liked that they mixed in the old with the new - so many bands these day start with the 60's or 70's and work their way through chronologically, which I hate. We were really impressed with how many current songs they played as well - they must be continually adding new music. They have multiple vocalists and the quality did not waver from one to another. We contracted for them to play without breaks and it was well worth it. No one left the dance floor and the feedback we got again and again was, "best wedding band ever!" Allan was very responsive and professional. Outstanding!
This band is amazing. The dance floor was full from the first song until the last. We really liked that they mixed in the Read more...
This band is amazing. The dance floor was full from the first song until the last. We really liked that they mixed in the old with the new - so many bands these day start with the 60's or 70's and work their way through chronologically, which I hate. We were really impressed with how many current songs they played as well - they must be continually adding new music. They have multiple vocalists and the quality did not waver from one to another. We contracted for them to play without breaks and it was well worth it. No one left the dance floor and the feedback we got again and again was, "best wedding band ever!" Allan was very responsive and professional. Outstanding! Read less
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Barb
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.8/5.0
Once the band started, no one left the dance floor....even our priest! Allan was kind enough to let two of our guests sing their signature songs. Everyone had the best time. Thanks so much!
Once the band started, no one left the dance floor....even our priest! Allan was kind enough to let two of our guests sing Read more...
Once the band started, no one left the dance floor....even our priest! Allan was kind enough to let two of our guests sing their signature songs. Everyone had the best time. Thanks so much! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
The band was amazing. Everyone loved them. Everyone was on the dance floor the whole time.
The band was amazing. Everyone loved them. Everyone was on the dance floor the whole time.
The band was amazing. Everyone loved them. Everyone was on the dance floor the whole time. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
7/27/2012
4.8/5.0
I loved High Society Orchestra! The band was excellent and all our guests raved about the music quality! A great value!
I loved High Society Orchestra! The band was excellent and all our guests raved about the music quality! A great value!
I loved High Society Orchestra! The band was excellent and all our guests raved about the music quality! A great value! Read less
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Suzy
Wedding:
3/10/2012
4.8/5.0
Our wedding was Magical and High Society helped make it so. I want to thank Allan, Vern, Tim and the whole band for making everything perfect. From the first dance to the last, we had a great time and our friends and family are still talking about how much fun the band was. They played all the songs we asked for and so many others that had our friends dancing all night. I never imagined we could have so much fun. Thanks High Society Orchestra!
Our wedding was Magical and High Society helped make it so. I want to thank Allan, Vern, Tim and the whole band for making Read more...
Our wedding was Magical and High Society helped make it so. I want to thank Allan, Vern, Tim and the whole band for making everything perfect. From the first dance to the last, we had a great time and our friends and family are still talking about how much fun the band was. They played all the songs we asked for and so many others that had our friends dancing all night. I never imagined we could have so much fun. Thanks High Society Orchestra! Read less
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Miranda
Wedding:
8/13/2011
4.8/5.0
We are so glad we booked you, you were fantastic. Our friends were texting and ringing months after the wedding saying how much they enjoyed the day. The music was professional and what a wonderful choice of music there was, even my 89 year old granddad was on the dance floor! I would not hesitate to recommend you to anybody else. Thank you again for playing at our wedding and being able to do it at such short notice.
We are so glad we booked you, you were fantastic. Our friends were texting and ringing months after the wedding saying how Read more...
We are so glad we booked you, you were fantastic. Our friends were texting and ringing months after the wedding saying how much they enjoyed the day. The music was professional and what a wonderful choice of music there was, even my 89 year old granddad was on the dance floor! I would not hesitate to recommend you to anybody else. Thank you again for playing at our wedding and being able to do it at such short notice. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/7/2013
4.7/5.0
We were in love with the High Society Orchestra's performance at our wedding...and so were our guests! Weeks later, people are still talking about what an awesome band we had.

We had seen in other reviews of High Society that some people had experienced delays in response or had to ask questions a couple times during the pre-wedding planning process, which we experienced to some extent as well. But at the end of the day, this band clearly knows what they're doing, is made of incredibly talented musicians, and absolutely delivers.

They got our guests involved, kept the dance floor packed the entire night, and made it a really special evening for my husband and I. I would definitely recommend them.
We were in love with the High Society Orchestra's performance at our wedding...and so were our guests! Weeks later, people Read more...
We were in love with the High Society Orchestra's performance at our wedding...and so were our guests! Weeks later, people are still talking about what an awesome band we had.

We had seen in other reviews of High Society that some people had experienced delays in response or had to ask questions a couple times during the pre-wedding planning process, which we experienced to some extent as well. But at the end of the day, this band clearly knows what they're doing, is made of incredibly talented musicians, and absolutely delivers.

They got our guests involved, kept the dance floor packed the entire night, and made it a really special evening for my husband and I. I would definitely recommend them. Read less
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Alice
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.7/5.0
We hired the High Society Orchestra for our June 8th wedding, and I have to say, they were pretty darn great! I planned our wedding from California, so the day of the wedding, I was a little nervous considering that I'd never actually heard the band play live. I was also nervous because the room where the band would be playing was all marble, and I was worried that they would be too loud. I needn't have worried - they were just fabulous. The music was fantastic and they got the volume just right for both the ceremony (which was outside) and reception (which was inside). They kept people dancing all night until we shut the place down, which in my book, is the sign of a good night!
We hired the High Society Orchestra for our June 8th wedding, and I have to say, they were pretty darn great! I planned Read more...
We hired the High Society Orchestra for our June 8th wedding, and I have to say, they were pretty darn great! I planned our wedding from California, so the day of the wedding, I was a little nervous considering that I'd never actually heard the band play live. I was also nervous because the room where the band would be playing was all marble, and I was worried that they would be too loud. I needn't have worried - they were just fabulous. The music was fantastic and they got the volume just right for both the ceremony (which was outside) and reception (which was inside). They kept people dancing all night until we shut the place down, which in my book, is the sign of a good night! Read less
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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thanks Alice! We had such a great time performing for your family and friends.
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Nichole2011
Wedding:
11/12/2011
4.6/5.0
High Society Orchestra performed at our November 12th wedding and they were absolutely fantastic! We found them by doing some googling and we inquired about watching them perform at an actual wedding. As luck had it, they were performing at a wedding and there was a balcony that we could watch from without disruption or for people to notice that we were not invited to the wedding! Anyway, I loved what I heard and saw and about five days later, we had them booked. We were in contact with the owner, Allan. Our wedding planner met with him on one occasion and for our final meeting, we all met with him. He definitely knew the business and knew that High Society is a great band to have. We talked about the music play list and the music that we wanted from an ipod (our first dance and mother/son dance was from an ipod). He said that he would be there the night of the event as he normally is and had some paper work for us to fill out with names of our parents, wedding party, toasts, prayers, the name of the first dance, etc. so that the MC could announce it. He answered all of our questions and was very good with communication. I had to do a lot of things via email as I work full-time and he answered pretty promptly always.

Fast forward to the wedding. First of all, all of our guests and my husband and I really loved them and they kept everyone moving. We got some many compliments on them. We had a 2 piece for the ceremony and cocktail hour and 9 piece and singers for the reception. However, there were a couple of things that went wrong that in my opinion, should not have.
1.) Allan was not there. His associate was there. Okay, fine but HELLO - maybe the bride and groom, wedding planner, and groom's family who hired you wanted to know who their point of contact was. All that really would have taken was a quick phone call or email.
2.) When my husband's uncles did a prayer, the announcer did not have their names. This made it a little awkward, and the names were provided to them on the survey that they needed two weeks prior to the event. I just don't understand why they didn't have the list with them. They had to have had part of the list because the parents and wedding party was announced.
3.) Our cutting the cake song was not played. They had instructions to play a song from our ipod and it just wasn't played. I understand that none of our guests noticed or cared but we noticed obviously. That wasn't a big deal, but my question is why?

They are expensive and the band itself was truly wonderful. I actually would recommend them because they were everything that I wanted in a band. The things I listed above were things that our guests probably didn't pay attention to, but as a bride, I did and was annoyed. Nonetheless, great band.
High Society Orchestra performed at our November 12th wedding and they were absolutely fantastic! We found them by doing Read more...
High Society Orchestra performed at our November 12th wedding and they were absolutely fantastic! We found them by doing some googling and we inquired about watching them perform at an actual wedding. As luck had it, they were performing at a wedding and there was a balcony that we could watch from without disruption or for people to notice that we were not invited to the wedding! Anyway, I loved what I heard and saw and about five days later, we had them booked. We were in contact with the owner, Allan. Our wedding planner met with him on one occasion and for our final meeting, we all met with him. He definitely knew the business and knew that High Society is a great band to have. We talked about the music play list and the music that we wanted from an ipod (our first dance and mother/son dance was from an ipod). He said that he would be there the night of the event as he normally is and had some paper work for us to fill out with names of our parents, wedding party, toasts, prayers, the name of the first dance, etc. so that the MC could announce it. He answered all of our questions and was very good with communication. I had to do a lot of things via email as I work full-time and he answered pretty promptly always.

Fast forward to the wedding. First of all, all of our guests and my husband and I really loved them and they kept everyone moving. We got some many compliments on them. We had a 2 piece for the ceremony and cocktail hour and 9 piece and singers for the reception. However, there were a couple of things that went wrong that in my opinion, should not have.
1.) Allan was not there. His associate was there. Okay, fine but HELLO - maybe the bride and groom, wedding planner, and groom's family who hired you wanted to know who their point of contact was. All that really would have taken was a quick phone call or email.
2.) When my husband's uncles did a prayer, the announcer did not have their names. This made it a little awkward, and the names were provided to them on the survey that they needed two weeks prior to the event. I just don't understand why they didn't have the list with them. They had to have had part of the list because the parents and wedding party was announced.
3.) Our cutting the cake song was not played. They had instructions to play a song from our ipod and it just wasn't played. I understand that none of our guests noticed or cared but we noticed obviously. That wasn't a big deal, but my question is why?

They are expensive and the band itself was truly wonderful. I actually would recommend them because they were everything that I wanted in a band. The things I listed above were things that our guests probably didn't pay attention to, but as a bride, I did and was annoyed. Nonetheless, great band. Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.5/5.0
High Society brought the house down. They were absolutely wonderful and kept the crowd dancing all night long, everyone was a sweaty mess by the end of the night. Allan was a pleasure to work with. They played first dance and father daughter dance perfectly and worked to learn a new song my husband and I really wanted as our last song because it has special meaning for us. That last song brought everyone to the floor and created the most special moment of the night. Would definitely recommend them!
High Society brought the house down. They were absolutely wonderful and kept the crowd dancing all night long, everyone Read more...
High Society brought the house down. They were absolutely wonderful and kept the crowd dancing all night long, everyone was a sweaty mess by the end of the night. Allan was a pleasure to work with. They played first dance and father daughter dance perfectly and worked to learn a new song my husband and I really wanted as our last song because it has special meaning for us. That last song brought everyone to the floor and created the most special moment of the night. Would definitely recommend them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
High Society once again made the wedding a party! Thank you for keeping our guests dancing and entertained. You were fabulous. I especially loved how you rallied guests to form a circle around us (the bride and groom) for the last song while you played and we danced to "Love" by the Beatles before we left!
Thank you, thank you for an amazing night!
High Society once again made the wedding a party! Thank you for keeping our guests dancing and entertained. You were Read more...
High Society once again made the wedding a party! Thank you for keeping our guests dancing and entertained. You were fabulous. I especially loved how you rallied guests to form a circle around us (the bride and groom) for the last song while you played and we danced to "Love" by the Beatles before we left!
Thank you, thank you for an amazing night! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
Thank you all so much- everyone had an AWESOME time at the wedding! The dance floor was so fun and the night flew by! Having multiple singers really made a difference- people said they couldn't tell when the band stopped and the break playlists began. It's was really important to give the band a clear outline of the night so everything you want goes to plan, also provide phonetic spelling if they are announcing the wedding party.
Thank you all so much- everyone had an AWESOME time at the wedding! The dance floor was so fun and the night flew by! Read more...
Thank you all so much- everyone had an AWESOME time at the wedding! The dance floor was so fun and the night flew by! Having multiple singers really made a difference- people said they couldn't tell when the band stopped and the break playlists began. It's was really important to give the band a clear outline of the night so everything you want goes to plan, also provide phonetic spelling if they are announcing the wedding party. Read less
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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the great review! Folks like you make our job awesome and easy.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
High Society played our wedding on 7/27/13.

They were versatile (a string quartet for the ceremony, a jazz quartet for drinks & dinner, and the full band for dancing.)

They were professional (they met with us in-person to coordinate everything in advance, and then got everything right on the actual day.)

And, most importantly, they were all fantastic musicians! (the band played for 3 hours straight because no one wanted to stop dancing, and they were able to learn several special requests we gave them in advance and did an outstanding job with them.)

They're not cheap, but we thought they were worth every cent, and a class act.
High Society played our wedding on 7/27/13.

They were versatile (a string quartet for the ceremony, a jazz Read more...
High Society played our wedding on 7/27/13.

They were versatile (a string quartet for the ceremony, a jazz quartet for drinks & dinner, and the full band for dancing.)

They were professional (they met with us in-person to coordinate everything in advance, and then got everything right on the actual day.)

And, most importantly, they were all fantastic musicians! (the band played for 3 hours straight because no one wanted to stop dancing, and they were able to learn several special requests we gave them in advance and did an outstanding job with them.)

They're not cheap, but we thought they were worth every cent, and a class act. Read less
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Jason
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.4/5.0
The quality of our full 10 piece band was absolutely fantastic. Our friends and family will not stop raving about the music, the dance floor was packed all night long from the very first song! The vocalists had great energy and personalities and the music sounded amazing. They play a wide range of music well, from 60's rock to contemporary dance and really stick to what you tell them you like.

That said, we do want to point out that the Jazz trio we hired before the full band did not play as much as we had hoped (took many breaks with a Sinatra CD playing the majority of the time!) and the band leader / MC can be a bit unorganized which leads to additional stress for the bride (especially when he forgets her name after meeting her)! Despite this, the band was so great we definitely would use them again.
The quality of our full 10 piece band was absolutely fantastic. Our friends and family will not stop raving about the Read more...
The quality of our full 10 piece band was absolutely fantastic. Our friends and family will not stop raving about the music, the dance floor was packed all night long from the very first song! The vocalists had great energy and personalities and the music sounded amazing. They play a wide range of music well, from 60's rock to contemporary dance and really stick to what you tell them you like.

That said, we do want to point out that the Jazz trio we hired before the full band did not play as much as we had hoped (took many breaks with a Sinatra CD playing the majority of the time!) and the band leader / MC can be a bit unorganized which leads to additional stress for the bride (especially when he forgets her name after meeting her)! Despite this, the band was so great we definitely would use them again. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
This band will give the best performance you will see. The lead-up can provide some challenges but your entire party will remember this band.
This band will give the best performance you will see. The lead-up can provide some challenges but your entire party will Read more...
This band will give the best performance you will see. The lead-up can provide some challenges but your entire party will remember this band. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.4/5.0
The band did an outstanding job.

Since we decided to have our wedding "New York Style" (AKA dancing in between each course), the band had to be ready to get the crowd moving. They did and then some! If you look in my pictures, almost everyone was dancing.

If I could have them do one thing over, I would have them call the Anniversary Dance by the name rather than "The Elimination Dance". Regardless, they were outstanding. I had several wedding guests tell me that this is the best band that they have ever seen play at a wedding. I would highly recommend.
The band did an outstanding job.

Since we decided to have our wedding "New York Style" (AKA dancing in between Read more...
The band did an outstanding job.

Since we decided to have our wedding "New York Style" (AKA dancing in between each course), the band had to be ready to get the crowd moving. They did and then some! If you look in my pictures, almost everyone was dancing.

If I could have them do one thing over, I would have them call the Anniversary Dance by the name rather than "The Elimination Dance". Regardless, they were outstanding. I had several wedding guests tell me that this is the best band that they have ever seen play at a wedding. I would highly recommend. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.3/5.0
My husband and I were thrilled with this band's performance at our wedding. So many of our guests could not stop commenting on how impressed they were with the groups talent and repertoire.
My husband and I were thrilled with this band's performance at our wedding. So many of our guests could not stop Read more...
My husband and I were thrilled with this band's performance at our wedding. So many of our guests could not stop commenting on how impressed they were with the groups talent and repertoire. Read less
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High Society Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your review!
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Annie
Wedding:
8/25/2012
3.8/5.0
I thought that the band did an excellent job, but during the preparation period it was sometimes difficult to communicate with Allan and I didn't always feel like he understood what we were looking for, which made me nervous about the day-of. I thought that the band on the day did a great job keeping everyone on the dance floor and being flexible with serenades by guests, etc.
I thought that the band did an excellent job, but during the preparation period it was sometimes difficult to communicate Read more...
I thought that the band did an excellent job, but during the preparation period it was sometimes difficult to communicate with Allan and I didn't always feel like he understood what we were looking for, which made me nervous about the day-of. I thought that the band on the day did a great job keeping everyone on the dance floor and being flexible with serenades by guests, etc. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
11/25/2011
1.8/5.0
Where do I begin? I'll start with something nice. The band itself was good. That completes the "nice" section.

I found High Society online as we were exploring bands for our wedding. I first spoke with Allen aka Mr. Charming and he gave me the "no worries" type attitude that they could cover all of our needs. They were in our price range and we enjoyed the band after dropping into another event for a preview. We put down the deposit and suddenly Mr Charming turned into an absolute nightmare to communicate with. I am NO bridezilla. But as the wedding was a couple of months away, I tried emailing him to see what type of information he needed from me. No response. I sent the email again 2 weeks later. No response. My parents (who were funding the wedding) called him and he finally answered. He said he got my emails but didn't see why it required a response. What? Okay, whatever. He sent me a form to complete with basic song requests and other information. I got that back to him right away.
We were married at a very unique venue called Salvage One. It is an antique store by day and can be rented for events on the weekends. The stage is very small and the room is not very conducive for a band. The event coordinator for Salvage One (Sarah, sweetest person I've ever met) requires that a representative from the caterer and band meet 2 weeks prior to the wedding for a final walk through. Allen was NOT happy about attending this. As a bride, it was very important that everyone attend and with a good attitude. Allen was SO rude not just to me, but to my family, the caterer and the people of Salvage One. He walked in and Sarah kindly greeted him. His response was "Can we just get my part over with?" We all looked at each other in shock. Sarah wanted to go through timing for the day as the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception would all happen within a 6 hour window. Allen responded with "I don't need to know this information. I've been doing weddings for a long time." WOW. Needless to say, my confidence in the band was completely shot.
My husband and I typed up a list of our first dance, father/daughter, etc which were just be played from an IPOD we provided. Honestly, I don't think they got one song right.They even played the father daughter song instead of our first dance song. Trust me, the instructions were not lengthy or complicated.
I can't speak highly enough about the venue, caterer, photographer, coordinator....everything else about our big day was perfect. How I wish I had hired a different band. Buyer BEWARE!
Where do I begin? I'll start with something nice. The band itself was good. That completes the "nice" section.

I Read more...
Where do I begin? I'll start with something nice. The band itself was good. That completes the "nice" section.

I found High Society online as we were exploring bands for our wedding. I first spoke with Allen aka Mr. Charming and he gave me the "no worries" type attitude that they could cover all of our needs. They were in our price range and we enjoyed the band after dropping into another event for a preview. We put down the deposit and suddenly Mr Charming turned into an absolute nightmare to communicate with. I am NO bridezilla. But as the wedding was a couple of months away, I tried emailing him to see what type of information he needed from me. No response. I sent the email again 2 weeks later. No response. My parents (who were funding the wedding) called him and he finally answered. He said he got my emails but didn't see why it required a response. What? Okay, whatever. He sent me a form to complete with basic song requests and other information. I got that back to him right away.
We were married at a very unique venue called Salvage One. It is an antique store by day and can be rented for events on the weekends. The stage is very small and the room is not very conducive for a band. The event coordinator for Salvage One (Sarah, sweetest person I've ever met) requires that a representative from the caterer and band meet 2 weeks prior to the wedding for a final walk through. Allen was NOT happy about attending this. As a bride, it was very important that everyone attend and with a good attitude. Allen was SO rude not just to me, but to my family, the caterer and the people of Salvage One. He walked in and Sarah kindly greeted him. His response was "Can we just get my part over with?" We all looked at each other in shock. Sarah wanted to go through timing for the day as the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception would all happen within a 6 hour window. Allen responded with "I don't need to know this information. I've been doing weddings for a long time." WOW. Needless to say, my confidence in the band was completely shot.
My husband and I typed up a list of our first dance, father/daughter, etc which were just be played from an IPOD we provided. Honestly, I don't think they got one song right.They even played the father daughter song instead of our first dance song. Trust me, the instructions were not lengthy or complicated.
I can't speak highly enough about the venue, caterer, photographer, coordinator....everything else about our big day was perfect. How I wish I had hired a different band. Buyer BEWARE! Read less
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