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Jack Faulkner Orchestra

Philadelphia , PA
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LOCATION

217 Roxborough Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19128 (map)

PHONE

215-483-3686

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ABOUT US

As one of the top event orchestras in the Philadelphia region, the Jack Faulkner Orchestra has been providing music for all types of events for over ten years. Along the way we have... Read more
As one of the top event orchestras in the Philadelphia region, the Jack Faulkner Orchestra has been providing music for all types of events for over ten years. Along the way we have helped create literally hundreds of magical wedding receptions and gala events.

Are you inviting 50 or 500? We've got you covered.

We understand that musical taste varies from person to person, that's why we cover everything from Frank Sinatra and Classical Swing Era music through Disco, Motown,Classic Rock, 80's, 90's and Current Chart hits. Our experience can help you shape your evening to reflect your tastes and thrill your guests.

We invite you to learn more about the committed professionals in The Jack Faulkner Orchestra.
Together, we can create the event of your dreams!

Visit us at: www.jackfaulknerorchestra.com Read less
Band , Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Tuxedos for the men, Gowns for the women.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
When you inquire about our band, we immediately send out MP3 music samples that cover all styles. We schedule live 30-minute showcases throughout the year to give clients an opportunity to see the energy and showmanship of the band.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes! We encourage clients to choose songs that reflect them. To ensure that we get all the details right, Jack meets personally with every client a few weeks before the wedding to discuss music choice and the flow of the event. One of the most frequently heard comments is "I know that you learned this song for me, but it sounded like you've been playing it for years."
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Jack personally supervises the delivery and set up of the equipment at every event. All equipment is set up and checked 45 minutes to an hour before the first guest arrives.
How much space do you usually require?
We have worked on every conceivable sized stage. Keep in mind that we have performed at pretty much every reception site within a hundred miles of Philadelphia. We never have a problem fitting into small spaces or expanding into larger ones.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We arrive totally self contained. (i.e. we provide all our own sound equipment.) We also bring our own stage lighting to enhance the look of the band.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Our philosophy is this: The MC is there to announce the bridal party and/or bride and groom at the beginning of the evening, and introduce people for the blessings and toasts. We understand that it is your night, and your show.
 
 Jack Faulkner?s 10 years as a professional radio announcer and voiceover artist for television and radio ads make the MC work polished and impeccably professional. Perhaps you've heard Jack's Shadow Traffic reports on KYW News Radio in Philadelphia. Be assured that the delivery is always laid back and professional without a "game-show host" vibe.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Frankly, this is not a problem we ever have.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Usually the band eats while the guests are having the main course. One or two members stay on stage and provide elegant background music at an appropriate volume for your guests. In most cases, the couple provides meals for us. If for some reason, this is not possible, please let us know ahead of time, and we can make another arrangements.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
We organize our performance in such a way that there is a continuous stream of live music throughout the evening. We work hard to make sure that every moment of your reception is perfect. Except for the times when guests are seated and eating (and we are providing background music), we are always on stage providing dance music.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
First of all, it needs to be said that this almost never happens. And when it has happened, it has never been more than one band member. We have a pool of talented musicians and singers available. We always make sure they are rehearsed and well prepared.
What is your overtime rate?
Typically $800 per half hour.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
For long trips there is a travel expense. Once we know your site, we can be more specific. The band has played many times in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area, as far south as Florida, as far west as Pittsburgh, as far north as Rhode Island and up state New York.

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Acapella, Brass - Quartet, Brass - Quintet, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin

REVIEWS

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KMG
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
THE BEST WEDDING BAND EVER.

My guests keep talking about THE BAND! They were amazing! Played a complete range of music...when things started getting a little too "pop", I leaned over and asked Jack to play some older more classic stuff and he responded! Got everyone on the dance floor and had them there all night long. I suggest not challenging Jack's performance intuitions either...it was his idea to have me and my groom enter, do our first dance, and then play 2 additional fast-paced songs before dinner. We thought that was a little strange, but went with it, since he is the professional....and our guests loved it! Got the energy going right off the bat.

Jack also made a point to take the train from Philly to Baltimore twice to meet with me and my parents. We really appreciated the in person meetings, instead of working solely over the phone or email. Additionally, my uncle played a song for us at the wedding and Jack worked with him in the weeks preceding, to make sure that all of his musical requests were honored.

They also 'miked' our ceremony, since it was outside. Was great to not have to worry about a separate AV vendor.

Seriously, people keep telling me how great this band was. There are some BAD wedding bands out there...Jack Faulkner's Orchestra is not one of them. And to label them as a "wedding band" just wouldnt be fair. They are a great, great band.
Services Used: Band
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Jeremiah
Wedding:
12/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Jack and his band were wonderful.It's been over two month since our wedding and we still get compliments on how awesome the music was. I would't have picked anyone else. They were great to work with and very flexible.
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Laura
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Everyone LOVED them! JFO was a HUGE hit with our guests. The dance floor was packed all night long. Jack was awesome to work with. He returned my emails/calls very promptly and met with us a month before the wedding to review all the details. My dad and I did something a little different for our dance � we started out to a slow song, and then went into a fast dance, and Jack was so helpful! I can�t recommend them enough! A+++
Services Used: Band
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Kate
Wedding:
11/1/2008
5.0/5.0
Jack and his band are incredible. They played at my sister's wedding and I knew I wanted them for mine. He's professional, funny, friendly, and very accomodating!
Services Used: Band
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em179
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Jack Faulkner did an excellent job -- we continue to hear from everyone how much they loved the band! Everyone was dancing the entire time!
Services Used: Band
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Rachel
Wedding:
8/31/2008
5.0/5.0
The Jack Faulkner Orchestra was superb and very professional! Jack met with us before the wedding to go over everything. They played our ceremony and cocktail music as well as the reception music which was very convenient for us. Jack is a great MC and really knows how to keep the night moving. They are great at playing all genres of music. Would highly recommend them to anyone. A++++
Services Used: Band
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Susan
Wedding:
7/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Jack, Cat, and the rest of the crew were fantastic at our wedding. About half of the people that attended weren't the most energetic of people but everyone had a wonderful time whether they were sitting down or on the dance floor. The price is hefty, but the music you choose can make or break your wedding. You can't go wrong with the Jack Faulkner Orchestra if you're willing to pay the money. They're all professionals while both on and off the stage so you don't have to worry about reliability. Jack was excellent in his communication before and during the wedding, and he was flexible with all of the music choices. They'll play anything! (30s, 40s, ... , 80s, 90s, current) When you have five thousand things going on at one time before the wedding, not having to worry about the band/entertainment is a definite must. We only had to meet with him once (at a place of our choosing) to take care of most of the planning.

Jack is very enthusiastic about his orchestra and about his lead position. Without him and his crew, we wouldn't have been told that our wedding was a "first class occasion."
Services Used: Band
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Heather
Wedding:
9/8/2007
5.0/5.0
This band was amazing. I was very particular about all fo the music played and he catered to every request learning new songs for the ceremony that i wanted done acoustically. He made sure everything ran smoothly and they were an excellent band. Most importantly they kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night!!
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/23/2012
4.9/5.0
The JFO played at my wedding, and they were awesome. They had people of all ages on the dance floor all night, even my guests who say they "never dance at weddings." When they heard the band play, they just couldn't sit in their seat. The JFO just sounds so good and has a great energy. Jack is also an excellent MC, which, along with the great music, really set a great tone at my wedding.
Our first dance was one of the highlights of the evening, and I will never forget it. I can't tell you how special it is to have a live band play for you as you dance for the first time as husband & wife. It is just magical.
Jack is very professional and a pleasure to work with. Planning a wedding is very stressful, but I never worried a bit about the band. I knew I could count on them to do a great job, and that's a great feeling. I'd recommend the JFO to anyone.
Services Used: Band
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Kimberly
Wedding:
7/21/2012
4.8/5.0
Jack and his orchestra were AWESOME at our July wedding at The Merion. They did exactly what we wanted -- got everyone up and dancing even before salad! Jack understood my vision perfectly and made everything flow so smoothly. It was sometimes tough to get in touch with Jack to ask questions before the wedding, but when your wedding approaches, he makes sure you have absolutely every question answered and every detail under control. I know they aren't the cheapest group around, but they are worth every single penny! It would certainly be worth forgoing other wedding expenses to have Jack as your live band. Our guests raved about the party and had an awesome time dancing the night away. We hope that we get to go to another wedding where Jack is providing the entertainment. We LOVED OUR WEDDING and Jack was to thank for the incredible sounding, beat thumping, dance crazy magic!
Services Used: Band
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fancyfeet
Wedding:
9/10/2010
4.8/5.0
Band was great!
Pros: Played the entire time! Ceremony music was great, beautiful cocktail hour and reception was non stop! Was responsive to emails and got what we wanted fairly quick. Price was exactly what we wanted to spend.
Cons: Some details were overlooked however it didn't ruin the day but these items were discussed in person. I cant say I recall much of the band but I know I was dancing. I asked many people how they were and they said they were great!
I would def recommend them based on the value. You cant get a band as good as these guys for the price we paid. I was happy with the end result and liked them.
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Christine
Wedding:
10/2/2009
4.8/5.0
Although they sometimes took a few days to return emails, they were absolutely wonderful at the reception. They kept our crowd on their feet all night.
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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somka
Wedding:
3/15/2008
4.4/5.0
We got a band because it was my hsband's family's one request-- they really wanted one. And they were all really thrilled with Jack Faulkner’s music and talent, as were we. Jack was really good to work with during the planning process. He's a true professional, very committed to his band and making music. He responded to all of our questions in a timely fashion and kept everything quite stress-free for us. They learned two songs that we wanted played at our wedding. They both were great. The band was really good about the pacing of the music throughout the night. What I personally loved was that they never took a break. They alternated musicians, but they never, ever just left the stage and put on a CD. That was important to me. What I also liked was that as people entered the ballroom and began to find their seats, the band played music and people danced (before we entered the room, were announced, and had our first dance.) I really liked that, as it put people in party mode before the party "officially" started. I would recommend them without hesitation.
Services Used: Band
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Banana
Wedding:
5/29/2005
4.3/5.0
For the most part the band was excellent. There was at least one tune during the reception that was slightly off-key and in order to get the sound you want from them you need to hire more musicians than you think.
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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