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Marc Topaz Music and Entertainment

New York , NY

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New York, NY US 10001
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Band , DJ

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Anna
Wedding:
8/11/2013
4.8/5.0
Marc Topaz did an amazing job at my wedding. It definitely wasn't your typical night-- we brought together two cultures that don't often get to mix at at the same wedding. But the band pulled of an amazing simcha music set that some of my guests said was the best they ever heard. And then an hour later, they played Serbian Folk Music and we danced Kolo. There aren't many American music bands that can pull that off--but they did it beautifully! We even had a live accordion player and the band actually studied and learned the Kolo songs so they could play them like experts. We gave Marc probably the longest song list he has ever seen, but he didn't complain and played our favorite songs and ended the night just how we asked.

I would highly recommend.
Marc Topaz did an amazing job at my wedding. It definitely wasn't your typical night-- we brought together two cultures Read more...
Marc Topaz did an amazing job at my wedding. It definitely wasn't your typical night-- we brought together two cultures that don't often get to mix at at the same wedding. But the band pulled of an amazing simcha music set that some of my guests said was the best they ever heard. And then an hour later, they played Serbian Folk Music and we danced Kolo. There aren't many American music bands that can pull that off--but they did it beautifully! We even had a live accordion player and the band actually studied and learned the Kolo songs so they could play them like experts. We gave Marc probably the longest song list he has ever seen, but he didn't complain and played our favorite songs and ended the night just how we asked.

I would highly recommend. Read less
Services Used: Band
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MARK
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
As a musician, I would not be happy with just any wedding band. I looked at many different groups and found all types. Marc Topaz stood out as the only band for our wedding. He came to our apartment for the first meeting to discuss our desires and presented options. He had many CDs with recordings of the band playing many genres of music. Because of their wide range of talents, everything was covered. I remember asking about 20 different songs and Marc had a recording of each and every one and they all sounded great! We made the decision to choose Marc and his band immediately.

We had Marc provide piano for our hospitality, keyboard and flute for the ceremony, keyboard and sax for cocktail hour and a 10-piece band with horns for the reception. Simply put, everything was perfect! The quality of the entertainment provided was flawless, proven by our dance floor at full occupancy all night long! Everyone in the band was extremely professional, sharply dressed and at the top of their game!

But the highlight for me was sitting in with the band. Marc and the band loved the idea of me playing and encouraged me to own it. I arranged a three song medley and provided a recording to the band a month before the event. On the night of the wedding, it was as if we played together 100 times before. I was able to play and sing to my wife while everyone in attendance was astonished that I could actually carry a tune! I am so grateful to Marc and his band for allowing me to do that for my wife!

I cannot thank Marc Topaz Music and Entertainment enough for making my wedding perfect. They are by far the best wedding entertainment in the NYC area!
As a musician, I would not be happy with just any wedding band. I looked at many different groups and found all types. Read more...
As a musician, I would not be happy with just any wedding band. I looked at many different groups and found all types. Marc Topaz stood out as the only band for our wedding. He came to our apartment for the first meeting to discuss our desires and presented options. He had many CDs with recordings of the band playing many genres of music. Because of their wide range of talents, everything was covered. I remember asking about 20 different songs and Marc had a recording of each and every one and they all sounded great! We made the decision to choose Marc and his band immediately.

We had Marc provide piano for our hospitality, keyboard and flute for the ceremony, keyboard and sax for cocktail hour and a 10-piece band with horns for the reception. Simply put, everything was perfect! The quality of the entertainment provided was flawless, proven by our dance floor at full occupancy all night long! Everyone in the band was extremely professional, sharply dressed and at the top of their game!

But the highlight for me was sitting in with the band. Marc and the band loved the idea of me playing and encouraged me to own it. I arranged a three song medley and provided a recording to the band a month before the event. On the night of the wedding, it was as if we played together 100 times before. I was able to play and sing to my wife while everyone in attendance was astonished that I could actually carry a tune! I am so grateful to Marc and his band for allowing me to do that for my wife!

I cannot thank Marc Topaz Music and Entertainment enough for making my wedding perfect. They are by far the best wedding entertainment in the NYC area! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Patricia
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Price was just about right and the services were awesome. If you want an affordable DJ, they are the one for you.
Price was just about right and the services were awesome. If you want an affordable DJ, they are the one for you.
Price was just about right and the services were awesome. If you want an affordable DJ, they are the one for you. Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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allison
Wedding:
11/11/2011
4.7/5.0
The ceremony musicians were expensive and Marc didn't tell me in the begining that it would cost extra for non classical songs to be played. Other than that I am extremely happy. Everyone loved the music.
The ceremony musicians were expensive and Marc didn't tell me in the begining that it would cost extra for non classical Read more...
The ceremony musicians were expensive and Marc didn't tell me in the begining that it would cost extra for non classical songs to be played. Other than that I am extremely happy. Everyone loved the music. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Bb12
M+H
Wedding:
5/22/2011
5.0/5.0
We recently worked with Marc Topaz Music and Entertainment for our wedding and have nothing but wonderful things to share! While we received a number of referrals for bands, we found Marc through an internet search. He is extremely talented, professional, knowledgeable and organized. Marc met us at our house, where we listened to a few hours of live recorded music of the band and saw photos of all of the musicians and vocalists. He provided helpful insight throughout our planning process and accompanied us on a site check at our venue about one month before our wedding. The band arrived well in advance, played the invitation, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. We had two pieces for the invitation through cocktail hour and seven pieces for the reception. The band played live music throughout the reception (including dinner), without a break. We found the music on Marc's website to be a great resource in developing a detailed song list (and a "songs to avoid list"). The band is amazing and makes you feel like you’re at a live concert. They learned our first dance song and played it perfectly. Our guests raved about the music and danced all night. From start to finish, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience of working with Marc and the band. They helped make our wedding spectacular and we would highly recommend them. The best!
We recently worked with Marc Topaz Music and Entertainment for our wedding and have nothing but wonderful things to share! Read more...
We recently worked with Marc Topaz Music and Entertainment for our wedding and have nothing but wonderful things to share! While we received a number of referrals for bands, we found Marc through an internet search. He is extremely talented, professional, knowledgeable and organized. Marc met us at our house, where we listened to a few hours of live recorded music of the band and saw photos of all of the musicians and vocalists. He provided helpful insight throughout our planning process and accompanied us on a site check at our venue about one month before our wedding. The band arrived well in advance, played the invitation, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. We had two pieces for the invitation through cocktail hour and seven pieces for the reception. The band played live music throughout the reception (including dinner), without a break. We found the music on Marc's website to be a great resource in developing a detailed song list (and a "songs to avoid list"). The band is amazing and makes you feel like you’re at a live concert. They learned our first dance song and played it perfectly. Our guests raved about the music and danced all night. From start to finish, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience of working with Marc and the band. They helped make our wedding spectacular and we would highly recommend them. The best! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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piggymel
Wedding:
10/17/2010
4.9/5.0
I hired Marc Topaz for Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour music, and Reception. They were amazing and everyone raved about the music! They even played a yiddish song for my Grandma, which she loved. They are average-priced for a band, which is expensive in itself, but we had 7 pieces, and strings for ceremony and cocktail hour, which was worth it. Marc was completely professional, and visited us at my apartment when we were looking at bands. I have recommended him to friends for future weddings.
I hired Marc Topaz for Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour music, and Reception. They were amazing and everyone raved about the Read more...
I hired Marc Topaz for Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour music, and Reception. They were amazing and everyone raved about the music! They even played a yiddish song for my Grandma, which she loved. They are average-priced for a band, which is expensive in itself, but we had 7 pieces, and strings for ceremony and cocktail hour, which was worth it. Marc was completely professional, and visited us at my apartment when we were looking at bands. I have recommended him to friends for future weddings. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Jannaban
Wedding:
6/7/2008
2.7/5.0
At the wedding reception, the band was amazing. They kept the dance floor packed, and the music was fantastic. But don't use them for your ceremony, even though it will save you money.

However, there were many things that would make me hesitate recommending this band to others.
1) We also used them for our ceremony. One of the two musicians showed up 15 minutes AFTER the ceremony was supposed to start. So we started late. I never got an apology. To me that is just unexcusable when you are spending as much as we did on a band. They should show up early. (NOTE: Mark made it very clear that if we needed them to be there an extra 15 minutes when we were working on our timeline that he would charge us hundreds or thousands extra - however, when he took 15 minutes from our day, he did not offer us any extra time back)
2) At the ceremony, they messed up the music. As I was walking out the musicians totally screwed up the song, and I am not the kind to normally notice this kind of thing. So DON'T USE THEM FOR YOUR CEREMONY!! Marc talked me into this, saying they were good at it and I was quite dissapointed. I expected that the songs we picked (pretty traditional wedding music) would be done flawlessly and not with such obvious errors. (I have video evidence of this)
3) Marc was quite unresponsive during the months before the wedding. My husband would email and call many times before he got a response. For a vendor we spent >$10K on, I would expect much better responsiveness.
4) Marc likes to do things his way. We asked explicitly for a short hora, and it went on forever. I had to finally go over to the band and ask them to stop. (NOTE: this was expressed verbally and in writing, and you can see me on the video visably exhausted and then having to ask them to stop)
5) Very soon after booking the band, we switched the date. While they went along with this switch, Marc made it clear that this was something that was a pain to him - he could have been much more gracious about it all, but he wanted to make sure we realized that he was not happy about the move.
***NOTE: Apparently Mark is now disputing that he was even my vendor (despite ample evidence) because he doesn't like my comments. However, he has not ONCE tried to contact me directly about these issues - to either apologize or explain them. I would expect that a vendor that specializes in weddings would be professional enough to apologize for these issues***

Again, all that said, the band did an amazing job at the reception. The music was fabulous, the band has a great energy. Just know you are in for some frustrations between signing the contract (when you get all sorts of attention) to the actual day.
At the wedding reception, the band was amazing. They kept the dance floor packed, and the music was fantastic. But don't Read more...
At the wedding reception, the band was amazing. They kept the dance floor packed, and the music was fantastic. But don't use them for your ceremony, even though it will save you money.

However, there were many things that would make me hesitate recommending this band to others.
1) We also used them for our ceremony. One of the two musicians showed up 15 minutes AFTER the ceremony was supposed to start. So we started late. I never got an apology. To me that is just unexcusable when you are spending as much as we did on a band. They should show up early. (NOTE: Mark made it very clear that if we needed them to be there an extra 15 minutes when we were working on our timeline that he would charge us hundreds or thousands extra - however, when he took 15 minutes from our day, he did not offer us any extra time back)
2) At the ceremony, they messed up the music. As I was walking out the musicians totally screwed up the song, and I am not the kind to normally notice this kind of thing. So DON'T USE THEM FOR YOUR CEREMONY!! Marc talked me into this, saying they were good at it and I was quite dissapointed. I expected that the songs we picked (pretty traditional wedding music) would be done flawlessly and not with such obvious errors. (I have video evidence of this)
3) Marc was quite unresponsive during the months before the wedding. My husband would email and call many times before he got a response. For a vendor we spent >$10K on, I would expect much better responsiveness.
4) Marc likes to do things his way. We asked explicitly for a short hora, and it went on forever. I had to finally go over to the band and ask them to stop. (NOTE: this was expressed verbally and in writing, and you can see me on the video visably exhausted and then having to ask them to stop)
5) Very soon after booking the band, we switched the date. While they went along with this switch, Marc made it clear that this was something that was a pain to him - he could have been much more gracious about it all, but he wanted to make sure we realized that he was not happy about the move.
***NOTE: Apparently Mark is now disputing that he was even my vendor (despite ample evidence) because he doesn't like my comments. However, he has not ONCE tried to contact me directly about these issues - to either apologize or explain them. I would expect that a vendor that specializes in weddings would be professional enough to apologize for these issues***

Again, all that said, the band did an amazing job at the reception. The music was fabulous, the band has a great energy. Just know you are in for some frustrations between signing the contract (when you get all sorts of attention) to the actual day. Read less
Services Used: Band
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