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Occasional Brass & Strings

Medford , MA
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Medford, MA 02155 US (map)

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781-308-3341

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ABOUT US

Occasional Brass & Strings provides a vibrant and fun set of ensembles, ranging from duo to quintet. Based in Boston, we are as comfortable playing Bach, Handel, and Mozart as we are... Read more
Occasional Brass & Strings provides a vibrant and fun set of ensembles, ranging from duo to quintet. Based in Boston, we are as comfortable playing Bach, Handel, and Mozart as we are Scott Joplin, Count Basie, The Beatles, Coldplay, and more!

String and Brass ensembles provide the perfect music for weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, corporate events, religious services, graduations, etc. We specialize in trios, quartets, and quintets for outdoor weddings and cocktail hours. Need a custom ensemble? We can provide a soloist, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet with just about any combination of trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, harp, sax...the possibilities are endless.

Contemporary arrangements include Coldplay (Viva La Vida, Fix You), U2 (All I Want Is You, Beautiful Day), Queen (Somebody To Love, Bohemian Rhapsody), Rascal Flatts (Bless The Broken Road), Taylor Swift (You Belong With Me), Journey (Don't Stop Believin'), Pearl Jam (Even Flow), AC/DC (You Shook Me All Night Long), Madonna (Like A Prayer, Rain), Michael Bouble (Haven't Met You Yet), Harry Connick (It Had To Be You), Van Morrison (Brown-Eyed Girl), The Beatles (All You Need Is Love, When I'm 64, Hey Jude, Ob La Di), Shania Twain (From This Moment On), and so much more.

We have musicians in and around Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod (MA), Newport (RI), Portland (ME), and Hartford (CT) - this cuts down on travel fees! Call or email today for a free price quote. Read less
Ceremony Music

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Brass - Quartet, Brass - Quintet, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
All Black
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes
How much time do you usually need for setup?
30 minutes
How much space do you usually require?
Depends on the size of the ensemble
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
No

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Britney
Wedding:
11/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Everyone at my wedding though the trio was wonderful. Thank you so much!
Everyone at my wedding though the trio was wonderful. Thank you so much!
Everyone at my wedding though the trio was wonderful. Thank you so much! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Shelley
Wedding:
11/1/2014
4.5/5.0
We are absolutely blown away by the instrumental version of Ray LaMontagne's "Be Here Now" that Bryan and his musicians performed at our wedding on November 1st. It was perfect and exactly what our ceremony needed. Live music just makes a wedding ceremony come alive and Occasion Brass and Strings did that for us, it brought an air of elegance but also made the energy and mood of our day transformational…it was beautiful, touching, thoughtful and poignant. Thank you so much for being a part of our special day!
We are absolutely blown away by the instrumental version of Ray LaMontagne's "Be Here Now" that Bryan and his musicians Read more...
We are absolutely blown away by the instrumental version of Ray LaMontagne's "Be Here Now" that Bryan and his musicians performed at our wedding on November 1st. It was perfect and exactly what our ceremony needed. Live music just makes a wedding ceremony come alive and Occasion Brass and Strings did that for us, it brought an air of elegance but also made the energy and mood of our day transformational…it was beautiful, touching, thoughtful and poignant. Thank you so much for being a part of our special day! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The brass trio arrived at the scheduled time but this frazzled bride was not quite ready. The trio set up on the balcony overlooking the beach. As soon as I heard the musicians warming up it calmed my nerves. They sounded fantastic. It had started to rain, but Bryan reassured me that it would be ok. Sure enough the sun came out! The horns managed to blow the wedding crowd and the clouds away. The music really provided the right spark for our outdoor ceremony, and you could hear the great brass sounds over the waves. It was perfect! There is a great song selection, a little something for everyone.
The brass trio arrived at the scheduled time but this frazzled bride was not quite ready. The trio set up on the balcony Read more...
The brass trio arrived at the scheduled time but this frazzled bride was not quite ready. The trio set up on the balcony overlooking the beach. As soon as I heard the musicians warming up it calmed my nerves. They sounded fantastic. It had started to rain, but Bryan reassured me that it would be ok. Sure enough the sun came out! The horns managed to blow the wedding crowd and the clouds away. The music really provided the right spark for our outdoor ceremony, and you could hear the great brass sounds over the waves. It was perfect! There is a great song selection, a little something for everyone. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I had Jeanne and Kristen play violin and cello during my wedding ceremony and Jeanne played the piano during cocktail hour. It was absolutely perfect. The ceremony and cocktail hour music was exactly what I had hoped for and Jeanne and Kristen were so professional. Bryan, the founder of Occasional Brass and Strings, helped me decide which instruments would be best based on the feel I was going for and also helped me to choose songs. He even customized one song that I really wanted to my bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to that wasn't on their list. He was very responsive to emails and organized, making the planning process smooth. Highly recommend using Occasional Brass and Strings!
I had Jeanne and Kristen play violin and cello during my wedding ceremony and Jeanne played the piano during cocktail Read more...
I had Jeanne and Kristen play violin and cello during my wedding ceremony and Jeanne played the piano during cocktail hour. It was absolutely perfect. The ceremony and cocktail hour music was exactly what I had hoped for and Jeanne and Kristen were so professional. Bryan, the founder of Occasional Brass and Strings, helped me decide which instruments would be best based on the feel I was going for and also helped me to choose songs. He even customized one song that I really wanted to my bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to that wasn't on their list. He was very responsive to emails and organized, making the planning process smooth. Highly recommend using Occasional Brass and Strings! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Deirdre
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Amazing, amazing, amazing. Made the wedding ceremony so special I still am getting chills. They sounded amazing in the outdoor setting and we couldn't be happier. It definitely added exactly what we needed. I would use them again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much!
Amazing, amazing, amazing. Made the wedding ceremony so special I still am getting chills. They sounded amazing in the Read more...
Amazing, amazing, amazing. Made the wedding ceremony so special I still am getting chills. They sounded amazing in the outdoor setting and we couldn't be happier. It definitely added exactly what we needed. I would use them again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This band is amazing!! I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
This band is amazing!! I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
This band is amazing!! I would definitely recommend them to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Michelle
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Having the trumpet during our ceremony and the trumpet and strings during our cocktail hour could not have been more perfect! It was all we wanted and more! They were amazing!
Having the trumpet during our ceremony and the trumpet and strings during our cocktail hour could not have been more Read more...
Having the trumpet during our ceremony and the trumpet and strings during our cocktail hour could not have been more perfect! It was all we wanted and more! They were amazing! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Mia
Wedding:
8/31/2014
4.8/5.0
Occasional brass & Strings was a lovely addition to our wedding! Bryan really helped to tailor what is was that we wanted. He helped guide me through music selections and genres. He set me up with amazing professional musicians who could play just about any thing!

The music we selected for our processional sounded so perfect and made a lot of people cry:)

I had so many wedding guest call and tell me how much they loved the music at the ceremony and cocktail hour!

Mia
Occasional brass & Strings was a lovely addition to our wedding! Bryan really helped to tailor what is was that we wanted. Read more...
Occasional brass & Strings was a lovely addition to our wedding! Bryan really helped to tailor what is was that we wanted. He helped guide me through music selections and genres. He set me up with amazing professional musicians who could play just about any thing!

The music we selected for our processional sounded so perfect and made a lot of people cry:)

I had so many wedding guest call and tell me how much they loved the music at the ceremony and cocktail hour!

Mia Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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jill
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Bryan Hilliard is the founder and he was top notch.
He came to my home to help me select music, he played his trumpet for me to hear, and he made an arrangement especially for a song I requested. Additionally, he took point on coordinating with the parish music director.
In addition to performing at my wedding, I had the trio perform at the cocktail hour. They did contemporary music and it was a big hit.
I recommend him wholeheartedly.
Bryan Hilliard is the founder and he was top notch.
He came to my home to help me select music, he played his trumpet Read more...
Bryan Hilliard is the founder and he was top notch.
He came to my home to help me select music, he played his trumpet for me to hear, and he made an arrangement especially for a song I requested. Additionally, he took point on coordinating with the parish music director.
In addition to performing at my wedding, I had the trio perform at the cocktail hour. They did contemporary music and it was a big hit.
I recommend him wholeheartedly. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Maura
Wedding:
10/25/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a string trio at our wedding who were terrific! They played everything from classical to contemporary and we received many compliments about them. We highly recommend Occasional Brass and Strings!
We had a string trio at our wedding who were terrific! They played everything from classical to contemporary and we Read more...
We had a string trio at our wedding who were terrific! They played everything from classical to contemporary and we received many compliments about them. We highly recommend Occasional Brass and Strings! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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