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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

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Brass - Quartet, Brass - Quintet, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3, 4-6, 7+
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Winds
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Microphones, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sample Performances, Sound/PA System, Vocals

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Alexandra
Wedding:
8/3/2019
5.0/5.0
The string trio that Bryan provided for my sister's wedding ceremony were exceptional. They added that special touch that my sister and her fiance were looking for, and the guests had nothing but compliments for them. They took the time to learn a special song my sister wanted to walk down the aisle to as well which was incredibly generous of them.
The string trio that Bryan provided for my sister's wedding ceremony were exceptional. They added that special touch that Read more...
The string trio that Bryan provided for my sister's wedding ceremony were exceptional. They added that special touch that my sister and her fiance were looking for, and the guests had nothing but compliments for them. They took the time to learn a special song my sister wanted to walk down the aisle to as well which was incredibly generous of them. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Megan
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Working with Bryan and Occasional Brass and Strings was a wonderful experience. We had a string trio play at our wedding ceremony in July, 2016. Bryan was very easy to work with in planning the music for the event. At first we were not exactly sure what we wanted, but given his thoughtful suggestions, very helpful website, and straightforward planning worksheet, we were able to put together the perfect music for our ceremony. On the day of the wedding, the trio was seamless. They performed everything that we had hoped for beautifully! We received several compliments about the strings, and couldn’t have asked for more! We highly recommend them!
Working with Bryan and Occasional Brass and Strings was a wonderful experience. We had a string trio play at our wedding Read more...
Working with Bryan and Occasional Brass and Strings was a wonderful experience. We had a string trio play at our wedding ceremony in July, 2016. Bryan was very easy to work with in planning the music for the event. At first we were not exactly sure what we wanted, but given his thoughtful suggestions, very helpful website, and straightforward planning worksheet, we were able to put together the perfect music for our ceremony. On the day of the wedding, the trio was seamless. They performed everything that we had hoped for beautifully! We received several compliments about the strings, and couldn’t have asked for more! We highly recommend them! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Allison
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
Can't say enough good things about Occasional Brass & Strings. Because it is comprised of many many musicians it can be a little scary at first - who exactly will show up to my event? Will they be good? The answer is of course they will be good. All the musicians are clearly extremely talented and well trained. Still, it was hard to imagine that I could tell someone a vibe, musical styling, and list of instruments, and have them come back with the absolute perfect trio - and yet, that is exactly what happened. We were so pleased will all of the musicians. We had a cellist for the ceremony who beautifully played my favorite pieces from Bach's cello suite, and a latin jazz trio comprised of extremely talented and warm individuals that together, produced an amazing sound. We are a family of musicians and I think our expectations may have been quite high - and still they were exceeded. Thank you so much for being a huge part of such a special day!
Can't say enough good things about Occasional Brass & Strings. Because it is comprised of many many musicians it can be a Read more...
Can't say enough good things about Occasional Brass & Strings. Because it is comprised of many many musicians it can be a little scary at first - who exactly will show up to my event? Will they be good? The answer is of course they will be good. All the musicians are clearly extremely talented and well trained. Still, it was hard to imagine that I could tell someone a vibe, musical styling, and list of instruments, and have them come back with the absolute perfect trio - and yet, that is exactly what happened. We were so pleased will all of the musicians. We had a cellist for the ceremony who beautifully played my favorite pieces from Bach's cello suite, and a latin jazz trio comprised of extremely talented and warm individuals that together, produced an amazing sound. We are a family of musicians and I think our expectations may have been quite high - and still they were exceeded. Thank you so much for being a huge part of such a special day! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Frederick
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Occasional Brass was one of the groups included in a response from another website (GigMaster). We chose them partly from instinct and partly from the music samples on their website. It was a great choice. Bryan responded quickly, suggested we use a trio vs. the quartet we requested. It was a great choice. Also it was less costly. We wanted one piece that was not in the group's repertoire. Bryan created an arrangement for a slight additional cost. The week before the wedding we asked if it was possible to do "Truly madly deeply" expecting nothing given the short notice. Bryan made it happen. The trio arrived early, were totally professional, friendly, and brilliant. At least two music professionals among our guests commented on the quality of the music. They created beautiful music that enhanced our ceremony. We could not be happier.
Occasional Brass was one of the groups included in a response from another website (GigMaster). We chose them partly from Read more...
Occasional Brass was one of the groups included in a response from another website (GigMaster). We chose them partly from instinct and partly from the music samples on their website. It was a great choice. Bryan responded quickly, suggested we use a trio vs. the quartet we requested. It was a great choice. Also it was less costly. We wanted one piece that was not in the group's repertoire. Bryan created an arrangement for a slight additional cost. The week before the wedding we asked if it was possible to do "Truly madly deeply" expecting nothing given the short notice. Bryan made it happen. The trio arrived early, were totally professional, friendly, and brilliant. At least two music professionals among our guests commented on the quality of the music. They created beautiful music that enhanced our ceremony. We could not be happier. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This group of musicians was outstanding... they were excellent musicians, easy to work with and a group that I would readily recommend to anyone who wants to enhance the beauty of any celebration. They truly added to our joy in the wedding celebration.
This group of musicians was outstanding... they were excellent musicians, easy to work with and a group that I would Read more...
This group of musicians was outstanding... they were excellent musicians, easy to work with and a group that I would readily recommend to anyone who wants to enhance the beauty of any celebration. They truly added to our joy in the wedding celebration. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The string quartet was amazing. They really listened to our song preferences and the guests really enjoyed the music.
The string quartet was amazing. They really listened to our song preferences and the guests really enjoyed the music.
The string quartet was amazing. They really listened to our song preferences and the guests really enjoyed the music. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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John
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
I had a trio of musicians play for my wedding. A carbon fiber cello (awesome!), a viola, and the third musician had a flute, clarinet, alto sax, and soprano sax all with him. They did a great job playing fun and interesting music all evening from our specifically requested "Your Song" by Elton John to Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and even Jurassic Park. They were a great group to have there.
I had a trio of musicians play for my wedding. A carbon fiber cello (awesome!), a viola, and the third musician had a Read more...
I had a trio of musicians play for my wedding. A carbon fiber cello (awesome!), a viola, and the third musician had a flute, clarinet, alto sax, and soprano sax all with him. They did a great job playing fun and interesting music all evening from our specifically requested "Your Song" by Elton John to Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and even Jurassic Park. They were a great group to have there. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Bill
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
We had a string trio ensemble and found the music to be appropriate,
thoughtfully varied, and most enjoyable. Having classical, smooth standards, and light pop during the cocktail hour lent just the right touch
and ambiance before dinner, Kudos to OB&S for a wonderful "table setting"
to the evenings festivities,
We had a string trio ensemble and found the music to be appropriate,
thoughtfully varied, and most enjoyable. Having Read more...
We had a string trio ensemble and found the music to be appropriate,
thoughtfully varied, and most enjoyable. Having classical, smooth standards, and light pop during the cocktail hour lent just the right touch
and ambiance before dinner, Kudos to OB&S for a wonderful "table setting"
to the evenings festivities, Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Lauren
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
We worked with Occasional Brass and Strings for our ceremony music. Bryan was awesome to work with. He gave us great suggestions and promptly answered all our emails. He suggested having a trio - two string instruments and a trumpet. The combo sounded amazing. The company has a huge selection of songs to choose encompassing all genres. It was fun listening to samples and picking out our music. We both love Talking Heads and Bryan was able to come up with an arrangement of one of their songs for when we were introduced as husband and wife. It sounded incredible. Although I did not hear the music played before the ceremony, our guests raved about it. The live music definitely added a touch of fun elegance to our ceremony. I highly recommend OB&S!
We worked with Occasional Brass and Strings for our ceremony music. Bryan was awesome to work with. He gave us great Read more...
We worked with Occasional Brass and Strings for our ceremony music. Bryan was awesome to work with. He gave us great suggestions and promptly answered all our emails. He suggested having a trio - two string instruments and a trumpet. The combo sounded amazing. The company has a huge selection of songs to choose encompassing all genres. It was fun listening to samples and picking out our music. We both love Talking Heads and Bryan was able to come up with an arrangement of one of their songs for when we were introduced as husband and wife. It sounded incredible. Although I did not hear the music played before the ceremony, our guests raved about it. The live music definitely added a touch of fun elegance to our ceremony. I highly recommend OB&S! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Dayna
Wedding:
8/7/2015
5.0/5.0
We hired two musicians to play during the ceremony of our wedding. I didn't hear too much of them, but from what I did hear, it was beautiful! I was worried about how loud they would be at our outdoor ceremony, but there was no issue. Also, I worked with Bryan Hilliard to schedule and pick the selections, and he was very accommodating and helpful, and he helped get us what we wanted in our budget. We had a great experience with them!
We hired two musicians to play during the ceremony of our wedding. I didn't hear too much of them, but from what I did Read more...
We hired two musicians to play during the ceremony of our wedding. I didn't hear too much of them, but from what I did hear, it was beautiful! I was worried about how loud they would be at our outdoor ceremony, but there was no issue. Also, I worked with Bryan Hilliard to schedule and pick the selections, and he was very accommodating and helpful, and he helped get us what we wanted in our budget. We had a great experience with them! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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