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Otherwise Strings

Redlands , CA
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LOCATION

Redlands, CA 92374 US (map)

PHONE

909-528-9044

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Otherwise Strings, founded in 1999 by Mari Mizutani and Mark McConnell, started as a
guitar and violin duo. We are now a network of professional musicians that perform
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Otherwise Strings, founded in 1999 by Mari Mizutani and Mark McConnell, started as a
guitar and violin duo. We are now a network of professional musicians that perform
regularly. We cater the ensemble to fit your needs, from string duos, trios, and quartets to
several combinations that make your event memorable. Our repertoire includes Classical
standards, Jazz, Broadway showtunes, arrangements of popular tunes and much, much,
more. In addition to having an extensive Classical music library, we boast one of the
largest collection of popular music.

To round out your music needs for your event, contact us to book the highly acclaimed
Otherwise Jazz. This is your one-stop-shop for music!

We also offer amplification services for your event. Please click here to access our
Otherwise Sound page.

For a life-long memory, special music can be composed for your event, along with audio
recording services. Read less
Ceremony Music

PHOTOS

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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, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
We have various degrees of formality in our attire. For casual outdoor events, we will wear all black ? black slacks and black shirts for men, black pants/skirt and black shirt for women. For more formal events, men will wear tux and women will wear long black. Of course, we will carefully consult with you and then determine what is the most appropriate attire for your event.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Clients are always welcome to hear us at public events. For private events such as weddings, you may hear us, provided we get permission from the event host. For upcoming events, please contact us.

REVIEWS

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Tera
Wedding:
11/2/2012
4.0/5.0
I emailed with Mari for months before deciding to book them due to funds. She was always fast to reply and even suggested different options for my budget. I booked them just days before my wedding, which wasn't a problem. They arrived on time and dressed nice and played very well.
I emailed with Mari for months before deciding to book them due to funds. She was always fast to reply and even suggested Read more...
I emailed with Mari for months before deciding to book them due to funds. She was always fast to reply and even suggested different options for my budget. I booked them just days before my wedding, which wasn't a problem. They arrived on time and dressed nice and played very well. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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MrsHarris
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
We booked Otherwise Strings for our March 2012 wedding. Mari was great to work from beginning to end. A huge snowstorm came in on the day of my wedding and I was so worried my vendors would not make it, but Mari and her partner were there. They were on time, professional and played wonderfully. The music was so elegant and really made my ceremony. I would definitely recommend Otherwise Strings to any bride!
We booked Otherwise Strings for our March 2012 wedding. Mari was great to work from beginning to end. A huge snowstorm Read more...
We booked Otherwise Strings for our March 2012 wedding. Mari was great to work from beginning to end. A huge snowstorm came in on the day of my wedding and I was so worried my vendors would not make it, but Mari and her partner were there. They were on time, professional and played wonderfully. The music was so elegant and really made my ceremony. I would definitely recommend Otherwise Strings to any bride! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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lisa
Wedding:
6/4/2011
4.9/5.0
Mari was terrific! from the first moment we spoke her great energy flowed right through the telephone. She is bubbly, smart, and a complete professional. There was never a time she said, "no," was negative, or unhelpful. She is an excellent and very fun collaborator. I knew she really wanted my day to be perfect and knew she was instrumental, bad pun, in being the main focus of that during the ceremony. It is the crucial time for a bride as it sets the tone for the guests, your groom, and most importantly, YOU as you walk down the aisle.
She and her husband were perfect, the music was gorgeous and expertly played.
I can't speak highly enough of them. I am a creative director and beyond picky. They were fab ;)
Mari was terrific! from the first moment we spoke her great energy flowed right through the telephone. She is bubbly, Read more...
Mari was terrific! from the first moment we spoke her great energy flowed right through the telephone. She is bubbly, smart, and a complete professional. There was never a time she said, "no," was negative, or unhelpful. She is an excellent and very fun collaborator. I knew she really wanted my day to be perfect and knew she was instrumental, bad pun, in being the main focus of that during the ceremony. It is the crucial time for a bride as it sets the tone for the guests, your groom, and most importantly, YOU as you walk down the aisle.
She and her husband were perfect, the music was gorgeous and expertly played.
I can't speak highly enough of them. I am a creative director and beyond picky. They were fab ;) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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SHARON
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
We worked with Otherwise Strings for our wedding and are so happy with their services! We had a string trio perform at the ceremony and the cocktail hour, and it was absolutely beautiful! The strings added such a nice touch to our wedding. Mari was so easy to work with. She was very responsive, friendly, and personable. She answered all my questions, and and gave me some great song suggestions. Otherwise Strings also has a large collection of pop/contemporary songs which our guests really enjoyed. Our wedding would not have been the same without Otherwise Strings. I highly recommend them.
We worked with Otherwise Strings for our wedding and are so happy with their services! We had a string trio perform at the Read more...
We worked with Otherwise Strings for our wedding and are so happy with their services! We had a string trio perform at the ceremony and the cocktail hour, and it was absolutely beautiful! The strings added such a nice touch to our wedding. Mari was so easy to work with. She was very responsive, friendly, and personable. She answered all my questions, and and gave me some great song suggestions. Otherwise Strings also has a large collection of pop/contemporary songs which our guests really enjoyed. Our wedding would not have been the same without Otherwise Strings. I highly recommend them. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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jennylee135
Wedding:
7/7/2007
4.1/5.0
OTherwise strings was affordable...I kind of wish that more information was provided to me. For example: the arrangement of instruments I chose didn't really work well together and I wish maybe they had suggested to me what would have been better. Everything turned out fine and they played all the songs I asked. They also were not dressed very professionally. But I would probably recommend them despite those little things.
OTherwise strings was affordable...I kind of wish that more information was provided to me. For example: the arrangement Read more...
OTherwise strings was affordable...I kind of wish that more information was provided to me. For example: the arrangement of instruments I chose didn't really work well together and I wish maybe they had suggested to me what would have been better. Everything turned out fine and they played all the songs I asked. They also were not dressed very professionally. But I would probably recommend them despite those little things. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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