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Peter Hennes Orchestra

Barrington , IL
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205 Tall Trees Dr
Barrington, IL US 60010 (map)

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ABOUT US

Do you want something different - not your typical wedding band? Do you want your wedding to be the best, most exciting wedding you and your guests have ever been to? Energize it with... Read more
Do you want something different - not your typical wedding band? Do you want your wedding to be the best, most exciting wedding you and your guests have ever been to? Energize it with music by the Peter Hennes Orchestra! Recommended as one of the top four Chicago wedding bands by Chicago Magazine!

"Thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding day such a success! I have never heard so many raves on a wedding band as I have gotten about you - and rightfully so! Your band's energy is so magnetic - it was impossible to leave the dance floor! You definitely brought the FUN that we wanted for our reception. You are also a pleasure to work with. I appreciate your honesty, professionalism and respect. In a field full of gimmicks and overly showy folks, you and your band are a breath of fresh air! Thank you for everything and I hope our paths cross again!" - Carey and Mitch

"Peter, All I can say is "Wow." Seriously … "wow." Jim and I were floored with your performance last night. Your execution, delivery, professionalism, and talent made for a truly seamless night. We were honored to have you and your EXTREMELY talented group of individuals share in our celebration. If it wasn't for you and your group, our celebration would have been incomplete. Aside from comments from our guests along the lines of "Best Wedding Band Ever," "Where did you find them?", "They are incredible!", etc., etc., my mother said to me today, "Do you know who I really liked meeting yesterday?" And I said, "No, who?" And she said, "Peter Hennes. He was so nice!" You and your group were everything I dreamed of and more. Thank you for everything, and we hope that you and your group are as proud of yourselves as we are to have had you with us last night." - Mindy Kedvesh Read less
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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, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Courtney
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
"Wow" is all we can say about Peter Hennes Orchestra!!!! We had three things we really wanted for our wedding: good food, good drinks, and an amazing band - we hit the jackpot, and they did not disappoint!! Peter Hennes was recommended to me by a friend of a friend who used them at their own wedding, and had this to say: "We were on our feet the whole night...no one sat down, and the dance floor was always packed!" I knew then that this was the band for us. After receiving Peter's quote, and comparing it to another quote (only for practicality's sake) Peter's pricing was more than fair, and blew my mind when I looking at what the other band wanted to charge us. Peter was always available to answer questions with lightening fast response times, and asked US extensive questions on music preferences, etc. until he felt like he had the perfect play list.

The band itself was absolutely, hands down, UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE, and kept the party going all night long!! The singers get down into the crowd, dance and sing with you and your guests, and seem to be having just as much fun as everyone else at the wedding. We went with the 10 piece band, and the non-stop music option in order to keep our guests entertained the whole night - that was definitely the way to go! The dance floor was packed, sweaty, and filled with singing/laughing/dancing fools, which is just how we wanted it, and our most precious memory from our wedding! We truly cannot rave enough about Peter Hennes Orchestra enough - your only mistake would be to miss out on the opportunity to have them at your wedding!!!
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Betsy
Wedding:
8/5/2012
5.0/5.0
We can't say enough about the Peter Hennes Orchestra. They MADE our wedding reception truly extraordinary. From the time they began playing until the final song, the dance floor was filled with happy guests and the wedding party. The staff at the reception venue said Peter Hennes was the best band they had heard play for a wedding, and everyone came up to us and said it was the best wedding reception they had been to.
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Allison
Wedding:
8/5/2012
5.0/5.0
The Peter Hennes Orchestra made our wedding! My husband and I were looking for a band that would make our celebration truly memorable and special; Peter Hennes did not disappoint! The quality of musicianship was excellent and the variety of music available was fantastic.
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rita
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
As the mother of the bride and the wedding planner, I have had so many compliments on my daughter's wedding reception. I wish that i could take credit for it all, but the comments from my guests always end with "that is the best wedding band that we have ever seen." The feedback is from many people who have heard lots of the other Chicagoland bands, so I am thrilled that I picked the BEST wedding orchestra in Chicago! "That band was awesome...where did you find them...I have found the wedding band for my daughter's wedding" and the praise goes on and on!

What is truly impressive is their ability to get EVERYONE on the dance floor! Twenty-somethings, teenagers, parents, and grandparents...everyone loves their music.

Each member of the orchestra excels in what they do and the music is so tight. arrangements perfect, vocals truly amazing. I can't say enough wonderful things about the Peter Hennes Orchestra. Peter is a joy to work with and willl make everything happen on your big day even better than you can imagine.
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JLL
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
The Peter Hennes Orchestra is an absolute necessity. They were the highlight of our wedding and impressed all of our guests. We looked like heroes because Peter Hennes was able to get every guest of ours out on the dance floor at some point. They were phenomenal and we are glad that we did our research and discovered such a perfect band.
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Andrew
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
The Peter Hennes Orchestra is simply superb. Everyone at my wedding was dancing like crazy from start to finish. And at midnight, when our time at the venue had run out, people were still going nuts for the music. They are a phenomenal band and I recommend them unreservedly!
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Megan
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Our guests could not stop raving about this band. The dance floor was packed immediately following mother-son dance thru the encore (that’s right, the crowd demanded an encore at the end of the reception, and the band obliged). You will not regret selecting the Peter Hennes Orchestra. True crowd pleasers, and great musicians.
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Gallo
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
We wanted a band that was not just the typical wedding band and one that was a cut above the rest. The band/orchestra we would pick had to be one that we would gladly watch in a concert setting. Peter Hennes honestly exceeded our expectations. And I'm not always so easy to please:) Fun to watch, beautiful voices, easy to deal with and knowledgable without being pushy, I would challange anyone to find a better group of musicians in the Chicago area. Their sound is what drew us (we listened and watched them on line) and they did not disappoint. Funk, rock, R&B, we wanted to hear music we would want to hear at a concert and sung by showmen and women. And that's what we got. If I may may make a suggestion to any who are considering Peter's orchestra: go for the larger ensemble which include female vocals and horns (we had I believe 10 pieces in all). It's absolutely worth it. Then you get to hear the orchestra at its best.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were thrilled with the professionalism and performance of the Peter Hennes Orchestra. We had heard great things about them prior to our wedding through a friend of a friend. We also listened to some live tracks online. They were even better in person (if that was even possible). Not only were we impressed, but many of our guests remarked how great they sounded and how they didn't want the night to end. If you ever wanted someone to help lead your party, they are the ones to do it. They exceeded our expectations!
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kmogor
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Peter and his musicians are the best wedding band you'll ever find. Their singers, sounds and energy made our wedding one that everyone is still talking about. They were awesome and I would recommend them to anyone. They're pricey, but worth it if music is going to be a big part of your reception.
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Grace
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.9/5.0
Simply wonderful!

We've been spontaneously told by multiple guests that this was the best wedding band they'd ever seen. We danced the night away and had a blast.

Peter Hennes was perfect as emcee, and handled all requests in stride and with great preparation.

Talent, professionalism, and preparation made our experience with Peter Hennes Orchestra completely great, and a very fun element of our wedding day. Enjoyed by all!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Wonderful experience! Guests enjoyed the music and danced all night long!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
We booked Peter Hennes for our November wedding and are very happy we did! We knew we wanted a band, but struggled to find one that sounded great and was within our budget. Knowing this, Peter thoughtfully worked to put together an arrangement that would satisfy our budget and would work perfectly with our venue.

Peter played guitar for our ceremony music and it was lovely – a unique alternative and filled our space beautifully. During dinner, a trio played for our guests and Peter emceed the introduction of our wedding party and first dances. My sister sang our first dance song with the band and Peter and the musicians did an awesome job of accommodating her. She didn’t have a chance to rehearse with the band, but they did an outstanding job of accompanying her voice and she sounded AMAZING!

We booked the larger orchestra for dancing post-dinner and they did a phenomenal job! The two vocalists (Emanuel and Barbara) were so energetic, engaging and got everyone moving. We had a full dance floor for the entire 3 hours that they played and we ended up extending the reception 30 additional minutes so that we could enjoy the band for a while longer!

Our guests have been raving for weeks about the great time they had. I think DJs can get the job done, but if you can find a way to work PHO into your wedding/event plans, it will be money well spent and very well worth it! Peter is very talented, responsive and professional – we highly recommend him!
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jnurseil
Wedding:
10/1/2011
4.8/5.0
Amazing band!! They were definitely the highlight of the reception!
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Nadia
Wedding:
6/18/2011
4.8/5.0
Our dance floor was packed the entire night
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Happy Bride 2011
Wedding:
2/12/2011
4.7/5.0
I was pretty leary of just how worth the money Peters Hennes Orchestra would be. But from the second the first note was played I realized that they are worth every penny and then some. My husband owns a music store,so there were many many many musicians that were guests at our wedding and we heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone. My dance floor was packed all night. People are still telling me how wonderful the band sounded. My suggestion would be hire this band,we all plan our weddings on a budget and I was not an exception to that rule. I cut costs in other areas to be able to have the pleasure of listening to the Peter Hennes Orchestra all night. I would hire them again in a heart beat.
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Julie Malloy
Wedding:
10/16/2009
4.6/5.0
We had PHO play at our reception and they were fabulous! Very high energy, sounded great and got everyone up dancing. My sole criticism has to do with their timing. We had preselected our first dance as well as the father-daughter dance, etc. but we were not given any sort of notice that those dances were going to start. So I was on one side of the reception hall and my groom was on the other side when our dance began -- thereby we had to dash through the guests to get on the dance floor and missed the start of the song. Something similar happened with the other planned dances as well and we felt like with a little heads up this could have gone much more smoothly.

But the sound was awesome. We had 11 pieces and they were fantastic. If you are looking for a live sound and can afford to pop for a band of this size PHO is by far the one you want. Their website is good and has pictures, etc. and Peter will send you a cd in the mail so you can hear them play. The band helps set the tone of the event and having PHO made our event jump, jive and wailin!
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Peter Hennes Orchestra responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the review, Julie. Regarding your criticism, I was told by the catering captain that you and Mark were ready to do the bridal dance. A couple minutes later, I announced it to the audience. Since you had scheduled the other special dances right after the bridal dance, and you were already on the dance floor, I didn't feel it was necessary to inform you and just made the announcements. Bands commonly start these songs before the bride and groom, bride and father, or groom and mother are on the dance floor, so that there is no uncomfortable silence between the announcement and the start of the dance. That is, in fact, the way that wedding planners prefer bands to do it.
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Chris
Wedding:
11/3/2012
4.5/5.0
The band is extremely professional and easy to work with. Peter is excellent on following up and communicating. All of our guests loved the band and everybody danced all night. They have a wide selction of songs which appeal to all generations. They did not allow us to select the entire playlsit but they did play a few of our requests and they learned the songs we wanted for first dances etc. Definitely worth the price.
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