Rhythm Society Orchestra

Shelby Twp , MI


SHELBY TWP, MI US 48315 (map)




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The RHYTHM SOCIETY ORCHESTRA is a top shelf 16-piece dance big band specializing in true vintage swing music.

Many bands claim they play music by Glenn Miller, Harry James,... Read more
The RHYTHM SOCIETY ORCHESTRA is a top shelf 16-piece dance big band specializing in true vintage swing music.

Many bands claim they play music by Glenn Miller, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, etc., but the Rhythm Society Orchestra performs it the way it was recorded or performed around the WWII era. No re-arranged, modern-sounding stuff here - it is music performed the way it sounded when it was the pop music in the USA. Though based in the Detroit area, we cover the entire Midwest region, performing receptions for people of discerning tastes. Crooner Paul King describes his style as "a mixture of Mel Torme, Joe Williams, and Frank Sinatra - with a dash of Cab Calloway thrown in". The band and Paul have been featured on a number of local television and radio programs. Experience counts: We have the experience to make your event enormously successful and wonderfully memorable by all. Your guests will be dancing up a storm.

We are a complete entertainment package. Besides music sets with the big band, we offer a solo pianist or jazz combo for the cocktail hour or during dinner, pre-recorded music of your choice for that same time and/or between big band sets, a sound engineer that is attentive and always available, a wireless mic, your announcements made, advice on the evening's flow, and even the area's best swing dance instructors that can provide an ice-breaking introductory 20 minute dance lesson to your guests.

Reception halls and clients love us because we are a first class operation. Provide us a space and we take care of the rest. Need a DJ for a bit? We offer that, too, and for a very reasonable rate. The band can appear in black tuxedos, white dinner jackets, black suits with straight vintage ties or even authentic period military casuals complete with authentic patches, etc., though black tuxedos seem to be preferred by clients for receptions.

Stop by a performance and see! We have many public and private engagements year 'round. The band is the preferred and recommended big band of the area's elite and fashionable reception venues: Meadowbrook Country Club, The Detroit Athletic Club, The Ritz-Carlton (Dearborn), Detroit Masonic Temple, Detroit Yacht Club and The Roostertail. Let us show you why! Watch and listen to us in action! Read less




Are you an agency or a band?
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
Big Band, Jazz, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
What is your band's usual attire?
Black tux or white dinner jackets with black tux pants
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
We can obtain the permission of a bride and groom for you to stop by. That way you can hear and see us in action at an actual reception. Watch that crowd dance!
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes, as long as a period big band would have performed it.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
1 to 2.5 hours, depending on the location.
How much space do you usually require?
Depends. Larger is better but space is usually at a premium. We strive to provide your guests with the most space to dance.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Yes. DJ and/or spinning recorded music between, before or after the band music sets; Wireless mic
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
We emcee the reception most of the time but talk just a little between songs.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Dinners, food or snacks are appreciated but not required. To feed a few people, like our set up crew or jazz combo, is OK but to feed all 17 of us can get quite pricey.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
What is your overtime rate?
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
A reasonable fee is charged if the event is located more than 125 miles from Detroit. Overnight stays are charged if the band cannot return to the Detroit area before 2:30 AM.


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These guys were so wonderful to work with! So incredibly helpful in the planning of the wedding, and far beyond my expectations for the day of!
I wanted to have sort of a 1950s thing going for my wedding, so I didn't want any modern pop music at all. When I said this I was warned that it would get stale and people wouldn't dance. So when I ignored the advice of having a DJ later in the night, I admit, I was a little afraid the swing music would make things awkward at the wedding.
Having them play all night was not at all awkward! Everyone was dancing! Me, my husband, and our friends were swing dancing (the little we knew from the few lessons we all took) and grandma and grandpa tore it up with their moves from back in the day! Even people who didn't know how to dance, were up there with us all night just cause the music was that good! The dance floor was packed the whole night and everyone had a HUGE blast! When they finished at 10pm they got a standing ovation! I had danced with my husband to every song that night, to the extent that my feet were about to fall off- and I still didn't want to stop dancing to them!
So many people asked questions like, "Where did you find them?" "How much do they cost?" etc. In particular, my maid of honor's boyfriend, and father asked most of the questions! My maid of honor (Who has always loved swing dancing with her boyfriend) is likely to get married next year. So we all want to pitch in a little so she can have them play as well. She doesn't know, of course- she only said it would be her, "dream to have RSO at her wedding." :)
Services Used: Band
I am BEYOND thrilled that I hired the RSO to play at my wedding. My husband and I got married at a historical venue Downtown (the old Ford Piquette Plant), so we wanted music during cocktails and dinner that complemented the theme and overall feel of the wedding. RSO was perfect. We had a blast listening to Paul King sing and the band play. And just for the record, I'm in my late 20s (as were many of my guests) ... And we knew every single song they played/ sang. The band lets you choose from a list of "must play songs," (ours were all Sinatra!), and they fill in the rest based upon the "feel" that you're going for. If you're even thinking about hiring the RSO, DO IT. It was truly my favorite part of my wedding. Bonus: All of the guys come dressed in snazzy tuxes, and they bring their own RSO bandstands and equipment which really adds to the decor of any event at which they're present.
Services Used: Band
One word: Outstanding! In addition to blowing our guests away with their smooth, swinging Sinatra renditions, they handled all of our announcements, etc and really strived to make our day worry-free. If you want to create a lasting impression on your guests, book these guys! I mean, really, how many people have a professional dance orchestra at their reception any more? We did and couldn't have been happier.
Services Used: Band
Hiring the Rhythm Society Orchestra was the BEST decision we made in regards to the wedding. The reception would never have been a big of a hit if they were not performing. Guests of all ages danced throughout the night, the dance floor was never empty! If you want the reception you have always dreamed of, do yourself a favor and hire them!
Services Used: Band
We fell in love with this band the first time we heard them at an outdoor concert at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. They are a 19 piece swing orchestra. Gary and Taylor were a pleasure to deal with . They worked with me to create the perfect setlist, provided recorded music during cocktails and dinner, and played more music after the band was over. They took care of all of my announcements and toasts, too. In addition to all of this logistical stuff, they are an AWESOME band. We were kind of nervous about booking them because we were afraid a lot of people wouldn't know how to dance to that music. Boy were we wrong! The dance floor was full all night with old and young folks alike, and we are still getting compliments about them. They made my affair a classy one. The party would not have been the same without them. My favorite vendor by far!!!
Services Used: Band


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