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The St Louis Big Band & The St. Louis Variety Band

Saint Louis , MO

LOCATION

Saint Louis, MO US 63101 (map)
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ABOUT US

The St. Louis Big Band was founded in 2010 by then 19 year old saxophonist Ryan Sheehan and has since established itself as a jazz powerhouse. The key to what they have done is the... Read more
The St. Louis Big Band was founded in 2010 by then 19 year old saxophonist Ryan Sheehan and has since established itself as a jazz powerhouse. The key to what they have done is the attention to detail in everything from concert planning to carefully executed performances, there is nothing that hasn't been considered. In 2010 members of the St. Louis Big Band founded the STL Variety Band to offer a "mini" version of a big band but has since branched off to include one of the most substantial repertoires of pop and rock music of any band in the region.

Matched only by a handful of the nations top big bands between the St. Louis Big Band and the St. Louis Variety Band more than 50 performances were given last year. With frequent mentions in regional publications critics have said that the St. Louis Big Band is shaping the future of big band music. 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?
Big Band, Classic Rock, Dance, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Formal (Tuxedos)
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes, free of charge by calling 314-608-5721.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes, with 6 weeks prior notice.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
2 hours.
How much space do you usually require?
24 feet wide by 14 feet deep.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Yes
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes, upon request.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
One break is required for every hour of music. Meal must be provided for most performances.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes
What is your overtime rate?
Usually we charge by the evening, not the hour.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
No, our quotes include all expenses.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
25%

REVIEWS

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Sara
Wedding:
5/10/2014
4.8/5.0
We used the St. Louis Big Band's DJ services for our wedding in May. They were AMAZING. From being quick with email responses to meeting me in person whenever I had questions, it was so easy to work with Ryan, the director. You can really tell that he cares about making sure your wedding day is everything you really want it to be. And their prices are a STEAL. I can't say this enough, their quality of service during the planning process and throughout the wedding was such a breeze, and they don't charge anywhere near what competitors do.

The DJ for our wedding reception was Nic, and he was incredible. He was really nice and easy to communicate with, and he played a good variety of music. He never hogged the mic or talked too much, but he would still chime in when everyone was having a good time in order to get people pumped up and on the dance floor.

The only hiccup we had was with dinner, but it was nothing major. Nic dismissed the first few tables to head back to the buffet line for dinner, but then stopped making the announcements after a few minutes. Once we realized only half the tables had their food, we asked him about it and he picked it back up. Not a huge deal, and no one was too upset about it.

Seriously, if you're still needing a band and/or DJ for your wedding, look no further. Our wedding was in Hermann, MO, which is about an hour and half outside of Saint Louis. The boys had no problem making the trip out for our reception. BOOK THEM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!
We used the St. Louis Big Band's DJ services for our wedding in May. They were AMAZING. From being quick with email Read more...
We used the St. Louis Big Band's DJ services for our wedding in May. They were AMAZING. From being quick with email responses to meeting me in person whenever I had questions, it was so easy to work with Ryan, the director. You can really tell that he cares about making sure your wedding day is everything you really want it to be. And their prices are a STEAL. I can't say this enough, their quality of service during the planning process and throughout the wedding was such a breeze, and they don't charge anywhere near what competitors do.

The DJ for our wedding reception was Nic, and he was incredible. He was really nice and easy to communicate with, and he played a good variety of music. He never hogged the mic or talked too much, but he would still chime in when everyone was having a good time in order to get people pumped up and on the dance floor.

The only hiccup we had was with dinner, but it was nothing major. Nic dismissed the first few tables to head back to the buffet line for dinner, but then stopped making the announcements after a few minutes. Once we realized only half the tables had their food, we asked him about it and he picked it back up. Not a huge deal, and no one was too upset about it.

Seriously, if you're still needing a band and/or DJ for your wedding, look no further. Our wedding was in Hermann, MO, which is about an hour and half outside of Saint Louis. The boys had no problem making the trip out for our reception. BOOK THEM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Tommy Sowers
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Stop looking and pray that you book the St. Louis Big Band for your wedding. Ryan and his crew simply made our wedding. If you are looking for an incredible night, a classy feel, then look no further.

A few notes:
They have an incredibly broad diversity, all the standard big band classics but they will throw in some Black Eyed Peas if you want. They learned our first dance song. This sort of customized experience is rare to find.
They kept the dance floof filled. Ryan conducted the band perfectly, keeping the people out of their seats.
They provide an easy service. Easy. A couple of emails. One meeting. Then they did all the coordination with the hotel directly. They arrived early, stayed late, sounded great, brought their own PA. Easy.
They provide a diverse service. We wanted a band and a DJ. They did both. Band cut out at 10:30 and then DJ played our custom mix of dance tunes until midnight. All for the same price.
They are professional. Simply put, they will enhance, not detract from your wedding. No monologues, mike hogging, nothing but what you want.
They are an absolute steal. We shopped around and found other bands overpriced. One we saw was drunk. Not St. Louis Big Band. They are phenomenal. Pray that you can book them now.
Stop looking and pray that you book the St. Louis Big Band for your wedding. Ryan and his crew simply made our wedding. If Read more...
Stop looking and pray that you book the St. Louis Big Band for your wedding. Ryan and his crew simply made our wedding. If you are looking for an incredible night, a classy feel, then look no further.

A few notes:
They have an incredibly broad diversity, all the standard big band classics but they will throw in some Black Eyed Peas if you want. They learned our first dance song. This sort of customized experience is rare to find.
They kept the dance floof filled. Ryan conducted the band perfectly, keeping the people out of their seats.
They provide an easy service. Easy. A couple of emails. One meeting. Then they did all the coordination with the hotel directly. They arrived early, stayed late, sounded great, brought their own PA. Easy.
They provide a diverse service. We wanted a band and a DJ. They did both. Band cut out at 10:30 and then DJ played our custom mix of dance tunes until midnight. All for the same price.
They are professional. Simply put, they will enhance, not detract from your wedding. No monologues, mike hogging, nothing but what you want.
They are an absolute steal. We shopped around and found other bands overpriced. One we saw was drunk. Not St. Louis Big Band. They are phenomenal. Pray that you can book them now. Read less
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