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The Ward Eights

Boston , MA
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Boston, MA 02124 US (map)

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802-598-7285

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ABOUT US

Whether you're planning a wedding, dance night, class reunion, corporate event, or any other excuse to get a bunch of people together and have a great time, The Ward Eights is your party... Read more
Whether you're planning a wedding, dance night, class reunion, corporate event, or any other excuse to get a bunch of people together and have a great time, The Ward Eights is your party waiting to happen. Specializing in funk, soul and R&B, but also being no stranger to rock and hip-hop, The Ward Eights will keep your guests entertained and dancing all night long. From our full 9-piece band to our 6-piece combo, we offer a variety of live music solutions to suit virtually any budget and musical taste. We also offer special wedding packages that include live classical music for your ceremony and jazz for the cocktail hour.

The Ward Eights are a band born in the audio department of Harmonix, the cutting edge video game developer behind games such as Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central. We've spent the last few years making killer music video games together, and now, in addition to that, we're bringing that same passion for music, musical authenticity, and, most of all, fun to the stage. We're co-workers, great friends and serious professional musicians (who don't take ourselves too seriously).

The Ward Eights are a 9-piece funk band including male and female vocalists, trumpet, tenor sax, bari sax, keys, guitar, bass and drums, but we can do a full dance night with as few as 6 musicians for smaller events. If you're planning a wedding and want music for your ceremony and cocktail hour in addition to your reception, we have a plan for that too. Between the 9 of us, we cover a lot of musical ground. Pretty much anything from classical to jazz to polka (yes, tuba and all), we can do it Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
7+
What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?
Classic Rock, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B/Soul, Rock
What music services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learning New Songs, Liability Insurance, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Sample Performances, Vocals, Willing to Travel
What items are available?
Microphones, Sound/PA System

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Megan
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
If you appreciate awesome music and awesome people then you should book The Ward Eights to play your wedding. I cannot stress enough the quality of the music they perform - but beyond that how easy going, reassuring, flexible, and just plain fun this group is. They were willing to accommodate special requests and took the reigns the night of the wedding to make sure everything flowed smoothly. Leading up to the big day I kept telling our guests that the best part of the night was going to be the band - and they did not disappoint. Could not recommend more highly.
If you appreciate awesome music and awesome people then you should book The Ward Eights to play your wedding. I cannot Read more...
If you appreciate awesome music and awesome people then you should book The Ward Eights to play your wedding. I cannot stress enough the quality of the music they perform - but beyond that how easy going, reassuring, flexible, and just plain fun this group is. They were willing to accommodate special requests and took the reigns the night of the wedding to make sure everything flowed smoothly. Leading up to the big day I kept telling our guests that the best part of the night was going to be the band - and they did not disappoint. Could not recommend more highly. Read less
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Elisabeth
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things! The Ward Eights were the highlight of our wedding reception. The dance floor was overflowing from the minute they started. They learned our first dance ('I Found You' by the Alabama Shakes) as well as one of our favorites ('All Night Long' by Lionel Ritchie) and KILLED both! They also led our guests from the ceremony to the reception in a second line style processional which was a total blast! Our guests are still coming up to us, two months after the wedding, raving about the band. Don't think twice - just book them.
I cannot say enough good things! The Ward Eights were the highlight of our wedding reception. The dance floor was Read more...
I cannot say enough good things! The Ward Eights were the highlight of our wedding reception. The dance floor was overflowing from the minute they started. They learned our first dance ('I Found You' by the Alabama Shakes) as well as one of our favorites ('All Night Long' by Lionel Ritchie) and KILLED both! They also led our guests from the ceremony to the reception in a second line style processional which was a total blast! Our guests are still coming up to us, two months after the wedding, raving about the band. Don't think twice - just book them. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/4/2016
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights were phenomenal! My only regret is having been the bride, I had to greet and thank my guests instead of staying put on the dance floor! Our wedding venue in Newport even told us it was the best band they had ever hosted, the music was incredible! Our guests had a blast and we were so grateful to the Ward Eights for learning two songs and combining them for our first dance. They were attentive, responsive, professional and very down to earth and easy to work with. We received so many compliments and can't wait to watch our wedding video to relive the day and watch our epic dance party all over again!
The Ward Eights were phenomenal! My only regret is having been the bride, I had to greet and thank my guests instead of Read more...
The Ward Eights were phenomenal! My only regret is having been the bride, I had to greet and thank my guests instead of staying put on the dance floor! Our wedding venue in Newport even told us it was the best band they had ever hosted, the music was incredible! Our guests had a blast and we were so grateful to the Ward Eights for learning two songs and combining them for our first dance. They were attentive, responsive, professional and very down to earth and easy to work with. We received so many compliments and can't wait to watch our wedding video to relive the day and watch our epic dance party all over again! Read less
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Hester
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
We knew we wanted a live band at our wedding versus a DJ, but The Ward Eights completely exceeded our expectations. The communication leading up to the wedding was solid, and Dave paid special attention to our musical preferences to form their playlist. From the first song these guys played during our reception, the dance floor was full! They are just that talented, and that fun, and hip, and diverse, and awesome. Also noteworthy is that they learned how to play a few songs especially for us! One was a keyboard/piano solo during the ceremony that was a surprise for my husband as I walked down the aisle. Another was a song during the reception that the whole band performed, that has special meaning for us. Finally, Dave was a fantastic emcee for the evening. That's something we didn't really think about leading up to the wedding, but he conducted the events of the reception seamlessly. Seriously, look no further. Book The Ward Eights.
We knew we wanted a live band at our wedding versus a DJ, but The Ward Eights completely exceeded our expectations. The Read more...
We knew we wanted a live band at our wedding versus a DJ, but The Ward Eights completely exceeded our expectations. The communication leading up to the wedding was solid, and Dave paid special attention to our musical preferences to form their playlist. From the first song these guys played during our reception, the dance floor was full! They are just that talented, and that fun, and hip, and diverse, and awesome. Also noteworthy is that they learned how to play a few songs especially for us! One was a keyboard/piano solo during the ceremony that was a surprise for my husband as I walked down the aisle. Another was a song during the reception that the whole band performed, that has special meaning for us. Finally, Dave was a fantastic emcee for the evening. That's something we didn't really think about leading up to the wedding, but he conducted the events of the reception seamlessly. Seriously, look no further. Book The Ward Eights. Read less
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Mike
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights were absolutely amazing. If you are considering a live band for your wedding you need to look into these guys. They absolutely killed it. My wife and I were just saying how we don't even think we left the dance floor at all. The dance floor was jam packed the whole night. Every guest that I spoke to and have spoken to since were completely blown away. They play all genres of music and were even willing to learn a few songs outside of their repertoire, and they were happy to do it. Live bands can be hit or miss sometimes but The Ward Eights are an absolute must have if you want to keep everyone on their feet and dancing all night long.
The Ward Eights were absolutely amazing. If you are considering a live band for your wedding you need to look into these Read more...
The Ward Eights were absolutely amazing. If you are considering a live band for your wedding you need to look into these guys. They absolutely killed it. My wife and I were just saying how we don't even think we left the dance floor at all. The dance floor was jam packed the whole night. Every guest that I spoke to and have spoken to since were completely blown away. They play all genres of music and were even willing to learn a few songs outside of their repertoire, and they were happy to do it. Live bands can be hit or miss sometimes but The Ward Eights are an absolute must have if you want to keep everyone on their feet and dancing all night long. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
I wish I could give more than 5 stars! The Ward Eights made our wedding outstanding! People have not stopped talking about it and we have already recommended them to friends. They rocked the place! I saw people dancing that I have never seen dance before. They even skipped their breaks because the crowd was going so wild. I had no idea how amazing they would be! We were totally blown away by this band! My husband is a huge music buff and likes so many different (and unusual) music types. They were so accommodating to him! They got to know his style and even snuck in some songs that he loves and didn't even request. He was thrilled! They played our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. They really completed our wedding. If you are looking for a band, this is the one! Thank you to Dave and everyone else in The Ward Eights! We wish we could do by again!!
I wish I could give more than 5 stars! The Ward Eights made our wedding outstanding! People have not stopped talking about Read more...
I wish I could give more than 5 stars! The Ward Eights made our wedding outstanding! People have not stopped talking about it and we have already recommended them to friends. They rocked the place! I saw people dancing that I have never seen dance before. They even skipped their breaks because the crowd was going so wild. I had no idea how amazing they would be! We were totally blown away by this band! My husband is a huge music buff and likes so many different (and unusual) music types. They were so accommodating to him! They got to know his style and even snuck in some songs that he loves and didn't even request. He was thrilled! They played our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. They really completed our wedding. If you are looking for a band, this is the one! Thank you to Dave and everyone else in The Ward Eights! We wish we could do by again!! Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Booking The Ward Eights was one of, if not, the best decision my wife and I made about our wedding day. Dave was easy to work with via email and made the whole process completely stress-free. Once the big day arrived the band did not disappoint. From ceremony music that was spot-on, a cocktail set that is still getting rave reviews, to a full blown rock show during the reception, The Ward Eights absolutely nailed it. The dancefloor was packed for every song and you could tell that the band was feeding off the crowd and vice versa. I have never been told by so many people that The Ward Eights were THE BEST they’d ever heard. 6 months later I am still told almost weekly about how awesome my wedding was and I chalk a lot of that up to The Ward Eights. You will not regret booking them, they are absolutely top-notch.
Booking The Ward Eights was one of, if not, the best decision my wife and I made about our wedding day. Dave was easy to Read more...
Booking The Ward Eights was one of, if not, the best decision my wife and I made about our wedding day. Dave was easy to work with via email and made the whole process completely stress-free. Once the big day arrived the band did not disappoint. From ceremony music that was spot-on, a cocktail set that is still getting rave reviews, to a full blown rock show during the reception, The Ward Eights absolutely nailed it. The dancefloor was packed for every song and you could tell that the band was feeding off the crowd and vice versa. I have never been told by so many people that The Ward Eights were THE BEST they’d ever heard. 6 months later I am still told almost weekly about how awesome my wedding was and I chalk a lot of that up to The Ward Eights. You will not regret booking them, they are absolutely top-notch. Read less
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Aaron
Wedding:
7/10/2016
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights are amazing! They brought fantastic energy and musical talent to our wedding which had everyone on the dance floor. Our guests are still telling us how awesome The Ward Eights were at our wedding. They will provide you with a musical experience that will last a lifetime!
The Ward Eights are amazing! They brought fantastic energy and musical talent to our wedding which had everyone on the Read more...
The Ward Eights are amazing! They brought fantastic energy and musical talent to our wedding which had everyone on the dance floor. Our guests are still telling us how awesome The Ward Eights were at our wedding. They will provide you with a musical experience that will last a lifetime! Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough good things about this incredible band! Dave, the frontman, was so easy to work with prior to and the day of our wedding. We worked together to create the perfect set list for our gathering. The band learned three new songs, one of which my husband and I performed together. Our guests were so impressed by the quality and the scope of the band. They were even able to get non-dancers to the dance floor! We highly recommend wedding bands in general to add to the festive atmosphere of a wedding, and The Ward Eights in particular. Thank you for a job well done!
We cannot say enough good things about this incredible band! Dave, the frontman, was so easy to work with prior to and the Read more...
We cannot say enough good things about this incredible band! Dave, the frontman, was so easy to work with prior to and the day of our wedding. We worked together to create the perfect set list for our gathering. The band learned three new songs, one of which my husband and I performed together. Our guests were so impressed by the quality and the scope of the band. They were even able to get non-dancers to the dance floor! We highly recommend wedding bands in general to add to the festive atmosphere of a wedding, and The Ward Eights in particular. Thank you for a job well done! Read less
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Alexandra
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
This band is amazing and everyone at my wedding raved about them!! Very professional and kept in touch months before the wedding to make sure you got the playlist you wanted. They kept the party going and over all they have a really great sound! Would recommend them to anyone who's looking for a wedding band. They also played beautiful music during the ceremony/cocktail hour as well : )
This band is amazing and everyone at my wedding raved about them!! Very professional and kept in touch months before the Read more...
This band is amazing and everyone at my wedding raved about them!! Very professional and kept in touch months before the wedding to make sure you got the playlist you wanted. They kept the party going and over all they have a really great sound! Would recommend them to anyone who's looking for a wedding band. They also played beautiful music during the ceremony/cocktail hour as well : ) Read less
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