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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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Morgynn
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
The ward eights are incredible! Our wedding would not have been the same without them. So many of our guest have asked who they are and told me they will definitely be hiring them in the future. Their song selection was perfect and everyone had so much fun. Our dance floor was packed the entire night and no one wanted the music to end. We could not have been happier with our choice to hire them.
The ward eights are incredible! Our wedding would not have been the same without them. So many of our guest have asked who Read more...
The ward eights are incredible! Our wedding would not have been the same without them. So many of our guest have asked who they are and told me they will definitely be hiring them in the future. Their song selection was perfect and everyone had so much fun. Our dance floor was packed the entire night and no one wanted the music to end. We could not have been happier with our choice to hire them. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If you are going to book them, book them NOW.
4 weeks ago today my wife and I had the absolute pleasure of having The Ward Eights play our wedding at the New England Aquarium. They are ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. Since then, everybody can't stop talking about how great they were. At one point, I remember looking around and seeing that all the tables were completely empty because everyone at the wedding was dancing on the dance floor!!!!
They have an amazing song list and they played the songs we asked them to learn better than we could have imagined. We even changed the song pretty close to the date but they were able to accommodate.
We highly suggest you stop looking for other bands immediately because you can't beat these guys.

- Danny and Alex.
If you are going to book them, book them NOW.
4 weeks ago today my wife and I had the absolute pleasure of having The Read more...
If you are going to book them, book them NOW.
4 weeks ago today my wife and I had the absolute pleasure of having The Ward Eights play our wedding at the New England Aquarium. They are ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. Since then, everybody can't stop talking about how great they were. At one point, I remember looking around and seeing that all the tables were completely empty because everyone at the wedding was dancing on the dance floor!!!!
They have an amazing song list and they played the songs we asked them to learn better than we could have imagined. We even changed the song pretty close to the date but they were able to accommodate.
We highly suggest you stop looking for other bands immediately because you can't beat these guys.

- Danny and Alex. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights are amazing!! We hired them after attending one of their rehearsals and could not have been happier. They provided piano and vocals for our cocktail hour and rocked out for our reception. Their sound and energy were amazing as was the set list they pulled together for our event. The dance floor was full all night and our guests are still commenting (weeks later) on how amazing the band was.
The Ward Eights are amazing!! We hired them after attending one of their rehearsals and could not have been happier. They Read more...
The Ward Eights are amazing!! We hired them after attending one of their rehearsals and could not have been happier. They provided piano and vocals for our cocktail hour and rocked out for our reception. Their sound and energy were amazing as was the set list they pulled together for our event. The dance floor was full all night and our guests are still commenting (weeks later) on how amazing the band was. Read less
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Lynn
Wedding:
11/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Being a couple in our 40-50's, our wedding was all about the band, and the party! There was NO band we trusted to make this happen to perfection except for The Ward Eights. So much so, that we scheduled our wedding date around their availability ~ not the hall, or the church, but the band!!! Dave was very flexible and accommodating to work with. He encouraged input into the set lists, and was able to read the crowd of 250 people, and adjust the list on the fly. Not only was Dave fabulous, but each member of the band was genuinely happy to be there. They each contributed so much to the energy of the room, it's obvious how much they love what they do. Our guests sang and danced all night ~ and so did we :) People are still talking about our wedding, saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to. Not much structure to it, just sing, dance and have a good time ~ and that is exactly what The Ward Eights gave us ~ it was perfect! Many cheers to everyone in The Ward Eights xo
Being a couple in our 40-50's, our wedding was all about the band, and the party! There was NO band we trusted to make Read more...
Being a couple in our 40-50's, our wedding was all about the band, and the party! There was NO band we trusted to make this happen to perfection except for The Ward Eights. So much so, that we scheduled our wedding date around their availability ~ not the hall, or the church, but the band!!! Dave was very flexible and accommodating to work with. He encouraged input into the set lists, and was able to read the crowd of 250 people, and adjust the list on the fly. Not only was Dave fabulous, but each member of the band was genuinely happy to be there. They each contributed so much to the energy of the room, it's obvious how much they love what they do. Our guests sang and danced all night ~ and so did we :) People are still talking about our wedding, saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to. Not much structure to it, just sing, dance and have a good time ~ and that is exactly what The Ward Eights gave us ~ it was perfect! Many cheers to everyone in The Ward Eights xo Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
10/11/2015
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights totally made our party! Even at a mid-afternoon reception, everyone was up and dancing and having a ball. We had a major screw-up with our catering, but because of The Ward Eights, no one seemed to be too upset; they were too busy having the time of their lives thanks to this band! We are SO grateful for them. Working with them beforehand was so easy and delightful. They did a FANTASTIC job (better than we even could have imagined) with the songs we asked them to learn. Everyone was asking us where we found them! So book them NOW! They were the highlight of our wedding. Everything was awesome. :)
The Ward Eights totally made our party! Even at a mid-afternoon reception, everyone was up and dancing and having a ball. Read more...
The Ward Eights totally made our party! Even at a mid-afternoon reception, everyone was up and dancing and having a ball. We had a major screw-up with our catering, but because of The Ward Eights, no one seemed to be too upset; they were too busy having the time of their lives thanks to this band! We are SO grateful for them. Working with them beforehand was so easy and delightful. They did a FANTASTIC job (better than we even could have imagined) with the songs we asked them to learn. Everyone was asking us where we found them! So book them NOW! They were the highlight of our wedding. Everything was awesome. :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was over two weeks ago and our guests are STILL talking about how amazing The Ward Eights are!! This 9 piece band played hit after hit after hit! They didn't miss a beat and all of our guests were out on the dance floor for the entire night! Vocals are amazing and they have such a wide range - male and female vocalists, a rapper, and backup singers coupled with the variety of instruments truly makes this band the complete package!! Dave worked with us prior to the big day to ensure what songs we wanted to hear, did not want played, and the band learned 3 new songs as requested to make our wedding reception truly spectacular. I cannot express enough how amazing this band is and how awesome they made our wedding night!!
Our wedding was over two weeks ago and our guests are STILL talking about how amazing The Ward Eights are!! This 9 piece Read more...
Our wedding was over two weeks ago and our guests are STILL talking about how amazing The Ward Eights are!! This 9 piece band played hit after hit after hit! They didn't miss a beat and all of our guests were out on the dance floor for the entire night! Vocals are amazing and they have such a wide range - male and female vocalists, a rapper, and backup singers coupled with the variety of instruments truly makes this band the complete package!! Dave worked with us prior to the big day to ensure what songs we wanted to hear, did not want played, and the band learned 3 new songs as requested to make our wedding reception truly spectacular. I cannot express enough how amazing this band is and how awesome they made our wedding night!! Read less
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Tim
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Do yourselves a favor if you're reading this- book these guys before someone else does!! The entire band are talented, professional and there to ensure everyone has a great time. Everyone at the wedding danced their faces off. Everyone still talks about them. You're going to love them!
Do yourselves a favor if you're reading this- book these guys before someone else does!! The entire band are talented, Read more...
Do yourselves a favor if you're reading this- book these guys before someone else does!! The entire band are talented, professional and there to ensure everyone has a great time. Everyone at the wedding danced their faces off. Everyone still talks about them. You're going to love them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights were absolutely fantastic!!! Dave was amazing to work with from day one and the band totally tailored the experience to exceed our expectations. They were attentive, aware of our needs, and AMAZING musicians. They played a wonderful cocktail hour, Dave MC'd dinner/speeches in a quietly confident and wonderful way, was funny, unobtrusive, and totally on board with our timeline and needs!! But most importantly, the Ward Eights played an incredible show. Their Hava Nagila was out of this world, they were on point in terms of keeping the crowd going, and we danced until they were forced to stop! Friends and family (most of whom have been to MANY-a-wedding, kept coming up to ask how we found our band and who they were! Now THAT'S a compliment. We feel so lucky to have had the Ward Eights play at our wedding, and would unequivocally refer them/hope we find an event to invite them back to in the future!
The Ward Eights were absolutely fantastic!!! Dave was amazing to work with from day one and the band totally tailored the Read more...
The Ward Eights were absolutely fantastic!!! Dave was amazing to work with from day one and the band totally tailored the experience to exceed our expectations. They were attentive, aware of our needs, and AMAZING musicians. They played a wonderful cocktail hour, Dave MC'd dinner/speeches in a quietly confident and wonderful way, was funny, unobtrusive, and totally on board with our timeline and needs!! But most importantly, the Ward Eights played an incredible show. Their Hava Nagila was out of this world, they were on point in terms of keeping the crowd going, and we danced until they were forced to stop! Friends and family (most of whom have been to MANY-a-wedding, kept coming up to ask how we found our band and who they were! Now THAT'S a compliment. We feel so lucky to have had the Ward Eights play at our wedding, and would unequivocally refer them/hope we find an event to invite them back to in the future! Read less
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gracec
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights played our wedding reception in Portland Maine in August 2015. There really aren't enough ways for me to say how awesome they are. My husband and I had a really hard time finding a band that we both agreed upon - we wanted more than a typical wedding band. Ward Eights did not disappoint and somehow their pricing was much more agreeable than the other local (dare I say boring?) bands. All of our guests said they were the best band they had ever heard at a wedding. Dave was super easy to communicate with from day 1 and he worked seamlessly with our wedding planner so I could step out of the day of planning process. Dave kept the reception moving along and kept our guests entertained with the perfect amount of humor. There we so many points when the reception almost turned into more of a concert because you couldn't keep your eyes off them while they were playing. A couple weeks before the wedding, I had mentioned to Dave that if they happened to know any Taylor Swift, my girlfriends would really appreciate it. He said that they didn't and I didn't think twice about it. My husband and I walked into the reception space prior to the ceremony to check everything out. The band was rehearsing and to my surprise, it was a Taylor Swift song that Dave said they had learned for our wedding. That is honestly one of my favorite moments from the entire day and when they ended up playing it later that night, it was a huge crowd-pleaser. Do yourself a favor - book the Ward Eights. You won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see them play again somewhere!
The Ward Eights played our wedding reception in Portland Maine in August 2015. There really aren't enough ways for me to Read more...
The Ward Eights played our wedding reception in Portland Maine in August 2015. There really aren't enough ways for me to say how awesome they are. My husband and I had a really hard time finding a band that we both agreed upon - we wanted more than a typical wedding band. Ward Eights did not disappoint and somehow their pricing was much more agreeable than the other local (dare I say boring?) bands. All of our guests said they were the best band they had ever heard at a wedding. Dave was super easy to communicate with from day 1 and he worked seamlessly with our wedding planner so I could step out of the day of planning process. Dave kept the reception moving along and kept our guests entertained with the perfect amount of humor. There we so many points when the reception almost turned into more of a concert because you couldn't keep your eyes off them while they were playing. A couple weeks before the wedding, I had mentioned to Dave that if they happened to know any Taylor Swift, my girlfriends would really appreciate it. He said that they didn't and I didn't think twice about it. My husband and I walked into the reception space prior to the ceremony to check everything out. The band was rehearsing and to my surprise, it was a Taylor Swift song that Dave said they had learned for our wedding. That is honestly one of my favorite moments from the entire day and when they ended up playing it later that night, it was a huge crowd-pleaser. Do yourself a favor - book the Ward Eights. You won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see them play again somewhere! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights played at our cocktail hour and reception in April 2015 in Newport, RI and were amazing!!! We spent a lot of time researching bands for our wedding since this was of huge importance to us and we wanted to ensure we threw a really fun party with good quality music and The Ward Eights delivered just that. They are fun, talented, have an awesome song list, will learn a few songs for you if needed and were so fun. Everyone of all ages was dancing and having a great time, which is just what we wanted. I highly recommend The Ward Eights- no need to think twice.
The Ward Eights played at our cocktail hour and reception in April 2015 in Newport, RI and were amazing!!! We spent a lot Read more...
The Ward Eights played at our cocktail hour and reception in April 2015 in Newport, RI and were amazing!!! We spent a lot of time researching bands for our wedding since this was of huge importance to us and we wanted to ensure we threw a really fun party with good quality music and The Ward Eights delivered just that. They are fun, talented, have an awesome song list, will learn a few songs for you if needed and were so fun. Everyone of all ages was dancing and having a great time, which is just what we wanted. I highly recommend The Ward Eights- no need to think twice. Read less
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