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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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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

REVIEWS

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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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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:
Recently Married
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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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Holy crap was this band AMAZING! They were so fun and entertaining, getting everyone (even normal wall flowers) up on their feet dancing! They even surprised me with a 3 song ska/punk medley that they learned just for our wedding since I mentioned my family loved that kind of music! My mom even dropped everything to get out there to mosh to Rancid. Even my photographer (that has been photographing weddings for years upon years) said that, hands down, the BEST wedding band she's ever seen! And for a 9 piece band, very reasonably priced! I'd recommend them for ANY event! They made my reception amazing!
Holy crap was this band AMAZING! They were so fun and entertaining, getting everyone (even normal wall flowers) up on Read more...
Holy crap was this band AMAZING! They were so fun and entertaining, getting everyone (even normal wall flowers) up on their feet dancing! They even surprised me with a 3 song ska/punk medley that they learned just for our wedding since I mentioned my family loved that kind of music! My mom even dropped everything to get out there to mosh to Rancid. Even my photographer (that has been photographing weddings for years upon years) said that, hands down, the BEST wedding band she's ever seen! And for a 9 piece band, very reasonably priced! I'd recommend them for ANY event! They made my reception amazing! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights are an incredible band! The second I saw them perform live in one of my favorite bars, I knew I had to have them for my wedding. They kept everyone dancing all night, playing some Motown classics to a hip hop through the ages mash-up. My guests were chanting for an encore! The Ward Eights are not only fun, talented and entertaining, but absolutely professional and easy to work with. They accommodated ALL of my crazy requests.
Thank you so much for really making my day!!!
The Ward Eights are an incredible band! The second I saw them perform live in one of my favorite bars, I knew I had to Read more...
The Ward Eights are an incredible band! The second I saw them perform live in one of my favorite bars, I knew I had to have them for my wedding. They kept everyone dancing all night, playing some Motown classics to a hip hop through the ages mash-up. My guests were chanting for an encore! The Ward Eights are not only fun, talented and entertaining, but absolutely professional and easy to work with. They accommodated ALL of my crazy requests.
Thank you so much for really making my day!!! Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I'll keep this short and sweet. The Ward Eights = The Best Wedding Band of All Time! Every person at our wedding said, "This is the best band I've ever seen at a wedding!" They have an amazing setlist that continues to grow by the day. Very professional and helped MC as well. My wife and I can't wait to see them play around Boston this winter. I can honestly say that our wedding wouldn't have been what it was without The Ward Eights. Cheers!
I'll keep this short and sweet. The Ward Eights = The Best Wedding Band of All Time! Every person at our wedding said, Read more...
I'll keep this short and sweet. The Ward Eights = The Best Wedding Band of All Time! Every person at our wedding said, "This is the best band I've ever seen at a wedding!" They have an amazing setlist that continues to grow by the day. Very professional and helped MC as well. My wife and I can't wait to see them play around Boston this winter. I can honestly say that our wedding wouldn't have been what it was without The Ward Eights. Cheers! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We recently hired The Ward Eights to play music at our wedding in rural Vermont. They played an eclectic mix of music which kept party-goers on the dance floor. We had requested them to play a Polka. They not only played one, but proceeded into a 3 polka song set after the first was enthusiastically received by the crowd. The Ward Eights will fantastically exceed your expectations!
We recently hired The Ward Eights to play music at our wedding in rural Vermont. They played an eclectic mix of music Read more...
We recently hired The Ward Eights to play music at our wedding in rural Vermont. They played an eclectic mix of music which kept party-goers on the dance floor. We had requested them to play a Polka. They not only played one, but proceeded into a 3 polka song set after the first was enthusiastically received by the crowd. The Ward Eights will fantastically exceed your expectations! Read less
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Marcia
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights made our wedding day very memorable! Our guests were blown away at how good they were and many tell us they made our wedding the best they have ever been to. The dance floor was packed most of the night as each song kept getting better and we didn't want to sit down.
We hope we get a chance to work with them again because they were informative, accommodating and truly fun to work with from the beginning. Their rendition of the History of Rap will never be forgotten!!
The Ward Eights made our wedding day very memorable! Our guests were blown away at how good they were and many tell us Read more...
The Ward Eights made our wedding day very memorable! Our guests were blown away at how good they were and many tell us they made our wedding the best they have ever been to. The dance floor was packed most of the night as each song kept getting better and we didn't want to sit down.
We hope we get a chance to work with them again because they were informative, accommodating and truly fun to work with from the beginning. Their rendition of the History of Rap will never be forgotten!! Read less
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