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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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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?
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Classic Rock, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul
Do you have liability insurance?
No

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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:
Recently Married
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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Lauren
Wedding:
7/27/2014
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights are absolutely amazing. They are so talented, play together so well and are so much fun. We were thrilled to have them play at our wedding two weeks ago. They went above and beyond with our personal requests and made our wedding truly special and unique. Our guests were blown away by how great these guys are and they're still raving about how much fun they had dancing. Thank you!!
The Ward Eights are absolutely amazing. They are so talented, play together so well and are so much fun. We were thrilled Read more...
The Ward Eights are absolutely amazing. They are so talented, play together so well and are so much fun. We were thrilled to have them play at our wedding two weeks ago. They went above and beyond with our personal requests and made our wedding truly special and unique. Our guests were blown away by how great these guys are and they're still raving about how much fun they had dancing. Thank you!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights are fantastic!!!

We had only heard them online (be sure to check out their youtube videos) before our wedding in September and were a little uncertain about what we were getting into-- but were so happy with our choice! They played great jazz during our cocktail hour and rocked it during the ceremony! All of our guests wanted to know who they were and where we had found them. They did such a great job with the songs they learned for us and even made Thrift Shop PG enough for my mother!

Thank you Ward Eights!!
The Ward Eights are fantastic!!!

We had only heard them online (be sure to check out their youtube videos) before Read more...
The Ward Eights are fantastic!!!

We had only heard them online (be sure to check out their youtube videos) before our wedding in September and were a little uncertain about what we were getting into-- but were so happy with our choice! They played great jazz during our cocktail hour and rocked it during the ceremony! All of our guests wanted to know who they were and where we had found them. They did such a great job with the songs they learned for us and even made Thrift Shop PG enough for my mother!

Thank you Ward Eights!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Unanimous response from our guests was: "YOUR BAND WAS AWESOME." Would definitely hire them again. Music was a blend of classics (think: motown and the Beatles) to modern. Even learned a song just for my bride to sing. Showed up on time, set themselves up (just needed to point to where the ground-level stage was going to be), and rocked all night.

THEY. ROCKED.
Unanimous response from our guests was: "YOUR BAND WAS AWESOME." Would definitely hire them again. Music was a blend of Read more...
Unanimous response from our guests was: "YOUR BAND WAS AWESOME." Would definitely hire them again. Music was a blend of classics (think: motown and the Beatles) to modern. Even learned a song just for my bride to sing. Showed up on time, set themselves up (just needed to point to where the ground-level stage was going to be), and rocked all night.

THEY. ROCKED. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We hired the Ward Eights to play at our wedding and they absolutely made the night. They have a great range of music and can comfortably jump from Lionel Ritchie to Cake to 'Thrift Shop' without missing a step. They even learned some new songs that we requested! They are all amazing musicians and have tons of energy and enthusiasm - no problems with getting everyone up on the dance floor with these guys! Hire the Ward Eights, I guarantee all your guests will be talking about how yours was the best wedding all year!
We hired the Ward Eights to play at our wedding and they absolutely made the night. They have a great range of music and Read more...
We hired the Ward Eights to play at our wedding and they absolutely made the night. They have a great range of music and can comfortably jump from Lionel Ritchie to Cake to 'Thrift Shop' without missing a step. They even learned some new songs that we requested! They are all amazing musicians and have tons of energy and enthusiasm - no problems with getting everyone up on the dance floor with these guys! Hire the Ward Eights, I guarantee all your guests will be talking about how yours was the best wedding all year! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights have an incredible energy and can rock any occasion. They are a fun, incredibly talented, down-to-earth group of musicians whose diverse range of hits are sure to entertain any age group or music taste. I live in California but was lucky enough to see the Ward Eights play at a wedding I went to this summer just outside of Boston. I'll be sure to look up their upcoming shows anytime I am back in the Boston area! All of my friends at the wedding agreed that the Ward Eights are a MUST for any celebration!
The Ward Eights have an incredible energy and can rock any occasion. They are a fun, incredibly talented, down-to-earth Read more...
The Ward Eights have an incredible energy and can rock any occasion. They are a fun, incredibly talented, down-to-earth group of musicians whose diverse range of hits are sure to entertain any age group or music taste. I live in California but was lucky enough to see the Ward Eights play at a wedding I went to this summer just outside of Boston. I'll be sure to look up their upcoming shows anytime I am back in the Boston area! All of my friends at the wedding agreed that the Ward Eights are a MUST for any celebration! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Ward Eights are a phenomenal band and we were so lucky to have them play at our wedding in July! We first saw them perform at All Asia in Cambridge back in the summer of 2011 and knew right then and there that they were destined to play our wedding in 2013. The Ward Eights are the quintessential wedding band and entertained our friends and family (163 guests) well into the night! They set list is varied with lots of Michael Jackson, classic rock, soul, and funk hits as well as modern pop songs. The front man is a great entertainer and was able to get everyone on the dance floor having a ball. They're all talented musicians and clearly love what they do. The guitarist had an amazing solo during Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and the keyboardist knows how to rap! He nailed it with "Thrift Shop"! This band is so AMAZING that they learned four new songs of varied styles (classic rock, pop, and R&B) and they killed them all! They learned Go West--"King of Wishful Thinking," Whitney Houston--"I Want to Dance with Somebody," Lionel Richie --"You Are," and Van Halen--"Jump". These guys should rightfully be at the top of the charts on WeddingWire. You and your guests are GUARANTEED to have an amazing time with The Ward Eights. Hire them--you'll be happy you did!
The Ward Eights are a phenomenal band and we were so lucky to have them play at our wedding in July! We first saw them Read more...
The Ward Eights are a phenomenal band and we were so lucky to have them play at our wedding in July! We first saw them perform at All Asia in Cambridge back in the summer of 2011 and knew right then and there that they were destined to play our wedding in 2013. The Ward Eights are the quintessential wedding band and entertained our friends and family (163 guests) well into the night! They set list is varied with lots of Michael Jackson, classic rock, soul, and funk hits as well as modern pop songs. The front man is a great entertainer and was able to get everyone on the dance floor having a ball. They're all talented musicians and clearly love what they do. The guitarist had an amazing solo during Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and the keyboardist knows how to rap! He nailed it with "Thrift Shop"! This band is so AMAZING that they learned four new songs of varied styles (classic rock, pop, and R&B) and they killed them all! They learned Go West--"King of Wishful Thinking," Whitney Houston--"I Want to Dance with Somebody," Lionel Richie --"You Are," and Van Halen--"Jump". These guys should rightfully be at the top of the charts on WeddingWire. You and your guests are GUARANTEED to have an amazing time with The Ward Eights. Hire them--you'll be happy you did! Read less
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