Larry Elliot and Retrospect Band are amazing! They helped make our wedding the best day ever and also made the process leading up to the big event as easy and calming as possible. They not only delivered the highest quality work, but made it fun to plan with them along the way.
Retrospect was one of the first vendors I booked when I got engaged and it was one of the easiest and quickest decisions I've ever made. Without question, hiring this band is one of the best wedding decisions you will ever make.
Larry and the band are not only gifted musicians, but lovely people to be around. They always deliver and are always consistent in their work, technique, and style. They are also accommodating, professional, and talented. They also have an amazing sense of how to gauge a crowd and play music to suite the mood.
The band plays a wide-range of songs across several genres and knows how to excite and energize young and older people alike. The entire room was dancing all evening and at the end of the evening every guest was feverishly chanting to the band to play just one more song. The vocals and acoustics were perfect and the band members had the crowd going wild when they came out and performed in the middle of the dance floor.
There are plenty of bands out there that know how to play great music but Retrospect takes it an important step further. They know how to play great music that always has a universally-appealing beat that's easy, effortless, and fun for everyone to dance to. They also know how to create an energetic set list that doesn't feel repetitive or stuck in one style. Larry is also a fantastic MC and knows how to guide the evening with purpose and confidence. He really helped set and move the pace of the evening along. These are crucial elements that help make a large scale event run smoothly.
They are truly worth every penny and a sure bet. They will make your wedding unforgettable and endlessly fun!
Larry and the rest of Retrospect Band are amazing!! I would definitely recommend them to everyone. They are a 9 piece band and come at a very reasonable price. We met with Larry a few times and he is incredible. He is very organized and has many ideas on how to put together all the pieces of the evening. I could not have done it without him. The night of the wedding was perfect and the band was great. They sound amazing and are a lot of fun. They really know how to get the crowd going and on the dance floor..this was really important to us and they were great at it! They even play on the dance floor with the guests...it was awesome! This band came recommended to us by 3 different people and I will continue the trend. I big thank you to Larry and Retrospect, they Rocked The Night Away!!
This band has an unbelievable sound, singers are wonderful, and timing is amazing. They played all songs requested by bride & groom down to the exact pauses from the original recordings. Even more importantly the band leader was extremely helpful planning, providing suggestions for a good flow throughout the evening, and making everything so much fun. Guests loved the music and we throughly enjoyed working with them. Made the evening very special for all.
Retrospect is a fantastic band that helped make our wedding night truly memorable. Larry, the bandleader, is extremely professional. He helped ensure that the entire process - from first selecting the band to performing on the night of the wedding - went smoothly.
My wife and I felt overwhelmed as we began to search for a band for our wedding. We were turned off by other bands that tried to be too “slick.” We came across Retrospect while going through a long list of recommendations from our wedding planner. We were initially drawn to them because of their independent status (no management company that hires out multiple bands) and their fun and friendly vibe.
Larry invited my wife and I to drive out to his house one Friday night to listen to the band rehearse. We knew right away we would hire them! They sounded great. Larry and the band had prepared a few songs we chose off their extensive playlist. We chose a wide range of genres – Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga – and they knocked each one out of the park.
The band literally played all night, with maybe one/two short (read: unnoticed) break during the dinner and the cake cutting. Our friends and family are still talking about how great the band was! Truly a highlight of our night.
Retrospect made my wedding reception SO much fun! We danced the night away!!!
Retrospect was phenomenal!!! I cannot say enough great things about Larry and his band. People are still coming up to us saying how exceptionally awesome our band was. The dance floor was never empty! People from all ages were dancing the entire night, it was fantastic! In addition to providing awesome music and entertainment, Larry was very accommodating leading up to the wedding day and provided nothing but exceptional service. I highly recommend anyone looking for a band to look no further than retrospect!
The band was amazing! My guests absolutely loved them. They were great to work with and we has an awesome time!
Retrospect MADE the reception what it was--A BLAST!!! People could not stop the compliments! My guests are still mentioning to me how awesome the band was, AND that was 6 months ago. Furthermore, the band did a spectacular job at learning the few songs that my family wanted that wasn't on their list. For one, they learned my parent's "song," "Long Tall Glasses." What a memory!!! I would recommend them to anyone.
No constructive feedback - you guys were terrific!
Larry and the band from Retrospect made our wedding day truly a day to remember. From the band members playing songs through the dancing crowd, to their accomodation on learning new songs, playing songs on the fly, they were spectacular. Our friends still rave about the band from our wedding. Thanks Larry and Retrospect!
Retrospect is awesome. Almost everyone danced the whole time. Their songlist is enormous and crosses every genre. They even learned 2 new songs for the reception for the special dances. They were attentive to the wishes of the bride and groom and also played to the crowd. They made the reception a great party. They performed brilliantly and iimpressed a crowd that contained many professional musicians. They were professional, yet very much part of the crowd. The only downside was that they eventually had to stop playing because the reception was over. I would hire them again in a heart beat! They have some free concerts here and there from time to time, so go check them out.
Retrospect was incredible - exactly what we had always imagined our wedding band would be. Some more details on why you should not look any further for your own wedding:
1) The performance - most important was the quality of the show Larry and the band put on for our guests. A handful of our guests are in the music industry and we received compliments on our choice from them along with nearly all of our other guests. The evening ran like clock work in part thanks to Larry and the right music seemed to be playing at the right time.
2) The service - from our initial contact to after the wedding Larry was extremely available and helpful. The booking process was easy, and they worked with us in advance to learn a few songs we knew we wanted to hear - even on short notice. We felt like we had the right amount of control over what they would play, and they did a great job expanding on the list based on our tastes from there.
Overall they went above and beyond - our wedding took place during Hurricane Irene in DC and they were there and ready to rock on time without flinching. I can hardly recall them taking any breaks throughout the night - from our cocktail hour through the final song.
Incredible value, experience and service if you're looking for a larger high quality band that can play just about anything!
I can’t say enough about good things about Retrospect. I keep hearing “the food was good, the drinks were good….the band was INCREDIBLE!” and “that band was AWESOME!!”. So, they killed. Everything they did worked. And, by that, I don’t mean the standard party songs (which they perform extremely well). What I’m referring to is the special stuff we requested – they hit all the important, special requests we asked for, they did the songs we wanted to hear…..really, we couldn’t ask for more. And don’t think the details went unnoticed. I saw the choreography like the synchronized hair flip in “Zoot Suit Riot”. So I know they clearly pay a lot of attention to detail. As I drove my daughter and son-in-law to the airport the next day, her words, exactly, were “I can’t believe how much energy they had. When they came out on the dance floor during ‘Footlose’, I couldn’t believe it”. What can I say? They are professional without a doubt, but also really, really a lot of fun at the same time.
If you are looking for a wedding reception that is sure to keep guests out of their seats, you MUST contact Retrospect Band (Ellicot City, MD based). This 8 piece band will leave your dancing feet wanting more! Absolutley exceptional with regard to professionalism, prompt communication, and quality of service! The song list is unbelievable and the performance will exceed your every expectation! Our guests are still raving about Retrospect's performance at our wedding reception. Our photographs from the reception are a testiment to energy and fun brought by the band as everyone is singing and on the dance floor! Simply amazing!
Retrospect, you are the best!!! Years ago, you wowed the crowd of my cousin's wedding and left our family and friends raving about your great tunes and fabulous, classy entertainment ever since. Last summer at my friend's wedding, you confirmed to me that you are the best wedding band around. So, when you played at my wedding recently, I had very high expectations. You, of course, exceeded my expectations and provided an incredible night of great music and the perfect entertainment for our wedding reception. The guests were on the dancefloor all night which is exactly what I wanted, and since the wedding, I have heard countless compliments on our band. Thank you, Retrospect, for making our day perfect.
Retrospect was a great band and helped make our wedding a success. They learned new songs for us, were extremely flexible with our wedding agenda and their interactive style was a great hit with the guests. Their range of songs and music genres was fantastic.
Retrospect was wonderful. Exactly what we wanted! They can play every type of music, and they even learned songs for us for the wedding! That meant the world to us. The guests LOVED the music, and were dancing all night. Larry was so easy to get in touch with, easy and helpful to work with, and the entire experience with everyone in the band was so pleasant and genuine. They are an amazing group of people, who are extremely talented, and truly helped make our night the most memorable night of our lives! Thank you Retrospect!!!!!!
Retrospect was an unbelievable band. They traveled to Pittsburgh and put on an incredible show. When comparing bands, we found that Retrospect's song list and performance were far beyond what the other "wedding bands" were doing. When we actually saw them perform at our wedding, they were 100x better than that, beyond anything we could have expected. Their music and energy kept building throughout the night, with each song getting more and more people out on the floor and having a great time.
Another point to note, Retrospect rotates band members in to sing as lead and backup, so songs sound right and you don't get tired of hearing the same person sing every song all night like you might if a band only had one.
I would highly recommend Retrospect to anyone and would say that they definitely set the bar about as high as it can go.
We originally saw Retrospect at a wedding in 2007 and loved them. So when I got engaged, I knew I wanted them to be the band at our wedding. We reached out to them immediately. They were very responsive and professional from the start. They allowed me to provide a list of songs we wanted played and songs we did not want played. I only provided a few in each category though because I wanted them to feel comfortable enough to play what they like/did best knowing our style of music. And they did! Everyone came up to me at the wedding and afterward to tell us how amazing the band was. They were so energetic and kept everyone dancing until the very end!
The band was EXCELLENT - they did such an amazing job and we got more compliments on the band than anything else. They had a great selection of music and played everything we wanted them to. I will recommend them to everyone.
Having Retrospect at my wedding made the whole reception run smoothly! Larry, the band leader, is extremely easy to work with and he is so knowledgeable about how to make the sequence of speeches, toasts, and songs flow seamlessly into each other. Our guests were raving about the band for weeks after the wedding.
LOVE Retrospect. They played at all my husbands family wedding. First thing parents said when we got engaged was "we'll call Retrospect and see if they're available!". They know exactly how to run the show without being too invasive. They made my wedding memorable for me, my husband, and ALL our guests!
Great Band!!! We were dancing ALL night long, LOVED them!
Retrospect was absolutely wonderful for my wedding. I was kind of skeptical at first, my parents suggested hiring them but I had never been to a wedding with a live band and I wanted modern dance club tunes. My family already knew Larry but I hadn't met him. He ended up taking my husband and me out to lunch in order to talk logistics. He was very nice and easygoing, and wanted to make sure we got what we wanted. He explained that the band needed to take a few breaks during the evening so I provided a CD of dance tunes for him to play so I could get my "club" fix during the breaks. Also, the first dance song I wanted was not on their list so Larry had me send them an mp3 of the song so the whole band could learn and practice it.
The actual performance was AMAZING. Larry was a great MC, he was charismatic and pronounced everyone's names correctly. The bridal party and adults danced at the beginning to the older tunes, but by the end of the evening the dance floor was packed with everyone--mostly the young people. They really know how to work the crowd. My CD never got played because everyone loved the band so much; people wanted more until the very end. As for my skepticism about live bands--it is gone now. Live music is so much better. The band took ONE break in the entire 4.5 hours, which was when my dad had set up a slideshow for everyone to watch. Other than that, they kept going the entire time and even added on another half hour at my request. Afterwards I found out that I must have forgot to tell Larry beforehand that we weren't providing vendor meals, which had he told me would be fine if the meals were overpriced. Because I forgot to tell them they had to scramble at the last minute and send someone out to go pick up food for them. I did not see any of this. I felt so guilty to hear about this later but I never even noticed any blips during their performance, which I really appreciate.
Five months after the wedding I am still hearing compliments about the band, such as "I didn't think wedding bands could be good until I heard yours." Larry and Retrospect do not disappoint.
Retrospect was everything we wanted for our wedding. They did a fantastic job reading what the guests wanted, and yet were still able to blend into the background for those older guests that didn't want to dance. They played all the music we wanted and were able to adjust the wedding list to stay consistent with our idea for the overall theme for the night. Couldn't have asked for anything else from them - highly recommend!!
Thanks Larry and the rest of the group, you made our wedding a wonderful night!!
I had the pleasure of experiencing this band 3 times! The first time I heard them play was at my sister's wedding. Instantly I knew if I got married, I would have them play at my wedding. The second time I heard them play was at my sister's, stay with me, siter-in-law's wedding. At that time my fiance and I had already reserved them for our wedding. It just re-affirmed our decision that we were going with a great band. Finally, the third time I heard them play was for my wedding. As I expected I had a fantastic time and so did all of my guests! We had an outdoor wedding and it was hot and humid but that did not stop them from doing an excellent job.
My husband and I went to a wedding months later and there was a live band playing...they were nothing like Retrospect. The music was so loud, almost unbearable to listen to, they did not play very well, and they were boring. It made my husband and I really thankful that we had Retrospect at our wedding!
What I love about this band is that they are so talented, very professional, and they can perform!
Thank you Retrospect! We love you!
Retrospect was just amazing- played all the songs we requested in advance that werent reflected on their playlist, and did an outstanding job on each of the selections! The dance floor was always packed, and for some extra dollars, they continued to play an additional hour to keep the party going! All the guests asked over and over again "who is this band?"- and wanted them for their weddings, events, etc. I liked how there was limited "MC-ing" - none of the cheesy DJ chatter that some wedding receptions fall victim to.
All in all- thank you so much Retrospect for helping to make my wedding such a fun party!
Retrospect was more than I could have asked for. I am extremely picky and they were wonderful. So many people danced at our wedding in August 2009 and people still tell me how much fun our wedding was. Those are the biggest compliments of all because you spend months planning for your special day and at the end of the day you want everyone to remember what a fantastic party it was! Larry is fantastic to work with - they offer great dancing music and will learn a new song for your wedding if you give them enough notice. You cannot go wrong with Retrospect!
This was by far our FAVORITE vendor!! I would give them 10 stars if I could. Excellent, talented, fun.... etc. They encouraged everyone to dance and many times were on the dance floor with us.
We are still getting calls from our guests with nothing but positive comments about Retrospect. People who usually don't dance were on the dance floor. I am looking forward to seeing the video so that we can relive the first dance and everything else that happened that night. We left wishing that we booked them for another couple of hours because time went by too fast. :)
Larry was great to work with and answered any and all questions we had. He gave his professional opinion and was extremely flexible. We also booked one of the members of the band to play the guitar at our cocktail hour. Although I didn't get to hear him, I heard he was very good.
I promise that you will NOT be disappointed with Retrospect. Well worth the money.
We contacted Retrospect via a recommendation and they did not disappoint. We found them to be very easy to work with and very proactive in making sure they understood our wants and that the event went off without a hitch. Our guests are still raving out the music and the band members. We could not be happier with them.
I can't imagine any band being a better choice for a wedding reception! The band leader, Larry Elliott, is a dream to work with! A few days before the wedding, I learned that he even traveled to the Bedford Springs on his own time before our wedding to check out the setup. He had never been there before and wanted to make sure our special day was flawless.
On the night of, everything was precision when it came to Larry assuming the emcee role. As for the band's sound, well, they're just the best! I can't tell you how many demo CDs we listened to when choosing a band. While Retrospect was more expensive than some, no one held a candle to them. The choice was easy.
And, live, they were even better! Our guests were just blown away by their talent! I've never witnessed our friends and family having so much fun! The dance floor was packed all night! The classical guitarist during cocktail hour was perfect, too!
Larry Elliott and the rest of the band were completely AWESOME!! First of all they learned 2 new songs for us, secondly they are so much fun (great perfomers) and you have to have them sing SHOUT! 3rd extremely flexible - my husband totally forgot to give Larry the song for our wedding party to dance too, literally 2 minutes before we and our wedding party walked out to be introduced I happened to mention the song to Larry and he said huh, I explained it to him and he was not even phased in the least, just said not a problem we will take care of it!
It was perfect!!!
Hire them, they are so much fun and they were voted #1 in the Washingtonian. Oh did I mention they travel? I got married about 120 miles away!
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. They were not cheap, but you got a 9 piece band. They were absolutely WONDERFUL! Everyone at the wedding said it the band was phenomenal. Worth every penny considering I think the reception is all about dancing, and having a geat time. They were very involved, active, and great performers. Mine and my father's father/daughter dance choice was not on the list, and even though the wedding was a few weeks away, they said it was no problem. They did a fabulous job on the song! I would definitely use them again for a future event!!! Again, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
So fun! They had everyone on their feet. Some guests (including my husband and me) never sat down! They were great to work with and even learned songs for us.
I love this band they are awesome. Easy to work with and play such a wide variety of music you can only be pleased if you use Retrospect.
Larry and his gang are tops! Always a pleasure to work with them at receptions. The guests are always impressed with this group and they give you a terrific reception experience.
I have work with Retrospect band many times. They are always very professional, have a great sound and will keep your guests entertained for the entire night! You will not be dissapointed when you select Retrospect as the band for your next event!
We love Retrospect!!! They are wonderful. Incredibly fun and a ball of energy. They are wonderful at getting the dance floor rocking. The incredible range of sweet love songs the do sets the tone for the evening sends everyone home humming :) They are consummate professionals. Our couples just come back raving about their experience with Retrospect. :) Elaine Studley - HayMckenna photography
I know Retrospect for many years. The demand for this band is high because of their professionalism and devotion.
Perfection! Great Vocals! Fun for all! Get s that crowd on the dancefloor and keeps them there!! Very professional!
A nine-piece band, bringing the fun and exciting dancing music to the finest mid-Atlantic area weddings and parties for over twenty years.
Client service that is different and better in every possible way. The best live music you can hire. Our well-oiled machine is the band itself, not a slick sales presentation in an agency office.
One male and two female lead vocalists, a three-piece rhythm section, plus a three-piece horn section always. Music is performed LIVE on stage, never using computer sequencers or recorded background tracks.
Music of every decade, from the Big Band era through current dance and popular music. And most styles in between. Everything is played in its original style, the way you remember it. See our song list page for a full listing.
All bookings are handled directly through the band. Retrospect is never booked through any agency or middleman. (Our scheduling information is not available to them.) All inquiries should be made directly through the band leader, Larry Elliott, at either 301-438-2400 or 410-715-1800.