The Best Wedding Bands and Orchestras on Long Island

wedding musicians in long islandHiring a band or orchestra does cost more than booking a disc jockey, but these days, budget-conscious couples don’t have to forgo live music because of that. There are ways to have live music while also cutting back — for instance, ask about reducing down on the number of musicians or singers that will play at your wedding. Perhaps you can skip the live music during the cocktail hour…

Some trends in wedding entertainment include surprising guests with a theme band — all Sinatra, only 50s or 60s music, pure disco, …Consider your guest list, though, before going in a certain direction, so that everyone involved will be on the dance floor.

These are wedding planners’ picks — who are yours? Leave a comment below.

747 Orchestras
516-365-5664
www.747orchestra.com

After Hours Orchestra
3 Division Street
Holtsville, NY 11742
631-736-2921 516-381-0904
www.afterhoursent.com

A. Stan Wiest Music
271 Bread And Cheese Hollow Road
Fort Salonga, NY
631-754-0594
www.stanwiest.com

In the mood? No cheesy wedding band music here. Stan Wiest Music offers classic professional musicians of the best caliber, style and voices. They’ve been recommended by Joan Hamburg of WOR Radio, New York and Bride’s Magazine as well as a host of others.

Cafe Wha? Band
115 Macdougal
New York, New York 10012-1202
http://cafewha.com

Craig Scott Orchestra
1120 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036
866-587-1066
www.craigscott.com

Serving New York City, Long Island, Manhattan and Westchester, if you’d like specialty act for your wedding or simply an elegant versatile band, try Craig Scott entertainment. Jazz or big band swing and pop style, they’ll be dancing all night.

Faze 4
98 Cuttermill Rd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
516-482-5200
www.faze4.com

Celebrating their 27 years in entertainment, Faze 4 is supreme in the wedding entertainment industry. Join their weekly live showcases for all four bands: “The Next Faze” or “Play by Play” or “Christopher Michaels” or “True Blue” they play from Bach to Rock.

Franklin Wayne Orchestras
1 Cedarfield Ter
St James, NY 11780
631-751-1900
www.franklinwaynemusic.com

Four bands. Four great sounds: “Vision,” “Heart and Soul,” “Timepiece and The Beat.” Impressive vocals that sound like the true “stars” in young, hip and new fresh talent, the bands even appeal to older family members. Franklin Wayne Music has been recommended by more caterers than any other company on Long Island.

Ken James Orchestras
16 Lakeville Rd.
Great Neck, NY 11020
516-829-6480
www.kenjamesproductions.com

No two brides are alike, neither are any two wedding entertainers. Ken James Productions customizes each and every event or wedding to suit your needs. Whether it’s ethnic, Julliard-trained classical string quartets and woodwinds, jazz musicians, or the hottest artists from any decade 50s, 60s on up to now, Ken James plays it all.

Niteflight Productions
1-866-NITEFLIGHT
631-586-7082
www.niteflightproductions.com

Niteflight is one of the most exciting bands in the tri-state area. With 25 years in the entertainment business they know “how to get that party started” as well as work with the Matre’d and party planner to create the perfect wedding for you. With a sizzling three-piece horn section, many of their musicians have performed with James Taylor, Paul Shaffer, Todd Rundgren and Paula Abdul.

The Projekt
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5522
New York, NY 10118
631-470-1698
www.theprojekt.com

Sounds like the real music, contemporary riffs and trills performed in the “live” band vibe. Check out their website for the next showcase. They can customize with either a 7-piece or 11-piece band with four horns and percussion.

Vali Music
469 Livingston St #A
Norwood, NJ 07648-1340
(201) 768-9100
www.vali.com

Sounds like the real music, contemporary riffs and trills performed in the “live” band vibe. Check out their website for the next showcase. They can customize with either a 7-piece or 11-piece band with four horns and percussion.

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