The Importance Of An Alert Music Provider

Posted by Dave

Great band leaders and DJs are so tuned in to the parties they play that they almost seem – in some mystical, zen-like way – to become “one” with the event. And that’s exactly the kind professional you want at your important celebration.

Because they are usually elevated on a stage and have a commanding view of the venue (and also because they are typically facing into the room), music providers are often the best “life guard” your party can have. When a candle ignites the menu card one of your guests left leaning against a centerpiece, when an older guest faints or falls, or when an unsupervised little tyke is about to help himself to the wedding cake – 2 hours early – a timely word of warning from the bandstand frequently keeps potential problems from becoming major ones.

The stage is also a good vantage point for seeing “Kodak Moments” that your photo and video professional might otherwise miss. One reason I ask my brides for the names of those recording their event for posterity is simply so that I can alert them more quickly when a treasured shot presents itself.

But the biggest and most common way for music pros to help a party is to keep tabs on the mood of the crowd. All too often, the bride or host may be so overwhelmed by well-wishers that they fail to observe the subtle signs that their guests are getting antsy, bored, or just ready to “cut the cake, already.”

At a birthday party my band played last night, we were scheduled from 7 – 11PM, and were expecting an intermission around 10:00 for toasts to the guest of honor. But by 15 before that hour, so many guests were already saying their thank-yous and goodbyes, that I realized taking a break would kill what was left of the party. To keep any momentum happening at all, I had to hang on to as many dancers as possible.

I promised the band that they’d either get off early or be paid extra (even if I had to pay them out of my share), but that we were not going to take a break. The event did indeed finish early, but at least slowed down gradually – rather than ending abruptly (which would have occurred, had we stopped playing.)

The band ended the night happily, off a half-hour early. The hostess and honoree were likewise pleased that the band had stayed on stage for an extra-long set. And I was happy because they were all happy.

So – as you plan your next event – try to see your music professional in action, if possible. They should make wonderful music, for sure. But as you evaluate their appropriateness for your party, ask yourself: is this guy or gal “tuned in?” If not, then you should change the channel – immediately.


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