LIVE MUSIC QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Who are my musicians?
Bellagala's musicians are professionals with years of experience in the entertainment and live music industry.
Do I need to pick every song for them to play?
Typically, your musicians will have a collection of music from which they select songs to play. They can share this playlist with you if you'd like to have more involvement in the process. In the event that you have a specific request that they may not be familiar with, we ask that you provide the sheet music for them. They can help you source the sheet music if necessary.
Do they need rehearsal time?
No. Rehearsal is done prior to your event day.
Can we hear audio samples?
Yes. Visit www.bellagala.com/bands/samplepricing.html or ask for a sample CD from your sales representative.
What type of music will my musicians play?
Depending on the type of band/musician/vocalist you have hired, the style may vary. You may also discuss your preferences with your lead musician.
How long will it take them to set up?
Most of our live music services need to arrive approximately one hour in advance to set up and run through sound checks. The exception is with our larger bands (six pieces and up). They may arrive up to two hours early due to their size and the amount of equipment they will have.
Do the musicians take breaks?
Depending on how long you have reserved for playing time, your musicians may take breaks. Typically, we allow for one 15-minute break per hour.
Does my venue or I need to provide amplification?
No amplification is necessary for most live music performances. However, if you are expecting more than 100 people, you may want to consider amplification options. If the musician or ensemble you have reserved does require amplification, they will provide it.
If I reserve an ensemble, who is my contact person? How are the other musicians selected? Do all the members regularly perform together?
Your lead musician will be your main contact, and they will handle recruiting and contacting the other members of an ensemble. Most often, they will select other musicians with whom they perform frequently.
Are there any special considerations I need to be aware of if my event is outdoors?
Musicians prefer that their instruments not be exposed to the elements, including direct sunlight, as exposure can be incredibly damaging to their equipment. Please provide a shaded area from which your musicians can play. If you are unable to do so, please discuss alternate options with your sales consultant or your lead musician.
Can the musicians learn new music if we want a specific song played that isn’t in their normal repertoire?
Yes, provided that adequate notice is given and you provide the necessary sheet music to your musician(s). Please discuss your music selection with your lead musician.
I don't really know where to start. Do you have any tips to help me?
Consider pairing live music with a DJ to gain versatility and coverage.
Request a demo of the live musicians you are considering hiring.
Ask if the musicians have a rider, which may contain requests for items above and beyond what you paid for when you hired them. Items on the rider can include: needing to provide them with meals, beverages, dressing room, and parking, just to name a few.
Want a custom arrangement of your first dance song? Most live musicians are happy to accommodate with enough advance warning.
Select your musicians based on your venue. If you are having an outdoor ceremony, a flute may not be loud enough for all your guests to hear. Conversely, if you have a small dinner space, don't opt for a 16 piece Big Band that will overwhelm your guests.
Top Five ceremony songs
- Canon in D
- The Wedding March
- Trumpet Voluntary
- Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
- Prelude to Act III, Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
Top Five first dance songs
- At Last, Etta James
- True Companion, Marc Cohn
- Amazed, Lonestar
- Stay With You, John Legend
- When You Say Nothing at All, Allison Krause
Top Five father daughter dance songs
- I Loved Her First, Heartland
- The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra
- Daughters, John Mayer
- Butterfly Kisses, Bob Carlisle
- What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
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