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WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR?
Jack Garrett Band specializes in wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, corporate events, galas, fundraisers, country club events, concerts and parties. We perform at any event where high quality musical entertainment is required.
HOW MANY PIECES ARE IN THE BAND?
We offer our 12 piece band exactly as seen on our video demos which includes our two amazing Male and Female Lead Vocalists, Keyboard, Upright String Bass and Electric Bass, Full Drum Kit, Lead – Rhythm Guitar, 6 piece horn section that includins; Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet One, Trumpet Two and Trombone. We can also offer a 7 Piece group. This is created by removing 5 of the Horns. We can also provide a Duo, Trio or Quartet for Cocktail Hour
ARE YOU AVAILABLE AS A SMALLER 4 – 6 PIECE GROUP?
Yes…. but not for wedding receptions. It really wouldn’t be the same product with a smaller configuration. Four piece bands are very limited musically when it comes to their sound. Everything will sound the same after an hour. We prefer a fuller, more authentic sound that is truer to the original song recording. Beware of groups that offer themselves in many configurations such as a 3 to 13 piece group, as these are most likely out of state agencies that may simply have a database of musicians from your area that they piece together to suit any size desired. The Jack Garrett Band is a set group and always the same highly talented and very specialized performers as seen in our Recorded Live Video Demos. Most of the Out of State Agency Bands do not provide Videos on their websites. The Music on their websites were not recorded by the musicians you will have perform at your event. Don’t be fooled by this. Agency bands that have showcases never guarantee that you will get the musicians that you see. There is a great benefit to having a solid group of the same performers in that these types of groups are much more polished and rehearsed than groups that are simply pieced together. For our clients this means seamless non-stop transitions in-between songs, as well as a much higher caliber performance musically as well as visually.
HOW MUCH SPACE OR SIZE STAGE DO YOU REQUIRE?
We can work very comfortably on a stage 12′ to 14’ deep by 24′ to 28’ wide. This is a very typical size stage or space for even the 12-piece band. If the room allows, a larger stage of 16’ x 32’ is optimal as it gives our performers more room to move around. The 7 Piece Band works well with a 12’ by 20’ space. Both bands can work in smaller spaces, this can be negotiated. Our thinking is to make sure there is plenty of space for the dance floor and to not overwhelm the room with a huge stage. We can also work without a stage, and in some venues this is just fine, maybe even preferable. Having a stage typically does make for a better look and allows all of the guests to easily view the band when the dance floor is packed.
HOW MUCH POWER DO YOU REQUIRE?
We require a minimum of two separate 15 to 20 amp circuits to the stage area and for the band only. This is your typical house type power, but on two separate breakers and not shared by other items. Many venues have the power in place and nicely labeled, other venues (especially venues with moveable walls), don’t have any power, and require what is known as a power drop box. The power drop box is always the preferred power choice when available. We require the power for band use only as other items such as small lighting can create buzzing sounds in the sound system, or worse yet, cause the power to blow.
WILL A 7 TO 12-PIECE BAND BE TOO LOUD FOR MY EVENT?
Excessive volume is not necessarily a product of the size of the band, for instance some of the loudest bands in history were four and five-piece groups! We have our sound and volume in check and use some of the most expensive high-end and high tech equipment available in order to keep our sound volume consistent.
WHAT DOES THE BAND WEAR?
Unless otherwise instructed, we always dress formally in modern suits, ties, or jackets, with our female vocalists in appropriate attire. For corporate events we dress for fun, while still being formal. We are often asked to dress similar to the look in some of our videos.
WHAT TYPES OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?
Jack Garrett Band covers a wide variety of music that can include Big Band, Swing, Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Top 40, Country as well as today’s current hits. We really enjoy performing all styles of music. Our primary focus is on the fun well known dance hits that will energize your event.
CAN I HAVE INPUT ON THE SONG LIST?
Of course! We have two meetings with every client. A Timeline – Detail meeting and a Music Meeting. We ask that our clients simply highlight an appropriate number of likes from our song list that we provide you while crossing off just a small handful of “do not plays” (even if requested by one of your guests). The highlighted list along with some general information is all we need. This allows us the flexibility we need to create the amazing parties we are known for.
CAN YOU LEARN A SPECIAL SONG FOR MY EVENT?
Yes, For Wedding Receptions we can typically perform two or three songs for any given event including the First Dance, Father – Daughter Dance and the Mother – Son Dance. We are professional full time musicians that read music…..We do not “LEARN” songs like the semi pro bands do. We have a custom written arrangement for any song that is not currently in our repertoire. We will need new song requests at least two months in advance of the performance date.
HOW LONG DO YOU PLAY?
Most events include a Soloist or Duo Performers for a one-hour cocktail, and the band for four-hours. Wedding Reception quotes are based on 5 Hours. We perform Cocktail Music, Dinner Music and Dance Music in between your formalities. Many of our corporate events include the band for a two or three-hour continuous performance. We are always available for optional overtime as well.
WHERE IS THE BAND LOCATED?
Jack Garrett Band is based out of Cincinnati, Ohio and considers Dayton Ohio, Columbus Ohio, Louisville Kentucky and Lexington Kentucky and Indianapolis Indiana to be our regular travel areas. Additional travel fees may be incurred for locations outside of this radius.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF OHIO?
Yes, we are available and have performed in many areas within the US and are available to travel coast to coast.
DO YOU OFFER MUSIC FOR THE COCKTAIL HOUR?
Yes, we can offer our Guitarist for the cocktail hour or our Pianist if a piano is available. Other musicians are available such as a Jazz Trio or Tenor Saxophone and Upright String Bass Duo. Our musicians perform instrumental Jazz Standards, Latin and Smooth Jazz background music as is often desired for the cocktail hour. We can also assist in securing specialized acts for cocktail hours.
DO YOU OFFER MUSIC FOR THE CEREMONY?
Yes, Providing the Wedding Ceremony is taking place at the same venue where the wedding reception will be. We can provide our client with a Pianist, Solo Trumpet or Trumpet Duo, a String Trio or String Quartet
DO YOU OFFER EMCEE SERVICE?
Yes, At no extra cost! Jack Garrett will act as your events Emcee and will make all announcements professionally
DO YOU OFFER A WIRELESS MICROPHONE FOR TOASTS AND SPEECHES?
Yes, During the Wedding Reception or Event At No Extra Cost.
WHAT KIND OF PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept Checks, PayPal or Direct Deposits Only.
WHEN DO YOU ARRIVE ON LOCATION FOR SET UP?
Our set up crew like to arrive with the bulk of our equipment as early as possible but always at least four hours in advance of the bands start time. We can work with shorter set up times as long as it is discussed before a contract is signed. We typically set up in less than 3 hours, and then have some down time to rest up in advance of the show. Other members such as the Keyboardist, Drummer, Bassist, and Guitarist arrive one hour prior to the start time unless they are members of the cocktail hour crew, Vocalists and Horn players arrive one hour prior to the event start time.
ACCESS TO THE VENUE, BALLROOM, AND STAGE
This seems obvious enough and typically isn’t an issue, however we have encountered venues where the entire room is blocked off, or the stage is packed with chairs, tables, as well as other vendor’s items. This usually occurs only when the ceremony is taking place in a portion of the same ballroom, and then the venue is turning over the room in order to use the ceremony area once the ceremony is over. This is just fine, as long as they have our stage in place and we have access to the stage to set up. Please let us know before a contract is signed if there is a “Room Flip”.
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