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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Why A Function Band Is The Right Way To Go

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By Elizabeth Pratt

Hiring a function band for your next major event or social function is more important than you may believe. Whether it's a wedding reception, business convention or birthday party having the right function band playing live music can transform your routine event into the social event of the season.

A function band can create and make your party turn from good to excellent and by providing top-notch quality entertainment you can make sure that people will not forget even for years to come. This can be achieved if you have invited the perfect band, and of course willing to listen and follow your easy instructions.

Word of mouth is the best advertisement and this is especially true when it comes to hiring a function band to perform for your special gathering. Recommendations from friends and colleagues are a wonderful resource to use if you want to find a great band, so ask around!

If you do not have the chance to see a function band perform live for you, you may want to ask them for a demo video or a cd perhaps. That way, you can get a preview of their performance and can easily choose whether you want them to perform at your party or not. It is also a great tip as it will not only get your money's worth but also get the best band that you can find. You want them to both sound and look good of course.

Ask the function band representative or manager for their prices to play at events and for the songs that they can play during the expected party. You should only hire a band that possesses professionalism towards negotiations. If this band does not have something written, then forget about them and just look for another one. Often, a non-refundable 10-20% amount will be charged to ensure that they will come on the expected date and time.

Also, make sure that the function band can play requests from the audience. Most of them would as long as you give them enough time to prepare for everything.

If it is at all possible you could ask to see their equipment, which should be up to date and safe. Ensure that they will follow all the safety procedures necessary, for example there should be no loose electric cables lying around.

Knowing the choice of their wardrobe would be essential in choosing a function band as well. Ask them, what are their preferred choices of clothes when they perform? If they have mentioned something that is not suited for the theme, you can give them ideas on what they should and should not wear. If the costume or attire that the function band would be wearing can be a little out of place, you can politely suggest something that they can wear that will compliment the theme of the event.

Most of the time, the function band is required to show up an hour before the party begins. It is important that they set up and sound check stuff that normal bands would do. Giving them the program or the flow of the party as this would also help the band; this way they know when they should play and when they should not.

All eyes will be on the function band when they take the stage. Do take a little extra time to go over the details when they arrive. Your band choice could make your function the event of the year and make your event a talking point for weeks afterward!

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