Music for your wedding
"The New London Big Band got everyone up on their feet dancing - and leaning into one another for lively conversations and a memorable party!"
Have the time of your life!
Set your wedding apart from the crowd with the exciting sounds of a live jazz orchestra. This is music for all ages and will get your party started right with high-energy dance music, classic swing and beautiful ballads. We're great for Gatsby-themed and 1920s themed weddings to get that vintage, nightclub atmosphere!
PROFESSIONAL: We take pride in our polished, tight sound. Members of the band have played in such notable venues as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the White House and artists including Aretha Franklin and B.B. King.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Yes, we can emcee! A good emcee keeps the party moving and creates the right atmosphere. We can guide the event, from the first dance to dinner, toasts and the cake cutting.
EQUIPMENT: We provide PA equipment, including a microphone for guests to make toasts, speeches, etc. Our equipment is top-of-the-line but compact, and we'll tailor it to the venue. We can play recorded music during breaks from a playlist.
ATTIRE: We can wear tuxedos, black suits with white shirts or all black.
CUSTOMIZABLE: We can adapt our music selection to fit the vibe of your wedding. You can request a specific tune from our song list (click here for the song list), and even integrate music into specific parts of the reception. Imagine introducing the bride and groom with "Eye of the Tiger!"
Newport Cliff Walk? Yes, we can play play acoustic!
Newport Cliff Walk noise ordinance doesn't allow for amplified music outside after 6pm. Just like "back in the day," we can play without any amplification, 1920s style!
We can provide a smaller band for a more intimate, classic vibe:
jazz quartet/quintet (piano, guitar, saxophone, bass and/or drums)
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Reserve your date! Please include as many details as you can, including venue, date, time, budget, event theme, and guest count.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the band cost?
$1900-8000. Pricing is dependent on the duration of event and services require, so please provide as much info as you can with your inquiry. You could go cheaper with another band, but you'll get what you pay for!
We have a limited budget. Can you bring fewer players?
We can provide different options for the cocktail hour, but the New London Big Band is a 17 piece jazz orchestra. Our music arrangements are written for this specific size.
Is it going to be super loud?
We will adjust our volume to fit the venue, and the sound equipment will be set to comfortable levels.
Can you play a special song not on your song list?
Please ask! If the song is available as a big band arrangement to purchase, we can get the song for the price of the arrangement (usually $50-$75).
What's your style?
Classic, elegant, vintage (1920s/speakeasy theme), romantic, glamorous
Can we hear the band play sometime?
Yes! We play monthly in New London. Check our calendar for the next date.
We're worried that we don't have enough space to fit a 17 piece band. How much space do you need?
We don't need much more space than a 6 piece rock band. Our 13 horn players sit side by side and are more compact than you'd think. Ideally, 16' deep x 20' wide, but we can make smaller work just fine! Just ask!
Do we need to rent instruments or equipment?
Instruments and sound equipment are included. If we are outside and rain is possible, we'll need a tent to cover the audio equipment.
Who will do the set-up?
The band will. We like to arrive 2 hours in advance of playing to set up the audio equipment and chairs.
We will create a set list to capture the mood and vibe that you are looking for. You are welcome to request a song from our song list below. If you'd like a song not from our list, we may be able to play it if we can find a big band arrangement of it, costing only the price of the chart (usually $50-$75.)
88 Basie Street
A Foggy Day
All of Me
Almost Like Being in Love
Basie Straight Ahead
Bye Bye Blackbird
Days of Wine and Roses
Fly Me To The Moon
I Ain't Got Nobody
In a Mellow Tone
Kid From Red Bank
Stella by Starlight
Sweet Georgia Brown
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
When You Wish Upon A Star
A Child is Born
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
My Funny Valentine
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Big Band Era
Chattanooga Choo Choo
In The Mood
Little Brown Jug
Seven Come Eleven
Sing Sing Sing
Stompin at the Savoy
25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago)
A Hard Days Night (Beatles)
Aja (Steely Dan)
Born to be Wild
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)
Copacabana (Barry Manilow)
Deacon Blues (Steely Dan)
Eye of the Tiger
Here, There and Everywhere (Beatles)
Hey Jude (Beatles)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
Keep the Customer Satisfied (Simon and Garfunkel)
Live and Let Die (Beatles)
Norwegian Wood (Beatles)
Soul Man (Blues Brothers)
Spinning Wheel (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
The Beat Goes On
Vehicle (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
Beauty and the Beast
Meet the Flinstones
Gonna Fly Now (Rocky)
Christmas Song (Chestnuts)
Christmas Time is Here
Deck the Halls
Frosty the Snowman
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Happy Christmas, Little Friend
Here Comes Santa Claus
I Heard Christmas Bells on Christmas Day
Jingle Bell Rock
Let It Snow
O Christmas Tree
O Holy Night
Santa Claus in Coming to Town
We Wish You a Merry Christmas