Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Live Music Or Hire A Function Band?

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By Elizabeth Pratt

Whether you have a major event coming up, or maybe a debut party, wedding party, business anniversary or whatever planned event it may be, take into consideration that inviting a function band may be a good idea for your upcoming party. It can even make what may be a dull party into something more extravagant without ruining the theme of the event itself.

Live music can take a party from good to great and top flight entertainment will have people talking for years to come. However this will only happen if you hire the right people and follow a few simple rules.

Getting a recommendation by word of mouth is the cheapest and most effective way in finding the right function band for you. In fact, you do not have to spend a single dime at all. Maybe your neighbors can recommend someone that can play good music, or your friend may have his or her own function band.

Maybe you can set up a schedule with them whenever they can present you with something that they perform, but if there is really no chance of performing live, asking for their demo video would be the next best thing to do. It is necessary that you know how this particular band performs. You of course, want this band to sound amazingly awesome, but look excellent as well.

Ask the function band leader for a song and price list. They should have their prices in writing and if they have no definite price structure then perhaps you should not bother with them. Professional function bands should handle themselves in a business like manner, not attempt to wing the negotiations. It is normal to put a ten to twenty percent, non-refundable deposit down to secure your date.

Questions that you may want to ask: Do they take requests? Most bands will if thery are given enough notice so be sure to ask them when making your initial booking.

You may want to see their equipment as well. Check that their equipment is adequate and of course safe. It is very important that they are aware and practice safety precautions and make sure that they will follow them carefully, for instance; no loose wiring should be exposed.

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.

The function band should arrive one hour before the party starts. It is important that they set up all the equipment before the audience arrives. In addition, you can give the manager or their leader an overview of the party's flow.

Everyone would be staring at your function band once they take center stage. You can take some of your time to take a quick look at how they look. Are they presentable? Doing so, this hosted party will result in making headlines all over town; you will have the neighbors talking about it for ages!

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