Directory of Wedding Orchestras and Bands for Hire in Chicago





Alliance Members

  • David Rothstein Music
    We Pack Dance Floors Every Weekend!

    David Rothstein Music

    "Hiring David Rothstein Music for our Wedding was the best decision we made for our wedding!!"

    - Emily and Sean Bareete

    David Rothstein Music invites you to come hear us perform live at upcoming weddings. We'll be happy for you to see us play live, we just need to check with the couple first.  All the videos we have on our site and YouTube Channel are taken directly from actual recent weddings so you can see what the band REALLY sounds like in person. We don't use any studio highly edited recordings. The reaction of the crowd is as crucial as the sound of the band.  Since we are one of the busiest music companies in Chicago, we have had the same talented powerful musicians since 2002.

    I invite you to visit our website to see hundreds of recents photos of packed dance floors, Live videos for your Ceremony, Cocktails and Reception and over 100 reviews.

    Our level of customization is one of our biggest priorities.  For Ex. Last fall a bride said they were huge fans of Seinfeld. I found a store in Hollywood that had all the original scripts from the studio. I had the script to their favorite episode, Non-Fat Yogurt,  FedExed to us. We had all the guests sign the script which we gave them at the end of the night. We learned and play the Theme song to Seinfeld live at their wedding. They were surprised and thrilled!

    You can read dozens of similar stories on our website. David Rothstein Music believes weddings are about people and the things they love.

    We have a full time arranger on staff that can create the music for any song you request. Last summer we played a Beatles Wedding where we learned 14 Beatles songs for them free of charge.

    You're invited to learn about our Share Your Love program. With your permission, we will donate all the flowers after your wedding to a Chicago Nursing Home or Women's Shelter.

    David Rothstein Music is a High Energy Band with a HUGE heart. We will look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Watch Live Videos and See Photos of Packed Dance Floors

    Want a packed dance floor?

    Want an Emcee to take care of everything?

    Want a Chicago Wedding everyone talks about?

    Want a Chicago Wedding designed around YOU?

    David Rothstein Music can give you everything you want for your incredible wedding.

    Click below to explore our super helpful website. Just wait until you see it. Get the Music You Love!

    332 S Michigan Ave Fl. 9
    Chicago, IL 60604

    call/text :: 773.719.7610
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Inner Circle Members

  • Stu Hirsh Orchestra (Riverwoods, IL)
    orchestrating great times

    The Stu Hirsh OrchestraThe Stu Hirsh Orchestra - One of Chicago's premier dance bands, providing live music and live entertainment for parties and events, including weddings and wedding receptions.

    "Thank you so much for the wonderful job your orchestra did at our bridal event. Your music, as always, was beautiful."

    - TIFFANY & CO.

    2417 Pebble Beach Lane
    Riverwoods, IL 60015

    phone :: (847) 914-0444
    fax :: (847) 914-0450
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  • The Innocenti String Quartet (Chicago and Nationwide)
    The Musical Excellence

    Innocenti String QuartetFor over 10 years and thousands of events, Innocenti String is the No.1choice for your wedding Music needs. Book the finest professional musicians in Chicago for your event.
    If you are looking for chicago wedding musicians as well as chicago string quartet and chicago ceremony musicians, please visit our website for more details.

    "I wanted to let you know how delighted we were with the Innocenti String Quartet. It was such a beautiful day, made all the more perfect by the music you played. You were absolutely superb and created a wonderful atmosphere to compliment the surroundings. We had so many comments from friends who loved the Romantic pieces you performed, it was just brilliant!"

    - Emma Grifith, Wedding, June 2007

    The Innocenti Strings Chicago

    phone :: 773.360.5405
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General Members

  • Michael Jackson Celebrity Impersonator - 3 Legends
    (Chicago, Milwaukee, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and beyond!)
    New Shows, the Classic Songs. New moves, the Michael Jackson of 2014

    Michael Jackson 3-Legends. Wedding Reception Entertainment. Wow the guests with the show that has inspired the rave reviews of: "Mind blowing and Riveting","Celebrity Struck","Best Bday in my life" and "thoroughly enjoyable". Chicago Based. Now available to hire check your date for availability. .

    "The best! Michael Jackson was at our wedding! Lol. It's pretty much the talk of everyone there. At one point, I took a second to look around and everyone is glued to this guy! And 50% of the guests had their phones out."

    - Molly Doan: Bay City, Michigan

    phone :: 630.631.8581
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  • The Paul Mabin Band (Within 150 miles of Chicago)
    We Pack the dance floor!
    We are THE Chicago Wedding Band!

    How do we pack the dance floor?

    I read the crowd. Every crowd is not the same. Every wedding has its own unique make up of people. I find out all the music that you love, and then customize it for your wedding day.

    What separates me from other bands?

    I am the band leader, the lead singer and the MC for every event.

    When I speak with my clients, I let them know, first and foremost, that I am the person that will be present on the day of your wedding. I will be on the stage performing and making sure that the day runs smoothly.

    I do not send out multiple bands. When this happens the owner of the company has other weddings on his or her mind on the day your wedding.
    Trying to operate 2 or 3 bands on during your wedding day takes away from the integrity of one great band’s amazing performance. I know this because I have been hired to sing for several other bands. I have experienced their cookie cutter mentality in putting an extra band together. It does not work. There should be on going communication between you and the person that is going to be the personality, singer, MC and every other important detail to be executed on the day of your wedding.

    It is the lead singer and the bandleader that you want to meet. The lead singer performs the songs of your choice. There’s nothing worse than hiring a band and then seeing a singer that you haven’t even met. This would never happen with The Paul Mabin Band.

    Paul - We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding the best night ever. From the second you started playing, the dance floor was packed! I can\'t tell you how many people have commented that you were the best wedding band they had ever heard. Even the stodgy bellhop at the ULC stopped my mom the next day to find out the name of your band and commented how fantastic you guys were. And, my dad, who is a tough critic in the music department, said that you were one of the most talented singers he has ever seen! I can\'t wait to show you all the pictures. No less than five of our unmarried friends have commented that they intend to book you when they get married. They better because we want see you guys again! Thanks, again. You are the best!

    - Steph & Michael

    phone :: 847.217.4609
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  • Speak Easy Entertainment (Chicago, IL)
    great bands to choose from... request to see videos

    Featuring Speak Easy Swing and Sway Chicago. Book Speak Easy Swing when jazz is the tune and swing is the rule.

    SWAY Chicago is an ultra-hip, high-energy dance band specializing in Motown, Soul, Disco, Top-40 and Big-Band music, featuring some of the best entertainers this town has to offer. Jazz and classical ensembles also available for dinner and cocktails.

    "We couldn't have been more pleased with Sway Chicago at our wedding last Saturday. Not only was Sway very professional and easy to work with, you were so flexible and organized... but from our guests, just rave reviews about the tremendous sound and selection of music that you played. Everyone was up and dancing and singing. It was just a wonderful addition to our wedding and I can't thank you enough for making it such a wonderful evening."

    - Maribeth Carroll (mother of bride)
    August 23rd 2003 - Palmer House

    toll free :: 888-567-7929
    email ::
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  • The Keystone Chamber Ensemble (Chicago and suburbs)
    Music for the Moment

    As a professional string quartet, we provide music for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, private parties, corporate parties, bar and bat mitzvahs. We have literally hundreds of selections to choose from and have the unique ability to arrange anything not seen on our website for string quartet. Most of our music has been arranged specifically for our ensemble.

    "Thank you for helping to make my wedding day beautiful. Your music was simply wonderful, adding elegance to my special day."

    phone :: 847.676.9647
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  • FANTASIA (Chicago & Suburbs)
    One of the Most Versatile Wedding and Party Bands in Chicago . . . at an Affordable Price!

    FANTASIA provides the sound of a 9-piece orchestra at half the cost! Great dance music with the unique option of authentic Italian music to please a wide variety of musical tastes.

    Contact us for a demo CD!

    ... you were even better than I had imagined and your CD doesn't do you justice. Thanks so much for helping to make our wedding a great success."

    - Chris A.

    phone :: 630.588.1141
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  • Rhapsody Orchestra (Chicago and suburbs)
    Boogie outside the box!

    "We wanted to thank you for helping to make our reception perfect in every way. Your voices were great and our first dance was perfect, just as we had imagined it. The music was lively and you were a great Emcee! We knew we wanted good music and you guys blew us away!"

    - Diana and Will Cohen at Spaggia, Chicago

    Since 1996 Rhapsody has been delivering high-powered performances for special events that pack dance floors and leave people wanting more. Those who have had the pleasure to see the band live thrive off of their energy and are amazed at how the group seamlessly weaves from one song to another at a pace that leaves one breathless. Rhapsody Orchestra is perfect for people wanting something more hip than a stereotypical wedding band. You'll find songs on Rhapsody's song list that you won't see with other bands. Become a part of a long history of satisfied clients and have Rhapsody Orchestra at your next event!

    Band Leader :: Temple Schultz
    phone :: 312.924.5750
    web ::
  • UpBeat Band & UpBeat Orchestra (Chicago and Midwest)
    Committed to musical excellence, we create unforgettable memories.

    UpBeat Orchestra delivers a seamless, polished, high energy show - we prepare and customize a playlist including all of the songs/format you envision for the event, and we are known for our "song medleys" - these are groups of songs that segue seamlessly from one song to the next, and create excitement and keep the momentum going all night long (no breaks in between songs) - we personalize our play list and everything with you in our planning stages. The quality of our preparation, performance and musicianship is the reason we get so many referrals, and I invite you to see for yourself on our website link and reviews below. Our service is comprehensive, and includes complete planning administration (office meetings, our 6 page wedding check list, customized music, traditions, etc.), pro hosting with our cordless mics (for wedding party intros, toasts, etc., very important), pro sound and lights. We are a great value with proven reliability. We take pride in creating an exciting dance party celebration, and, for myself Kari, Ebonie, and our entire group, we really care about personalized attention and details that make your event truly special.

    "THANK YOU and the entire band for making our wedding day spectacular!  Having musicians that play with as much passion as you really made the party. My feet still hurt from dancing so much - everyone is still talking about how much fun we had.  Thank you for playing the variety we asked for - even my Grandmother was dancing!  I'm definitely recommending you to my friends!"

    - Jody and Dan Merrion, Chicago Historical Society

    UpBeat Music Productions
    3615 N. Ashland Ave
    Chicago IL 60613

    phone :: 773.296.9296
    web ::
  • The St. Louis Big Band (National)
    Great Music, Emcee, & Professional Planning

    Visit our website to instantly download our full pricing packet.  With a retro mix of hot jazz, swing, and rock-n-roll the St. Louis Big Band features Joe Scalzitti as a young Sinatra and is home to the exclusive Gatsby wedding package. Offering a 9-18 piece configuration The St. Louis Big Band fills the dance floors for the nation's most discerning wedding & corporate clients. Whether your event will be traditional, east-coast, or a unique style of your own The St. Louis Big Band has the experience to bring your vision to life. With the Rachel Bisch St. Louis Big Band pop package you'll hear retro versions of current hits.

    "Dear Ryan & the Band, September 27, 2014 will go down in people's memories as the best party of the year (and my life!). Jack and I have you to thank for creating a soul-filled, fantastically musical atmosphere that our guests loved. When I started planning our wedding, the only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted live, big band music. I knew nothing about the St. Louis Big Band, but I trusted my gut. Boy, did I make the right call! Thank you for your time, your professionalism, your kindness, and your talent. PS - We LOVED your rendition of 'You Are the Best Thing'"

    - Catherine & Jack (Letter received 10/2014)

    phone :: 314.608.5721
    web ::
  • Bradley Young Entertainment
    (Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA)

    21st Century Arts & Entertainment, the home of Bradley Young Entertainment and the internationally acclaimed Bradley Young Orchestra. We provide incomparable music & entertainment for Chicago's hottest and hippest parties... so whether you're looking for electrifying entertainment to rock a wedding, corporate event, benefit or gala, no one creates a more innovative and explosive party experience! From yesterdays chart-busting smash hits to today's hottest dance grooves, 21st Century Arts & Entertainment will rock you right into the stratosphere with sensational party music!

    "You and the orchestra are all outstanding musicians and consummate professionals. The energy and atmosphere during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and ripping reception created by your sound was felt and experienced by all. It was magical, joyous, emotional, spiritual, and incredibly fun. Thanks for contributing to this wonderful experience for us and our guests. You are a part of our history."

    - Jeremy & Donna Clorfene, bride & groom
  • Dave Ivaz Music (Chicago area, Wisconsin and Indiana)
    Tired Of The Same Old Song And Dance?

    The Dave Ivaz Orchestra delivers a repertoire that offers more. Sure, we play the "classics," from society standards and swing to Motown, disco, pop chart toppers and latin dance favorites. But we also perform a large selection of classic and alternative rock - both danceable and quiet dinner music selections - not usually found on dance orchestra play lists. We go the extra mile for you, delivering the highest level of personalized service. Need help with planning? We work with you every step of the way to make your even extraordinary.

    "From the ceremony, to the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, you accommodated all of our requests…we received many, many compliments from our guests. We have three other daughters, and plan to call you again when it's their turn for a wedding. Thank you again."
  • High Society Orchestra (Within 150 miles of Chicago)
    Packing the Dance Floor Since 1993

    You've dreamed your event down to the smallest detail.

    Now, let High Society Orchestra help make your dream a reality!

    Since 1993 the High Society Orchestra has been helping its clients create the events of their dreams.

    We do this by providing exceptional musical entertainment designed to match your unique vision.

    We do not use any cookie cutters in our planning process!

    Many bands try to force their formula and agenda into all situations. The High Society Orchestra is different. We start by listening to your ideas, concerns and desires. Once we are positive we understand your vision, we make it our mission to create the event of your dreams.

    We believe it is this concern and attention to detail (along with the special moments created) that has made the High Society Orchestra one of the most sought after high energy dance bands for extraordinary weddings, parties, galas, and corporate events in Chicago and the surrounding area.

    Need music for your ceremony and cocktail or dinner hours? We are specialists in this area too!

    Are you ready to share your dream with us?

    We're ready to listen!


    How can you judge what the band sounds and looks like unless you see them in a video or performing live? How do you even know if this is the band that you are hiring?

    Check out our website for video of our band live and also for videos of wedding dance floors we’ve packed.

    Like what you see?


    Many band leaders will tell you that brides don't want anyone to come hear the band at their wedding. Our brides are happy to allow us to invite one appropriately dressed couple to discretely check out the band for a few minutes.


    We want you to see, hear and experience the HIGH SOCIETY ORCHESTRA.

  • Chicago Lighting Design (Midwest)
    Bringing Ideas To Light

    We provide lighting, drapery, and other design and decor solutions to make your wedding a truly unique event! We have over 30 years creating special days for your and your guests.

    phone :: 630.303.9624
    fax :: 630.554.9946
    web ::

More Resources: Wedding Orchestras and Bands

  • Dennis Keith Band (Midwest, Chicago & suburbs)
    Over 20 year’s experience packing the dance floor & making parties fun.
  • Mabin Millennium Music (Chicago and suburbs)
    Chicago's A List Musical Entertainment for your next special event!
  • The TVK Orchestra (Buffalo Grove, IL)
    we listen to you
  • The Terré Cohen Orchestra Conducted by Rich Maisel
    (Buffalo Grove, IL)
    incredible talent • consummate professionalism
  • Chicago Rhythm Review (Clarendon Hills, IL)
    The Band that SMOLDERS in the City of Big Shoulders
  • The Rockerfellers Orchestra and The Delta Rhythm Kings
    (Chicagoland & Tristate area)
  • Matthew Moran Music (Serving Greater Chicagoland!)
    Full Band Sound, One Man Price!
  • Jamaican Breeze (Chicago and suburbs)
    Sounds of the Caribbean
  • Orchestra of the Americas
    (Chicago, the Midwest, National and International)
    Orchestra of the Americas: The Band of Your Wildest Dancing Dreams
  • Peter Hennes Orchestra
    Experience Chicago's Hottest Celebration!
  • Rhythm City
    Chicago's Class R & B Act
  • Larry Eckerling and his orchestra
    the ultimate in high energy entertainment
  • Scott Olson Orchestra
    when your music must be right
  • Glen Traeger and his Orchestra
    When my orchestra hits the stage, you will experience the ultimate dance orchestra with sophistication, electricity and non-stop musical entertainment.
  • Brassworks Music Productions
    Extraordinary music for all occasions!

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