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Frequently Asked Questions


DO YOU HAVE SAMPLES I CAN LISTEN TO ONLINE?

Yes, we have lots of classical, jazz, pop and dance band samples on our Live Music pages. Make sure to click on 'popular selections' above the demos on our traditionally classical ensembles to hear a sampling of our pop music options. Browse Live Music

DO YOU PROVIDE IN-PERSON CONSULTATIONS?

In-person consultations are not necessary as most of the repertoire options are available to hear on our website. We do provide in-depth email and phone consultations from the minute you inquire to the day of your wedding.

DO YOU HIRE STUDENT MUSICIANS?

We recognize that quality of musical talent, depth of repertoire knowledge, experience, and professionalism are the most important considerations to our wedding clients, so we do not hire amateur or student musicians for any of our engagements. All of our musicians are experienced professionals and are regarded as being at the top of their field. Our versatile musicians include Juno award winners, classically trained Julliard graduates, and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Opera. Many of our musicians have played with names such as Ray Charles, Yo Yo Ma, Michael Buble and Justin Bieber to name a few.

WHAT DO THE MUSICIANS WEAR?

For wedding ceremonies, the men dress in tuxedoes and the women in formal black attire, unless otherwise specified.

For wedding receptions the musicians will wear business attire unless otherwise requested.

HOW EARLY DO THE MUSICIANS ARRIVE?

Classical ensembles arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of your event.

Jazz ensembles arrive approximately 30-45 minutes prior to the booking time.

Dance bands may have to set up hours in advance as they require extra lighting and sound setup. If there is no event before yours, bands usually set up two hours in advance.

WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OF THE MUSICIANS FALLS ILL?

Our large roster of professional musicians ensures that we will be able to provide you with a replacement should anyone become ill or unable to perform at your wedding for any reason. Providing peace of mind for our clients is extremely important to us. You will never have to worry about not having the musicians show up for your big day if you book with Musical Occasions.

DO I NEED TO PROVIDE THE MUSICIANS WITH A MEAL?

Please provide a meal for each musician for bookings of 4 hours or longer. Refreshments are appreciated for bookings that are over 1.5 hours. Our bands and DJ’s arrive earlier to set up so they appreciate a meal for bookings that are longer than 3 hours.

DO YOUR MUSICIANS REQUIRE AMPLIFICATION?

Classical ensemble amplification is only suggested for events with over 150 guests, though not essential. Our jazz and dance bands provide their own amplification but may require extra equipment for large rooms and/or large guest lists.

DO I NEED TO PROVIDE SHADE/SHELTER FOR THE MUSICIANS IF THE EVENT IT OUTDOORS?

Yes, shade/shelter from direct sunlight or rain is required to protect the instruments. A tree, canopy or large ‘market style’ umbrella usually works fine, depending on the size of ensemble you choose – for eg. a harp trio or string quartet require something larger (ie. a canopy) to ensure proper coverage. An indoors Plan B or waterproof tent is required in case of poor weather – musicians cannot perform in rain, snow or strong wind.

ARE THE MUSICIANS ABLE TO MOVE LOCATIONS?

Classical musicians play acoustically so they can move easily from ceremony to cocktails and outdoors to indoors. Our amplified jazz ensembles may be able to move for a small fee, assuming there is power nearby. If you would like the musicians to change venues, the time it takes to commute between locations will be incorporated into the fee. Dance bands and DJs cannot be moved once they are set up.

CAN I HAVE A SONG THAT IS NOT LISTED ON YOUR LIVE MUSIC PAGES/SONG LIST?

Yes, this is usually not a problem. Please note that extra charges typically apply for special requests that are not already in our repertoire or that need to be arranged specially for the instruments that you choose.

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