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Once David has a chance to chat with you and get more information about your specific wedding date and location, we will e-mail you our complete pricing information packet. Discounts are given for Friday and Sunday weddings, off season (January — April) and non-profit organizations. We require a 25% deposit to reserve your date. the remaining balance will be due during the week prior to your event.

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Yes, we offer terrific discounts for Friday, Sunday, and events held January through April. There may be specific dates where we may have more flexibility. Give David a call and explain your event and he will do everything he can to work with your budget!
David Rothstein music, Inc was established in 1999 and has performed at over 2,800 spectacular events!
Yes, we will learn nearly any song you request. We have a full-time arranger on staff to accommodate all your specific needs. We encourage you to be as creative and personal as you like. Even if we never play your special request again, we’re happy to learn it for you free of charge. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us.
David will contact you quickly to answer all your questions and find out more about your wedding or event. After that, you will be e-mailed our complete pricing packet!
Yes, if your venue does not provide a piano, we will bring a keyboard for your ceremony or reception free of charge.
Yes, we will co-ordinate of all announcements and introductions throughout your event. We also will help coordinate with your vendors so you can relax and concentrate on your guests. We’re the only music company that provides a separate emcee. The emcee will be available to work directly with your vendors and be free to answer any questions you have. The band will be able to concentrate purely on playing music. This is a huge advantage to the flow of your wedding. You will get better photos, video, food service, and you will have complete peace of mind all night.

Professional, experienced, world-class musicians including 7 different ceremony ensembles, a jazz trio and a 7 to 10-piece band with DJ.

Yes, we have two state-of-the-art sound systems to accommodate a variety of venues. The sound system will be set up and tested two hours prior to the start of your event. Our professional sound staff will monitor the sound throughout your event to make sure it is perfect at all times.
A copy of the signed contract, a template of your wedding schedule, the current playlist for you to review and the “Tell Us More About You” form. We will also establish a folder to keep track of all your emails. We are as organized as it gets! We will even remind you when it’s time to set up a meeting to make sure we have all the details fine-tuned. We understand that you probably haven’t done this before and we will make sure you are in good shape the whole way through!

Meetings are usually scheduled on weekday afternoons, evenings, or weekend mornings or afternoons. We’ve found meetings with Zoom or over the phone to work best!

There will be many opportunities to see the band live at upcoming events. Most clients have booked us based on the recent live videos on our web site. It is as realistic as possible and shows a variety of styles. For the privacy of our clients, we invite guests with discretion.

We follow all COVID -19 State of Illinois guidelines for all events. We’ve been able to move nearly all of our weddings since March of 2020 to 2021 or 2022. If people want to reschedule their wedding dates, even 2 or 3 times, we’re happy to do that free of charge. The deposit is non-refundable, as it secures the date for you and for us. We would turn away other weddings to make sure our band stays reserved for you. If you decide to do a smaller wedding with all the music for your ceremony, cocktails, and dinner followed by a DJ instead of a band, we would simply void the current contract and create a new contract. Instead of having the remaining balance due at that time, we would only require the amount to cover costs of the updated ensembles. As I’ve said, we’ve been able to work with each and every couple to make sure it is as fair as possible. We know we’ll be able to do the same for you as well.

Yes we give you a separate Emcee who will take care of all your announcements and co-ordiante with you, your planner and all your vendors. This also allows the band to concentrate only on playing music. With DRM, if you have a question you can simply ask our nearby Emcee. With other bands you’ll need to walk across the room interrupting the band leader who is on stage and trying to perform. He takes care of everything so you can relax and enjoy your wedding. You’ll get the best photos, videos and food service since they will be in the right place at the right time. With DRM, The Emcee is the Emcee and the Band is the Band!

The only additional costs are for staff meals for the musicians. You caterer will give you the cost for vendor meals which will be very minimal but greatly appreciated by the band and all your hard working vendors! If there are parking expenses they will need to be covered as well. Gratuity is optional, but is typically 5-10% of the overall cost. If the wedding or event is outside of 60 miles from Chicago there may be travel expenses which would be included in the initial proposal.

There’s no real difference. Many times a smaller sized ensemble (3-6 musicians) is referred to a band while a larger group (7-20 musicians) is considered an orchestra.

The toasts happen generally during dinner. There’s traditionally a Welcome Toast by the Father of the Bride before the blessing. Then once the salads are served you would have 2-4 toasts. If you have more than 4 toasts you can divide them up by doing some once one the main course is served. We will provide a wireless mic for all the toasts and will take care of introducing anyone giving a toast and making sure all your vendors are ready to go.

First let’s define what dancing between choruses is. It is used for all weddings on the east coast and amazingly enough called East Coast style. It has become very popular for wedding throughout the country because of the many benefits to your wedding. The biggest difference is the dance orchestra starts at the beginning of dinner instead of after dinner.

 

Here’s what the overall schedules would look like.

 

Dancing after Dinner (Mid-West Style)

 

Schedule Overview:

5:45 – 6:30pm Ceremony Classical Duo (Violin and Piano)

6:30 – 7:30pm Cocktails Jazz Trio (Piano, Bass and Sax)

7:30 – 9:00pm Dinner Jazz Trio Continues

9:00 – 12:00am 10-Piece Orchestra

 

Ceremony:

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5:45-6:30pm Ceremony Classical Duo

 

Cocktails:

6:30-7:30pm Jazz Trio

 

Dinner:

7:30-9:00pm Jazz Trio Continues

 

 7:30pm Doors open (Guests enter ballroom)

           Bridal Party Introductions

                        

           Flower Girl:              escorted by Ring Bearer:

                        

           Parents of the Bride:

            Parents of the Groom:

           Ushers:        

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen:

                                    escorted by

                                    escorted by

                                                                  

 

 Matron of Honor                   escorted by Best Man

                                                                

  Bride and Groom: 

                            

7:40                Toasts:

                        Toast 1:    

                        Toast 2:        

                        Toast 3:     

                      Toast 4:    

                 

7:50  Blessing Over Meal:

 

8:00 Announce   Cake Cutting

        Meal is served

                                   

Dancing:

9:00-12:00am 10-Piece Orchestra

                       

                  First Dance:                   

                       

                 Father/Daughter:     

                 Mother/Son Dance:    

                 Everyone begins dancing   

 

10:30pm    Bouquet/Garter      

 

 

Dancing Between Choruses (East Coast Style)

 

Schedule Overview:

5:45 – 6:30pm Ceremony Classical Duo (Violin and Piano)

6:30 – 7:30pm Cocktails Jazz Trio (Piano, Bass and Sax)

7:30 – 9:00pm Dinner 10-Piece Orchestra

9:00 – 12:00am Dancing 10-Piece Orchestra Continues

 

                           

Ceremony:

5:45-6:30pm Ceremony Classical Duo

 

Cocktails:

6:30-7:30pm Jazz Trio

 

Dinner:

7:30-9:00pm Jazz Trio Continues

 

 7:30pm Doors open (Guests enter ballroom)

           Bridal Party Introductions

                        

           Flower Girl:              escorted by Ring Bearer:

                        

           Parents of the Bride:

            Parents of the Groom:

           Ushers:        

 

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen:

                                    escorted by

                                    escorted by

                                    escorted by

                                  

 

   Matron of Honor                   escorted by Best Man

 

                                                                

  Bride and Groom: 

    

                 First Dance:                  

                  Father/Daughter:     

                 Mother/Son Dance:    

                 Everyone dances one song

 

  “Ladies and Gentlemen we will have plenty of dancing throughout the evening. In the meantime please be seated”          

                 

7:40                Toasts:

                        Toast 1:    

                        Toast 2:        

                        Toast 3:     

                      Toast 4:    

                 

7:50  Blessing Over Meal:

 

8:00 Announce   Cake Cutting

        Salad is served

After Salads is being cleared:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, while you are waiting for your main course we’d like to invite to join us for dancing.”

 

The Catering Director cues David once the main course is served.

“Ladies and Gentlemen we will have plenty of dancing throughout the evening. In the meantime please be seated as your main course is being served.”    

           

Dancing:

9:00-12:00am 10-Piece Orchestra Continues

                       

   

 

10:30pm    Bouquet/Garter      

 

                    

 

 

 

 

 

     Dancing Between Courses has several huge benefits to the flow of your wedding:

 

WHAT HAPPENS:

      Dance Orchestra starts performing as the door to the ballroom open.

    

      BENEFITS:

You will make a big impression of having a full orchestra as your guests come in.

      

     WHAT HAPPENS:

When you are introduced with a standing ovation you walk right to the dance floor for your First Dance, Father/Daughter and Mother/Son.

   

     BENEFITS:

           All the formal dances are completed.  After dinner you will have 3 hours of uninterrupted

            Dancing.

 

      WHAT HAPPENS:

            Your guests are invite to dance once song.

 

      BENEFITS:

             The dancing will jump start your party and put your guests in the mood for a great night.

   

      WHAT HAPPENS:

              Guests are invited to dance after the salad course.  

 

       BENEFITS:

              Instead of sitting with a dirty plate with waiting reaching around them, they can dance to

              their favorite songs.

 

      WHAT HAPPENS:

              The dance orchestra performs for 4 ½ hours instead of 3.

 

       BENEFITS:

               You can choose more of your favorite songs.

                If toasts are long or the food is running behind you’re covered.

The solo piano and jazz trio (piano, bass and sax) are the perfect ensemble for your cocktail hour. They will play relaxing background jazz. They will bring a keyboard free of charge. Your guests will be able to stand right next to the trio and talk comfortably. It will set the perfect mood and will be a clear change from the formalness of your ceremony.

We have a variety of options to work with nearly any budget. They range from $8,000-15,000 depending on the number of hours and size of each ensemble. They are organized in various packages that are most traditionally used. Any of them can be adapted to your specific needs. Discounts are given for Fridays, Sundays, and off-season weddings. We also offer a military discount. If we happen to be open for your particular date and it’s coming up quickly, we may be able to offer you a very special discount. Travel fees may apply if the wedding is over 60 miles from Chicago.

There are a number of sources such as The Knot, Wedding Wire, Google searches, or Facebook/Instagram. What you want to look for is consistency in terms of the amount of information and clear message that they bring to each of their listings. If it’s a on a site that displays reviews, be sure to read them. It’ll give you a general idea of what that band is all about. Spend quality time on their website and see if their message is consistent and fits in with something that you’re looking for.

Typically, cocktails will last one hour. If you are doing photos, or if you have a large number of guests, sometimes cocktails can be stretched to one and a half hours.
Dinner typically lasts one and a half hours. It includes much more than just the meal itself. If you have a large number of guests or have a lot of activities during dinner, it can be two hours long.
The traditional amount of time for dancing is three hours. This of course can be extended as long as you’d like, anywhere from three to six hours. You can also do what’s called an afterparty, which would use one of our DJ ensembles after the band has finished. You can see the cost to add more time in our pricing packet. If you are considering adding more time to dancing, it is best to do it in the initial contract, as the rate for overtime is much higher.
Ideally, you want to book your band as far ahead in advance as you feel comfortable. Most people book their band between 6 and 18 months before their wedding. It’s to your advantage to get the band you really want as soon as you’re ready, as the best bands are filling up quickly.

#1. Experience: You want to make sure you have a band who has played a large number of weddings over several years.

#2. Versatility: Is the band able to adapt to your specific needs? Have they performed a wide variety of weddings?

#3. Talent: Are the musicians exceptionally talented performing many styles of music?

#4. Organization: What do they do in terms of keeping your wedding organized and taking care of the announcements and introductions?

#5. Professionalism: Do they seem like a very professional music company, or just a random band?

#6. Customization: Do they care about your specific needs? Are they willing to go above and beyond to give me exactly what you want?

Hiring a band they see at a club. There is a big difference between a wedding band and a club band. Having a pre-set budget without any flexibility once you’ve learned what they can do for your wedding. Hiring a band who also happens to be family friends is another huge mistake. Judging a band by a pre-recorded CD done in a studio. You need to see the band in a live setting so that you can see the reaction of the crowd, not just how great of a recording they made.

If a band initially seems cheaper but they don’t give you the results you want and need, did you really save money? If a band doesn’t have all of your guests dancing or is disorganized, will you remember how much you saved? Think about all of the money you’re investing into your overall wedding. Your guests won’t remember anything else about your wedding if you don’t have quality music. Always invest in the things that will have the biggest impact on your wedding. Focus on the value that the band will bring to your wedding, not the cost.
Ask how many years they’ve been in business. Ask about their versatility with songs and their willingness to learn new songs. Have them tell you stories about recent weddings they’ve done. Tell them some of your favorite songs and your ideas for your wedding. See how well they listen to your ideas. Ask what makes their band better and different than their competition.

Having separate ceremony musicians will help with the flow of transitioning from the end of your ceremony to the beginning of cocktails. It will also make sure that you have musicians who are specifically trained for ceremony music. We actually offer you a ceremony music planning guide, which helps you pick out all of the music for each of aspect of your entire ceremony.

The MC is crucial for the execution of all the functions related to your wedding. You need to have someone who understands the big picture of how everything fits together. It can’t be an enthusiastic family friend or a random band member acting as your MC. They need to be working with all of your vendors to make sure everything is in the right place at the right time before any announcements are made. A professional MC will also make sure everything is written out phonetically. Our music company provides you with a separate person to focus 100% on the announcements and introductions, which allows the band to concentrate on performing the music.

 

For your ceremony, you will need a small ensemble ranging from a classical duo up to a string quartet. For cocktails, a solo piano or jazz trio. For dinner, a jazz trio, 7-, or 10-piece orchestra, depending on if you’re doing dancing between courses or not. Dancing, 7-, 10-, or 14-piece orchestra.

PRELUDE: Begins 15 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony.

PROCESSIONAL: Divided into 2 parts: one song for the bridal party and one song for the bride.

SERVICE: This is optional. It could include Unity Candle, Presentation of flowers, Hymns or a concert piece. 

RECESSIONAL: 

As you are pronounced as officially married you both come down the aisle and exit the room. The musicians will continue to

Yes, we listen carefully to make sure your wedding is as formal or as casual as you’d like to have it. It should be a reflection of who you are as a couple. We have experience doing a wide variety of weddings.

We will work directly with your venue so that we are prepared for everything from the power requirements to loading and parking, as well as the details of the specific rooms you are using for your wedding.

Our typical size bands are 7-, 10-, or 14-piece orchestras. Each of them includes a DJ, as well as a separate emcee. We have additional add-ons, such as a Sinatra vocalist, percussionist, or individual violinist. If you have something unique in mind, we’re more than happy to accommodate you. We specialize in doing incredible customized weddings. You’ll get the perfect ensemble for each aspect of your ceremony.

Stage lighting is included for any size band. If you need up-lighting for the room, we can put together a price quote for that as well.

Yes, we adjust the sound throughout the evening. Our sound system includes the ability to use an iPad Mini to stand behind your guests on the dance floor and adjust the sound based on what your guests are hearing. During announcements and introductions, the speakers are pointed out toward the tables. Then when it is time for dancing, they are pointed toward the center of the dance floor. The sound is always full and comfortable without ever being too loud. If any of your guests feel that it is too loud, we will quickly adjust it to ensure everyone feels comfortable.

The men musicians wear black suits with white shirts and a long black dress tie. Women will wear a black or colorful cocktail dress.

If the wedding is being held at a church, it is almost always one and a half hours. If the ceremony is being held at the same place as the reception, it will almost always be 30 minutes with an additional 15 minutes of prelude music, for a total of 45 minutes. The costs of the ceremony ensembles are based on up to one and a half hours of time.

 

Once we have your preferences of styles, songs, and artists to play or not play, we will put together a setlist. If a guest comes up and requests a song that is within your preferences, we’re happy to play it. If you do not want any guests to request songs and we will stick to your specific requests only.

David acts as the designated MC. He will work directly with your other vendors and answer any questions you have throughout the evening. Since he is separate from the band, it allows them to focus purely on playing the music while David takes care of making sure all of your vendors are in the right place at the right time before making any announcements and introductions. This will give you complete peace of mind throughout the evening. You’ll get better results from all of your vendors, as well. Most bands have one of the musicians act as the MC, which can interfere with the flow of the evening and the ability of the band to play the music free of interruptions by questions from the bride and groom or vendors. You’ll get better results for your entire evening by having David as the separate MC.

We have full liability insurance. We are happy to provide that to your venue for your wedding date. It is the most complete insurance available and covers any situation. Luckily, we’ve never had to use it for any of the events, but it is certainly great peace of mind to know that everything is completely covered.

We specialize in being completely versatile! We love playing everything from Top 40 to Motown to Disco, Funk, and even Sinatra. If there are ethnic songs you’d like to have included, we can certainly take care of that for you as well. We feel it’s important to have every guest you invited to your wedding stay until the very end of the night. The more we can know and your guests, the better we can perform the perfect songs to keep everyone dancing until the very last note.

All of our videos are from live performances at actual weddings. So, you can see not only the quality and talent of the actual musicians, but the reaction of the crowd as well. Be sure to watch videos of all the ensembles for your ceremony, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The gallery page also includes a great deal of photos of packed dance floors and our talented musicians.

 

Once we receive your signed contract and 25% deposit, we will email you the DRM Welcome Packet, which includes a template of your schedule, our list of arrangements, and a Tell Us More About You form. We’ll also open up an email file for you to keep track of every message back and forth. We are always available to answer any questions. You can contact us via email, call, or text. The more organized you are, the more fun you will have at your wedding. Remember, when you hire our band, you’re getting a full music company to help you, as well. We’re always here to help from your first inquiry to the last note.


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