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Christmas Party Band – 6 Questions You Need To Ask

So, you’re looking for a Christmas party band for hire, but you’ve never hired musicians before. Here’s a list of 6 questions you should ask when you’re looking to hire musicians for a Christmas party.

Availability and Booking Process of the Christmas Party Band

Obviously, the first thing you need to find out when you’re looking for a Christmas party band for hire is whether the musicians are available. While it seems crazy, for best availability, start looking for bands for your Christmas party in the summer. This way, you’ll have the best chance of being able to book the band of your choice.

While you’re still early in the process of looking for a Christmas party band for hire, this is a good time to find out about the booking process. Is there a booking agreement? Is there deposit required, and if so, how much? How can you pay – by credit card, Zelle®, Apple Pay, etc.?

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Pricing and Packages

Price is always something top-of-mind when you’re looking for a Christmas party band for hire, but remember that price should only be one aspect of your decision. Prices can range pretty drastically between Christmas party bands, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect quality. Also, remember that musicians are often busiest in December, so their rates may be higher than during the rest of the year. That said, a Christmas party band for hire in the Phoenix area will probably range from the lowest of about $300 for an hour to over $1000 for up to 4 hours. Rates will differ greatly depending upon if you’re looking to hire, say, a solo guitarist vs a 6 piece band. Most Christmas party bands have their own equipment, so you probably won’t be charged extra for that, but there may be additional fees for travel and special holiday rates.

Repertoire and Style

While you may think you want your Christmas party band to play all Christmas music, if your party is several hours long, you may consider mixing it up a bit so it doesn’t get too tedious. We suggest you find an ensemble who also plays additional style your guests might like including jazz, rock or pop. You can also request your Christmas party band focus on specific kinds of Christmas music such as hymns, golden age carols from the 1930s-1960s (including “White Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “A Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting…),” “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” or “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,”) secular (including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Jingle Bell Rock”) and pop cover songs

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Experience

As always when hiring musicians, not just when looking for Christmas party band for hire, be sure to ask how long the band has been performing together. These days, a lot of ensembles just put together musicians they have on their roster but who may not necessarily play together often. While they may be great musicians in their own right, they may not sound so cohesive if they’re not used to playing together.

Also, if you’re looking for musicians for a longer period of time, you’ll want to make sure they have a large repertoire so they don’t run out of music to play. Musicians who specialize in weddings may not have large repertoires of Christmas music that they will feel comfortable playing for several hours. And remember, musicians are people too – doing any activity for an extended period of time is exhausting, even for musicians in good shape.

Setup

A small Christmas party band (one to three musicians) doesn’t take up much space and won’t need a stage, but remember, if you’re looking for a Christmas party band for hire that’s larger than about 3 people, you will need to consider where you will place the musicians and their sound system. A small Christmas party band won’t need a lot of time for set-up or sound check, but if you’re considering a larger band, be sure to ask about set-up and sound check time.

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Customization of the Christmas Party Band

Many people get into the spirit of the season and inspired to sing along to Christmas music. When you’re looking for a Christmas party band for hire, it’s always good to ask in advance how they feel about having guests sing along. If you’d like to have this at your party, be sure to let your musicians know in advance so they can plan for it. If you’ll be making any speeches at your Christmas party, the band may have mics you can use to make it easy for you to be heard without any hassle.

If you were feeling a bit overwhelmed about looking for a Christmas party band for hire, we hope these tips have given you more confidence. Nothing compares to live music to celebrate the holiday season, so please do contact us for availability of flute and guitar music for your Christmas party this season!


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