F requently Asked Questions :
Q: What sets you apart from other bands we are looking into?
A: With Night To Remember, what you see and hear is what you get! We are not a multi-state agency who assembles a group of contracted musicians for your event and calls them “Band X.” The pictures that you see and the demos that you hear are the same musicians who will be at your event. We wouldn’t have it any other way! Night To Remember is based in Indiana only and you will be dealing directly with the owner of the company and the leader of the band, Jon. Nobody has more interest in your satisfaction than the owner of the company! We also do free on-site planning meetings, prior to your date, if you are within a couple hours of us.
Q: How far do you travel?
A: We are based in Indiana, but are willing to travel anywhere for your event! Of course, there are additional charges for our time, travel, lodging, etc. If your event is within a couple hours of Fort Wayne, IN (our home base), there is no additional charge.
Q: What type of music do you play?
A: For receptions and other high-energy events, we focus on danceable
Top 40, Rock, Pop, Blues, Funk and Motown from about the 1960’s to today. We know what keeps large, diverse groups of people on the dance floor and that’s what we focus on.
For wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, and dinner hour, we can shift to other genres, such as classical, jazz, or soft rock/ pop. Let us know what your vision is and we can make it happen.
Q: Do you MC at the event?
A: Absolutely! All of our packages include emcee services in order to keep things moving efficiently and on time.
Q: What does the band wear?
A: Looking at our photos will give you a great idea of our attire. If you have other ideas or need more formal attire, just let us know.
Q: Can the band play the ceremony and/ or cocktail hour?
A: Yes! Just let us know what you are wanting and we will get you a quote for the additional services.
Q: Who chooses the music to be played?
A: Your event is all about you, so we want you to have input! Also, we know what works well/ flows well and what doesn’t. There is a science to creating the perfect set list. A great band will also read the room based on crowd response and may make subtle changes throughout the night. So, we recommend having you pick 5-10 songs that you definitely want and 5 or so that you definitely don’t want. Based on those selections, we can handle the rest from there.
Q: How long does the band play?
A: Our typical time commitment is 5 hours. We will have recorded music for the cocktail and dinner hours (unless otherwise quoted), then a 3-hour live music set. We have studied and tried many different set lengths over the years and we have found a “tried and true” formula that always works! We start off with a long set of 90 minutes, then take a 20-minute break while DJ’ing dance music, then we return for the final 70-minute set. This arrangement has never let us down. We have found that too many breaks lead to guests leaving early. Too few breaks will tend to wear your guests out. Our unique 3-hour live set seems to be the perfect length for a wedding reception. However, we are here for you and are open to your requests. We have played 3-hour non-stop sets before and have occasionally played an additional hour as well. Let’s talk about what works for you!
Q: Can the band play during dinner hour?
A: For a typical event, the band will arrive early to set up and sound check and will need to stay on site until the live set ends. The whole process means that your musicians are there for your event typically between 9 and 10 hours total. The meal that you serve at your event is the only chance they will have to eat. So, the best option is usually to let the band eat when you do, so that they are fueled up and rested and can give the best performance possible. If you absolutely want live music for the dinner hour, let us know and we can make arrangements to accommodate your request.
Q: Does the band need a stage?
A: The band does not require a stage. We will just typically need a space of about 12’x16’ for a 3 or 4-piece band, 12’x24’ for a 5 or 6-piece band and 12’x32’ for the larger bands.
While raised stages are not required, they definitely help to give the feel of a real show as opposed to the band playing on the floor. They are a great investment, if you have room in your budget!
Q: Can the band play outside?
A: Yes, the band can play outside. We just require a hard, flat, dry surface to play on and cover from the elements. Even if it’s a bright sunny day, heat and direct sunlight can damage instruments and equipment. It’s not great for the musicians either;)
Q: How much do I pay and when?
A: We typically require a 50% deposit to hold your date. The balance is due on the day of (at the latest) or can be paid on the week of your event, if you prefer. These terms can be negotiated if you would prefer.
Q: Does the band provide the sound system?
A: Yes, we will handle all the equipment needed for the band. We also provide a wireless mic for toasts, lighting for our playing area, and motion lighting for the dance floor!
Q: Will you learn a song for us?
A: Yes! Just give us enough notice so that we have time to learn and rehearse it.
Q: What does the band need on the night of the event?
A: We just need access to your coordinator and/ or the venue’s coordinator, easy access to at least a couple electrical outlets, a meal for each band member, a seat for each band member at a vendor table, and a dozen or so cold bottled waters. We can take it from there!
Q: Can the band play an extra hour on the night of?
A: Yes, the band can play an extra set for you. The only conditions are that the venue must allow it and that you pay the charge for the additional hour (that will depend on the size of the band). The band will likely need to take a short break before proceeding to play the extra set.
Q: When is a good time to ask questions or go over details of my event?
A: We are always here for you! Send an email, text, or give us a call. We pride ourselves in quick responses to your questions and requests. We are here to make things easier for you!
Q: Can we see the band play live before we book you?
A: Certainly! Just check out our public showcase dates on our site and come out to see us. It makes for a fun date night! Please come up and say “hi” when you arrive so that we know that you came and so that we have a chance to meet you!
Q: Do you play corporate events, private parties, festivals, or fundraisers?
A: Yes, yes, yes, and yes! Let us know what event you need a great band for and we’ll get to work helping you take your entertainment to the next level!
Q: Do you do same-sex weddings?
A: Absolutely! We would be thrilled to play for you and celebrate with you!