1650 Broadway suite 503
New York, NY 10019
New York Orchestras’ band Central Park Orchestra played in 2015 with a wedding at the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. The first songs the band played after the stroke of midnight were “Could You Be Loved”, a Bob Marley classic. The theme of this reggae classic started everyone off in a great mood! How could you not sing along with the chorus of that song? Then, it got funky with “Uptown Funk”, the latest hit from Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. The band’s 3-piece horn section really kicked this song into high gear!
Earlier in the evening the bride and groom, Jennifer and Brandon, entered the ballroom to “Signed Sealed Delivered” then danced their first dance “Mean To Me” by country artist Brett Eldredge. They took dance lessons so they danced the whole song alone (no guests invited). “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift got the dance floor packed immediately after the first dance. “When all the people on the dance floor are singing, you know you’re playing the right song. It was actually the bride’s choice”, says bandleader Bill.
This couple had an eclectic mix of song choices. The bride danced with her dad, a country club member, to “Something About The Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John. The guests were taken by surprise when the father/daughter dance segued into “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The song for Brandon and his mom was “93 Million Miles” a Jason Mraz song.
The guests will never forget this wedding. It was exciting fun on New Year’s Eve, dancing all night, balloon drop at midnight and breakfast-to-go on the way out. Awesome!”
Jennifer and Brandon are now on their way to the beautiful Caribbean island of Nevis.
A special thank you to the warm staff at Ridgewood Country Club especially to the catering manager Victoria.
We are excited to announce that our business has won the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards for 2014, as determined by reviews from our past clients. The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize our business as amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide!
BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR 2014 REVIEWS
Reviewed On: 07/14/2014 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
Krista said…Simply the BEST! I have tears in my eyes writing this review- that is how amazing they are. First let me start by saying Bill is INCREDIBLE! What a pleasure to deal with, even my venue noticed this after my big day. We hired Central Park Orchestra for our wedding and also one of Bill’s DJ’s for our after party. Every single thing this band did was perfect! Emily sung for me as I walked down the aisle and I can’t even tell you how many guests said they got goosebumps and or started to cry. Between Emily’s beautiful voice and the wonderful guitar and keyboard player, my ceremony was the most surreal and beautiful it could have been. They rocked it out at cocktail hour and then they KILLED it during the reception. I had a packed dance floor for the entire four hours- it was crazy! My husband and I still can not get over how much they sound like the artist they were singing. They all are just so talented- the best of the best. Music is such a HUGE factor at a wedding, and they gave me my dream wedding!
Location: The Royalton Mansion
Reviewed On: 11/22/2014 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
Vera said…NY Orchestras Entertainment provided the beautiful strings for the wedding ceremony and the cocktail hour. And the band played at the reception. All of it was awesome and amazing. You can be sure that your event will be successful with them entertaining your guests. One of our guests said that it was like listening to the original performers. The NY Orchestras are fondly known as ‘The Family Band’ because this is the third wedding they have played at for us – me, my niece, and my nephew.
Location: The Waterside – North Bergen, NJ
Reviewed On: 11/19/2014 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
Anthony said…The band was excellent and everyone loved them. Bill is such a nice guy and worked very well with us. The string quartet was an excellent touch as well. Great band and I highly recommend.
Location: Raphael Vineyard
Wedding Date: 11/13/2014
Juliette said…The orchestra was amazing and we have nothing but positive accolades for (DJ) Neza. Oh, the lighting was top notch!! It seems that everything fell right into place and the wedding turned out wonderfully. I would love to keep in contact as I now switch gears from planning my wedding to planning other weddings. Thank you so much for everything!!
Location: Oheka Castle – Huntington, Long Island, NY
Reviewed On: 05/06/2014
The first thing we heard when we got back from our honeymoon was how GREAT our band was! Bill and NY Orchestras gave us a party that was more than we could have imagined – they listened to our requests, made great suggestions, and kept people of all ages on their feet all night. We ourselves had a blast too- thanks for a great party!!!
02/28/14 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
Wow! After being referred to by a few friends who had seen the Central Park Orchestra at a few weddings we made an appointment with Bill to get the scoop. He is so friendly, and really knows the music industry. They make it a point NOT to play the typical corny wedding songs (unless that is what you want of course) and their female lead singer Emily has a set of pipes of her like no other! We had a 4.5 hour reception and our guests were on their feet dancing for every. last. minute. I was nervous using a band over a DJ in the beginning of the planning process but once they got started I knew we made the right choice – our reception had an energy that no DJ could have duplicated. They were WONDERFUL!
01/15/14 5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
They were an amazing wedding band! Everyone was dancing and having a great time and people who don’t normally stay late or dance stayed and danced the whole night.
Also, their professionalism and attention to details was fantastic! During the best man speech my husbands drunk uncle decided he wanted to give an impromptu speech (not something that had ever occurred to me to happen) and the band wouldn’t give him the mike saying just the speeches and order that we had discussed a few weeks earlier. This was a huge relief and again not something i had warned them or asked them to prevent they just carried out the evening as planned which was looking back a relief and appreciated!
Location: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home – Manchester, VT.
Thank you so much for everything!! The orchestra was amazing and we have nothing but positive accolades for (DJ) Neza. Oh, the lighting was top notch!! It seems that everything fell right into place and the wedding turned out wonderfully.
I would love to keep in contact as I now switch gears from planning my wedding to planning other weddings.
Thanks again for everything. Talk to you soon.
Wedding Date: October 13, 2014
Location: Oheka Castle – Huntington, Long Island, NY
NY Wedding bands – Central Park Orchestra – East Village Orchestra – Soulsystem Orchestra – Empire State Event Band – Freddy Martin & The Martinis. Bands from New York Orchestras Entertainment.
Wedding Ceremony/Classical Music Division – Seventh Ave. Strings – NYO String Quartet – The New York Orchestra
NY Wedding DJs – DJ Neza – Gaige – Matattack – Shiran – DJ Incite
Event Lighting – Wireless LEDs – Color Kinetics – Ambient Uplighting – Intelligent Moving Heads – Table Pinspots
Servicing areas: NY City, New York, Long Island (LI), New Jersey (NJ), Connecticut (CT), Pennsylvania (PA), Vermont (VT)
Types of events: Weddings – Corporate – Fundraisers
Pairing the right ensemble with your choice of wedding ceremony music is one of our specialties.
New York Orchestras STRING QUARTETS and CUSTOM CLASSICAL ENSEMBLES perform traditional music of Bach, Beethovan, Pachelbel, Mozart, Handel and Vivaldi as well as pop music of The Beatles, Billy Joel, Katy Perry and Led Zeppelin. They can perform music from Broadway Shows, Movie Soundtracks and even Video Games such as Land of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Super Mario Bros.
Our highly skilled professional string players have backed up famous artists such as Sarah Brightman for her TV concert appearance, “Fashion On Ice” broadcasted on NBC television.
String quartet – cello, viola & 2 violins String Trio – cello, viola & violin
Harp ensemble – harp & strings, harp & flute
Seventh Ave Strings – plays pop music as well as classical such as The Beatles, Billy Joel, Journey, Katie Perry View their beachfront wedding ceremony performance on this link
Piano ensemble – piano & strings, piano & flute
Musicians From Band: If you are having a live band you may also choose musicians from the band for your wedding ceremony. Typically your choices would include keyboards, flute, acoustic guitar and trumpet. Any combination of those instruments can work. Again, all of this is based upon the music selections.
NOTE: It is cost-effective to have the musicians who perform at the ceremony also perform at the cocktail hour.
Central Park Orchestra just performed at a wedding for the owner of a beautiful historical Inn. The Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ is over 200 years old. It stands as a classic American Inn located on a property originally owned by William Penn.
The inn has 102 guest rooms, plenty enough for wedding guests. NY Orchestras Entertainment provided some room ambient lighting to enhance the beauty of the Grand Ballroom with wireless LED fixtures (as pictured below).
Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln, built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester Vermont. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975. Now the house is a Lincoln museum and there is a tent on the property where weddings are held. The wedding ceremonies take place in the gardens overlooking a Green Mountain valley.
This summer New York Orchestras Entertainment performed at 3 weddings at Hildene. East Village Orchestra played there earlier in the summer and Central Park Orchestra just did a wedding there this past Saturday.