WEDDING BAND REVIEWS
Below you will find reviews from weddings (brides & grooms), wedding planners, wedding caterers, corporate event planners and country club managers. We have received many awards from wedding websites for our 5-Star reviews.
Greenwich Country Club 125th Anniversary
“We had the great pleasure to engage “New York Orchestras” at the Greenwich Country Club for our recent Annual Gala and 125 year Anniversary Celebration. Amongst a rather large list of other potential performers, we decided to choose them, as their reputation was traveling ahead of them. We are happy to have done so. In short, “New York Orchestras” completely exceeded our highest expectations. High expectations in a way that we had to satisfy a rather diverse mix of guests that evening, differentiating in age, interest, taste and, yes, expectations on countless levels. “New York Orchestras” met all of them and we enjoyed exclusively positive feedback from our members.
Working with them was a smooth process and a pleasure from day number one. They were open for our input, eager to understand the synergy of the guest mix of the evening and flexible to accommodate everything that we were looking for. I always see a full dance floor as the best barometer to evaluate the quality of the band and we honestly had trouble to interrupt our members that night in order to get them back to their tables to enjoy the next course of the menu. That particular night was a very important undertaking for the Greenwich Country Club, as it also was the peak of a year long anniversary celebration of the club. “New York Orchestras” put the gold leaf around our member experience that night and I know as a fact that in the years to come, this evening will be talked about. We did the absolute right decision by hiring this fine group of musicians and I highly recommend them to everyone who is looking to truly impress their guests during an event in the future.”
Greenwich Country Club
BEST NY WEDDING BAND REVIEWS
John said…At our wedding we had the Rockin’ Legendary (our Family House Band) – Central Park Orchestra!
Central Park Orchestra was absolutely incredible. Look no further. They were simply amazing! From our first meeting, Bill (Band Leader) wants to know you, and play for you! Their professionalism, talent, and song variety list was over the top. They far exceeded all our expectations and made the wedding the best night ever! Central Park Orchestra has a wide range of musicians and a very talented horn section. Special thank you to the vocals of Maverick and Emilie, Peter on the keys, Lou rockin’ the guitar, and my man Clark Gayton on trombone! Jessie and I were over the moon on your performance. Our guests were dancing the entire night, and won’t stop talking about how great you guys were. During the reception, I looked at my wife and said, “This is what heaven must be like, surrounded by the love of your family and friends, smiling, dancing, and having the best night of our lives.” Thank you Bill, from the bottom of our hearts…you rock brother! Absolutely incredible! Thank you! – John & Jess 05/12/2017
Andy said……The band Central Park Orchestra was amazing! All of our guests raved about them after wedding. And to this day, we still receive compliments about them. They have an extensive list of songs that they can perform, spanning multiple eras and genres. Bill Messinetti, the leader of the band and our primary contact was extremely flexible and accommodating. We provided a play list of 100+ songs and lucky for us, the band already knew most of them. He was able to create a mix of songs for set based on our preferences and worked in our must play songs as well. We had everything from 70’s Motown, 80’s rock and pop, 90’s pop as well as more current top 40, hip hop and R&B. All the music flowed, similar to having a DJ during their sets. During the entire reception, a band member was always playing a song which was great. They also provided the ceremony music, playing our selected songs. Bill was helpful, providing suggestions and ideas for the ceremony music based on our tastes and playlist. And to our surprise, one of the band members played a song in Chinese (mandarin dialect) as well. This was really a nice touch. They worked well with our venue and other vendors. We didn’t have to worry about anything during the wedding. They also provided uplighting for the ballroom that really enhanced the ambiance and environment. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a band.
Live Wedding Band Reviews
5-Star review posted on WeddingWire.com
Robert said…I honestly don’t think I could praise Bill and the rest of the band enough as there wasn’t anything I would change at all. From the moment we spoke to Bill, every single detail, from song choice and set construction to flow of when speeches would occur was planned out perfectly leaving us with nothing to do other than dance the entire night. The professionalism, willingness to learn new songs, and whole demeanor from Bill and his team was on another level of service. If you want a band who can throw down and will make your wedding night memorable, look no further.
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, Lighting & Decor – Reviewed On: 07/09/2017
Wanchun said…This band is awesome! I was attracted by their voice when we attended a bridal show. My husband and I decided to choose them as our wedding band. Almost our guests are from China, honestly I was a little bit worried at the beginning. But it turns out that is really unnecessary. We worked with Bill. He is very nice and easy to work with. He provided us many good ideas and suggestions. And this band is very professional and considerable. They gave us a surprised Chinese song which we never imaged. Really appreciate they gave us that unforgettable night. Highly recommend.
Wedding: 05/07/2017 – Reviewed On: 06/13/2017
Hi Bill (and NY Orchestra),
Thank you so much for the awesome performance you guys gave on Saturday. Mike and I are both still getting compliments and high praise for both the music during cocktail hour, the reception, and the DJ. The smooth transition between everything was amazing we didn it even notice.
We also appreciate you letting those musically talented family members getting on stage and performing with you! We will have those memories forever thanks to you guys.
All the best,
Christine & Mike
location: Oheka Castle – Long Island, NY
2016 WEDDINGWIRE.COM REVIEW COMMENTS
off the charts – the perfect band – This band will make your wedding.
talent, enthusiasm and overall cool vibe! – learned the songs that we asked
an amazing asset to our wedding day! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome and more AWESOME!
Lauren said &We were recommended to Bill through a friend. From the minute we met him, we couldn’t be more impressed with his talent, enthusiasm and overall cool vibe! Bill made himself available to come to the venue prior to the wedding he went above and beyond! Central Park Orchestra was everything we could have imagined and more! If you are looking elsewhere, look no further. Thanks, Bill!
Stefanie said &They were just great! Working with Bill was a dream. He was responsive, learned the songs that we asked and even learned a song so my husband could sing with the band one night. They also were open to having my Uncle perform two songs that were very special to us. People LOVED the band and I got compliments on them long after the wedding. Would HIGHLY recommend!!!!!!!!!!!
Stacey said; (the band) Central Park Orchestra and the quartet were off the charts at our wedding. It was non-stop music and everyone was on the dance floor. Not to mention they learned new songs for us AND were open to doing a custom mash-up for the father-daughter dance. I cannot recommend them enough. Bill makes the process super easy and thinks of everything for you- hugely helpful when you re planning your own wedding.
Wedding: 09/30/2016 Reviewed On: 11/23/2016
Susanne said; This band is TERRIFIC! They can play anything you’d like, from Madonna to Bon Jovi to Tim McGraw to Josh Groban! It was definitely the perfect band, and they were professional and super easy to work with.
Meghan said; This was the easiest decision to make since my husband had worked at Oheka Castle and heard them play many times. They also played for a friend of ours wedding and based on those recommendations we didn’t look any further and booked. I can’t tell you how easy it was and how many people gave us compliments on them. They played during cocktail hour and at the reception and they were flawless, we were dancing the entire night and they can play pretty much anything. Even our wedding song which I was nervous would sound different, they nailed it. Highly recommend just let them do their thing and make sure you add in the sax.
Michele said &Central Park Orchestra was an amazing asset to our wedding day! We had seen them at my cousin’s wedding 8 years ago and had to have them as well! They were wonderful to work with from beginning to end and were so helpful in choosing the right songs for the ceremony and reception. They even learned about 4 new songs just for our wedding! I couldn’t have asked for a better band! Thank you, Bill for answering all of my questions so quickly and for making our special day so wonderful!
Edwina said & Awesome, Awesome, Awesome and more AWESOME! service is great Bill is amazing gives you exactly what you want. Orchestra were the big talk at my wedding!!!! excellent service couldn’t ask for anything more.
Beth said &Your wedding success depends on the quality of the band. This band will make your wedding. We hired them for our daughters wedding 8 years ago and our guests never sat down. We hired them again for our sons wedding last weekend, 10/15/16 and we had the same fabulous result!! I cannot recommend this band highly enough!
IRELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – USA
“We would just like to thank New York Orchestra Entertainment for their contribution to making the Annual American Celtic Ball a success for 14 years. Our members and attendees find them very entertaining, which adds to the flavor of the whole evening. I would strongly recommend them to anyone hosting an event in New York.”
Maurice A. Buckley, Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce – USA
“It was really amazing and a splendid experience working with New York Orchestras. Concept Korea show was more enriching and dramatically presented because of them. We hope to have another opportunity to work together near future.”
Cindy Hahn – CEO, Hahn Global
Executive Director of Concept Korea
“If you need someone to respond to your entertainment needs immediately then Bill Messinetti (at New York Orchestras Entertainment) is the person to call. Whether it’s a three piece jazz trio or a ten piece band with vocals he makes it happen. Professional and considerate, it’s always a pleasure working with him and his talented musicians.”
Debra J. Olchick – Director, Events and Conferences
SIMONS FOUNDATION – New York, NY
OUR DAY EVENT COORDINATION
“As an event planner, I’m always on the lookout for outstanding entertainment. Nine years ago I was lucky enough to find Bill Messinetti and New York Orchestras, and since then have used them on several occasions. Their music is outstanding and very versatile, they can go from Broadway to Motown, to the latest hits. They are extremely professional and are dedicated to keeping the dance floor full. Highly recommend– their talent will blow you away!”
Sheila Burks President of Our Day Event Coordination
“We are lucky enough to only work at the area’s premier venues. As a result, the many bands we work with are all quite good. Of all the bands I have seen, Central Park Orchestra is twice as good as the next best band and for all the reasons that count (sound, look, versatility, professionalism, etc.), but most of all, they love what they do and it comes through in every note.”
William F. Scully – President of Pangaea Catering
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Hi Bill ,
Kenny and I just got back from our honeymoon and just wanted to give you and the rest of the orchestra a HUGE thank you! You were all amazing and so entertaining! Our wedding guest we’re all blown away! Thanks again!
Paige and Kenny
Wedding Date: Aug 19, 2017
Location: Oheka Castle
This band is awesome! I was attracted by their voice when we attended a bridal show. My husband and I decided to choose them as our wedding band. Almost our guests are from China, honestly I was a little bit worried at the beginning. But it turns out that is really unnecessary. We worked with Bill. He is very nice and easy to work with. He provided us many good ideas and suggestions. And this band is very professional and considerable. They gave us a surprised Chinese song which we never imaged. Really appreciate they gave us that unforgettable night. Highly recommend.
Wanchun & Silvin
Wedding Date: May 7, 2017
I honestly don’t think I could praise Bill and the rest of the band enough as there wasn’t anything I would change at all. From the moment we spoke to Bill, every single detail, from song choice and set construction to flow of when speeches would occur was planned out perfectly leaving us with nothing to do other than dance the entire night. The professionalism, willingness to learn new songs, and whole demeanor from Bill and his team was on another level of service. If you want a band who can throw down and will make your wedding night memorable, look no further.
Robert & Chelsea
Wedding Date: May 6, 2017
Location: Blue Bell Country Club
New York Orchestras Entertainment have received “Best of Weddings” awards from The Knot, WeddingWire, LI Weddings, NYC Weddings and have received hundreds of 5-Star reviews.
“The professionalism of every musician is what we expect. We receive letters of praise about Bill and his crew all of the time, and the way they interact with the crowd while still keeping the elegance of an Oheka event. And, THEY ROCK! That is why we used them for our wedding.”
Kelly Melius (daughter of Oheka Castle owner)
& John DiPreta (director of catering staff at Oheka Castle)
“We are lucky enough to only work at the area’s premier venues. As a result, the many bands we work with are all quite good. Of all the bands I have seen, Central Park Orchestra is twice as good as the next best and for all the reasons that count (sound, look, versatility, professionalism, etc.), but most of all, they love what they do and it comes through in every note.”
William F. Scully
President of Pangaea Catering – Exclusive Caterer for Hildene
North Bennington, VT
Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ
Hi Bill, Thank you so much! It was great working with you all and you guys were amazing! I’ll get the paperwork & details over to you to get you added to our vendor list.
Amanda Gazi Sweeney, Director of Events
Olde Mill Inn – Basking Ridge, NJ
Dear Bill & friends,
Thank you so much for making our wedding so memorable and for setting the tone for a truly amazing night. Along with our guests, we enjoyed the private concert you performed for us. Our friends & family still talk about how amazing you were and we couldn’t agree more. Everything was perfect. Thank you again for celebrating with us.
Jen & Jon Bocina (owner)
P.S. We’ve added you to the list of OMI’s favorite vendors/bands.
Gurney’s Inn – Montauk, Long Island
“Thanks Bill most especially for being so awesome. The band was terrific – my team and I at Gurney’s will do everything we can to continue to recommend you.”
Phyllis Lomitolla – Owner
“I always get RAVE reviews and love your performers. We hope that you get many bookings with us this year, you guys are great!!!” – Ginny Davis – Director of Catering
Thanks for everything! The musicians and DJ Gaige were awesome!! Everybody had a great time. A heartfelt thank you for sharing our big day with us. These wonderful memories will last an entire lifetime.
It was a beautifully perfect day!
Moshe & Robin
Event Date: August 23, 2015
Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
We had the BEST time, you guys were amazing, all of our friends and family can’t stop talking about how great you were!! I keep spreading the word, hopefully our friends/family friends will be able to book you guys for another wedding. We hope to see you soon! I may need to book you guys for Adam’s birthday, that would be such a great surprise!!
Thanks again for everything, you really made our wedding!
Event Date: October 12, 2015
Location: Water’s Edge – Long Island City, NY
Mallory and I would like to thank you again for giving us one hell of a wedding!
The dance floor was filled the whole night and you guys literally didn’t stop.
Throughout the night and following the wedding, people would not stop telling us how great the band was and how much fun they had Saturday night.
We had a vision of what we wanted our wedding to be, which essentially was a non stop dance party. And that’s exactly what we had.
You listened, you took notes, you learned songs. You were and are a true professional. Your band, the same. You read the crowd and had everyone dancing until the very last note. Even the catering staff was dancing!!
Thank you for going above and beyond and giving Mallory and me the best night of our lives.
Adam & Mallory
Event Date: November 7, 2015
Location: National American Museum of American Jewish History – Philadelphia, Pa.
Wow. After being referred to by a few friends who had seen the Central Park Orchestra at a few weddings we made an appointment will 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!
Band Reviewed On: 07/14/2014
My comment was too long for WeddingWire.com, so I had to shrink it down. But, this is what it was supposed to say. Thanks for everything!!
I don’t think I can say enough good things about Bill and the band (Central Park Orchestra). I first met them when they played at a bridal showcase at Oheka Castle on Long Island, which is where I had my wedding. My husband and I had picked a Frank Sinatra song as our wedding song. We also wanted a band and we very very worried we wouldn’t find a band that would be able to play/sing Sinatra well. Luckily when they started playing at the bridal showcase they performed a Sinatra song and I knew they’d be my band!
The entire process was super easy, sat down and agreed on price and signed the contract. The last meeting we had before the wedding was to go over the timing of the day, must play songs, do not play songs, etc.
My biggest suggestion when working with them is to let them do their job. They are so talented and so professional that they don’t need direction and I’m sure do much better without “rules” from the couple. I told them a few songs we didn’t like and the genres of music we did but, told them to just play to the crowd and if they responded well to a certain genre to keep playing that. I danced the entire night, literally. And so did all my guests. They had a 92 year old up and dancing!
The entire night, people came up to me and told me how amazing they were and countless guests after the wedding, as well. I would especially recommend them if you are having your wedding at Oheka Castle because they perform there a lot and know exactly where and what they need to do for set up, etc. We had a keyboard/flute for the ceremony, then piano/sax for the cocktail and then the 8 person band for the reception.
Every step of the process was easy. Bill is extremely responsive and answered all my questions quickly and fully. I keep trying to conjure up events where I need an 8 person band because they are so great! I hope to be able to work with them again in the future. My husband, the more money conscious of the two of us, said they were priceless and worth every penny, and more. The music sets the entire tone for your wedding – at least I think- and they made it absolutely amazing!!
“They rocked the house! Everyone from young to old was on the dance floor!”
Services Used: Band
“We loved Central Park Orchestra!!! Bill was so great and really listened to our requests. They kept the dance floor packed all night. During breaks for dinner and desserts when (with other bands) an iPod usually gets turned in, they just broke down to a smaller number and kept playing so there was live music all night, our guests loved that!”
Location: Oheka Castle – Long Island
Services Used: Band
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Amazing Wedding Band! The Band was the icing on the cake! Dream Come True!
The most fabulous band… Our Band for our wedding, was AWESOME!!
Incredible music from an incredible band! Central Park is THE BEST!…They Rocked!!!
When you want the best…Absolutely the Best! One More Song!
Truly ‘the best thing’…
Central Park Orchestra was absolutely incredible!! Bill and his band certainly exceeded all of our expectations – from the ceremony, to the cocktail party and then onto the dance floor… and EVERYONE was on the dance floor! One piece of advice – expand your dance floor if possible! We did and CPO definitely filled the added space with our guests! Not only can they read the crowd perfectly, but their song list is exceptional… they can play everything! What is even more special is that they will learn songs that they may not know and play them seamlessly. However, the best part is that they truly sound authentic for each and every song! It is very difficult to find that but CPO was everything that we asked for. Additionally, my husband and I could not have been more pleased with the personal attention that Bill gave us leading up to the wedding and the day of was just amazing. Bill was truly committed and really listened to us in order to personalize our song list. Our guests are STILL talking about our band… Bill, Michael and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding day the best day of our lives. We can’t wait to be at a future event (hopefully at one of our friend’s weddings) where you will be rocking out!!! xox – Heather and Michael
The Band was the icing on the cake!
Truly an amazing and professional band. Bill worked with us in detail to understand our tastes and get down a playlist. The delivery/perfomance was amazing (and I’m a performing musician so maybe a bit demanding as well). The singers and musicians were exceptional. Also, the acoustics were great – it was not too loud but just right for dancing and entertaining the entire crowd. Bill is a consummate professional and knew just how to work with our wedding coordinator to structure the events — the introductions, the toasts, the cake-cutting. As a result, it was truly a stress free night for us where we could relax and enjoy it.
One more song!
Central Park Orchestra performed at our July 2010 wedding. They absolutely exceeded all of my expectations! My husband and I are huge fans of live music and Central Park Orchestra brought such a genuine soulful vibe to our celebration. Bill worked with us to learn our likes and dislikes and incorporated such range into the performance that all age groups felt included. Our guests were having such a great time that they were chanting for one more song when the evening had ended and of course, Central Park Orchestra delivered!
I didn’t even have to think about what band to choose for my October 9, 2010 wedding. The choice was clear- Central Park Orchestra. After a stellar performance at my older sister’s wedding 4 years ago, I knew that they were the best around. During my sisters wedding on a terribly stormy October day, Bill and Central Park Orchestra entertained the crowd through a power outage- continuing to sing acoustically- truly a memory I will never forget. Their song list is unbelievable, yet they still managed to learn and perfect a relatively unknown song that my father had chosen for our father daughter dance- and it sounded incredible. Bill honored our song requests, and put together a great mix keeping our party rocking, while managing to include the slower songs we wanted. This band really is something special- and they are superbly talented. I can’t say enough about CPO, and neither can my wedding guests. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
When you want the best…
The title says it all. Central Park Orchestra exceeded all of our expectations. They provided a string quartet for cocktail hour and a 12-piece band for our reception. They nailed it. Our guests were blown away by the music selection; the way they kept the dance floor filled ALL NIGHT and the variety of music they played. They tailor-made the music selection to our exact specification and read the crowds mood perfectly. Central Park orchestras were extremely professional and really made our evening. As the Toyota commercials used to say, “who could ask for anything more” summarizes our overall impression of this band. You can get no better. Just look at their website for the places and locations they have played and the clientele they have played for. % STARS!!! Thank you Bill for making our wedding night we will never forget! Sincerely, Robert and Jen
Dream Come True
A castle, our wedding, unforgettable music….what more can a bride ask for? I knew I wanted CPO to play at my wedding when I attended a bridal show where they were featured. They were incredible! July 28th 2010 was our special day…but up to that time, I met with Bill Morgan (band leader) several times to plan the event. Boy is he calm! Bill always had a confident charge of the situation and was attentive in answering all my questions – by phone, e-mail or in person…. attention to detail was clearly very important to him. I hired CPO to do my entire event including strings, piano and flute for the ceremony, strings for the cocktail hour and a 9 piece band for the reception. CPO also provided a latin component to the many pieces I requested, as part of my heritage is Colombian; many of our guests came up to NY from South America. They REALLY got the “sound” of all the folkloric songs right on! Simply put, – their professionalism, talent, and courtesy was really more than we could ask for. CPO WAS a part of our wedding that simply made our special day unforgettable! Hands down, no question, I would hire them again in a hearbeat!
Absolutely the Best!
Central Park Orchestra was amazing!!! They got the party off to a rocking start from the first song to the last. The dance floor was full all night, exactly how we wanted it. Bill and his band were able to read the crowd and played an awesome selection of music. We had tons of guests come up to us to let us know that The Central Park Orchestra was the best wedding band they had ever heard! I have already had requests to share their info for two friend’s wedding. They were so professional and made the whole process seamless and so enjoyable. I would highly recommend them to everyone!
The most fabulous band…
Not only did this band keep the guests on the dance floor throughout the entire evening, they learned a unique song to be played while we cut the cake after we requested it just days before the wedding! They were fabulous… My guests are still talking about them months after the wedding!
Our Band for our wedding, was AWESOME!!
Our dance floor was packed all night long. They play such great songs for all age groups. And really play for the crowd. I would highly recommend them! They are also so nice and considerate. Everyone kept coming up to us all night long saying….”WOW…your band is awesome”!
Incredible music from an incredible band!
We were so pleased with the performance and professionalism of this band on our wedding day. They were extremely versatile and were able to maintain a constant flow of energy for the entire night. They solidified the perfect wedding day for us with their amazing talented musicians and vocalists, and managed to put a perfect touch of class on the entire evening. Our guests continuously commented on how good the band was throughout the evening (and still talk about them when we discuss the wedding.) During one song during dinner, a guest looked over at the keyboard player playing a solo thinking it was the actual recording being played (by the way, these guys do not stop playing so no recorded music. There was continuous live music being played.) By the end of the night, my feet were tired from dancing so much. Also, they were very organized and helped plan exactly what we wanted leading up to the wedding day. Their music selection throughout the night was just awesome. Highly recommend these guys.
Amazing Wedding Band!
My husband and I had the time of our lives at our wedding and we owe that to an amazing band that led the party till 1 am! We were on the dance floor laughing, singing and having a ball with all of our friends and family! Bill understands what to play at all times! Highlights include – Don’t Stop Believin by Journey, Midnight Train to Georgia and a rousing rendition of Bon Jovi classics! It is hard to know what to tell a band when you just like “great music that you can dance all night long to” but Bill was able to take that message and make our wedding spectacular!
Central Park is THE BEST!
Friends and family are still raving about their performance during our May wedding. A polished, professional and sophisticated group, Central Park was the best choice we made when planning our wedding. Thank you Central Park!!!
Central Park Orchestra played at my wedding in October and they were phenomenal! We had a saxophone player and piano player play during our cocktail hour which added such a nice ambiance and the band for the reception. The dance floor was packed and going crazy all night, everyone had such a great time!! Every person I have spoken with since the wedding has mentioned how great our band was and that they were the best band they have heard at a wedding! They band even took the time to learn a couple songs that we had requested to hear which made the night even more special! We couldn’t be happier with our choice of hiring Central Park for our wedding, I would recommend them to any bride looking for a great time at their reception! 🙂