Participate in the song survey

1-What is your favorite song to party to?

2-What is your favorite new song?

3-What is your favorite rock song?

4-What is your favorite classic song?

5-What is your favorite warm weather BBQ song (or artist)?

6-What song was (or will be) your wedding song (first dance)?

How do I choose the songs that are played at my wedding?

As a bandleader, I get questions like this posed to me on a daily basis. Who chooses the songs or music that is played at my wedding? How much input do I get? Do I have to choose all of the songs that my band plays?

The answer depends upon you and the bandleader. Every bride and groom has a different comfort level as far as input on this subject. Every bandleader has a different approach, as well.

Some bands are pretty set on the “usual” play list that they feel gets the job done. If that is your comfort level then, you have the right band(leader). On the other hand, if you prefer a more individual customized approach, you should discuss this with the bandleader BEFORE you book the band. Make sure he/she will genuinely welcome your input.

Make sure you speak directly to the bandleader and ask for his/her list of songs. If you don’t find most of the songs you would like played on the band’s list, you probably should not book that band. On the other hand, if the list contains most of your song ideas, you are on the right track.

After you have chosen your band, spend time going through the list and make notes of styles or genres that appeal to you. You can also be specific about artists, eras and individual songs. What I strongly recommend you DO NOT do is try to pick every song that is played. If you do, then the bandleader’s hands will be tied and cannot make changes on-the-fly that will make your wedding more successful.

When making your selections keep in mind the guests that will be attending your wedding. What will excite them to get up and dance? What are the songs that your friends absolutely go crazy for? What have you seen at other weddings that works? It also helps to make a list of songs you would NOT want to hear at your wedding. On your wedding day you don’t want to turn to someone and say; “I can’t believe they are playing this song at my wedding”.

by Bill Morgan Messinetti
bandleader for Central Park Orchestra

Oheka Bridal Show

Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Hills, NY always puts on an amazing bridal show. We were fortunate enough to participate. We want to thank the Melius family for inviting us to not only take part in it but have 2 of our bands perform. First, Freddy Martin & The Martinis performed classic music from Sinatra, Bennett, Buble, etc. Then, Central Park Orchestra performed music from current hits, 80s rock, Michael Jackson and classic R&B and disco. Two of the current hits that got the audience on their feet were “Raise Your Glass” by Pink and “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. Of course, “Summer of 69” by Bryan Adams got everyone playing “air guitar”. ūüėČ

Some of the top vendors in the wedding industry were there including Camelot Studios photography and DMS Video Productions. There were also some amazing bridal gowns in the fashion show! Thank you to all of the couples that came to see us. Check in with New York Orchestras Entertainment for the next one in late July 2011.

Category listings

Places we have performed – Oheka Castle, Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Alger House in the village Altman Building, American Federation of Arts, Americas society, Antun’s of Westchester, Antuns’s Queens Village, AsiaI Society, Astra, Atlantica at Bath & Tennis Hotel, Barbetta, Basking Ridge Country Club ,Bear Mountain Inn, Beckwith Pointe, Beekman Tower Hotel, Benjamin, Berkeley Plaza, Bernards Inn, Bethwood, Blue Fin, Blue Water Grill, Boathouse in Central Park, Bouley, Box Tree, Boylan Studios, Bretton Woods, Bridgeview Yacht Club, Bridgewater Manor, Bridgewaters, Brooklake Country Club, Bryant Park Grill, C.V. Rich Mansion, Cafe Botanica at Snug Harbor, Caffe on the Green, Calle Ocho, Capitale, Capitol Theater, CARLTUN ON THE PARK, CARLYLE ON THE GREEN, Carlyle, The Cascina Ristorate, Castle on the Hudson, Cavo Cafe, Channel Club, Chanticler, Chart House, , Chateau Briand, Scotto Brothers, Chateau Grand, Chelsea Piers, Cipriani 42 Street, Cipriani Fifth Avenue, Cit’e, Clubhouse at Patriot Hills, Colonial Inn, Copacabana, Crest Hollow Country Club, Crowne Plaza Times Square, Crystal Plaza, Dellwood Country Club, Dolce Tarrytown House, EAB Plaza, Eden Palace, Ellis Island Immigration Museum Embassy Suites Hotel NYC, Essex House, Estherwood, Florentine Gardens, Fountainhead, The, Four Season Hotel, Fox Hollow, Garrison, The, Giando on the Water, Giorgio’s at Fox hill country Club Glen Island Harbour Club, Gotham Hall, Grand Central Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Chalet, Grand Plaza, Grand Summit Hotel, Hamlet at Willow Creek, Hampton Resorts & Hospitality , Harbor Club, Harbor Manor Harrison House, Headquarters Plaza Hotel, Highlawn Pavilion, Hildene, Hilton Fort Lee, Hilton Gardens Inn Staten Island, Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Hilton New York, Hilton Woodcliff lake, Hotel Plaza, Arh’en’ee, Hyatt Regency Jersey City, Inn at East Wind, Irish Coffee Pub Jericho Terrace, John Anthony’s on the water, Lake Isle Country Club, Lake Valhalla Club, Landmark Locations, Landmark Mansion Landmark on the Park, Landmark, The, Laura Belle, Le Chateau, Le Parker Meridien, Liberty House, Liberty Science Center, Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Abigail Kirsch, Loft Eleven, Long Island Marriott, Louis XVI, Majestic Gardens, Manhattan Club, Manhattan Penthouse on 5th Ave., Manor, The, Mayfair Farms, Metropolitan Pavilion, Millennium U.N.Plaza Hotel NY, Milleridge Cottage, Museum of the City of New York, Nanina’s in the Park, New York Botanical Garden, New York Hall of Science, New York Helmsley, New York Plaza Hotel, Newark Club, Nyack Seaport, OHEKA Castle, , Olde Mill Inn, Palm House Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Park Avenue Atrium Park Avenue Cafe Townhouse, Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, Pines Manor Plaza Hotel Pleasantdale Chateau, Pratt Mansions, Puck Building Rainbow Room, Regency Hotel, Regent Wall Street, Renaissance, Richfield Regency Ritz Carlton NY Battery Park, River Cafe, Rockleigh Country Club, Roosevelt Hotel Roseland Sans Souci, Seasons, Shadowbrook Country Club, Sheraton at Woodbridge Place Sheraton Eatontown, Skylands At Randolph, Skylands Manor NJ Botanical Gardens, Sotheby’s, Spirit New York, St. Regis Hotel, Stanhope Park Hyatt, Stony Hill inn, Surf Club, Tappan Hill (Abigail Kirsch), Tavern On the Green, Temple Emanu El, Temple Israel of Great Neck, Temple Israel of Lawrence, Terrace on the Park, Thayer Hotel, Towers on the Green, Tribeca, Tribeca Rooftop, Twenty Four fifth, 24 fifth, Valley Regency, Vanderbilt at South Beach Venetian, The , Verdi’s of Westbbury, Victorian Manor View on the Hudson, Vineyard Caterers, Wainwright House, Water Club Water’s Edge, Watermill, Wave Hill, Wayne Manor, Westbury manor, Westchester Marriott, Westin New York Times Square, Westminister Hotel, Westmount Country Club, Windows on the Lake, Winfield Scott Ballrooms, Woodbury Country Club, Woodcliff manor

Contact us for more info about New York wedding orchestras/bands/DJs.

Taste the Music

People’s taste in music is as individual as taste in food.

Central Park Orchestra just performed at a wedding this past Friday evening at The Liberty House Restaurant, overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline. The bride and groom’s NO LIST included disco, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and many other songs and genres that are most often requested. Instead, they wanted the band to play ska, reggae and alternative rock. They also wanted Sinatra and Elvis and the groom is a big James Brown fan.

Guess what? We have gotten a great response on our Facebook page from that party. One guest said he never danced to ska or reggae music at a NY or NJ wedding before.

It is always fun for a wedding band to perform different music. The musicians find it more exciting. Playing the same cliches is more boring to musicians than to you, the audience or guests.

Get creative when choosing music for your wedding. Any good wedding band will be willing to learn a few new songs for your event.

Current Song Picks

by Bill Morgan Messinetti – bandleader for Central Park Orchestra

It is very important to me as a bandleader to know what songs or genre of music you want to hear at your event. We do not play music WE want to hear. It is all about you, your family & friends and what happens on the dance floor.

Some of the recent requests we are getting include:
Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Only Girl (in the world) – Rihanna
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher (feat. Pitbull)
Lucky & I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Tik Tok – Ke$ha
OMG – Usher (feat.
any Lady Gaga
any Black Eyed Peas
Just to name a few.

If you are looking to audition songs for your event, find a song title and/or artist’s name, iTunes is a great resource. They now let you listen to 1.5 minutes of a song (it used to be 30 seconds).

Please post music or songs you think would be fun to play at your event that will pack the dance floor. It will be fun for everyone to share this information. When you post your song choices please tell us where you are from and where your event will be held. I find that opinions change in different parts of the country.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Central Park Orchestra is the flagship wedding band at New York Orchestras Entertainment.

NY Wedding Bridal Shows

If you are having a wedding in New York City or Long Island there are two dates to remember for NY wedding bridal shows:

New York City brides – Wednesday Feb 23
Long Island brides – Sunday March 27

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 Р5:00 PM Р9:00 PM РPresented by The Weddings Event РCentral Park Orchestra will be performing at a bridal show at Sun West Loft located at 450 West 31St St between 9th & 10th Aves, New York, NY.  Some of the finest wedding vendors in NYC will be there to meet and discuss your wedding details.  Then, you can watch and listen to Central Park Orchestra perform at 7:00 PM.  For free tickets to this event send an email to  For more on this event go The Weddings Event web site:

Sunday, March 27, 2011¬†| 2:00pm-6:00pm ‚Äď Once again Central Park Orchestra will be participating in the number one bridal show in New York at the magnificent Oheka Castle located at 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY. This is an amazing opportunity to tour the grounds of this historic wedding destination as well as spend time meeting with some of the most talented wedding professionals in the industry. For more information about the Oheka Castle bridal show (all the cool details)¬†Click Here. For more information about Oheka Castle, you can¬†Click Here (lots of clicking, lol). We hope you stop by, say hello, and listen to The Knot “Best of Weddings” pick of 2011, Central Park Orchestra. ¬†The band will be performing at about 4:00 PM. ¬†Also attending will be our good friends from¬†Camelot Photography Studios and¬†DMS Video Productions.

See you there! Bill
Central Park Orchestra