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Ryan was awesome. We did the band through dinner and switched to dj and our wedding was Nigerian and American mix and he worked with us to keep us and the guest happy. I don’t live in St. Louis and we were able to catch up prior to the wedding. He worked well with me and wedding planner to make sure all transitions were seamless. A+++++
The highlight of our wedding! (other than us, of course!) Ryan and The St. Louis Big Band were absolutely OUTSTANDING! They were a huge hit at our wedding. Not only did they sound amazing, but they nailed our first dance song to a T. I lost count of how many guests came up to us to say how awesome they were. And I cannot recommend Ryan highly enough—of all of the vendors we used, he was hands-down the most thorough, reliable, and responsive of the bunch. We couldn’t have been happier with these guys, and I would recommend them to friends (and strangers) in a heartbeat!
Thank you so much for the wonderful music! You made our wedding a success! We enjoyed working with you.
Thank you for such a great night of entertainment for Laura & Jeremy’s wedding. Everything was perfect and your group was excellent through every phase of the evening! It was great to work with you. Thanks for coming to KC!
Having the St. Louis Big Band at our wedding was the best! They traveled to Nashville, IN for our reception and were on time and so professional. We didn’t have to worry about a thing! We had the quartet + trumpet for dinner and to start the dancing. Then Ryan took over as DJ later in the night. Our guests were dancing the whole evening and Ryan was great at reading the room and keeping the party going! We had so many compliments from our guests about how great the music was! Ryan was also very respectful about our music requests, announcing our first dance, and keeping the volume at a reasonable level. I highly recommend booking them!
Working with Ryan and the St. Louis Big Band was an absolute delight! They are so professional, Ryan was amazing at communication and they are very talented musicians! They created a really great ambience at my event and did a great New Orleans style second line that was super fun! Highly recommend.
I couldn’t recommend these folks enough. Ryan was a breeze to work with for our wedding and super professional. We had several song requests, all of which were played beautifully throughout the evening. They managed to please everyone from 10-year-olds to grandparents, and I’m sure when people think about our wedding in the future this is what they’ll remember. The talent of the musicians and vocalists goes without saying — just watch their videos. What you won’t see however is Ryan (band manager?). He made everything flow perfectly, from the intros, to dinner, to dances, toasts, breaks, dancing, etc. Perfectly executed and very flexible based on what we wanted. For a 9-piece band with 2 vocalists, we paid a very reasonable price. If I had to do it over again and we thought about just getting a DJ instead, I would regret it forever. Every person at our wedding (my wife and I especially) will remember how this band absolutely killed it and helped us throw an amazing reception.
Dear Ryan & The St. Louis Big Band, You guys were so amazing and insanely talented, thank you so much! You made our wedding celebration very special and a dream come true. All of our guests were raving about your cocktail and full musical set. We loved each and every song you performed, we wished it would have never ended! It is just quite perfect. We appreciate your talents and we hope we could see you guys live again sometime soon! Forever Grateful
Hiring this band was hands down the best wedding decision I made (other than marrying my husband). I wish I planned 100 events a year, I would hire this band for all of them. Our wedding was in October. Over Christmas my in-laws were trying to figure out if they have any events in the next couple years that they could hire this band for, since everyone loved them so much. Ryan was really easy to work with from day one. If anything went wrong I didn’t notice or hear about it. We can’t say enough good things about this band!!
The band was a huge hit. It completed the Great Gatsby theme to make you feel as if you were back in the day! They were very easy to work with!
St Louis Big Band was AMAZING!!! They set the perfect tone for our NYE party. Will absolutely have them for future events.
My management and myself want to thank you and The Saint Louis Big Band for playing at our event. Everyone LOVED the band and everything was well managed by you and your team. I was told the musician and both singers were amazing! The quartet did a perfect job during the cocktail hour. I definitely look forward to working with you again.
My husband and I just had our wedding in October 2017 and we cannot say enough wonderful things about St. Louis Big Band! I found them on The Knot and after reading all of the awesome reviews we decided to reach out. Ryan was wonderful to work with and extremely responsive. We received so many compliments from our guests on how great the band was and even our wedding coordinator and photographers (who have done hundreds of weddings) couldn’t stop raving the band! The band also learned two new songs for our first dance and the mother-son dance. Our guests were on the dance floor all night!
Kyle (my husband) and I decided to book The St. Louis Big Band for our wedding reception last fall (10/22/16) in Saint Charles, MO, and it was one of the best decisions we made!! Ryan Sheehan was the point person, and he was incredible to work with from initial phone call, to every step of the conceptual decision process in prepping, and the execution of material on the day — fantastic. The musicians were awesome, were very prompt, organized, prepped, and friendly.What floored us the most was not only the great price, but also how flexible Ryan and his team were with our needs/requests. Not saying this is something they’re able to do all the time, but due to the smaller size of our reception venue (and given that we didn’t want to blast our guests away with a full nine-piece brass band), Ryan was able to customize and downsize the kind/amount of instruments that we both needed and desired in order to create the style and volume level that we envisioned.Considering that we were planning this entire wedding/reception from afar (Orlando, to be exact), getting the band on the same page and making sure the music was great for our reception was of high importance - and Ryan and his team did not disappoint.If you’re seeking a classy, fun option for your reception music (and you wish to support live musicians, which you should), you must book The St. Louis Big Band — you will be so glad you did, and your guests will be extra impressed! Having live music that everyone, regardless of age, felt comfortable dancing to made our evening so special, and it is one of the things that our guests and family still compliment to this day. Book St. Louis Big Band today!
Dear Ryan, Thank you so much for your help making our wedding day music perfect! We absolutely had the most wonderful first dance thanks to your help! Thank you!
Selecting The St. Louis Big Band for our wedding was by far one of the best decisions we made. The manager, Ryan, is wonderful to work with. He is extremely responsive, and would get back to my emails within a business day, if not sooner. He made sure we had everything scheduled just as we wanted. The band also sounded amazing. They played our Sinatra favorites, but also music from other genres. Our guests were beyond impressed by Joe’s voice, and how well the band played throughout the entire night. Our dance floor was packed the entire evening with both young and old. Ryan was the DJ at the end of the night, which was a perfect end to an awesome night of music! The St. Louis Big Band definitely set the tone for an amazing reception, and we feel so fortunate that we were able to have them! We can’t wait to have another event in the future for them to play at!
Perfect entertainment for our Gala Event Super easy to work with, very professional, and so much fun. Ryan and the STL Big Band were an all around great group of talented musicians to complete our event!
Many thanks to STLBB for their performance at the Coffey/Hinds reception at Chandler Hill last weekend!! Bride, Groom and ALL guests were totally blown away-many many many guests commented on how great they were!
Hi Ryan!Just wanted to shoot you a quick email and say thanks so much for an AMAZING evening!!! Everyone has been raving about the band and your DJ’ing!We are over the moon happy and wish we could press a rewind button and relive the day!!We will be recommending you to all of our engaged friends :)Thanks again!
Ryan, I just wanted to drop you a quick note that I hope you can share with the band. Working with all of you was a great experience. I got to talk to some of you and everyone was very professional and you are just genuinely nice people. The band was a big hit and I received many comments of praise that night and the next day. One gentleman who took his father to see the current Glenn Miller band recently said you were 10 times better. I really appreciate you traveling far and still being able to put on a great show and keep your energy up right until the end (must have been the Salmon). At any rate, please pass this along to your folks next time you get together and I wish you all the best. If you ever need a recommendation or anything please send them my way. Warmest Regards,
Ryan and the St. Louis Big Band - thank you sincerely for the most unique, special performance that made my engagement proposal everything I hoped for. Your communication throughout the entire process was always prompt and professional. Writing a customized song so well and your on-point performance was just unreal. If you are booking a band do not make a mistake by choosing anyone else. Thank you again and god bless!
We used StL Big Band for our reception at the Missouri History Museum in May 2017 and they MADE the party! From the elegant cocktail hour music to the live band with STELLAR vocalists, to the high-energy DJ ending the night, all of our guests said the music was the best they’d ever heard at a wedding and we couldn’t agree more. Ryan and his crew were incredibly easy to work with and made our very specific song choices happen with no problem. They hit every musical era and made the music accessible to everyone, from my grandparents in their 80s to guests in their 20s. They’re also an excellent deal for all you can get - jazz/acoustic, big band, and DJ. Our guests couldn’t believe this was all one service. High quality music all-around. We’re already trying to think of another party to throw so we can use them again, haha. Hire them immediately!
WOW, just WOW. Our wedding was a month ago and I am still swooning over the STL Big Band and the incredible wedding we had dancing the night away. We received so many compliments about the band and many people said it was such a breath of fresh air from the traditional DJ. One of my guests said to me, did you hire Michael Buble for your wedding music because they were that good! Ryan was so responsive and helpful during the entire process. I’m not sure when or why (maybe a wedding anniversary party?) but we will most definitely be using them and recommending them in the future. Thank you so much for everything! We had such a wonderful night!
Thank you so much for the great performance on Saturday night! We appreciate you all coming all the way to good ole’ Dodge City, Kansas. We have heard so much awesome feedback about the overall event and especially about the St. Louis Big Band! People LOVED you guys.
Just finished the Duncan Ok. date. Totally outstanding band. Thank you. Thank you.
Awesome Christmas Concert @ Ivory Theatre. Loved...loved..loved!!!!!
Dear Ryan & The St. Louis Big Band, Tom & I wanted to take a moment to thank you for playing at our wedding. We had a truly magical night & we owe a part of that to your music. Every song, from our first dance to our last dance was so well done! Everyone had a great time dancing & loved the band. We really appreciate that you accommodated our music requests, even if they were a bit unusual. If you ever need a recommendation, please let us know! Thanks again & stay in touch.
We hired the St. Louis Big Band for our church Christmas program and they did a wonderful job. They sounded amazing and we’re great to work with. We would work with them again in the future. Very professional!
The St. Louis Big Band was the highlight of the party! I couldn’t be happier to have a 4 piece quartet for cocktail hour/dinner and then switch to DJ for dancing. Ryan was great to work with through the process, and I was excited to see he was the DJ, too! Highly recommended!
Dear Ryan & Band Members, Thank you so much for being so easy to work with and for providing such nice music and ambience at our reception. All the best to all of you!
I couldn’t wait to write Ryan and the STL Big Band a review! We are beyond ecstatic with everything they did for us on our wedding day! We are continuously getting complements from our venue, family and friends, old and young alike. Ryan and the band did an AMAZING job for us on our wedding night, and were so accommodating to last minute things. They made the night even better than we could have imagined! The band played cocktail hour quartet music, quiet dinner music, and then live music, with 1.5 hours of DJ to end the night. We danced literally all night long! We were so happy with our decision and the band fit in seamlessly with our venue! Awesome job guys! Big hug from us!
Screaming a big thank you! We loved them so much, and we had these guys traveling 5+ hours away! Everyone at our wedding loved them, and we’re still getting complements! So flexible, so professional, so awesome! Thank you Ryan and band for making our wedding night one to remember forever! We were honored to have you!
Thank you for your wonderful performance at our fundraising event in Cedar Rapids. All donations went to The Caregivers Center in Cedar Rapids, a center devoted to caregivers and the only one like it in the country. Thank you for playing such a big role in the success of this event!
If you are torn between a band or a DJ, then get the St. Louis Big Band and get both. Ryan was awesome to work with and even learned all of our song requests, even my dad’s secret song request. I asked for a fog machine and they delivered. Even though my guest list went down in size, the St. Louis Big Band made it feel like a great big party and people couldn’t stop talking about how much they loved the band. The St. Louis Big Band even played some songs that I first wanted them to learn but then was replaced, during the DJ part of the night. So that was a nice surprise. And they even took some DJ song requests from my very Mexican side of the family and that made them very happy. If you are looking for a way for your wedding to stand out from the rest, hire St. Louis Big Band.
We hired St. Louis Big Band for our convention. We had secured the Fabulous Fox for the event and St. Louis Big Band for entertainment. WOW! The event was spectacular. St. Louis Big Band was perfect! No problem getting people dancing, they were up with the first song. The range of music was wonderful. Ryan was great to work with! He reached out to me personally before the event, which was so reassuring. The whole band was extremely professional and Joe Scalzitti melted our hearts with “New York, New York”. Everyone LOVED this Band. Still receiving many compliments. I cannot thank them enough for the entire experience and I highly recommend them for any event.
What a wonderful treasure is The St. Louis Big Band for St. Louis!! This band just performed at our daughter’s wedding reception at Union Station Grand Lobby. It was outstanding. We wanted a one-of-a-kind wedding for our guests and this band helped us deliver it in a big way. They are simply outstanding musicians. To our delight, both young and old LOVED the music and we all danced the night away. We started with Big Band music then later Ryan headed up a DJ music experience for the younger. It was so fun. I cannot say enough about their professionalism and their passion for delivering great music. It was an amazing night for us. Ryan Sheehan is a true professional- passionate about pleasing us and the crowd and delivering great music. He is so easy to deal with and he is a perfectionist- in the best possible way. You would be lucky to be able to book this band for whatever event you might have.
Last night was simply extraordinary. 130 gathered to hear 12 magnificent musicians and one unbelievably great singer celebrate the Big Band era. While I mark my remaining days in St Louis off the calendar, last night was a much needed reminder of purpose. Thank you to Ryan Sheehan and the St Louis Big Band for a fabulous evening and for being a complete joy to work with.
We wanted to say thank you for a great night for the De Soto Rotary as well as the De Soto Community.
When we first started planning our wedding, I tossed out the idea to my wife that we should have a big band play at our reception. The idea stuck and we started looking into it, but we couldn’t find anything in Arkansas. Once we branched out our search, we found The St. Louis Big Band. We contacted them explaining our situation and expected them to say that they couldn’t make it that far or that we’d be quoted a price that we couldn’t afford, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ryan, the band leader, responded with an emphatic “yes”, and we began planning immediately. The contract was really straight forward and fair (which was a huge plus for us, considering some of the issues we had with other vendors and their contracts), the pricing was really reasonable and Ryan couldn’t have been more pleasant, responsive and easy to work with. We requested three special songs for them to play that were outside of the big band genre, and they not only learned them incredibly quickly, but they also did an incredible job with their arrangement and performance. As a musician myself, one of my biggest concerns about our reception was the music, and Ryan’s professionalism as well as the band’s performance put my mind at ease and exceeded my expectations. They even sent demo recordings of our first dance and the father/bride dance so we could practice! And they did this without any request from us, which my wife and I really, really appreciated.From the first email from Ryan to the last note of the night, The St. Louis Big Band was accommodating, reasonable, and a lot of fun. I’d highly recommend them for any type of event, especially a wedding.
Just wanted you and your band members to know that we have received so much positive feedback concerning our fundraiser. The St. Louis Big Band was a big hit! Everyone is talking about how enjoyable the evening was and how good the music was. Preliminary estimates put our profit at around $6500!!! Thank you, Ryan and the St. Louis Big Band for making our evening such a success!!!!
Hi Ryan, Just wanted to THANK YOU again for the AWESOME show you guys put on for us at the Grand Theatre. I have had so many people say how much they enjoyed the concert – you guys were definitely a hit! Thanks again! Hope you all enjoyed your dinner at the Hawkeye. Thanks
Thank you Ryan and the St Louis Big Band!! Our second line was everything we could have imagined and more.
Ryan, I just wanted to let you know that we are STILL getting compliments on the band and the entertainment the night of Morgan’s wedding. You guys were terrific! I am giving your name, etc. to anyone that asks.
The band was solid & the Sinatra singer was amazing!
A HUGE THANK YOU to the St. Louis Big Band for making our event wonderful!!!! Our guests could not and still cannot stop talking about how amazing you are! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
The St. Louis Big Band played at my wedding reception and did a spectacular job! My guests were extremely impressed with their performance, and I was impressed with the professionalism and courtesy of Ryan, the booking consultant. I had a great experience and a rocking party at the reception!
Hi Ryan,I can’t believe that our wedding was two weeks ago today! Andy and I are getting ready to leave for our honeymoon this week and I wanted to reach out with a special THANK YOU! The band was beyond my expectations. You guys sounded so great! It made our wedding so special. Please thank every musician that played that night because they all did an incredible job. The singer was truly the reincarnation of Sinatra! Seriously, you all were great!Our pianist Tim was such a pleasure and did a fantastic job. Exactly what we wanted. Please thank him for me too. It turned out so beautifully.The day was just magical! Everyone had so much fun and it was just so cool to dance to the big band! You really were on fire and kept things rolling. Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding and for making it so special and fun!
Dear Ryan & the Band, September 27, 2014 will go down in people’s memories as the best party of the year (and my life!). Jack and I have you to thank for creating a soul-filled, fantastically musical atmosphere that our guests loved. When I started planning our wedding, the only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted live, big band music. I knew nothing about the St. Louis Big Band, but I trusted my gut. Boy, did I make the right call! Thank you for your time, your professionalism, your kindness, and your talent. PS - We LOVED your rendition of “You Are the Best Thing”
I wanted to say thanks to the STL Variety Band (a smaller version of the big band) for playing at my wedding. I was a little on the fence about having live music, but it pretty much made the reception!! Ryan was very helpful and always stayed in contact to ask and answer questions. They played mostly jazz genre and classics and did a phenomenal job. They even learned our first dance song for us. Absolutely wonderful experience for my wedding having them there. Rachael was our vocalist, and she was fantastic!
We used the St. Louis Big Band’s DJ services for our wedding in May. They were AMAZING. From being quick with email responses to meeting me in person whenever I had questions, it was so easy to work with Ryan, the director. You can really tell that he cares about making sure your wedding day is everything you really want it to be. And their prices are a STEAL. I can’t say this enough, their quality of service during the planning process and throughout the wedding was such a breeze, and they don’t charge anywhere near what competitors do.The DJ for our wedding reception was Nic, and he was incredible. He was really nice and easy to communicate with, and he played a good variety of music. He never hogged the mic or talked too much, but he would still chime in when everyone was having a good time in order to get people pumped up and on the dance floor.The only hiccup we had was with dinner, but it was nothing major. Nic dismissed the first few tables to head back to the buffet line for dinner, but then stopped making the announcements after a few minutes. Once we realized only half the tables had their food, we asked him about it and he picked it back up. Not a huge deal, and no one was too upset about it. Seriously, if you’re still needing a band and/or DJ for your wedding, look no further. Our wedding was in Hermann, MO, which is about an hour and half outside of Saint Louis. The boys had no problem making the trip out for our reception. BOOK THEM BEFORE THEY’RE GONE!
How nice to get your message! Thanks for thinking of us. So glad you guys liked the food. It and THE BAND are the two things folks still can’t stop talking about re: LoveFest. It was clearly the event of the decade in that neck of the woods. Thanks again to you all for “playing” such an integral part in making it a special night.
Ryan and Band: Thank you for making our June 7th Wedding Reception so memorable!!! EVERYONE was just as thrilled as we were to have you there!!! What a night to remember! Your music was fantastic! Thank you !! Pictures coming soon!!
You guys are absolutely AMAZING! Seriously, my expectations were exceeded 10 fold. I cannot thank you enough and cannot express how incredible you all were last night. We will be recommending you guys to everyone we know! Please let the rest of the band and DJ know that we loved the performance! Everyone was asking us who you guys were, how we found you and how wonderful you were. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Big Band St. Louis sounded absolutely fantastic—“Happy” sounded SO good, and I left right when they started playing “Some Nights”, but my sister and I knew what it was all the way from the driveway.
Hello, Ryan! This is Sara, and Nic was the DJ for my wedding on May 10 out in Hermann, MO. I just wanted to send a quick email and let you know how much we thoroughly enjoyed Nic, and how awesome he was as the DJ for our reception. We’ve gotten lots of amazing compliments about how good of a music selection there was, and how great Nic did. I just wanted to pass the praise onto you, and thank you for setting us up with him!Thanks so much for being so great to work with during the wedding planning process, and if we ever need a DJ for anything again, I know what company we’re coming to!!
Hello Ryan, My family and I want to thank you for getting Joe to DJ Amanda’s Quince. She and her friends had a fabulous time. Joe kept the music fun and made the party exciting. The lights really added to the mood. It was great working with you. Can’t wait until the next party. We will call again.
Great music and vocals last night at the Casa Loma Ballroom The aerial act was a nice touch for the Gatsby theme!
The St. Louis Big Band was a huge hit at my wedding! They are very professional in both appearance and sound. I highly recommend them if you want live music...you will not be disappointed!
Dear Ryan, I apologize for sending this thank you note to you so late, especially as our wedding was last August! But, Aaron and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The music that the St. Louis Variety Band played truly made our wedding dreams come true more than any other element. And the overall talent far surpassed anything we were expecting. Thank you and the St. Louis Variety Band for making our wedding into a fairy tale.
It was amazing and we loved it - thank you for putting together such a great show!!!
I dealt with Ryan from the beginning and he was fabulous! I would definitely recommend him to anyone! Thanks!
Just a quick note to let you know how thrilled Adam and I are that the band was at our party. It was a great event in general but they certainly were the cherry on top. Everyone loved them and we are so appreciative that they made the trek. Thanks to you all for being so pleasant to work with, especially given our time constraints. Please don’t hesitate to use us as a reference in the future.
The St. Louis Big Band absolutely made our wedding, when we came back from our honeymoon everyone was still talking about how memorable our reception was!
This band is truly incredible!
We hired the St. Louis Big Band for our wedding at Union Station Grand Hall. They were excellent! From the professional planning to the quality performance at the wedding, we could not have been happier with them.
Several members of our theater company recently had the opportunity to attend a St Louis Big Band performance at Robbie’s House of Jazz in Webster Groves, MO. The music was fantastic - we highly recommend their newly released CD! STL Big Band has an extensive repertoire to suit a variety of events.