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Through exceptional planning we design the musical aspects of 50+ truly unforgettable events each year.

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The STL Big Band performed a hippy themed concert in 2013.

The STL Big Band performed a hippy themed concert in 2013.


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The STL Big Band has recently recorded at:

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Reviews & Love Notes:

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!
— Kathryn G., St. Louis, MO (Posted to The Knot & WeddingWire 4/2017)
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.
— Abby L., Dodge City, KS (E-mail received 2/2017)
Just finished the Duncan Ok. date. Totally outstanding band. Thank you. Thank you.
— David T., Duncan, OK (Posted to Facebook 1/2017)
Awesome Christmas Concert @ Ivory Theatre. Loved...loved..loved!!!!!
— Sharon P., St. Louis, MO (Posted to Facebook 12/2016)
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.
— Tom & Emma S., Arena, WI (Letter received 12/2016)
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!
— Laren V., Knoxville TN (Posted to GigSalad 12/2016)
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!
— Kelly P., Chicago IL (Posted to The Knot 12/2016)
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!
— Ashley & Kyle, St. Charles, MO (Letter received 11/2016)
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!
— Rachel G. - Posted to TheKnot 11/2016
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!
— Posted to WeddingWire 11/2016
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!
— Kathleen D. (E-mail received 10/2016)
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.
— Jennifer B (Posted to The Knot & GigSalad 10/2016)
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.
— Patty S (Posted to GigSalad 7/2016)
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.
— Michele R (Posted to The Knot 7/2016)
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.
— David H. (Posted to Facebook 6/2016)
We wanted to say thank you for a great night for the De Soto Rotary as well as the De Soto Community.
— The De Soto Rotary Club (Letter Received 5/2016)
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.
— Phil C. (Posted to The Knot 4/2016)
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!!!!
— Beverly P. (E-mail Received 4/2016)
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
— Annette P. (E-mail Received 3/2016)
Thank you Ryan and the St Louis Big Band!! Our second line was everything we could have imagined and more.
— Emely S. (Posted to Facebook 1/2016)
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.
— Bernie (E-mail Recevied 1/2016)
The band was solid & the Sinatra singer was amazing!
— Terry T. (E-mail received 11/2015)
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!!!
— Rose E. (Posted to Facebook Oct. 2015)
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!
— Claire J. (Posted to The Knot July 2015)
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!
— Erin (E-Mail Received June 2015)
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”
— Catherine & Jack (Letter received 10/2014)
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!
— Madeline H. (Posted to The Knot 10/2014)
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!
— Sara (Posted to The Knot 10/2014)
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.
— Mary B. (E-mail Recevied 10/2014)
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!!
— Annie & Dannie R. (Letter Received 6/2014)
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!
— Allison V. (E-mail Received 6/2014)
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.
— Lauren C. (Posted to Facebook 5/2014)
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!!
— Sara L. (E-mail Received 5/2014)
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.
— Jeff and Sylvia S. (E-mail Received 5/2014)
Great music and vocals last night at the Casa Loma Ballroom The aerial act was a nice touch for the Gatsby theme!
— Steve J. (Posted to Facebook 5/2014)
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!
— Wendy E. (Posted to The Knot 5/2014)
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.
— Ashley & Aaron U. (Letter Received 5/2014)
It was amazing and we loved it - thank you for putting together such a great show!!!
— Slava P. (Posted to Facebook 5/2014)
I dealt with Ryan from the beginning and he was fabulous! I would definitely recommend him to anyone! Thanks!
— Susan G. (Posted to GigMasters 4/2014)
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.
— Mary & Adam
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!
— Sarah T.
This band is truly incredible!
— Cast member of the Broadway musical "Anything Goes"
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.
— Erika S.
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.
— Lacy M.

Recent Venues:

 

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Kemoll's Top of the Met
The Standard Club
The Peabody Hotel
The Elms

The Elms Hotel & Spa (Kansas City)

Windows on Washington

The Standard Club (Chicago)

Busch Stadium Redbird Club

The Alango School (Angora, MN)

The Coronado Ballroom

The Peabody Hotel (Memphis)

Renaissance Grand St. Louis

The Missouri Botanical Garden

The Casa Loma Ballroom

National Airline History Museum (Kansas City)

The Piper Palm House

Hyatt Regency at The Arch

St. Louis Union Station Grand Hall

The Heart of St. Charles

Forest Park World's Fair Pavilion

The Mark-Twain Riverboat (Hannibal, MO)

Villa Marie Winery (Maryville, IL)

Neo on Locust

Hidden Lake Winery

Four Points By Sheraton (Fairview Heights, IL)

Forest Hills Country Club

The Sheraton St. Louis City Center

The Plaza Event Center (Columbia, MO)

The Old Post Office

Weingarten Vineyard

Lake Hill Winery

The America's Center

Kemp Auto Museum

Little Piney Lodge

The Sheldon Concert Hall

The Chesterfield Amphitheater

Robbie's House of Jazz

The City Museum

The Lemp Mansion

Overlook Farm (Clarksville, MO)

The MUNY in Forest Park

Missouri History Museum

St. Louis University Busch Student Center

St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church

Villa Marie Springfield

Zion United Methodist Church

Maryland Heights Community Center

SLU High School

Decatur Conference Center

Foam

Parc Provence

Knights of Columbus Washington

Andre's South

Briarcrest Estates

Our Lady of the Snows Shrine

The Midwest Music Institute

Dick's Sporting Good - West County

Orlando Gardens Webster Groves

Arnold Knights of Columbus

O'Fallon Elks Lodge

St. Sabina Catholic Church

Six Flags St. Louis

Backstreet Jazz & Blues Club

The Chapel

Drury Lodge Cape Girardeau

The Venue Cape Girardeau

Andre's West

Broadway Knights of Columbus

Jonesburg Community Hall

The Penthouse Club

Gateway Convention Center

Holy Infant Church Ballwin

St. Charles Moose Lodge

The National Museum of The Dog

Innsbrook

Nights of Columbus Hazelwood

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

The Columns Banquet Center

The Tivoli Theater

Westminister Christian Academy

Centenary United Methodist Church

South Broadway Athletic Club

Sir Winston Banquet Center (Fulton, MO)



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