There are hundreds of wedding bands in central Indiana – some that are highly polished, talented, and professional, and charge accordingly to play at your wedding reception or celebration; some that play gratis for friends, and may charge very little for others because it’s a hobby, and everything in-between.
Jaden Street Jazz plays weddings and other gigs around the area. The reason I’m familiar with them? I played a wedding with them last summer! Most fun I’ve had in a long time. Friends from Brownsburg Jason Tidball (a piano tuner and bass player), Scott Bradley on guitar, and drummer Ben Vawter (also a recording engineer at Aire Born Recording Studios in Zionsville) were my band mates.I happened to be playing piano at a mutual friend’s wedding, and since their keyboard guy was unavailable they let me sit in for the reception. The only down side to playing was that I wasn’t able to dance with Mary…
“The Band etc.” features good friend and studio musician comrade Larry Sauer on drums and percussion. Greg Imboden, an accomplished player of all things woodwind heads up Indy Express; this band included many other great musicians and friends of mine – Steve Dokken, amazing bass guitarist and brilliant well-rounded musician, Mark Aspinall, “renaissance man” type recording engineer who helps hold ZooWest (my recording studio) together, and happens to play guitar as well, Cozette Myers, accomplished singer and friend of many years; Matt Dickerson, who I see most often at recording studios because he is THE guy at Aire Born for critical studio piano tuning. David Frank, a new facebook friend, rounds out the band on drums.
IndyKlez plays klezmer music in the Midwest – a somewhat historically obscure musical style that traveled to America with Yiddish speaking immigrants of Jewish descent in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. Personal connections to IndyKlez include Mark Aspinall on guitar, Becky Chappell on clarinet (just played a Hal Leonard session with her yesterday), Gary Wasserman on bass, and Ginny Womack on violin, who was on yesterday’s session as well. Think of them as the klezmorim…might have to look that one up.
The Flip Miller Band is not currently on the broadcast, but until recently they played many weddings, and included guitarist Sandy Williams, perhaps the finest musician of my acquaintance, Flip Miller, Jim Farrelly, an incredibly talented sax guy, and Art Reiner who not only rocks out on drums but plays a lot of studio sessions on percussion around town.
If I asked around a bit, I imagine I know musicians in a few dozen more bands…but my musical focus is the recording studio, and I’m not in the current band scene in the area.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for wedding music in central Indiana. There are countless string quartets, trios, harp and cello duos, brass ensembles, and so forth in the area that are comprised of friends and acquaintances from recording sessions over the years.
This is a broad sampling of the bands that happen to come to mind at first blush. There is nothing like a live band at a wedding reception to make it come to life; and I might add if you have the budget for a string quartet for your wedding ceremony, you can’t go wrong…as long as you hire a competent group. As many of us know from listening to a child or sibling in the process of learning to play violin or cello, a stringed instrument can make rather unpleasant sounds in the wrong hands, and that is not one of the top ten ways to set a great mood at your wedding.
Here is a link to our wedding music samples page – a listening guide to about 70 of the most well known and loved wedding songs. Use this resource to become familiar with the songs you might choose for your ceremony – the soon to be released samples album is free, no strings attached.