Pyramid Band Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What style of music do you play?
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The PYRAMID BANDS specialize in "Dance" Music for all occasions. We perform music from the 1930's right thru to the 2000's. Our strength is Big Band Music, however we play a variety of the most popular styles of music - just look at our song list.

Q. How expensive is a "Big Band"?
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The PYRAMID BANDS are among the most competitively priced groups. Pricing for a particular function depends on a number of variables including time, duration, and the size of band; if applicable rehearsals, lodging and travel also affects pricing. Not only can we provide DJ music during our breaks; we can also provide solo, duo, trio or quartet music for the cocktail or dinner hour(s). For a quote, please either call or send an e-mail request. Ceremonial music (Classical, Jazz or Popular) is also available.

Q. How much space does the band need?
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The band's stage area requirements vary, depending on the type of event and the size of band you request. We do realize that some venues are not able to provide a great deal of area.  We work within the available space provided.  If the event is a large ballroom, usually the stage is 16' deep by 24' to 30' wide. Prior to your parties' arrival, most large equipment (lights, music stands, speakers, and so forth) is usually set up. Please contact our sound engineer with specific questions and/or concerns.

Q. How does the band dress for a wedding or corporate function?
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. The gentlemen in the band wear tuxedos and our female vocalist wears formal evening attire. Please refer to our photo gallery.

Q. Do you have a less formal look?
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In addition to our "Black Tie Look" - tuxedos, we have our "Gangster Look" - black shirt & black pants with red ties/suspenders; or a "Very Casual Look" which features our polo shirts with black pants.

Q. Is music provided during your breaks?
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Yes. We include playing a single CD to keep continuous music during our breaks. As another alternative, we can provide professional DJ music at a reasonable rate.

Q. Our first dance or bridal party song is not on the song list?
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We require 12 weeks notification of title and artist, in order to attempt to obtain the music and for rehearsal purpose. If the music is unavailable, we will contact you to discuss our options. In the event you have a pre planned dance routine and prefer, we can utilize a CD version of the original artist's song.

Q. How long do you typically play?
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We perform anywhere from 1 to 6 hours depending on the venue.

Q. How long has the band been together?
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The PYRAMID BANDS have been performing since 1993. In addition, each of our musicians brings many years of musical experience.

Q. I have decided that I want the PYRAMID BAND. What happens next?
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. We send you our musical services contract that clearly spells out the terms and conditions. Your deposit is due along with the returned signed agreement.

Q. Where can we see the band play?
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Since a majority of our performances are private functions, your best bet is to call us about our upcoming schedule. Usually it is OK to come out to a wedding and listen to/view the band. You must be appropriately attired in dress clothes. Each function and facility has its own guidelines for viewers, including some that do not allow any viewers. Please also refer to our band rehearsals.

Q. Do I need to meet with the Band?
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In most cases, event planning takes place over the telephone and via email or mail. If necessary, scheduling a time to meet is possible.

Q. I am interested in your band, but my party is not in the Buffalo area. Are you willing to travel?
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Yes, we have traveled, and will travel. Depending on the location and duration of the job - meal(s), travel, and/or lodging may be necessary. Please contact us for any out of town travel.

Q. Does the band have references?
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. Yes.  Many anniversaries, committees, conventions, corporations & hundreds of happy wedding couples. If you feel the need to personally talk to a reference, please call us and we will be glad to put you in contact with them.

Q. We are looking for more choices and help with our celebration plans ?
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As your music professionals, we come in contact with a wide variety of professionals in other related party and wedding fields.   Please check out our link page which includes cakes to party planners.  Check out our wedding trivia pages for interesting customs and facts.

Q. What is a PYRAMID BAND rehearsal all about?
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The  PYRAMID BAND  rehearses from September until the end of June on Thursdays at 8:30 PM.  We'll take off during some of the various holidays (Spring Break - Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) and the occasional SEVERE weather storm (which usually is a Lake Effect Snow Storm).  Rehearsal dates are subject to change, but we do keep a current schedule on the web site; and you can stay informed should there be any last minute changes via the Pyramid email list.  The rehearsals are always open to the public.  Interested customers can view the band.  It's a great night out to meet up with friends in a relaxed roomy atmosphere to see and hear the band.  PYRAMID BAND rehearsals provide an open environment for the regular and substitute members of the band to practice and improve some of the finer (and sometimes difficult musical passages) of the over 2000 musical selections in the library.  We rehearse a variety of songs and musical styles, both instrumental and vocal.  You won't see the band in a formal setting with the fancy music stands, full stage lighting, our formal "Tuxedo" attire or our "show style" performance.  Although there may be some starting and stopping of certain selections, generally you'll hear 10 to 20 full songs per rehearsal.  Our rehearsal locations have included: The Maple Inn (aka Pyramid Lounge), Studio 652, The Woodlawn Hotel, Root 5, Jacobi's NiteClub & Restaurant and McKinley's Club Paradise.  Currently, the Knights of Columbus provides a great location.  They are located at 261 South Legion Dr Buffalo.  It's easy to get to; lots of parking; plenty of table space to sit back, listen and enjoy your favorite beverage and the PYRAMID BAND.

 

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