Hiring Gerry and his band was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process - take a listen and call him now, you won't be disappointed.
Searching for wedding bands is really the worst, and I felt after weeks of looking I'd just found the same grating sounds, without much sense of what would really work live. Fortunately a friend who has worked with Gerry for family weddings for years told us to check him out, and we are glad we did! His videos do a good job demonstrating their sound and the breadth of their repetoire, but they can only do so much; trust me when I say that the live band really pulls it off - they sound great.
Gerry was also awesome to plan with; we were doing a lot of the planning remotely (from Japan), and he worked across time zones to set up Skype calls and coordinate all the details of announcements, music selections, equipment, etc. From our first Skype call he made us feel so at ease that it was an easy choice. And when we had ideas for different songs we did or did NOT like, he was receptive and helpful.
We had Gerry with a six-man group total; they did cocktail hour with some jazz / acoustic numbers, which was quite laid back and sounded really good, and then played a variety of music through dinner and into dancing to follow. They definitely kept the energy flowing throughout the night, and once the dance floor got going they kept people out there! A lot of good nostaltic hits (for our 20s / 30s crowd) and wedding dance-able classics.
If I could do it again (and I wish I could!) I'd work with Gerry all over again - there's nothing like a live band at a wedding, and their energy and talent will not disappoint!
Hiring Gerry and his band was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process - take a listen and call him now, you won't be disappointed.
When my (now) husband and I decided to get married on New Year's Eve, we knew that the music would be a crucial part of making the evening a party to remember. Thanks to the amazing quality, energy and flexibility of The Gerry Rothschild Band (8-piece), the night was touted as the "BEST NYE EVER!" Leading up to the wedding, Gerry was attentive and thoughtful, making me feel more comfortable with every meeting and email- I knew we were in good hands. The night of, we were running behind schedule, but Gerry, the consummate professional, worked behind the scenes, went with the flow and guests were none the wiser. We danced, we jumped, we sang, we sweat and we said hello to 2019 with the Gerry Rothschild Band leading the charge! Would recommend them over and over again!
I can't imagine a better wedding band. Feel free to read on, but do yourself a favor and book 'em! I'm a HUGE music fan, and selecting a band was, of course, a huge decision to make and would be the centerpiece of the evening. I read reviews, just like this, for many bands. I came across Gerry and his band, and sent him an email after watching some videos and reading a few reviews. From the first interaction, Gerry was incredibly professional, up-front, honest, and genuine to work with. He asked us many questions we hadn't considered and let us know what we could expect if we hired them. After a few more conversations, we happily decided to go with them. And it turned out to be the best wedding-related decision we made. Throughout the process, Gerry remained responsive and worked with us to establish timeline, learn some tunes, and really understood the style and type of music and energy we wanted. We worked together on songs and bands we wanted and did not want. On the day of the wedding, I was obviously busy, but Gerry and co. did their thing and got set up. On to the music. We had Gerry for ~4-5 hours and they were absolutely KILLER! Their youtube videos don't do them justice. We got the six piece band. Each one of them was better than the last. The vocals sounded great, their rhythm was tight, the keyboards, guitar, drums, bass, etc. all had a beautiful, clear sound. They know what they are doing and they play incredible music. My favorite band is Dispatch.Gerry learned two Dispatch songs; our wedding song (Indian Moon) and our last song (The General). Their renditions of these songs were honestly some of my favorite live renditions I've ever heard. I can't say enough great things about Gerry and their performance. If you want incredible, live music for your wedding, this is your band. I promise.
I HIGHLY recommend Gerry + his band. They were, honestly, a perfect wedding band from start to finish.
1. At the actual wedding. They were a super fun band at the wedding -- the dance floor was packed for almost the entire night with people of all generations. I was the bride, and my new husband and I basically danced the entire night, and honestly, it never felt like there was a down moment or a moment when I wanted to get off the dance floor. That feels pretty unusual to me — usually there are at least a couple of songs when the dance floor just empties, but Gerry did a great job of reading the room and picking songs that everyone would love.
It’s also worth mentioning that while everyone was eating, Gerry did a great job of DJing quieter, most jazzy music (which was what we wanted), so everyone could talk.
2. Planning. Gerry was a complete professional. My mom was the lead planner on the wedding, and she tends to…let’s just say she needs a professional that pays a LOT of attention to detail. Gerry did an incredible job.
He had several different meetings with us — he came to our house to talk about music selection with me, my husband, and my parents, he also came to a meeting at the venue so he would be ready on the day-of. He also sent us recordings of songs for our first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the mother-son dance, so everyone could prepare in advance. Plus, my husband wanted to sing a song at the wedding, so he had a practice session with Gerry in advance. Also, Gerry’s band learned several new songs. ALL of this was included with their standard pricing!!
And, on top of that, he kept saying that if we needed more meetings or support, he was happy to meet with us as much as we needed. I really think that a huge part of choosing a vendor should be picking someone who (1) really delivers on the day-of, and (2) makes the planning process as low-stress as possible. And Gerry did that 100%.
3. Price. I also want to say, because this matters a lot when you’re planning a wedding: given what an extremely high quality product Gerry delivers, his prices were extremely reasonable. A band can be a huge single cost in a wedding, but his price was one of the most reasonable of any of the bands we researched.
My brother, who had a much, much more expensive band at his wedding — booked through one of those booking companies that adds a huge mark-up — if you're planning a wedding you probably know what I'm talking about :) — told me several times how fantastic Gerry’s band was.
Anyway, Gerry’s band was such a solid, incredibly fun band. All my friends and family told me how great they were, and we recommend them highly!
We can’t say enough positive things about this band – they rocked our wedding! If we could give ten stars, we would. We knew from the get-go that choosing the Gerry Rothschild Band for our reception at Descanso Gardens was one of the best decisions we made. Gerry is so great – he was helpful, patient, and easy to talk to. He gave us great advice and even offered to join us at our venue meeting!
They are able to play an incredible variety of music, from jazz standards to classic rock to reggae to R&B … and it all sounds great! Starting with their awesome rendition of the horah, they had people out on the dance floor all night. So many guests raved about the band and how much fun they had dancing during the reception!
I will shamefully admit that I was dead set on hiring a DJ. My wife insisted that we hire a band. “To expensive!” I said. Then I realized she had an ulterior motive since she’s a singer and wanted to sing at our wedding. How could I say no to that. We shopped around and listened to probably fifty bands on their web sites. None sounded good. They were all too specific in the genre they sang. We wanted a good ‘ole wedding band that could play songs that a 16 or 60 year old would like. Enter The Gerry Rothschild Band! Out of all the band leaders we spoke to, Gerry was the first person who insisted we actually meet face to face and discuss what we are looking for. We sat for over an hour and knew this was it. We found our wedding band! Not only did we express what we wanted, but Gerry explained how the timing could work. He suggested when it might be best to do our “special moments”. Entrance song, first dance, the hora, speeches and so on. Not to mention when my now wife could sing. He was dead on the money. The wedding flowed seamlessly. The songs were diverse. Everything from Frank Sinatra to The Bee Gees to Taylor Swift. He even learned an obscure song that I sang to my wife (That’s right, I’m a singer too.) He met with me privately to rehearse it. He also had a complete band set up to play cocktail hour in a different location from the reception. He accompanied the cantor as she preformed the ceremony. Once again, learning a song that she sang. Our guests still comment on what a wonderful time they had at our wedding and how much they loved the band. I now realize that my wife was right. (Boy she loves hearing that.) There’s nothing that compares with a live band playing on the night of your most special evening. This is that band to do just that.
— Roland & Danita
Where do I even begin? Gerry was absolutely, blooming amazing from start to finish! He worked with us throughout the planning stages, taking on board the music we like and even learning songs for us. He worked especially closely with us to come up with a shorter, edited version of our song, Monuments and Melodies by Incubus, for our first dance and it was beyond perfect! They made our wedding EVERYTHING we had dreamed it would be and I cannot thank them enough. Since the big day guests have been telling me how much fun they had at the wedding and the one thing that is consistently mentioned by everyone is the band. Gerry and his band bridged the generation gap and had everyone from my 18 month old goddaughter to our 84 year old grandma dancing the night away! They played everything from background jazz music for the cocktail hour to rat pack classics, 80s pop and modern popular music. So stop looking right now because you have found the BEST band for your big day!! You will not regret trusting Gerry and his hugely talented team of musicians to entertain you and your guests on your dream day. What are you waiting for? Call him right now! I'm not kidding, the best decision you will make is to hire this band. Thank you Gerry!!!!! You're playing our anniversary parties in the future right?
— Claire & Markus
Gerry and his band were amazing! He was a consummate professional, always going the extra mile. We definitely felt like Gerry was a core member of “our team” rather than someone we hired to provide a single service. Gerry’s personal touch really impressed us. While many bands wanted to book over the phone, Gerry happily met us in person to discuss the event. Gerry gave us almost two hours of his time. After we booked him, Gerry came and toured the venue (even though it was a very long drive) just so he could make sure everything would run smoothly on the day. He learned 5 new songs for us and they were perfect! Having live music for our first dance was so much better than playing an mp3. We chose a long song for our first dance and Gerry cut it down for us. He then sent us an mp3 of the cut song so we could practice. You could tell that he’s an award-winning music producer; the cut was flawless! The groom also sang a song with the band; Gerry recorded an mp3 so the groom could practice before the big night. These details show not only how professional Gerry is, but also how supportive he is throughout the process. He helped us schedule the dance sets to keep the energy high and our guests on the dance floor. His experience was a huge asset, but his suggestions were never pushy. He always let us lead, but was there with help if we needed it. Working with Gerry was wonderful from start to finish. The band was pitch perfect across a range of styles, from jazz standards to current hits. We got so many compliments about the band! Friends and family across the generations loved the music. We’ll have to plan another event soon so we can hire them again! Working with Gerry was one of the highlights of our wedding planning. If you are looking for a dedicated professional who is genuinely interested in his couples, look no further. Gerry is all of that and more — he has a wry manner that makes every interaction a treat. We recommend his band with the greatest enthusiasm!
— Erica and Jacob
It's been 3 months since our wedding, and our friends and family are still raving about our wedding band. Gerry Rothschild Band definitely helped make our wedding the best wedding it could have been. We would hire them again in a heartbeat and have recommended them to some friends that are getting married next year. We would recommend them to anyone looking for an exceptional band that will bring your party to life!
— Lindsay and Mike
The Gerry Rothschild Band ROCKS!!! Gerry and his band had played at two of my cousins' weddings, and each time was awesome - they really know how to get the party going. When we were planning our wedding reception, we knew right away that we wanted Gerry to play.
From the very beginning of planning the party, Gerry was so professional - but also so fun! He was always very helpful and responsive, and he had great ideas for us. His band will even learn a few new songs for you; we chose two songs from a pretty random band, and Gerry nailed them!
He also acted as the MC at the reception. He is a true performer and really knows how to interact with the crowd. We talked at length about the timeline of events and what exactly we wanted him to say and do, and he did exactly that.
We cannot recommend the Gerry Rothschild Band highly enough. Contact Gerry for your event — you'll be so glad you did!!!
— Kristin and Clay
Greatest Jazz band I've heard, by far! Gerry and his band are really talented musicians and know their music well. I was surprised at the variety of music they know how to play. Ranging from pop music to the heart of jazz. They were even willing to play some Latin music.
Not only are they talented, but they're accommodating as well. My husband chose a song for the mother/son dance that was not on their playlist. Rather than just playing it from MP3, they took on the challenge to learn the song in a short amount of time so that they can play it live at our wedding.
This band truly went above and beyond their duty for us. From working with our budget with what we could afford, to learning new songs for the mother/son dance, and keeping organized & in touch with the venue.
Towards the end of our wedding, everyone kept asking for their contact info. Without a doubt, they truly made our wedding unforgettable and special.
Also, Gerry is honestly a great individual. I only met him when we were looking for a band to perform at our wedding. And I can say, he is one of the few human beings that are genuine, honest, and great in their craft.
— Shalani and Jonathaney S
I was told by everyone that I did a great thing by hiring you. I think the welcome and the closing reception were hits because of the band.
— Bryan Quinan @ The Milken Institute
Thanks Gerry! You guys were great, as always, and always at the top of my list!
— Shannon Russell, Sales Manager @ The Grove of Anaheim
If there is one thing you can do to make your wedding memorable, this would be it. My wife and I got married just over two months ago now, and still receive compliments about the band. A group of our friends, who we actually saw Mumford & Sons live with, said they prefered hearing Gerry play their songs.....now, I'm not going to pretend that some booze didn't influence that decision, but nonetheless, it was a tremendous compliment and if I could say myself, Gerry nailed Marcus Mumford, along with every other song and genre of music.Gerry was a breeze to deal with. We first met over lunch and he really took the time to listen to what we wanted, how we envisioned our wedding, and really probed as to what type of music my wife and I were into. Over the course of the next few months, Gerry would contact us via phone or email, and say, "what do you guys think about this....or this....or we could do something like this, etc." His approach is casual, easy going, and extremely professional and knowledgeable. We had Gerry play our cocktail hour and reception and although I can't speak highly enough on what a great job he and the band did, I will say that my favorite and most memorable part were the two songs that he learned specifically for the wedding. Our first dance to "Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee.....better than I could've ever imagined. For my wife's father/daughter dance, Gerry played "Irish Eyes"....started slow and traditional and then morphed it into a faster paced jig. It was awesome, and something we, and everyone in attendance, will never forget. So a huge THANK YOU to Gerry and the band for doing such a remarkable job.
— Darren and Bridget
When we think back to our wedding and having the Gerry Rothschild Band play, we can't help but reminisce about how much fun it was. For our wedding, my husband really wanted live music and I really wanted music we could dance to. His priority: live music. My priority: dancing. We knew it would be challenging to find a band that perfectly fit these two hopes, so we contacted over 15 bands, narrowed our search to about 3, and then went and heard the top finalists play. After that, the choice was easy: the Gerry Rothschild Band had the best musicians (extremely talented individuals whose professions are as musicians), best musical selection (we love oldies and rock n roll with a bit of today's tunes thrown in), and best vibe. Gerry is such a cool guy, genuine and down-to-earth, and at the same time very professional. After booking the band, Gerry worked with us to narrow down more precisely what we were interested in hearing, was awesome about making sure songs we really wanted were included, and was totally chill about filling in the blanks when we were so overwhelmed by the wedding planning process and didn't want to make any more decisions! When the day came, we were blown away by the whole evening: the Gerry Rothschild Band rocked it, played their hearts out, had our guests dancing the whole time, and, quite simply, made our night! I am especially grateful that Gerry welcomed my mom to sing with the band - they had practiced with her beforehand, and the night of, brought her up to surprise our friends and family and sing "Orange Colored Sky." It was awesome!!! My mom was incredibly happy she could add something special to our celebration and everyone who heard her sing is still raving about it today! So thank you, Gerry and the band: you made our night amazing! And to everyone reading this: we highly highly highly recommend the Gerry Rothschild Band for any event where you want great music and dancing!
— Erin & Casey
Jazzy, smooth, entertaining, and great to work with—Gerry recently performed at The Fire Boot Classic at Santa Anita. His music was the perfect blend for a diverse crowd, very smooth, and he was a gem to work with. I was entertained for hours. Of course I'll be hiring him again!
— Robin McCarthy, Executive Director @ Fire Family Foundation
We hired Gerry for the Descanso Gardens Fundraiser. He exceeded our expectations! He had the crowd begging for more. It’s hard to switch entertainers after 10 years.
So happy we did! Thank you Gerry!
— Sharon Mintie Miller, Chairperson of Descanso Gardens’ SEEDS gala.
As a bride it is difficult to remember every little detail of the wedding day, but I specifically remember walking into my cocktail hour with the sun setting and Gerry's band playing awesome live jazz music, and all I could think was, wow, this is magical! It really took the whole evening to another level. they then seamlessly transitioned inside to play dinner and dancing music. Gerry is super easy going and an absolute pleasure to work with. He learned 3 new songs for our wedding, which was another plus! We asked for an obscure Pearl Jam song for our first dance, which he performed beautifully, and he also worked with my sister on a Sting song she performed as part of hear maid of honor speech. There are lots of things that you have to pick out for your wedding, but what really sets the mood for the reception is ultimately the music and Gerry's band did an incredible job! I'm so glad my Dad put his foot down and said no DJ!!
— Dana and Ken
You guys were fabulous - the guests all raved. I personally appreciated your communication with me throughout the event, ensuring that everything was going smoothly. It was a pleasure working with you, and I hope we will get to do so again in the future.
— Sarah Orth, Development Director of Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center