Did a 11-11-11 wedding gig :)

Aloha guys,

But it was not as bad as …
You may have read this before. If so, ma bad.

gig from hell".

Dear Bandleader,

We look forward to your performance at our daughter’s wedding. If you
don’t mind, we would like to request a few of our favorite songs. If
you could play these at some point during the reception, we’d be

Any Keith Jarrett composition from his solo series. Please have it for
the full ensemble, and none of the 4/4 songs please.

Mahavishnu Orchestra,“Dance of the Maya,” and please have the guitarist
play John McLaughlin’s solo from the live performance Nov. 16, 1972, at
Chrysler Arena. My wife and I were at that show and we particularly
liked it. If you find it too difficult, you can leave out the feedback.

Any of John Coltrane’s duets with Pharaoh Sanders. I understand that
their use of atonality is not everyone’s cup of tea, but all our guests
love high register tenor saxes.

We thought a little Stravinsky right after the toast would be nice. We
particularly like the “Infernal Dance…” or whatever it is called,
from “The Rite of Spring” (second version of 1932). If you want to use
the sheet music it’s OK. We like a tempo of about quarter note = 93

Then for the “life candle” lighting ceremony, please play Frank Zappa’s
“The Grand Wazoo.” If you want to play it in the original key of Bb
that would be fine, but my cousin Janeene would like to sing the
baritone sax solo. You may have to play that part in another key - she
has kind of a high voice.

When my daughter throws the garter, could you play just a little of
Varese’s “Ionization?” It’s such a cool piece, we think it would go
over really well. Much better than “The Stripper.” And for the Bride &
Groom’s first dance, please slow things down a bit by doing Barber’s
“Adagio For Strings”. It’s so much nicer than “We’ve Only Just Begun”
or “The Anniversary Waltz.”

When my wife and I join in the first dance, could you please segue to
Thelonious Monk’s “Ruby, My Dear?” That’s in honor of my wife’s
grandmother whose name was Ruby. It would mean a lot to the family.

Thanks very much for all your help. We’ll certainly be happy to
recommend your band to all of our friends. By the way, the gig pays
$250 for the group, and before you leave, please feel free to ask the
caterer for a sandwich and a can of soda to take with you.

The Bride’s parents


Wedding gigs ; the ones most likely to have a fight break out on the dance floor between cousins that avoid each other the rest of the time .
Stag nights ok , the visiting rugby team ok , but wedding gigs are when the trouble starts .
Hen nights are the worst for " Lets abuse the band " . :imp:


That would make the first wedding I’d ever went to where I enjoyed the set list!

Dave Fry

Stag nights ok , the visiting rugby team ok , but wedding gigs are when the trouble starts

Agreed, but you left out Cricket Club gigs. For some reason they always seemed to deteriorate into a general melee before anyone had had time to get drunk. I also remember a gig where there was to be an award ceremony for a darts league. The Southern Rail team were late (ha!) and after a couple of smart comments from other teams all hell broke loose, the place was trashed and the police shut the gig down - before we’d played a note. Ah - memories :laughing:


Darts players tend to look like part-time Sumo Wrestlers . Adds up :laughing:


And don’t forget Hockey Club gigs… Yikes! :open_mouth:


And don’t forget Hockey Club gigs… Yikes! > :open_mouth:

The list is growing :laughing: I once played at a Divorced, Widowed and Separated club. I mean - ONCE. :cry: :cry:

Too many guys have “played” that gig and are still “paying” :laughing:

You even get soda with the sandwich???!!!?!?!?!? PLUS $250 :astonished:

What are you waiting for, How hard could it be? After all, wedding bands never need to write the shit and make it famous. It’s already pre fab for you so start rehearsing already! :smiling_imp: :mrgreen: