Don Eaton Band

Don Eaton Band

Philadelphia's Premier Wedding Party Dance Band

1601 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103 | map
Agency or Band: Band
Band size: Large (6+ musicians)
Genres: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, ...
Business Details
Categories: Band
Event Types: Anniversaries, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Holiday Parties, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies, Proms, Sweet 16s
Established: 1991
Last Login: Nov 13, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions for Band
Agency or Band: Band
Band Size: Large
Music Genres: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Calypso, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Swing, World
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Band Attire: We typically dress in formal attire, as most of our events are formal. Occasionally we have a client who prefers to have us dress less formally, in our jazz attire.
Sample CDs: We have regularly scheduled live showcases. Please contact us directly for specific information as to dates, times, and locations. We also offer DVDs.
Learn new songs: We are frequently learning new songs for our clients. Many have special requests for specific dance selections that bear special significance.
Setup time: Our two sound engineers always arrive two or more hours before guests are scheduled to arrive to make certain that all setup is completed, and sound checked prior to guests entrance into the area where the band will be performing.
Stage space: We are able to set up in a variety of locations, as we play many different types of venues ranging from very large hotel ballrooms to smaller mansions.
Sign or banner: In the interest of propriety and good taste, the only signage that we use is our band logo which is on our individual bandstands.
Special equipment: Whenever there is ample space and power for our set up, we run our own stage lighting, which is the same lighting used in all of our videos. Although we can contract other lighting such as disco balls etc., we prefer to keep outr focus on what we do best - the music.
Emcee between songs: We script and mc every event we perform for, in accordance with the needs and personal style of our clients.
Techniques to Motivate Crowd: We never have an issue with non-dancing crowds! Literally all of the events we play for have people up and dancing. During any periods of time when people are choosing to converse or have less dance activity, we are sensitive to their energy, and play music that is artistically pleasing while accommodating our clients desire at that point in time to maintain interest at a proper level for their enjoyment. In turn, our clients thoroughly enjoy these varied artistic musical selections as much as any of our more upbeat party dance tunes! We receive many compliments on these selections.
Requires break meal: We offer both "continuous live music" and "full band live" with two short breaks. Any band that says they play full band live non stop for four hours or more is being less than honest. This simply doesn't happen. What they are not telling the client is that they are taking regularly scheduled, "staggered" breaks, where some players leave the bandstand to take breaks, while the remaining band members continue playing. For the client who doesn't mind if the full band isn't on all the time, this works well. For the client who prefers the full band to be playing when the band is on, then the method of full band live works far better. In the end, the reality is, that there is less actual total break time with full band live, especially when the two moments for breaks are strategically placed where live music might be substituted for recorded music for a brief period, such as during the middle of a main course where guests are conversing, and their attention is less on the music. At this same point in time, the better facilities do have something provided for the band to reenergize and prepare for the most demanding portion of the event.
Music during breaks: Recorded or live, there is never "dead space". Recorded music is provided only as requested by our client. Some of our clients ask to have our sound man provide a short DJ set of three or four dance tunes later in the evening, while others opt to have a short background selection of a few tunes during entree to maintain full band live as soon as they are ready to resume dancing.
Backup plan for absences: Our band is notoriously known as one of the most sought after by the best musicians in Philadelphia wanting to be a part of it at any opportunity. Our band is also well known as a top flight line up, and there are many great musicians who have volunteered their talent, should the need ever arise to invite them to join the band for a date. Another major feature of the Don Eaton Band is that the talent is so abundant, and so diversified, that the band is able to function amazingly well even if one (or two - which is highly unlikely) of our regular members should be unable to attend a date. With SIX lead vocalists, and a three piece horn section, the band has the capacity to maintain it's strength in these conditions better than most. This, combined with the fact that we've been together as this band for over fifteen years makes the Don Eaton Band extremely adaptable to less than favorable conditions.
Overtime rate: Overtime is prorated.
Charges for travel: Within 90 minutes of Philadelphia there are no travel expenses added to our cost. Beyond this radius, travel expenses are based on travel time, and whether or not the event ends early enough for band to safely return to Philadelphia. If band members need to stay over, then lodging accommodations must be made.
Deposit amt. A 20% deposit is required to hold and book the band for a given event.
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