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A Note Above the Rest partners with the best musicians and ensembles in Central Ohio to provide the highest quality music for your wedding, cocktail hour, dinner, reception, and much much more!

We go above and beyond to make sure you have the music you want to help elevate your event and create the perfect ambiance for you and your guests.

Our musicians are some of the most booked in Central Ohio because of their skill on their instruments, their attention to detail, being easy to work with, and their affiliations with major ensembles in the community.

When you book with A Note Above the Rest, you will receive a personalized phone call to talk through the load in and setup details, attire, music selections, and any other important information. We provide a contract outlining these details as well as what you can expect from us.

A Note Above the Rest is new on The Knot and Weddingwire, but we have been providing music and musicians for the last 11 years. We currently average 5 performances a week.

Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?


What is the price of your most popular wedding package?


Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Brass - Trio
Brass - Quartet
Brass - Quintet
Instrumental - Solo
Instrumental - Duo
Instrumental - Trio
String - Trio
String - Quartet
String - Quintet
Soloist / Vocalist

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3
4 - 6

What instruments does your group play?


What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learn New Songs
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sound/PA System
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Reviews of A Note Above the Rest

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Heather C. Sent on 07/17/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A Note Above the Rest

I was genuinely in awe when the string quartet began to play at my daughter’s wedding. The music was quite possibly the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. The addition of the strings to an already stunning venue created the perfect atmosphere. I cannot express enough how pleased I was with their performance. During cocktail hour, Tony (the owner of the music company) played piano; he played with such skill that only is seen with one that has an innate musical gift. I was so impressed with the variety of music he played. Many guests came to me throughout the night expressing their enjoyment of his music and the string quartet. Tony is responsive to questions and very accommodating. He and his string quartet were extremely professional and kind. I 100% recommend hiring A Note Above the Rest! You will not be disappointed.
Debra C. Sent on 09/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Debra Camp

These guys were great! Very professional and willing to learn a new song for my daughter's wedding. I would hire them again for any event.☺️
Thbuy S. Sent on 09/21/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing musicians that sounded great!

The trio from A Note Above the Rest was one of the most talked about things I heard from my guests! We had a piano and cello duo play our ceremony, and the jazz trio play our cocktail hour and dinner. They dressed appropriately, transitioned from outside to inside quickly, and had a great assortment of music that guests of all ages enjoyed. Tony from A Note Above the Rest was very easy to work with and responded quickly to any of my questions by email or phone call. Highly recommend!
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Tony  Hagood
Tony Hagood


My name is Tony Hagood. I am the owner and founder of A Note Above the Rest. We provide the highest quality music at reasonable prices for our clients' weddings, cocktail hours, dinners, receptions, and much much more.

I started studying music officially in the 3rd grade although I tinkered on keyboards long before then. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I received my bachelor of music degree from Capital University in 2010 and have been working as a professional musician since playing a wide range of performances from solo piano, to orchestras, to cover bands, jazz bands, festivals, concert series, stadiums, and much much more.

I wanted to start this company to continue to raise the bar on the quality of music provided to clients and friends based on my extensive performance and music background and the connections I've made along the way. We are friends with and use musicians from such institutions as; Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Harmony Project, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, McConnell Arts Center Orchestra, Tony Hagood Presents Jazz at the MAC, and more!

When you book with A Note Above the Rest you can rest assured that you will receive the best musical experience there is to offer. We work closely with you or your planner to make sure there is no detail left undetermined so that when your special day comes, you can enjoy it!

We have an extensive list of songs available to play for your wedding, cocktail hour, dinner, reception etc. If there is a song you'd like that we don't know, we are happy to learn it!

If you want to book a seamless, high quality, easy to work with set of musicians for your wedding or event, A Note Above the Rest should be your first choice!

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