Avalon The Band is a wedding band operating out of Holland, Michigan. Having performed at over 300 weddings, bandleader Rich Burkholder has assembled the finest experienced and professional musicians to create a world-class musical act. Together they strive to provide couples and their guests with a fantastic musical experience full of energy, excitement, and fun.
With an extensive repertoire of songs to choose from, Avalon the Band is ready to soundtrack your wedding celebration from start to finish. Every aspect of their performance can be customized to fit your needs and musical tastes and they will help you craft the perfect reception playlist. As well as live music, they also provide DJ services and use only the finest audiovisual equipment to ensure superior sound and lighting quality. Additional services include:
2 Reviews for Avalon The Band
Recommended by 100% of couples
Gina Landis · Getting married on 06/08/2021
The music was awesome!
We are so happy we got Avalon The Band! The planning process was fun and easy. The band sounded amazing and they played all the right songs to keep the dance floor hopping. Thanks again guys!Sent on 03/02/2020
Abigail Doyle · Married on 06/09/2020
Top notch wedding band
They say things happen for a reason and our encounter with Rich and his band (Avalon The Band) was certainly just that. We (the bride and the groom) had originally signed a contract with another band, but due to Covid and regulations limiting crowd gatherings, we shifted our wedding from June to September and switched locations from an indoor venue in Grand Rapids to an outdoor venue in South Haven. Unfortunately, the original band was not available on the new date and we were left scrambling for a new band just months before the wedding. But this turned out to be such a blessing in disguise. We stumbled onto Avalon when the bride’s step-mom had chanced upon their website and had a great first conversation with Rich – he was pleasant, respectful and left a positive first impression. When we checked out the band’s website and the vides of their live performances, we knew we got lucky with this find. It did not take us long to decide to have Rich and Avalon perform at our wedding.Sent on 09/10/2020
There were several things that stood out about Rich and his band: (1) Avalon’s repertoire of music is extremely impressive. Don’t be fooled by their representative song list on their site; they actually have thousands of songs on their list (not kidding, it might be more as I don’t think there’s no song they can’t play) that range from Rock to Pop to Oldies and Classics. (2) The quality of this band is superlative. The groom is an amateur musician and has seen lots of world class bands in the past. Avalon’s performance was on point across the board – the vocals were full and rich, giving the songs a level of authenticity and a special live quality that almost all other live bands lack; the music was tight, polished and professional, making them sound like they’ve been touring for decades. They also brought their own lightshow that made the performance even more memorable as it felt like a professional concert. (3) What was most important was that Rich is a genuinely humble and good human being – after dealing with challenging and inflexible wedding vendors through the pandemic, this was a welcome reprieve. Rich was extremely professional, kind and flexible in working with us, and even though we were 3 time zones away, he stayed up late for calls and was extremely responsive with emails. We also had given him special requests for certain surprise songs which he had accommodated with ease. (4) Rich has a broad network of other talented musicians and he turned out to be a one-stop shop for all our music needs. He runs a music school and is plugged into the music community in Western Michigan. We were looking for a string quartet to play during the ceremony and he was able to find the perfect one (Brioso – please read separate review).
Our overall experience with Rich was so amazing, we asked him to replace the other live musicians for the cocktail hour. Above all of this, Rich’s prices were extremely reasonable and were at a fraction of other quotes we had seen in the market. We wish we had found Avalon right from the start, but better late than never. The live band is one of the few things that people truly remember from weddings. Avalon gave such an impressive live performance that many felt they were at a professional, live rock concert and they ran to the dance floor dancing the night away with their shoes off – old people and young kids alike. Even days after the wedding, the guests were still talking about the music. Many at the wedding now know who Rich and Avalon are and they are excited to have them play at future events. One little suggestion for Rich and Avalon – please include more videos of your live performances on your website so people know how truly skilled you guys are at your craft. The decision to sign you will be so much easier with just a few more videos as your performances will speak for themselves. We scoured bands from all over Michigan and Chicago and you guys stood out for so many reasons. You are truly special and you totally rocked the night!
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