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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. Rich owns a music school, The Avalon Music Academy of Holland. The band is made up of Rich and teachers at the school, all of whom have degrees in music.

Services Offered

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:

  • Learning new songs
  • Karaoke
  • Rehearsal dinner music
  • Wireless Microphones
  • MC services
  • Ceremony sound & music
  • Cocktail hour music

Wedding Reception Frequently Asked Questions

Can you provide MC & DJ services also?
Yes ,we provide a complete audio solution to your reception and also ceremony if desired. All MC & DJ services are provided. We provide wireless mics for toasts, prayers, and other announcements.

Can you provide sound and music for the ceremony and cocktail hour?
Yes, we have multiple sound systems and are able to setup in different locations concurrently. We can provide microphones & music for ceremonies and cocktail hours. We have many different music options with our musicians on staff including acoustic guitar & vocals, string quartet, classical guitar, & jazz trio.

Can we choose the song list?
Absolutely. You can be as detailed as you'd like with guidance on songs to play or not to play and when they should happen. We can learn any songs for special music as needed.

Do you meet with each couple?
Yes, Rich Burkholder will meet with you in person if possible or online (Zoom, FaceTime) if distance is an issue. He will go through the timeline for your day to make sure everything happens on time. You can spend your time enjoying your special day and Rich will take care of the schedule.

What do you wear for weddings?
We've performed at weddings of all shapes and sizes. We'll customize our attire to the feel of your reception. Suits, tuxes, smart casual, whatever the feel of your reception is, just let us know and we'll fit right in!

How loud is the band?
We use the latest technology in audio including wireless Ipad mixers to ensure that we are at the proper sound level for the venue. We check in multiple times throughout the evening to make sure you are comfortable with our sound level.

How long do you play?
Our sets are customizable to your timeline. Common set times are 3 x 50 minutes or 4 x 45 minutes.

Do you allow special guests?
We do as long as this is prearranged beforehand. If you have a friend or family member who needs accompaniment at the ceremony, we have musicians for that also.

Do you travel for weddings?
Yes, we do!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average price for a wedding reception during peak season?

$2,000 - $5,000

What is the average price for a wedding reception during off-peak season?

$2,000 - $5,000

Which of the following are included in the price?

Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sound/PA System

What is the price of your popular wedding package?


Which of the following are included in the package?

Cocktail Hour Music
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sound/PA System

Are you an agency or a band?


How many musicians are in your band(s)?

4 - 6

What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?

Classic Rock
R&B / Soul

What music services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
Reception Music
Music During Breaks
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Willing to Travel

What items are available?

Sound/PA System
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Katelyn B. Married on 10/01/2022
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The BEST Wedding Band!!

Our wedding was 10/01/22 at Crystal Mountain. We hired Avalon the Band to do ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception music. Rich was very professional, approachable, and responsive throughout the whole planning process. We wanted a wedding band with a wide range of genres and we hit the jackpot with Avalon the Band. They can play it all! Our dance floor was full all night and our guests could not stop asking where/how we found our band. Everyone loved them!! We also loved that everything was included, lights, mc-ing, sound equipment/mics etc. Our ceremony was on top of the ski hill with our cocktail/reception starting directly after at the bottom of the hill. The band was able to accommodate with music at both locations simultaneously. We have a family wedding tradition called the “The Hat Dance” where the bride and groom have to wear a bonnet/straw hat and the guests dance around them to my Great grandpas favorite polka song. My grandpas favorite polka band was “The Harold Mitas Band”. Their music is harder to find since it was a local polka band. Rich was able to find the correct version of the song which made the Hat Dance even more special. Avalon the Band is not just a wedding band. They will go above and beyond and do everything possible to make your big day perfect. Stop your search and hire Avalon the Band! You will not regret it!
Blake J. Married on 09/10/2022
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Amazing Band!

Avalon the Band made our wedding a dream. They were able to quickly figure out music preferences and keep the vibes going all throughout the night. Absolutely loved how they made sure things were going according to plan by checking in with us, they learned specific songs to truly bring our vision to light, and were professional/courteous. We recommend them highly to anyone looking for a band!
Mandy H. Married on 06/18/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Avalon Band

Way beyond the music! Rich brings not only musical talent, fun, professionalism but, a peace of mind. The assistance with ceremony mics, leading the flow of the evening, as well as, taking time to know us to make the evening extremely personal. Guests continue to tell us how personal the evening felt. Nothing canned and Rich played a big role in that for it to be a night of relaxation and joy.
The sound is exceptional and ability to read the crowd is incredible.
Rich and the Avalon Band will bring all their talents to your event for you to breath and enjoy!
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