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The Brass String Chamber Ensemble (BSCE) is Chicagoland's Wedding Chamber Music specialist situated in Naperville, Illinois. We are a husband and wife managed ensemble who will be happy to travel throughout Chicago and the suburbs to provide wonderful brass and/or string music for your wedding or other special events. Over 2000 happy brides and grooms have used our services since 1990 in churches, hotels, country clubs, banquet halls, restaurants, parks, and private homes. Whether you are interested in classical or contemporary music (or both!), the BSCE would be delighted to provide music for you and your guests on your wedding day.

Services Offered: The BSCE is a wonderful choice for your ceremony music and is also a delightful way to entertain your guests during cocktails and dinner. We offer a wide variety of musical arrangements in a comprehensive and versatile library with 1,000s of songs.

Instruments: Our ensembles include String Quartet, Stonegate Brass Quintet, String Quartet with Trumpet(s), Solo Trumpet, and Solo Violin, as well as many other instrumental combinations.

Musical Styles: We play all the traditional classics - including Canon, Trumpet Voluntary, Jesu Joy, Hornpipe, Wedding March (etc.) as well as many non-traditional and more contemporary options, including music by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Sting, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Bareilles, Walk the Moon, Earth Wind & Fire, and so many more. We have great arrangements of movie soundtracks, video game music, and a large collection of Bollywood string quartet music which is very popular with guests attending South Asian weddings. Visit our website to see many more titles in our library.

Let Our Music Tell Your Story: We can't wait to learn more about your vision for your wedding. Perhaps we can write an arrangement of your Dad's favorite song, or your Grandmother's favorite hymn... or maybe a special piece to celebrate your heritage. We love to find ways to connect our music to your story, so contact us today to start the conversation.

Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?

$250

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$1,250

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

Ceremony Music
Learn New Songs

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

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

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3
4 - 6
7+

What instruments does your group play?

Cello
Organ
Piano
Trumpet
Viola
Violin

What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Instrumentals
Learn New Songs
Microphones
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sound/PA System
Vocals
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Dee D. Sent on 06/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Music by the BSCE sets the perfect tone for your wedding! They are incredible!

I cannot imagine an instrumental ensemble capable of creating a more beautiful musical experience than BSCE! The music they provided for my daughter's wedding was absolutely magnificent! Every piece was polished and perfected, yet played expressively from the heart. We chose to have a string quintet, 2 trumpets and a timpani. Each musician performed at virtuoso level; as a group, they achieved a superb blend. The BSCE has an endless repertoire, ranging from chamber classics and trumpet voluntaries for ceremony music to light jazz and pop for cocktail / dinner music. Each piece is arranged so creatively and played so professionally that is is an absolute joy to listen to them play! Plus, they will customize their music to fit your needs: in our case, they worked with us to add and subtract interludes and musical repeats to achieve the perfect timing for our processionals. They will also customize the combination of instruments to fit your preferences. They are consummate professionals who love what they do and perform with breath-taking artistry. In addition, founders Paul & Kris Semanic are among the most delightful people l have ever worked with. They will take a genuine interest in making your event musically perfect!
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Jennifer W. Sent on 07/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Music

The wedding and cocktail hour music provided by this group far exceeded my expectations. They were professional, had wonderful suggestions for songs and were easy to work with. Their music was beautiful and the trumpet added to the magic of the evening. Paula and Chris were such a joy to speak with and their knowledge of weddings and music is evident. I would highly recommend them.
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Natalie T. Sent on 02/15/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect “Wow” Factor to a Wedding

Hiring the BSCE for our ceremony and cocktail hour was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Paul and Kris were a dream to work with. To say they were “accommodating” is an understatement. They arranged a special version of my one of my grandmother’s favorite songs to play for her at cocktail hour AND they arranged the most gorgeous version of my favorite Rolling Stones song, which my dad walked me down the aisle to. They went above and beyond all expectations – the perfect “wow” factor for any wedding.
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There are over 2,300 wedding vendors in Illinois, most of which I personally know and/or have heard of. I can honestly say that there are a number of vendors that don't provide the service that BSCE does to their clients. They have went above and beyond to service our clients and I am honored that BSCE is one of many fabulous partners!

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I have had the priviledge of working with Paul Semanic at many weddings. He and his gifted colleagues bring a sense of professionalism and warmth to each occasion. They understand how to craft their music to the spirit of the bride and groom

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