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David Coester is a classically trained guitarist and teacher. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Guitar Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and spent 18 years in New York City. Music Samples are available on my website davidcoester.com

Available for performances in and around Ithaca, NY as well as Central New York (Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton and Finger Lakes region) and sometimes in and around Northern Virginia.

LIVE MUSIC MAKES YOUR EVENT AN EXPERIENCE PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER.

Live music creates ambiance. Guitar music is romantic, classic, stylish, and complements any event – dinners, cocktail hours, corporate events, art openings, weddings, or receptions.

Instrumental guitar music and finger-style playing fills space with beautiful ambient sound that allows conversation to happen without the potential distraction of vocals. The intimate sound of the solo guitar provides an elegant atmosphere unequaled by other live music experiences.

WEDDING DAY MUSIC.

Solo classical guitar music is an elegant addition to wedding ceremonies. Now with a battery powered amplifier David can bring music to your outdoor ceremony wherever it may be held. Intimate and romantic, the guitar can be used for the pre-ceremony, the processional, the recessional, and at any time during the ceremony. Guitar music can also be incorporated into a cocktail hour or dinner before a band or disc jockey begins playing.

Arrangements for solo guitar have been made of most wedding music favorites. If there is a special piece of music the bride would like, solo guitar arrangements can be made if requested in advance. Duets with guitar and flute, violin or voice are also available.

AN EXPERIENCED, PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN.

David Coester is a classically trained guitarist and teacher. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Guitar Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and spent 18 years in New York City.

In addition to teaching, David plays regularly at private parties, weddings, and gallery openings, and has given concert lectures for audiences at the Chautauqua Institution among other organizations. His most recent public recital was held at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. He has also performed at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D. C., the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, Italy, and the Seoul Arts Center in Korea.


PURE QUALITY SOUND..

David uses the state-of-the-art Bose Cylindrical Radiator Speaker which produces an exceptionally natural sound that radiates evenly throughout an audience of up to several hundred. Even at low volume levels, the sound reaches every corner of the room equally.

While live music creates a special ambiance that turns a typical evening out with friends and family into an event, it should not overwhelm casual conversation. The Bose system allows your guests the opportunity to converse naturally (even if they are directly next to the speaker) or pay close attention to the music if they choose. Physically unobtrusive, the sound system may not even be noticed.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?

$300

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$350

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

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learn New Songs
Microphones
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sound/PA System
Travel Expenses

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental - Solo

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3

What instruments does your group play?

Guitar

What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learn New Songs
Microphones
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sound/PA System
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David is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for his live music services at weddings. He is described as professional, flexible, and easy to work with. Reviewers appreciate his beautiful guitar playing, extensive repertoire, and willingness to learn new songs. David's music is said to add a special element to wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours, creating a lovely atmosphere for guests. Overall, reviewers highly recommend David for his exceptional talent and excellent communication throughout the planning process.

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David is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for his live music services at weddings. He is described as professional, flexible, and easy to work with. Reviewers appreciate his beautiful guitar playing, extensive repertoire, and willingness to learn new songs. David's music is said to add a special element to wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours, creating a lovely atmosphere for guests. Overall, reviewers highly recommend David for his exceptional talent and excellent communication throughout the planning process.

Emily
Emily A. Sent on 09/11/2023
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Flexible and easygoing

My husband and I loved working with David for our wedding! I am very particular about music so I was prepared to annoy the s*** out of whoever we hired. Fortunately, David was so sweet, flexible, and professional at every turn.

We had a great first call during which he told me about his services. We opted to have him play the guitar for the prelude and processional. He sent his repertoire, and we were happy to see that he already had several of our favorite songs included – even the song I was dreaming of walking down the aisle to! Though we didn’t need it, he still offered to learn anything additional. We also discussed how he would set up all of the sound equipment for ceremony/reception/music/toasts, but that we would be in charge of the music we played. We put together a bunch of paylists on my ipad and David was able to hook us up while we danced the night away!

He has a great sense of humor and a calm demeanor which are both a godsend on such a stressful day! His guitar playing was beautiful and he helped the whole night run very smoothly. I would definitely recommend him, especially if you want total control of the music for your big day!
Shannon
Shannon A. Sent on 12/05/2023
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great experience!

David was a pleasure to work with and really added a special element to our ceremony - recommend!
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Stephanie H. Sent on 10/14/2023
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Highly recommend!

It was lovely to have David perform for our ceremony and cocktail hour at the Ithaca Farmers Market. He was flexible since the beginning of our planning process and while we didn’t need it, he was open to learning new songs of our choice for our ceremony. We highly recommend David and his services as his music was a unique part of our wedding day.
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