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James Bachman is an exceptional musician who performs for weddings and special events in and around Santa Barbara and Ventura, California. With his diverse musical knowledge and talents, he promises to deliver captivating music that will make your event unforgettable. James will gladly find music from his extensive collection that suits you or learn new music at your request.

James Bachman showed a passion for music at a very young age and has gained more than two decades of experience as a musician. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in music from California Polytechnic State University, where he performed and studied with some of the most reputable musicians around. Now, in addition to performing, James teaches guitar at Cal Poly and in his private studio.

Services Offered
James Bachman specializes in playing the lute, jazz guitar, and classical guitar. The performances he offers are solo guitar, a duet with two guitars, or a trio with percussion. If you’re looking for exceptional music for your wedding ceremony, vow renewal, anniversary, engagement party, or cocktail hour, James will provide with music that is sure to make your event exceed your expectations.

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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?

Instrumental - Solo

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3

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What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
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Kate B. Sent on 06/16/2020
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Magical guitarist!

Jim is such a talented musician. He really helped create a calm and loving atmosphere for our guests. Plus he was always responsive to us and provided such great ideas. Truly a wonderful addition to our wedding!
Marleen M. Sent on 01/13/2021
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Wonderful person, talented musician

Jim was wonderful to work with on a 2020 Wedding Rehearsal Dinner to Remember! Cancelled & Rescheduled due to COVID restrictions. All arrangements made by email, text and a single phone call- the process was seamless. His music and selections were great. He was on time, he set the mood for the evening and guests commented on how perfect the night was - music was soft and allowed for conversation to be heard; just how we envisioned. Highly recommend his services. Very pleased!
Lauren S. Sent on 10/16/2019
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Great addition to any party!

Jim was excellent from beginning to end. He music and music selection are great. He was on time and everyone enjoyed him. I would definitely recommend Jim!
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It was a pleasure working on a recent wedding with James. Talented, professional, and kind. I would definitely refer him to future clients.


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