We are a youthful, energetic wedding band based in NYC that provides the sound and song selection of a DJ, with the electric energy of a live band!
Our mission is to revolutionize the wedding entertainment industry by standardizing love as an expectation for booking and working with a band in the Tri-State area. Our founders, Drew and Erin Coles, formed the band for their own wedding (in the midst of hustling their butts off getting degrees in music and business respectively), and care deeply about creating a beautiful event for each and every couple.
We only do weddings because this band was built on and for love.
We've perfected doing weddings because we seriously enjoy doing it.
We'll treat you like family because that's what you deserve.
90 Reviews for Metropolitan Players
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Corinne A. · Getting married on 03/06/2022
Best Wedding Band!
Working with Erin and Drew at the Metropolitan Players was an absolute dream. Due to covid we were unsure if there was even going to be a wedding and if there was what it would look like. They made us feel at ease about everything and worked with us to celebrate from our original guest list of 230 people down to 60 people. We changed everything on them one month out and they were so responsive and accommodating. We also were not sure how the day was going to play out (if there was going to be dancing, etc.) so we asked them to start small just a simple cocktail dinner style music and if it came down to people wanting to dance then they could go ahead with some upbeat/dancing style music. Well they read the room perfectly and pretty much immediately changed the cocktail style music to actual wedding music for dancing and it worked out great. We could not be happier with how the night turned out and how much fun we had despite changing all of our original plans. We cannot thank The Met Players enough for making the unique experience way less stressful and way more fun! We would 10/10 recommend them to anyone. Thanks Met Players for an awesome night celebrating!Sent on 10/19/2020
Metropolitan Players's reply:Oh my gosh, Corinne!! Thank you SO much for your incredibly kind review! It was truly our pleasure to work with you and Andrew to make sure that your day could still happen safely! Your wedding was one of the most beautiful and meaningful days in the midst of this crazy year - and we will always treasure our memories from your big day! :) Your friends and family are THE BEST and I’m so glad that they felt comfortable dancing a bit! I’m sure it was a much-needed celebration for all of you! :) It means the world to hear that you and Andrew had so much fun despite your wedding looking slightly different than you’d originally imagined!! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day! It was an honor for us to be able to celebrate you two this year! :)
Stephen B. · Getting married on 10/02/2021
Best band ever
We can't tell you how awesome The Met Players are! From the very beginning of our experience with them (2 years from our wedding date!), Erin was nothing less than accommodating and helpful. Prior to our wedding, Erin and the band were easy to contact and super responsive. Towards the wedding, they were 100% on top of it, and at the wedding - WOWZA! Our entire 350+ person wedding was on the dance floor the entire time! People are still telling us how awesome, enthusiastic, and into it The Met Players were. We couldn't be any more pleased with the band - we would highly recommend!Sent on 09/10/2020
Metropolitan Players's reply:Stephen and Anna!!!! Thank you SO much for such an incredibly kind review!! It was such a pleasure working with you both to bring your beautiful wedding day to life! It's crazy to think we planned together for 2 years! Alll that time made your wedding day that much sweeter. :) We had the BEST time celebrating with you and all of your guests, and it was such a joy to see your friends and family having an amazing time on the dance floor. We LOVE hearing that your guests had such a great time, too! We will never forget how special your wedding was - and we’re definitely clinging to those sweet memories right now! We wish we could go back and do it all again! Same time, next year? ;)
Lindsey C. · Married on 06/21/2021
You Must Hire the Metropolitan Players!
From the moment we heard the Metropolitan Players in a music studio in midtown for the first time we knew we needed them at our wedding! Even in the small music station, we could tell they were special. They didn’t just play music; they were having an infectious amount of fun while Erin (the band manager and one of the founders) was so nice in offering us food or drinks and answering our questions. From that night we knew we had to have them at our wedding, and it was the best decision we made. They're so uniquely talented and the nicest people you’ll have the pleasure to work with throughout your entire wedding planning process. From the time of having first booked them to the wedding, they were always there for us and would take time to answer our questions and make sure we felt good about our music choices for our wedding.Sent on 07/02/2021
Our wedding was originally scheduled during April 2020 in the height of the pandemic, and we decided to have a small legal ceremony with close family and postpone our reception. When we told Drew and Erin this, they immediately offered to play our ceremony songs over Zoom for our legal ceremony. This was the nicest gesture and made our ceremony so incredibly special! This act went such a long way in helping to brighten our mood and make our small ceremony special.
We have always bonded over music. The Metropolitan Players will not only play a lot of their hits, but they will take the time to learn songs that are special to the couple. We requested songs by Walk The Moon and Neon Trees because we saw these we danced to as friends just hours before our first kiss, is a memory we’ll never forget. We also chose unique songs for our first dance and ceremony that have lyrics that are meaningful to us, and we were overcome with emotion when hearing them so beautifully played as we danced together. At the start of our reception the room got very warm and I stepped out for a bit to cool down. I could still hear the music and was relieved that I was hearing songs that we chose more so because my parents and their friends love them. When I returned, I told Erin I was so happy that I only missed some oldies songs and she told me that they rearranged the set because they knew I wasn’t there! While this seems like a small gesture, it meant the world to me. The rest of the night was a hit! When our favorite songs played everyone was up dancing and singing along having the time of their lives. The next couple of days our guests could barely talk because they had so much fun singing along! And it was special to see that the band was having so much fun getting the wedding guests involved, especially after the past 14 months of limited social interactions. This was the best wedding we could have asked for thanks to the Metropolitan Players!
We truly don’t have the words to say enough positive things about The Met Players. They are so talented, and we literally felt like we were at a private concert the entire time. When we say the Metropolitan Players and particularly Erin and Drew are the best, we mean it. They are not just a band that we had at our wedding, they are now our friends! Our new mission is to convince anyone who gets engaged to hire them so we can hear them at other weddings!
Team of Metropolitan Players
Erin is the manager of The Metropolitan Players, and is one of the driving forces behind the band. Erin was born and raised in Upstate New York and received two bachelors degrees from the State University of New York at Potsdam as a double major in Theater and Business, as well as a minor in Psychology. Upon moving to New York City, she went on to obtain her MBA, all while founding and running a business with her husband.
Not only is she obsessed with weddings, her greatest passion is working one-on-one with brides and grooms during the planning process. Erin gives special care and attention to all of her clients to ensure that each wedding turns out exactly how the couple has envisioned.
Erin's responsiveness, consideration, support, and warmth towards her clients has been a key player in The Metropolitan Players' recent recognition: The Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award every single year from 2016 to 2020, The Knot Best of Weddings Award from 2015 to 2020, and a coveted place in The Knot Hall of Fame
Music Director, Co-Founder
Drew is the Musical Director of The Metropolitan Players. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator, and performs regularly on the New York City scene. Drew's wide range of musical knowledge and ability to cross stylistic boundaries make him a valuable asset, and he has shared the stage with jazz masters Wynton Marsalis, Jim Snidero and Mitch Frohman, among others. He was most recently seen on Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and iHeart Radio Live Sessions alongside pop singer/songwriter Erin Bowman.
Drew earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Business from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Metropolitan College of New York, and his doctorate in Music & Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
In addition to the Metropolitan Players, Drew continues to use his expertise in studios, on stages, and in classrooms across New York City and along the East Coast.
Alex is originally from Richmond, VA, and now resides on Long Island, NY. Her favorite food is tacos, and one goal on Alex's bucket list is to visit every National Park in the US!
"My favorite part of being a coordinator is getting to be part of someone's special day, and seeing them enjoy themselves! Also, being around such a positive, talented group of musicians is the best!"
I've performed with Metropolitan Players a few times and I really enjoyed working with them. They're organized, on top of their game, and talented. What more can you ask for?
Outstanding!!! Having worked with countless bands as an event planner, Metropolitan Players stands far above the rest. Erin was beyond helpful in every step of the way. She was responsive to every question and odd request my clients asked. She was creative in helping my clients chose off the beaten path selections and the band went above and beyond to learn very specific songs. Erin detailed the whole night with a timeline and were flexible when changes were even made during the night. The band arrived on time, set up and were ready ahead of schedule. The whole band was the definition of professionalism and you can tell how much everyone loves what they do. Numerous wedding guests specifically hunted me down to tell me how amazing the band was! Their ability to read the crowd and get everyone out of there seats is unmatched. Definitely my go to band from now on!