The Susie Hansen Latin Band is a popular and well-known Southern California band playing more than 100 weddings, special events, concerts and festivals every year. Our specialty is Latin dance music - salsa, cumbia, merengue, bachata, bolero, and cha cha cha. If you'd like pop music, we can also play disco, swing, R&B, funk, Motown, classic rock and jazz standards like Frank Sinatra.
We have three terrific lead singers -- our vocalist/conga player who sings lead on all the Latin styles; Susie on electric violin and bilingual vocals; our electric guitarist who sings lead vocals in English. In our six-piece band, we also have keyboards, bass, and drums/vocals. In our bigger-sized bands, we add a horn section, more percussion and another singer.
Our six-piece band is a great dance band, and very reasonably priced. For a larger and more elaborate event, we can use up to a ten-piece band. If your wedding is smaller and more intimate, we suggest our trio or quartet -- lead vocalist/conga player; violin/vocalist; keyboard/left-hand bass; and drums/vocalist.
Susie and the band have received many wonderful reviews from the media. According to Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times, "Hansen was a ball of energy, creating an atmosphere of high voltage excitement." Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner described the band this way: "It's a sizzling, swinging Latin band. The whole room was jumpin' for joy." Brian McGackin of the Glendale News-Press wrote, “I am usually hesitant to rave so dramatically about the quality of a band, but I just cannot seem to help myself. It's hard not to get up and dance.”
We can emcee your entire event, from the grand entrance till the very last dance, and help coordinate, too. There is no additional charge -- it's all part of our package. We'll meet with you in advance to work out your entire timeline. We'll emcee all your formalities -- grand entrance, first dance, toasts/speeches, centerpiece game, parents dances, cake cutting, money dance, bouquet/garter toss, and more!
We have a very reasonably priced band-and-DJ package. Our DJ is really great at mixing. He plays during the band's breaks, and then typically spins great dance music until the end of the party. It’s a perfect party package, and you’ll get continuous music.
If you book our band-and-DJ package, we can also offer a variety of lights --intelligent dance floor lights, uplights (in a variety of colors), pin spots (for cake table, desert table, sweetheart table, etc), stage lighting, and GOBO monograms. Our DJ can also provide your photo booth -- open or closed, with an attendant, lots of props, and unlimited full-color photos.
We can play beautiful live music for your wedding ceremony, too, with a duo of violin and piano. Here are some of the styles of the ceremony music we can play: classical music, romantic music, instrumental pop music, sacred music (hymns, praise, Mass propers, liturgy), ethnic music (Jewish, Irish, Italian, Greek), bolero, Latin music.
We can take care of all your entertainment and emceeing needs, from the start of your celebration to the wee hours of the morning. The ceremony music we play is beautiful. Our cocktail music is lively and fun, a great background for conversation. Our dinner music is lovely and never too loud. Our dance music will get your guests up and moving – we aim for the feet! Our DJ has every song you might ever want. Our band is truly a crowd pleaser with rhythmic energy and drive. We are always professional, reliable, on time, flexible, courteous, and of course, lots of fun!
We have very good safety measures in place for your coronavirus-era wedding. Please ask us all about it.
We're a gay-friendly vendor, and have played many same-sex marriages. We'd love to play for your special day!
Established in 1990.
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6 Reviews for Susie Hansen Latin Band
Recommended by 98% of couples
Joseph · Married on 12/09/2017
Wonderful from start to finish
Susie Hansen latin band played for my wife and I at our wedding along with over 200 guests. The dance floor was never empty! Not only was the wedding a blast, but working with her one-on-one to plan the festivities and move everything along was also a wonderful experience. From the start, she took our anxieties and worries away about how to coordinate our wedding. She had already been coordinating with the venue to get details down to the minutia and had everyone on the same page and she did it with patience, style and grace. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate our union Susie Hansen Latin Band. We’ll never forget the wonderful experience!Sent on 07/05/2021
Gaby · Married on 05/30/2015
Chief among our reasons for hiring the Susie Hansen band were 1) they play great dance music, 2) they're bilingual, 3) they can get a crowd moving! Susie was so wonderful in helping me prepare for our wedding! She was extremely helpful and put together a timeline in a collaborative meeting between myself and my parents. She answered every call, every email and was the adamant professional. We are so fortunate to have been able to have a band at our wedding, it was truly a great investment for a fun filled day! It made for a very unique experience that you typically don't see with DJ'd weddings. Our whole family and friends had a blast and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed their music!Sent on 06/26/2015
Juan · Married on 05/18/2013
Susie and her band were amazing! She made our wedding the best ever. Our guest were so happy with the music and so were we. Susie was not only our live band music but she also provided the lighting services for our wedding and was also the master of ceremony. She is amazing and did a great job for our wedding.Sent on 05/30/2013
We have been working with Susie Hansen Latin Band for 18+ years and have never been disappointed! Fantastic live music, well organized, professional, easy to work with, and one of the best bands in So Cal! Hire them and you won't be disappointed!!