About The Ward Eights

The Ward Eights - your one stop shop for entertainment. Stellar musicianship & personalized service

Whether you're planning a wedding, dance night, class reunion, corporate event, or any other excuse to get a bunch of people together and have a great time, The Ward Eights is your party waiting to happen.  Specializing in funk, soul and R&B, but also being no stranger to rock and hip-hop, The Ward Eights will keep your guests entertained and dancing all night long.  From our full 9-piece band to our 6-piece combo, we offer a variety of live music solutions to suit virtually any budget and musical taste.  We also offer special wedding packages that include live classical music for your ceremony and jazz for the cocktail hour.

The Ward Eights are a band born in the audio department of Harmonix, the cutting edge video game developer behind games such as Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central.  We've spent the last few years making killer music video games together, and now, in addition to that, we're bringing that same passion for music, musical authenticity, and, most of all, fun to the stage.  We're co-workers, great friends and serious professional musicians (who don't take ourselves too seriously).  

The Ward Eights are a 9-piece funk band including male and female vocalists, trumpet, tenor sax, bari sax, keys, guitar, bass and drums, but we can do a full dance night with as few as 6 musicians for smaller events.  If you're planning a wedding and want music for your ceremony and cocktail hour in addition to your reception, we have a plan for that too.  Between the 9 of us, we cover a lot of musical ground.  Pretty much anything from classical to jazz to polka (yes, tuba and all), we can do it

Categories: Wedding Band

Regions serviced: Boston

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Nothing but overwhelmingly positive things to say about The Ward Eights! First of all, quality is top notch - they are insanely talented and play so well together. It was clear that this was not their first rodeo and they are incredibly professional while still being really fun and personable (not at all show-boaty, which was a HUGE turn off when we were trying to select a wedding band). They have a great selection of songs that is diverse and appealed to both my husband and me who have very different musical preferences. They do offer the option to learn 2 new songs, which we actually didn't even do because we were really satisfied with their offerings. All I wanted for my reception was to be on that dance floor from start to finish and they made that very easy. They really read the vibe of the room and made great songs selections, in addition to our 5 must-play songs. Not exaggerating when I say that every guest I spoke to commented on how awesome they were, many saying they were the best wedding band they've seen. They were also really flexible and accommodating - we had a traditional Armenian dance that we wanted to do and they made sure the song was queued up and ready to go during one of the breaks. Lastly, also just super easy to work with -- friendly, easy going, professional, responsive.. If a wedding band is a top priority for you, as it was for us, you really can't go wrong with these guys! They made the night!

Profile Picture Elizabeth, 9/9/17, 1 Review
Category: Band
Services Used: Microphones, Sound/PA System, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Learning New Songs, Reception, Vocals, Willing to Travel

The Ward Eights literally made my wedding! They were absolutely amazing. The one thing my husband wanted was a live band and boy did he get it. Every guest is still raving about how fantastic they were. As soon as they started playing the first song the dance floor was packed. Dave P. the band leader is awesome, he's so organized, calm and level headed, but also really sweat. And has an amazing voice! Their repertoire is huge and has a lot of different genres. They are just so on point and their price is very fair! I really couldn't be any happier with them. They really made our night perfect. THE BEST!

Profile Picture Teresa, 9/8/17, 3 Reviews
Category: Band

The Ward Eights Pricing

Reception Price Range (4 hours)
Peak Season:
$4000 - $7000
Off-Peak Season:
$4000 - $7000
Price Range Includes:
Cocktail Hour
Learning New Songs
Music During Breaks
Sound/PA System
Travel Costs
Band Package Pricing
Most Popular Wedding Package:
Package Includes:
Cocktail Hour
Learning New Songs
Music During Breaks
Sound/PA System
Travel Costs

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We always tell our staff that we are as good as our vendors. I truly believe we are all responsible for making a couple, family and friends have the best time of their lives. The Ward Eight did not disappoint. We LOVED working with them. Not only are they incredibly talented with two lead singers, male and female, (AWESOME) they are as equally professional and a blast to work with. Being a venue owner, many times we have to ask the band to make announcements which are never very exciting. Dave the lead singer cracked me up, he always made them fun! When a band can make my job easier it's a good night! I would love to have them back to Bishop Farm any time. They are a perfect fit for our venue.



Boston, MA 02124   See On Map
802-598-7285 (phone)
The Ward Eights is a wedding wedding band from Boston, Massachusetts servicing weddings throughout the local area, including New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut. The Ward Eights is a professional entertainment company that has been part of the New England wedding industry since 2010 specializing in weddings and corporate events.