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UpFront Band is a versatile musical group and soloists that has provided live music for many special events throughout Oregon and Washington. They were featured on the KINK.FM local music spotlight radio show. Their musical focus is on Jazz (smooth, standards, swing), Latin, and their own twist on classic rock-n-roll, oldies, pop songs and will tailor a performance to your needs at reasonable rates.
Chris Bidleman (piano) and Steve Burpee (sax) the founders of The UpFront have been playing music together since Jr High. In 2002 they formed the Vancouver, WA based band "UpFront". They are joined by Robert Schultz on drums and Ed Couture on bass plus additional musicians and singers as needed to make you wedding day even more special. We can provide music for the ceremony (solo or duo), cocktail hour (duo or trio) and reception (3 - 5 piece band). We also have arrangements with DJ's to offer a package deal if you want DJ music when the band takes breaks.

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What is the average price for a wedding reception during peak season?


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Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Music
Learning New Songs
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sound/PA System
Travel Expenses

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How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3
4 - 6

What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?

Big Band
Classic Rock
R&B / Soul

What music services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
Reception Music
Music During Breaks
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Liability Insurance
Willing to Travel

What items are available?

Sound/PA System
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John-Mark Sent on 05/08/2016
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UpFront Band is the consummate wedding band. Specializing in jazz, their playlist is varied, including swing, old time rock 'n roll, pop, and even country. They follow the response of the crowd, and take requests. The guests have raved about their music, and the band was a major factor in our reception dinner and dance being a real party. They corresponded with us by email to get a sense of what we wanted, and accommodated our special requests... and were patient with some indecisiveness and changes of mind on our part. They provided a specific quote, and stuck to it, and were willing to stay for extra sets if the party went overtime, for an hourly rate. Not only that, these were just nice guys, who wanted to make sure everyone at our party had fun.
Oriana Sent on 09/07/2015
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We hired UpFront for our small wedding in Corvallis, OR. They were everything we expected. Very professional and very friendly. Excellent musicianship. They played light jazz, Steely Dan, Latin, swing, and my personal favorite was their rendition of the Circle of Life from the Lion King. Very competitive pricing. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Lori Sent on 04/20/2015
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Upfront band was very accommodating, easy to communicate with, and went the extra mile to make our Valentine's Party a success. They went out of their way to take special requests from our residents. Many residents at our retirement community speak highly of the band and cannot wait to have them come back for our next event. I highly recommend them and look forward to having them back for our next holiday party.
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