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    Penelope Ryan · Getting married on 11/01/2019

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    Incredible Performance at Company Event!

    We hired Garuda for our team cocktail event for 250 people following a two day strategy session. They played perfectly to the atmosphere and were only too happy to stay on longer than I had originally asked as the team didn't want it to end. The start was great jazz music that suited the event and by the end, they had the entire group up dancing. Thank you so much!

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    Thomas Alcorn · Married on 09/01/2019

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    Top-notch professionals, magical night

    We hired Garuda Blue for a wedding of around 100 guests at the St Francis Yacht Club. They played a cocktail hour from 5-6pm and then a set from 6-9pm, with a break in the middle for speeches. Overall, we had a magical night due in no small part to the incredible atmosphere that the live band created.

    Garuda Blue is incredibly talented and the level of musicianship is very high. All their numbers are extremely tight and well-rehearsed, creating a magical experience for all our guests. Multiple guests later told me that the band was the highlight of the night.

    They played a range of jazzy numbers for the sunset cocktail hour and then transitioned into swing for our first dances, after which they started mixing in some recognizable pop covers. The music was so good that the dance floor was packed from the moment the dancing started until the end of the night. They were also accommodating of a couple of pre-arranged song requests from us.

    Their price was very reasonable: for the 4 hours of playing we paid $3900 (structured as $1000 deposit upfront, the remaining $2900 after the night). With wedding-related purchases you often feel like you're paying 3x more just because it's for a wedding, but with Garuda Blue I felt like we got much more than our money's worth, and I would hire absolutely them again for other large events.

    If you're on the fence about getting a live band, just go for it. For $4K you'll get a magical atmosphere, very happy guests and an unforgettable night. Scrimp on decorations or desserts if you have to, because no other wedding spending will give you this much bang for your buck! And, if you're going to go for a live band, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better outfit than Garuda Blue.

    Sent on 09/16/2019
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    Joel · Married on 08/24/2019

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    Amazing band, very much recommend!!!

    Garuda Blue Band was great and the perfect band for our wedding. We got married at Carmel Valley Ranch and had a number of custom requests that the band helped us with and made sure went off perfectly. Whether it was jazz or pop, these guys did an excellent job keeping the crowd engaged. They even learned two songs and accompanied my father during our reception which was a very special requests on our part.
    These guys are simply amazing!

    Sent on 08/27/2019
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    David Smith · Married on 08/10/2019

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    Talented jazz band

    The band did a wonderful job. They are versatile musicians with a mastery of jazz as well as being able to rock the dance tunes. They were the hit of the wedding reception. I highly recommend them.

    Sent on 08/16/2019
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    Scott Smith · Married on 06/15/2019

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    The best wedding band ever

    Seriously, if you’re looking to book a band then look no further. These guys were absolutely amazing! Both my father-in-law and I are musicians so we naturally had some high expectations, and Garuda Blue exceeded them all. Incredibly talented and they nailed all of our special requests expertly. The rest of their set was flawless. They performed at the ceremony, through dinner and of course after for the remainder of the night, and their selections, arrangements and execution were perfect. Their covers of Bowie and Stevie Wonder were among my favorites, and they even pulled off a beautiful Hamilton instrumental for my wife’s entrancement. Their range and precision were incredible.

    Performance aside, they were professional and responsive throughout the entire process, had the best attitudes the day of, and were a pleasure to work with. They were quick and efficient, and knew exactly how to work the venue for the best possible sound and placement. We couldn’t be happier and they truly made our wedding infinitely more memorable and special.

    Sent on 08/13/2019
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    kim · Married on 05/05/2019

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    Making an awesome night even more awesome!

    Garuda Blue was absolutely awesome!!! They played at our wedding last weekend and were super accommodating and worked to customize the program/night exactly how I imagined, but even better!!! The music was awesome, the service personal and real, and the mix of music spot on. My only regret was having such a busy night (what they say is true - the day is a blur and you don’t remember anything!) that I didn’t get to fully enjoy the band’s music ourselves (but at least our guests did!). If you’re trying to toss up between hiring a DJ or a band for your wedding/event, I would 10000% recommend getting a band. Specifically, this band! Thanks guys for making our night an amazing one! Wouldn’t have been the same without your music :) no regrets ever!

    Sent on 05/14/2019
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    Peter Byram · Married on 11/11/2018

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    LOVE this band

    This band is seriously awesome. They played our wedding down in Palm Springs and we could not have been happier. These guys are clearly VERY talented musicians, but beyond that they had everybody at the wedding dancing the entire night. We, as well as all of our guests, had such a blast. They are young guys and super energetic - it felt like they were just as excited to be at the wedding as we were. 10/10 would highly recommend these guys if you are in need of a band for a wedding or any other big event!

    Sent on 11/11/2018
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    Katie · Married on 11/03/2018

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    Unadulterated Talent

    Not a mediocre wedding band, these boys nailed the Jazz and met the crowd’s energy flawlessly! They were our most timely and effective vendor to communicate with. They received our low key and somewhat disorganized style the day of with grace and ease. These men are true musicians-buy your flowers from Costco, starve people, cancel the cheesy favors- whatever you have to do to get Garuda Blue to your wedding. I promise it’s worth it. Although be prepared for them to outshine the bride, they’re that good.

    Sent on 11/10/2018

    Garuda Blue's reply:

    Thanks for the kind words Katie, it was such a pleasure performing for you guys! We had a blast of a weekend traveling to SoCal!
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    Morgan · Married on 10/27/2018

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    Absolutely amazing

    Garuda Blue is an exceptional band. They are extremely talented musicians and are super versatile - making them a perfect wedding/party band. We had the pleasure of having them at our wedding (in Lake Tahoe) and they absolutely rocked it! From the beautiful ceremony music to the formal cocktail hour to the dance floor - everything was perfect and on point. They are classy, but know how to get the party going! They were SO pleasant to work with and even let us request 6 songs that weren’t on their already massive playlist! Meaning they had to learn and perform these songs and did so just for us! We highly recommend this band and wish we could give them more than 5 stars.

    Sent on 11/04/2018
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    Chris · Married on 10/06/2018

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    One of the best choices we made

    Garuda is an absolute gem of a band. They provided the music for our ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and the first half of our dancing. At everystep they overdelivered on what was expected of them. They lean hard on jazz standards but took on temporary music and requests beautifully. I feel very lucky to have had them at our wedding.

    Sent on 12/30/2018
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    Corrina · Married on 09/08/2018

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    Garuda Blue played at our wedding and they were a fantastic addition to an amazing day! Abe was excellent at communicating promptly regarding logistics prior to the wedding. The band showed up on time looking sharp and set up smoothly. Their renditions of our requested songs were great and they even facilitated a surprise musical number my parents planned and performed. Guests across generations and cultures were dancing and the jazz music during dinner really added to the atmosphere. They really helped the party feel special and kept the energy going. I received multiple compliments from guests about the band. I would highly recommend them!

    Sent on 09/22/2018
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    Carey · Married on 08/31/2018

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    These guys were great! Talented, easy to work with, and very classy. We received tons of compliments and highly recommend. Thanks Garuda Blue for helping to make our wedding very special!!

    Sent on 09/05/2018
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    Kjirsten · Married on 08/18/2018

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    We loved working with Abe - he was incredibly responsive and professional. Garuda Blue delivered an absolutely fantastic performance for our reception - beginning with perfectly selected jazz standards during cocktail hour and dinner, then kicking it up a notch for dancing later on in the evening. The song they performed for our first dance together (and learned at our request) was one of the loveliest renderings we've ever heard (Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed"). Their performance really made our reception unique and special, and our guests couldn't say enough great things about them. We also really appreciated their willingness to drive to a relatively remote venue and play outside!

    Sent on 09/24/2018
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    Alexander · Married on 08/04/2018

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    Garuda Blue was incredible. They were able to play everything from eloquent jazz to modern popular music. Our guests were overly impressed with how well the band played and the overall vibe that the music helped to provide. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an amazing live performance as they were a huge part in making our wedding unforgettable. This band is the real deal!!

    Sent on 08/12/2018
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    Ismael · Married on 06/30/2018

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    Garuda Band is by far the best decision I made for my wedding. Abe and the band are such great people!! I will definitely hire them again for more parties to come! The music was awesome their setup and song transitions was organized and seamless. I can’t say enough great things about this band! I love them!!!


    Ismael

    Sent on 07/01/2018
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    Garuda Blue's reply:

    Thanks so much for the kind words Ismael! We had a blast. Best wishes for you guys! - The Garuda Blue team
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    Zack · Married on 05/19/2018

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    Garuda Blue was a phenomenal band for our wedding! They are fantastic musicians in their own right, masters of tunes across many genres, with a knack for reading the crowd. They played throughout our evening outdoors, from jazz to funk to other tunes that got our guests grooving. They were incredibly easy to communicate and plan with in advance and even during the night of, they stayed late when the crowd wanted more. We could not more highly recommend Garuda Blue!

    Sent on 05/29/2018
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    Andy · Married on 12/23/2017

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    Garuda Blue rocked! Our wedding was exceptional because of these guys. My wife and I are so glad that we decided to hire them. We had them from ceremony until midnight and they covered all the bases that we needed for the day. Their playing and music were phenomenal. They were super talented jazz musicians and it showed in their performance. We loved every moment of it. They mixed in vocal jazz alongside instrumental jazz classics and they made the evening extra special. Afterwards, they went beast mode with the party music. Had the whole party dancing on the floor. Way better than a DJ. I highly recommend Garuda Blue for any occasion. Thanks guys! You’re awesome!

    Sent on 01/10/2018
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    Tobias · Married on 11/18/2017

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    Wow! I just wanted to say thanks to the Garuda Blue team for making my wedding such a once in a lifetime experience. I've never seen and heard a more tight group of musicians. Their music was killing! Me and my wife are so glad we hired them. They were so worth the money we spent and our guests loved them!! They're so professional and what a talented bunch of young musicians. THANKS Garuda Blue, keep up being awesome!

    Sent on 11/29/2017

    Garuda Blue's reply:

    Thanks man. You guys are awesome!
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    Jacob · Married on 10/28/2017

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    Hiring Garuda Blue was the best thing we could have done for our wedding. We were thoroughly impressed by their professionalism and musicality. This band is NOT your typical wedding band. When working with this band, you don’t work with an agency. You work DIRECTLY with Abe (he’s the piano player and band leader) & his team. This band is a tight-knit group of PRO level young musicians and these are all the same guys you see in their videos.

    When we were browsing through different bands, we discovered that most wedding bands are agency based and when you hire them, they call up different musicians and they’ll assemble a band for your wedding. That just didn’t cut it for us. We wanted an actual band that has its own personality and chemistry, not just some hastily arranged band by an agency to perform at your wedding.

    Garuda Blue is exactly the opposite of these agency bands. Working with Abe was awesome. From day one we knew exactly what we were getting. Firstly, these guys are PRO Jazz musicians and they play their asses off. Secondly, you can tell from the first note that they played that these guys know each other really well and it really translates into their music. Their arrangements were killing and they went off without a single glitch, from cocktail hour to the dance party. They read each other’s minds and there were so many spontaneous moments without missing a beat – things that happen only when a band is super tight. They interacted with our guests so well and got everyone to the dance floor singing along the whole night. Our guests only had the best things to say about the band.

    We’d hire them again in a heartbeat when we have another event. This band will trash the agency bands any day. They were so worth the money we spent.

    Sent on 11/21/2017

    Garuda Blue's reply:

    Thanks for the kind words Jacob. It was such a pleasure for us to perform at your wedding. Best wishes from the Garuda Blue team!
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    Katie · Married on 10/21/2017

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    My husband and I are completely thrilled and happy with Garuda Blue. They were the perfect band for us. Our wedding would not have been the same without them. I’ve lost count on the amount of compliments we’ve gotten for the band. We are jazz lovers and we could not have found a better band. These guys were so good. They are real jazz musicians; their playing is completely beyond their age. What was very evident was their love for what they do. Our wedding was not simply a job for them but a real opportunity to play music and entertain people. Lastly, they really listened and felt the crowd. We hired them for jazz but when they felt that the crowd wanted to dance more, they immediately switched to dance music on the spot and got everybody on the dance floor. We couldn’t have been happier with our decision to hire Garuda Blue.

    Sent on 11/21/2017

    Garuda Blue's reply:

    Thanks Katie, what an awesome wedding!
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    Ulysses · Married on 10/07/2017

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    I’m so happy with Garuda Blue! Words can’t express it. They’re such a great band and overall just a great group of guys to hang with. Our guests loved them and everyone gravitated towards the band. We’re so happy we decided to hire these guys over another band that we considered during our planning stages. If you’re a jazz fan like I am, I wouldn’t even consider hiring anyone else in the business. These dudes are actual hardcore jazz musicians, monsters on their instruments. They have their own arrangements of jazz classics that are way too good. These guys must have been playing together for a long time to have the kind of synergy that they have, very rare nowadays. Thanks guys for making our wedding extra special!

    Sent on 01/18/2018
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    Alysse · Married on 09/09/2017

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    Garuda Blue was the perfect choice for my parents' anniversary party. They are outstanding musicians and very professional. Many of my guests came up to me raving about how amazing the band was. As the party was a surprise, the timeline of events was somewhat up in the air, but the band was very flexible and accommodating. They were also open to song suggestions I gave in advance and were able to play them. I definitely would hire again!

    Sent on 09/18/2017
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    Thomas · Married on 09/03/2017

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    Garuda Blue took my wedding to the next level. They were so worth the investment. Firstly, this band is not your typical wedding band. These guys don’t just play your typical go to wedding songs for a “feel” good, cheesy wedding vibe. I wanted a band that is high-energy, cool and hip with musicians that can really play their music. Also, if you are a jazz fan, you will know what I’m talking about. This band plays jazz like nobody’s business. I got distracted more than once because I would hear these killing solos from the guys in the band. Their playing is beyond their age. That would never happen with your typical feel good wedding band. To top it off, the dudes in this band are seriously down to earth and overall just a nice group of guys to chill with. Five stars all around. Seriously hire this band…

    Sent on 09/24/2017
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    Tommy · Married on 09/02/2017

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    Garuda Blue was top notch. We couldn’t have picked a better band to work with. We like to go out and catch live shows and this band definitely stood out when Abe invited us to their jam session at Savanna Jazz. These guys got chemistry that other bands lack. They read each other’s minds and their music stood out because of it. I could have listened to them all night. We hired them ASAP for our wedding.

    At the wedding, they delivered. Our guests loved them. They were a good hang and just an all-around great group of guys that can really play their music. Working with them was a breeze. They were so professional and made sure everything went smoothly from start to finish. Answered any questions I had and played all the music that I requested for the special dances.

    They were so worth the money we spent. This band is a RARE find among wedding bands nowadays. There are plenty of typical, cookie cutter wedding bands out there. If you want something that stands out, this band is definitely it.

    Sent on 09/09/2017
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    Nathan · Married on 08/13/2017

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    My wife and I are super happy that we hired Garuda Blue for our wedding. We were incredibly impressed by their professionalism and above all by their music. So many awesome comments from our guests. They are HANDS DOWN super talented & a tight group of musicians. The only drawback was that we totally miscalculated and didn’t hire them long enough. DON’T hire a DJ when you have this band. They will put any DJs to shame. They played high class jazz for our cocktail hour and dinner, and a little bit of dance music afterwards. Then it was their time to go and our DJ to take over. Bad mistake. The DJ couldn’t keep up with the energy that they had. I wish we would have hired them until midnight. They were so personable and interacted with our guests in ways that a DJ could never do. The quick dance set that they played brought way more guests to the dance floor than the DJ the rest of the night. You can’t ever go wrong with this band. Seriously.

    Sent on 09/24/2017

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