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Jocelyn Hinman · Married on 06/29/2019
New York Players is the best, and we absolutely loved them. We researched a LOT of bands based on what we'd heard at other weddings (spanning from Tennesee to NYC to upstate NY). We really wanted a band whose players were guaranteed (i.e. not a group of 30 musicians that rotate). With New York Players, who you see and hear at events is who you will have at your event. We were never worried because we knew that that the group we loved to listen to would be the group performing at our wedding. Additionally, we loved their structure! They took two short breaks throughout the night, otherwise, they were playing. This was very important to us because we didn’t want there to be a lull of people not on the dance floor. We didn’t do a traditional sit-down dinner (instead we did stations), and throughout the whole night, the dance floor was PACKED. Guests had a blast. Working with Mike Emery throughout the process was enjoyable, easy, and fun. My mom and I tend to get nervous, and Mike always put us at ease. Leading up to the wedding, we had three short phone calls with Mike to talk through everything (evening timeline, toasts, bridal party entrance, etc.). We revised our song selections a few times, and it was never an issue. Mike was so personable, and we were touched that he researched my nephew’s fatal disease after hearing about it and brought him a special present. Additionally, New York Players learned some songs for us! They learned the Backstreet Boys song my husband wanted for the mother/son dance, and they also learned a Coldplay song for our wedding party entrance. We thought this was really, really amazing. One highlight was our first dance: my husband and I worked with a dance instructor to choreograph the first dance, and we briefly chatted with Mike to time when the band would start playing our song after they announced us. We had a blast, and our guests went wild over the dance! All night everyone commented on how lively, fun, and amazing the band was. Everyone wanted to know they were and where they were from! I cannot recommend them enough. The entire process was enjoyable, and the day of the wedding was absolutely AWESOME.Sent on 07/17/2019
Ashley Feuerstein · Married on 07/06/2019
Best NY Band!!
Hire the New York Players for your wedding!! They were INCREDIBLE and all of our guests loved them so much. Mike, the manager, is super responsive via cell or email and did a great job answering all our questions and making us feel super confident going into the wedding. They learned 3 new songs for us and KILLED IT. They were definitely one of the best choices we made for our wedding!! We cannot thank them enough!!Sent on 08/20/2019
Elena Mercado · Married on 06/01/2019
Best Band There Is!
New York Players are the best band in upstate New York. They bring such enthusiasm to their performance not to mention their amazing vocals! They were so easy to work with and made the process so smooth. Thank you guys!!!Sent on 08/01/2019
Bridget · Married on 12/08/2018
Dance All Night With These Rock Stars !!
We got married on December 8th at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga, NY. This venue has an amazing stage that is perfect for a band so when it came time to select our band we knew we had the select the perfect one. After talking with Mike and the New York Players, we knew all the reviews that they were the best band in New York had to be 100% true! From our first consultation on the phone to the end of our wedding, the New York Players rocked! Mike made sure to go over every aspect of the night and clearly has tons of experience on how to plan and execute a perfect wedding night. He’s super organized and had monthly calls starting 3 months out to go over the itinerary for the evening, the set list and other details. About a month out, he was willing to meet as much as we needed to finalize the details. So much of what a Band does isn’t the music, but the MC’ing and coordination of the night along with your caterers and other vendors. Mike and his team seamlessly integrated our music selections into the evening and gave us great recommendations for music choices at key points in the night like our entrance music and cake cutting music. They are even willing to learn three songs for you if they don’t know how to play them!Sent on 01/27/2019
If you’re looking for the best Band in upstate NY who will guarantee that you and your guests will be on their feet dancing all night long, look no further. Mike Emery and the New York players are the real deal!
Kevin Forsberg · Married on 09/29/2018
Kept everyone dancing all night
Players Nouveau (from New York Players Entertainment Group) were a huge hit at our wedding! I've received so many compliments about how amazing the band was from several of our guests. They're very professional, punctual, and adaptive to their clients requests. I would strongly recommend using this group for weddings and other such events!Sent on 10/30/2018
Rebecca Nichols · Married on 09/15/2018
Extremely Talented and Completed our Wedding Celebration
Players Nouveau (one of the bands from New York Entertainment Group) were a huge hit at our wedding this past September! So many of our family and friends still talk about the band and music whenever our wedding is brought up! The bands voices and sound were beyond talented and they could sing a huge variety of songs, so much so we had such a hard time creating a playlist because we liked ALL of their songs! Players Nouveau were extremely professional and organized and made our party fun and lively all night! Mike was great at communicating with us from start to finish on how the whole process worked and made us feel confident and at ease. Players Nouveau are talented and will complete your celebration!Sent on 04/28/2019
Molly · Married on 07/21/2018
Body and Soul was absolutely amazing! We have had so many guests tell us how great they thought the band was! The songs were fun and kept us dancing the entire time they played. The players interacted with both me and my guests and it was a blast! They also accommodated to each song request we gave them ahead of time and incorporated the wedding games we wanted to include that day. So glad we got them to be at our wedding! Thank you for helping us throw a great party!Sent on 10/04/2018
Liz · Married on 05/12/2018
Not that these guys need another amazing review because everyone knows how good they are, but we just had to take the time to say thank you to them for helping us throw the best party ever at our wedding. The dance floor was packed all night and people could not say enough good things about how awesome they sounded. We were so happy to have them be a part of our special day. They are definitely the best around!Sent on 06/14/2018
Kristy · Married on 10/28/2017
Body & Soul (the smaller band that is part of NY Players Entertainment group) played at our wedding and were great! The band had tons of energy and good quality music. They learned our first dance song that we had chosen and we had many calls with Mike leading up to the day to ensure we were aligned on all of the pertinent details for the day. The pianist also learned several songs for us for the ceremony as well. The guests had a good time and we had lots of compliments on the band at the end of the night!Sent on 05/04/2018
Griffan · Married on 09/29/2017
From the very first phone call made inquiring about their services, to the last incredible song played at our wedding, The New York Players were the epitome of professional music entertainers. Their organizational skills were only matched by their exceptional musical talent. There wasn't a single guest at our wedding that didn't get up and dance! Thank you for making our wedding absolutely unforgettable!Sent on 11/13/2017
Jessica · Married on 09/23/2017
The New York Players were absolutely amazing on our wedding day!! We heard them play multiple times beforehand, and knew that we just had to have them for our big day. They certainly did not disappoint! From the beginning, Mike was so easy to work with...very professional, helpful, and quick to respond. They provided an extensive song list to choose from, and even allow you to request additional songs that may not be on their list. Our "first dance" song was not on the list we received, but I reached out to Mike and he said "no problem"! They performed an amazing rendition of the song, and we couldn't have been happier. Once the party started, it was right to the dance floor! We have quite a rowdy bunch, all of who love to dance. Not only did they know how to get things going quickly, but there were multiple occasions where a couple of the guys came right onto the dance floor with their instruments - it was AWESOME!! They kept the party going all night, and I don't think there was a second where someone wasn't dancing. I can't thank them enough for a job well-done! If you chose them for your big day, you definitely won't be disappointed!Sent on 11/30/2017
James · Married on 09/16/2017
Honestly, we can't say enough amazing things about The New York Players. They are a 10-piece band: 2 male singers, 1 female singer, 2 guitarists, 1 drummer, 1 pianist, and a 3-piece brass section (sax, trumpet & trombone). They provide all their own lighting, sound equipment, power, etc. Mike Emery, the band leader / drummer, really took the time to get to know us, the style of music we like, and truly made our reception a night to never forget. You'll get a copy of their setlist (which is HUGE) and can highlight the top ~50 songs you want them to play. And they'll even learn a new song just for you if it isn't on their setlist (they learned "Feel It Still" by Portugal The Man less than a week before our wedding)! We haven't stopped receiving compliments from our guests on how great the music and packed the dance floor was all night long. If you're in the upstate NY area, we promise you won't find a more energetic, fun, and downright entertaining band than these guys! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, you won't be disappointed!Sent on 11/04/2017
Lauren · Married on 09/08/2017
NY Players were my wedding band this Fall. They kept the party going non-stop. They learned and played my wedding song and the parent dances songs. They played the music we requested during their set breaks. Music is SO IMPORTANT at your wedding...you won't go wrong with NYP. My guest were talking about them for months after. THANKS!Sent on 11/29/2017
caitlin · Married on 09/02/2017
Just WOW! Mike and The New York Players were the best decision we made about our wedding reception. My husband and I were super picky about finding a band. It was our #1 on our list of reception vendors that we cared about the most. After a few weeks of searching and seeing other showcases, we met with Mike and were blown away by the talent in his group. Leading up to the wedding, Mike was so professional-scheduling calls and working with us to plan out the night. Being a band manager for years allowed Mike to give us some great advice as well to keep the flow of the night perfect (small things you would never think of)! The band is so talented and can play a wide variety of song/genres. Perfect for our mix guest list of college friends, family, grandparents, etc. Our guests are still complimenting them and raving about how much fun the wedding was. Our only complaint was that the dance floor just wasn't big enough ;) Hire them, just do it!Sent on 10/05/2017
Andrew · Married on 07/22/2017
We booked Body and Soul to play at our daughters wedding last week. The planning went smoothly, the versatility and musicianship were excellent, and the energy level was high. Everyone enjoyed the band. Plus a special shout out to the horn section - Eric Walentowicz and Pete Bellino - who rocked the solos! Couldn't ask for a better group.Sent on 07/31/2017
Megan · Married on 07/22/2017
This review is long overdue -- 3+ months later, people continue to rave our wedding and specifically, our band, the NY Players! Music was an essential element of our day as we knew that we wanted the reception to center around fun and dancing. NY Players surpassed every expectation we had and the testament was packed dance floor from start to finish (even after we extended 30 minutes!). Importantly, you made the groom's dream come true of being a rockstar for the day, and allowing him to accompany you on stage for two songs. You also made planning the music selections a breeze (every bride's dream come true) with your flexible scheduling and bullet-proof recommendations, including our ceremony. NY Players was undoubtedly a major reason that our BIG day was perfect. We are recommending them to all of our friends because we want to be at another one of their weddings! THANK YOU! -Megan (bride)Sent on 11/13/2017
Maria · Married on 07/15/2017
The NY Players exceeded all of our expectations!! The dance floor was packed from the beginning to the end of our reception. They were so high energy and it's so apparent that they love what they do. Mike was amazing to plan with and made the process so easy and fun, he had amazing ideas and was great to collaborate with. I can't say enough about how fantastic the Players were.Sent on 08/17/2017
Jackie · Married on 07/08/2017
New York Players were the highlight of our wedding! They definitely set the tone with high energy and high quality music. Everyone loved them and the dance floor was jam packed the entire night.Sent on 10/03/2017
In addition, they are definitely organized professionals. Mike was great to work with incorporating our requests and filling in where we needed. When you hire a band, the price is definitely higher than if you hire a DJ but they are beyond worth it!
I'd recommend this group for any wedding or event. They are top notch!
Patty · Married on 06/10/2017
Without a doubt, one of the best parts of my daughter's wedding. High energy and exceptional musicality! The party never stopped from the moment they started until the last song! The NY Players were so fun and easy to work with from the moment we signed up to the very end. These guys ROCK!Sent on 06/13/2017
Marissa · Married on 06/10/2017
The New York Players were hands down one of the best parts of our entire wedding weekend!! From the very beginning, Mike was a pleasure to work with, and we knew he would do everything he could to make our day as perfect as possible! We were very particular about our first dance as we had planned out choreography, and Mike worked with us through multiple phone calls and emails to make sure it went off without a hitch! The entire rest of the night they had the whole party on the dance floor. We received so many comments from guests about how amazing they were - the music was truly the highlight of the night! They certainly delivered on bringing the party to the best wedding ever, and I cannot wait to go see them in action again soon! They are the perfect choice for a wedding band, and you will not regret your decision!Sent on 09/05/2017
Rachel · Married on 06/03/2017
Body & Soul from the New York Players are such a highlight of our wedding. My husband and I are both musicians and, seriously, Body & Soul is the best. Throughout each phase from planning to performing, the New York Players were fun, professional, and immensely talented. The atmosphere they created was priceless; people continue to rave about them. The dance floor was incredibly energetic and wonderfully populated from start to finish. These guys are beyond worth the investment. We cannot recommend Body & Soul from the New York Players enough- book them!!!Sent on 06/08/2017
sandra · Married on 06/03/2017
The music and band members were absolutely fabulous at my son and new daughter's wedding. Wisconsin relatives and friends believe it was the most entertaining reception and dance ever!Sent on 07/25/2017
New York Players Entertainment's reply:Thank you for the kind words, Sandra! Body & Soul had a blast too!
Elizabeth · Married on 05/13/2017
The NY Players were absolutely incredible. They made our wedding day perfect. They are totally worth it!!! Everyone is STILL raving about the music! We can't thank them enough for being so much fun and keeping the party going!! Seriously they were absolutely out of this world, if you're looking to not stress about your music the day of your wedding, pick the NY Players!! I didnt have to worry about the music one bit, they were incredible.Sent on 11/17/2017
Jennifer · Married on 05/06/2017
Booking the NY Players was 10000% the right decision - if you want a band at your wedding, they're the best!Sent on 09/08/2017
Mike and the whole group were absolutely outstanding - from our initial conversation to the night of the wedding to the follow up afterwards, we could not have been happier! He was incredibly willing to meet with us, discuss options and helped us make a great decision. He worked with my then-fiance, now-husband and me to select songs for the key events and was happy to make suggestions where we needed them and let us decide on places we had opinions. The band was fantastic night of - we had to, quite literally, kick people off the dance floor at the end of the night. Two big thumbs up for the NY Players. If you want a band, you can stop looking now - they're amazing!
stephanie · Married on 01/28/2017
New York players are so much fun and the best band I have ever hired for a wedding or party in all ways. I am hoping to find another reason to hire them every year.Sent on 02/12/2017