40 Reviews for UpBeat Music Productions - UpBeat Band & UpBeat Orchestra
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Upbeat Orchestra was wonderful to work with for our wedding and very well priced. We were lucky enough to see them at 2 other weddings. Michael, the band director, is quite a character and is very detailed oriented. He wants to be precise and the band kept to the timeline well. The band learned three new songs for our wedding and the dance floor was full the entire night. The band was a huge hit at our wedding and helped create a wonderful celebration! Highly recommend them for ALL weddings!
Upbeat was amazing! They had the dance floor packed! Michael was so organized and great to work with! They played such a variety and we had so many compliments on the music! I would recommend them for every Chicago wedding!
UpBeat Orchestra performed for our daughter's wedding at the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile on 2/25/2017. THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!!! The dance floor was jam packed ALL NIGHT LONG. They worked patiently with our daughter prior to the wedding to make a customized song list. They learned a song that bride and groom wanted for their first dance. Our friends and family continue to rave about them.
5/5 stars- the bride never left the dance floor. All guest said how great the band was during and after the wedding. The band learned some specific songs for our event and did an excellent job of tailoring the play list to our tastes. The dance floor was packed all night! Michael did and excelled job MC'ing as well. The sound engineer worked with the venue to insure that sound quality was perfect (not too loud not too quiet). We would definitely hire them again for an event and others at our wedding said the same thing.
NCREDIBLE!! We were amazed with the orchestra's performance on the night of the wedding. They absolutely rocked. Not only did we not leave the dance floor, but I do not believe anyone left the dance floor. We were surrounded by friends and family of all ages the entire night, as the band did an incredible job of mixing up the music to attract all ages. Their song selection was great and timing was absolutely perfect. During their break, we noticed the dance floor cleared and thought many of our guests had left. However, as soon as the band got back on the stage, our guests came storming back.
We had Michael's musician's (violin and piano) at the ceremony, a jazz trio during dinner and the 10 piece orchestra at night. The ceremony music was beautiful (but honestly, I did not get to hear as much as I was in the zone). The jazz trio was great as well during dinner, mastering the volume, so guests could have their own conversations during dinner.
The lead-up to the event also was a great experience. Michael had a lot of enthusiasm and was genuinely excited about the event. He was super organized and led us, to collectively, figure out the perfect schedule and music for our wedding. AND then he followed the schedule to the T.
We would recommend the band to anyone and everyone and really hope that one of our friends uses them down the road so we can experience the music again (I'm sure we will as we are still getting compliments.....no joke, everyone raved about the band)!
Thank you Michael and the rest of UpBeat Music Productions!!
We had the 10 piece Upbeat Orchestra and they were outstanding! Michael walked us through everything and was a tremendous help from the beginning to the end. He was extremely knowledgeable of how weddings run, which was a great help to us because we were overwhelmed. He constantly assured us everything was going to be perfect and he was right! Everyone from the wedding came up and told us how great the band was. They were also a great price, much more reasonable than other 10 piece bands. We would recommend Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra to anyone getting married or having a function that needs music. Thanks for letting my cousin sing 'Mustang Sally' with you all, he had the time of his life! Thanks again Michael & the Upbeat Orchestra!
Upbeat band was amazing and really made our wedding so special. My wife and I were looking for a Jazz Band, and we are really happy that we were able to work with Upbeat. Michael and his group of amazing musicals are so talented and very professional. They played great music before, during and after the ceremony as well as they put on a dance party to remember. Our family and friends were all blown away by how awesome Upbeat was. I would recommend them to anyone. Michael is very easy to work with and he is extremely organized and will deliver with an amazing performance. I can't thank Upbeat enough for helping to make so many lastly memories of our wedding day.
This band (although they call themselves an orchestra) MADE our wedding. They were extremely reasonably priced, which made me a little bit nervous, but they were worth more than every penny. They were worth the entire band dipped in gold! Not only did they play the music that we requested, they read the crowd and played fun music so that the dance floor was packed the whole night. I've had FOUR friends who were at the wedding who asked for their own weddings coming up. Book this orchestra, and you won't be sorry. I'm still thrilled thinking about them, with a giant smile on my face.
We modified the contract two days before the wedding, because my mother insisted that we have more time with the band, but the option to end early. They were extremely flexible and understanding. We also had a last minute cancellation from a friend who was going to do the ceremony music, and they stepped in to save the day. Their band director does have a lot to say, but his advice is very accurate. Give yourself some extra time when you call him, and prepare to take notes. He also may not seem to be listening, because he does a lot of talking, but he hears every word. Every single song we wanted to hear, they either knew and played, or learned to play. They even found out the name of the song from an odd movie that my husband wanted, and they learned it. Our photographer and orchestra were tied for BEST decision we made at the wedding.
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Deciding on the band was probably the most time consuming process of the entire wedding planning process for us. We were planning our wedding from a distance and so we could only rely on the website and videos as a reference for the bands. We stumbled onto Upbeat after talking to some of the major "wedding bands" like Steadman and Rothstein. I am SO HAPPY we kept looking and found Upbeat.
Honestly, don't overthink this! Upbeat had BY FAR the best pricing and were much more flexible than some of the other bands. We had a significant "do not play" list and they adapted to it without complaint or loss of quality of the playlist for the night. Michael was very easy to work with and the band sounded amazing.
A bunch of members of my family kept telling us to get a DJ instead because bands can be a risk, but EVERYONE loved this group! So many people said they thought it was the real artists singing because are that good! I would hire them again tomorrow with the only thing being maybe asking them to play longer. Most of our guest stayed for the entire night and the dance floor was packed! Upbeat also played the music for our ceremony and were completely cool and kept the music going even though we started about 15 minutes late. I cannot say enough good things about them!! Please please contact Michael to ask about your wedding. I was concerned because they didn't have the huge # of reviews of some of the other "wedding" bands do, but I have to believe that is because they spend a majority of their time playing for all kinds of events, not just weddings. I think this actually proves how good they are because they can appeal to a wide range of audiences. Honestly, the absolute best!! My dad was already trying to figure out how to get them to play at our next family event.
I can not say enough good things about this orchestra. They were absolutely amazing. My guests raved about them and many even asked for the information for future events. Guests at our wedding hardly sat in their seats. Best wedding band I honestly have ever heard or seen performed.
I don't normally write reviews on things but I had to on this group as they were nothing but amazing. From the beginning Michael worked with us on the type of wedding party we wanted to have and was able to put together a great set list for the night. The band was amazing and even took the time to learn a few songs for us including our first dance song. I can not tell you how many of our guest came up to us at the end of the night saying that the band was amazing and wished they could have played all night. Michael took the time at each to really get to know us and our music style and was able to work around our schedule.
Michael Cascio, UpBeat Band & UpBeat Orchestra were the perfect band for our wedding! They were very professional and are extremely talented musicians. My wife and I had the time of our lives dancing the night away at our wedding. I am a drummer and I sat in with the band for a song. It was a lot of fun. I highly recommend UpBeat to everyone! Thanks Michael!
Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra were simply phenomenal. They put together a great plan ahead of time for the wedding so that everything flowed smoothly. They used our preferences for music and also suggested certain other songs to make sure there was an eclectic mix everyone would enjoy. They even learned a couple of songs that we requested. They promised that people would be out on the dance floor and enjoying themselves, and they truly lived up to it. I have never seen a bigger crowd consistently out on a dance floor for an entire evening. Simply put, everyone at the Upbeat Orchestra was fantastic and I highly recommend them!
Where to start?! UpBeat performed at our wedding and they were TRULY amazing. Michael took a lot of time with us and our wedding planner in preparation for the day to make sure the music and timing was exactly what we wanted. They assisted with audio for the ceremony (on the same site) that turned out beautifully and then it was time for the dancing to start. My husband and I were nervous because we had only seen videos of their performances but from the first note we were COMPLETELY blown away by the sound, quality, and professionalism of the band. Not only did they provide the amazing non-stop dance party we were looking for, but they stuck it out through a crazy rainstorm to make the most memorable day of our lives even more so. People are still talking about the dance party and how the band was the best they've ever seen. We really can't say enough about them and would hire them all again in a heartbeat. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU UpBeat!
Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra performed for our wedding and they were terrific! Michael was so organized and professional - everything ran so smoothly. We used their violin and piano players for the ceremony and they were able to learn and play beautifully some custom music that we requested. The band was so flexible and they learned songs that we requested for the reception. My Dad is a musician and they even allowed him to perform a couple of songs with them! We couldn't believe how accommodating they were, but mostly we let Michael do his thing because he really knows what he is doing. They truly made our wedding a special night and an event that will always be remembered. We had so many guests tell us it was one of the most fun weddings they have ever attended, and it is all thanks to Michael and his incredible band!
Upbeat performed at my daughters wedding. Michael and the band did an outstaning job of keeping the dance floor packed for the entire 3 hours. PLUS the musice played during cocktails and dinner was perfect. PLUS Michael made the everning run very smooth by putting together a timeline on every minute. Thus i was able to relax and party knowing exactly when i needed to give my toast etc. Very organized, professional, talented. What really made the evening was that I think the Band enjoyed themselves as much as the guests. It was one big party! You can not go wrong with Upbeat Orchestra.
Dirk Barenbrugge- Father of the Bride!!!!!!
Dear Michael and UpBeat band! Thank you so much for playing our wedding! Everyone there said you were the best band they had ever heard at a wedding. We cannot thank you and your band enough for giving us the dance party of our dreams. Everyone was so impressed by your band! We have had multiple people tell us it was the best wedding they had ever been to, and we couldn't have done it without you! We are also so grateful to your team for being so supportive and inclusive of my cousin Alain. Michael and his team were gracious enough to let my cousin Alain play several songs with the band and it was so wonderful! I know it was so special for him and all of us, so thanks again for being so flexible and trusting of his talent. We will be sure to tell everyone who asks for advice on selecting bands how great you were. We HIGHLY recommend UpBeat Music Productions for your wedding! You will be more than happy with your choice if you select them!! :-D
We worked with Upbeat Orchestra for our August 2013 wedding and had a blast! We had a 9 piece orchestra (with an extra horn added on last minute), and the music was awesome. Upbeat has such great talent in both singers and musicians that every song we asked them to play ( and the 2 songs we asked them to learn for us) was fantastic. Upbeat kept the dance floor packed all night from start to finish and played a wide array of tunes that everyone from our friends to our grandmothers could enjoy.
Michael is great to work with and extremely professional. We met with Michael in person and went over our playlist multiple time to ensure we were all on the same page. He was very adamant that our wedding would have nothing less than perfection on the musical front and Upbeat delivered. Michael did a great job emceeing our wedding and kept the party rolling. Weeks after our wedding, our guests were still taking about how incredible our band was!
I don't have enough positive things to say about Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra. From the very first meeting, it was clear that Michael was very customer-focused and detail-oriented in terms of making every little piece of the reception move like clockwork, and it did! He was very knowledgeable and able to make a lot of great recommendations to us - I was really overwhelmed with the details of planning our event and he was SO helpful. He was so amazingly responsive through the entire process - honestly I would have never expected this kind of high-level customer service from a band. Before we booked this band, we went to see them perform, we were standing outside of the ballroom of some corporate event, and MORE THAN ONE set of people came up to us saying things like "that band is amazing! you should go in there!!" Needless to say, we booked them shortly thereafter. The performance they gave at our wedding was phenomenal! Our guests - young and old- could not stop complimenting the band, people were like "where did you FIND these guys?!?!" They were very open to learning something new for us, and they learned not one but two new songs at our request, one of which we used for our first dance, and I was SOOO happy with the way that turned out! I will never forget it. Our guests were partying on the dance floor all night, there was never a lull! On top of all this, the band is having FUN doing what they are doing- which is SO important! The 10 piece orchestra gives a real "wow" factor, and their pricing is very reasonable. They offer a great variety of music as well and really work with you to customize your experience. If you are looking to book a wedding band please do NOT miss the opportunity to book the Upbeat Orchestra, you will be more than pleased with your decision. Other than that, I can't say much else other than I will never be able to thank Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra enough for making our wedding reception absolutely perfect!
The best and most important decision of the wedding is always the music. It is what changes a fun wedding to an INCREDIBLE one. From the very start they were extremely responsive and more importantly excited to play for us. We had them play the entire event, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner hour and dancing. Literally there was not one moment the dance floor wasn't packed. We had a great planning session and Michael really was able to pick up on what we loved and what type of vibe we wanted. Although I had many favorite moments, one of the last songs “Shout” topped the night! I cannot say enough about the quality, the enthusiasm, professionalism that this group brings. There is no need to keep shopping around The Upbeat Orchestra is a 110% the way to go!
The Band was fantastic! So many people came up to me during the wedding and said how great the band was. I think it is really nice to have live music during the reception, and people were getting excited as they saw the band starting to set up.
They played a great mix of classic hits and modern songs that people loved. The band also played every song that I requested, as well as learned several new songs for both the wedding ceremony as well as the reception. Michael was super easy to work with, responded to every email, and was great at coaching you along every step (he probably stayed more on top of things than I did). He was also great at MCing at the reception, and kept the night moving along smoothly.
I would definately recommend the upbeat orchestra to anyone looking for a great band to play at their wedding!
Absolutely perfect!!! Go with this band, you will not be disappointed!! Went above and beyond and made our night magical!! I am still receiving emails and phone calls from friends and family raving about how professional, polished, and perfect the band really was! Wish we could do the day over again just to hear the band and work with Michael! He is terrific (as well as the entire band!)!!! Wish I could give them more than 5 stars...they certainly deserve it!!
Hiring Upbeat Orchestra was one of the best deicisions we made when planning our wedding. We looked at some other bands like Ken Arlen, High Society, etc but they were not in our budget. We feel like we received the same quality of performance (if not better) than some of the other bands in Chicago, for a MUCH better value. Michael was so great to work with, he listens to your needs and does whatever he needs to accommodate what you're envisioning for your big day. The band learned a handful of songs for us, even our first dance and father/daughter song which i didnt choose till a few weeks before the wedding. Upbeat Orchestra did an excellent job performing at our wedding, we received so many compliments about them and the dance floor was packed the entire night!!! Highly recommend!
The UpBeat Band was amazing! We booked music to be played the entire evening, string quartet for the ceremony, piano for cocktail hour, jazz trio during seated dinner, 10 piece band for dancing. Michael Cascio designed/scored the entire evening. Starting with the ceremony, the string quartet learned several new songs, but also adjusted timing/scoring so that it fit within our ceremony. Triumphal March from Aida for the processional, Meditation from Thais mid ceremony, but most exciting was the recessional piece, a blend of “Show Goes On” rap by Lupe Fiasco and Canon in D, Pachabel. We and the quartet received amazing compliments on this song, you can find a similar version on YouTube. I highly recommend you request this song mix because it is so upbeat, yet classy for the ceremony.
During cocktail hour and dinner, they played jazz classics Sinatra, Michael Buble. The party really began when the full 10 piece came out. My husband and I both went to school at Southern schools, so we asked they learn a few country songs. The UpBeat band learned “Its Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for our first dance. We also sent the band a video of our dance lessons so they could see our dance ending. They timed the song perfectly to how we had practiced which made the first dance look effortless. They also played “Sweet Home Alabama” for us, and all the “Tide Fans” in the house loved it and sang out the “Roll Tide Roll” in the chorus.
Michael is truly passionate about working with all the wedding couples to deliver a special event that will live up to their expectations. The band played music for all ages including Motown Medley, Tina Turner, Journey, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5. The dance floor was packed the entire time with all generations.
Michael is highly responsive via phone or email, whichever way you choose to communicate. We were very lucky to have found the band and they made the celebration successful.
We wanted to give you and the rest of the UpBeat Band a BIG BIG thank you!! We had so many compliments about the band and how we "had the best wedding" celebration and I'm pretty sure we couldn't have had such a successful day without you and the band! Our wedding reception went flawlessly, which couldn't have happened without you. The UpBeat Band was fantastic and I would recommend you any day. I can't say thank you enough! We had an amazing night!
Thank you for everything!