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The Awards Keep Rolling In for Kazz – 2017 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice

We were thrilled to announce a few weeks ago that we won The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” Award for 2017, and just last week, we got even more great news – that we won Wedding Wire’s 2017 Couples’ Choice Award!  This marks the 6th year in a row that we’ve won the award from Wedding Wire.  Here are some cool stats about the two awards:

Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award:

  • Ranks us in the top 5% of bands nationally on Wedding Wire
  • We’ve won this award EVERY single year we’ve been performing together – a pretty awesome track record!

The Knot’s Best of Weddings Award:

  • Ranks us in the top 2% of bands nationally on The Knot
  • 2016 was the first year we ever advertised on The Knot, and therefore the first year we ever really competed for the award, and we won!

The other really cool consideration about these awards is that we only accept a limited number of bookings every year.  As the band leader, I’m not a full-time musician, so I keep the number of weddings we perform at to a manageable number – less than half of what many wedding bands will do.  Even despite those limited bookings, we’ve had so many of our couples love us and take the time to write five star reviews to help us win these prestigious industry awards!  Pretty cool stuff!

2016 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Awards

I’m very proud to announce that for the 5th consecutive year, we’ve been selected as winners of Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice Award!  The award is based on the number of reviews we receive, and also on the quality of those reviews.  The recipients of the award rank in the top 5% of bands throughout the country, which is pretty awesome for us!  We’ve now been honored to win this award every single year we’ve been together.  We are so appreciative of all of the couples who have given us the chance to perform for their weddings, and I’m also very appreciative of everyone who has taken the time to write a review for us!  I can’t wait for 2016!

Our Singer Performed On Letterman!

Check it out!  Our singer, Keith, was on Letterman recently singing backing vocals for Elvis Costello!  Keith is the singer in the middle of the 3 backing vocalists.  Also, our buddy, John, who periodically fills in for Keith if Keith isn’t available for an event, is the singer on the left.  Super exciting for stuff Keith and John!  Congrats guys!

We Won Wedding Wire’s 2015 Couple’s Choice Award!

Last week, we got the super exciting news that we won Wedding Wire’s 2015 Couple’s Choice Award, making us one of the highest rated Westchester Wedding Bands!  This award is based on not only the number of reviews that we get on Wedding Wire, but also the quality of the reviews as well.  Based on our ratings that we received from all of the awesome couples that we worked with last year, we ranked in the top 5% of all bands in the entire country!  What’s even cooler than that is that this was our fourth year together as a band, and this is the fourth time we won the award!  What’s even cooler than THAT is that this concluded our fourth full year as a Westchester Wedding Band, so we’ve actually won this prestigious award every single year that we’ve been together as a band!  And… even cooler than THAT is that our band’s pianist, Andrea Shaut, won Wedding Wire’s 2015 Couple’s Choice Award as a ceremony pianist – both for the ceremonies that she has performed with our band, as well as for all of the ceremonies that she performs at outside of The Kazz Music Orchestra!  So much awesome music happening with us!

I was doing a little unscientific research on Wedding Wire, and from what I can tell, in the 4 years we’ve been together, when you look at all of the bands (not the agencies, or band / DJ combos) on Wedding Wire in Westchester, we’ve been given more 5 star reviews than any other Westchester Wedding Band.  That’s awesome!  Thanks so incredibly much to all of the awesome couples that we worked with this past year!  It means the world to us to get to perform for so many awesome couples.  Also, thank you so much to everyone in the band!  I love getting to perform with you all, and can’t wait for 2015!

2015 Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award

Wedding Marathon – 14 Weddings in 14 Weeks!

Being a very busy Westchester Wedding Band, we’ve had very little down time lately as we’ve been performing non-stop at all kinds of amazing weddings!  We recently wrapped up a marathon of 14 weddings in 14 weeks, which kept us so busy that I haven’t had a chance to post anything in a long time.  Starting in August, and ending in November, we’ve been playing all around the Northeast every weekend!  In the past few months, we’ve played at some pretty amazing places, such as the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI.  In addition to RI, our travels have taken us North of Boston to Ipswich, MA, to Ithaca, NY twice, and to Colgate University.  It was a lot of miles, but a lot of fun!  Now that “wedding season” is slowing down for us, we’ll be playing a few holiday parties, and a few weddings, but mostly getting ready for an awesome 2015!Westchester Wedding Band

Ceremony Music by Kazz Music Orchestra Pianist, Andrea Shaut

Our band’s pianist, Andrea Shaut, recently launched a new website in support of all of the independent wedding ceremonies that she performs at.  So, if you’re looking for the best Hudson Valley wedding ceremony music, check out www.hvceremonymusic.com.  Andrea Shaut has performed wedding ceremony music at hundreds of weddings in the Hudson Valley, and the site showcases a lot of her work, and her repertoire.  When the couples we’re performing for ask us what their options are for ceremony music, Andrea is our number one recommendation.  Check out her new website and contact her to see what your options are!

New Videos of The Kazz Music Orchestra

This past December, we took a night to head out to Long Island’s EKO Productions to shoot a few new video clips of the band.  Check out our “Media” page to see some of the new clips.  We’ve added some Top 40 clips, as well as a bunch of swing / dinner / slow songs, which are all things we play all the time, but have never been able to showcase online up until now.  Enjoy!

2014 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award Winners!

We’re very excited to announce that today we were awarded the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award for 2014!  This further goes to show that the Kazz Music Orchestra has become one of the best Hudson Valley Wedding Bands and best Westchester Wedding Bands!  This award, which places us in the top 5% of bands around the country, has been awarded to The Kazz Music Orchestra in each of our three years together as a band.  That’s a pretty great track record!

We are incredibly thankful to all of the couples we’ve worked with in the past year, and very thankful that so many took the time to write amazing 5 star reviews for the band on Wedding Wire.  It’s those couples that made this award possible!

Congratulations to everyone in the band!  I’m looking forward to a great year in 2014 full of lots of great music and fun parties!

 

Kazz Music Spotlight Interview – Thumbtack.com

We were recently contacted by Thumbtack.com about being featured in a spotlight interview, so after going through the interview process, the interview is now live on Thumbtack’s site, and we wanted to share the interview with everyone.  You’ll see us on the right hand side of the page.  Here’s the link to the site on Thumbtack:

http://www.thumbtack.com/ct/naugatuck/bands-for-hire/

Thumbtack is a great source for finding vendors for all kinds of services (not just bands like us!).  Check them out for whatever your needs might be!

Gig at Groove in NYC on February 25!

The Kazz Music Orchestra will be playing at Groove in NYC on Monday, February 25.  We’re extremely excited to be playing at Groove, as it’s one of the top R&B clubs in all of NYC!  We’ll be playing from 7:00 – 8:30, and there is no cover charge.  Please come down to check us out, have a few drinks and support live music!  After over 2 years of many wonderful Hudson Valley weddings, Westchester weddings, and other events around the Tri-State area, we’re finally getting to perform publicly in NYC!  We look forward to seeing you there!

2013 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award!

We did it again!  The Kazz Music Orchestra was notified yesterday that we were selected as winners of the 2013 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award!  After two full years as a band, we’ve succeeded in winning the award both years, which is a huge honor in the industry!  This helped to really launch our popularity as a band last year and our bookings skyrocketed after winning the award.  Let’s hope for more continued success in 2013!

The award is based on the number of reviews, our ratings in those reviews, as well as the actual content in the reviews.  So, we owe a HUGE thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write reviews for us, and who has given us the chance to share our music with them at their weddings.  We can’t express enough how much it means that people are willing to help us out with these reviews after we’ve performed. 

Once we get the little “badge” that we can post online, I’ll definitely be doing another posting to show off the badge!  It’s so exciting for us, and once again, thank you so much to everyone who has given us a chance to perform for you!

New Kazz Music Orchestra Wedding Video on YouTube

We occasionally try to take video clips of some of the weddings that we play for.  Here’s a little compilation of a few of the clips, which shows a lot of people having a lot of fun with us playing!  Hope you enjoy!!!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO0H6HSNlOw&feature=vmdshb]

Keith Fluitt on Saturday Night Live with Mick Jagger

On May 17th, The Kazz Music Orchestra’s very own male singer, Keith Fluitt, was featured on Saturday Night Live with Mick Jagger and Arcade Fire.  Check out the video on Hulu:  http://www.hulu.com/watch/363336

Keith is the second singer from the right in the choir at the start of the song.  The group sounded great!  Congratulations to Keith on this amazing opportunity!

This opportunity for Keith put The Kazz Music Orchestra in a pinch, as Keith received the call to perform only three days before we were to perform at a wedding on the same day.  We were able to book Larry Loftin, our #1 sub, who sounds fantastic, to step in at the last minute and help our clients Matt and Alexis have a great time at their wedding, while also allowing Keith to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. 

While The Kazz Music Orchestra is a group made up of set musicians and we try to use our original musicians as often as absolutely possible, occasionally situations like this do arise, and from a career development perspective, the Saturday Night Live performance for Keith was the right move, knowing that we would be able to find a fantastic replacement and still provide top-notch wedding entertainment for Matt and Alexis.  The great thing about working with such talented musicians in The Kazz Music Orchestra is that when we need a replacement – even at the last minute, we are able to get substitutes that are equally as talented as the other musicians in our band.  This in turn should make our clients feel comfortable that we can handle “emergency” situations that may arise very last minute like true professionals.

Performance For The West Point Military Academy Glee Club – Recap

Rhonda DancingOn Saturday, February 12, we volunteered our time to do a special performance for the West Point Military Academy Glee Club, and had a magical night doing so!

The 7 of us played for two hours, and the 70 Cadets danced non-stop, which made the performance a blast for us.  I’m proud to say that for the first time ever, someone “crowd surfed” to our music! At the end of our two hours, Rhonda had the following to say to the Cadets:

I’ve heard the Glee Club perform many times now, but it was quite special for the 7 of us to be surrounded by 70 incredible voices singing just for us!  After us performing for their party, to have these wonderful young musicians reciprocate and perform for us as a thank you gesture made my night!  Musical respect is an awesome thing!  If you’ve never had a chance to see the West Point Military Academy Glee Club, do yourself a favor and go hear them in concert.

On a side note, if you’re looking for a place for a Hudson Valley Wedding, check out the Bear Mountain Inn for someplace with some incredible scenery!  This picture is the view from the balcony of their lodge.  Very beautiful!

Bear Mountain Inn

Performance for the West Point Military Academy Glee Club – Saturday 2/11/2012

We are excited to announce that we are doing a special performance for the West Point Military Academy Glee Club on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Bear Mountain Inn in Bear Mountain, NY.  The Glee Club will be rehearsing all day on Saturday for upcoming performances through the semester, and when their rehearsals conclude, The Kazz Music Orchestra will be playing from 10:00 until midnight to help the Cadets celebrate and unwind after a long day.  We are excited to volunteer our time and services for these Cadets, as they will be returning the favor to us by serving our country after they graduate. 

If you will be in the area on this day and are considering The Kazz Music Orchestra for your wedding or special event, please contact us if you would like to stop by to see us perform this evening.

2012 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award!

We are thrilled to announce that we were selected to receive the 2012 Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire!  Click HERE to visit our page on Wedding Wire.

According to Wedding Wire:

“This means we are in the top 5% of Wedding Pros nationwide! The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards are determined solely by the reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds.”
 
This is a huge honor for The Kazz Music Orchestra, as 2011 was our first full year performing at weddings together.  To earn such an amazing award after such a short time makes me very proud to be working with the musicians in The Kazz Music Orchestra.  We also owe a great big THANK YOU to all of the couples who gave us the chance to perform for their weddings.  Each and every one of them was amazing, and we truly appreciate the opportunities we were given.  We also appreciate people taking the time to write reviews for us on Wedding Wire, which ultimately helped make this award possible.