Hudson Valley Wedding Band

Frequently Asked Questions

“Having personally performed at over one thousand catered affairs over the past two decades, as both a side-man and bandleader, you can be sure that Bills Toupee will make you comfortable and confident that you've hired the best!”
— Mike Mindel, Bandleader
How many breaks does the band usually take during a four-hour reception?
The timing of how and when the caterer wants to serve courses will ultimately determine when the band breaks. We try to only break around the two natural breaks during a 4 hour reception- when the hot entree is served and after you've cut your cake when dessert and coffee is served. A remark we've heard more than once from caterers and photographers is: "You guys finish your first set when most bands are taking their second break." We try to play continuously until your hot entree is served. This can be up to an hour and forty-five minutes into the reception.

Will the band provide continuous music?
Yes. During the dinner break we will provide background music via ipod and we'd be happy to personalize our mixes to accommodate your tastes. During the dessert and coffee break we will provide anything from quiet background music to professional DJ dance mixes, depending on what is best at the moment. The band will not perform continuously nor do we think it's a good idea. All receptions have an ebb and flow and it's the sensibilities of the band to determine what's best for the moment. Sometimes it's to play, sometimes it's to press play. And some songs are best left to the recording.

Can music be provided for our ceremony and cocktail hour?
Yes, below is the list of available choices. In addition, we have a battery powered sound system available for rental at sites where electric power is not available.

Solo keyboard (piano)
This is the most common choice. Our keyboardist has performed at hundreds of successful ceremonies and cocktail hours and would be happy to play his repertoire for you over the phone if you'd like.

Solo guitar
Our guitar player is also a classically trained violinist and can play either or both instruments.

String trio or quartet
We have a close working relationship with many of the area's top groups.

Horn trio or quartet
Players are from the area's top performing orchestras.

Jazz duo, trio or quartet
For cocktail hour.

Ethnic groups
For cocktail hour, ceremony, or alternating between band sets.

If other instrumentation is desired, such as a vocalist, harpist, flutist, or bagpipes, we will be happy to arrange that as well.

Who does the emceeing and coordination between the caterer, band, photographer, and videographer?
We do. You've no doubt spent a lot of time planning and organizing your reception over the last year. Your only job that day should be to relax and be in the moment. Leave all the logistics to us and feel assured that everything will run smoothly, as planned.

What does the band wear?
Unless otherwise requested, for all formal affairs the band typically wears black suits with various colored shirts. The female vocalist wears formal attire. For more casual private parties, we typically wear solid black attire.

When does the band setup?
The band's set-up personnel arrive two hours prior to our start time. Other arrangements can be made if necessary. It typically takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to pack up at the end of the engagement.

How much space does the band need?
Different configurations of your room set-up may warrant otherwise, but we'll present best with an area approximately 23' across by 10' deep. We will be happy to coordinate with the caterer to determine what is best for your reception. We have played in much smaller areas too.

How are payments made?
The contract is emailed to you and the signed contract is mailed back to us along with a $2,000.00 deposit. This secures your date. Balance of payment is due prior to your event date. Gratuities are payable directly to the bandleader. Over-time rates, if applicable, will be at predetermined pricing in your contract. Other payment schedules may be arranged, upon request. Payments are made by personal check or cash.

Are the musicians that appear on your `BAND' page the ones who will perform at my party?
Yes. Unlike many bands, we do not use substitute musicians. The players you see on our site are the ones that play at your event. Our vocals and musical arrangements would not sound the same with anyone else. This is big distinction between Bill's Toupee and many other bands.

What if we want to add horns?
Although we do the vast majority of our shows as a five-piece band, we do maintain a database of top session players. Saxophone is the most common choice for an additional player.

Should the size of my party determine the size of the band?
With the exception of a small combo for small parties (under 30 people), the size of the band should not be related to the size of the party. What is important is that the band plays the right music at the right volume for the room.
What's New?
January 04, 2017

Our new favorite endorsement quote by a caterer:
"There are DJ's and there is Bill's Toupee! That's it!" 
Doreen at The Links
Thanks, Doreen!

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Testimonials

“Mike, Your band is amazing! We had such a great time and it was definitely everything we hoped for.... Despite a few uncontrollable things. I'm so happy with the job your band did and would definitely recommend to others.”
Jennifer, November 2014
“Mike, Your band is amazing! We had such a great time and it was definitely everything we hoped for.... Despite a few uncontrollable things. I'm so happy with the job your band did and would definitely recommend to others.”
Jennifer, November 2014
“We received so many amazing compliments on your professionalism, ability to play songs that fit all ages and reading the crowd. We couldn't have asked for a better band to top off our already amazing weekend. It was so much fun!”
Dana & Jeff, September 2012
“Being in the wedding business for over 35 years Bills Toupee is on the top of my list for live wedding bands. Their sound & vocals are authentic to the original song. I was blown away by the band & I highly recommed them.”
Tom Nicchi, Owner of The Stateroom, Albany, NY
“Hi Mike, you and the band made the reception a great party!! Thanks to you and the band for making the day unforgettable! We are still receiving compliments!!”
Peter, father of the bride
September 2012
“Hi Mike, Thank you so very much! We have been inundated with major kudos for our choice of entertainment. Thanks to you and the band for an awesome night of music and dancing!”
Monica, mother of the bride
September 2012
“YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Everyone, (and I mean EVERYONE) asked us, "Where did you find that band? They're great!!" Things could not have gone better — thanks again!”
Jenni & Bob
October 2012
“We can't say enough about how great our wedding was with Bill's Toupee.
Desaree, Mike and the rest of the band are top notch. Hire them, dance with them and have a great time partying with them. You won't regret it.”
Jeff & Ariel, October 2011
“You guys were AWESOME!!! Our guests were raving about you!!! You kept everyone up and dancing all night long! Bills Toupee has such amazing energy that really brought out the excitement of the whole wedding experience.”
Lauren, September 2011
“We had such a good time with you guys! The only thing I keep hearing from everyone is – best live band we have ever heard.”
Meg & Rob, September 2011
“Mike, we really loved the music and the band. You guys made us a hit! You gave our daughter the best wedding ever! She loved her night! Her friends RAVED! Our friends RAVED! My in laws RAVED!”
Mary, Mother of the bride
August 2011
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