The highlight of our wedding was this band. Our dance floor was rarely, if ever, empty. Scott and his team were fantastic to work with, from the moment we first booked them. We often asked their advice on the playlist, the flow of the evening, and about a million other ideas we had. They always responded promptly and provided their professional input on how to make the evening even better, and we are so glad we listened to their advice. I'd book them again in an instant - just waiting for an excuse to. :)
I booked Higher Ground by Bob Gail for my wedding reception, and I could not say enough positive things about the band, as well as Brian and Giovanna. The band is not only talented and charismatic, but it also does a great job reading the crowd. Scott, the band leader, is a great emcee.
Here are a few highlights/anecdotes if you'll indulge me:
-Even during the dinner portion of the evening, couples were dancing when they were supposed to be eating - one told us it was the first time they had danced in 30 years.
-A few weeks before the wedding, I needed a steel drummer for the cocktail hour and Brian was able to secure one who was amazing and for a reasonable cost.
-Higher Ground is booked through a company that also does wedding planning - because of this, they are very skilled with the run of the show, dealing with brides and sensitive matters, and overall, running a great wedding.
I wish I could see them live again, so I will be referring them to everyone I know. Thank you Brian, Scott, Giovanna, and the rest of the band for a fabulous evening!
This is a long overdue review. In a few words, they are awesome.
We had our wedding and Bob Gail was our vendor for ceremony music, cocktail hour music, and reception band. I don't know a single guest who didn't love them.
Reception band: During the whole wedding planning process, they have been very responsive, thoughtful, and helpful. They have a massive song listing and a pretty extensive questionnaire to start the process. We picked some songs that are must-haves, some that are absolutely-nos, and gave them a general idea about what we like. They compiled and performed the perfect list of songs for us during the reception. The stage performance was great. And I love Scott - he's funny and kind. Until this day, I'm still amazed by the supreme production quality that night.
Ceremony and cocktail: We used their string trio. The trio's sound was beautiful. I don't have any comments other than I loved them.
We looked at different bands and were very hesitant until we came across Bob Gail, which was referred by our planner. We immediately knew they were the one we wanted to hire. I strongly recommend them to anyone in need.
Just wanted to let you know that the Band was fabulous. They had amazing energy and had a very long evening -- but you wouldn't know it from their performance. The dance floor was filled the entire evening. They played all the requested songs the couple had and were great. We had so many compliments from the crowd.
The band helped make it a great affair!!!!
Thanks so much. Big thumbs up all around!
Carol, Mother of the Bride
A belated but no less enthusiastic THANK YOU!!!!! I was so happy with the party- it took me a while for my feet to touch ground. There was no Monday morning quarterbacking. Everything was perfect. And the music was everything I hoped. The musicians were engaged, energetic and artistically spectacular. My normally blasé guests had an absolute ball and the feed-back was unanimously positive. Please extend my sincere appreciation to all the musicians and singers- their performances made the night truly magical. Thank you Brian for going the extra mile to make this happen.
Dear Brian (and all of the wonderful people from BobGail):
Our wedding was absolutely the most wonderful, fun exciting and fabulous event- and a large portion of that is because of you and “Higher Ground”! Thank you so much for making our night more amazing than we could have ever imagined. The band was so much fun- every song was better than the one before. We have never seen so many people dancing!
The pictures we have received from friends are hysterical- the dance floor was packed. People could not get enough!! The band was professional, classy and the music sounded great. You really picked a perfect set of songs to play and were so good at assessing the mood. As we told you during the “planning” phase, our friends don’t love to sit down. Our first song “Our Song” was touching and perfect and we loved how when you were trying to introduce us, you could not get the guests to sit down. You even had people break dancing and doing the alligator.
Your rendition of “So Lonely” was a great crowd pleaser. Thank you for making my husband so happy! I have never sweat so much in my life but I had the best time doing it. We cannot tell you how many people (people with very high taste) have told us how amazing the band was and asked who you are and how we found you (it wasn’t that difficult after Faye & Boris’s and Tiffany & Luke’s Weddings).
You were such a pleasure to work with – my mom and I nominated you at the top of our “most fun wedding people to work with” list. We really will miss working with you and I promise that you will have the most glowing recommendation we could ever give. I heard that one guest immediately booked you for her daughter’s wedding! Not surprising….
Thank you for going out of your way (i.e.learning “Cherry Bomb”) to make our night the best we could have ever imagined.
Alissa & Jeff
We booked Higher Ground for our daughter's wedding. Brian was so easy to work with, helpful, patient with all our questions etc. Scott and his musicians were awesome. Everyone had the most awesome time at our event. The dance floor was full until the last song. I would definitely recommend them hands down. I also used them for the ceremony (keyboard and saxophone/flute). They are professional, lovely people. They are worth every penny!
Lisa (Mother of the Bride)
Lonnie and I just want to thank everyone, not only addressed in this email, but ALL the crew…..and of course the band.
You all made us look AMAZING!!!!!! The talent of everyone is just mind blowing, from the bands UNBELIEVABLE voices and electricity to Michelle’s expertise of remembering every single detail we spoke about as far back as day one………
The two dancers were fabulous. They pulled in the people who never would have had the courage to come dance and have fun, and MADE their night!
Having Allyson there was entirely comforting (thank you for that)….love her!! Brian, you were an angel making sure Madison’s flash mob music was perfect!!!
Seriously, this was the toughest crowd to please and they have been more than pleased. Lonnie and I have been “the heroes”…….every single person has made a point to tell us how over the top this has been and now the bar has been raised for each year to follow!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you :)
Jeff and I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had at our wedding. So much of that fun was thanks to you and Higher Ground. The energy of the band was reflected in the good time all of our guests had. Months later everyone is still talking about the wedding- everyone also always asks “what was the name of your band?” Like I said, thank you, we had the time of our lives. It was so much fun working with you in planning the big day and even more fun when the day arrived!
Michelle & Jeff
Thank you for making Faye & Boris’ wedding the best and most fun ever. I have been getting the greatest comments about your band. Our guests have said you and your performers were the best they’ve ever heard at a wedding. “Higher Ground” kept the party going!!! The entire experience was wonderful.
Thank you again
Roz & Jerry
Just wanted to thank you and all the Bob Gail crew for making our daughter’s wedding absolutely fabulous. We’re so impressed with the way you planned the complete celebration and provided all of the exceptional music, starting with the musicians for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and continuing into the reception with your band, Higher Ground, the most talented and outstanding group we could ever have expected. We, our friends, and family never left the dance floor!
Also, your event planner, Katie, was so very knowledgeable of your inventory; she made it easy to create our vision with her exquisite ideas.
Brain, you came through with everything you promised and more and were always a pleasure to work with. We are so very grateful for all your hard work and hope to hire your company again in the future.
Sue & Michael
To All the Wonderful People at Bob Gail,
Thank you for making our entire evening spectacular. The music during the ceremony was beautiful and the band at the reception was fabulous. Everyone had a great evening because of you.
Mother of the Bride