Orlando Combo jazz band

(46 reviews)
Service Area
Servicing All Areas of Melbourne and Victoria
Business Hours
By Appointment
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Are you a fully live band?

Our repertoire is carefully selected to suit our instrumentation as we are a 100% live band – no backing tracks, synthesizers or cheesy-tired-typical wedding band material.

With all the advancement in musical technology and popularity of DJ’s and solo or duo musicians performing with recorded backing tracks we strongly believe that there is still no substitute for the unique atmosphere that only highly skilled musicians can create when performing live. It is true there is some risk in booking live entertainment for a wedding as if it is the wrong band it can be a disaster and actually have a detrimental effect, but book the right band and your guests will have a night that they will be raving about long into the future.

I would love my wedding to have the sound and style of a Jazz/Soul group but some of my guests will also want to dance to some Modern Pop/Club music as well as the Jazz/Soul band?

If this is you then please note that clients can also provide an iPhone/Laptop playlist with music of their choice which can be played through the band’s sound system either as background set break music or at high volume for an additional dance set when the group is on a set break later in the evening.

This can be a way of ‘covering all bases’ by catering for all of your guests musical tastes without engaging a DJ for hundreds of dollars when only a limited amount of DJ repertoire is required. The bands PA is equivalent to a professional DJ’s system.

This option is also ideal if a set of Greek/Italian/Indian/Jewish etc. cultural music is important for dancing but where a band is still appropriate for the majority of the function.

A cost effective and compact live Jazz band and DJ combination!

Do you provide a PA and set break music?

We supply all the necessary equipment for the band to perform. This includes high quality and compact amplifiers, lighting and vocal PA (which can also be used by clients for speeches/announcements and iPhone/Laptop set break music). We always have appropriate recorded background music to play on our set breaks to maintain the atmosphere but clients can also supply us with the music of their choice.

We want people to dance!

We specialize in making a seamless transition from sophisticated Jazz to accessible dance floor Soul and Swing classics (if required) to appeal to a range of ages. If you are looking for a group that can supply the style and class that only a Jazz combo can provide but are concerned it may be too laid back for later in the evening, then fear not – Orlando Combo has earned a reputation for being the most danceable Jazz band in town when required. Please be aware though that we are certainly not a ‘top 40’ style Pop cover band.

How long do you play for?

For weddings it is standard for the band to do 4 sets over 5 hours, allowing for formalities such as speeches etc. Sets are usually 45 minutes is length but we can alter this to fit in with your running order and play the equivalent time around the official events.

Do I need to provide the band with a running order?

You can be as specific or casual as you like! Give us a ‘to the minute’ running order for us to follow or leave it all up to us (or anywhere in between), we’ll know what to do. Clients usually like to give us a general timing of the significant formalities like speeches etc and let us fill the gaps and fit our sets in around these.

Often running orders don’t go exactly to plan (due to the odd extended speech! or fitting in with the food service) so even a rough guide for us means we can keep an eye on things and play when is appropriate. We will work in conjunction with your function manager throughout the night to ensure everything runs smoothly so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable night with your guests.

How do I book Orlando Combo for my wedding?

To confirm a booking we request a deposit . The booking is only tentative until the deposit is received, at which point the date is 100% locked in. You will then be emailed a detailed receipt for your records. The deposit is not refundable except if for extreme reason (for example serious injury the entire band!) we have to cancel. Please note that in over 20 years we have never cancelled a booking.

Rest assured that once your booking date is confirmed that it will not be cancelled by us to take on another supposedly more preferential opportunity that may arise as can be the case with some performers. If a quote for a band appears to be a bargain be aware that should another more lucrative gig arise they may drop your booking in favour of another offer leaving you in the precarious position of possibly being without a band for your wedding. We are also a long-term Melbourne based band that is not seeking extended overseas performance contracts which if taken would jeopardise our current booking arrangements with clients. This is something to keep in mind when engaging musicians for important events.

Please refer to our many references for a proven track record of how Orlando Combo operates and have the peace of mind of booking one of Melbourne’s most trusted ensembles.

For private/non corporate bookings we then ask for the remaining balance to either be transferred 7 business days before the event date or paid in cash on the day of performance. Some private clients are more comfortable paying the remainder on the day of performance (at the completion of our first set of music) to see that the band arrives on time and ready to perform in accordance with the booking details and as the line up that has been agreed to. You can choose which of these methods of payment you prefer for the remaining balance.

There is also the option to split the deposit into 2 monthly payments as paying for several different wedding suppliers deposits at once can really add up! Either is fine….

I (Lucas Evans, Bandleader/Manager/Drummer) always make phone contact early in the week of a booking to go over all of the finer details but no doubt you will have various questions before then so please feel free to email or call anytime.

What is you dress code?

Sharp ‘vintage style’ presentation in keeping with our musical genre. Our standard attire for private events is lounge suit.

Do you take double bookings and who will actually be playing at our wedding?

Orlando Combo is not a ‘franchise’, we are an actual single band that only takes on one booking at a time (some groups take multiple bookings for the same date all operating under the one band name). This is not how we operate.

Do we need to provide food for the band?

For bookings that are 3 hours or longer we request that a meal be provided to each band member to help keep our energies up. (The venue/caterers will be experienced with this). This is standard procedure when booking musicians for private events and is much appreciated. Some venues offer a reduced rate for ‘crew’ or musician/photographer meals, this is something you could check with them.

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