WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR?
ARE YOU AVAILABLE AS A SMALLER 5 – 8 PIECE GROUP?
We are sometimes able to offer an 8-piece band minus the sax and trombone on less popular dates. Beware of groups that offer themselves in many configurations such as a 3 to 13 piece group, as these are most likely agencies that may simply have a database of musicians that they piece together to suit any size desired. The Hit Factory Band ™ is a set group, and always the same highly talented and very specialized performers as seen in our demo video. There is a great benefit to having a solid group of the same performers in that these types of groups are much more polished and rehearsed than groups that are simply pieced together. For our clients this means seamless non-stop transitions in-between songs, as well as a much higher caliber performance musically as well as visually.
HOW MUCH ELECTRICAL POWER DO YOU REQUIRE?
HOW DOES THE BAND DRESS FOR PERFORMANCES?
Unless otherwise instructed we always dress formally in modern fitted suits, ties, and jackets, with our female vocalists in formal gowns. Our front male vocalist will sometimes do a quick wardrobe change during the dinner segment, and dress more for fun after dinner. For corporate events we dress for fun while still being formal overall. We are often asked to dress similar to the look in some of our videos and are certainly happy to comply.
CAN I HAVE INPUT ON THE SONG LIST?
HOW LONG DOES THE BAND PLAY?
WHERE IS THE BAND LOCATED?
The Hit Factory Band is located in Florida and considers Miami, Naples, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville to be our regular travel areas. Additional travel fees may be incurred for locations such as Key West or the Pan Handle region.
DO YOU OFFER MUSIC FOR THE COCKTAIL HOUR?
WHAT KIND OF PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
WHY DON’T I SEE THE HIT FACTORY BAND LISTED ON MY VENUE’S PREFERRED VENDOR LIST?
We are listed as preferred vendors for many venues, however we refuse to pay a venue in order to be included on their list, nor will we agree to pay a venue a commission in order to be included on their list of “preferred” vendors. If you see us on a vendor list, it’s because the venue honestly believes we are a first class organization that belongs on their list, and not because we have paid to be there.
*Beware of any venue that limits your choice to a small handful of “preferred vendors”. These are most likely cases where the venue is profiting from said vendor and this is not legal (or ethical).
WHEN DO YOU ARRIVE ON LOCATION FOR SET UP?
Our set up crew and sound tech likes to arrive with the bulk of our equipment four hours in advance of the bands start time. We typically set up in less than two hours and then have some down time to rest up in advance of the show. Other members such as the drummer, bass, and guitar players arrive one and a half hours prior to, vocalist arrive one hour prior to.
WHAT TYPES OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?
CAN YOU LEARN A SPECIAL SONG FOR MY EVENT?
Yes, we can typically learn two or three songs for any event including the first dance, parent dances, or any song that is especially significant to your event. Learning and performing songs at a high quality level takes many hours of preparation and rehearsals, so we need any requests at least two months in advance of the performance date.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF FLORIDA?
DO YOU CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE?
HOW MANY PIECES ARE IN THE BAND?
We offer our 10-piece group exactly as seen on our demo which includes our four amazing front vocalists, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, and a three-piece horn section including sax, trumpet, and trombone. We also include our sound tech on every event to ensure the sound is perfect.
HOW MUCH SPACE OR SIZE STAGE DO YOU REQUIRE?
WILL A 10-PIECE GROUP BE TOO LOUD FOR MY EVENT?
DO YOU OFFER CONTINUOUS MUSIC?
DO YOU OFFER MUSIC FOR THE CEREMONY?
READY FOR A SECRET?
HELP US DO A BETTER JOB FOR YOU
ACCESS TO THE VENUE, BALLROOM, AND STAGE
This seems obvious enough and typically isn’t an issue, however we have encountered venues where the entire room is blocked off, or the stage is packed with chairs, tables, as well as other vendor’s items. This usually occurs only when the ceremony is taking place in a portion of the same ballroom, and then the venue is turning over the room in order to use the ceremony area once the ceremony is over. This is just fine, as long as they have our stage in place and we have access to the stage to set up.
AVOID OVERCOMPLICATED PLANNING
Keep it simple, and try to have a sensible plan laid out well in advance. With weddings, much of the planning early on is centered around the food service as well as the formalities and we are often taking cues from the catering manager in order to help with the flow of the food service. It is typically best to have all of the formalities out of the way once dinner is over thereby leaving the majority of time after dinner for fun. It is always nice to get the energy going early on when possible as well, and we like to keep things upbeat and fun as a general rule. We typically start out with fun music from the minute the doors open, and play fun dance music in-between courses as well when possible.
There are venues that don’t feel obligated in any way to offer parking for the bands vehicles! Needless to say, this can create much unnecessary difficulty and stress for our group (and we want them to be in a good festive mood for your event). This is especially an issue with our truck and trailer as finding parking in places such as Miami for instance, can be nearly impossible! There is always a spot available at the venue, however it often takes the power of the client to arrange for a parking spot for our truck and trailer in advance. We will typically know which venues are problematic and can let you know if we need assistance.