FAQ: Live Music for Events & Special Occasions in San Diego
Below are some of the most asked questions that our group gets, in hopes it can help you in event & wedding planning:
Is your group only winds, or do you offer string and brass ensembles as well?
-We started off as a wind quintet, and progressed to offer a wind trio, string ensembles, soloists, and an emcee! Pretty much any small ensemble you are looking for we can put together.
How much will it cost to hire Left Coast Music?
-This is one of the most important factors for many of our clients, and we want to ensure you that we are straight forward on our pricing - there are no hidden fees or anything that will pop up unexpectedly.
Our prices depend on multiple factors, including how many players are in the ensemble, the distance to the event, how long we are staying, if you require an audio system, etc. We custom tailor every quote to the individual client, but generally our price structure runs between $400 for smaller ensembles to $800 for larger groups per hour.
There are many more considerations- but ultimately Left Coast Music provides the highest caliber of musician, excellent communication, and a large library of music choices to satisfy anyone. If you have questions about our pricing feel free to shoot us a message so we can answer you!
What is the difference between the different ensembles?
-The full wind quintet has a lot more music written for the ensemble, including various movie themes, pop covers, etc. The wind trio can offer many of the same background jazz/swing pieces and wedding music, but is more limited in the scope of music available. Our string ensemble is primarily used for wedding ceremonies but covers traditional classical to pop music! To learn more about our different groups, check out Our Ensembles!
Do you DJ as well?
-Yes and no- we have live audio sound systems that we can provide for emcee duties, toasts, and light prerecorded background music. We have been able to provide live music for one hour, and then played prerecorded tunes through our sound system for the remainder of the event. We don't have party lights or a dance floor.
We do have a great connection with a few local DJ's and can offer package deals. Our live groups can play for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and the DJ can take over for the party afterwards. Don't hesitate to contact us about this service!
Is it easy to book Left Coast Music?
-Incredibly! After our initial discussion of your event, we will send a contract outlining all of the details we discussed. You are required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total amount when signing the contract, and the remainder is due four weeks prior to your event (unless the event is within one month, then full amount is due). As the event gets closer, we will discuss song options and the program for the event. You can pay numerous ways: via Paypal or Venmo, Facebook pay, Check, & Cash. Credit cards are accepted via Paypal (with a fee).
When should I book the music ensemble?
-As soon as you have a date and a location, please contact us. The sooner the better. We have noticed that there tend to be dates throughout the year that are popular with numerous clients, and we can only perform for one location at a time.
Are there any requirements for hiring a live music ensemble?
-We are able to bring our own seats, but if you would like us to match the rest of the event, then we need 5 comfortable chairs with no armrests. If you are renting our larger sound system, there needs to be a power drop nearby for us to plug into - the smaller system is completely battery powered. For any events outside, we must be located under some form of shade, whether it be a tree canopy, a large umbrella, or a tent. We will not play outside during inclement weather. All of our instruments are incredibly valuable and we can't risk damaging them. For longer events, we would appreciate getting a meal.
What will Left Coast Musicians wear?
-Our standard dress is "concert black", which is a black button up shirt and slacks for men, and a black dress or blouse for women. We are happy to dress up into full tuxes if the event is formal, or dress more casually. Please discuss these options when setting up your contract.
Can you move between two locations?
-Yes, for example having a wedding at one location and a reception somewhere else, we are happy to accommodate. Our travel time will be factored in to our overall contracted rates. Keep in mind that it takes us about 15 minutes to tear down and 15 minutes to re-set up at a new location.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask!