We recently had the pleasure of hosting a private party with The Way Band, and it was the client’s request to include a saxophone. We have done this before, and have even done weddings with the 6-piece version of the group with sax, keyboards, and trumpet, but we most of the time do smaller events and weddings as a trio that it had been a while to include a fourth member, and it was so much fun for the band and the guests!
Initially I thought it was a bit of an unusual request on the part of the host to include saxophone because it was a party for her and the neighbors, as she had fairly recently relocated to a rural town and wanted to get to know them better, and she had reported that they liked country music whereas she had a more ecclectic taste in music.
The Way Band doesn’t plan its set lists because I always prefer to adapt the song choices to the exact vibe of the party, which no amount of pre-conversation can ever paint an exact picture. Besides, the energy-level and overall vibe can change from moment to moment, and having a pre-ordained set list can sometimes make bands oblivious to these changing needs of an event. No matter how good the music is a wedding, private party or corporate event, the music is still secondary to the needs of the event itself, which must come first every time.
As a bandleader, I always book the best musicians and I am grateful to have a roster of super-talented professionals who I can count on to join us, sometimes with little or no rehearsal. I also pride myself on having charts of the music written in advance. I have been doing this for 30 years and the books are quite big. It’s this combination of having the best musicians and being well-prepared with sheet music that allows The Way Band to suit the unique needs and preferences of each client, which helps ensure that each event receives a tailor-made musical experience.
The saxophone player seamlessly integrated into The Way Band, elevating the musical journey to new heights. From the first few notes of the Dire Straits “Walk of Life” which was the first tune we played, I knew it was going to be fun. You can hear this and several other clips in the video montage I made of the event.
That, to us, is “The Way” to play a party: accommodate the host, interact with the guests, pick the perfect songs that match the constantly changing vibe of the event, and to have a blast!