Transform Your Wedding Day with Enchanting Live Music
Captivating Wedding Music in the Heart of the Finger Lakes
Benefits We Offer:
- Memorable Music
- Stress-Free Planning
- Expert Guidance
Give Your Wedding the Perfect Musical Touch or Risk Missing Out on Unforgettable Memories!
Don’t let your special day be marred by generic background music or awkward silences. Imagine the disappointment of guests, and worse, the regret you’d feel knowing your event could have been truly exceptional. Without the right music, the ambiance often falls flat, and memories fade away. But when you hire us, you’re ensuring an experience that lingers in the hearts of your guests for years to come.
Picture this: laughter, dancing, and joyous moments intertwined with the perfect melodies. Imagine your guests being captivated by the music, creating an atmosphere that elevates your event to something truly extraordinary. With us, you’re not just getting a performance, you’re getting an unforgettable experience that will be talked about long after the final chord has been played. Don’t miss out on creating cherished memories on what may well be the most meaningful day in your life!
Unmatched Expertise in Elevating Weddings in the Finger Lakes
With a deep-rooted understanding of Ithaca’s and the surrounding area’s diverse event landscape, we bring a unique local touch to every performance. Having played at renowned venues like the Ithaca Yacht Club, Belhurst Castle, and Inns of Aurora, we’ve cultivated a strong connection with the pulse of our community. This familiarity enables us to curate an experience that resonates with the spirit of the Finger Lakes, ensuring your event is nothing short of exceptional. From intimate gatherings to grand celebrations, our tailored approach, combined with our intimate knowledge of the local scene, sets us apart as the go-to musical choice for Syracuse / Ithaca / Rochester / Buffalo / Binghamton area events.
“Dennis and his band were amazing for our wedding band! They put so much time and effort into learning our songs and putting together a playlist our guests loved. People were dancing all night! Also Dennis, the band leader is great to work with and knowledgeable about music. Picking them for our wedding band was such a great decision. The music sounded so great all night long!” – Maggie P.
Tailored Musical Configurations for Your Dream Wedding
Your wedding day is as unique as your love story, and our musical offerings are designed to reflect just that. Choose from a diverse range of configurations, each promising an unforgettable musical backdrop for your celebration:
- Solo Instrumental Guitar: Set the perfect mood with soulful melodies played on the guitar. Select from jazz, classical, or rock/pop genres for an elegant touch that resonates through every note.
- Solo Guitar and Voice: Add a personal touch with live vocals accompanied by skilled guitar playing. Whether you prefer rock, pop, or jazz, this option brings a warm, intimate ambiance to your special day.
- The Way: Get the party started with our dynamic band, ‘The Way’. Specializing in classic rock and country hits, we’ll have your guests on their feet, dancing the night away.
- Dennis Winge Jazz Ensemble: Elevate your reception with the smooth sounds of our jazz ensemble. Typically featuring a any combination of guitar, drums, bass, and saxophone, we create a sophisticated atmosphere that complements any elegant affair.
Each configuration is crafted to suit your vision, ensuring that the music at your wedding is as extraordinary as the love you share. Let’s work together to curate the perfect musical experience for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
Feel the Rhythm: Sample Playlists for Your Perfect Wedding Day
Get a taste of the musical magic we can bring to your wedding day with these handpicked sample playlists. From romantic ballads to dance-worthy hits, these selections showcase the diverse range of genres and moods we can curate for your celebration. Remember, these playlists are just the beginning—every track can be tailored to your preferences, ensuring that the soundtrack to your special day is as unique as your love story. Let’s work together to create a playlist that will have you and your guests dancing, reminiscing, and celebrating all night long.
Wedding Ceremony Playlist:
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
All You Need is Love – Beatles
Canon in D – J. Pachelbel
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Sonata No, 15, Theme from 1st Movement – W.A. Mozart
Storybrook Theme – Willy DeVille & Mark Knopfler
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
Trumpet Tune – H. Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary – J. Clarke
Wedding March – F. Mendelssohn
Wedding March – R. Wagner
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Yesterday – Beatles
You Are the Sunshine of My Life – S. Wonder
You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist:
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Beautiful Day – U2
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Can’t Help Falling in Love – by Elvis Presley
Change the World – Eric Clapton
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – Police
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
Home – Phillip Phillips
How Sweet it Is – Marvin Gaye / James Taylor / (various artists)
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Me & Julio – Paul Simon
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem – Kenny Chesney
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Still The One – Shania Twain / Orleans (mashup)
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett
Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Walk of Life – Dire Straits
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Wedding Reception Playlist:
Entrance Song: We Like to Party – Venga Boys
Father Daughter Dance: Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Buble
First Dance Song: At Last – Etta James
Brick House – Commodores
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
La Vie En Rose
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
New York, NY – Frank Sinatra
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Play that Funky Music – Wild Cherry
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Smooth – Santana
Soul Man – The Blues Brothers
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Tell Me Something Good – Stevie Wonder / Chaka Khan
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
What I Like About You – The Romantics
You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
You May Be Right – Billy Joel
“I would strongly recommend The Way for any special occasion. They played our wedding. Dennis could not have been more accommodating. It was obvious his number one objective was to make our special day just as we wanted it. All the band members were very talented musicians and had an impressive repertoire to choice from. Thanks Dennis for helping making our day fantastic!!” – Michael B.
Transparent Pricing, Exceptional Value
When you choose Dennis Winge Music, you’re not just hiring a musician, you’re investing in an experience that’s been refined through countless events. Our pricing structure reflects the meticulous care and attention to detail we put into every performance. Here’s a breakdown of what’s included:
- Experience of playing countless events: Priceless
- Using & transporting well-maintained instruments: $10,000
- Library of your favorite songs: $5,000
- PA & sound equipment: $2,000
- Sound engineering, including 2.5 hours setup and break-down: $500
- Zoom/phone consultation(s), contract creation, email communication, accounting: $100
- Musical preparation / learning requests: $500
- Planning / logistics / hiring musicians: $100
- 4-hours of playing time @$100 per musician per hour: $1,200
- MCing: $150
- Travel expenses (fuel, vehicle maintenance, Airbnb, etc.): $300
Total value: $19,850
Your investment begins at only: $500
Your event deserves the very best, and with Dennis Winge Music, you’re not just getting a performance, you’re getting an investment in an unforgettable experience.
Unforgettable Moments, Guaranteed
When you choose Dennis Winge Music for your wedding, you’re not just hiring a musician, you’re investing in a promise of unforgettable moments. We guarantee that our performance will be a highlight of your special day, creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll do everything in our power to make it right. Your happiness is our priority, and we stand by our commitment to deliver an exceptional musical experience that exceeds your expectations. With Dennis Winge Music, you’re not just getting a performance – you’re getting a guarantee of excellence.
“Dennis is an incredible musician and person. He was quick to respond on emails, flexible during our pandemic postponement scheduling process, and willing to take our special requests for music. We received so many compliments from guests on Dennis’ acoustic guitar during our ceremony and the band’s renditions of hits from Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, and Eric Clapton during our cocktail hour. I would hire Dennis and his band again in a heartbeat.” – Erika B.
Your Trusted Partner in Crafting Amazing Events
Planning a remarkable event can be a daunting task. With years of experience and a track record of success, I understand the intricacies involved. I’ve had the privilege of performing at countless events, both large and intimate, and have been honored with industry awards for our contributions. I empathize with the challenges you face, and that’s why I’m here – to guide you through the process and ensure your event is nothing short of spectacular. For any kind of wedding in any kind of venue, my team and I bring expertise, passion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Together, we’ll transform your vision into a reality. Ready to make your event truly unforgettable? Fill out the form below, and let’s get started!
Booking Made Simple
Step 1 – Inquire: Begin your journey by reaching out to us. Send an inquiry to check our availability and pricing. We’re responsive and will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Step 2 – Secure the Date: Once you’re ready to move forward, we’ll help you secure your event date swiftly. Our online contract and process for making a deposit is straightforward, making it easy for you to lock in your date.
Step 3 – Consult and Plan: With your date secured, we’ll schedule a music consultation meeting. This is where the magic begins. We’ll delve into event logistics, discuss your musical preferences, and ensure everything is set for a successful and unforgettable occasion. Your dream event is just three steps away – let’s get started!
“We hired Dennis and his band for our wedding reception on The Judge on Skaneateles Lake. Dennis was extremely professional, accommodating and fun to work with. The music was perfect for our evening of dancing, with our guests’ ages ranging from 21 to 92!! Everyone has a blast and remarked on how great the music was!! I would definitely hire them again.” – Katie M.
Meet Dennis Winge: Your Musical Partner in Planning
I’m Dennis Winge, the driving force behind the music at your wedding. Music has always been my heart and soul. From my earliest memories, I was drawn to the melodies that can touch hearts, stir emotions, and create unforgettable moments.
Passion for Event Excellence: I’m passionate about making events remarkable, infusing them with the magic of live music. It’s not just about playing notes; it’s about crafting an experience that lingers long after the last chord fades. I believe that music has the power to transcend, connecting people in ways words simply can’t.
Unforgettable Moments: One of the moments that truly solidified this belief was at a wedding. We were entrusted with a special surprise to the bride’s father – changing the tempo of the father-daughter dance from “Daddy’s Little Girl” to the spirited notes of his favorite song, “Sweet Home Alabama”. The look on his face and the laughter that followed… it was pure magic. That day, I realized that our music could transform an event into an unforgettable memory, and I’ve been dedicated to creating such moments ever since.
So, are you ready to add a touch of musical magic to your event? Let’s make it unforgettable – reach out and let’s start planning!
“Dennis was an absolute perfect addition for our 60-guest at home outdoor wedding. His selection was perfect and he truly cared about what we wanted as a couple and also what the guests wanted.” – Alexandria L.
Your Wedding Music Questions Answered
Q1: What genres of music do you specialize in for weddings? A1: We specialize in a diverse range of genres including rock, pop, jazz, country and classical. Our goal is to cater to your unique preferences and create the perfect atmosphere for your special day.
Q2: Can you help us choose the perfect songs for our ceremony and reception? A2: Absolutely! We offer personalized consultations to understand your vision and offer expert advice on song selection. We’ll curate a playlist that resonates with you and your guests.
Q3: How early do you arrive to set up for the event? A3: We usually arrive at least 2 hours prior to the start time to ensure ample time for setup and sound checks. This allows us to deliver a seamless performance.
Q4: Can you accommodate special song requests that aren’t in your repertoire? A4: Certainly! We’re open to learning new songs to make your event truly unique. We will learn up to 3 requests that are not already in our repertoire per event. Just let us know in advance so we can prepare accordingly.
Q5: Do you provide your own sound equipment? A5: Yes, we come fully equipped with professional-grade sound equipment to ensure the highest quality performance.
Q6: How do you handle unexpected situations or technical difficulties during the event? A6: Our experience has prepared us for any unforeseen circumstances. We have backup equipment on hand and are skilled at troubleshooting to ensure a seamless experience.
Q7: Can you perform in outdoor venues without access to electricity? A7: Absolutely! For ceremonies, Dennis sometimes uses battery-powered amplification, allowing him to perform in outdoor settings without access to electricity.
Q8: Do you take song requests from guests during the event? A8: Yes, we’re happy to take requests from guests. It adds a personal touch to the event and ensures everyone has a great time. We can even circulate our repertoire list so you and your guests can circle the selections they want to hear.
Q9: What do you do during breaks in the performance? A9: We select an appropriate playlist on Spotify and pipe it through our PA during breaks to maintain the ambiance. We’ll also ensure there’s a smooth transition when we resume playing.
Q10: Can you work with other musicians or vocalists if we want a larger ensemble? A10: Certainly! We have a network of talented musicians and vocalists we can collaborate with to create the ensemble you envision for your wedding.
Remember, these are just a few questions we often encounter. If you have any more, feel free to reach out!
It was a little nerve wracking to hire a musician for my wedding – but Dennis exceeded all my expectations. I would rate him 10/10 and recommend to ANYONE looking for a wedding musician. Everyone at the wedding loved the music. Thank you for making our day awesome! Here are the following reasons Dennis is fantastic: 1) Great communication 2) Friendly & easy-going 3) Flexible with requests (especially considering the current state of COVID19.) 4) Professional in both conduct and technical skill. 5) Detailed personal website and many samples on Youtube” – Amy N.
“Dennis played beautifully for our wedding and was great at knowing what to do and figuring out all the minute details. He was very professional and I would recommend him as a musician for weddings. Thanks, Dennis!” -Rebecca M.