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FAQ

What can I do to assist the band in living up to my expectations?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and speak your mind! This is your event and we’re sure that you have a good picture in your mind of how you would like things to go. With your ideas and our talent and experience, you can be sure that yours will be an event to remember!

Are there any hidden additional fees?

No! Contrary to some large office practice, the price you are quoted is the price you pay. Unless otherwise specified, all insurance, production costs, crew and standard lighting are included. Please keep this in mind when comparison shopping.

Are you insured?

Absolutely. Proof of insurance and workers compensation can be emailed or faxed to catering establishments as required.

Will the band dress appropriately?

The band dresses formally unless otherwise instructed.

Will music be provided for the cocktail hour? Ceremony?

One or more band members usually perform at the cocktail hour and we like to feature our jazz trio (paino, sax, and guitar). We can also provide classical ensembles, Caribbean music

Does the band take breaks?

Our experience enables us to coordinate with the banquet staff to keep the party moving and break times to a minimum. Our major goal is to make sure the party maintains momentum and there are no situations where the guests are idly waiting for something to happen. Food service determines much of the flow of any banquet, so make sure you convey to your caterer your desire to have the band be allowed as much time for dancing as possible. You will certainly want to give your guests a chance to catch their breath and the musicians a chance to freshen up. FAST FORWARD has the capability to play pre-recorded dinner music and often the client may wish to provide some of this interlude material on CD or IPOD. Alternatively, the band may divide into smaller units to provide background music, perhaps a few vocal standards or small group jazz. Please understand that the band relishes the opportunity to impress your guests, not have them say, “Gee, they were great but they took too many breaks.” Many people relate horror stories that go something like: “Just when we got up to dance, the band stopped playing”. We see this is as a lack of communication between the client, caterer and band. Our major goal is to make sure the party retains momentum and there are no situations where the guests are idly waiting for something to happen. Food service determines much of the flow of any banquet, so make sure you convey to your caterer your desire to have the band be allowed as much time for dancing as possible. We make every effort to coordinate with the banquet staff to keep the party moving and break times to a minimum. At some point you will certainly want to give your guests a chance to catch their breath and the musicians a chance to refresh themselves so they can return to the stage with renewed energy. The band has the capability to play pre-recorded dinner music and often the client may wish to provide some of this interlude material on CD's or cassette tape. Alternatively, the band may divide into smaller units to provide background music, perhaps a few vocal standards or small group jazz. Please understand that the band relishes the opportunity to impress your guests, not have them say, “Gee, they were great but they took too many breaks.”

Do you play ethnic music?

Absolutely, Fast Forward helps clients celebrate their heritage by playing horas, Irish waltzes, polkas, tarantellas, and other traditional songs. Please consult our song list for suggestions.

Are you willing to learn special songs I want played? I have certain songs that I don’t want played…is that okay?

If by chance we don’t know a wedding song or dedication, we have no problem adding it to our repertoire if we are given adequate notice. We usually ask that you allow us 30 days to properly prepare. Many clients use our song list to highlight favorites and more importantly point out songs they do not want to hear.

What size ensemble will be best for my affair? Wouldn’t nine pieces be too loud?

The number of musicians is really a matter of taste, space and budget. Except in the most extreme environments, the number of musicians should not really affect volume. Fast Forward core group is eight musicians (bass, guitar, drums, keyboard/trombone, sax, trumpet male vocalist, female vocalist) that have been performing together for years. Everything in our repertoire is possible at this size, and some songs are even more enhanced with additional horns or vocalists. We have a large library of songs arranged for our Three piece horn section that are well rehearsed and stylistically accurate.

Why hire a band?

A live band brings a level of sophistication, elegance and entertainment value that is not possible with a D.J. There is something magical about a live performance and hearing a talented singer bring real meaning to a lyric. Fast Forward has personality and keeps the dance floor packed. The band members are enjoyable to watch, treat guests with respect and play at just the right volume. For those who feel they just need to hear certain songs performed by the original artist, we can also offer a band/DJ combo at minimal additional cost. This may also be of interest for those with venue that allows for a “club” themed after party. We can also offer enhanced lighting packages. Judicious use of lighting can make any venue and stage area look stunning.

What types of occasions do you normally play?

We like variety and believe that it keeps our music fresh and energetic. For over 20 years Fast Forward has logged thousands of performances throughout the Midwest area and beyond. These performances have included corporate parties, country club functions, charitable fund raisers, dinner dances, nightclubs and as an opening act for major recording artists. Couples have been so confident in the band’s abilities that they have enthusiastically arranged for Fast Forward to perform at upscale weddings held all over the midwest

What music do you do best?

Dance music from all genres! What defines Fast Forward is the band’s ability to play an eclectic repertoire with stylistic accuracy. On any given day we may play songs from Motown, George Gershwin, John Coltrane, Bob Marley, The Cure, Journey, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mathews, Frank Sinatra, ,Lady GaGa, The Drifters, Kanye West and Earth, Wind & Fire,Kathy Perry all in one set and still make it all work. We take great pride in not being easily categorized. Please check our song list.

What makes Fast forward unique?

Fast Forward plays music that will make each affair unique and memorable, and includes great songs that are not your typical wedding band fare. We love to entertain! Fast Forward is a band that has regular public performances in the Midwest area. We welcome clients to meet and get to know the individual performers. This leads to level of confidence that makes for a stress free event when the big day arrives. Fast Forward makes every effort to personalize each event. From the very beginning you deal directly with the people who will actually be performing. We want every client to be so ecstatic about our performance that they become our biggest supporters and best advertising. Fast Forward combines input from our clients with our own experience and expertise to yield a party that’s sophisticated, elegant and high energy. Fast Forward is proud to be as much a family as a business. The band has been in existence for over thirty years and has performed at well over 1000 weddings and corporate events as well as 3000 club, concert, school and church functions in Michigan and the Midwest