Music is the language of emotion. From the rehearsal dinner to the reception, music plays a magical role in the marriage celebration. It sets the mood for each part of your wedding, it entertains, it moves, it inspires people to dance. Helping each couple choose the perfect combination of styles and songs for their wedding is one of John’s favorite things.

The Wedding Ceremony
The prelude music before your ceremony is usually the first thing guests experience at your wedding. It can set the tone for everything that follows. Some couples keep things traditional, others choose something unexpected that reflects their unique style. Whatever your vision, John can help you put it together. Visit the Wedding Ceremony page to find out more about music options, booking information and pricing questions.

The Cocktail Hour
Many couples choose to have the ceremony musicians play for their cocktail hour. John’s versatility allows couples to choose one style of music for their ceremony and something different for the cocktail hour. For many of the weddings that John plays, the ceremony music is classical (or pop music played in a classical style) and the cocktail hour music is acoustic singer/songwriter, jazz or something else. There are many great options. Take a look at John’s Cocktail Hour Songlist which is an eclectic list of unabashedly happy love songs, songs of celebration and timeless American Songbook standards.

The Reception
John does not have a typical “wedding” band that plays all of the current top 40 hits but he does have several bands that are excellent choices for couples who want to have something a little different for their receptions.

The Rehearsal Dinner
Live music helps make every party and gathering special. For an intimate white tablecloth dinner John can play classical, jazz or acoustic guitar. For larger parties you might consider The John Willingham Band or John’s country/Texas Swing band,  Walkin’ Boss. If you’re having an informal barbecue, John can bring an excellent bluegrass or blues band.