How much does a band cost?

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The first question that most people would like answered when looking to hire a band for their event is, ‘how much does a band cost?’

Given that there are many factors involved in choosing a band, the following questions may need to be answered first.

  • What is your event?
  • Where is your event?
  • What kind of mood do you wish to create?
  • What is your budget?

What is your event?

The music you choose will depend on the type of occasion you are celebrating.

If your special occasion is a wedding, consider choosing contemplative music for the ceremony or perhaps a singer/guitarist duo to perform the songs that have meaning for you.

For the reception, the sophistication of a jazz pianist whilst your guests are dining, followed by a cover band or DJ for the post dinner party are suitable and can be chosen according to your taste in music.

If you are celebrating a Christmas party or corporate function, choose music that appeals to your guests. Whilst it’s not possible to please everyone, jazz bands and cover bands that perform a large selection of well-known hits appeal to most party goers.

If your event is a private anniversary dinner for two at your favourite restaurant, you might want to choose a harpist for elegant background music with a touch of class.

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Where is your event?

If you are celebrating in a function centre, it is fairly easy to accommodate most bands provided there is somewhere for the band to perform, and electricity for amplification is provided. If however you are celebrating at the top of a mountain, it’s better to hire a smaller ensemble with easily transportable instruments rather than a harp orchestra.

If space at the venue/location is a consideration, a smaller ensemble of up to three musicians is advisable.


What kind of mood do you wish to create?

Mood is everything. Creating the right mood is essential to the success of your event and choosing the wrong music can prove disastrous.

If you wish to create an elegant mood for a sophisticated clientele, we recommend a harpist, or guitar and flute duo, rather than a rock band.

Alternatively, if you’d like to create a party atmosphere that encourages your guests to dance, be sure to choose a cover band or DJ rather than a classical string quartet.

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What is your budget?

If budget isn’t an issue, you will have an amazing array of choices at your fingertips and can hire anything from a three or four piece jazz or cover band to a twenty-two piece swing band.

If budget is a consideration, you can still achieve an amazing effect with a smaller ensemble of two, three or four musicians. It will always be possible to find a suitable band for your occasion that fits within the specifications of your budget. Below is a guide to what we can offer for different budgets.

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Bands $750 to $10K – what to expect

As a general rule, there is no fixed price when it comes to the cost of hiring a band. As a guide however, here are some price brackets and what to expect for each which may help you determine what you want and may expect to pay for band hire for your special event. If you already have a set budget and want the excitement of live music at your event without a hefty price tag, a smaller act – solo or duo – is a great option. A professional band will generally be priced from around $3,000 to $6,000+ depending on size, quality and experience.

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Bands $750 to $1,200

This type of band would:

  • Include 1-2 musicians
  • Be suited to smaller weddings and corporate events with up to 50 guests
  • Play jazz, pop and rock cover songs or any style of music suitable to your event
  • Play three to four x 45-minute sets
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Bands $1,200 to $3,000

This type of band would:

  • Include 2-6 musicians
  • Be suited to mid-size weddings and corporate events with 50-100 guests
  • Play jazz, pop and rock cover songs or any style of music suitable to your event
  • Play three to four x 45-minute sets
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Bands $3,000 to $6,000

This type of band would:

  • Include 6-12 musicians
  • Be suited to mid-size or large weddings and corporate events with 100+ guests
  • Play jazz, pop and rock cover songs or any style of music suitable to your event
  • Play three to four x 45-minute sets
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Bands over $6,000

This type of band would:

  • Include 12+ musicians
  • Be suited to mid-size or large weddings and corporate events with 100+ guests
  • Play jazz, pop and rock cover songs or any style of music suitable to your event
  • Play three to four x 45-minute sets

Please note: band images are visuals only and do not necessarily correlate to the prices above.

Watch our bands perform and enquire about pricing here – View our jazz bands


Is a more expensive band better than a cheaper band?

Not necessarily. We have some fantastic bands and amazing solo, duo and trio acts that we represent that charge very reasonable prices.


I only expected to pay $300 or $400 for a band – why does it cost more than this?

Our musicians are ‘A’ grade professionals who have many years of training and experience. They have performed alongside the top names in their industry and appeared in the country’s top performance venues.

When weighing-up the cost of a band, think of what you would pay a plumber for a Saturday evening callout. As the old saying goes: ‘when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’.

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Are there any additional fees when booking a band?

The cost of hiring a band is per appearance. Bands generally perform three to four 45-minute sets per event.

Additional costs may occur, however, in the following cases:

  • You require more sets or a longer duration, such as an all day event
  • Travel and accommodation is required as your event takes place outside the city metro area
  • Extra sound or lighting is required as your event is for a very large audience or at a large entertainment venue with larger audiences
  • You have specific song requests that require additional learning and rehearsal time from the band

Is it cheaper if I book a band for one or two hours only?

No. This is because the band would be unlikely to pick up another gig on the same date and make up the difference in fees.

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Contact us

We can help you find the perfect band for your special event, stress-free!

To hire one of our amazing jazz bands, please contact us or complete our quote request form.