by Jonathan Vatner | January 31, 2011

For an event that spans the course of an evening (reception, dinner and dancing, for example) it would be ideal to have different music/bands for each segment of the event, but hiring three separate bands gets pricey. Instead, hire the band in steps: Start with the pianist to play solo during the reception, add percussion and guitar during dinner to create a jazz-style trio, and then for the dancing, add vocals and brass. You'll pay extra for the early performers, but far less than hiring three separate musical acts. Thanks to Fran Rickenbach, CAE, executive vice president of the Association of Destination Management Executives (, for the idea.