THE CORPORATE FAQ’S

Thank you for choosing Stardust Productions for your corporate
event. The following list has been compiled in order to answer some of the most
frequently asked questions regarding your event and the entertainment. Please feel free to
contact us with any additional questions
you may have.

Sections shown in blue italics reflect popular opinion and helpful trend information
that you may find useful in planning your event. We have included this information
in an effort to help keep you up to date with the current trends in our business.
This information does not necessarily reflect our personal opinions.

 

When Do We Get In Touch?

We prefer to begin dialoguing the event approximately six weeks prior to the event.
It is necessary to begin our conversation at this time to ensure that any special
song requests can be honored, and that the flow of the event can be properly planned
and discussed. As a rule, at the beginning of your event week, we will touch base
as well. At this time we will review and confirm all information, discuss any last
minute changes, and go through the flow of the event in great detail. The reason
for this week-of check in is twofold: (a) it keeps the event fresh in our minds,
and (b) most last minute changes have usually occurred by this time and we can account
for them.

We are more than happy to hear from you any time regarding plans
for your event. We understand that most people have little or no experience in planning
a party or event. We, on the other hand, have a lot of experience and would be happy
to share it with you at any time. Please don’t hesitate
contact us
.

 

We’re Having A Large Event. What About The Sound System?

The Stardust Band comes with a state of the art sound system, which can cover up
to 400 people on the dance floor. If you are having a larger event and need sound
reinforcement for a larger number of people, we recommend securing an outside sound
company to handle the sound requirements of your event.

Typically, your venue contact will make recommendations on what is required in your
event space. I you need some assistance in this area, please
contact us
for help.

 

What About The Cocktail Hour?

After securing THE STARDUST BAND, we will be happy to assist you in planning your
cocktail hour music. We can provide a large variety of ensemble choices as well
as a substantial repertoire of music for this portion of the event. From strings
& harps to brass quintets, whatever your tastes dictate, we can provide the artists
for you.

When Does The Band Start?

We find that a wonderful way to start a party is to have the band playing as
the guests enter the room or arrive at the party. This sets a stylish tone and is
an elegant way to start the festivities. This means that the band must have a starting
time that allows for starting before the guests enter the room.

If you wish to cut your cocktail hour short, check with the bandleader first to
ensure your guests enter a “live” room.
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What Happens During Dinner?

If the event includes dinner service, the band will perform live background music
throughout the various courses until the main course is served. At this time the
band normally breaks for dinner.

Do We Have To Provide Meals For The Band?

Due to driving time, setting up, and playing during mealtimes, the band rarely has
time to eat. This provision is in the contract to ensure a happy and energetic band.

Performing is hard work and a happy band is a good thing to have.

 

What Happens When The Band Is On Break?

The band carries a state of the art sound system that enables us to play CD’s during
our breaks. There will never be any “down time” as there will always be music playing
at your event.

We would be happy to play your special disk should you prefer.

 

What Does The Band Wear?

If the event is a formal affair (black-tie), the band will wear tuxedos. This can
be the black variety, or white dinner jackets. If the party is informal, the band
will wear business attire (jacket & tie) at the discretion of the client.

The suit & tie is a more comfortable look and feel, and is the current trend. For
your information: the band does not disrobe during a party (i.e. take jackets and/or
ties off) unless there are comfort issues due to heat or other unforeseeable problems.
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What If I Need To Change The Time Of My Party?

Any changes to an existing contract must be in writing. Small changes are usually
not a problem, and we will always do our best to accommodate you. A major time change
may not be possible due to another engagement booked on that same day.

We urge you to be certain that the time you wish us to begin playing is correctly
coordinated with your venue before returning the contract.

 

What If We Want You To Continue Playing Past Your Contracted Time?

Overtime is possible when the band does not have another engagement following yours.
Overtime is usually done “on-the-fly”. At approximately 15 minutes before the band
is scheduled to stop performing, we will locate you to see what you would like us
to do. If you would like us to continue, we will continue performing with billing
done in 1/2-hour increments.

If you know ahead of time that you would like to add overtime, please book it before
the engagement, as this knowledge will enhance the flow of the party.

 

How Do I Hire The Band?

A deposit and signed contract are required. All major credit cards are accepted
and all dates are secured on a first-come/first-serve basis. There is a 10-day turnaround
for the contract & deposit and we are happy to work with you on your financing.
Once we receive your contract and deposit the date is yours.

Please contact Stardust Productions to
secure your date.

 

Conclusion

We hope that we have answered some of your questions and that our experience and
insight into your questions is helpful in the planning of your event. Thank you
for choosing THE STARDUST BAND – we look forward to helping make your event a resounding
success!

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