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Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music
Extraordinary range of styles, non-stop continuous dance music as well as ceremony & cocktail hour. Get the vocalists and musician you see. Free CD on request, see us live in NYC. Discounts for certain dates, call for price quote & song list. Plus DJ services including DJ/Live combinations.
$$$ – Moderate
Classical, Country, Disco, Folk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Arabic, Indian, Klezmer, Latin, Persian, World Music
Bud Maltin Music is absolutely the best wedding band we've ever experienced. Bud's band played at our wedding in September 2015, as well as several of our friends' weddings. I've known Bud for years, and he offered great, honest advice regarding our music choices and band options, as well as advice on the wedding venue itself and general wedding tips. The band provided live music for the ceremony (acoustic guitar), cocktail hour (piano), and reception (full 8-piece band). The party had non-stop continuous music, interrupted only by speeches. The band also learned several songs just for our wedding. The music was a great variety, too, so the youngest attendees and oldest all had songs they wanted to dance to (i.e,. Rihanna vs. Rolling Stones). The exact band members that Bud said would play/sing at our wedding did play/sing. The lead vocalists were amazing (I can't believe they don't have record deals), and most of the rest of the band sang, as well. They also take some requests during the reception since their repertoire is so big. After our wedding, people consistently commented about how great the band was and how much fun and memorable it made the whole reception. I'd hire them again in a minute and hope I get invited to more weddings where they are the band!
PHENOMENAL BAND. LOOK NO FURTHER. We were deciding among a few bands for our wedding in Connecticut, and we could not be happier that we chose Bud Maltin. First and most important, the music was incredible. The dance floor was busy all night with guests of all ages. Every musician was excellent, and one of the female vocalists in particular was next-level amazing on I Wanna Dance With Somebody--total show-stopper. They played everything from a hora to Call Me Maybe, including all our "must have" songs and nothing on our "do not play" list. We and our guests had an awesome time, and we are still getting rave reviews about the band weeks later. Second, throughout the process, working with them was a joy. Bud and the band's manager Bill are both delightful, and from the beginning of the booking process through the day of the wedding, they were prompt and responsive to all our questions and made sure we always knew what to expect. They also worked perfectly with the staff at the venue (New Haven Lawn Club). Finally, they completely went the extra mile and then some to help me make a slightly out-there idea into a reality. I had a song in mind that I really love and thought would be a sweet wedding song for us, but it's not particularly well-known (Painting By Chagall, by The Weepies). I also grew up singing and still love karaoke with a deep and bizarre passion, so I wanted to sing at the reception. With the help of Bill and later Bud, we worked out a plan for the band to learn the instrumental part so they could back me up. Bud and I also worked together to devise a way to introduce it so it would stay a surprise for everyone up to the last second--he had great ideas about how to set the stage and also considered my ideas and worked them into the intro. Despite a couple off-key notes on my part, it was a huge hit and people are still telling me how much they loved it. I could not have pulled it off without Bill, Bud, and the musicians who played along with me! Hiring any band is a financial commitment, but it was probably the best money we spent. They MADE the reception, and some of my best memories from the wedding are from the dance floor. If I ever needed to throw another event, I would hire them again in a second!
Outstanding Band/DJ to work with!Reviewed on 3/02/2015 Ashley
I worked with Bill Galbo of Bud Maltin Music - Metropolitan Music DJs last year, leading up to my wedding on October 18, 2014. I struggled deciding between paying a small fortune for a band and not being sure I'd be happy with just a typical NJ DJ! Well, Bill is anything but a typical DJ! And with Metropolitan Music DJs, you don't have to decide one way or the other! Metropolitan allows you to add in live music (vocalists, guitarists, sax players, etc) to complement Bill's magic as singer/MC/DJ (amazing voice). I opted to have an acoustic guitarist (Mark Sganga was phenomenal) for cocktail hour, then he joined the DJ team for my reception. I also added a female vocalist (Dani Johnson) who was fantastic. At the last minute, Bill added another female vocalist free of charge. The music was incredible and EXACTLY what I asked for and envisioned for my day. For those not sure you would get the same feeling without a big band, there was absolutely no lack of stage presence. For more affect, Bill recommends adding the sax for the horn sound. As far as the planning process, every email, phone call and meeting was thorough and directed at making me happy and getting exactly what I want (and deserve) on my wedding day! Bill made me feel completely in control of decisions while offering sound advice along the way. He loved mixing music genres to make both the bride and the groom happy (and MOM, of course)! He even created a special track to merge two songs as our first dance! I would HIGHLY recommend Bill Galbo and Metropolitan Music DJs. Fabulous in every way. Thank you for making such an incredibly memorable day for my husband and me!
LOVED OUR BAND!!! (saw one Bud's bands at a friends' wedding first and was impressed). Band manager Bill Galbo was very responsive and great to work with from the get-go. He was super collaborative, attentive, and fun. I am a former wedding singer (and thus know what I want and like) and he made it super easy to have a ton of input on the song list, etc. And they said it would be entirely possible (and welcomed) for me to get up and sing with the band at some point in the night. Bill (And Bud) also worked with me to get the band arrangement that fit my price range - which was critical! They even DJed the ceremony and cocktail hr. The band that played our wedding was led by band leader/saxophonist Timmy Cappello. Timmy is one of the kindest people and a super talented musician. He was the perfect MC (said all of the right things, but was quick and to the point and didnt do any cheesy stuff that you sometimes see at weddings!). The song selection was SPOT ON. They played such an amazing range of music (pop, motown, funk, swing, hip-hop, RAP!) and did it so well. Each band member was very talented and soloed/riffed and got really into it! Also -the singers were UNREAL (Sherma and Eric). We (and vast majority of wedding guests) were literally on the dance floor the entire night. It was one, huge, happy dance party and that is exactly what we wanted. (with the perfect slow songs sprinkled in and the requisite relaxed James Taylor tunes (we are big fans) for the few moments that we actually wanted to sit and eat!) They played our Sam Smith wedding song - Latch - super well and nailed the arrangement - slow version into the upbeat remix version. They also killed it on the father/daughter dance (Stand By Me) and mother/son dance (Shower the People). Last but not least, when it came time for me to sing (I planned with Timmy to sing three songs) - they were SO incredibly GRACIOUS and fun to sing with. They nailed the instrumentals and back-up vocals and I had the best time singing to my new husband in front of my family and friends.
To say Bill & the gang from Bud Maltin exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. Not only we're all the suggestions Bill made spot-on and enhanced the evening, but he took the time to meet with us and hone in on exactly why we wanted. We received countless comments from guests regarding how much they loved the band/dj combo many saying it was the best band they've ever seen at a wedding and I completely agree. If you want the perfect music for the perfect night, look no further than Bud Maltin.
We worked with Bill Galbo for our wedding at the Battery Gardens. Bill was very responsive from the start and was hands on throughout the entire process. That's what I love about him. I already knew what songs I wanted for the ceremony but Bill was sending us new ideas on the ceremony details to make it even better and me, my now husband and Bill worked together perfectly making the whole process painless. The night before the wedding, the DJ assistant was diagnosed with foot & mouth disease but Bill sent me an email to say they have found a replacement. On the day, he was so professional and made us feel at ease. There was a couple of glitches with the prelude that was partly caused by a misunderstanding with the officiant. My advice to all bride/groom-to-bes, be super detail-oriented during your ceremony rehearsal.. like actually play the music on your phone, and make the officiant/bridal party rehearse and walk to the music as if it's the actual day from beginning to end to avoid any mishaps! When we asked Bill what happened after the wedding, he was so professional about it and took all the responsibilities. Hey, mistakes happen even with all the detailed planning! We had some major problems with our florist and they were very defensive, ended up blaming our venue and were not professional at all. So we know Bill is amazing and not all vendors are as good! In the end, we also had other details, like playing a slideshow which went perfectly. Bill also made some dance song suggestions to pump up the crowd which worked great. Overall, the wedding was a great success. Our guests danced the night away, the dance floor was never empty and everyone could not stop talking about how fun and amazing our wedding was. Thank you Bill and team!!
Early in the planning process my friend suggested Bud Maltin Music be our entertainment for our September wedding, and I'm so glad she did! After our initial phone call with Bill, the owner, we felt completely comfortable and excited for him to do our wedding. Bill was so prompt at responding to any questions we had and offered us many ideas and suggestions as far as entrance music, the order of our reception, etc. A few days before the wedding he confirmed absolutely every detail of the night which had me feeling extremely calm heading into the big day. At our wedding we had Bill, a vocalist, guitarist, and sax player and they were all phenomenal!! I had never been to a wedding that had a combination of live and recorded music and it created such a unique atmosphere to the night. Being able to dance our first dance to live music was incredible! We received so many compliments, and we still do, on how awesome the music was! The selection was great, something for everyone, and again the live aspect was so fantastic. Everything happened just as Bill said it would, only better! We can't thank Bill and his team at Bud Maltin enough for making our wedding so memorable. We only wish we had another event we could hire them for, maybe an anniversary party! Thank you again Bill!
Bud Maltin Music was beyond incredible! The band was excellent at engaging the crowd that there was not a single person not dancing. Their song lists are extensive and their song choices were really timed well. For example, in my father's speech he mentioned the fact that he calls me brown eyed girl and after the speech the band went right into playing the song "Brown Eyed Girl" without having any previous knowledge. They have an excellent ability to read their crowd and adapt. Our family and friends were blown away by their performance and all had an amazing time because of Bud and the band. Also, one of the best parts is that they are so easy to work with, Bill was so helpful and quick in communicating with me throughout the whole process.
Bud and his band were excellent. The DJ/Live piece combo was the perfect entertainment for our wedding. Bill Galbo was a pleasure to work with. Live piano and harmonica during dinner was a highlight. Our guests had a wonderful time!!
When my fiance and I left a Bud Maltin showcase at Smash Studios, we knew they were our band for our big day. With a crew of incredible talent and wide knowledge base of songs, they killed it on our wedding day. Our guests kept raving at how awesome they were and asked how we found them. Bud and Bill were super easy to work with and fast to respond to any questions we had. They also welcome any song suggestions and recommended great songs when we didn’t know what we wanted. Bud, Bill, Belinda, Anthony, John, David, Frank, Dean, thank you SO much for making our special day truly memorable!
Bud Maltin completely exceeded our expectations. They are totally wonderful. Bud is a pleasure to work with and the band is absolutely full of talent. They learned a few specific songs I requested just for our day and really kept the dance floor going in keeping with the mood we wanted set. For the ceremony, they provided a flute and acoustic guitar which were above and beyond as the bridal party walked down the aisle. Their attention to detail was perfect and they just ROCKED. I'd hire them again in a second. Best wedding band I've ever seen. Picking the music for our wedding was one of the hardest decisions we made since it is so pivotal to the celebration and I am so happy we chose Bud Maltin!
Dear Bud and Bill, THANK YOU for literally making our dreams come true on Saturday. Everything you guys touched was perfect. The ceremony music and accompanying my sister was incredible. We were smiling and laughing hearing John Denver during our recessional. You nailed the Ray Charles intro and the Natalie Cole song. Being announced during that horn section may have been the best moment of Ed's life!! Then you played the best hora ever. I got several comments that that was the best hora ever. In addition, I got several comments that you were the best band ever, and we wholeheartedly agree! People were asking, "Where did you find that band?" And "Where can I see them play again?!" You kept the energy high all night, which made for the best dance party ever. Even the older folks said they had never danced so much! During the planning process, every interaction we had with you was efficient and helpful. You guys are so good at what you do--we trusted you completely, but we also felt we could give our input and ask for whatever we wanted. It was incredibly easy to work with you. Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding the best day of our lives. Please send our gratitude along to the rest of the band. We hope to hear you play again soon! Warmly, Emily
Wow, what a band! Our wedding was bursting with joy and dancing, largely thanks to their great music. We approached the band about six months before the wedding, and they were wonderful to work with. Bud Maltin and Bill Galbo were so organized — they gave us song ideas, and Bud met with us several times to talk about the music and wedding schedule. (The schedule was key — we had a brunch wedding, and Bud helped us plan it down to the minute. His help was invaluable. At the wedding, he helped keep us on schedule by announcing what was happening next, including the cake cutting, parent speeches and more. ) The band even learned a new song — our favorite: Satellite, by Guster — and they did a great job, playing it when our ceremony ended and when we did our first dance. The band provided music during the ceremony, cocktail hour and played nonstop continuous music throughout the party. Hands down, it was the best hora I've ever experienced. Everyone, both young and old, was dancing their hearts out. We saw and heard the exact performers that we expected. The lead vocalist was amazing, and most of the other musicians sang as well. The music was so beautiful, that both groom and mother were in tears during the parents dance. I highly recommend this band!
Absolutely best wedding band we could have chosen. Dance floor was crowded all night with crazy great dancing and they played even longer than expected!!!
One of the best decisions we made with our wedding planning was booking Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music for our ceremony and reception music. Bud is a true gem and was great to work with - such a professional with a creative spirit. He's really one of a kind. We saw the band about 1 year before our wedding and worked closely with them to lock in our wedding. Bill was responsive and wonderful to work with on the contracting process. He understood our needs and worked closely with us and our budget, which was so helpful. I am a professional event planner by trade, and I searched high and low for a band that was within our budget and had a stellar reputation. Bud Maltin has just that. The band delivered and truly exceeded our expectations. Everyone was out on the dance floor all night long and had the best time. One of the highlights was when Bud surprised us with a throwback song (Backstreet Boys, I want it that way). I mentioned I grew up in the boy band era and all my old childhood friends would be at the wedding and would love at least 1 old school boy band song. The band learned it and hit the nail on the head! Picture 20+ girls just singing and dancing to BSB live...it really was an amazing moment! The band also played some Australian tunes for our family which was a really nice touch! We can't thank them enough. The ceremony music was beautiful and Bud on the harmonica was just perfect. Lighting on the dance floor...tableside keyboard playing during dinner...it was all wonderful. I'll never forget all the comments during the wedding about our main female vocals - "That woman has pipes!". Oh you bet she does! The entire band played harmoniously together!! Can't say enough great things about this band!!!
BEST WEDDING BAND EVER!! Bud Maltin Music was absolutely fabulous. Our guests are still talking about them! At our first meeting, Bud treated us with utmost respect and wanted to tailor their performances to our musical tastes and needs. We were married at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan and Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music kept the party going all night long for our 200+ guests. They do not take breaks! The Band also provided musical accompaniment for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I (the bride) am a wedding photographer and Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music is by far the best I've seen. Fantastic singers and musicians all around. We splurged for the full 10 piece band and we're so glad we did. The horns were killer! We wish we could throw parties every year so that we could hire them over and over again. We highly recommend hiring Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music for your next event!
Bud Matlin Orchestra Rocked Our WeddingReviewed on 12/09/2015
Bud Matlin Orchestra and more specifically Bill Galbo were the highlight of our wedding. If you are looking for a band / DJ hybrid that is professional, aware, on time and versed in all genres and periods of music, then Bud Matlin is a perfect choice. We were extremely pleased!
Fantastic DJ, Musicians and ExperienceReviewed on 12/08/2015 Michelle A
They are the best! The music at our wedding was one of the most special and fun things about the night, completely due to the professionalism, creativity and skill of the musicians and DJ from Bud Maltin...We opted to have both musicians (keyboard, vocalists, and a guitar) and a DJ, and the combination produced something unique which our guests loved and which had everyone on the dance floor all night. Bill Galbo (DJ, vocalist and keyboard) was amazing, he worked with us via Skype, listened to us and found great ways to work in everything on our song list (which he also helped us produce, giving us fantastic resources) without sacrificing the tempo of the evening- even song requests that we thought might be tough (too slow, or too obscure, etc). A song that we loved but that wasn't really working for an entrance or first dance? He played it as one of our last dances. Weddings can be hectic and stressful, but of the moments that my husband and I will never forget in the midst of the whirlwind, and the fact that we (along with our guests) really had fun that night, we owe largely to them. I strongly recommend them, as DJs, musicians, or a combination.
Overall we are very happy with having this band play at our wedding. Our guests are still talking about how amazing they were. People who typically don't dance at weddings were on the dance floor boogying down. They even learned a new song for our first dance. Tim was great to talk to in preparation before the big day. He had great ideas, like going from the first dance right into P!nk's "Raise Your Glass." It really kicked the party with a ton of excitement. Communication in the beginning was really good. As we got closer to our date, it was a little more difficult to get the full song list. I asked several times for it before it came. They learned a song for our dance which we had choreographed to a recorded song and the tempo was a bit slower, so our dance wasn't what it was supposed to be. What we really didn't love was the suggested tip email sent a few days before the wedding asking for about $1600 tip. On top of the thousands of dollars we spent, we thought it was distasteful to tell us what to tip. That said, the musicians are incredible at what they do. They read the mood of the audience very well and have great talent. I wish communication wasn't as strained toward the end.
Best Wedding Band Ever!!Reviewed on 11/17/2015
We recently had our daughters wedding on 11/14/15. One of the preferred bands of our venue 3 West Club, was Bud Maltin Metro Music. Once I heard them last year, I felt no need to look any further in our search for the perfect wedding band! We knew we had made the right decision after the wedding. Our guests couldn't stop talking about the music! It was continuous for 5 hours and had our guests bearly sitting to eat. All current hits, her song "Photograph" sung beautifully for their first dance! We had 8 musicians who played their instruments flawlessly. The piano at the cocktail hour was a perfect touch. When only the best will do, this band is for you!🎉🎉🎉
Hands down, one of the greatest bands to ever play at a wedding. My husband and I were SO happy that Bud and the band were available to play at our wedding. They were professional, courteous, and flexible about learning new music a few weeks before our event. They kept everyone on their feet dancing and I think I danced to every song. Each musician is so talented and the can play any genre of music we wanted. Everyone commented on how fabulous they were and I would recommend them without reservation. Thank you Bud!!!
Amazing Group!Reviewed on 9/01/2015 Cassie S
Bill and his team were truly wonderful from start to finish! The second my husband and I met with them we felt at total ease. I was debating for awhile between band vs DJ and Bill pretty much told us we can have it all :) They were so flexible with us, and formed for us the perfect package that worked for the feel we wanted in a budget that was acceptable. We had a great time every time we met for a meeting and email response time was also 100% flawless. Anything we needed we felt that they were there. We got married upstate at Feast at Round Hill and the place is very diverse in where things are going on. Bill and his musicians made sure keep a beautiful flow at our wedding and knew the place very well which kept us confident :). We had a great night and guests told us numerous times how beautiful the music was. A mix of live music during ceremony and dinner time was such a perfect feel, everything turned out to be elegant and fun! Just the way we wanted :) We also got a chancee to snag a beautiful photo with them at the end! Bill also went out of his way to send us a little demo video of things he recorded during our wedding, it was really so nice! Thanks again for everything :)
Dancing All NightReviewed on 8/11/2015 Julie V
My sister used this band when she got married in 1998 and they were fantastic! In 2015 they were just as good. I can't say enough about how wonderful Bud was to work with and how much our guests enjoyed the wedding because of the band. Every person I have spoken to about the wedding has raved about the band! which isn't a shock with our amazing dance floor participation!!!
Absolutely amazing! They kept all our guests on the dance floor - couldn't have asked for a better band for my wedding
So I'm a parent of the groom. Our son and now daughter-in-law told us they had this great band. They UNDERSOLD them. They were fantastic. They really drove the event, had everyone up and dancing from the get go, and were extremely cooperative and helpful. If you get them at your or your family's event you are in excellent hands. I'd hire them again in a minute.