They were absolutely outstanding at our wedding this past July, and we cannot recommend them strongly enough.
Those who’ve been to at least a few weddings with live bands will appreciate how important the band is to the energy and atmosphere...
of the reception. A great wedding band is truly memorable, setting the stage for the whole evening, making every moment pop, getting people up out of their seats with a collective feeling of joy and energy and vigor.
By that measure, Code Bleu is a great wedding band.
They absolutely nailed the song for our first dance, which was “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran. The song has a gorgeous finger-picked guitar riff that Sean got exactly right, and they also made sure to maintain the same tempo as the studio recording, which made it a lot easier for my wife and I to get through our choreographed dance.
The feedback from our guests was unanimous: the band was incredible. Everyone was blown away. To quote one of them: “They did songs that your grandparents will love, they did songs that teenagers will love, and everything in between.” More than one guest told me that at points during the evening they assumed the band had taken a break and put on a studio-recorded track, only to turn around and be surprised to see that it was in fact the band playing the song live.
Ours’ was also a crowd that had plenty of musically proficient individuals with discerning ears. One of the groomsmen is an outstanding guitarist in his own right, and he was totally blown away by Sean, finding himself zoning out for minutes at a time listening to a couple of his solos.
Code Bleu gave us confidence throughout the whole process. My wife and I invested a great deal of time and energy in picking a band; we read a lot of reviews and went to a lot of showcases. There were a few things that stood out about Code Bleu from the start.
The first thing is that the whole band sings. This is an easy thing to undervalue, but it gives them a ton of flexibility: the sax player sings Latin songs, the keys guy is a dead ringer for Billy Joel, the drummer does Dave Matthews—and then you’ve got also got dedicated vocalists. With most of the other bands we saw, the lead vocals did all the singing—maybe one or two of the musicians sang a bit of backup—and as a consequence they were more limited in the types of songs they could really nail.
It was also reassuring to my wife and me that the band members are consistent. Many of the other bands we saw were a rotating cast: on the day we saw them, they had one or two outstanding talents, but couldn’t guarantee that they’d be part of the ensemble for our wedding months later, because at any point they might leave for a different opportunity. Code Bleu seems almost like a family—they’ve been together for many years, and they seem genuinely to love what they do. You know what you’re getting with them, and Sean himself is a warm, passionate and patient professional that never gives you any reason to doubt that they’re going to deliver an incredible performance.
They do a great job with arrangements, and know how to use technology to produce an authentic sound. They know how to read a room and make sure everyone is up and engaged and having a good time. And they also know how to make sure that the focus and spotlight is on the bride and groom, and how not to make the show about themselves.
So, again: if they’re available, book them.