About this Vendor
“Entertainment that’s something special”
“The Special Edition Band” authentically and powerfully performs a vast repertoire ranging from current Pop-dance hits, to Rock, Country, Latin and Jazz, and will customize our music to fit each event, client and venue. We deliver everything with extreme attention to detail and client service.
$$ – Affordable
Cello, Guitar, Keyboard, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Classical, Country, Disco, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Klezmer, Latin, World Music
After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding
Live Music, MC Services, Recorded Music, Sound Equipment, Music, Equipment, Rentals + Equipment
The Special Edition Band was incredible! Booking them was one of the best decisions of our wedding. Working with John was so easy. The process was absolutely seamless and he was very receptive to any song suggestions and styles we selected. I realized about half-way through the actual wedding that there weren't any slow songs being played--and then I realized it was because I hadn't requested any! It actually worked out incredibly well. The band even learned a semi-slow song (Baby, I'm Amazed) for our last dance and performed it flawlessly. We also used the Special Edition Band for the ceremony (string quartet) and cocktail hour (jazz trio). They were great for all three pieces, even going to extra lengths to have the main singer come early for a beautiful Ave Maria during the ceremony. So many of our friends and family commented on how fantastic the band was. We even had people comment that they'd never seen so much dancing at a wedding before (which is exactly what we were going for). The transitions between the band's sessions and breaks was also seamless--the dancing never stopped! We had no stage at our venue, so the ceremony band performed on the same level as the dancers. This was great because the horns could work their way through the dance floor, the singers could walk around and give our friends and family solos, and even the people at tables got involved when the bassist walked around and jammed with them. Every single member of the band was incredible! Overall, the night was fantastic thanks to this fantastic band. Do yourself a favor and spend the night rocking with this stellar crew!
Perfect Wedding Band!Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Erin K
The Special Edition Band is an incredible band and put on an awesome performance for our wedding reception! Everyone was dancing the entire time, and the band added so much fun to our reception! John and the band were so great to work with and wanted to provide exactly what we envisioned for our wedding reception. They really took the time to understand what we wanted and also provided professional advice and had great recommendations! I would definitely recommend The Special Edition Band for anyone's wedding reception!
The Special Edition BandReviewed on 9/29/2014 Claudia C
We hired The Special Edition Band after watching them play at Sambuca Uptown Dallas. We had seen many other bands, but they blew us away! I cannot say enough wonderful things about them. John Adams was a dream to work with, he was always available no matter what, via phone, text and e-mail, always prompt throughout the whole process. His patience and professionalism are astounding! Always welcomed our input and suggestions, and offered the knowledgeable advice of an obviously seasoned veteran in the industry. There is nothing they can't handle! My husband and I had a particular song in mind for our first dance as a married couple, which was not on their song list. They ended up learning the exact version we wanted and NAILED IT! They blew us away!! The whole band just rocked it out the entire night and had the most amazing energy. It was one of the best highlights of our wedding to say the least! They kept the dance floor full the entire time. Our guests are still complementing them and talking about how every song they played sounded like they were listening to the actual artist! John even helped us find and book an additional band. We wanted a great Latin band to throw some latin beats in the mix. Our expectations were high and specific. He ended up finding Havana NRG as our supplemental band, after researching and contacting many other bands in that genre. They too were incredible, high energy and beyond what we ever expected! Guests of all backgrounds were dancing away the whole time they played! John even played in,and coordinated, our ceremony trio, it was exactly what we envisioned. They really took it to the next level!! They went above and beyond our expectations. Last but not least, we also wanted an acoustic guitarist to play as we made our exit, and our guests began to leave the reception. The guitarist was outstanding and really kept the mood going even after all was said and done. I could go on about them forever because they were honestly the best of the best in every regard. Future brides, if you want incredible music you and your guests will enjoy and talk about for days to come, not to mention the smoothest process and value from the best and easiest people to work with in the industry, The Special Edition is your go to band. Thank you guys for making the best night of our lives that much more amazing!!! Can't wait to see them in action again, we can't get enough.
We really enjoyed having The Special Edition Band at our wedding! They did an AMAZING job keeping the dance floor going and entertaining everyone! The MC did great too! We had guests commenting how awesome the band was and how much fun they had! Their music selection was good, but could use a few more country songs for us country folks! :) The only reason I give 4 stars is because communication on the front end was a little frustrating/pushy sometimes. We were trying to make sure a larger band would work with our venue and some emails back and forth were unprofessional. We felt the bands frustration with the venue rolling over to us, but it was something out of our control. They took care of it in the end and everything worked out great! I would use them again for sure!
The Special Edition Band played for the Dallas CASA Young Professional Fundraiser, CASAblanca. They were extremely high energy, got the crowd dancing and having fun from the very beginning. John was great to work with prior and during the event. He managed the breaks and timing really well with what our event called for. The musicians were fantastic! Every single one of them was so talented. Our guests were so impressed by how professional and upbeat they were the entire evening! I would highly recommend the Special Edition Band for corporate, weddings or really any event you want guests to have a great time at!
We loved Special Edition Band! We had so many people ask for their contact information at the end of the night. They played a great mix of music and kept the crowd on the dance floor!
The Special Edition Band was a GREAT band for our daughter's wedding reception! Not only was John very easy to work with in the planning stages, but the music and interaction at the event was just right. They are very accommodating to music styles, requests, and preferences, and brought a lot of fun energy to the celebration. We'd definitely hire them again if we had another daughter!
We loved having the Special Edition Band at our wedding! You can't beat the quality of entertainment for this price! Amazing!
Best decision my dad ever made for my wedding! :-) The Special Edition band was AMAZING! Not only are they all extremely talented, they are SO MUCH FUN! I loved how they were so animated and engaged with the crowd. I can't recommend them enough!!
John Adams and the Special Edition Band were absolutely fantastic!! I cannot rave about them enough. Throughout the whole process, John was the epitome of professional. We used their 3-piece jazz trio for our cocktail reception, and the full 10-piece band for our main reception. They have such a huge range of genres- and were able to customize their sets based on our music preferences- for us, that was Motown, Funk, 80s, and top-40. I also told them in advance that I wanted to surprise my new husband by singing a special rendition of "At Last" with the band, and they gladly obliged! It turned out to be a really wonderful moment that my hubby says is his favorite memory of our whole wedding day! They were so incredibly fun, I never left the dance floor the whole night! For that matter, the majority of our guests never left the dance floor either. And toward the end of the night, as everyone was getting rowdy, they left the main area of the stage and weaved through the dance floor, singing and playing their instruments up-close and personal with the guests. Everyone still raves about how fun our wedding band was, and how it was truly a non-stop party. They went above and beyond, and I would recommend them to anyone looking to blow their wedding reception out of the park with great music!
IF YOU WANT THE RECEPTION OF YOUR DREAMS, THEN THIS IS THE BAND FOR YOU!!! We had nearly 350 guests ranging from all ages and every one was up on the dance floor loving the live music!! This is the perfect band to get every one up out of their seats and out on the dance floor! ALSO, their emcee services and ability to make the event flow so naturally is wonderful. They paid close attention to our timeline and were able to direct the party when needed! Do not hesitate, call John and book SEB ASAP!
John and the Special Edition Band were an amazing addition to our wedding reception. They were very courteous and professional, and were a huge hit with everyone at the wedding. They played exactly the type of music that we requested and made sure that the dance floor was never empty. We can't recommend them highly enough!
We booked The Special Edition for our wedding in May and could not have been happier with what they provided. They did our ceremony music, cocktail music as well as were our band during the reception. My husband and I just wanted to have an amazing party and Special Edition really helped us achieve this with up-beat fun music all night. Additionally, my father and husband played a song during the reception (husband sang and played the guitar, father played the drums) and they were incredibility accommodating for that unique performance. I also researched a variety of bands in Dallas and The Special Edition is by far the BEST deal around with all of the music the played for us.
We first saw this band a few years back at a wedding reception and my husband then said " if we ever need a band this is the band I want". So when planning for my husband 60th birthday party my mission was to secure this band. Luckily the band was available and made the party a huge success! We continue to get comments on how great the band was!
The Special Edition Band played our wedding back in April 2015, and I cannot say enough great things about them. All of our guests raved about their performances, from the jazzy cocktail hour, to the softer songs played during dinner, and the rocking party hits that got everyone dancing! They even agreed to learn my special request for our first dance, and let my husband and his best man play a song with them at the reception. Another nice gesture that I'll never forget is when we were running behind schedule a little at the reception, John came to find me to ask which songs left on the list I would prefer they play to close out the night. It was a huge success and nobody wanted the night to end because everyone was having a blast on the dance floor. If you're looking for a high energy, crowd-pleasing wedding band, look no further. The Special Edition Band is talented, professional, and an all-around great choice.
Special Edition was one of the best choices for my wedding! They were incredibly entertaining and very engaging with my guests! It truly made the reception unforgettable! They provided me with a large band while keeping their pricing reasonable! If I had to do it again, I would easily choose Special Edition!
Special Edition BandReviewed on 1/19/2016
Special Edition is "special". Next to the couple, the band is the next most important element for a great reception. They rocked it. Everyone (including them) didn't want to leave! Really a great wedding band. Thank you.
The Special Edition!Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Elizabeth B
Our friends and family will not stop talking about The Special Edition Band! They took initiative to get out into the crowds and include our guests of all ages! They have a great energy and a powerful presentation! They provided timely correspondence and took the time to tailor the music pieces to our recommendations! They helped create memories with our guests I will never forget!
R-O-C-K-I-N-G ReceptionReviewed on 10/29/2015
Heard about The Special Edition Band and went to preview them at Sambuca in Uptown Dallas. They were great and so impressive that the bride’s Mom booked them for the wedding reception in August. The wedding reception was a blast and the band kept the guests up on their feet and dancing the entire time. The band kept the party flowing by announcing all of the events and getting off the stage to play, sing and dance with the guests. Erin and Andrew had a great reception and The Special Edition Band kept the party R O C K I N G from the instrumentals during the cocktail hour, the bridal party introductions, the entire reception, and through to the final private dance for the bride and groom.
Erin & Andrew Wedding Reception 8-1-2015Reviewed on 10/27/2015
We want to thank John and The Special Edition Band for the outstanding performance at Erin and Andrew’s wedding reception this summer at Arlington Hall. John was great to work with and the band set the tone and atmosphere for the celebration we were looking for. From the announcements, to the special dances, to the party dancing, the band members worked great together, energized the crowd, and added to the happiness that filled the room that day. We received so many compliments from our guests about how great the band was and how much fun they added to the celebration. We could not be happier with our choice of The Special Edition Band, and highly recommend them for anyone’s wedding reception. Thank you very much for a professional and wonderful performance! Chris and Beverly Plano, TX
The Special Edition BandReviewed on 10/21/2015
The Special Edition Band was one of the most incredible bands I've hired for any major event. The band manager John Adams was the upmost professional throughout the contract process. They were willing to play whatever we asked from a list of their songs. By the way they are one of the most versatile bands I've hired or listened to for a major event like ours. The band members demonstrated a high-level of energy throughout the night. My 110 guests could not have commented enough times how much they enjoyed The Special Edition Band. My final comment is to emphasize that this band is one of the most versatile bands you could ever hire for a wedding, reunion or a party in the DFW area. I cannot thank John and the rest of the band for putting on the most incredible show for my guests this past Saturday night. Thanks John. I can't wait to hire you for my next major event.
I cannot say enough about The Special Edition Band. I knew I wanted a band over a DJ, but they went above and beyond my expectations. I believe music can make or break a wedding reception and I wanted our reception to be a giant dance party. It was just that and so much more. I truly think it was everyone's favorite part- the dance floor was packed the entire evening! Kids, grandparents, wallflowers, EVERY ONE was having a blast. Words cannot begin to describe the fun vibe they brought to my wedding. Both professional and passionate in what they do- they go above and beyond. If you want to invest in something that you are sure will not disappoint- book this band. Our reception will forever be one of the most fun nights of my life and I owe a large part of that memory to The Special Edition. THANK YOU!!
Wedding BandReviewed on 10/07/2015 Matt R
The Special Edition band did a great job at our wedding. John was so easy and excellent to work with! They made our wedding so fun! The only complaint I would have is that one of their singers mispronounced my name(several times) towards the end of the night (and it is not a difficult name). Other than that, they were wonderful!!
Great NightReviewed on 9/13/2015 Emily H
The Special Edition Band provided just the right music, tempo and energy for our August wedding reception. The band was willing to work with us on music selection, announcements, and setup. We heard Special Edition in a variety of venues prior to selecting them, and we felt confident the band would match our setting and desired "vibe" for the evening with music, dress, and atmosphere. The rather large reception for people of all ages was fun, and Special Edition offered something everyone could enjoy, especially the bride and groom!
The Special Edition Band was the perfect entertainment for our wedding reception. They had fun with the guests and the guests had fun with them - we received so many compliments! They learned several special request songs, including the Beer Barrel Polka as a tribute to my husband's Czech family. John was awesome to work with. He made things easy for us and was also able to coordinate a ceremony string quartet and a cocktail hour jazz trio for us. Highly recommended.
Meet The Owner
An accomplished acoustic and electric bassist, John Adams is one of the Southwest's most in-demand jazz, pop and studio musicians. He formed and has managed Special Edition since 2005. He holds two degrees from the University of North Texas, where he also served as the jazz bass professor for ten years. John has backed stars such as Mel Torme and Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman, Randy Brecker, Joe McBride, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Marvin Stamm and others. His broad musical background has also included extensive church, orchestral, and show work, including The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.