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, Klezmer, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock, World Music
After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding
Live Music, MC Services, Recorded Music, Sound Equipment, Music, Equipment, Rentals + Equipment
We absolutely LOVE the Special Edition Band! We had them do a full music package for our wedding with string quartet for the ceremony, jazz ensemble for the cocktail hour, and full band for the reception. From meeting John and the group initially to our sendoff on our wedding day, they exceeded our expectations. John was professional, thorough in all of our correspondence, and accommodating of our requests leading up to the big day. On our wedding day, they nailed it. The string quartet played beautifully, the volume was perfect for cockail hour and dinner, and they had all of our guests on the dance floor after dinner. The band was so engaging, with various members playing on the dance floor throughout the night. Our guests can't stop raving about how great our band was, and the music is definitely one of my favorite parts of the day. When we were selecting our band, one of the things that really set Special Edition apart from other groups was how much fun they have with the crowd. We saw them twice before selecting them; on both occasions, they were playing at seemingly sleepy suburban/strip mall bars but still had everyone in the bar on their feet. There was so much energy, and you can tell they're having a great time. We're looking forward to the next time we hear them play! The other thing that really set them apart was their experience level. They've been in the industry quite a while, and their experience shows. They knew how to handle the different stages of the reception and could accommodate all of our requests (a special arrangement for the ceremony, having the horns play us out for our sendoff, first dance song). I hope this helps others in their band selection! This was one of the most important decisions for us, as we really wanted to have an awesome dance party for our reception. We are so glad we decided to go with Special Edition.
We honestly cannot say enough amazing things about The Special Edition Band!! We went with our gut based on how responsive and easy to work with John was, and we definitely made the perfect choice in our wedding band! Dealing with John and the rest of the band was a breeze which was appreciated throughout a crazy wedding planning process! They graciously learned our first dance song and did an incredible job! Once the party got going they knew how to keep people on their feet and dancing!! We had so many people coming up to us and raving about the band during the wedding and even months after the wedding. We would highly recommend The Special Edition Band to anyone who wants people to be on the dance floor the whole night! Oh and can't forget that they were nice enough to let my brother surprise me with a song, as well as, letting me and my husband join them on stage which was so much fun!! The band worked the dance floor and interacted with our guests which was also a major highlight! Seriously can't say enough good things about this band!! Hands down the best wedding band in DFW! Thank you to The Special Edition Band for making our wedding so fun!!!
We got married in at the Lonestar Mansion in February 2017 and hired The Special Edition Band for our ceremony and reception music performances. The best way to describe this band is... AMAZING! John is readily available to answer all your questions or concerns via email or phone. Not only was he very accommodating, he is also a perfectionist and has every detail ironed out so you don't have to worry about anything on your big day! The performances were so energetic and entertaining. The band even took the time to learn our first dance song and it sounded even better than the recording! All members of the band were so interactive... they even had my 83 year old grandma on the dance floor singing Journey into the microphone. They made sure every seat was empty & everyone was out on the dance floor. The guests who were unable to get to the dance floor got a special treat when they were serenaded at their table by the singers, saxophone & horns and even John on the bass. Not to mention they sounded amazing and played all the classics as well as the latest chart toppers so their selection appealed to all ages! During their breaks they kept the party alive by playing tracks from one of the genres of our choosing. We had a wedding of just under 200 people and every person we talked to mentioned the band was one of the best they have ever seen! We have been trying to come up with another excuse to hire them again... hoping for my sister to get married soon... I would definitely work with Special Edition again and have already recommended them to all my newly engaged friends! If you're trying to decide between a band and a DJ... There is NO comparison! It is definitely worth cutting costs in other areas to make fun memories with this unforgettable band. People will forget your flowers and your place settings, but they will ALWAYS remember the great time they had spinning around on dance floor for hours. You will not be disappointed with Special Edition's professionalism, quality and electric performances! <3
We thank “The Special Edition Band” from the depths of our hearts!! We received so many compliments from our guests about the quality of music and the band members’ interactions with the guest. “The Special Edition Band” brought the house down! The entire band and crew were extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. We could not be happier with our choice to have “The Special Edition Band” as “our wedding band”. The entire night was full of energy and the dance floor was full with guests of all ages, just as we had dreamed, it seemed as though each song that was played was everybody's favorite! Our guests were wowed and many told us that “The Special Edition Band” was the best live band they'd ever heard! I can easily state that “The Special Edition Band” far exceeded our expectations by creating an excellent experience for us and our guests. They responded to changes with flexibility and optimism concerning time constraints and there was always a clear line in communication which was supported by professional business ethics. “The Special Edition Band” is Our Favorite Band HANDS DOWN!!!! Rodney & Lanecia
I highly recommend the Special Edition Band! John Adams is a true professional and was a pleasure to work with. From our first correspondence last spring to the bride and groom sendoff after the reception in December, John and the Special Edition Band delivered in all aspects. As FOB I was not present to hear the jazz ensemble during the cocktail hour but I understand from our guests that the music was thoroughly enjoyed. The full band's performance for dancing was outstanding. The band did an excellent job providing master of ceremony duties when needed thereby keeping the night's festivities on schedule. John put together an excellent playlist including the bride and grooms favorites and the band performed flawlessly. I continue to hear from guests how great a night it was and the Special Edition Band played a large role in making it so. The greatest compliment I can give .... knowing that the bride and groom were thrilled and will have so many wonderful memories of their special night. Thank you John and the Special Edition Band!
John and The Special Edition Band were amazing! We hired them for our wedding on December 2nd in Fort Worth. People were dancing the entire night and having a great time. Even my father-in-law got out there and he's not a dancer! I am still being told by our guests how much they loved the band. They played great songs for all generations. We were so pleased! John and his team even played 3 specially requested songs for us. We ended our night with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and then they played us out to "Boomer Sooner." It was a truly magical evening. If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and you're looking for a band, look no further. You will not be disappointed with The Special Edition Band. They were fabulous and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Trust me, you won't regret it. Thanks again, Special Edition Band!
We attended a wedding three years ago and danced the night away to the Special Edition Band! We left knowing we wanted the band to play at Emily's wedding some day! John Adams was one of our first calls when she got engaged. The wedding ceremony/reception included the John Adams String Quartet, cocktail hour with their Jazz Trio and then the reception. We started early and rocked the night away! The Special Edition Band played every song and more. Everyone loved the band and had such a wonderful time. Thank you for making the day so special!
The Special Edition Band gave it all for our daughter's New York meets Texas wedding under a tent at a Texas ranch on the Red River. Despite the July heat and an unexpected Texas lightening show the band managed to have 300 people up on their feet dancing and celebrating the whole night. Talented, smart, professional, intuitive and really fun......they know what music to choose, when to play it, how to engage the group and how to add that spark to bring out the party animal hiding within even the most reticent guests. So, if you want a fabulous celebration book the band. Give them some input and give them some leeway and let them make their magic. You will not be disappointed. Guaranteed. With over 100 New Yorkers at the wedding one question we are hearing ......Would they travel to New York?
I am from New York, however we got married north of Dallas on a family property. The Special Edition Band COULD NOT have been better! We have not spoken to a single wedding guest (a range of ages!) who hasn't absolutely raved about the band. So many of our guests from all around the country have inquired about their contact info (which we have happily shared!) John and the rest of his incredibly talented musicians brought a tremendous amount of positive energy, fun, vibrancy, professionalism, and genuine craft to our event. From the first time I emailed John, all the way up to the event, our communications were seamless, and John was a pleasure to work with. The dance floor was not empty from the SECOND they started playing. It almost seemed as if the wedding attendees weren't going to let them leave at the end of the night. They did a superb job introducing the different people and parts of the wedding and absolutely could not have handled the flow and feel of the overall party timeline better. We also appreciated and loved the jazz trio that they played at our cocktail hour. I actually feel as if my review could go on and on and on..... there are just so many positive and amazing things to say. There are clearly SO MANY reasons to hire the Special Edition Band! A huge thank you to John and his brilliant crew :)
The special edition band made my wedding even more special! I got so many compliments on how amazing our wedding band was. Not only do they sound good, but they also engage with the people there. They come off stage and dance with the audience and let the little babies strum the bass guitar. They are truly awesome! I hope I can see them perform again somewhere, perhaps at one of my friend's weddings! HIRE THEM!
The Special Edition Band did an incredible job at our wedding. We had about 225 guests and the band was able to keep the energy high the entire night. We had SO MANY people on the dance floor and I had countless guests tell me how much they loved our wedding band! The Special Edition Band was great to work with and very professional, we were so happy we chose them and would recommend them to any couple getting married!
The Special Edition Band played at our daughter's wedding at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas this past March. The wedding ceremony was held in one-half of the grand ballroom, and then the room was transformed to a reception during the cocktail hour. The band also provided a jazz combo to play during the cocktail hour. They did a great job, and everyone enjoyed themselves. The dance floor was always packed, and the only regret our daughter and son-in-law had was not having more time to dance! We also hired one of the band's female vocalists, Tiffany Hales, to sing during the ceremony, and she did a beautiful rendition of Be Thou My Vision. Both John Adams and Tiffany were so nice to work with during the planning process. If you want a really fun evening, filled with great music and talented musicians, The Special Edition Band is a GREAT choice, and well-worth the money!
Hi, to everyone looking for a band! My name is Armando Trevino and my NOW WIFE Shannon Trevino got married May 20, 2017. One of our decisions we had to make was to chose between a band or d.j. We of course chose a band and that was The Special Edition Band. We couldn't of picked a better band for our Special Day. These guys and gals make everyone stand up and dance even the oldies sitting in the back, falling asleep...We had everything from Bruno Mars, Frank Sinatra to Polka and we wanted more. I'm giving these guys a 5 star rating and would recommend them for your next event or wedding! Thanks Special Edition Band and thanks to John Adams with all the arranging of the music and then killing it on stage. -The Trevino's
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! the interaction with the crowd really had everyone dancing; even the ones who dont normally dance. makes for great photos! Also their singing and song selection is absolutely incredible. Totally recommend for any couple wanting a live band; Special Edition it is! Aaron and I completely loved you guys, thank you so much for creating such a wonderful atmosphere for us and our guests!
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.
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!
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.