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Wedding To Remember

Band leaders offer variety for weddings

Most weddings feature more than an organist playing old standards like "The Wedding March" and "Here Comes the Bride." The happy couple usually hires a band to perform at the reception as well.

Three bands that regularly play weddings in the area are listed below:

Jazz Workshop - This five-piece band from Sunnyvale has been together for almost five years now. The group plays 10-15 weddings per year, traveling as far as Sacramento.

The band specializes in jazz, of course, but also plays classical, light rock, swing and standards.

"We do a little of everything," said band leader Clay Buckley, a former Los Altos resident. "We play songs from the 1940s to the '80s."

The Jazz Workshop features Carl Rosenblum, formerly of The Platters, on vocals and guitar. Buckley plays electric bass. The band also consists of a keyboard player, drummer and a saxophone player.

The group charges $850 for four hours. For more information, call (408) 739-2788.

Swing Shift - Based in Mountain View, this nine-piece band has been together for more than 20 years. Swing Shift plays approximately 12 weddings every year in spots throughout the Bay Area.

The band's forte is big band music of the 1930s and '40s. This includes hits from Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

"We make music that gets people to dance and have fun," said band leader Conrad Eaton, a Mountain View resident.

Eaton plays saxophone, while other group members play trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums. Swing Shift doesn't feature a vocalist, but can add one on request.

The band charges a flat fee that ranges between $995-1,295, depending on how far it has to travel. For more information, call 967-4199.

The No Mercy Band - This San Mateo-based band ranges from six to nine pieces and was founded nearly 20 years ago. No Mercy performs at approximately 30 weddings annually. It also plays regular gigs around the Bay Area, including a stop at the Los Altos Bar and Grill once or twice a year.

The band plays an array of tunes: jazz, swing, Motown, blues, Top 40, ska and disco.

"We've been playing a lot of ska and '70s disco lately," said band leader Michael Luzzi. "That's really big right now."

No Mercy features a male and female singer, plus musicians on guitar, bass, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Luzzi is one of two saxophone players in the band, and his 17-year-old son, Mike, plays trumpet.

The group charges a flat fee, anywhere between $1,500-$3,000. For more information, call 591-8608.

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