Weddings and Private Events!

Thank you so much for considering live music at your upcoming event! As a solo artist, I specialize in boutique-style and destination weddings, and intimate events using my acoustic guitar and a loop pedal, vocal percussion and occasionally my upright bass. I enjoy providing the energy and variety of a full band or DJ, but with the pricing and space considerations of a solo performer. Of course, if a larger dance party is in your plans, I also have an amazing assortment of band members I can add, including horns, percussion, and even tropical steel drums depending on your musical preferences.

Photo of Ben dressed in a suit atop Loveland Pass, with snow covered mountains in the background.
Photo: Jordan Voth

My performances are improvised and passionate, shaping themselves in real-time to perfectly suit the setting and your vision, whether that be a romantic and formal acoustic ceremony, relaxing over cocktail hour drinks, or dancing the night away! My services are well suited for clients who are passionate about music, and who are seeking a fun and unique way to enhance their celebration.

I live in Denver, CO, and perform frequently throughout the state, country and internationally for festivals, concerts, private events and weddings. I love to travel, and I love to perform even more, so wherever you might be in your planning, please email for a free quote or with any questions, and let's make some music!

All Private Event Performances Include:

- any requests from my extensive repertoire list
- learning a select few special request songs (ceremony, first dance, etc) and customizing the length and/or lyrical content to your event
- use of wired microphone for speeches, toasts etc.
- option to upgrade to a wireless setup, with lapel mic for officiant and handheld for other speakers
- appropriate "DJ" music during any breaks
- professional sound system (Bose L1 Model II Tower and also a backup system)
- small light setup if needed (2 LED PARs)
- any announcing or MCing that is needed
- multiple equipment setups (if needed for events spread over multiple areas)
- unlimited correspondence (in person, via email or via phone) with the wedding couple and coordinator
- discounts and customized quotes available for mid-week performances and other unique situations; please email for a personalized quote

Ben Hammond Band at a Wedding in Boca Grande, FL. Photo Credit: Swanky Soiree

Quotes from Happy Clients

- Allison H. (The Oaks Club in Sarasota, FL): "When booking music for our wedding, I researched every option available and knew without a doubt that Ben Hammond was the way to go. We had high expectations and he blew them all away. For our ceremony, we had a line of multiple not well-known songs that required perfect timing. Ben performed them flawlessly! They were soft, romantic there weren't any awkward pauses or transitions - it all flowed flawlessly and was perfect.

For our reception we added 3 additional members of his band. The transitions between ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were perfect. His music selection during cocktail hour and reception was great. He was integral to our party and we had so many people mention that it was the best band they had ever heard at a wedding.

Throughout the process Ben was professional and on top of everything. Every time I asked him a question (questions that now seem ridiculous) he was patient with me and said "Don't worry, I've got this." And he did. If you hire Ben, you won't have to worry about a thing. He's professional and knows what he's doing. Hire him and let him do the rest. You won't regret it.

- Dr Christy (Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, IL): "Ben was a great addition to our wedding day. His energy made the night an amazing party and we got so many comments about how incredible the music was. He also helped anywhere he was needed the whole evening from dismissing tables to introducing speeches. He exceeded our expectations and I will recommend him to all family and friends. He sincerely made the day!"

- Elyse E (Gasparilla Inn, Boca Grande, FL): "Hi Ben, THANK YOU! Our biggest, most common compliment has been how awesome you guys were :) So glad we chose you. Enjoy the rest of your travels and good luck in CO!"

- Emilee K. (Streamsong Resort, FL): "Thank you all! Our day was perfect and you and the band were a big hit. Happy New Year!"

- Jennie L. (Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor, ME): "Ben was amazing to work with. He performed songs I chose ahead of time and did a great collection of songs that everyone recognized. We had such a fun dance party at the reception which is exactly what I wanted. I had some musicians in my guest list and he let them sing with him and it was a blast! Thank you Ben for making our day even more special!"

- Jenn W. (Old Town Arlington, VA): "It was an honor having Ben Hammond and his band play at our wedding. Both my husband and I are huge music people and picking music for the wedding was high on our priorities. Ben and his band are on another level compared to other bands you will find that play at weddings. The band plays to the mood and atmosphere of the event, and literally, once dinner was over, the dance party NEVER ended. Everyone even yelled for an encore (which they gladly did) once they stopped playing. Every single person came up to us and told us how great the band was and how did we find such a great band to play at our wedding. Ben and his band are 100% professional and were also very reasonably priced. I fully recommend without hesitation booking this band (quickly) for your wedding or future event."

- Kevin F. (Palmeto, FL): "Hey Ben, it was great having you be a part of the day. It was amazing and you made it all the more special with your playing during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Sara and I are actually planning to head up to NH for one of the shows you're playing up there this summer. Thanks again!"

- Nicole B. (Siesta Key, FL): "Hi Ben! I had many guests tell me how great you were, not surprisingly, and my cousin's husband was here from Rhode Island and told me he has a man crush on you :) LOL your fan base is growing leaps and bounds. You helped make the night beautiful and memorable. I'm sure I will see you for another solid performance soon!"

- Tiff G (Clearwater Beach, FL): "Hey Ben! Thank you so much again for everything. You and your guys were so perfect for our wedding :)"

- Matthew F (Man of Honor, Boettcher Mansion in Golden, CO): "Hi Ben! I just wanted to say what a wonderful job you did at the wedding last weekend and thank you again so much for all of your help with my projector and making the sound [for the video I made of the Bride and Groom] come across amazingly through your great speakers! Thanks again man and good luck with everything in the future, I hope to cross paths again sometime!"

- Sally W (Mother of the Bride, Arvada, CO): "We enjoyed having Ben and his trio (trumpet and rhythm) at this wedding party for my daughter and son in law. Very accomplished musicianship. They provided a wonderful variety of songs and really knew how to engage his audience. Thank you Ben! I'll be recommending you!!"

Comments from Event Planners

- Jordan Johnson, Owner of Moss (Denver, CO): "We had Ben come play recently at Moss Denver and he was awesome! Why book a whole band when you can have Ben? His looping and talent with an array of instruments allows him to play anything from background music to dance party. Ben is a talented musician and a great guy, highly recommended for a wedding or any other special event. The [booking] team is great to work with as well. Cheers, thanks Ben!"

- Ralston's Crossing Event Center (Arvada, CO): "The owner of Ralston's Crossing Event Center, Randy Miller, could not quit raving about your professionalism and your beautiful music, Ben Hammond! Thank you!"

- Anna P of Day Planners (St Petersburg, FL): "Hi Ben, Thank you for the wonderful music last night at the G. wedding. The couple loved it so much! Looking forward to working with you again in the future. Take care, "

- Melanie D of Bay Isle Beach Club (Longboat Key, FL): "Just wanted to let you know you helped make the party a great success! Your professional, yet fun-loving demeanor, ability to perform old favorites along with new classics and the energy to get a large group up & dancing to your music really kept the attendees wanting more, right up until sunset! (I personally haven't danced so much in quite some time!) Thank you again for being such an important part of our gathering! I wish you continued success and will check your schedule for future performances around town! "

- Maggie U of Bay Isle Beach Club (Longboat Key, FL): "Dear Ben, you received nothing but kudos from all our guests. The variety of music satisfied every ones musical tastes. You helped make our party a tremendous success. I danced my feet off and my guests kept saying 'This was the best party we ever had!'. Thanks a million."

Please send me an email with any questions, or to obtain a free quote for live music at your celebration. Also feel free to stop by and see me perform live at a variety of venues. Click to view my online schedule. PS: Some of those performances are flexible dates, so check in before you come, and don't be discouraged if your wedding is one of those days; there may be some options. Thanks!