ABOUT THE GROUP
The William Foley Group plays music that bridges the gap between pop, jazz, classical and singer/song writer styles. We are not stuck in a genre. Whether it's a Chopin waltz played in a jazz style or a Beatles tune played in a whole new way, what you will hear creates a delightful and fresh ambiance. Many of the songs you know and love are arranged in a distinctive way that adds a level of sophistication to your event. The William Foley Group has been performing in the nationally for 30 years. Mr. Foley is a graduate of the jazz studies at the University of North Texas. He has also studied in New York City with Kenny Werner and at Columbia University in New York City.
YOU WON'T FIND THIS MUSIC ANYWHERE ELSE
Most groups play the same old songs in the same way. Mr. Foley is not only an arranger that can bring new energy to a standard, pop or classical tune, he is also a composer. He has written many beautiful songs that can be inserted into a set of music that adds a unique flavor. Some are heroic movie themes. Others are up beat funky tunes or engaging pop ballads. Some of these songs might work very well to introduce a person, a couple or to give emphasis to an announcement. Also, Mr. Foley can compose a song for a specific purpose for the event.
HOW BIG IS YOUR EVENT and WHAT SIZE BAND DO YOU NEED?
Are you a couple wanting to hear private solo piano music? Or maybe you are the point person for your company and want music for a corporate event for 500+ people. Whatever the size of the group I can provide you with the highest quality music in many settings:
* Solo Piano
* Piano, Vocal Duo
* Piano, Cello Duo
* Piano, Sax Duo
* Piano, Guitar Duo
* Piano, Bass Duo
* Piano, Bass, Drums Trio
* Piano, Bass, Drums, Vocalist Quartet
* Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar Quartet
* Piano, Bass, Drums, Sax Quartet
* Piano, Bass, Drums, Sax, Vocalist Quintet
* Piano, Bass, Drums, Sax, Trumpet Quintet
* Piano, Bass, Drums, Sax, Trumpet, Vocalist Sextet
* Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Cello, Violin, Vocalist Septet
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
When playing a private function the most important thing for a bandleader is to be keenly aware. This means that if we need to start a few minutes early, we do so. It means I check with the client to see if our volume is right. It means playing a longer set if it's going to help the flow of the event. And it means being in good communication before the event so everything goes smoothly.
William Foley has a very special touch on the piano. Aside from playing many standards and pop tunes he has a solo CD of original compositions that are sometimes inserted into the music he provides to his clients. These are intriguing compositions that take you on a journey and delightfully surprise you. With a keen interest in harmony and strong melodies that take you places, William Foley's compositions defy easy classification. Evocative and soul-stirring, with jazz and classical influences, each piece leads listeners on a journey deep within. The melodies invite resonance along the full spectrum of feeling, from quiet melancholy to expansive joy, grief and sorrow to serene awareness. Like life itself, the music is filled with twists and turns, modulations and unexpected directions. Above all, it fosters greater exploration of the human experience by conveying listeners to sacred places forgotten or never before encountered.
The William Foley Group only uses the best players. This may sound like a commonly used statement but it's a fact. These players have appeared on radio shows like What Do You Know or playing in groups like Polyphonic Spree. Adding an original composition into a set of cover songs here and there adds a dimension to the music that you won't hear anywhere else.
Whether you're hosting an intimate gathering, a private celebration, or a corporate function, William Foley's music will inspire and enliven your event, providing your guests an impressive experience they are sure to savor and remember. Attention to detail and sensitivity to the flow and needs of an event are or paramount importance to Mr. Foley.
The Beatles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Steely Dan, Carol King, Led Zeplin, Yes, Nat King Cole, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Keith Jarrett, African Pop Music, Salsa Music, Classical Music, World Music
Birthday Party (Adults) in Dallas, TX on 02/23/2013
"Will and his bandmates were fantastic! They provided the perfect amount of fun and sophistication at my cocktail party. I would most definitely recommend them and plan to use them again!
- Ashley M.
Wedding Ceremony in Dallas, TX on 06/22/2013
"William did a good job of copying an arrangement of a song we found on YouTube, and the music went smoothly for the wedding ceremony. He is a talented pianist. The cellist he arranged to have play was also talented, but should have played louder or had a mic, as he was hard to hear during the ceremony. This could have been determined at the rehearsal, but that person did not attend the rehearsal. We were informed after the contract was signed that the cellist would not be at the rehearsal. These details should be clarified in future contracts."
- Emily T.
William Foley Group’s Response:
"I was very pleased with how the music for this wedding went. The cellist I contracted is one of the best in the DFW area. At the sound check for the wedding in the small chapel the sound man and the wedding coordinator of the church both thought there was no need for a mic on the cello. I had asked them TWICE if they thought people could hear the cello well enough and they said YES. The cellist played flawlessly. It was never stated in the contract that the cellist would be at the rehearsal. The bride told me I didn't need to be at the rehearsal but I insisted on going. I rehearsed with the cellist a day before the wedding. The music was beautiful."
In addition to Dallas, William Foley Group will also travel to Coppell, Irving, Lewisville, Grapevine, Richardson, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Addison, Euless, Southlake, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Bedford, Roanoke, The Coloney, Lake Dallas, Hurst, Plano, Arlington, Argyle, Grand Prairie, Denton, Keller, Little Elm, Frisco, Garland, Allen, Haslet, Justin
and many other locations in and around the Dallas area.
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