Occasional Brass & Strings provides a vibrant and fun set of ensembles, ranging from duo to quintet. Based in Boston, we are as comfortable playing Bach, Handel, and Mozart as we are Scott Joplin, Count Basie, The Beatles, Coldplay, and more!
String and Brass ensembles provide the perfect music for weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, corporate events, religious services, graduations, etc. We specialize in trios, quartets, and quintets for outdoor weddings and cocktail hours. Need a custom ensemble? We can provide a soloist, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet with just about any combination of trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, harp, sax...the possibilities are endless.
Contemporary arrangements include Coldplay (Viva La Vida, Fix You), U2 (All I Want Is You, Beautiful Day), Queen (Somebody To Love, Bohemian Rhapsody), Rascal Flatts (Bless The Broken Road), Taylor Swift (You Belong With Me), Journey (Don't Stop Believin'), Pearl Jam (Even Flow), AC/DC (You Shook Me All Night Long), Madonna (Like A Prayer, Rain), Michael Bouble (Haven't Met You Yet), Harry Connick (It Had To Be You), Van Morrison (Brown-Eyed Girl), The Beatles (All You Need Is Love, When I'm 64, Hey Jude, Ob La Di), Shania Twain (From This Moment On), and so much more.
We have musicians in and around Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod (MA), Newport (RI), Portland (ME), and Hartford (CT) - this cuts down on travel fees! Call or email today for a free price quote.
Children's Birthday Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
A Day in the Life of a FoolSigman/Bonfa
Accidentally in LoveCounting Crows
Across The UniverseLennon/McCartney
After You've GoneLayton
Ain't Misbehavin'Fats Waller
Air from Water MusicHandel
Air on the G StringBach
All I Ask Of YouPhantom of the Opera
All I Want Is YouU2
All of YouCole Porter
All You Need Is LoveLennon/McCartney
Annie's SongJohn Denver
Arioso in DBach
Arrival of the Queen of ShebaHandel
Autumn LeavesJohnny Mercer
Basin Street BluesTraditional
Beale Street BluesHandy
Begin the BeguineCole Porter
Bess You Is My Woman NowGeorge Gershwin
Beyond The SeaBobby Darin
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)Richards/Jagger/Ashcroft
Bless The Broken RoadRascal Flatts
Bourbon Street ParadeBarbarin
Bridal Chorus from LohengrinWagner
Brown Eyed GirlJim Morrison
Bye Bye BlackbirdHenderson
Canon in DPachelbel
Dirty WaterThe Standells
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From MeDuke Ellington
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New OrleansLange/Alter
Dog Gone BluesTraditional
Don't Stop Believin'Journey
Even FlowPearl Jam
Ev'ry Time We Say GoodbyeCole Porter
Fanfare from OrfeoMonteverdi
Finale from Water MusicHandel
Fly Me To The MoonBart
From This Moment OnShania Twain
Funky McFunkerson and the Groovetacular StankMacDonald
Georgia on My MindCharles
Grand March from AidaVerdi
How High The MoonLewis
I Am The WalrusLennon/McCartney
I Can See Clearly NowJohnny Nash
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby)McHugh
I Concentrate On YouCole Porter
I Found A New BabyPalmer/Williams
I Get a Kick Out of YouCole Porter
I Love YouCole Porter
I Miss YouIncubus
I Only Want To Be With YouDusty Springfield
I Want To Hold Your HandLennon/McCartney
If It's MagicStevie Wonder
I'm A BelieverThe Monkees
I'm Getting Sentimental Over YouTommy Dorsey
In A Sentimental MoodDuke Ellington
In Your EyesPeter Gabriel
Isn't She LovelyStevie Wonder
It Don't Mean A ThingDuke Ellington
It Had To Be YouJones
It's Alright with MeCole Porter
It's Only A Paper MoonHarold Arlen
I've Got You Under My SkinCole Porter
Jesu Joy of Man's DesiringBach
Joe Avery's PieceTraditional
Just A Closer Walk With TheeGillis
Largo from XerxesHandel
Like A PrayerMadonna
Lil' DarlinNeal Hefti
Lullaby of BirdlandShearing
Maple Leaf RagScott Joplin
May The Circle Be UnbrokenTraditional
Moon RiverHenry Mancini
Mr. BrightsideThe Killers
Need You NowLady Antebellum
Night and DayCole Cole Porter
Over in the GlorylandTraditional
Paragon RagScott Joplin
Pinball WizardThe Who
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I WantThe Smiths
Prayer from Hansel and GretelHumperdink
Prelude to Te DeumCharpentier
Procession of the NoblesRimsky-Korsakov
Royal Garden BluesTraditional
Satin DollDuke Ellington
Seasons of LoveRENT The Musical
Selections from The Sound of MusicRodgers/Hammerstein
Sensation RagScott Joplin
She's Leaving HomeLennon/McCartney
Somebody To LoveQueen
Somewhere Over The RainbowHarold Harold Arlen
St. James InfirmaryTraditional
Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond
Sweet Georgia BrownCasey
Take FiveDave Brubeck
Take The A TrainDuke Ellington
The EntertainerScott Joplin
The PrayerCeline Dion
There Is A Light That Never Goes OutThe Smiths
Tin Roof BluesTraditional
Up Up and AwayWebb
Viva La VidaColdplay
West Side Story SuiteLeonard Bernstein
What A Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
What Is This Thing Called Love?Cole Porter
When I'm 64Lennon/McCartney
When I'm Sixty-FourLennon/McCartney
When The Saints Go Marching InTraditional
Where Sheep May Safely GrazeBach
With a Little Help from My FriendsLennon/McCartney
"Our string trio was fabulous. They played everything from classical to contemporary. We received many guest compliments throughout the night about their talent. They made our wedding so enjoyable! We would recommend them highly!"
- Maura B.
Wedding Ceremony in Newport, RI on 08/24/2013
"I am having trouble dragging my mouse to make sure I give them 5"s on all categories. They were highly professional and all my requests were met. I would recommend them to friends, highly and without hesitation. Sadly, I did not get a chance to meet them as I was in the bridal suite with my daughter and then swept off to take pictures during the cocktail hour."
- Nancy S.
Wedding Ceremony in Exeter, NH on 10/06/2012
"We cannot express in words how appreciative we are to Bryan and Occasional Brass and Strings. Bryan’s help from day one in helping me plan our musical selections for our wedding was superb. He was patient and kind and he coordinated the details so that everything was what I had always dreamed it would be. Bryan was instrumental in making our event such a success is an understatement.
- Erin W.
Wedding in Westerly, RI on 08/08/2008
- Brian T.
Wedding in Needham, MA on 10/25/2008
"I was very pleased with the members of Occasional Brass. They played during the dinner at my Daughter's wedding. The music was perfect.I certainly would recommend them.
We heard from many of our guest how much they enjoyed hearing them play.
- Charlene R.
Wedding in Wrentham, MA on 10/24/2008
"Bryan was incredibly helpful in our decision to book this group. He was prompt and professional regarding all of our requests and was quick to point out any problems he would forsee in our choice of music. The performers sounded excellent and were a fantastic addition to our day! I would recommend this group for any bride!
- Jennifer P.
Wedding in Haverhill, MA on 06/29/2008
"Occasional Brass & Strings were terrific!! They exceeded my expectations for my wedding."
In addition to Boston, Occasional Brass & Strings will also travel to Braintree, Cambridge, Newton, Readville, Brookline Village, Medford, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Wallaston, Watertown, West Medford, Weymouth, Arlington Heights, Holbrook, Melrose, Nonantum, North Quincy, Waverley, Dorchester, East Weymouth, Hyde Park, Mattapan, North Weymouth, Oakdale, South Weymouth, Waltham, Babson Park, Avon, Canton
and many other locations in and around the Boston area.
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