What Would They Know? Quinn McHugh of Club Band

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Choosing a band to play at your wedding is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your wedding day. How do you know if a band is for you? Are the musicians professional and experienced – the cream of the crop? Do you love what you hear at their showcases? Do they give it their all whether playing at events large or small? Quinn of Club Band (Radio Club Band  (QLD), Press Club Band (NSW, NT and TAS), Party Club Band (SA),  Summer Club Band (WA),  Melbourne Club Band (VIC) , Capital Club Band (ACT) shares his excitement and enthusiasm for all things music, his fellow band members and adding to the ‘romance and vitality’ of your wedding day. A great band gets everyone in the party mood and even the most die hard chair sitter will be sure to bust a few moves if the dance floor is infectious! Make it memorable, let your hair down and dance the night away with your guests, celebrating with you at the best party of your lives. Quinn gives us a  peek into Club Band – the fun, the bands’ energy and the best ‘party bangers’ of all time!

What is your role in the Club Band organisation?
Chiefly, I’m one of the band’s singer/guitarists and I regularly perform with the band at weddings and the live showcase nights. I’m also one of the musicians working in the office, assisting brides and grooms with any questions, helping manage their bookings, ensuring we’ve worked out all the fine details before the big day to make the performance its best.

Please describe Club Band.
Club Band is all about offering the best live wedding entertainment there is. Not just cruisy background music, a live party-hard performance that makes the night truly exceptional, by playing exactly the type of music that couples want. The musicians I play with are the best there is – playing with touring bands, at studio sessions, on TV & live stage shows, the top A-list musicians in the country. Musicians who love to play weddings when they’re not on the road or playing festivals!

What sets you apart from other bands?
A few things – dressing sharp, playing the right songs, and engaging our audiences, but mostly, we take pride in our customer service. Every customer is valuable to us and we really want to exceed couple’s expectations. We respond to emails, messages and phone calls quickly, we’re on hand for advice and ideas, and we take the time to meet face to face – our showcase often sees us chatting to couples for hours after the music’s over!

What exciting events have Club Band(s) played at?
They’re all exciting! As a singer, I get really pumped before every show, rocking a wedding of 50 people, or an epic gala dinner with 1000 guests in black tie. It’s all about the crowd interaction, the banter, the coming together & dancing the night away. When it’s not exciting in any setting, I’ll know it’s time to hang up the guitar. (Neveeer!) Together, we’ve shared the stage with some big kahunas, Paul Kelly, Daryl Braithwaite, many more, and of course playing alongside childhood idols is a major buzz but what’s even better is seeing how grounded they are and that they’re just living normal lives like anyone. Separately, our band members have played in touring bands and major festival with indie artists, all the way up to bands you’d know very, very well.

You offer several configurations from a 4 piece band to an 8 piece band. What factors would band size depend on, for a wedding?
The 4 piece is probably the most popular size, so it’s a great combo to rock just about any event, and is flexible in terms of line up. The 4 piece can have brass, keyboards, male and female vocals, it’s very flexible. Depending on the scope of an event, we can add musicians one by one to suit the theme. The 8 piece has it all though. It’s a next-level experience. With the full band, brass section, and male and female vocalists, it’s really something to behold. It adds the magic, the visual spectacle and sense of occasion that lifts the night from truly memorable, to absolutely unforgettable. Sometimes a venue’s size or location means a small band is more appropriate, and we’re always able to customise the line-up as needed.

Are the band members professional musicians?
We’ve got a roster of players that we manage internally, based on availability. Lineups can change a little, but there is no second or third choice – every player is of an absolutely outstanding calibre. A lot of people assume this is so we’re covered if anyone gets sick, which it is, but it’s actually so much more than that! Personally, I love working this way – whether I happen to have Jeremy, Lawrence or Brad on bass with me any given performance, I know they’re going to knock it out of the park. Each has a different chemistry which means the band’s energy stays exciting, live, fresh. It’s how we keep it fun and interesting!

Are there any differences between the bands with the sound/style?
Every performance is different, based on what couples ask us to play. There’s a few songs that seem to always feature (the kind that it would be bizarre if we *didn’t* play them!) I think everyone’s idea of fun is pretty much universal though. There are definitely some Aussie classics and some party bangers showing no signs of going out of style!

How does a bridal couple begin the journey with you in choosing what best suits their needs? Is there a central booking hub and do couples deal with one person from beginning to end?
Couples can check our pricing and availability on our site. This connects them directly with us, the musicians, in helping with their enquiry from start to finish. We love to answer specific questions, we’ve got heaps of experience with weddings. We like to think we’re pretty approachable and normal, even if some of us do sleep past 10am (sorry mum!)

 

Are they able to have the band play for the ceremony as well as the reception?
Yes, we have some cool packages that include acoustic ceremony sets, canapes sets and string quartets, as well as the reception band. They’re very affordable add-ons to the band booking and they’re very popular. Having live music throughout the whole day adds romance and vitality.

How do you help them decide on the music to play for each part of the day? How open are the bands to requests on the night?
Some couples have songs in mind right at the beginning, others haven’t got that far yet. We offer guidance to couples for songs that might suit a particular moment. A ceremony will need special songs for the aisle walk, signing, and recessional, which are often personalised requests. A first dance and father/daughter dance are quite similar, it’s very personal and it’s different for every couple. We encourage requests too, as we want to play what we know our couples (and their guests) will like! And if I get requests from guests on the night, I usually play them, except if I know it will bomb the dance floor!

 If a couple has a preference for a particular singer or musician are you able to arrange this?
Absolutely. Couples often let us know who their favourites are, and we’re honoured to be personally requested. Availabilities can depend on the time of year though, so we recommend couples book us as far in advance as possible.


Where can we view your bands? Do you have showcases or play at venues throughout the home cities?
Yes, one and all are invited and most welcome to come and see us live at our regular showcase. We love to meet engaged couples and talk weddings, and we often play song requests made on the night. It’s a great snapshot of what we do, with some banter, great music, and our personality on display. Our showcases are free events, and are scheduled regularly. Details are on our websites (Radio Club Band  (QLD), Press Club Band (NSW, NT and TAS), Party Club Band (SA),  Summer Club Band (WA),  Melbourne Club Band (VIC) , Capital Club Band (ACT).

 

If I lived in country Australia, will the bands travel to my wedding?
You bet, we absolutely love to travel. If it’s driveable, we can do it. City folks we might be, but we know that our country brothers and sisters wrote the book on how to party and we wouldn’t miss it for the world. We keep a good few country favourites in the repertoire just in case there will be any country fans in the crowd on the night!

What do you love about being a part of Club Band?
I love entertaining a crowd of great people, on behalf of two very special individuals, on a really special day, at a beautiful place, with amazing musicians. I love giving my absolute best to make a couple’s wedding entertainment something they can look back on with pride and happiness.

Thank you Quinn for sharing the story of Club Band. Loving that there is a Club Band in every capital city in Australia, and they’re willing to travel to country locations too – so no-one misses out! To find out more about Radio Club Band  (QLD), Press Club Band (NSW, NT and TAS), Party Club Band (SA),  Summer Club Band (WA),  Melbourne Club Band (VIC) , Capital Club Band (ACT) visit the website.

All images by Photography Club.

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