Straight Ahead helped to make our evening a huge success, we are very happy!
Performed on Four Continents
A New York-Based Dance Band
Performed on Network TV & Broadway
Versatile, Fun, Flexible, Exciting, Energetic, Elegant
Played at The Waldorf, The Four Seasons, Nightclubs and in Concerts
Played with Well-Known Recording Artists, Major Music Acts, Movie Stars
Shows for Royalty and Dignitaries, Family Gatherings, Fundraisers, Weddings, Private & Corporate Events
This band knows how to play a crowd and suit the occasion:
Classic Rock and Motown parties
New Orleans Jazz Tributes
"Yacht Rock" Events
Disco Theme Nights
60's Sock Hops
From corporate event to fundraiser to birthday party, the band strikes just the right tone with a mix of classic and contemporary dance hits, ballads, jazz, big band, and more. Band leaders Donna Harris and John Bauers bring an uncommon commitment to their clientele. Friendly, flexible, supportive, their skills and professionalism put event planner, caterer, and client completely at ease while the band's sense of fun works a contagious effect on the crowd.
“As the bride of Sunday's wedding with Straight Ahead, the band, the music of the night surpassed mine and everyone's dreams! Having a NYC band in upstate New York, the Finger Lakes, or anywhere- this is the one!! And will be one of the best memories of my wedding including their flexibility in working with our unique needs and personal attention to us!! Loved looking up at them on stage and having them in our party. Thanks John, Donna and band!” -Tracy Dedes -BRIDE, NYC
"You guys were great!! Everyone commented on how good you were. Thank you so much for completing our day. Fondly, Joanne (Mizvesky)”
-HOST, Long Island, NY
They have shared the stage with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Conan O'Brien, Paul Shaffer, Bill Murray, Garth Brooks, Enya, Southside Johnny, Tommy Tune, The Lounge Lizards, Gloria Estefan, Jewel, Maynard Ferguson, Vanilla Fudge, The Shangri-Las, Enya, played Broadway shows, Late Night with Dave Letterman, the Rosie O'Donnell show, the Grammy Awards, and won ASCAP and Emmy Awards.
In addition to the dance band, Straight Ahead can offer you top notch jazz and standards (solo to quartet) for your cocktail hour/ cocktail party, cabaret jazz duo for parties or nightclubs, classical music for ceremony (solo to 4 pieces), specialty material, music direction and accompaniment for Broadway revues, any music for any occasion...
SAMPLE THANK YOU NOTES:
“It was indeed a great night, one of the best we have had in a while, and your musical expertise really helped to make it that way.” -Daniel Martinez, Manager at Four Seasons, New York, NY
“WOW!! Thanks to Straight Ahead for making our Newport wedding day a true celebration and a ROCKIN' party!! You guys have such high energy and played incredible music from start to finish. All of our wedding guests were truly blown away and this was evident since the dance floor was packed all night! We could not have asked for a more impressive group of talented musicians to make our special night such a resounding success! Thank you again!! (Donna, we love you!)” –Genna Blackman and Seth Chernin, NYC: BRIDE & GROOM – Wedding at Castle Hill, Newport, RI
“Thanks to John, Donna and the rest of the band for a fantastic wedding weekend. John could not have been better to deal with, handling us pestering him about our needs. At some point though, we just let it go, and let the pros handle it, and they did a tremendous job. Traveled up to the Finger Lakes from the NYC area, because we wanted a band with their experience, and it was worth it. ... Mixed in a wide range of stuff - which is their biggest strength, in my opinion, keeping all types of people in the crowd happy. Everyone from my 70-year relatives, to our 30-year old friends raved that it was one of, if not THE, best wedding band they've heard. Thanks again guys.” -Adam Wodon: GROOM, NYC
"Dear John, What can we say? The most wonderful evening of our life! You and the band did a fabulous job setting the tone for the evening… The evening just flew by. We didn't want it to end. And, judging by the proofs of the photographs we've just received, neither did our guests. They were really boogying up a storm! Thanks to the lively music and great atmosphere provided by their group. I will be sure to recommend you highly to those who are planning a wedding or party in the future. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you again." –Martina, Hoboken, NJ
"People are still talking about the dedications!! And how much they all danced!!" -M., Mamaroneck, NY