Straight Ahead, The Band

Cover Band from Jersey City, NJ - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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10 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2010

$500 - $7500 per event
About
Award-winning Musicians
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
Gatsby-Themed Fundraisers
New Orleans Jazz Tributes
"Yacht Rock" Events
Disco Theme Nights
60's Sock Hops
Weddings

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
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Gold Member
10+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!

Awards Night Party

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Straight Ahead helped to make our evening a huge success, we are very happy!

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Straight Ahead, The Band’s Response:

Virginia, Thanks to you and Alan and all the good folks at GFMA for the great evening and the wonderful review, look forward to seeing you next year, John, Donna, and Straight Ahead, the band

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Private Party

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Great performers. Good Music

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Straight Ahead, The Band’s Response:

Tammy, thanks, we had a ball with you and your friends, Until next time, Straight Ahead, Donna and John

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"WOW!! Thanks to Straight Ahead for making our 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!!

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Straight Ahead really knows how to get the party started! They played every requested song and really made our guests, regardless of age, want to get out on the dance floor (and that included my 82 year old Godmother). Donna Harris is an amazing singer and the band can play just about any style of music! Many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the band, not just for dancing but also to listen to. I would highly recommend Straight Ahead!

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Straight Ahead was a very strong component of making the wedding reception and pre-cocktail party the great success that it was. Many attendees said that it was the best wedding that they had attended. The band was very accommodating, given the weather conditions during the event.

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Straight Ahead gave such a wonderful performance at my wedding! The music selection was spot on, and flawlessly performed. They delivered a terrific rendition of Forever Young, which we wanted for the bride/father dance, and added Wagon Wheel to their song list for us, among meeting our other requests. They were so easy to work with and so accommodating, and made the whole process simple and pleasant. The only regret I have is that the reception wasn’t longer, so we could have heard more!

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We loved Straight Ahead! They did a fantastic job and everybody loved the music. We first heard John sing live in another band and we liked his voice and his style. We chose Straight Ahead because they can play a variety of music ranging from big band to modern. But their samples don't really do them justice. They sound much better in person. The night of the wedding, they showed up very early and John emcee'd the event like a pro. So many guests complimented us on the music and the band - during the wedding and for weeks afterwards. We had about 180 guests, and they managed to get nearly every guest onto the dance floor. We strongly recommend hiring them.

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Straight Ahead was fantastic! John mc'd and made sure everything flowed smoothly. He spoke with us beforehand and made sure we had everything covered (toasts, how to introduce us,...). The music was beautiful! These are professional musicians. We told them what type of music we wanted and a few of our favorites and they nailed it. They played everything from jazz standards, to rock and dance music. It was a Sunday afternoon wedding and they even got everyone up dancing at the end. We've gotten a lot of compliments on how great the music was. They truly made our wedding memorable.

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2017
Aug
5
Celebration
Cromwell, CT
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2016
Nov
19
Awards Night Party
Fort Lee, NJ
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Jul
23
Private Party
Pipersville, PA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Feb
12
Wedding Reception
Newport, RI
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
2016
Feb
11
Wedding Reception
Newport, RI
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Jan
30
Wedding
Skillman, NJ
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2016
Jan
29
Wedding
Princeton, NJ
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2015
Oct
3
Princeton Venue
Princeton, NJ
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2015
Sep
26
Wedding
Hoboken, NJ
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Sep
25
Wedding
Jersey City, NJ
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2015
Aug
16
Alstede Farms
Chester, NJ
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2015
Aug
11
Alstede Farms
Chester, NJ
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye Diana Ross
All About That Bass
Meghan Trainor
Dancing in the Streets
Martha and the Vandellas
Shake It Off
Taylor Swift
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
The Temptations
Uptown Funk
Bruno Mars
Sugar Pie Honeybunch
Four Tops
This Old Heart of Mine
The Isley Brothers and Rod Stewart
Build Me up Buttercup
The Foundations
Since You've Been Gone
Aretha
Signed Sealed Delivered
Stevie Wonder
Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Four Tops
Whats Goin On?
Marvin Gaye
634-5789
Sam and Dave
Do You believe in Magic?
The Lovin Spoonful
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
The Temptations
Back in the USSR
The Beatles
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Beatles
Let It Bleed
Rolling Stones
Jumpin Jack Flash
Rolling Stones
Let's Spend the Night Together
Rolling Stones
Let the Good Times Roll
Louis Jordan
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Moondance
Van Morrison
Truckin'
Grateful Dead
Uncle John's Band
Grateful Dead
Don't Be Cruel
Elvis
Wonderful World
Sam Cooke
Rehab
Amy Winehouse
Crazy
Gnarls Barkley
Dancing in the Dark
Bruce Springstein
Smooth
Rob Thomas
Hungry Heart
Bruce Springstein
Everyday is A Winding Road
Sheryl Crow
Something to Talk About
Bonnie Raitt
Dancin' In the Dark
Bruce Springstein
Glory Days
Bruce Springstein
All I Wanna Do is Have Some Fun
Sheryl Crow
Domino
Van Morrison
Life During Wartime
Talkin' Heads
Do it Again
Steely Dan
I Got A Feelin'
Black Eyed Peas
I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
Deacon Blues
Steely Dan
Fragile
Sting
Heart of the Matter
Don Henley
Boys of Summer
Don Henley
Killing Me Softly
Roberta Flack
Crazy Love
Van Morrison
From this Moment On
Shania Twain
Do You Wanna Dance?
Bette Midler
Sweet Love
Anita Baker
Caught Up in the Rapture
Anita Baker
Levon
Elton John
Candle in The Wind
Elton John
N.Y. State Of Mind
Billy Joel
Smooth Operator
Sade
Desperado
Linda Ronstadt
I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston
The Power Of Love
Celine Dion
The Way We Were
Barbara Streisand
Betcha By Golly Wow
The Stylistics
Natural Woman
Carole King
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
When A Man Loves A Woman
Michael Bolton
Georgia
Ray Charles
I've Got You Under My Skin
Frank Sinatra
Walk Between the Raindrops
Donald Fagen
Unchain My Heart
Joe Cocker
Love Me Like A Man
Bonnie Raitt
Girl From Ipanema
Jobim
I Got A Feelin
Blackeyed Peas
Crazy in Love
Beyonce
One-Two-Three
Gloria Estefan
Rhythm I Gonna Get You
Gloria Estefan
Sweet Dreams
Eurythmics
Vogue
Madonna
How Do I Live?
Lee Ann Rimes
Summer Wind
Frank Sinatra
Lady is a Tramp
Frank Sinatra
Mack the Knife
Bobby Darrin
Satin Doll
All Of Me
Almost Like Being In Love
Ain't Misbehavin'
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
The Andrews Sisters
But Not For Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cheek To Cheek
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fly Me To The Moon
In The Mood
Glenn Miller Orchestra
How About You?
I Could Write A Book
I Get A Kick Out O You
Frank Sinatra
It Had To Be You
Just in Time
Let's Get Away From It All
Makin' Whoopee
Misty
Night And Day
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Paper Moon
Sweet Georgia Brown
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Watch What Happens
Ella Fitzgerald
Witchcraft
Where or When
You Made Me Love You
Apple Bottom Jeans
T Pain
Crazy
Patsy Cline
Body & Soul
Lullaby of Birdland
C-Jam Blues
My Favorite Things
Vine Street Rumble
My Funny Valentine
St. Thomas
Brazil
Corcavado
Sophisticated Lady
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Someday My Prince Will Come
Shook Me All Night Long
AC DC
Livin' On A Prayer
Bon Jovi
Friends In Low Places
Garth Brooks
Moon River
Cover Band
50s Band
60s Band
70s Band
80s Band
Big Band
Dance Band
Funk Band
Jazz Band
Motown Band
Oldies Band
Pop Band
Rock Band
Swing Band
Variety Band
R&B Band
Classic Rock Band
40s Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Straight Ahead, The Band will also travel to Atlantic Highlands, Leonardo, Apo, Belford, Harmon Meadow, Highlands, Newark, Port Monmouth, East Orange, Elizabeth, Keansburg, Middletown, Rumson, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Orange, Red Bank, Clifton, Hackensack, Little Silver, Avenel, Hazlet, Holmdel, Lincroft, Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury, Teaneck, West Caldwell, Fort Monmouth, Keyport.
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