I hired Rick Holland Productions for my wedding and I thank my lucky stars I did. They were just an absolute solid band. I live in Toronto so the 11 piece band crossed the border for my wedding - our wedding coordinator said she'd never heard a band that good over her decade long career. I like to think I'm a genius for finding them ??
Here's what others have said about us:
Event City: Rochester, NY
Great for Swing Dances!
Rick Holland worked with us in order to make our live band dance a real success. Sometimes it is difficult to work with a college organization due to all of the hoops everyone has to jump through, but Rick was very patient and understanding of these circumstances. By the time I arrived at the venue a couple hours before the event, Rick was already there getting his band set up and knew exactly what he was doing. The music was absolutely amazing and perfect to dance to; Lindsey Holland has such a beautiful voice! The musicians themselves were also a great group of people and a pleasure to talk with.
Alison Blivens, Brick City Boppers,
November 21st, 2014
By the way-your band is phenomenal! I'm going for my PhD in American studies, and my concentration is in 20th century American popular music, particularly jazz and swing of the '30s and '40s. Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and the rest of the "big" band leaders would be proud of your leadership and musical skills-the music was so amazing!!!
Take care and thank you again so much!
"Rick brought his quartet and the little big band to our wedding and reception. He was wonderful to work with, being both receptive to our requests and knowing where to fill in the gaps with his expertise. Not to mention I could call him anytime, and he worked around our schedule. They played a tasteful mix of songs great for just listening to and a few that got everyone up on the dance floor. In the end, everyone was raving about how great the band was. We couldn't be happier!"
-Sam and Ellie Carrell
P.S. Lindsey was amazing, the two comments I heard most were "Wow, they are great!" and "That girl can sing!"
Rick Holland and his band played our wedding on August 28, 2010. Rick could not have been more accommodating to my husband and my wants and needs for music at the wedding. We communicated through email, over the phone, and met with each other once to go over the details. Rick was very thorough and always set our minds at ease.
During our ceremony, his quartet played us up the aisle with a romantic song and down the aisle with ''Fireworks'' which set the mood for the festive evening to begin. The cocktail hour began immediately following the ceremony and Rick''s band did not miss a beat....the little big band entertained guests while they mingled and got a bite to eat. When the wedding party was ready to be announced, Rick took the microphone as we were all introduced. After the speeches were out of the way, Rick and the band let loose! With a full band and two singers, a male and a female, we partied for the next four hours! The guests were dancing, singing, and truly having a great time as did we! The band definitely made the night!
The songs were exactly what we requested and the sound quality was superb. I would gladly book Rick and his band for another occasion as well as recommend them.
Thanks again Rick!
Erin and Mike
Victor, New York 09/2010
CONCERT REVIEW: Rick Holland Uptown Orchestra at Lovin' Cup By Frank De Blase ---- Sometimes it all just falls into place. The setting, the situation, the scene, the tone -- everything's going your way. That describes last night for me. And at the heart of this mid-week Xanadu was the Rick Holland Uptown Orchestra, a modest, brass-centric outfit led by the trumpet-blowing Holland that swung with equal parts effervescence and laid-back cool at Lovin' Cup. And come to find out, five of his Holland's regular guys were sidelined, and the holes on the bandstand were plugged with subs --- hired music muscle like Po' Boy Erik Jacobs on the slide trombone. By the time the Orchestra heaped on a helping of Count Basie, there was nowhere else I wanted to be. I dragged my mom out in the cold for this show and she was thrilled when they stomped on the Savoy. Holland led the affair with a relaxed air, coaxing more than conducting under his porkpie lid. He went around the bandstand numerous times so every cat there got his fair shake, including pianist extraordinaire Bill Dobbins. This is one sweet band, yes, yes.
"There's nothing little about these guys--big sound and big talent. What a great show at Hi Fidelity with a special guest singer Nancy Donnelly. Dean Keller killed on bari--his solo on Nightlights was so beautiful that I had tears, and Evan Dobbins is a monster trombone player. I can't wait to hear these guys again." - Tracy Kroft "Rochester, Scene And Heard
" Rick--Your band did a fabulous job and were one of the highlights of our Monsoon Wedding!! We're off to Costa Rica this afternoon and will be humming 'Fly Me To The Moon' and your many fabulous charts in the rainforest! I have told Glen Iris how awesome and fabulous your band was at our reception! Thanks for the great musical entertainment!! Andrew and Kim, NYC