How to find  a Long Island Band/Bands for a Sweet 16

When planning your teen’s Sweet 16, you have several options when it comes to music:

  1. Rent a PA system and do your own music setup
  2. Borrow a PA system and do your own music setup
  3. Hire a DJ
  4. Hire a band

Renting or borrowing a PA system can be great, but you are going to have a lot to do. Unless you have someone to volunteer as your DJ, then you may want to hire one. But if your teen wants live music, that means you are going to have to hire a band.

#1 way to find a Long Island Band/Bands for a Sweet 16

Check out High School Bands

Because high school garage bands are in ample supply, you can ask for demos or listen to some of them live when they practice. Then again, your teen may have an idea as to which band she would like to have play at her party. She may have a favorite. If she doesn’t, then both of you could choose together. However, there is a good chance you may have to go and do it alone if she doesn’t want to be the “bad guy” in not giving one or more bands the gig. This is why it may be ideal if she has a favorite.

#2 way to find a Long Island Band/Bands for a Sweet 16

Check out Local Bands

Local bands are going to have a higher price. Sometimes you can get the high school kids to do it for the free food or a small fee. The more experienced acts are going to want some cash. Again, you can check out some of their live performances and listen to demos, as well as compare prices, when choosing the right band. Make sure that the band plays a genre of music that your teen listens to.

#3- Considerations to finding  a Long Island Band/Bands for a Sweet 16

Some Considerations

There are some things that you are going to have to consider when hiring a band. You need to look at their pricing. You can even ask for references if they have played at events before. These references can tell you about their experiences with the band. You can ask questions such as:

  • Were they on time?
  • Did they stick with the preferred genre?
  • Were they well-received by the crowd?
  • How long did they play?

Any questions that you feel are relevant will suffice when checking with references. You can also check their Facebook page to see what others have to say in the comments. If they have a good following, there is a good chance they are pretty good at what they do.

So just take it one step at a time when hiring the band for the Sweet 16 party so that you can make sure you hire the right one. When you have the perfect band complementing the perfect party, you are going to have one very happy teen.