Band Info & FAQs
101 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BAND? YOUR ANSWERS LIE BELOW…
This page includes important booking information and FAQs about The White Tree Band and our music services. We encourage you to read the information below. It will help you to understand how the live music elements will function at your wedding or corporate event.
How does the booking process work?
If you would like The White Tree Band to perform at your wedding or corporate event, you will first need to check we are available – we do book out well in advance! If you would like to check out the band at a live gig prior to booking, you can attend one of our showcase gigs (no need to pre-book…just rock along!) Full details here.
Our online booking form requires you to fill out your contact details and select the band line up you would like. We are obviously on hand to help you with this decision. If you don’t know whether you’re after a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 piece band
at this stage (!!!), then just enter a tentative band size for the initial enquiry purpose or read the detailed info below…
I have no idea what band size I should be booking! What do you recommend?!
We understand that planning a wedding can become pretty overwhelming! We realise that booking a wedding band raises various questions – particularly with our business model that allows couples to DIY the configuration (incidentally, we think this is part of the fun!). To help with this decision we have prepared some brief explanations and options for
The White Tree Band’s different line ups…
Firstly, please note that the size of the band also means the number of musicians. So a 3 piece band has 3 musicians, a 4 piece band has 4 musicians etc. Our male singers double as either a guitarist or keyboardist, so with them you are effectively receiving “2 for the price of 1”. Whoo hoo!
From out point of view, the bigger the band = the better the sound (and more fun for everyone). However, we obviously understand that there are budget restraints when planning a wedding, so we’ve therefore come up with configurations that are designed to suit all budgets…
Also please note that the overall size and volume associated with the line ups below does not really vary much. The bulkiest bits of equipment are the drums, bass and PA system – and these are prevalent in every line up. As a rule of thumb, a band will take up about 3m deep x 4m wide (give or take a little). Also, the overall volume is controlled by the mixing desk, so again, the decibel level doesn’t change much between a 3 and 9 piece band.
2 Piece Band – *A small acoustic option for laid back settings only (please see detailed information regarding our 2 band band below)
3 Piece Band – This has the basic elements you need for a band…A singer (important for obvious reasons), a chord instrument (which is guitar or keyboard – this offers the harmonic structure), bass (this fills out the bottom end of the sound) and drums (vital for the dance sets later on…people get down and jiggy with the beat of the drums!). Our male singers double as either guitarists or keyboardists, so even though there are only 3 musicians, you still have a solid core band. This line up cannot include a female singer as she does not double as a chord instrumentalist.
The 3 piece can only be Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass and Drums OR Male Vocals/Keyboard, Bass and Drums. A good 3 piece is fine for the early on chilled sets, and good for the dance sets too, but repertoire is slightly limited, and sonically it doesn’t sound quite as rich and full as the bigger band sizes.
It can also be a tiring gig for the singer as they need to cover all the vocals and all the chord parts by themselves.
Summing up…the 3 piece still does the job, and it’s good for the budget!
4 Piece Band – The 4 piece offers you the choice of an additional musician/instrument. In terms of the best instrument for the 4th, we strongly suggest adding the second chord instrument first, meaning a line up of Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass, Drums and Keyboard.
We understand that it’s tempting for couples to book a 4 piece with the addition of a female singer, but in our years of experience, this isn’t the best option. It’s much more important to fill out the sound first, by adding the second chord instrument. This leads to a much more energetic sound for the dance sets, and helps the male singer to rock out with support from the second chord instrument. The best way to explain the benefits of 2 x chord instruments is by a song example. Check out “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. Have a listen to the band parts that are at work…the keyboard and guitar are both extremely prevalent. This is the case for 99% of all pop songs, that is, keyboard AND guitar are busy at work. If you are tossing up between a 3 and a 4 piece, we strongly suggest going with the 4…it’s a much more energetic line up.
5 Piece Band – This is a very popular line up for weddings. It offers great repertoire versatility and a diverse sound.
Once you get up to a 5 piece, there are a few more options for you to take advantage of. Below are the 3 main line ups that we do for a 5 piece configuration…they all sound great…
5 piece option 1: Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Female Vocals
5 piece option 2: Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Saxophone
5 piece option 3: Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Latin Percussion
Option 1 sees the awesome addition of a female singer. Our female singers are the best in the country, and cover
the top 40, pop and soul music extremely well.
Option 2 is the roundness of a 4 piece but with the funky addition of sax. Adding sax is great because it can give standard covers a new jazzy element which makes it sound more original…and less cheesy.
Option 3 is great for the dance sets. Adding Latin Percussion (congas, bongos and timbales) can add a lot of energy to the dance floor. Before you know it, your guests will be forming conga lines and dancing around the floor like tribal warriors.
6 Piece Band – This is another common line up for weddings. It offers great repertoire versatility and a diverse sound.
A 6 piece allows some great options for you to take advantage of. Below are the best options for this line up…
6 piece option 1: Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Saxophone and Trumpet
6 piece option 2: Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Latin Percussion and Saxophone
6 piece option 3: Male Vocals/Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Female Vocals and Saxophone
Option 1 has the punch and excitement of a full horn section. Saxophone and Trumpet together sound awesome!!
*On that note, if booking only one brass instrument, you’ll notice that we suggest saxophone not trumpet, this is because sax blends better than trumpet with the other instruments). Here is a perfect example of saxophone and trumpet working together extremely well. *Skip to around 2mins if you’re time poor.
Option 2 is a great energetic sound for the dance sets. It has the drive of percussion and the funky sound of sax too.
Option 3 has the versatility of 2 x vocalists, and also the saxophone grooving away.
7 Piece Band – This is one of our favourite line ups for large scale weddings. It is incredibly impressive visually and sonically. It has the versatility of two singers as well as the punch of a full brass section.
There’s of course scope for choice, but the most common 7 piece line ups are one of two below…
Option 1 featuring Male Vocals/Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Female Vocals, Trumpet and Saxophone
Option 2 featuring Male Vocals/Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Female Vocals, Saxophone and Latin Percussion
8 Piece Band – The energy and sound just keeps getting better and better! The standard configuration we do for this band
size is as follows: Male Vocals/Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Female Vocals, Saxophone, Trumpet and Latin Percussion.
If your budget allows, this is a knock out band line up!!
9 Piece Band – This is a brilliant band configuration for elaborate weddings with large guests numbers (200+). The sound is incredible.
The standard configuration we do for this band size is as follows: Male Vocals/Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Female Vocals, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Latin Percussion. Adding trombone to the sound creates an extremely punchy and bright horn section – it has that real Big Band sound that’s classy and energetic.
When is the 2 piece band a good option?
The 2 piece band is a custom option which features a 5hr call spanning the ceremony, canapés and early part of the reception only (e.g. 4:30pm – 9:30pm). This line up is for couples who want some chilled live music for the early stages of the night. It is NOT a line up for couples who want their dance floor going crazy.
It features our standard ceremony package inclusions, and an additional 3 x 45min sets (or rather, 135mins – to be positioned however the client pleases). The live music component cannot go any later than 10pm. A maximum of 2 x set up locations are allowed. For additional set up locations, an additional charge may be involved. Power must be accessible for all locations.
There is strictly no other variation that can be made to this 2 piece package, except for the addition of PA/DJ hire. This involves our lead singer remaining at your event to DJ tunes through the PA system. This comes at a rate of $140 per additional hour and $70 per half hour.
Note: The 2 piece band line up is up to you, but common configurations are Male Vocals/Guitar & Female Vocals. Male Vocals/Keyboard & Female Vocals. Female Vocals & Guitar. Male Vocals/Guitar & Percussion. Male Vocals/Keyboard & Double Bass.
How long will the band be playing at my wedding reception or corporate event?
The White Tree Band’s prices include up to 5 hours attendance featuring 4 x 45min sets of live music, and background/”DJ” music on iPod controlled through our sound system during band breaks. Please note, the 4 x 45min set times can be adjusted to fit in with your specific running sheet – that is, the 180mins total playing time can be positioned however you like.
The 5 hour duration satisfies most wedding reception and corporate event durations as most venues work to 5 hour packages – usually 6pm to 11pm, or 7pm to 12am. If you would like the band at your reception for a period longer than 5 hours, that is of course fine but an additional cost may be involved.
How does the band’s set up and sound check work?
It takes us approximately 45mins to fully set up and sound check the band. This additional time is not considered part of the 5 hour period and does not carry any additional cost. For example, if you book The White Tree Band for your wedding or corporate event which starts at 6pm and finishes at 11pm, we would arrive at 4:45pm – 5pm.
Does the band travel? And how do the travel fees work?
The White Tree Band is based in the CBD locations of Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, but we travel far and wide. We do lots of wedding gigs in Byron Bay, Noosa, Margaret River, Daylesford, Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley…and many other rural locations around Australia. Travel is worked out on a per musician basis. Any location that is within 45 minutes of the CBD has no associated travel fee. Beyond that, costs per musician are added to cover their travel time and petrol costs. Our booking managers can supply you with custom travel quotes when you notify them of your venue location. *Note, couples who get married very far from the CBD often opt for a smaller band size (say a 3, 4 or 5 piece) as this keeps the overall cost down.
What songs will the band play at my wedding or corporate event? Can I choose the music?
The White Tree Band are famous for performing a varied repertoire which appeals to the music tastes of all your guests – old and young. Typically we perform chilled modern covers, funk and soul during the early stages of your wedding or event, so the guests have a chance to chat and mingle without being dominated by loud live music – for instance the band would not play Summer of 69 or Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire at the very start of your event! However later on we enjoy cranking it up with more energetic songs in the rock, pop and funk realm. Please view our song list to see some of the tunes we play at gigs.
The later dance sets are the most important part of the night for the band to nail. It is our aim to get all of your guests up and dancing and having a great time. Achieving this can create a really great atmosphere and insure your event is memorable…for the right reasons!
We are confident in our abilities to select appropriate songs throughout the night, and are happy for you to leave these decisions to us. However, it’s your wedding and we of course welcome your collaboration!
Once we have received your deposit you will be sent a confirmation email with planning info and a link to your online portal, called My White Tree. My White Tree allows you to customize your song list, bridal dance selection and band instructions. Our musicians have access to this section too, so it functions as a detailed brief them.
Do you perform at Jewish Weddings and can you do hora sets?
We have performed as a Jewish Wedding Band in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Byron Bay!! We approach a Jewish Wedding Band gig the same as any wedding, but we understand that Jewish weddings require large energetic bands that really crank the dance floor…particularly the Hora set. With the Hora, we work with many Jewish wedding singers in Melbourne and Sydney who specialise in singing the hora. Tull Kidron and Isser Feiglin are a couple of our preferred singers to work with. We do not need to rehearse with these singers, they bring their charts, and then our musicians act as the driving rhythm section. The Hora set is a particularly enjoyable gig for us. It’s fun, energetic, wild and sweaty! Here’s a little snippet of us performing at a Jewish wedding in Sydney last year: https://vimeo.com/169196276 password: Hora