The Shine Band is honored and grateful to have received the prestigious Couples Choice Award from WeddingWire for an unprecedented seventh year in a row. We don’t take that lightly, and it does make one reflect for a few moments: it’s effort not magic. Working in a Boston, Massachusetts area wedding band for a couple decades has been amazing. Brides and grooms, and folks we meet along the way often ask, ”Oh that that must be so much fun, right?” It definitely can be –but it’s also a job that requires a lot more than meets the eye. Occasionally I’ll joke with them and respond, ”Come along and find out: help us load our equipment after the gig, drive us home at some crazy hour, and do it all again the next day!” Not too many takers there, but all in good fun.
Being a professional musician is very rewarding and challenging. There’s nothing quite like jamming with your friends to a wildly packed dance floor overlooking Massachusetts Bay at twilight… For a moment one tends to forget all the hours of practicing, music writing, competing, timeline planning, phoning, emailing, scheduling, setting up, etc. Everyone agrees that music can be a universal way to bring people together. To facilitate that, considering all the negativity in today’s world, can feel like a true accomplishment that is sometimes easy to lose sight of. We’re insanely lucky to do what we do.
It’s also work. A typical wedding performance day is about 14 to 16 hours of non-stop activity. After remembering to bring important music or files, the car is loaded with the sound system and gear. After the drive within a three state area, unloading happens. Ninety six degrees in the shade? No problem! After sound check and confirming details with the event director, the music starts. Sometimes ceremony and cocktail music precedes the band, which usually entails three different set-ups. Then it’s showtime! After “knocking it outta the pahk,” as we like to jest about always giving it our musical all, time to pack up and drive home. Exhausting? Nah! It’s all worth it when we get a big hug and high five from the people getting married as they leave the reception. Then it’s time for us to focus on the next job, while it’s time for them to start their new life in harmony!
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