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Jun 7, 2023

Hawke's Bay Wedding Bands - 10+ Bands for the Perfect Day

By Sophie Mashlan

Live music is the perfect addition to a wedding, helping to set the tone for a beautiful and romantic day. Read on to discover our top Hawke's Bay wedding bands, and find the perfect fit!

When it comes to planning an amazing wedding, music is a big deal. You want to find the right band that suits your style and sets the perfect vibe for your special day. Luckily, in Rotorua, there are plenty of talented wedding musicians to choose from. You'll have a lot of options and can easily find the perfect fit for your dream wedding. Let's make your big day unforgettable! Here are our top 10 Rotorua wedding bands and musicians.

Ceremony Musicians

When it comes to setting the tone for your special day, wedding ceremony music is key. Picture yourself walking down the aisle, accompanied by a beautiful acoustic rendition of your favorite song, creating a perfect start to your wedding day. Allow me to share my top picks for wedding ceremony musicians in Hawke’s Bay who will sprinkle that touch of magic on your special day.


Golden Hour

Genres: Pop, Acoustic, Jazz & Latin

Golden Hour sets the stage for a relaxed and romantic atmosphere at any event. With their skillful blend of acoustic guitar and captivating vocals, they specialize in Pop and Jazz, making them an ideal choice for creating a soothing atmosphere. Golden Hour creates beautiful harmonies, incorporating additional percussion and a vocal harmonizer to craft a tasteful ambiance. Their repertoire includes popular tunes from iconic artists like Bill Withers, Dua Lipa, Fleetwood Mac, and Aretha Franklin. Whether it's delivering enjoyable renditions of classics or performing acoustic medleys of Top 40 hits, Golden Hour ensures a delightful musical experience.

Thank you so so much for making it such a special night. We’ve had so many friends telling us how much they enjoyed the music. It really was brilliant - you guys created such a great atmosphere. Totally perfect. And loved the encore at the end!


Selected Songs

Stevie Wonder
Isn't She Lovely

Camila Cabello

American Boy

Jessie J
Price Tag

Otis Redding
Dock of the Bay

Michael Jackson


Fleetwood Mac

Bill Withers
Lovely Day

Mustang Sally


Golden Hour PROFILE

Sam Allen

Genres: Top 40, R'n"B, Funk & Soul

Get ready for a refreshing take on the singer-songwriter style with Sam Allen. He expertly blends the captivating elements of hip hop with this genre, breathing new life into it. Sam's diverse setlist encompasses renowned artists such as Justin Timberlake and Kanye West, showcasing his ability to seamlessly fuse pop, hip hop, funk, and soul into his performances. With exceptional skills as both a guitarist and vocalist, Sam creates an enchanting atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing and romantic ceremony or a delightful canapés hour. He effortlessly transitions from delivering beautiful acoustic renditions of timeless classics to infusing his own soulful sensibility into pop, hip hop, funk, and soul tunes. Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience as Sam Allen mesmerizes you with his unique musical talents and creates a truly memorable ambiance.

Yes it went great thank you - Sam was a total legend, read the room and completely won everyone over. Super professional, and very easy to deal with which always helps. Will definitely be putting Sam forward for any relevant gigs going forward.



Selected Songs

Josh Kelly

Black Seeds
So True

American Boy

Will Smith
Fresh Prince Of Bel Air


California Love

R. Kelly

Sonia Dada
Lover Lover

Peter Andre
Mysterious Girl

Luther Vandross
Never Too Much



Asch Rose

Genres: Pop, Top 40

Prepare to be mesmerized by the captivating performance of Asch-Rose, a wedding ceremony musician who will leave your guests spellbound. With a voice that is rich, soulful, and powerful, Asch-Rose creates an unforgettable atmosphere. Drawing inspiration from legendary artists such as Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and Billie Holiday, Asch-Rose's smoky vocals take center stage, blending seamlessly with her acoustic guitar. The result is a unique and enchanting ambiance that exudes relaxation, romance, and pure magic. Asch-Rose's takes recent hits from artists like Miley Cyrus Sam Smith and transforms them into something entirely new and extraordinary, alongside renditions of old-school artists like Johnny Cash and Peggy Lee. Get ready to be swept away by the captivating talents of Asch-Rose, creating a wedding ceremony experience that is both unforgettable and truly unique.

Everything went well! Asch-Rose was brilliant! Really lovely voice and soulful performance. She was very well received.


Selected Songs

Amy Winehouse

The Police
Walking On The Moon

Smooth Operator

Tracy Chapman
Fast Car

Something Got Me Started

Electric Feel

Violent Femmes
Blister In The Sun

Bobby McFerrin
Don’t Worry Be Happy

Horse With No Name

Chet Faker
No Diggity



Je Marco

Genres: Funk & Soul, Jazz & Latin, Top 40

Hailing from Brazil and now residing in New Zealand since 2013, Je Marco brings a delightful blend of easygoing acoustic music to the table. His repertoire encompasses reggae, funk, soul, and Latin tunes, crafting a sun-soaked and laid-back vibe that's ideal for an easygoing ceremony and cocktail hour. While Je Marco skillfully performs popular hits from renowned artists like Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, and Fleetwood Mac, he also offers an extensive selection of quintessentially New Zealand tunes. From beloved acts such as Six60, LAB, Tiki Taane, Katchafire, and The Black Seeds, Je Marco introduces you to the chilled-out sounds that perfectly capture the essence of the Kiwi beach culture. With Je Marco as your musical accompaniment, be prepared to immerse yourself in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere that transports you to sun-drenched shores.

Je!! You guys were amazing. I’m so sorry it was cold and your hands were freezing but you really made our night. The whole band was amazing and we got so many compliments for you. Honestly we couldn’t have asked for better. For a group of musicians to want to dance to you guys all night, you guys nailed it!


Selected Songs

Dancing in the moonlight

Michael Jackson
The way you make me feel

Gipsy kings

Red red wine

Frankie Valli
Can't take my eyes off you

Maceo Parker
Yes We Can Can

Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang
Get Down On it

Kool the Gang
Jungle Boogie

Bob Marley
Is This Love

Bob Marley
Three Little Birds

Bob Marley
Stir it Up

Harry Styles
Watermelon Sugar

Harry Styles
As It Was

Je Marco Profile

When it comes to keeping the party going all night long, nothing beats the energy and excitement of live music! If you're looking for the best wedding reception bands in Hawkes Bay, look no further. Here are our top picks to ensure a memorable and lively celebration.


Genres: Pop, Classic Hits, Top 40

Get ready to be blown away by the extraordinary talent of Bang Bang. Their impressive repertoire includes a wide range of songs from legendary artists such as Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Queen, James Brown, Prince, Tina Turner, and many more. From soulful ballads that touch your heart to high-energy hits that get you grooving, this band can truly do it all. With their ability to take requests and keep the dance floor packed, Bang Bang ensures that your night will be nothing short of unforgettable. Prepare to be captivated by their electrifying performances that will have you on your feet throughout the entire event

Thank you so much again for the amazing show you put on at our wedding! We have had so many comments from guests of all ages about how great the music was and how much fun they had on the dance floor. You guys aced our first dance song request as well!


Selected Songs

Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud

Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk

Nina Simone
My Baby Just Cares For Me

Van Morrison
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Etta James
At Last

The Killers
Mr Brightside

Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop The Feeling

Taylor Swift
Shake It Off



Turtle Funk

Genres: Funk & Soul, Classic Hits, Top 40

If you're envisioning a beachy atmosphere for your wedding reception, look no further than Turtle Funk! This four-piece band is exactly what you need to create a vibrant and upbeat ambiance. Specializing in feel-good tunes, they'll have everyone on their feet and ready to dance. With a mix of talented musicians from New Zealand and Brazil, Turtle Funk brings a warm and groovy sound that will transport you and your guests to a tropical paradise. Even when the sun sets, they'll keep the party alive with their tight and energetic covers of artists like Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Sublime, and Stevie Wonder. Get ready to groove and make unforgettable memories with Turtle Funk at your side.

I had this fabulous band of my 60th birthday and they rock! So great to deal with and we danced all night! Highly recommend


Selected Songs

Maceo Parker
Yes We Can Can

Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang
Get Down On it

Kool the Gang
Jungle Boogie

Bob Marley
Is This Love

Bob Marley
Three Little Birds

Bob Marley
Stir it Up

Harry Styles
Watermelon Sugar

Harry Styles
As It Was

Maroon 5
This love

Turtle Funk Profile


Genres: Top 40, Rock, Classic Hits

Get ready to rock the night away with BSA (Badly Stuffed Animals) as they bring your favorite hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond to life. This highly talented four-piece band knows how to keep the party alive with their electrifying setlist. From iconic rock legends like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Queen, and Toto, BSA covers a wide range of rock, classic, and pop hits, delivering an evening of high-energy entertainment. With their exceptional instrumental skills and powerful vocals, BSA effortlessly performs crowd favorites like "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and "Rosanna" by Toto, guaranteed to get your guests up from their seats and onto the dance floor! Prepare for an unforgettable night filled with infectious energy and music that spans generations. BSA will ensure that your wedding reception becomes a rockin' celebration that will have everyone dancing and singing along.

BSA were absolutely awesome. They’re easily the best wedding band I’ve ever seen. Just banger after banger, thanks you much.


Selected Songs

Bohemian Rhapsody

Don't Stop Believing

Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way

Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi Medley

Billy Joel
Uptown Girl

Elton John
Crocodile Rock

The Knack
My Sharona

Darius Rucker
Wagon Wheel

Bob Marley
3 Little Birds

Are You Old Enough?



The Monroes

Genres: Classic Hits, Pop, Top 40

Prepare to have your jaw drop when The Monroes take the stage - that's their musical mission. With a repertoire that spans 50 years of music, from classics like "Johnny B Goode" to contemporary hits from Katy Perry, and everything in between from AC/DC to ABBA, this band knows how to captivate any audience. The Monroes have perfected the art of reading the crowd and adapting their playlist throughout the night to cater to the audience's preferences. One thing you can count on is a packed dance floor and smiling faces, because creating a memorable and enjoyable wedding reception is their top priority.

Well, we had the best Saturday night at our Vascular Conference, The Monroes were sensational. I didn’t think my group would be up dancing all night but they did to every song, I did thank the band again on Sunday morning. Thanks for your help and hope we can have them again in the future at another function.


Selected Songs

Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk

Ed Sheeran


April sun in Cuba

Shania Twain
Man I feel like a woman

Crazy little thing called love

The Look

Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines

The Police

Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode


Jazz and Classical Musicians

If you're looking to infuse your Hawke’s Bay wedding with a touch of elegance and sophistication, classical and jazz artists are the ideal choice. With their enchanting melodies and refined performances, they have the power to create a timeless and graceful atmosphere that will enhance your special day. Allow us to present our top recommendations for classical and jazz wedding musicians in Hawke’s Bay, who will add an extra layer of charm to your celebration.

The Antibodies

Genres: Funk & Soul, Jazz & Latin, Pop

Prepare to be amazed by the extraordinary talent of The Antibodies. If you're looking for something beyond the ordinary party trio for your wedding, they are the perfect choice. With a unique blend of class, sophistication, and the ability to get everyone on the dance floor, The Antibodies offer an exceptional musical experience. Their repertoire covers a wide range of genres, including modern pop tunes, jazz and swing, Latin rhythms, and fresh interpretations of timeless favorites. With captivating jazz arrangements, they breathe new life into songs by artists such as The Weeknd, Gloria Gaynor, Ed Sheeran, and Ella Fitzgerald. The Antibodies create an ambiance that exudes elegance and class, setting the perfect tone for your wedding. Whether you want to relax and enjoy their captivating performances or dance the night away, they have it all covered.

Thank you so much again for the amazing show you put on at our wedding! We have had so many comments from guests of all ages about how great the music was and how much fun they had on the dance floor. You guys aced our first dance song request as well!


Selected Songs

Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive

Post-Modern Jukebox
All About That Bass

The Weeknd
I Can't Feel My Face

Jessie J
Price Tag

You Gotta Be

Bill Withers
Just The Two Of Us

Corinne Bailey Rae
Put Your Records On

Dusty Springfield
Son Of A Preacher Man

Norah Jones
Don’t Know Why

Ray Charles
Hit The Road Jack

The Antibodies Profile

Roxy Strings

Genres: Classical, Pop, Acoustic

Experience the enchanting beauty of classical music with the highly skilled Roxy String Quartet. Renowned as Waikato's premier string quartet, Roxy Strings comprises four celebrated classical musicians from the region. With their unique twist, Roxy Strings performs beloved pop hits from the 2000s in a captivating string quartet style, reminiscent of the arrangements heard on popular TV shows like Bridgerton. Their ability to blend contemporary tunes with the elegance of classical instruments creates a truly mesmerizing musical experience. For those seeking a more traditional touch, the quartet is more than happy to enchant you with timeless compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, and Dvořák. Their versatility and expertise ensure a perfect selection of repertoire tailored to your preferences.

Selected Songs

Canon in D

Shane Filan
Beautiful in White

Christina Perri
A thousand years

Ave Maria


What a wonderful world

Bruno Mars
Marry you


Viva la vida

Wedding March

Roxy Strings Profile


Genres: Country, Jazz & Latin, Top 40

Get ready to be whisked away to the sun-kissed beaches of Brazil with the captivating performances of Jeripoca. With their soothing melodies, this talented ensemble brings the vibrant music of Brazil to life, creating a truly transportive experience. Jeripoca specializes in various Brazilian genres, including Samba, Forró, Afoxé, and Bossa Nova. Their repertoire features songs from acclaimed Brazilian artists such as Nara Leão, Elizeth Cardoso, Djavan, and João Gilberto. Prepare to be immersed in the balmy ambiance of Ipanema as Jeripoca takes you on a musical journey like no other. While rooted in the rich traditions of Brazil, Jeripoca incorporates elements of world music and jazz into their sound. This fusion results in an authentic Brazilian musical experience, filled with rhythmic improvisation and harmonic sophistication. Get ready to be enchanted by their unique blend of musical styles.

Great vibe! Fantastic music to dance to or to just relax and enjoy. A most enjoyable evening


Selected Songs


Nara Leão
O barquinho

Elizeth Cardoso
Chega de saudade

Dorival Caymmi
Saudades Da Bahia

Dorival Caymmi
Morena do mar

João Gilberto
Aquarela do Brasil

Dean Lewis

Antônio Carlos Jobim

E que Deus ajude


Jeripoca Profile

Ben Wilcock

Genres: Jazz & Latin

Elevate your wedding to new heights with the extraordinary talents of internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, Ben Wilcock. Prepare to be mesmerized as he delivers smooth and jazzy performances that will set the perfect tone for your special day. Ben's repertoire showcases timeless classics from iconic artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. With his masterful touch on the keys, he breathes new life into these beloved songs, creating an atmosphere of refined elegance. As a composer, he also brings his own original compositions to the table, adding a unique and personal touch to your evening. Experience the beauty of his musical creations as he crafts a truly unforgettable and sophisticated ambiance.

Wilcock is an engaging pianist and composer. At times his playing brings to mind Thelonious Monk, particularly in the faster bop tracks


Selected Songs

Ray Charles & Betty Carter
People Will Say We're in Love

Erroll Garner

Fats Waller
I'm going to it right down and write myself a letter

Ray Charles
Georgia on my mind

Edith Piaf
La Vie en Rose

Dave Brubeck
In your own sweet way

Fly me to the moon

Sarah Vaughan
Body and Soul

Eroll Garner
There will never be another you

Sarah Vaughan

Ben Wilcock Profile

We're thrilled to share our handpicked selection of Hawke’s Bay's finest wedding bands for 2024, designed to ignite your imagination and create an unforgettable experience on your special day. Whether you're dreaming of a wild and energetic bash or a more traditional and elegant affair, we've got the perfect band waiting just for you. But if you're still unsure about which band to choose, don't worry, our team of experts is here to help! Just give us a shout, and we'll gladly lend a hand in finding the perfect match for your wedding.

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