We really wanted students from either NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) or Loyola’s Music Department to play for our ceremony, for two reasons. First we wanted to support student musicians, and second, we needed to save money to be able to afford Bucktown All-Stars. I emailed some teachers at NOCCA and professors at Loyola for recommendations. A NOCCA teacher called me and said she wouldn’t recommend high school students doing a wedding ceremony, even though they could certainly play the music very well, because of all the timing issues and last minute adjustments that could come up. She did offer to put together an ensemble of NOCCA teachers, but we were determined to have students. A professor from Loyola emailed me and recommended his graduate teaching assistant, Riccardo Emilien, as great trumpeter, and suggested Riccardo could recruit some other students for the ensemble. At the same time I had contacted Harry Hardin of New Orleans Finest Musicians for some advice. He also warned against having a group of students who weren’t experienced at the timing demands of a wedding ceremony. We decided to compromise and have Harry put together 3 musicians from New Orleans Finest Musicians and also have Riccardo from Loyola as the trumpeter. Harry was super flexible and appreciated our effort to include student musicians. We met with Harry to pick out our ceremony music which was really fun, and he did all the rest of the coordinating, including with Riccardo so everyone was on the same page. Harry and his wife and another great musician performed beautifully, and Riccardo did an amazing job on Trumpet Voluntary. We did have a last minute change in number of people walking down the aisle, which affected the timing of the music, so I was glad we had a professional in charge. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire students if you can find a group that plays weddings all the time, but I was unable to, and I’m glad it worked out the way it did. Also, Harry gave us the confidence we needed to go ahead with having the brass band walk us up the aisle playing the recessional, which was definitely one of the highlights of our wedding day. You can contact Riccardo Emilien, trumpeter extraordinaire, at rfemilien at gmail.com and Harry Hardin at http://www.neworleansfinestmusicians.com/contact-us
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New Orleans Finest Musicians is the perfect name!! They played at my wedding last weekend and were phenomenal! Very professional to work with all the way through the playing process and I can say without hesitation that the ceremony music was the only aspect of the day that I had no worries about! Harry Hardin was excellent to work with. He was the first vendor that we booked and definitely the easiest part of my wedding planning. We had to change our ceremony location several times and Harry always was so accomodating; he always responded immediately and said "no problem". The music was fantastic in our church ceremony!!!! Harry sent me a CD of their music in advance to choose my songs - the CD is actually them playing, not some recording of other musicians. Unfortunately, being the bride, I was only able to hear the songs played live for the bridesmaid and bridal processional as well as our recessional, but everything was flawless! I heard so many rave reviews from our guests about how elegant the music made the ceremony. I would highly, highly recommend New Orleans Finest Musicians!! Thank you for everything!!!
During a recent trip, we heard the "perfect" music for our son's upcoming wedding. However, it became obvious it was not as easy to find as we thought it would be. After stumbling across New Orleans' Finest Musicians link on a wedding site, our prayers were answered in the form of Harry Hardin. He actually listened to a clip of the musicians we had heard and quickly began to give his recommendations he thought would meet our wishes. A trio including Harry played at the rehearsal supper and Harry accompanied the organist at the actual wedding. From the initial contact, through the planning and all the way through the performances, Harry and his team were helpful, organized, professional and accommodating. During the rehearsal dinner, Harry and his team created just the atmosphere we wanted, one of elegance and class. Our guests were extremely complimentary of the musical performances at both venues. Should we have any future requirements for musical entertainment, Harry will be at the top of our list to help plan our event.