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Solomon the WiseParticipant
As a professional musician both one man band and full band,
I would like to set the record straight. I agree 100% that music at weddings is often way too loud, and I strive to keep the music at a comfortable and safe volume level. However, it is not always the choice of the musicians per say. Most bands have a sound technician. It’s up to the sound technician to ensure that there is Good quality sound, and that the volume is not too high. In fact, it’s impossible for the musicians to determine how loud the music is throughout the hall, as it sounds totally different on the bandstand then it does on the dance floor. We place our trust in the sound technician, and are completely at his Mercy in terms of sound for better or for worse. In addition, many of the halls were built with a design that although aesthetically looks nice, allows for terrible acoustics. This can create a logistical nightmare for bands as the volume will inevitably be too loud (as well as muddled).
I find it offensive that people look at musicians as being “the enemy” when in reality they have put hours and hours of time into preparing for the wedding in order to create an enjoyable and happy atmosphere for the Chossons, kallah, and their guests. I happily accept feedback regarding volume, song style etc. But I do not appreciate it at all when people come over with threats about not paying based on volume level or style before the music even began (believe it or not this has happened)!!