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By Leigh

On 20, May 2014 | In | By Leigh

The A Band

Lead by Guitarist Dwayne Dickman, The ‘A’ Band is a 6 to 8-piece version of the The Orchestra that includes the rhythm section (bass, drums, guitar and keyboards), featured vocalists Raquel Vega and Blaze, and optional horn players. During peak season, this configuration is typically not available on Saturday nights.

  • Beyond expectations

    I don’t know where to begin, The A Band was incredible and blew away our highest expectations! The dance floor was completely packed and the performances were incredible to the point where I didn’t know if I was listening to the A band or the actual recording. All of our friends and families raved about the band and the amazing job on the hora that they did. Would 1000% recommend to EVERYONE. Thank you guys so much for making our wedding so special!!!

    Sam Shulimson
    Aug 29, 2021
    Kahkwah Club


    Throughout the night I had so many guests asking “who is this band!?” “Where did you find them!?” The A Band kept our guests engaged, were extremely professional and made the overall atmosphere a party! I will continue to recommend them to anyone looking for a band for their event.
    Nate Jones also was absolutely perfect. I gave him specific songs and he nailed them. I was hiding in the back before walking down the aisle and I cried hearing one song, I didn’t even have to be in the room!

    Jessica Farris
    Aug 28, 2020
    Gervasi Vineyard

    Great Band, Great People

    The A Band was truly a joy to have at our wedding. From our initial communication with Dwayne to us dancing away at the reception, The A Band was kind, professional, fun, accommodating and full life and energy. Once they started playing, I don’t think the dance floor was empty the entire night. Many of our guests have reached out saying how much they enjoyed the band and what a great sound they had, we couldn’t agree more. Thank you A Band for making our night so fun and special!

    Keirstan and Eric Derstine
    Jul 24, 2020
    The Club at Hillbrook


    Had The Sly Band booked for our large reception. After more restrictions with covid, we decided to downsize to 32 ppl. We were disappointed with this BUT….The A Band really stepped up! They were awesome and think they had as much fun as us! For 32 pp, we really rocked it!!

    Catherine M Hyland
    Jul 25, 2020
    Shoreby Club

    Great job

    We can’t say enough good things about The A Band! While my bride and I didn’t have as much time to dance as we had hoped for, we enjoyed every minute we had on the dance floor and our guests had a blast all night long! Everyone complimented us on how wonderful the band was and was blown away. Thanks for the wonderful evening!

    Colin Smith
    Apr 6, 2017
    Windows on the River

    Very good job providing cocktail hour, dinner and dance music. They exceeded our expectations

    Many of our guests had positive comments on the diversity and quality of music that The A Band played. All of the band members had good voices and fit perfectly with the music.

    David Nedrich
    Mar 10, 2018
    Holy Spirit Hall, Parma Ohio

    “A Band” Rocked the House

    I had a birthday party at Landerhaven & hired The ‘A’ Band with 7 pieces. The band is the party and my event could not have been more fun. They played a variety of music, were easy to work with, professional, and kept the party going all night. Everyone commented on how fantastic they were! Thanks for making my special day a success!

    Pam Washkewicz
    Jun 5, 2015
    Lander Ballroom - Landerhaven

    Great Performance!

    The “A” Band more than met our expectations. Everyone from our group was happy with the music and felt that the band was great. We were a little spread out as a group at a larger venue, but the band did a great job adapting as the party went along and really made for a night of dancing and fun. Overall, we could not be happier with the choice to have The “A” Band play for our holiday party.

    Thomas Ebersole
    Jan 9, 2015
    House of Blues Cleveland

    The A-Band was absolutely amazing! The dance floor was packed all night. We received an unbelievable number of compliments on the band from our guests. They exceeded all of our expectations!

    Hannah Cohan & Jonathan Plessner
    Aug 9, 2013

    My husband and I are so grateful for the A Band’s service and incredible talent! We had a terrific time and everyone is still talking (and will be for awhile) about how awesome the band was. They set the mood for us and were flexible, friendly and so much fun throughout the night. I had no worries about everything and was able to enjoy every second (which is the absolute best scenario for a bride)! Also, they handled a very last minute change on the introductions, which was invaluable for me. I highly recommend the A Band to all bride and grooms, or any event. They are extremely talented, a ton of fun and worth every penny.

    Maren Monitello & Brian McCamley
    Apr 26, 2013
    Hyatt Regency Arcade

    The ‘A Band’ exceeded our expectations (which were very high to begin with) and made the night extremely memorable. Each of the performers are extremely talented and are leaders at what they do. Needless to say, we and our guests had an absolute blast. We would recommend the band to anyone looking to add class, elegance, and fun to their engagement.

    Christian Gadzinski & Kelly Niksa
    Nov 17, 2012
    Sammy's Metropolitan

    This is the BEST wedding dance band we have had the pleasure to hearing. They kept the party going and people up and dancing. They had a blend of music that suited every age group at the wedding. We very highly recommend them.

    Laurence Turbow
    Sep 9, 2012
    Marriott Key Center

    The A-Band was amazing…. All the guests were getting out on the dance floor and having a great time. They sounded so good, people were saying that they couldn’t tell when they played DJ’d music when they were on break because they sounded so much like the original artists! Could not have asked for a more awesome band!!

    Laura Markley & B. Michael Harville, Jr.
    Jul 6, 2012
    The Pines Golf Club

    Dwayne was an awesome band leader with a great personality. The A Band had a ton of energy and kept everyone on the dance floor all night long! Thank you for being a special part of our wedding!

    Abby (Adler) & Brian Mandel
    Jul 1, 2012
    Ritz-Carlton Cleveland

    The music [Sonata Strings Trio] was an important part of the wedding ceremony and was perfect; the guests at the wedding reception raved about the band.

    Jane Beese (Ellen Beese & Nicholas Young)
    Mar 26, 2011
    Union Club

    We had never booked a live band and were concerned about what songs would be played that would entertain our diverse group of young and old as well as the rockers vs. the classical taste. The band felt the crowd and belted out a fantastic mix that made the event! They got even better as the night progressed as they engaged the crowd and got everyone excited.

    Barrett Robinson & Kristin Boone
    Sep 12, 2010
    Weymouth Country Club/Fox Meadows

    Outstanding!!! No one else can compare, fun, engaging, total crowd pleaser!!! Love you guys!!!

    Jeanne & Tony Locastro anniversary party
    Jun 18, 2010
    Portage Country Club

    The band was PHENOMENAL! Our guests repeatedly complimented the band – they were a HUGE hit and everyone absolutely loved them. We danced all night and had the time of our lives.

    Amy Korenstein & Mike Drapcho
    May 23, 2010
    Lake Forest Country Club

    Thank you so much for everything. You guys were great, our wedding day was amazing.

    Susan (Bellflower) & Nizar Nader
    Sep 18, 2009

    We wanted to take a minute to thank you for the awesome performance at our wedding. So many people came up to us and asked us where we heard about your band. Your band was definitely the talk of the party. You made our wedding very memorable.

    Nicole (Glazer) & Matt Delguyd
    Aug 14, 2009
    La Malfa

    The A Band performed not only in a professional manner, but had the ability to read the audience and adapt to them. We have used them twice and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

    Melanie Savidge, Cross International's Hope for Housing Event
    Mar 28, 2009
    Hilton West Fairlawn

    The A Band went above and beyond all of our expectations. They did a phenomenal job performing the song we chose for our first dance. We really enjoyed working with you.

    Jessica Auerbach & Matt Burgoon
    Mar 22, 2009

    Quick note of thanks for the great job at our reception. Everyone had a great time. As much as I know Scott would have done a great job as a DJ, I am very thankful we decided to hire your band. I have a number of great memories of the evening! Thanks to you and your entire band for making it such a success.

    Michele Hoegler & Fred Dorow
    Dec 26, 2008
    Sammy's in the Flats

    We wanted you to know how much we appreciate the wonderful music you all performed at our wedding. You guys and gal were terrific! Everyone who joined us that evening said so. Our reception was great fun and your music made it that way.

    Jon Wise & Cheryl Davis
    Nov 29, 2008
    Temple Emanu El

    We just wanted to thank you for everything you guys did for the wedding! You did a truly amazing job! We had so much fun and our first dance, ‘True Love Will Find You In the End,’ sounded just as we had imagined it would. You truly helped to make it a fun and unforgettable evening!

    Emily (Anderson) & Michael Westbrook
    Oct 11, 2008
    Sammy's - Legacy Village

    Your band was the perfect compliment to all of our festivities and made the night more special than we could have ever imagined. Thanks for all of the special touches.

    Lori Witherspoon & Mark Krohn
    Oct 5, 2008
    Portage Country Club

    Our guests keep telling us it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to – and it’s the band that pushed it over the top!

    Elizabth Stratman & Rico Falsone
    Sep 20, 2008
    Windows on the River

    Another job so well done. Always great to work with you and your musicians.

    Susie Cargile (Jamie Weiss & Andrew Feldman)
    Aug 31, 2008

    The band really set the tone for the evening, lots of energy in the room. Nothing but great comments from family and friends!

    Pat Kubene (Dana Kubene & Kevin Kuhn)
    Aug 30, 2008
    Hillbrook Club

    Thank you – the music was wonderful – we were so happy with the way everything went together. You do a great job of keeping the party going. We appreciate all of your organization & all the talent in your group of musicians & singers. Everyone had a great time. Thank you for an excellent job.

    Holly Fazio (Jessie Fazio & Ben Kochalski)
    Jul 19, 2008
    Kirtland C.C.

    You were beyond our expectation! You played the one request my daughter wanted more than anything and she said you played it better than anyone! Our guests have not stopped talking about how wonderful you were! I cannot thank you enough for making Natalie’s day so special.

    Sheila Grenadier (Natalie Grenadier & Brandon Lichtman)
    Jul 13, 2008
    William Penn Hotel

    Brett and I wanted to thank you for all your hard work to make the music at our wedding so amazing. We got so many complements on the band. We had a great time dancing the night away and everyone sounded great. It was a pleasure working with you.

    Beth Frankel & Brett Levy
    Jul 12, 2008
    Shaker C.C.

    Your ability to keep a party going is remarkable. The party and energy of your band is by far the best I have ever heard. It was a great party!!!

    Antonia Rankin, Rankin Events; King/Kern wedding
    Jun 28, 2008
    Shoreby Club

    The concert series was a huge success and I have gotten great reviews from the entire community. Thank you so much for helping us get it going.

    Dona Brady, Cleveland City Council, Sunday Concert Series
    Jun 22, 2008
    Halloran Park

    You truly helped to make our wedding a tremendous experience for all who attended. I particularly wanted to thank you for the flawless job you did on both our first dance (I Only Have Eyes For You) as well as the Michigan fight song. It was truly a special night for us, made even better by you and your group.

    Gwen (Weingart) & Mike Cleary
    May 31, 2008
    Union Club

    The guests enjoyed the band, comments were ‘fantastic, outstanding, very professional!’ Too bad we don’t have another child.

    Joyce Radloff (Danielle Radloff & Michael Ramello)
    May 17, 2008

    The A Band and DJ Scott Jones are a great fit for our upbeat and hip corporate clientele. They worked in tandem to create an extremely memorable Awards Event for our customers. They couldn’t say enough wonderful thintgs about the level of professionalism and overall entertainment! Thank you for making us look good!

    Jennifer Veselko, Cleveland Renaissance Senior Event Manager; Sanofi Internal Medicine Banquet
    Apr 22, 2008

    As always you guys are awesome! Every year we look forward to having you at our February Gala. It makes all the difference to have you there. Everyone in your group is very professional and friendly. See you next year!

    Lori Beck, Walter & Haverfield
    Feb 23, 2008
    The Galleria

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