Chicago's Premiere Party Band

High Society Orchestra is one of the hottest wedding, party and corporate event bands in Chicagoland!

T he High Society Orchestra is one of Chicago's most exciting dance bands. Whether you are looking for a wedding band or a high energy band for your corporate gala, they will pack the dance floor as they segue from one song to another in medley style to bring incredible momentum to your party.

This is an orchestra that no one can hear perform and still remain seated. With their large repertoire of music, they will customize their music for your wedding, party, special event, or corporate gathering.

The eleven-piece band combines four incredible vocalists with seven very talented instrumentalists. From Motown to Big Band, 70’s Disco to Rock ‘n’ Roll, the musical extravaganza of the High Society Orchestra will make your special night a dream come true.

The High Society Orchestra has been playing for many elegant parties for many years and will make your event one that all your guests will remember for years to come.

Meet the Gang

Vern Allison


VA’s dedication to music is born out of legacy.He was raised backstage watching his father Verne Allison of The Dells vocal group (2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees) make history. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, VA embarked on his own journey.

Verne is on faculty at the Musical Arts Institute (MAI) founded by bassist Mike Manson(George Duke, Al Jarreau) in Chicago, providing private and classroom music lessons in their own facility and the Chicago public school system.

Donna Lori Rice


Donna has been singing since she was 5 and professionally since 17. Her first love is musical theatre. Donna can be heard on any local radio station signing promotional jingles such as Drive Chicago.com, Roselle Ford, Bath Planet, Grant Dean Buick, Manny's Mens Warehouse, and many, many, more.

The crowning glory of her career is when she was signed with Escape Entertainment, a local record label in Chicago and Sony Records in Canada. her song " Sweet Holiday" received air play on B96 and reached number 1 on the charts in Canada.


Taylor Mallory


Taylor is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and entertainer. Born into a non-musical family from Decatur Illinois, it surprised everybody to see a creation of their own sing and write music so well.

Taylor always puts 150% in whatever he is doing. Using his favorite quote from his mentor, “It’s not what you do to your music, it’s what you do with your music. At the end of the day it’s about inspiring lives and making a difference in the world.”

Beth Haines


Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin, and her Master’s degree in Counseling from National-Louis University, Beth Haines has worked as a professional singer for over 20 years. She has extensive experience singing various musical styles such as classical, jazz, Broadway, country and pop.

Beth is currently a member of one of Chicago’s premier bands, High Society Orchestra, and sings independently at various venues in the Chicagoland area.


Sam Sanchez


Born in Houston, Texas, Sam Sanchez III got started in music at an early age. ... He played guitar in the school Jazz Band and still rocked out the school talent ... After college Sam moved to Chicago to be the rock star he always dreamed. Sam is one of the most talented singers in Chicago and can sing just about anything with his beautiful tenor voice.

Larry Ortega


Larry has been involved in music professionally since the 70’s. Larry’s performance background is quite diverse and includes many Chicago area bands: The Buckinghams, The John Watkins Group, The Joanna Connor Band which he toured Europe, Japan and South America, Luther Allison and Matt Guitar Murphy from the Blues Brothers.

When Larry is not playing music, he is working on his own original projects and with many artists throughout Chicagoland.


Mike Tangorra


Mike Tangorra is a longtime Chicagoland musician who has been playing, performing, and teaching guitar for over 25 years. He is also an Oak Park Elementary school music teacher and plays professionally with one of Chicago's premiere private event bands - the High Society Orchestra.

Steve Hashimoto


Steve is widely recognized as one of, if not the, busiest bass players in Chicago, a well deserved and earned reputation. Steve is one of the most brilliant overall musician.

He started his professional career in 1968 as a trumpet player; switched to guitar in 1971; switched to bass guitar in 1979. Have been a bandleader since 1976. Steve has been playing professionally since 1969, jazz musician and bandleader since 1976.


Donald Neale


Donald Neale brings an unusual variety of musical influences into his solo and group performing. He has performed with many of the top latin jazz bands in the Chicago area including the Frontline Latin Jazz Ensemble, Conjunto, Sueños, Crosswind and many others. He has been a staple of Chicago's society orchestra scene for 25 years now, but has also worked extensively in Chicago’s world music, jazz, blues and gospel worlds.

He is currently on the faculty of Columbia College Chicago where he teaches contemporary piano and keyboards.

Carlo Isabelli


Carlo Isabelli (Trumpet) started playing the cornet in 4th grade. Shortly thereafter he heard the great 'Doc' Severinsen wherein he came to the conclusion that he wanted be a professional trumpet player.

After graduating from Joliet Central High school and attending Joliet Junior college, Carlo found himself performing with several bands in the Joliet and Chicago land area. After several years of playing with various groups, Carlo became the lead Trumpet player for the nationally renowned 60’s group, The Buckinghams.


Rich Moore


As a performer, Rich has been on stage and recorded with many of Chicago’s finest musicians in notable venues. Versatility and adaptability have given him the tools necessary to make music in a variety of genres.

As an educator, Rich has given guidance to many successful young musicians. In addition to teaching saxophone at Northern Illinois University, Rich is instructor of clarinet at Moraine Valley Community College, and has private lesson studios in a couple of acclaimed suburban school districts.

Shawna Petrone


Shana released an album in 1989 entitled I Want You on Vision Records, which peaked at No. 165 on the Billboard Top 200. The album yielded two U.S. hit singles in 1990, "I Want You" (Billboard Hot 100 peak No. 40) and "You Can't Get Away" (Hot 100 peak No. 82).

After her successes with dance music, Shana disappeared from the mainstream music scene. She reappeared as a country music singer under her full given name, and released three singles with Epic Nashville, "Heaven Bound" in 1998 and "This Time" in 1999. "Heaven Bound" was a hit on CMT and reached No. 60 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.


Chuck Morgan


Charles Morgan is a Grammy nominated, award-winning music educator. Born and raised in New Lenox, Illinois, Charles studied trombone with Jerry E. Lewis, Edward Kleinhammer, and Mark Fisher. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Joliet Junior College in 1991 and his Bachelor of Music emphasis in education from Northern Illinois University in 1993.

He is currently a Professor of Music, the Music Coordinator, and Director of Bands at Joliet Junior College teaching at applied brass, music fundamentals, and conducting.

Sarita


Sarita has had a passion for music since a little girl. From singing in the shower to singing on stage in front of crowds, Sarita has been singing since the young age of five. With an undergraduate degree in vocal concentration from Columbia College Chicago she has experience in genres such as Rock and Roll, R&B, Jazz, Latin jazz, and Pop music. During her career she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Jon Faddis, Koko Taylor, Darmon Meader, Claudio Rodito, Otis Taylor, Ivan Neville, and Charlie Sexton.

She is currently writing her first album and working on other artistic projects.

  • Susan S.
    High Society Orchestra was absolutely incredible. It was one of the best performances by a wedding band that we had ever seen. They have incredibly talented musicians and singers. Allan was so easy to work with. He was so super organized and the planning was very clear and easy. If you want to wow your guests, High Society is the answer. They are very flexible and always willing to accommodate. They were very cooperative in learning a few new songs for the wedding. Their Motown medley is incredible. The dance floor was packed the whole night Their selection of songs was amazing and they made our night so incredible. Again – amazing band.
    Susan S.
  • Cynthia H.
    Did anyone ever tell you that the band makes the party? Well that is 100% true. The High Society Orchestra rocked the house at our wedding. The entire night, our dance floor was packed right until the very end, as they were a high energy band that kept the party rocking all night long. There was not a single moment that the dance floor was not packed. We were absolutely blown away by how terrific they were. Their day of performance was absolutely phenomenal and they are very willing to cooperate. Allan (their manager) was part owner of one of the largest independent record labels in the country. He certainly knows how to put together many of the most talented musicians and singers in Chicago. Everyone had the best time and we were ecstatic with how they performed. They got our guests singing along on many songs and having a great time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    Cynthia H.
  • Tom K
    The band was the most important decision for our wedding. We had a big dancing crowd and we wanted an energetic band that would keep everyone on their feet all night long. High Society brought such professionalism, experience and fun. From start to finish, they knew exactly what to do. This comes with experience and their over ten years of playing together shows. They enjoy what they do and this reflects to the crowd. Our wedding guests left raving about the music.
    Tom K
  • D. Ricero
    There are no words to describe how thrilled we were to have found the High Society Orchestra. They are unlike any wedding band that you have ever seen or heard before, Allan, their manager is an honest and reliable business person, that is very cooperative. Given how important music is at any wedding, it is crucial to find a band that can keep your guests on the dance floor having a blast. They have played at three of our sons weddings and we would not have had any other band. Best band ever – hands down. Every guest at our wedding raved about the music. The energy that they created was fun and exciting. If you want a absolute kick – ass wedding that your guests will remember for a long time, this band is the best. BOOK – THEM!
    D. Ricero
  • Carole
    This band was totally amazing. There were five singers on stage, they had so much personality and talent, our guests were enthralled with them. They were not only great dancers but they communicated with our guests and had everyone dancing. The band was unbelievable, the musicians were top notch professionals, we picked the music and they did a great job playing our choices. This orchestra made our event, I could not have asked for anything more. The were OUTSTANDING and our expectations were more than met. You will not be disappointed, they were truly the best.
    Carole
  • Megan
    They are without a doubt the BEST band for any wedding. I had seen them before and were so excited to be able to have them at our wedding!! People danced the entire time! It was everything I hoped it would be!
    Megan
  • Kristin Anderson
    Hi Allan and Donna It was awesome working with you guys last night at the Cook Wu Wedding! You guys rocked it and had them dancing all night! I Can't wait to work together in December!  
    Kristin Anderson
    Weddings and Events By Kristin
  • EMILY  D.
    “We want to thank you and your outstanding orchestra, High Society. You were unbelievable… beginning with the ceremony and through the end of the reception (which lasted until 1:30 am!!!) Thank you again… and be assured that you are on the top of our list for our next party.”
    EMILY D.
  • MICHAEL P.
    “My wife and I both thought that High Society put on a performance at a wedding that I have yet to see equaled.  Not only was the quality of the music excellent, but the song selection kept everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor the entire time.  We have received many wonderful notes from friends and family about the wedding and so many have complemented us on our band selection.”
    MICHAEL P.
  •  CLINT AND JULIE WOKER
    “We thought the music was absolutely wonderful, and our opinion certainly was not unique.  We have received many comments from our wedding guests in the past few weeks noting that it was the best wedding reception that they have ever been to, and the High Society Orchestra keeps coming up as the reason why everyone had such an enjoyable evening.  We would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in need of finding musicians for their wedding ceremony – in fact, we already have.”
    CLINT AND JULIE WOKER
  • FLO  M.
    “The High Society Orchestra was the high point of our reception.  Not only were they extremely talented, but each member was friendly and polite.  Many people have told me that they have never been to a wedding where the dance floor was filled until the end of the evening, as it was at our reception.  All ages were out on the parquet ‘dancing the night away.’”  I would gladly recommend the High Society Orchestra to anyone looking for a fabulous band!”
    FLO M.
  • HELENE AND MARK RUBERT
    “We want you to know that the High Society Orchestra helped to make our daughter’s wedding more than she ever could have hoped for.  The thirteen pieces performed with such breadth and depth that the guests are still talking about the music.  The musicians even joined in the fun on the dance floor during part of the evening!  The dance floor was crowded the entire night and our guests tell us that they have never been to a more fun wedding.  The processional/recessional and cocktail music was exquisite.  I am so glad that you recommended adding the three violins.  The music during dinner was beautiful and the guests were able to carry on conversations at their tables, which was much appreciated.  Thanks again for making this a night [we] will always remember.”
    HELENE AND MARK RUBERT
  • STEVE AD JOYCE ZAMORA
    "THANK YOU so much for all that you did to make our daughter’s wedding such a huge success!  All 700 of our guests still continue to talk about how wonderful you were even though it has been over a month since the wedding.  They begged us to have you play even a half-hour longer because no one could get enough.  You were AMAZING!!!  …We (have) had the opportunity to travel all over the country and watch many nationally recognized orchestras perform at various functions.  NONE OF THEM COMPARED TO YOUR ORCHESTRA. You were such a pleasure to work with throughout the wedding preparation process.  You were fair, accommodating, and friendly.  We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and hope we have the delight to watch you perform again in the future.”
    STEVE AD JOYCE ZAMORA
  • VALERIE D.
    “I cannot thank you enough for helping to make [my daughter’s] wedding a dream come true.  From the first moment when we pulled up to the mansion and heard the violins, to the beautiful music of the trio and finally the High Society Orchestra, it was just perfect.  This band had everyone up dancing all night, even my 78-year old mother.  They were fabulous.  I could not recommend them highly enough.  Please let them know how wonderful we all thought they were.”
    VALERIE D.
  • MICHELE G.
    “The party’s over, the band has long since packed up their instruments, but the talk in the Tower Lakes neighborhood and on the streets of Barrington continues to regale the sounds of High Society.   The band members are exceptionally talented and bring so much energy, enthusiasm, and style to a party.  In addition each and every member of High Society is so nice and friendly.  We will definitely be booking High Society in the future.”
    MICHELE G.
  • Renee G.
    “Please accept our thanks and admiration for your spectacular performance at the Palmer House Empire Room. You turned the wedding into a Hot Party and brought fun and happiness to us all. You are the ‘talk of the town’ in Detroit, Canada, US States and 4 foreign countries where our guests came from. Many thanks and best wishes.”
    Renee G.
  • Brian & Clare Martin
    “We want to thank you for the amazing job you did at our wedding reception at the Notre Dame. You were fantastic! We cannot even begin to tell how many people have told us over the past 3 weeks how amazing the band was! You had the dance floor completely packed all night long. I know that all of our guests, from our 7 yr old cousins to 83 yr old Grandma had the best time on the dance floor! Thanks again for making our reception truly spectacular.”
    Brian & Clare Martin
  • Kate S.
    “Thank you so much for the fabulous performance on Saturday! Your band was the best! I received SO many compliments about High Society Orchestra! Thanks again!”
    Kate S.
  • “Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our wedding reception a huge success! The high energy music had the dance floor so packed we had to push back the tables. Even my Dad, who I have never seen dance, was on the floor all night long!! From the cocktail hour to the very last song, the playlist was perfection. You exceeded our expectations in every way and we have you to thank for a truly memorable evening. We would gladly recommend the High Society Orchestra to all our family and friends, we hope to work together again in the future!”
  • Patty & Greg  Skirving
    “Thank you so much for providing a spectacular evening of entertainment! The orchestra and vocalists were absolutely incredible! Our guests never left the dance floor! I have had so many friends tell me they have never danced that much at a wedding! Thank you also for the wonderful job you did introducing the wedding party and announcing the special events of the evening. We received rave after rave from all of our guests about how fabulous you were! Thank you, thank you”
    Patty & Greg Skirving
  • Annie
    I thought that the band did an excellent job, but during the preparation period it was sometimes difficult to communicate with Allan and I didn't always feel like he understood what we were looking for, which made me nervous about the day-of. I thought that the band on the day did a great job keeping everyone on the dance floor and being flexible with serenades by guests, etc.
    Annie
  • Melissa
    The band did an outstanding job. Since we decided to have our wedding "New York Style" (AKA dancing in between each course), the band had to be ready to get the crowd moving. They did and then some! If you look in my pictures, almost everyone was dancing. If I could have them do one thing over, I would have them call the Anniversary Dance by the name rather than "The Elimination Dance". Regardless, they were outstanding. I had several wedding guests tell me that this is the best band that they have ever seen play at a wedding. I would highly recommend.
  • Brooke
    High Society brought the house down. They were absolutely wonderful and kept the crowd dancing all night long, everyone was a sweaty mess by the end of the night. Allan was a pleasure to work with. They played first dance and father daughter dance perfectly and worked to learn a new song my husband and I really wanted as our last song because it has special meaning for us. That last song brought everyone to the floor and created the most special moment of the night. Would definitely recommend them!
    Brooke
  • Alice
    We hired the High Society Orchestra for our June 8th wedding, and I have to say, they were pretty darn great! I planned our wedding from California, so the day of the wedding, I was a little nervous considering that I'd never actually heard the band play live. I was also nervous because the room where the band would be playing was all marble, and I was worried that they would be too loud. I needn't have worried - they were just fabulous. The music was fantastic and they got the volume just right for both the ceremony (which was outside) and reception (which was inside). They kept people dancing all night until we shut the place down, which in my book, is the sign of a good night!
    High Society Orchestra responded with the the following comments: Thanks Alice! We had such a great time performing for your family and friends.
  • Lauren
    We were in love with the High Society Orchestra's performance at our wedding...and so were our guests! Weeks later, people are still talking about what an awesome band we had. We had seen in other reviews of High Society that some people had experienced delays in response or had to ask questions a couple times during the pre-wedding planning process, which we experienced to some extent as well. But at the end of the day, this band clearly knows what they're doing, is made of incredibly talented musicians, and absolutely delivers. They got our guests involved, kept the dance floor packed the entire night, and made it a really special evening for my husband and I. I would definitely recommend them.
  • Miranda
    We are so glad we booked you, you were fantastic. Our friends were texting and ringing months after the wedding saying how much they enjoyed the day. The music was professional and what a wonderful choice of music there was, even my 89 year old granddad was on the dance floor! I would not hesitate to recommend you to anybody else. Thank you again for playing at our wedding and being able to do it at such short notice.
  • Suzy
    Our wedding was Magical and High Society helped make it so. I want to thank Allan, Vern, Tim and the whole band for making everything perfect. From the first dance to the last, we had a great time and our friends and family are still talking about how much fun the band was. They played all the songs we asked for and so many others that had our friends dancing all night. I never imagined we could have so much fun. Thanks High Society Orchestra!
  • Kristin
    I loved High Society Orchestra! The band was excellent and all our guests raved about the music quality! A great value!
    Kristin
  • Barb
    Once the band started, no one left the dance floor....even our priest! Allan was kind enough to let two of our guests sing their signature songs. Everyone had the best time. Thanks so much!
    Barb
  • Donna
    Hugely Entertaining. High Society Orchestra rocked the dance floor. Every guest was up and dancing. I didn't know I could hire a band this good. They even managed to get my father dancing. No DJ in the world could compete with the quality and energy of their performance.
  • Natalie
    First, I just want to thank the whole High Society group for doing a great job from beginning to end. Everyone (Allan, Carlo, Donna, I don't remember everybody's name) was so nice and easy to work with. Second, if you are reading this, you are probably considering hiring a band to play your wedding. The short of it is... HIRE HIGH SOCIETY! They are professional. They played all of our requests. They we able to choose just the right songs to keep us dancing all night. We had a great time. Our family and friends commented on how great the band sounded. It just doesn't get any better than this. HIRE HIGH SOCIETY!
  • Glenda
    The High Society Orchestra was the high point of our reception. Not only were they extremely talented, but each member was friendly and polite. Many people have told me that they have never been to a wedding where the dance floor was filled until the end of the evening, as it was at our reception. All ages were out on the parquet ‘dancing the night away.’" I would gladly recommend the High Society Orchestra to anyone looking for a fabulous band!
  • Lucy
    The dance floor never seemed to be anything short of packed and electric. If you want a special experience at your wedding then hire this band. Lots of people not known for dancing were recorded in action; even one man who refused to dance at his own wedding! It was seriously worth every penny. They assured me that I wouldn't be disappointed and they were right, I wasn't. Thank you for making our evening such a memorable one for all of us.
  • Katy
    High Society was one of the highlights of our downtown Chicago wedding. Allan, Carlo and the whole band were so professional and really cared about our special day and what was important to us. The band sounded great! Our guests are still talking about how much fun they had dancing the night away.
  • Molly
    High Society Orchestra played our wedding on August 27, 2011 and they were absolutely fabulous. Carlo was our main point of contact at the reception and he was really on top of things and was a pleasure to work with. Most importantly, the band sounded fantastic! At one point I was in the back of the room talking with guests who asked if we had a dj playing songs while the band was on break. The music sounded like the actual artists recording, but it was the band playing the whole time! The dance floor was packed all night. Our guests have been raving about how awesome the music was. High Society made our party totally awesome! Do not hesitate to book with them. We also enjoyed working with Allan Heiman to make the arrangements for the band and to make sure everything was in order the week before the wedding. We are incredibly happy that we chose High Society Orchestra, you will not be disappointed.
  • Beth
    High Society Orchestra is a great band! Not only did our friends and family have a great time, but Allan and the entire group were very professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend this band!
  • Beth
    We hired High Society Orchestra for our wedding and were very pleased. The band was just fantastic. Super-talented group. We danced all night! Our contact was Allan, and he was very easy to work with. He made everything happen just as we planned. We highly recommend this band.
  • Marie
    High Society played our wedding on April 14, 2012, and they couldn't have been better. It was amazing how many people told us it was the best band they've ever heard at a wedding. It was a pleasure working with Allan Heinman as well. We'd absolutely recommend them - they were incredible!
  • Joo W.
    High Society Orchestra performed at our wedding on 6/15/2012. Allan was easy to work with as he responded to all the emails promptly! His emails are short and straight to the point (which can appear to lack some friendliness) but very professional. He sent us a worksheet he wanted us to complete for the reception about 2-3 months prior to the big wedding date. And he was very flexible making the changes I requested even a few days prior to the event. He called to confirm everything a few days prior to the big event, including directions to the venue. It was their first time performing at our venue and you could tell he wanted the event to go smoothly! My day-of coordinator told me that the band was the first to arrive and first to have everything set up. I appreciate that because everyone else was running late, including our caterer! And let's get to the point - THEY WERE AMAZING!! Great singers and performers. During their breaks, the band played music on their ipod and I thought it was great. The band was prompt to get back on stage and was really friendly to all of our guests. I got so many complements about the band during and after the event. As a bride, I wanted to make sure things ran smoothly and effortlessly, all while making sure that our guests would enjoy the night. This band made our reception a blast. It would not have been the same without them. Thanks High Society Orchestra for making our day special!!!
  • kathleen
    High Society is an excellent orchestra. They played all of our requests and kept the wedding alive ! There was never a dull moment and all of our guests loved their music.
    kathleen
  • Maureen
    EVERYONE was on the dance floor! All musicians were extremely talented and knew how to read the audience.
    Maureen
  • Megan
    All of our guests keep telling us that our wedding was the best one they've ever been to! We absolutely feel that High Society is a HUGE reason they're saying so... EVERYONE danced the entire time (which is rare)! The band accommodated all of our "off the menu" song requests and performed them beautifully. I am so thrilled to say that I had such fun at my own wedding, especially the "Hey Ya" finale!!!! It certainly was a PARTY! Thank you SO much HSO!
    Megan
  • Alex
    We are so grateful to HSO, in particular for their ability to learn songs specifically for our wedding, their professionalism, and most of all their talent. For a memorable event I'd absolutely recommend HSO.
    Alex
  • Amy
    Guests at our wedding commented that The High Society Band was the best wedding band they have ever heard. The are very professional to work with and extremely professional musicians. We did not want the evening to end, thanks to this band. I highly recommend High Society Band for any event!!
    Amy
  • Anne
    High Society Orchestra made my wedding toms of fun! All of the guests- of all ages - loved them! They got everyone up and dancing! They are also very professional and accommodating. They worked with me before the event to make sure they knew exactly what I wanted and that I was comfortable with everything. I cannot say enough good things about them:).
    High Society Orchestra responded with the the following comments: Thanks Anne! You were a great client. We had a great time working on your wedding!
  • Nell
    We loved High Society. They were an amazing part of our wedding. The ceremony music was gorgeous, the quartet during dinner and cocktails was nice, and the band for dancing was incredible. People danced the whole time. We received lots of compliments, and I know of two friends who booked them for events after seeing them at my wedding!!! thank you so much to Alan and the whole team.
    Nell
  • Kelly
    High Society was amazing! The dance floor was full the entire time and our guests are still talking about it. I was able to send my song lists to the band and they were able to accommodate every request with no questions asked. I would refer them to anyone hosting every-they were just awesome!
    Kelly
  • Ron
    I have had the opportunity to work with High Society at several weddings and events. First thing I have to say about the band it that the musicians are all consummate pros! The band is tight and their repertoire seems limitless. They fill the dance floor from the first song to the last and the music just flows through the night endlessly! The feedback from the guests always seems to be positive. I would confidently recommend High Society Orchestra to any of my clients....they create a perfect sound track for that special day!
  • Barbara
    Allan was very professional and helped plan all aspects of the musical portion and announcing the Bridal Couple. They provided the highest quality non-stop musical entertainment, and everyone at the wedding reception was dancing all night. I had no fewer than 40 comments from friends after the reception that it was the best ever!! I would definitely use High Society again!
  • Don
    We had a 100 people dinner and dancing celebration party at a country club. All of our friends raved about the band (5 musicians and 3 singers). We had young, middle age and older folks and everyone had a great time
  • Kathleen
    Definitely book them! Allan was super easy to work with and so flexible. The band even stayed an extra 1/2 hour! Our dance floor was constantly packed and our guests had a blast. They are amazing!
  • Debbi
    Guests were dancing all night! They seemed to read the crowd! Best decision of the wedding!
  • Megan
    They are without a doubt the BEST band for any wedding. I had seen them before and were so excited to be able to have them at our wedding!! People danced the entire time! It was everything I hoped it would be!
    Megan
  • Michelle H.
    First off, let me give props to the band...They were AMAZING! I had some many compliments on them. They played such a wide variety of music for our multi-aged crows, and they kept the floor packed all night! They had great energy and were a lot of fun. If I were rating just the band here, I would give them 5 stars without a second thought. But, I have to consider the management in this review too, which lowers the rating to 4 stars. The band manager, Alan, is pretty difficult to work with, and was even downright shady in some manners. After hearing the band in person and deciding we wanted to use them for our wedding, we discussed the contract details with Alan via email. He gave us an agreeable price, outlined the breaks the band would take, told us what else the contract included (like Emcee responsibilities and iPod streaming during breaks). When the contract finally came via email a week or so later, Alan told me that he would need another $500 for Emcee services. I sent him the original email, in which he outlined that the emcee services are included, and he finally agreed that there would be no additional charge. That experience gave me an uneasy feeling about him. He kept commenting about what a "great deal" he was giving us, and I kind of felt like he was using that as license to nickel and dime us for things that he felt he could break out as "extras". (At the wedding, he apparently told my wedding coordinator that he "does not do bride and groom introductions", even though I had outlined that weeks before as one of the Emcee responsibilities we needed. I don't know what she said to him, or how, but he announced us) Weeks before the wedding, I sent him our requested song list as well as my very detailed spreadsheet of the day's schedule, which outlined things like dances, toasts and cake cuttings and also provided the exact times that those things should happen. He acknowledged the email as received, but proceeded to call me THREE MORE TIMES before the wedding (including two days before the wedding) to tell me (brashly) that I had not told him anything about the events that were to occur or the times. In our final call, I actually had to tell him to WRITE IT DOWN, because I could not keep having the same conversation with him, over and over. Dealing with Alan was very stressful. I questioned my choice of the band, and I worried that his poor management and clear lack of organization would result in a poor event for us. However, that was DEFINITELY not the case....The band was wonderful, and I would do it all over again if I had the chance!
    Michelle H.
  • Kathleen G
    I have to say the band MADE the night! I heard from almost all 220 people who attended my wedding that the band was amazing! People who don't usually dance couldn't help shaking a leg on the dance floor. Our dance floor was packed the whole night! High Society was reallyeasy to work with - very responsive and helpful! I highly recommend them!
    Kathleen G
  • Leslie B
    Tim and the band were so easy to work with, were so professional and did an amazing job! I did not want them to stop playing....such a smooth and easy process. They even took the time to learn songs that I loved. Thank you for making our day so much fun!
    Leslie B
  • Molly N.
    High Society Orchestra played our wedding on August 27, 2011 and they were absolutely fabulous.  Carlo was our main point of contact at the reception and he was really on top of things and was a pleasure to work with.  Most importantly, the band sounded fantastic! At one point I was in the back of the room talking with guests who asked if we had a dj playing songs while the band was on break.  The music sounded like the actual artists recording, but it was the band playing the whole time!  The dance floor was packed all night.  Our guests have been raving about how awesome the music was.  High Society made our party totally awesome!  Do not hesitate to book with them.  We also enjoyed working with Allan Heiman to make the arrangements for the band and to make sure everything was in order the week before the wedding.  We are incredibly happy that we chose High Society Orchestra, you will not be disappointed
  •  Erin T.
    I have so many mixed emotions on High Society that it is really difficult to write a review.  My parents, my in-laws and my husband and I received so many compliments on the quality of the band.  They truly kept the dance floor rocking all night long.  At one point, I actually left the dance floor because it was too crowded!  How often does that happen at a wedding!?!  The band is incredibly talented.  They really know how to keep the crowd engaged.  They also do a great job of making pop songs sound great and more "classic".  My older family members didn't sit down even if Dynamite by Tao Cruz was on, which I think they would have if it was a DJ with the radio version of the song.  I think the band deserves a full five stars for the performance they put on.  My issue is with the management.  I worked in an office with very nosy individuals, and I prefer to do all of my communication via email.  Also, I find it helpful to have a record of everything.  I originally asked the manager if we could communicate via email, and he said that he preferred phone.  I pushed and said that I work, etc, and he basically said he had after hours so just call.  I could have demanded email communication, but I didn't.  Overall, I found it very odd that someone would tell a customer no AND not use email.  So I spent part of my wedding planning taking the elevator downstairs in order to call the High Society manager.  I also found this phone tag annoying because it caused several miscommunications.  I would tell the manager one thing, and then I would receive a document (via snail mail.... So frustrating) that was incorrect.  Then I would have to call him back, have him correct it, etc.  This was an incredibly frustrating process that I believe never would have happened if we were communicating via email.  And even if a mistake occurred, it would have been corrected in significantly less time.  The final week before my wedding I was insanely busy with work and final wedding items.  The manager had called me about song requests, and I wasn't able to get back to him right away.  He obviously wanted an answer ASAP because HE EMAILED ME.  This really frustrated me.  Obviously he has email capability, and we were communicating via phone for months.  I understand that he prefers phone conversations, but I definitely stated that I preferred email and it was more convenient for me.  I might sound demanding, but I feel that the customer's preference should be followed.  My final management frustration came on the day of my wedding.  I opted for a piano player during the cocktail hour, nothing during dinner (I just had an ipod and plugged that in), and a 9 piece band for the dancing.  I had a signed contract stating this, but I stupidly did not have the contract the day of the wedding.  When I arrived at the cocktail hour, there was no piano player.  My maid of honor found the day of band manager (different than the manager I was working with).  He told her that I had not paid for a piano player.  I was incredibly frustrated that there was a miscommunication.  At this point, it was getting close to dinner time.  So I ended up dropping it because I didn't want to get worked up on my wedding day.  I should have printed the contract and had it with me; however, I'm not sure it would have matter since they didn't have piano player there. Overall, I would give the management 2 stars.  I think the issues I encountered with the management are significant enough to change High Society from a 5 star band to a 4 star band.
  • Bill S.
    As someone else said, great music, so-so management.  High Society played at my son's recent wedding.  Raves about the music to the point where they are getting 2 other gigs for upcoming weddings.  Management is a bit harsh and stand-offish.  their contract includes a misspelling, totally unprofessional.  Not cheap at $5,000+.  If you are prepared for an evening of great music but a bit of a hassle in dealing with their management, then go for it.
  •  Christina D.
    Awesome, awesome, awesome. High Society did our wedding in November and I had no problems and TONS of compliments on them. We didn't have a lot of special requests and from reading the other reviews it seems like this can be where things get a little dicey. Overall, they got all of the songs we really wanted played in, they emceed everything for us and got all the names right, working with them was great, and they were totally able to read the crowd and have a full dance floor going all night. I'd recommend them to anyone - the members of this band are just so talented and have a great presence together.
  • Kelly M.
    I heard this band at a friend's wedding, and just knew by the time I got married I NEEDED to have them. I just got married June 20th, and we had High Society, they were just as phenomenal as when we heard them. They kept the crowd going all night, I truly did not want them to end. They played music from all genre's so everyone had a great time dancing. The dance floor was never empty. Friends are still talking about how awesome the band was. I HIGHLY recommend high society, Allan is a pleasure to work with.
  • Misse D.
    The band did an outstanding job. Since we decided to have our wedding New York Style (AKA dancing in between each course), the band had to be ready to get the crowd moving. They did and then some! If you look in my pictures, almost everyone was dancing. If I could have them do one thing over, I would have them call the Anniversary Dance by the name rather than "The Elimination Dance". Regardless, they were outstanding. I had several wedding guests tell me that this is the best band that they have ever seen play at a wedding. I would highly recommend.
  •  Jen L.
    High Society Orchestra performed at our wedding on 6/15/2012. Allan was easy to work with as he responded to all the emails promptly!  His emails are short and straight to the point (which can appear to lack some friendliness) but very professional.  He sent us a worksheet he wanted us to complete for the reception about 2-3 months prior to the big wedding date.  And he was very flexible making the changes I requested even a few days prior to the event.  He called to confirm everything a few days prior to the big event, including directions to the venue.  It was their first time performing at our venue and you could tell he wanted the event to go smoothly! My day-of coordinator told me that the band was the first to arrive and first to have everything set up. I appreciate that because everyone else was running late, including our caterer!  And let's get to the point - THEY WERE AMAZING!!  Great singers and performers. During their breaks, the band played music on their ipod and I thought it was great.  The band was prompt to get back on stage and was really friendly to all of our guests.  I got so many complements about the band during and after the event. As a bride, I wanted to make sure things ran smoothly and effortlessly, all while making sure that our guests would enjoy the night.  This band made our reception a blast.  It would not have been the same without them. Thanks High Society Orchestra for making our day special!!!
  •  Laila L.
    In my series of wedding-related reviews, it's now time to pull out the hate (salt) and judgment (pepper) shakers. They make life spicier. My mother-in-law saw High Society at another wedding, and she had to book them for our wedding because their performance was so stellar. She was right about the music. They read the crowd very well, and kept everyone moving on the dance floor. There were horns, there were strings, and it was awesome. One of the singers even broke the cardinal rule of Karaoke -- no Guns N' Roses, because NO ONE can do Axel Rose justice. Except this guy. Woah. They'll rock your reception, no doubt. My complaints are mostly about their management, who is surprisingly difficult to work with, and does not communicate with the band well. High Society is not cheap. In fact, they are several thousand dollars more expensive than getting some of my favorite bands to play a private show. My expectations of what kind of working relationship we should have matched the money we paid. Specific complaints: (1) For the ceremony, we had a single pianist. My only "special request" for the night (I was given up to two songs that weren't on their list) was the bridal processional. I selected Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins. Huge Pumpkins fan. And everyone I know knows it. My friends would roll their eyes, smile, and go, "Oh, here comes Laila." The dreamy melody was also perfect for the site of the ceremony before the cool blue-lit dolphin tank at the Shedd Aquarium. As the manager explained it to me, I would be the only person walking to that music. That was important for the selection because I knew it took 1:10 to walk the aisle, and the song is only 3:40. There were 3 people in the bridal party besides me. I sent the manager the sheet music by email and by fax, and I sent a Youtube link to the piece so there was no mistake about what I was asking for. This was about a month before the wedding (on August 20th for a September 18th ceremony). The Tuesday before the wedding, I call the manager to ask for the contact information for the pianist so I could talk to him about the wedding, per the manager's earlier email instructing me to do so. The manager tells me that he didn't mail the pianist the music until that day. What?! I call the pianist anyway, and after some phone tag we finally get in touch on Thursday morning. He is a super-nice guy. He still had not received the sheet music. I sent it to him by email and again the Youtube video.  We go over the ceremony music and the set-up at the Shedd. At the end of the conversation, the pianist just tells me to have fun and not to worry. Totally nice guy. Day of the wedding, I'm lined up to go behind a curtain with the entire bridal party in front of me. I hear Mellon Collie suddenly start playing. My stomach flips. I'm just thinking, "Shit, this isn't right. He's going to run out of song." But the bigger issue was the song was barely recognizable because it sounded like he had only looked at the music the day before (because he had), and probably never played it before. About half my friends had no idea what song it was. Chicago wedding. Chicago band. Biggest selling double album of all time. No clue. Yikes. (2) For the ceremony's recessional, I asked the manager if he had the piano coda to Eric Clapton's Layla. You know, the beautiful, romantic piano piece where you hear how much that mad man really loved that woman. I made it explicit that I meant the outro/coda/end of the song over multiple emails. I also, again, sent a link to Youtube for the piece so there was no mistaking what I meant. He said he had the music and his pianist knew it, and it was no problem. Awesome. Only when we get to the recessional, the pianist starts playing the acoustic version of Eric Clapton's Layla. Not what I asked for. Not appropriate for a wedding recessional either. I was also embarrassed because I didn't want my guests thinking that I picked that! (3) I worked very hard to get Alex a surprise wedding present that was a recorded greeting and performance from his favorite band for our first dance. We set it up to play on a laptop and projector, and we hooked the laptop to the band's sound system, which I was told was no problem. I went over what the DVD contained and how important it was to me that it go well with the manager, the pianist, AND the president of the sound company that partners with High Society. They started to play the DVD without turning up the sound. 20 seconds of video with no audio. Sweet. After the performance, the manager cued the band without waiting for the video to end, and cut off the a parting wish. (4) My husband's only "special request" was specifically that the band does NOT play that familiar racist anthem, Sweet Home Alabama. In fact, Alex crossed out the song on their music list when we sent it to them. They played it. Bottom line: fabulous band, terrible management.
  • Liz P.
    Everyone told me it was one of the most fun weddings they had been to. Thanks to High Society!  Allan was great to work with and accommodating to everything I wanted!  They were so much fun and did an excellent job! Love them and the best!
  •  Anne T.
    Top notch! I hired the High Society Orchestra for my July (2014) wedding and I could not have been more pleased. I booked the arrangement with Allan about eight months in advance.  Two months before the wedding, Allan reached out to me with a list of questions so that we could come to a meeting of the minds about what I envisioned for the wedding / music. A month before the wedding, I was then put in contact with Tim, who was the band leader for my wedding. Tim and I communicated very well on all of the wedding details. He has great ideas, so be sure to listen to him!  A few weeks before the wedding, I sent him my complete wedding itinerary and we brainstormed when we would schedule the mandatory band breaks. I emailed Tim our list of requested songs a few days before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, everything went perfectly with the band. They played everything we wanted. The singers danced while they sang. They were so energetic and had the whole crowd up and dancing right after dinner. I had about 20 people tell me that they were the best wedding band ever. I must agree!
  •  Rikki W.
    There is no review that could accurately reflect how wonderful High Society was to have as a wedding band. Allan was a delight to work with and truly a legend in the industry. The band was talented, charismatic , and our guests absolutely loved them! The dance floor was NEVER empty. We even unexpectedly extended the amount of time the band played for by 3 hours because they were too great to put an end to. (And they were willing to do so without a problem!) The band quite literally played on and on and on....
  •  Chris W.
    We had high society for our wedding a few weeks ago and first and foremost, I will say the musicians and performers themselves were excellent. We got a lot of post wedding praise about our choice of band and how they were great and kept the energy going the entire time. They even learned a few more songs for us above and beyond the 2 for our dances with the parents. Any time they learn a James brown song, I'm sold. Only took two 10 minute breaks and then we're back at it. Even as the crowd got smaller at the end of the night, they were keeping things going. The order of songs was planned pretty great and there was very little down time of slow songs... Again, reiterating that the musicians and the performance were spot on. I work in the music industry with tons of studios and studio musicians and these guys are probably all the same and just perform when they aren't gigging with people in the studio... Great performers and awesome attitude.   The reason for the 4 stars is solely on management and business process. Let me begin by saying that The manager of the group Allen is a very nice man. He does return emails very quickly and usually just calls immediately to have a conversation about what you emailed him. But there definitely tends to be a lack of remembering general things that are even documented in emails. For example, the amount of songs that the band will learn up to varies from when you originally talk to a few months before. Our experience had Allan saying the band would learn up to 10 songs for us which is why we were even sold on them in the first place and that shrank down to 2 about 2 months after booking them about 9 months out. We renegotiated to 5 and everything was cool. No biggie and maybe we are being picky with the amount of songs we wanted that aren't on their list but the bait and switch is a little shady. Moving on... There were 2 agreed upon set breaks with 15 mins of downloaded music he asked if we wanted any songs specifically and just to let him know and they would download them and play from their iPod. That turned into me downloading all of them and sending them to him. Still no biggie. Then it turned into using my phone during the breaks to play music because basically they didn't want to bring an iPod. Again, not a big deal but just stupid to have 8 email conversations with someone about a silly little process as to having an iPod with some songs on it available and to just not do it.   The 2 big things that really got to both my wife an I were in song selection and Allen announcing. I spent a handful of days going through their list and making a very specific tailored list of songs I wanted played. Gave him a total of 45 songs of the list they knew how to play and said, "play from this list." Even went as far as to give them a handful of songs I don't want played and that was totally disregarded and a couple songs we specifically said we hate ended up getting played. I'm all for letting a band pick their own songs and feeling a crowd, but if we say we hate that song, don't play it. We even went up to him throughout the night and said, "can you guys please stop playing songs we don't like" and Allan just got into a pissing match about how the crowd loves it. I get it Allan, but if we're paying you like 10k to play some songs for 3 hrs, maybe just don't play stuff we hate and told you not to play. Again, all this can be just difference of opinion and me getting too involved in the music to just make a big deal out of. Especially when the crowd was into the music. The biggest thing and stuff that genuinely just pissed me off was any announcing which Allan decided to do himself. There was zero enthusiasm, he stood in the center of the stage at odd times just awkwardly looking into the crowd and even during the garter and bouquet toss it was painful just listening to him trying to get people to even join in. Our wedding planner had to take the mic from him and do it . A 300 plus wedding shouldn't be hard to get people to come out for that let alone even let people know it's actually going on... Again, all stuff that is really subjective I can just say may have been an off day or something. The biggest thing that really just pissed us off is the fact that when announcing the wedding party and bride and groom, you get their first and last names right. Considering you have been emailing and talking with them and accepting their money for months now, remembering how to pronounce a first and last name should be 101 type stuff for a wedding. And I or my wife don't have complicated names either. That just proved to me that there wasn't really any sort of thought put into our wedding besides cranking out the same playlist and going through the motions because it's in September and the end of wedding season.   In summary, musicians are good and know how to work it. They do need someone else to manage day to day things and a different MC.
  •  Maria F.
    Planning a wedding can be stressful. High Society helped make it easy and simple! They were amazing, the guests loved them and I would recommend them to everyone!
  • Renee G.
    Please accept our thanks and admiration for your spectacular performance at the Palmer House Empire Room. You turned the wedding into a Hot Party and brought fun and happiness to us all. You are the ‘talk of the town’ in Detroit, Canada, US States and 4 foreign countries where our guests came from. Many thanks and best wishes.”
    Renee G.
  • Cindy K.
    Love High Society. We hired them for a corporate event and the music was perfect. Everyone complimented us on the choice. Allan Heiman was great to work with. Real professional and he has a very impressive resume. Has been in the music business forever. A real pro. Looking forward to the next opportunity to work with him and his talented musicians. THANK YOU!
  • Steven & Joyce Z.
    “THANK YOU so much for all that you did to make our daughter’s wedding such a huge success! All 700 of our guests still continue to talk about how wonderful you were even though it has been over a month since the wedding. They begged us to have you play even a half-hour longer because no one could get enough. You were AMAZING!!! …We (have) had the opportunity to travel all over the country and watch many nationally recognized orchestras perform at various functions. NONE OF THEM COMPARED TO YOUR ORCHESTRA. You were such a pleasure to work with throughout the wedding preparation process. You were fair, accommodating, and friendly. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and hope we have the delight to watch you perform again in the future.”
    Steven & Joyce Z.
  • Flo M.
    “The High Society Orchestra was the high point of our reception. Not only were they extremely talented, but each member was friendly and polite. Many people have told me that they have never been to a wedding where the dance floor was filled until the end of the evening, as it was at our reception. All ages were out on the parquet ‘dancing the night away.’” I would gladly recommend the High Society Orchestra to anyone looking for a fabulous band!”
    Flo M.
  • Clint & Julie W.
    “We thought the music was absolutely wonderful, and our opinion certainly was not unique. We have received many comments from our wedding guests in the past few weeks noting that it was the best wedding reception that they have ever been to, and the High Society Orchestra keeps coming up as the reason why everyone had such an enjoyable evening. We would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in need of finding musicians for their wedding ceremony – in fact, we already have.”
    Clint & Julie W.
  • Michael E.
    “My wife and I both thought that High Society put on a performance at a wedding that I have yet to see equaled. Not only was the quality of the music excellent, but the song selection kept everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor the entire time. We have received many wonderful notes from friends and family about the wedding and so many have complemented us on our band selection.”
    Michael E.
  • Emily R.
    "I wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed having High Society play at our wedding. The dance floor was packed the entire night with guests ranging from our wedding party (all in their 20’s) to our 80-year old grandparents. It’s hard to tell who had more fun! The band was incredibly professional, and far exceeded our expectations. The pianist during cocktails, the quartet during dinner, and the High Society Orchestra themselves, all did a terrific job in setting a mood that was just what we were hoping for. They played a wide variety of songs that got everybody to the floor at some point in the evening. Lastly, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your professionalism in fine tuning the details of that evening. Thank you for making our wedding reception a night we will relive forever!"
    Emily R.
  • Don and Sandi S.
    “We want to thank you and your outstanding orchestra, High Society. You were unbelievable… beginning with the ceremony and through the end of the reception (which lasted until 1:30 am!!!) Thank you again… and be assured that you are on the top of our list for our next party.”
    Don and Sandi S.
  • Sandra F.
    I actually attended a wedding where High Society played [as a guest] and thought they were a fabulous group – very interactive. I would recommend them to anyone, especially for a wedding.
    Sandra F.
  • Katie G.
    It Was Such a Pleasure! It was such a pleasure working with you August 11 at the Greco Wedding. The dance floor was packed all night and i heard many Rave Reviews from the guests. I would love to work with you again.
    Katie G.
  • Mary
    You really out-did yourselves with your talent and energy! Thank you for a FOURTH great O'Rourke wedding!
    Mary
  • Nell
    We loved High Society. They were an amazing part of our wedding. The ceremony music was gorgeous, the quartet during dinner and cocktails was nice, and the band for dancing was incredible.
    Nell
  • Kelly
    High Society was amazing! The dance floor was full the entire time and our guests are still talking about it.
    Kelly
  • Anne T.
    Top notch! I hired the High Society Orchestra for my July wedding and I could not have been more pleased.
    Anne T.
  • Rikki W.
    The band was talented, charismatic , and our guests absolutely loved them! The dance floor was NEVER empty.
    Rikki W.
  • Ron R.
    I have had the opportunity to work with High Society at several weddings and events. First thing I have to say about the band it that the musicians are all consummate pros! The band is tight and their repertoire seems limitless. They fill the dance floor from the first song to the last and the music just flows through the night endlessly! The feedback from the guests always seems to be positive. I would confidently recommend High Society Orchestra to any of my clients....they create a perfect sound track for that special day!
  • Jen L.
    They actually made the party! After the wedding, the compliments just rolled in. We were so happy! Let's get to the point - THEY WERE AMAZING!! Great singers and performers.
    Jen L.
  • Joan B.
    I can’t thank you enough for the fabulous wedding music – your band – orchestra – was beyond belief and YOU made it perfect It has been a true pleasure to work with you!
    Joan B.
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