The Royal Dukes Band (and introducing the Nola Dukes Band join New Orleans...!) is the function band that is anything but your tired, cheesy in-house "Function Band".
With regular showcase performances and a free demo CD you can see and hear them live before booking them, and pick and choose the size and configuration of your dream band. These full-time professional young musicians focus squarely on getting your night up and jumping, but without the cheese. Best of all, they are self-managed, so they are much less expensive than other bands in this quality bracket – you are not paying any agents or middle-men! Pricing from $1980 - $5200, depending on band size.
WOWOWOW! Royal Dukes are beyond amazing!!! Seriously, they’re so incredibly awesome! They came highly recommended, so we booked them sight unseen having listened to some of their good tunes online. Such a great decision!!!
We loved they way they operate – letting you choose how many musicians you want (from 2-10+) depending on your event /budget. We knew we wanted acoustic/instrumental guitar for the ceremony, jazz duo for the cocktail hour, and we splurged on a 5-person band for our small 50-person wedding. Their prices are extremely competitive and you get way more than what you pay for with Royal Dukes.
They’re each such talented musicians, and they played together seamlessly! We gave them some general direction on what music we liked/disliked, and they knocked it out of the park on song choice, reading the crowd and filling the dance floor. They looked like they had so much fun playing as well, which contributed to the fabulous energy at our wedding.
Royal Dukes helped us bounce so much positive energy and love around our wedding venue, they created the most perfect atmosphere for our special day! Can’t recommend them enough!!
Now hurry up and book them before they’re busy on your big day!!!
Very pleased with the choice of the Royal Dukes for our annual company holiday party. Great music, easy to work with and the band just flowed with the tempo of the evening. I would highly recommend them for any sort of event needing a live band.
Best Wedding Band Ever!!!!! I had a lot of super specific requests and they nailed every single one. They were all so nice and everyone just had the best time! We had a 7-piece, and at one point the sax player came out onto the dance floor to play - it was great! So much energy!
Royal Dukes are absolutely the perfect wedding band! I would give them 10 stars if I could. Great price and even better product! Book them now!!
We hired the 8 piece band for our daughter's wedding reception. There was so much flexibility in what they could play, it was amazing. From the cocktail hour music to the party tunes, it was all perfect. Our guests danced the night away and many people commented on how much they enjoyed the band. Every performer was excellent. Their price point is excellent. They made the process easy, fun and relaxed from start to finish (I never felt stressed about song selections or deadlines). The band made our celebration so much fun. We will hire them again for other children's weddings. Highly recommend.
Can't recommend Royal Dukes Band enough! They were probably the best decision we made in all of wedding planning. People were dancing from the first song to the last and everyone raved about them to us after the wedding. They couldn't get over how good they were! They played the perfect mix of music that we requested and I even threw in some requests at the reception that they did! The planning process was super easy as well. I would highly recommend them!
Amazing! The quality of the Royal Dukes, paired with their reasonable price, made them an amazing choice for our wedding. We chose the package that included a string quartet, jazz band and a twelve piece band. Every musician did an excellent job. Jon, who coordinated with us, went above and beyond to make sure we had exactly what we wanted at our wedding. Furthermore, when my husband wanted live music during our dinner service, he worked with us to make that happen at a reasonable cost. Lastly, the band let my husband borrow their guitar and microphone so he could perform a song during our wedding. I highly recommend the Royal Dukes and am so happy that we chose them for our wedding.
Royal Dukes were amazing! We loved having them as a part of our day - they kept everyone on the dance floor all night! They were also really easy to work with during the booking and planning process. We liked the flexibility to choose the number of band members and instruments as well. I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
Easy to work with, was able to get everything set up prior to the evening. We had some last minutes changes, didn't phase them at all. Excellent sound and performance!
The Royal Dukes can do pretty much anything you need. They have been playing for our annual homecoming event for a few years and each year is better than the last. They will work with you so well to get every detail sorted out. If you need a band that can do anything, this is the only choice!
These guys rule! We had an incredible experience with them. From the opportunity to go hear them in Austin beforehand, to the booking and preparation process, and of course, the wedding day...they are professionals who know how to do this very well. Here are the two things that I think make them awesome...
1. They make your wedding day amazing. We didn't even think about them once. They had everything prepped and ready to go beforehand and worked directly with our day of coordinator so that we didn't have to give it a single thought.
2. They CRUSH the dancefloor! We heard from our friends over and over again that they danced so hard they were sore the next day. That's success! We pretty much only had one goal for the reception and that was to have a packed dance floor all night and these guys came through in a big way.
Incredibly thankful for them and for making our day as awesome as we hoped it would be.
The Venue recommended this band and it was my first pick and the right choice! The band all dressed in black looked to par! They started on time, with the song we requested "New York-New York" and they blew everyone out. Very professional and talented!!!!! After that they had everyone dancing. We only requested one song and the rest was from their professional choices; which they knew what music to play to get people to dance! Will recommend to anyone who is looking for a band. We are already planning our next event in 4 years and will certainly contact Royal Dukes Band! Oh and the price was just right!
We are so happy we booked the Royal Dukes for our wedding this month!! They are amazing in every aspect. We did tons of research to find the perfect band, and most Dallas bands were double or triple the price of Royal Dukes. We couldn’t believe how affordable they were with their talent! We booked a 9 piece band with Marisela and Quentin as our singers. We also included the lights package, which was so worth it. Make sure to attend the free showcases for the band ahead of time so you can hear them play, hear the different singers and request who you’d like. The band can play ANY style of music!! From country, to salsa, to party music, they can do it all. Evan was so helpful throughout the entire process. We booked the band 18 months before our wedding, so we had many questions along the way, and they were so responsive and easy to communicate with! He always answered our questions so quickly. The online band planning page that they provided was great also! They really took our requests into consideration to make our wedding perfect. We are still getting compliments almost a month after our wedding about how amazing the band was and how much fun everyone had. The dance floor was always full! I can’t recommend Royal Dukes enough. You will not regret it!!!
Not only did our 3-piece band perform beyond expectations, but the booking process was great, too! I would hire them again in a heartbeat!
The Royal Dukes Band made the wedding even more perfect! The energy coming from the band made it that our dance floor was NEVER empty. The music during the band break was exactly what we talked about with Jordan which made for a seamless transition when they came back on stage. All 10 of them!! Highly recommend them!
Royal Dukes Band was the best decision we made. I was really frustrated that we couldn’t find a great band in our price point, and then I happened to come across Royal Dukes Band’s advertisement, so we listened online and loved them. We were able to hear them live a few days later, and booked them that night. The talent they pull from for their band is incredible, the prices are awesome, and the music is the best. People are still coming up to us telling us we had the best band at our wedding that they’ve ever heard. I cannot recommend them enough!
The Band came in on a month's notice after the original musicians cancelled. As the mother of the bride, I can honestly say I am happy that it worked out this way. Evan immediately stepped in so professionally that we were able to organize the wedding reception planning with them in less than a week, and felt no stress at all.
At the reception, itself, the band was spectacular right from the very first song. At most points in the evening, no one was sitting--everyone wanted to keep dancing, from 15-85 year olds. We had so many complements, with people telling us this was the most fun they had ever had at a wedding! The bride and groom were thrilled.
Royal Dukes was awesome! I was a little nervous at first when they said they don't take requests because they feed off of the vibe of the party, but this was not an issue at all! They were able to keep our guests dancing all night which is exactly what we wanted! We have received endless compliments on how AMAZING the band was at our wedding. They were also so organized and friendly throughout the whole process and day of. Our singer, Sam, came up to me at the end of the night and took a few minutes to speak with me and tell me that she enjoyed performing for us. I thought this was really sweet and it has stuck with me how personable she was. We used them for our ceremony music (acoustic guitar), cocktail hour (acoustic trio), and for the reception (7 piece band). It was so convenient that we could use them for all three parts of the night. An added bonus is that they were super affordable!
We couldn't have said "I DO" without "I DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE ROYAL DUKES BAND!" Words aren't enough to express the sheer JOY and GRATITUDE we have for The Royal Dukes Band! We hired the 8 piece band for our wedding May 26, 2018 at Pecan Springs Ranch because you can't NOT have the horns section---they totally brought the house down! I saw the RDB perform at a showcase in Downtown Austin with one of my bridesmaids who is a musician. I knew she'd be a great person to bring because she would have honest feedback and help me choose the lead singer that best fit our wedding vibe and personalities. We both danced and laughed throughout the entire show! We honestly loved every showcased vocalist! We went with Sam (female lead) and Jordan (male lead). SO HAPPY WE DID! Their professionalism and perfected planning/execution process is both impressive and reassuring to a bride juggling so many planning details! For me, the overall wedding goal was to throw the party of a lifetime for myself and my groom, and if everyone else at the wedding enjoyed it too, great! WE THREW THE BEST PARTY AND THE ROYAL DUKES BAND MADE THAT ALL POSSIBLE! I don't even have an adjective to describe how much fun we had. Our guests will be talking about our wedding band forever!!!!!!!!!! To book the RDB is to guarantee your night will be a BLAST!
We host a "fun" party once a year in different cities for our client. The Royal Dukes Band did not disappoint! They were fantastic from the sound to the music choices. They kept the party going strong and many of our guests said this was the best band we have had to date!
My husband and I absolutely LOVED the band. It took us forever to decide on a band for our wedding, but the moment we heard them we knew we wanted to have them. The whole process is so easy and they are great at communication. They are very straightforward and will work with you on anything you want. The band at the wedding was so much fun. They knew how to read the crowd and played what kept people dancing. We could not have been happier with the band. I seriously can not recommend them enough. They are awesome!!
Our entire experience with The Royal Dukes Band was completely positive- from the initial connection to the communications along the way to the actual gala event. They were extremely professional and cordial and translated all our wishes to the dance floor brilliantly! The choice of music was perfect, and all those attending completely enjoyed the experience because of them.
Jordan and the Royal Dukes Band fully delivered on everything they committed to. The string quartet was beautiful at the wedding and the ensemble and 10 piece band made the cocktail hour and reception perfect. Thanks
Royal Dukes provided us a fantastic experience! They were great to work with, gave us exactly what we wanted and made our daughter's wedding a fun time for everyone. The vocals were on point, the musicians were excellent -- I recommend them whole heartedly!
Mark and the Royal Dukes Band were very professional and gracious in dealing with all of our special requests and changes. The night went off without a hitch and every guest had an amazing time...there was not one complaint to be had. The music was fun and up beat...we got exactly what we asked for.
For anyone wondering if the Royal Dukes Band sounds great in person/live...Yes, they absolutely do! Great vocal and great musicians all the way around.
I booked Royal Dukes for a corporate event after hearing them at my God-Daughter's wedding. They were easy to work with and provided a great time for all! Highly recommend this big sound, high energy band!
I hired The Royal Dukes Band to play for a company holiday party that was for 150 people. I booked them pretty last minute so it was a miracle that they were available, but the band coordinatored was so nice and helpful. She answered all of my questions and provided me with questions that I didn't even know I should have about the venue lol. When it came time for the party, it was so effortless. The band was the best part of the party by far. They were beyond talented and they picked great set lists. I don't want to ever book another party without them because the set the bar so high. Seriously, this band is a solid investment and you won't regret hiring them.
We always go by the adage that to have a good party, you need good booze and good music. The Royal Dukes did a fantastic job!. They knew how to read the crowd and just the right songs were played throughout the evening. The dance floor was busy the whole night!
Evan was an absolute delight to work with - very responsive, helpful and flexible. The band has a very diverse and extensive selection of songs and both the musicians and singers are excellent. We had an eight piece band at our company event and I received many accolades and not one compliant (which is amazing!) I would recommend for any occasion in a heartbeat.
The success of a reception is judged by the band and you guys knocked it out of the ballpark!
I looked up at the beginning of your “let’s get this party started" set and the dance floor was packed. It wasn’t even 9:00. It never emptied.
Everyone had a blast and never wanted the night to end. That doesn’t happen without an exceptional band!
Your lighting work was amazing and just made the room, and the florals, and the cake, and the photographs look exceptional. Thank you for taking that to another level. Everything just popped!
And can't I even come up with words for the projected monogram on the dance floor. WOW!!
You absolutely exceeded my expectations and I cannot thank you enough for making our night so fun and memorable.
Royal Dukes is amazing. If you want a reception that has a packed dance floor all night and guests who don't want the night to end this band is for you. They were so accommodating and easy to work with, very responsive and timely, and were they ever good! They exceeded our expectations. I don't have enough good things to say. They provided lighting for our venue which was over the top and more than I asked for which really made a huge difference. AND they provided the string quartet for the ceremony. They were expert and professional in all areas. Hats off to Royal Dukes. You guys are the best!!
The Dukes were absolutely fantastic -- they truly exceeded our expectations!! We were looking for a great band that wasn't your average wedding band.... and they nailed it. "Hurricane" Nate and our incompetent Mayor put a significant damper on and condensed the timelines of our celebration but more than anything else everyone commented on how awesome our band was! They performed our first song - "Lovely Day" and were also able to accommodate a particularly funky version of "Aint it funky now" by James Brown. Everyone ended up on the dance floor while they belted out a handful of wedding standards and a large number of high energy surprises that kept the party going. We look forward to re-living our Day at one of their showcase shows at the Little Gem for our First Anniversary!
We had the perfect veunue (overlooking beautiful Possum Kingdom Lake) , great food, and perfect weather. But the one thing our guests kept mentioning the most was the entertainment. The Dukes made our experience a totally memorable one and for that we are grateful.
Where to begin! We used NOLA Dukes at our wedding in February 2017, right around Mardi Gras. We had 2 bands, a second line for our ceremony and a jazz band for our reception. Both were amazing and really brought home our wedding weekend. Randi is truly a magical person, she heard everything we had to say and curated this wonderful day, even helping to organize our wedding timeline. She was fun and professional, even handled some noise complaints at our venue with Cindy the Degas House manager - without disturbing our fun. Our guests can’t stop talking about how amazing the band was, truly memorable.
I am so happy that I decided to go with a live band for my wedding on June 24th. BUT, I am even MORE happy that I found the Royal Dukes Band. From the very beginning, Evan (band manager) was great to work with. They have a nice website platform that will keep all details of the wedding organized. You put your timeline, song preferences, and etc all on the website. It's very helpful, and it makes you feel at ease that everything is being communicated. I had Scotty and Mahogany for my lead singers, and they blew me + everyone away. They played all genres, and had guests all ages on their feet dancing. The whole band we had was very talented and professional. Shoutout to our electric guitar player - he was fantastic. We are so happy that Royal Dukes Band played at our wedding, and they were one of the main reasons that our night was so memorable. Thanks again!
Awesome all over. Our point of contact, Randi, was extremely responsive and patient in the face of all of my 2000-word emails regarding logistics and details and special requests. We had a few specific, somewhat complicated requests for our first dances, and they all went without a hitch. The band had great energy and kept everyone dancing all night. We got a lot of positive comments about them from our guests as well. As a bonus, they were an all-in-one package, meaning they were able to provide a string duo for the ceremony and a brass band for the second line (they also handled the route, police and permits for the second line). Hopefully I'll never have to get married again, but if I do, I'm definitely booking the NOLA Dukes again!
We had the three piece band and it was phenominal. They worked with us in the months leading up to make sure everything was perfect. We had quite a few special requests and they took them all in stride. My sister played a song on guitar and the band joined in with her and made her night. They were absolutely perfect and Evan is amazing to work with they are truly lucky to have such a great manager.
We loved the having the Royal Dukes play at our wedding reception - COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE IMPRESSED WITH THEIR TALENT!!!
They were quick to reply to our questions and worked with us to create such an awesome vibe for our wedding! Their attention to detail and working with us on the schedule was priceless!
Icing on the cake - we gave Royal Dukes the list of our songs that would be played through an iPod during the band break and Chris surprised us and sang one of our favorites life for us - So Awesome!!
Randi and The Nola Dukes were absolutely amazing! From the very first email from Randi to the very last song, everyone was professional, supportive, and oh so much fun. Not to mention the incredible music the band brought to the wedding! This is one talented group of musicians. I was blown away by their showpersonship and energy. Plus the selection of tunes they chose kept everyone moving and grooving. The Nola Dukes were a highlight of our wedding, and we feel so lucky to have found them. If you're thinking about booking The Nola Dukes – do it! I can't recommend them highly enough!
From beginning to end, Royal Dukes were professional and attentive. The talent was amazing. Our guests are still talking about the band. They kept the party on track and the emcee part was so great as well. Cannot say enough great things about them. 100% awesome!!
We had the band at our ceremony and reception. We also paid extra for them to M.C. the evening. They were amazing in all areas. We will be using them again for any other special event we have coming in the future. They are wonderful, professional, and went above and beyond expectations.
Randi and the Nola Dukes Band were incredibly easy to work with and very knowledgeable about wedding receptions. Randi saved the day for us when our strings were cancelled the day before the wedding due to cold weather. They were a blast, everyone enjoyed dancing, and they were just so professional. I would recommend them to anyone wanting fun, entertaining, live music.
Royal Dukes handled the music at my daughter's wedding reception. Absolutely outstanding. We had an 8 - piece band, which included 2 singers. Great musicians. Great singers. Dance floor was FULL then ENTIRE EVENING. Truly amazing. We had many comments from guests that it was one of the best receptions they had attended. Guests remember flowers, food and music at reception. The music was exceptional! Highly recommend, no reservations, and worth every penny!
The Royal Dukes played our wedding on March 12th and other than getting to marry the most amazing woman in the world that night the band was without a doubt the second best thing that happened that night! I did a lot of research online for bands to play our wedding and it was hard to determine who was the best. I emailing Aaron from Royal Dukes and he invited us to OKC to watch the band play and we were blown away by the band and just the professionalism that Aaron displayed! He treated us like we were old friends. I highly recommend seeing them in person first. They have multiple musicians and you can let Aaron know who you would prefer. One of the male vocalist, Chase, was absolutely incredible and was exactly what we were looking for. He could sing classics like Sinatra with just a throwback flare and really just excelled with any type of music! Our first dance was a slowed down version of Cant Take My Eyes Off Of You that was performed way beyond my high expectations!! Aaron sent me a video of the band playing the song a month before the wedding to make sure it was what we wanted! I cannot say enough about Aaron, Chase, and the entire band! They are extremely talented and they are driven to make sure you have a great time! Everyone was so nice as well! The only complaint I have with the band is that they are so good and provide so much fun that the time flies by way too fast! They played a little over 4 hours but it seemed like 30 minutes! I cannot recommend this band enough! I honestly wish I could crash some weddings just to hear them again!
The Royal Dukes played for our daughter's black tie wedding at the Crystal Ballroom. They were wonderful!! From the planning to the progression of the music over the evening, they were delightful. There is absolutely nothing that we requested that they didn't know or learn. In one evening, we had jazz, country, rock, disco, salsa and even a 2nd line!
The Royal Dukes, now the Nola Dukes I believe, were great to work with. They were responsive and organized to deal with before the wedding thanks to Randi. They kept our guest dancing all night and we received several comments on how great they were! Overall highly recommend! We got the 7 piece and really loved the guy on the keys!
If you are looking for a talented, well-organized, informative and professional band with no hidden fees... go with The Royal Dukes! They were a pleasure to work with and kept the dance floor rocking all night!!!
Wow!!!!!! The Royal Dukes recently played at our wedding this past October and it was absolutely incredible. This band is seriously talented and extremely fun. They kept the party going throughout the night and our guests literally had to be pulled off the dance floor because they didn't want the night to end. The Royal Dukes were very easy and helpful to organize with and were extremely trustworthy and reliable. Many of our guests told us that the Royal Dukes were the best band they have ever seen at a wedding. We cannot thank them enough for making our wedding reception especially memorable.
Royal Dukes played at our 200+ guest wedding and rocked the house! We got a ton of compliments from our guests and am proud to say that we had HOURS of dancing. We had some pretty strict "do not play" rules (no country, no choreographed songs for example cupid shuffle, cotton eyed joe, etc) and the band respected ALL of them. On top of that, they played great music that at some stage of the night every age group was comfortable and happy dancing to. Our oldest dancer was close to 90 and youngest was 10, and everyone had a wonderful time. The Royal Dukes made for some very tired, sweaty and smiling guests. Thank you!
The Roual Dukes Band provided the perfect music for our October tent wedding. We're still hearing stories of how much fun everyone had, how amazing was the band, and what a perfect evening. Several folks commented on how during one song, they looked up and the lead singer was playing the flute! The evening was enchanting, elevated greatly by the quality of music.
Selecting the Royal Dukes Band to play for the wedding reception was one of the best decisions we made for the wedding. The RDB guys knocked it out of the park!! Their talent and energy got the entire reception on their feet and dancing all night long. From 8 to 80, everyone had the time of the lives. They MC'd the event also, and helped keep everything on a perfect timeline. From the horns to the drums, and everything in between, the talent levels of all were outstanding. Thanks guys!! We initially were thinking a DJ would do just fine, and save us a little money. For just a little more money, these guys turned a good wedding into a memory of a lifetime.
The Royal Dukes Band played at our wedding (4/25/2015) in Brenham, TX and they were amazing!
You can book many different configurations of musicians, which is so helpful. We initially booked 3 people, but then decided to go with 4 instead (glad we did). One of them played piano music for our ceremony, which was beautiful.
The band did a really great job of keeping people on the dance floor at the reception. They got everyone dancing, from our college friends to our 85+ year old grandparents. The songs they played appealed to a wide range of people - after the reception all my dad's friends told him how great the music was, and all my friends told me the same.
Music was one of the most important aspects to us as we planned our wedding, so we were picky.. We listened to bands, we read hundreds of reviews, we asked other newlyweds for their advise. I randomly found out about the Royal Dukes because of an advertisement on theknot.com that was sent to my email address. My husband and I went to their showcase in downtown New Orleans, and we KNEW they were the band we had to have at our wedding! Randi is beyond fabulous to work with during this stressful (yet exciting) time!! Our wedding was so special because of everything she did for us. For instance, the band only learns 3 songs for you, but my father is a wounded warrior, and they specifically learned a Bob Marley song "three little birds" to play at our wedding for him. (Even though they already had to learn 3 other songs for us) We saw them play multiple times over the planning process and they never ceased to amaze us. One minute, they play a CeeLo Green song, the next, they are playing "My girl" and Frank Sinatra. The band is extremely talented and will make your wedding one to remember. We had multiple compliments on our band choice. Not to mention, they are very affordable, which is nice when you are working within a certain budget. I am so glad we picked the Royal Dukes to share this special day with us, they made it an extraordinary one!!
The Royal Dukes were fantastic!!! We had them for our wedding and they were everything we had hoped for. My wife and I both agree that it was the most people dancing at any wedding we have ever attended. Randi is an amazing coordinator and great female vocalist. She did a great job by keeping us informed, providing great suggestions, even taking the time to learn a new song for our first dance. The male lead singer, Armando, was a fantastic performer and really got the crowd going. You will not go wrong picking this extremely talented group of musicians. Philip & Gaby
The Royal Dukes Band played for our February 28, 2015 wedding reception. Our hope was to throw a big party and have everyone up and dancing...we were NOT disappointed! Armando was AMAZING as were all of the band members. They were so interactive and really got everyone dancing! Over three weeks later and we're still receiving amazing feedback on the band.
We had a 9 piece band for our daughter's wedding reception. We also had the sax player and pianist play for the cocktail hour. It was a perfect evening! They knew the right type of music we all wanted and the right tempo as the evening progressed. The bride and groom and all the guests danced the night away...everyone loved the band. I would highly recommend them.
Ryan and the Royal Dukes absolutely KILLED IT at our wedding! We wanted a big fun party with people dancing all night long and they absolutely delivered and then some! They MC'd for us too and kept everything going smoothly and played all the right music for our group! If you are looking for a band you know you'll guests will LOVE, and one that needs very little direction from the bride/groom to make it perfect this is the most amazing group! They worked so well with us and truly made our reception our dream come true!!
From the introductory showcase to the attentiveness during the booking process to the band's professionalism--my entire experience was top notch.
I especially appreciated this group's flexibility. There is so much talent involved in the group and each individual was delightful. They were accommodating to our requests while staying true to their promise to deliver a fun, memorable event.
My only regret is that I didn't spend more time on the dance floor. If you are planning your wedding now, take my advice...you can talk to all those people another time...DANCE!
We live in Tulsa, but decided to take a trip down to Dallas to check out the band because Matt (the guy who seems to run the show) suggested it would be good to see the configurations of the band and see which singers we preferred. We loved a few of the singers they showcased and decided to add a second singer because we were so impressed. On the night we saw them, we were informed by Matt that the singers we liked were all available that night.When we got home we promptly emailed Matt and told him the singers we liked and paid our deposit. Then after several weeks of emailing and calling Matt with no response, he finally responded and told us none of the singers we wanted were available. This wouldn't have bothered me if we hadn't driven the 4 hours to Dallas to see the band for that specific reason.
Matt was utterly useless at responding to us once we paid our deposit and quite often just sent their template responses that did not address any of our questions. In two separate emails he referred to us by different names. We were not asking difficult questions.. we mostly wanted to know who our singers were going to be.
The band we had on the night we lovely local people and they did a great job entertaining everyone. We cannot fault the band at all. But I think they should make it clear to people that you're likely to get who ever is in your city and not encourage people to come watch the showcase evenings.
If you want a fun band, I would recommend them. But beware that communication is non-existent and this can be stressful when planning your big day.
There really isn't a way to describe how genuine these guys are. Starting from booking it was all so seamless and simple. They understand that this is your day and cater to it. I couldn't imagine working with anyone other than Randi to manage our reception. Randi was so professional and understanding with helping in every aspect. Whether it was helping manage the reception schedule or create the perfect sets to keep people moving, Randi was there to help every step of the way... And oh my, the girl can sing!!!
Other than the professionalism in managing the event they sound freakin' amazing!
The Dukes are so talented in the music they play. You can tell that each an everyone of them has a passion for what they do. They kept the music up and people dancing for hours and hours. At the end of the event our guests went on for days on how awesome the Dukes were.
A big shout out to Randi and the Royal Dukes. From Chelsea and I both thank you.
I can't say enough good things about this band. From start to finish they were so great and easy to work with and a really good value. After pricing several bands we were thinking a full band may be out of budget until we found these guys!! Ryan was our contact person. Working with him was quick and easy and really informative. My daughter's wedding was in New Orleans so I believe the musicians were all local to the area. Randi, our Nola coordinator too was so great to work with. As to the band itself and the music... So awesome!! They totally rocked and the dance floor was full all night. My daughter gave a quick rundown during planning of the type of music she wanted and what she didn't really want and it couldn't have been better if she literally picked every song herself! We had compliments all night...and still today, on how awesome they were! The venue Manager (at the Chicory) also said how great they were to work with and how much he enjoyed listening that night as well! Thank you all again for helping to make my daughter and son in law's special night so extra special, fun and memorable!!
The Royal Dukes are skilled musicians who also know how to "work a crowd." They took the time to find out exactly what we were looking for, and then delivered it. Their ability to cover a wide range of genres was also perfect for our diverse group of guests. From age 3 to 89, they all left smiling.
they did a great job! highly recommend!!
My husband and I were set on having a band for our wedding. We tried to check out a few others but they were either hard to get a hold of or way too pricey. We went to go see the Royal Dukes Band at one of their showcases in Houston. We got to see a variety of styles and sizes of bands. That's one of the things we loved about the Royal Dukes Band, you get to choose the size of the band based on your event and your price range. We could not believe what a great price they were! We booked a six piece band and felt very confident in choosing them. They are very reliable and easy to communicate with. About a month before the wedding, we sent them a list of the types of songs that we wanted. Since our contract was for four hours and our reception wasn't that long, our wedding planning coordinated with them so that we could have acoustic music during our cocktail hour and although we didn't hear it, all of our guests raved about how great it was to set the tone. While we ate, they played the perfect background music that was at just the right volume. I went to a wedding last weekend where the band played really loud dance music while everyone was trying to eat and talk, it made me appreciate the Royal Dukes Band even more. And then came the reception. They were AMAZING!! They played a great mix of old and new songs and our dance floor was packed. We were so sad when it was over because we all wanted to keep dancing. They also MC'd the wedding and did a great job with that as well. I can't recommend this band enough!
The Royal Dukes Band played at our wedding and they were truly incredible. From the minute we contacted them to the wedding date they were extremely nice and had great service. They were willing to walk us through every part of the process of the wedding and gave us suggestions based on their expertise and made our requests happen. We had them sing our first dance song and it was incredibly special and unique. They were a blast the whole night, all our guests commented on how much better it was to have a band rather than a DJ. We had a 9 piece band for the reception but only a few played during cocktail hour and during dinner which was perfect for the atmosphere. They interacted with the crowd so well, they knew exactly what to play when and would engage people starting a dance off between our younger cousins. Overall this band was amazing!! They definitely helped to make our night unforgettable and I would recommend them to anyone.
We hired Royal Dukes for a company party at House of Blues and they were such a great band! Everyone was raving about them all throughout the night and we have been receiving compliments on them ever since! If we are ever back in Houston, there is no doubt that we will book them for our next event!
Booked this band for our wedding and was very impressed. Their music really added to our ceremony/reception! Process for booking was really easy and straightforward. They have a form you can fill to express anything you want for them during your event. I must say, having a band over a dj makes a HUGE difference and really adds to the atmosphere. We asked the band to play more jazz/lounge type music for our cocktail hour/dinner and then more top 40 for the dancing afterwards. Everything was executed perfectly. We were very pleased with everything especially being that we were coordinating everything from the other side of the country. Would highly recommend for anyone else.
I'll start by saying: band decision was of the utmost importance to my husband and I and we even told our guests ahead of time that we would be dancing all night and if people wanted to chat with us, they had to get on the dance floor. Let me tell you it didn't take much to have the entire dance floor full all night. The Royal Dukes Band helped make our wedding night one of the best weddings most of our guests had ever attended. And that is straight from our guest's mouth! Plus they let me (the bride) play the drums with them! AND let a bridesmaid sing a song with them! It was a fantastic, entertaining performance they put on, while still making it feel like it was our night. They never upstaged us and gave us complete control saying all night: "Sure we can do that! It's yall's night!" We want to get married again just to have another night of dancing!
If you want your guests to have a good time and dance the night away at your wedding reception, immediately hire Royal Dukes Band!! They were absolutely awesome and we got tons of compliments on the band/music throughout the night. Ryan and the team are great to work with - from giving you an easy worksheet to fill out to prep for the reception, to quick responses to emails and everything in between - they were awesome! I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed having them play at our reception. Hire them now!
We actually booked the Royal Dukes after seeing them perform at a friend's wedding (Brooke & George) where they were just so much fun we didn't want to leave (that's saying something when you're in you mid 30's and at a wedding every second weekend!). They were incredibly affordable, we hadn't even considered being able to afford a band before we were told how reasonable these guys were compared to other bands we looked at...! 3 players were all we needed and they just took hold of the night and again we found ourselves not wanting the night to ever end. Just awesome, thankyou forever Royal Dukes!
Professional, fun, passionate. No other band I checked out sounded nearly as good. They picked a perfect mix of music to keep the younger and older guests bouncing all night. The party kept going at full speed the whole time they played. And when they played during dinner, they sounded better than a recording. They set the mood the whole night. I can't imagine the night without them. We're very grateful. You will not regret using these guys. Also, we recommend Danny and Samantha as singers. They were fun and phenomenal.
Rightfully so, brides have the VAST majority of control when it comes to their weddings. Few brave women can trust their soon-to-be husbands with anything wedding related but I happened to propose to one of those women. My wife gave me several large tasks for our special day and the largest by far was booking the wedding band. We knew we wanted live music because let’s be real, a DJ is a cop-out… I could have easily screwed this task up but instead I booked the Royal Dukes. If my wife hadn’t been so amazingly gorgeous that day, the Royal Dukes would have RUN AWAY with the prize for “Most Compliments Received.” They were better than I ever could have imagined, and not a single person was sitting down at our reception!! If you are looking for a band that’s just ok, then stay far away from the Royal Dukes because they are spectacular and worth much more than they charged me. I did not visit with a guest at our reception that didn’t make some positive remark about the live music and how good the band was. I could not have been more pleased and I would book the Royal Dukes again in a heartbeat - just hopefully not another wedding ;).
Hire. This. Band. Now.
They can play pretty much anything and will make you event a HUGE hit! All of our guests at the wedding commented on how great the band was. They played everything from Prince, Kings of Leon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc. Plus, the lead singer, Ryan, handles everything in a timely manner and will truly become your friend, in the end!
Trust me, you can't go wrong hiring Royal Dukes!
I cannot be happier with my decision to hire the Royal Dukes. They made my event and I will hire them again in the future with any event opportunity that may arise! The entire band was extremely courteous, professional, and most of all, fun!!!! Our entire guest list had a great time. From the early evening, mellow and beautiful acoustic sets, to the late night rock and dance music, everyone loved loved loved this band! There is nothing they can't do! They even did an encore with "Freebird" and absolutely nailed it. Wow! In addition to the actual show and musical talent, this band gets 5 stars in every other department as well. Communication, Guidance in picking the right arrangement of musicians/types of instrumentation, Punctuality, Professionalism, Ease of Booking, Set up & Break down of their equipment..... everything was without a doubt, 5 stars. If you are looking for a band, look no further. There guys can't be beat.
Royal Dukes did an amazing job for my daughter’s wedding on June 29th. If you are considering hiring this band I highly recommend it. They looked, acted and sang so professionally. The dance floor was packed the entire night… clearly showing that our guests were loving them and having an awesome time. Countless people came up to us commenting on how incredible they sounded and we could not agree more. We also hired Ryan to MC the occasion and he too was wonderful! Thank you to Royal Dukes Band for making the reception such a success!
Mother of Bride -jj
What to Expect
The Royal Dukes Band are trained proffessional musicians with a wealth of knowledge and experience under their belts. They offer a fully customizable performance in all aspects, from band size, to performance length, to music style and more. We are capable of performing smooth jazz one night, then 80s glam rock the next, to a Great Gatsby style 1920's Big-Band the next!
Please speak to us about your specific requirements.
The Royal Dukes Band (and introducing the Nola Dukes Band in New Orleans...!) is the function band that is anything but your tired, cheesy in-house "Function Band".
With regular showcase performances and a free demo CD you can see and hear them live before booking them, and pick and choose the size and configuration of your dream band. These full-time professional young musicians focus squarely on getting your night up and jumping, but without the cheese. Best of all, they are self-managed, so they are much less expensive than other bands in this quality bracket – you are not paying any agents of middle-men! Pricing from $1980 - $5200, depending on band size.
They play all your favourite songs! The Royal Dukes Band can play all the classics and 70s, 80s, 90s etc, and all the latest stuff too – from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Black Keys and Beyonce – and everything in between. The Nola Dukes in New Orleans will also give you some real local flavour to your event. Although these bands were built from the ground up to fill the dance floor, they are all trained jazz musicians, who are just as happy to play cocktail music, acoustic covers, and all of those tunes that work best at the beginning of the night, before the party has really fired up! But when it is time to fill the dancefloor, this is when the band really excels! They pride themselves on knowing exactly the right songs to play at just the right time to pack your dancefloor. See their website for a full list of tunes that they can play, plus live recordings etc...
The best musicians in town! Choose between 3 – 14 full time professional musicians who play with the likes of Alicia Keys, Gotye, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Beck & Tony Bennett, to name a few. At their regular showcase viewing nights you can check out the band in action, and see for yourself why this young band already has an enviable reputation in the industry. They are truly different to any other band in town. Come and see them live to experience the "look and feel" that sets them apart from the pack.
They've played for the best! Many of America's major companies and institutions rely on the Royal Dukes to fill their dance floors! Regular clients include: Mercedes-Benz, Hilton Hotels, Caesar's Casino, US Air Force, NYU, L'Oreal, ABC Television, NBC, and many many more. The Royal Dukes are experienced, and well… they just know how to rock a party!!
See website for more details.
Additional Booking Notes
Speak to us about any lighting, staging or sound questions you might have. We are professionals who have a great deal of experience in all these areas so we will be able to help.
We know many, many more songs however this is a broad example of our most common requests:
EXAMPLE Contemporary-ish Songs , (Good for a younger crowd)
Dynamite , Taio Cruz
Suit & Tie , Justin Timberlake
Locked Out Of Heaven , Bruno Mars
Lonely Boy , Black Keys
Don't Stop Believing , Journey/Glee
Get Lucky , Daft Punk
Only Girl in the World , Rihanna
F@*K You , Cee Lo Green
Cosmic Girl , Jamiroquai
Marry Me , Bruno Mars
Rock DJ , Robbie Williams
My Happiness , Powderfinger
Chasing Cars , Snow Patrol
If I Ain't Got You , Alicia Keys
Taylor , Jack Johnson
Are You Gonna be My Girl , Jet
Aeroplane , Chilli Peppers
Tonights Gonna Be A Good Night , Black Eyed Peas
Take Your Mama , Scissor Sisters
Steal My Kisses , Ben Harper
Black and Gold , Sam Sparro
EXAMPLE SWING SONGS , (Good for early in the night)
I've Got You (Under My Skin) , Frank Sinatra
Moondance - Van Morrison , Michael Buble
Come Fly With Me , Frank Sinatra
Zoot Suit Riot , Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Cheek to Cheek , Fred Astaire
In the Mood , Glen Miller Band
L-O-V-E , Nat King-Cole
New York New York , Frank Sinatra
EXAMPLE Classic Old-school Dance Floor , (Good for a broad age range crowd)
All Night Long , Lionel Richie
Long Train Running , Doobee Brothers
Stayin' Alive , Bee Gees
Superstition , Stevie Wonder
I feel Good , James Brown
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go , Wham!
Valerie , Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson
1999 , Prince
ABC , The Jackson 5
Love Shack , The B-52's
Jump , Van Halen
EXAMPLE Soul/Mo-town/Funk Songs , (For a funkier vibe)
Whats Goin' On , Marvin Gaye
R-E-S-P-E-C-T , Aretha Franklin
At Last , Etta James
My Girl , Temptations
Shake Your Tailfeather , Ray Charles
Heard It Through The Grapevine , Marvin Gaye
I Want You Back , Jackson 5
Signed Sealed Delivered , Stevie Wonder
Mustang Sally , Commitments
Son Of A Preacher Man , Aretha Franklin
Higher Ground , Stevie Wonder
Lets Get It On , Marvin Gaye
Sex Machine , James Brown
EXAMPLE Rock Classics , (Great for dancing)
Jessie's Girl , Rick Springfield
Place Your Hands , Reef
My Sharona , The Knack
Johnny B. Goode , Chuck Berry
Sweet Home Alabama , Lynard Skynard
Hotel California , The Eagles
Twist n' Shout , The Eagles
Can't Buy Me Love , The Beatles
Cherry Cherry , Neil Diamond
American Pie , Don MacClain
Play That Funk Music , Wild Cherry
What I Like About You , The Romantics
Land Downunder , Men at Work
AND TOO MANY MORE TO LIST....
|Ryan Murphy||Lead Singer|
We can work with you to discuss your events specific requirements