Looking for a way to take your party to the next level? Bring in The Academy!
Consisting of amazingly talented industry professionals (featured on Glee, The Voice, America's Got Talent, and more), The Academy will be the best choice you made in putting together the most amazing night of your life! With an extremely versatile and comprehensive selection of music in jazz, pop, dance, funk, classic, and rock, your guests are guaranteed to put on their best dancing shoes, no matter what age! And yes, the band comes with all the bells and whistles necessary to make your event an amazing production no matter what the setting, including top of the line sound systems and equipment, lights, and fog!
I saw these guys play at a friend's party, and was completely blown away by the quality. Everyone in the band seemed super professional, and the sound quality was way better than I thought could be done in an outdoor setting. They played a lot of upbeat and recent hits, as well as some classics, but each one was really, really good. Kenny, the lead singer, was really impressive. I put on events for a living, and I would book these guys for a party or a wedding in a flash.
We hired The Academy for our school’s biggest fundraising gala & they did not disappoint. They are a class act & made up of such talented musicians & singers. They were eager to accommodate us in any way & played to the crowd. The dance floor was packed until the end of the night. Jake Detar played classical guitar during cocktail hour and he was magnificent. We have already discussed hiring them for next year’s gala. They were a pleasure to work with.
We hired The Academy to play at our fundraising gala. From our first correspondence with Jake DeTar, our band contact, The Academy was easy to work with, highly responsive, and professional. The Academy is a seasoned band and guided us seamlessly through exactly what needed to happen to flawlessly execute the musical portion of the evening.
Each member of the band is an incredibly talented musician in his or her own right. As a result, the quality of the music that the band puts out is honestly unbeatable. Guest after guest commented that The Academy played the best covers they had heard – and this is a crew that goes to a lot of fundraising events!
Beyond the quality of the music, the band captured the crowd’s attention and helped harness and guide the crowd’s energy throughout the evening. The Academy was able to get people on the dance floor and keep them there!
I would hire The Academy again one hundred times over. Thank you for helping to make our event such a fun, energetic, and inspiring evening.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 90 - 180 minutes
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What to Expect
You can expect professionalism in all aspects! We are highly trained, punctual, friendly, take direction well, do all things with "the customer is always right" attitude, and hard working. We create memorable events for you and your guests.
The Academy is based out of Santa Barbara and was founded by Augustine and Jake DeTar of DeTar Music Studios. The band plays a large variety of songs and styles, specially designed and rehearsed to fit YOUR event setting. The Academy provides a full backline of state of the art sound equipment and is able to travel nationally and internationally.
The Academy performers are a rotating group of young professional, high-caliber, session musicians who play as anything from a 4-10 person lineup to fit YOUR event needs! We use artists from a variety of musical backgrounds who possess a vast amount of collective experience performing, recording, and producing music in a large variety of projects and venues.
Weddings, Corporate & Private Events, Festivals - Dance, Rock, Jazz, Funk, MoTown, Top 40, & Old-school favorites sure to get you moving! Whether you'd like an afternoon of fun in the sun, a mellow night of jazz during cocktail hour or dinner or a night of up-beat dancing, our band is sure to entertain! See a list of our Select Songs and Hear Us Play.
Past venues include:
Palace of Auburn Hills Stadium, Freedom Hill Amphitheater, Royal Albert Hall, America’s Got Talent, Detroit Super Singer Contest (winner), Mississippi Valley Fair, Portland Blues Festival, Granada Theater, Lobero Theater, Soho Santa Barbara, Whiskey-A Go-Go, Viper Room, House of Blues, Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, Fiesta Santa Barbara, Earth Day Santa Barbara, Page Youth Center, Bishop Diego High School Gala, etc.
See our list of Upcoming and Past Shows. Our players have performed with famed artists such as:
The Beach Boys, Jordan Knight, Kenny Loggins, Eric Burdon, Giacomo Gates, Maria Schneider, Jeff Elliot, Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Celtic Spring, Paul Perez (Tower of Power), Johnny Hatton (Brian Setzer Orchestra), LA Guns, Poison, White Snake, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello.
Composition and Recording Projects have included:
-Glee, Push Season 2, Entourage, LA Boys (full length feature), When The Lights Go Out.
-Contributions for Vans, Skull Candy, Make A Wish Foundation, Target, Airbnb, National Geographic, The Berrics, Girl Skateboards.
-Award winning scores / arrangements in multiple national and international film festivals including Banff Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
-Product promotions and musician endorsements from Grace Harbor Guitars, MTD Kingston, MTD USA, Spaun Drums, Caposonic, Rockstar Energy Drink, Simple Shoes, Drifter Clothing.
-Session work on over 60 albums collectively.
Additional Booking Notes
Our amazing band includes state-of-the-art lighting, sound, fog and outfits to fit any occasion
Aint No Mountain High Enough
Before He Cheats
Cake By the Ocean
Can’t Feel my Face
Can't Stop the Feeling
Don’t Stop Believing
Everytime We Say Goodbye
Eye of the Tiger
Fake Plastic Trees
Georgia on my Mind
Girl From Ipanema
Girl Put your Records On
Hang on Little Tomato
High and Dry
Hold the Line
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I will Survive
Little Black Dress
Love on the Brain
Love So Soft
Love on Top
Mistakes - Lake Street Dive
Neutron Star Collision
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Precious - Esperanza Spalding
Say it Aint So
Secret - Maroon Five
Seven Days - Sting
So Very Hard to Go
Subterranean Homesick Alien
Sugar - Maroon Five
Sunday Kind of Love
Sweet Home Alabama
The Way You Look Tonight
That's What I Like
Thinking out Loud
Total Eclipse of the Heart
We are Young
What I Got
What You Won’t Do for Love
You Know I’m No Good
At least two electrical outlets. We bring everything else!