The Metropolitan Players is a youthful and energetic wedding and event band based in New York, NY. We give you the sound and song selection of a DJ with the electric energy of a live band!
Not only do we play the top 40 hits, we also play all the classic music you expect to hear at your wedding or event!
We just had The Metropolitan Players play at our son and daughter-in-law’s wedding and I’m thrilled to say they were everything we could have wanted (and we wanted a lot!). Erin is a dream to work with in the planning, her quick response and attention to detail is impeccable. Everyone knows how much goes into planning an event like a wedding reception, but in the end there’s probably nothing more important than a great band to make it a truly fun and memorable event. The Met Players were in fact great, excelling at the three most critical elements: Pacing, range and skills. Pacing, because it can’t be all party the whole time, they played the perfect background music during speeches and dinner service, then completely cut loose for the second half of the night. Range, as represented by their varied set list, which naturally had a lot for the bride & groom and their young friends, but also plenty for the attendees ‘of a certain age’ like the parents of the wedding party and all their 50+-something friends, who had tons of songs to recognize and to which they could dance. Thank goodness for Motown. Finally, and most importantly, the band had all the musical skills throughout to pull it off. The singing was diverse and outstanding, covering both male and female vocalists with tremendous variety (from Bruno Mars to Aretha and Whitney, to name only a few); the critical rhythm section was exceptional, the bass player in particular adroitly tackling multiple styles; and the rest of the band all added valuable parts, the keyboard and guitar taking nice breaks and filling out the sound, and the saxophone claiming maybe the highlight moment of the night, honking wildly from atop a stage monitor. They closed to a teeming, exuberant dance floor with “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”, plus an “encore” of “Shout”, as effective of a crowd-pleasing trifecta as we could think of. I only wish I had another wedding coming up to book them again!
Metropolitan Players was an absolute dream!
Book them ASAP! Our wedding was at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club in September 2018. We had at least 40-50 guests (120 in attendance) tell us our wedding was the best they had ever been to—they were effusive about it. As soon as Met Players invited guests to the dance floor, it was packed—and stayed packed for the night. We could not have asked for a more lively or fun evening.
Before booking, I reached out to their competitors (Hank Lane, etc.), but Met Players stood out. Their payment structure is clear, the band is top notch, and the service is phenomenal.
Erin and her team and wonderful to work with. They are responsive and answer any and all questions you may have. During the months leading up to the wedding, I felt totally taken care of by Erin. She would check in about details and follow-up on anything she needed. Erin and Drew, the founders, have built this company on love—they want your wedding to be amazing and will do pretty much anything they can to make that happen.
We had some unique requests for the ceremony and reception and Met Players nailed them.
I wish I could relive the whole evening.
We absolutely cannot recommend the Met Players enough, and have continued to refer them to friends and family in the tri-state area ever since our big day.
Lisa and I had a tough time finding the right band for our wedding. We were living in Virginia but planning a wedding that would be in Connecticut, so it was basically impossible for us to make any wedding expos in that area, and as a result we had to do our searching online. And we did a lot of it. But when we came across the Met Players, it was a band we couldn’t get out of our minds, and now, looking back, we could not have found a more perfect band for our day.
From them beginning, we were treated with respect and excitement. The Met players management staff (big shout-out to Erin!!!) was helpful, flexible (we had a complex intro that they absolutely nailed), reliable, and easy going. They answered our questions in a timely fashion and helped us along the way, but never overwhelmed us. We had ample opportunity to give input on what we wanted, and they did a great job of filling in the gaps.
The day of the wedding we had nothing to worry about – the band was on time, ready to go, and put on a show that we continue to hear about from our friends and family. The MC for the night approached us when necessary, but rarely and had no trouble running things and coordinating with our venue’s staff and schedule. To say we didn’t even realize they were there is not at all meant to be an insult – they took care of us without us even having to think about it.
As for music, the band nailed the set list, for which we gave them some guidance but trusted their judgement on the rest. And they did not disappoint. It was a perfect blend of old and new, funky and classy, bangers and slow dances, and always fun. It could not have been more perfect. One of my absolute favorite moments from the whole night was when they played our one “weird request” song that the band had to learn from scratch, Booty City by Black Joe Lewis – not only was it an amazing rendition, but the sax player absolutely crushed his solo, taking it out onto the dancefloor to play just for Lisa as the crowd circled around him. It was so fantastic. Our wedding song, “This Must be the Place” by the Talking Heads was also somewhat of an obscure one, but they did an amazing job nevertheless. The whole night was filled with non-stop energy, and the dance floor was never empty thanks to them.
For anyone who read this whole rant, hopefully you got a sense of how truly wonderful the Met Players were for us and how thankful we were to have found them. Seriously cannot give them enough credit for making our reception the night that it was.
We cannot say enough good things about this band!! My husband and I were married a few weeks ago and our friends and family are still raving about how great the band played. A few of our guests even said, " That was the best band I have ever seen at a wedding". Erin was extremely helpful and responsive from start to finish, which I really appreciated. She took all of our requests and the band delivered exactly what we were looking for. Our guests were out of their seats and dancing the whole night. The band truly made our wedding such a fun night and we highly recommend using the Metropolitan Players!
It is with SUCH pleasure that I’m finally sitting down to write a review for the Met Players. I wish I had written it much sooner, but today is our one-year anniversary, and I thought it would be fitting to share my wonderful experience while Scott and I reflect on our special day one year ago!
Let me begin by saying: This band is INCREDIBLE. I had the luck of hearing them prior to our wedding: When Scott and I got engaged, my first thought was “We NEED to book the Met Players.” This band has it all: They’re a young, incredible group of talented, dedicated musicians who can sing and play ANYTHING. They can sound just like your favorite artists AND/OR put a new spin on some of your favorite hits to liven up the party, and really give their performance that live feel that makes wedding bands such a great option. We still have friends and guests telling us “Your wedding band was absolutely amazing!” The Met Players were a hit with every age group at our wedding and that is hard to come by. In addition, I am a professional musician and singer and so was about half of our guest list, and everyone agreed that their talent was off the charts. Not an off note all night.
Let me also just talk about Erin Coles for a minute. Having known Erin for many years now, I can tell you that there is no one better to help you plan and manage the many events that will take place within the course of your wedding day. Erin (and her husband Drew) are two of the most professional, trustworthy people you’ll meet (with a great sense of humor to boot!) Erin was so communicative and responsive and made sure every detail was in place so that the introductions and order of the entire evening would go smoothly. Not one aspect was overlooked.
This band is worth EVERY penny. If music and dancing and overall fun is important to you: Book this group. I’m serious. You won’t regret it. I am so thankful to Erin, Drew, and to the Met Players for making our special day the amazing party that is was. Xoxo, Katie
We were married in March 2017 at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. We cannot thank the Metropolitan Players enough for making us the perfect wedding. Literally every guest we've spoken to has made a point of calling out the band for an incredible performance (and the really discerning noted music choices and performances during the ceremony and cocktails). Seriously, we could not have asked for more -- except maybe more time to celebrate! Every time we looked at the dance floor it was packed, with young and old(er) guests having a blast. Weeks later, we are still hearing from guests that MP was the best wedding band they’d ever heard (including the NY/NJ cousins with decades of weddings under their belt)! The band’s manager, Erin, was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and always answered our questions fully, promptly, and thoughtfully. As we got closer to ceremony time, she worked with us to ensure every detail of our reception was covered, making some great musical suggestions along the way (who knew you needed a cake-cutting song?). We were thrilled that MP was able to provide “one stop shopping” and furnish musicians for our ceremony as well as our cocktail hour. Finally, our wedding was “short one bride, but we have an extra groom” – MP accommodated our taste and style (”think of what a wedding would be like if Harry Connick was marrying Michael Bublé but fooling around with Robbie Williams on the side”) effortlessly and seamlessly. And our guests loved that the band was so interactive, with band members leaving the bandstand to join the party on the floor – made for a dynamic and fun celebration. We cannot say enough good things about the Metropolitan Players – they were amazing!
TLDR: THIS IS A BAND THAT IS GOING PLACES. Don’t think twice – book them!!
I can't say enough about the experience we had with the Metrolpolitan Players. They were an incredible wedding band and kept everyone dancing for three straight hours. Everyone at the wedding kept talking about how great the band was and how much fun they were having. Aside from the great music, the band was a total pleasure to work with. They learned several new songs for us, coordinated with our friend to play the first dance together, and listened to all our wants and requests. I would give them a strong five stars.
Where to even begin? We're not sure we could ever fully express just how wonderful the Metropolitan Players are! Starting from the very beginning with our emails with Erin, we knew we had made the right choice for our wedding. Erin was so helpful and professional and made us feel cared for every step of the way. We felt very confident that all of our needs and requests would be met, and they certainly were.
At the wedding itself, the entire band was everything a wedding band should be. They were professional, talented, and most importantly - FULL OF ENERGY! Our wedding reception went until almost 3:30am and their energy never faltered. We still can't believe that we were still jumping up and down until the very last moment, the energy in the room just kept us going! So many of our guests complimented us on our band, many of them telling us it was the best wedding they had ever been to because they just had so much fun! The band never missed a beat - from our first dance to "At Last I See The Light" from Disney's Tangled, to classics like Etta James and the Beatles, all the way to a shockingly perfect rap in the middle of "Bang Bang" at around 2am. It's now two months later and we are still blown away!
To top it off, our amazing parents decided to put on a full performance of "Sunrise, Sunset" as a surprise for us - coordinating with both of our families and the wedding party. Erin and Drew worked with the Father of the Bride behind the scenes for weeks to help coordinate the music, even arranging a score and emailing a YouTube file to be sent out to everyone participating so they could rehearse! It was absolutely perfect and never could have been so great without their help and care.
We absolutely cannot recommend the Metropolitan Players enough!! Thank you for everything you did to make our day more perfect than we ever could have imagined!!!
Hiring the Metropolitan Players was without a doubt the BEST decision of our entire wedding. The band is absolutely incredible – charismatic, energetic, and super talented. Our guests had a blast on the dance floor (I think literally every guest was dancing!) and, even weeks after the wedding, are still talking about how amazing the band was. Additionally, the Met Players are willing to go above and beyond to make sure your day is extra special. For us, they learned several additional songs for our wedding ceremony processional and first dance, and were also able to accommodate a last minute request only a few days before the wedding. They were even willing to record and send us a version of our first dance song so we could practice our dance with it before the big day. Finally, working with Erin, the band’s manager and coordinator, was an absolute pleasure and the easiest, most stress-free experience of the entire wedding. Erin is professional, responsive, organized, enthusiastic, and very sweet. Erin went out of her way to personally make sure that our day went off without a hitch, including by visiting our wedding venue beforehand to ensure that the set up would go smoothly and volunteering to assist with our wedding processional since we did not have a wedding coordinator. On the day of our wedding, we had very bad weather, and Erin was flexible in rearranging the set-up on the day of and even assisted each member of the wedding party by walking them to the ceremony aisle with an umbrella while she was getting wet. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
I cannot say enough positive things about The Metropolitan Players. They were truly the best part of our wedding, not only the day of, but all the days leading up to it. Erin was so easy and comforting to work with! She answered every email with such joy and understanding, it made me feel so special and heard. The day of our wedding The Metropolitan Players went above and beyond the entire night. They played the exact music we wanted and had our guests dancing the entire time! They were so sweet to us and to our family and guests. During our wedding and afterwards, so many people have told us how amazing The Metropolitan Players were at our wedding. I would not only highly recommend them, but pretty much insist everyone have The Metropolitan Players at there wedding!
Metropolitan Players was fantastic. I wish I could tell you about all the great music they played, but we were running around too much to really take notice. I will say - everyone said they were fantastic and everyone danced all night. We gave them several songs to learn and they did it. Our wedding song "Need Your Love So Bad" by Fleetwood Mac has a great guitar piece in it and they nailed it. Erin, our contact person, was on top of of everything and very responsive. They were totally professional and fully met our high expectations.
Here’s just a list of reasons why we owe the success of our day to the Metropolitan Players.
1. Erin was the most amazing person to work with. I think my fiancé and I both exhaled simultaneously just after hearing her voice for the first time.
2. They squeezed us into a rehearsal to see the band to make us feel comfortable.
3. They gave us awesome song suggestions, though they said they’d learn anything we wanted.
4. They got to the venue super early.
5. My caterer was clueless, but the Met Players come with a fully flushed out timeline and sequence of events and a separate attendant to coordinate the order of things.
6. They added in up-lighting for free just because they thought it would help the party.
7. Totally made it awesome.
8. We decided to pay on a schedule and Erin worked out a payment plan for us.
9. They played an encore that got my Grandpa out on the dance floor.
10. They were still cheaper than the other bands we decided over.
This band was absolutely the best from start to finish! Everybody was dancing and singing to the music. great songs and great interaction with the guests. Hated for the night to end thanks to this wonderful group of amazingly talented young musicians and singers!
My husband and I had a specific vision for our wedding so we went with a venue that was just the venue so everything else could be personalized. We secured all of the main pieces of the wedding, and we were left with $0 in our budget. We decided it was safe enough to sacrifice a Maitre D' and a bridal attendant. Although I heard from some of my married friends the Maitre D' and attendant kept the night running smoothly, I thought it was completely unnecessary.
Thankfully, we hired the Metropolitan Players or I don't know what we would have done. We worked with Erin throughout the process, then she was there at the wedding to act as our own little Maitre D'. She communicated with the caterers about the timing of the food and announcements, she made sure my Maid of Honor and our Best Man were ready for their speeches, she gave me 10 minute warnings before the cake cutting and special dances. I mean, I couldn't have asked for a better band. Of course, they sounded amazing and kept everyone dancing, but I was especially impressed with the additional care and attention to make my day stress free and perfect. Highly recommended. I don't know what I would've done if we hadn't chosen them.
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The Metropolitan Players is a youthful, energetic wedding and events band based in New York City that delivers the sound and song selection of a DJ, with the electric energy of a live band! The mission of The Metropolitan Players is to revolutionize the wedding entertainment industry by standardizing love as an expectation for booking and working with a wedding band in the Tri-State area. Founders Drew and Erin Coles created the band for their own wedding, and they care deeply about creating a beautiful event for each and every client.
The Metropolitan Players received the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and recently earned a coveted place in The Knot Hall of Fame, after being voted "Best of Weddings" four years in a row. It's our privilege to provide tailored, compassionate customer service, keep the dance floor packed all night long, and make your special day truly unforgettable!
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