Weddings & Special Events
Welcome to my Weddings & Special events page. Thank you for considering myself or one of my various musical projects (solo Classical guitar, duos, groups, DJ) for your upcoming wedding or special event. I have a project that will work for anyone, providing 35 years of experience and superior musicianship that is second to none (myself and my partners all have music degrees!) in any style, for any occasion or budget! I am an Orlando Classical /Jazz / Spanish / Rock Guitarist, providing Guitar AND DJ music for any Wedding ceremony or Reception.
There’s a LOT of info on this page, so please be sure to scroll all the way down to the very end. I decided to put it ALL on this page to make it easy to find in one spot rather than having to search around for it. There are 4 main sections to this page, so please be sure to scroll down to view them all in their entirety:
1) Music Services Descriptions
2) Hear Traditional Ceremony Music Selections
3) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) / Rates
4) Reviews / Thank You Notes
Please be sure to click on the links in the top menu to browse around the REST of the site also, there’s a lot more music, videos, and other info!
VOTED #1 IN ORLANDO MAGAZINE 2017 BEST OF WEDDINGS AWARDS!
MUSIC SERVICES- Guitar & DJ
Perfect for any occasion including wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, corporate events/ dinners and parties, romantic & elegant dinner parties, anniversaries & anniversary parties, birthday party, and holiday parties. The solo classical guitar is classy and elegant without being overbearing, as are the duos and jazz groups. Available as solo guitar, duos, Jazz groups, DJ/ MC… any style, any occasion.
What I offer
I provide both live music AND DJ/MC, so that works extremely well for weddings & special events to add a nice variety for your guests, giving you the best of both worlds and a very nice mixture. My most common package for weddings is: live solo guitar music for ceremony prelude music, the ceremony itself (sound system and lavalier microphone for officiant included, so people can actually HEAR your vows!), and through cocktail hour. Then I switch to DJ/MC to introduce the bridal party, DJ the first dance, and introduce people for toasts. From there, I play more elegant live guitar music for a nice ambiance through dinner, and finally switch to DJ for the last few hours for after dinner dancing.
Also, don’t forget music for the rehearsal dinner, as it sets the tone for the entire wedding, and also gives you and your guests a variety of music from what you’re having during your wedding day. The solo guitar is perfect for this, elegant and classy and not overbearing so your guests can still chat and mingle comfortably as they listen to some great music in a relaxed and casual setting. Plus, MC duties and a wireless mic are included for lots of fun toasting!
Styles of Live Music performed
I customize the music to YOUR tastes , so just let me know how you envision it and I’ll make it happen! I’m there to do the music YOU want to hear! I usually perform a mixture of styles for the live music so there’s something enjoyable for everyone, anything from traditional Classical guitar music of Bach, Tarrega, Sor, Giuliani Albeniz, and even Mozart, & Beethoven arrangements and more, to Jazz standards in the tradition of Frank Sinatra/ Rat Pack, John Pizzarelli, Nat King Cole, Wes Montgomery, Lenny Breau and others (i.e. Fly Me To The Moon, All Of Me, It’s Only a Paper Moon, Georgia On My Mind, Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and other Jazz standards), to Spanish & Flamenco guitar selections of Albeniz, “Malaguena”, Jobim / Latin Bossa Novas and other traditional Spanish pieces, to Popular acoustic music like Beatles (Let It Be, Here Comes the Sun, Yesterday, Something, many more), Eric Clapton (Wonderful Tonight, Layla), Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville, Changes.. and more), James Taylor, and Love songs of things like Unchained Melody, Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, Love me Tender, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, What A Wonderful World, and even solo acoustic arrangements of Classic Rock greats like Eagles (Hotel California, Desperado, Take It Easy), Rush, Triumph, Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd (Sweet Home Alabama), Led Zeppelin, and more…whatever suits your tastes.
Very elegant and classy without being overbearing!
DJ Music and Master of Ceremonies
All acts come with DJ, extensive song list over 10,000 songs, anything you want. YOU choose the music you want to hear, including MUST plays and Do Not Plays, either from your music collection or mine. I’m there to play the music YOU want to hear and make it perfect to your tastes! My decades of experience enables me to read the crowd and pick the right songs at the right time to keep the party flowing, and keep people on the dance floor and having fun all night. Master of Ceremonies capabilities are included to make any announcements needed and introduce bridal party and people doing toasts, with experienced coordination skills to guarantee all your events & music flow smoothly from the beginning to the end! I also work very well with the other vendors to make sure everything flows smoothly.
I have been performing for 35 years, have a degree in guitar performance, and provide superior musicianship that is second to none! I have various projects that will work for anyone (including solo guitar, duos, Jazz groups, DJ/ MC) and can pretty much perform any style of music desired.
HEAR CEREMONY MUSIC
Prelude In D Major- J.S. Bach (good for anywhere: prelude music, parents, bridal party, or bride entrance!)
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring- J.S. Bach (good for seating of the parents or bridal party entrance)
Trumpet Voluntary- Henry Purcell (good for bridal party or bride entrance)
Trumpet Tune- Jeremiah Clarke (good for seating of parents or bridal party entrance)
Canon in D- Johan Pachelbel (good for bridal party or bride entrance)
Bridal Chorus (a.k.a. Here Comes The Bride)- Richard Wagner (bride entrance)
Wedding March- Felix Mendelssohn (good for recessional)
Prelude In E Major- J.S. Bach (good for recessional)
Jeff Scott Music Services FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1) What are your rates?
Since I offer many different music services and packages, rates depend on your specific needs and various factors, i.e. number of hours of your event, number of musicians (i.e. solo, duo, or group), no lighting needed, basic lighting or full LED lighting package, etc.. Please feel free to give me a call at (407) 365-3601 or email at Jsgtrman@yahoo.com to discuss your vision for your wedding and your needs in detail so I can give you an accurate price quote. I will work with you to find the best package to fit your vision, needs, and budget. Reasonable and competitive rates!
SOLO GUITAR / DJ : THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR PACKAGE, AND OFFERS BOTH LIVE MUSIC AND DJ SO YOU GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS…..PLUS IT’S VERY REASONABLE TO MEET YOUR BUDGET, and avoids having to hire 2 people (1 for the ceremony, 1 for the reception) especially if you only need a DJ for an hour or 2
Duos & Groups: it varies, depending on how many people are desired in the group (trio, quartet) and for how many hours needed… Please inquire, I’ll work with you to help fit your budget.
2) We already have another DJ booked for our reception/ dance portion of the wedding, would you perform for just the live music portions that we need, i.e. ceremony, cocktail, and dinner hour? Absolutely! I’m happy to perform for the hours you desire live music only. Most brides love the advantage and comfort of having someone with my experience to handle ALL the music for the entire wedding from beginning to end, but I understand when sometimes they have already hired someone else before finding me. I’m not offended, I’m glad to be a part of your special day in any capacity!
3) How do I reserve a date?
I’ll send you a contract with my signature so you have my commitment in writing, and I will need you to check the agreed upon details and sign it and return it with a 50% deposit, the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.
4) Why do I have to send a deposit, and is it refundable if I change my mind or my date changes?
I get many calls each week for available dates, so once you ‘re sure you want me for a date and I get the contract and deposit back, that time and date is yours, and I can then turn down any other offers I get for that time/date. Otherwise, you’ll have musicians that say they’ll play for your wedding and then end up backing out down the road if they get a “better offer” (or even worse, not showing up at all!) and leaving you with major stress and misery. I’m sure you’d feel MUCH safer with a signed contract…..it’s good for BOTH of us! My policy, like most in the wedding industry, is that the deposit is non-refundable, since if you end up changing your mind or cancel the date down the road I will have undoubtedly already have lost the opportunity to have made money on your day with another client. However, I have rarely had this problem (thankfully!)…….and if some kind of alteration is necessary I will do everything I can to work with you to make it work! If there is a hurricane that is an act of God….well, then I don’t want to play in a hurricane either, so I’ll be flexible with you!
5) How long have you been performing and do you do many weddings?
I’ve been performing over 35 years, and I do several weddings a week… and sometimes several a day! I’m a professional concert guitarist, a full time musician, and take pride in what I do. You won’t find anyone better at performing the quality and diversity of guitar music that I can offer AND the DJ/ Master of Ceremonies skills that I provide… I do a great job, and I know what I’m doing! See my Bio page for more info on my credentials. Or… the next question.
6) Why should we hire you instead of someone else, i.e. other guitarist or DJ?
I’ll tell you some of the factors that my clients and couples have told me WHY they chose me. The biggest factor…Experience. This is mentioned a lot, but it’s a HUGE factor. After doing thousands and thousands of weddings, I’ve encountered just about every situation you can think of, from sudden rain storms, hurricanes, power outages, people running late, last minute music changes, even last minute venue changes!… everything doesn’t always go as planned. No problem, I can adapt and make any situation work. With experienced coordination skills, I work with ALL your vendors (including other coordinators if you have one) to make sure everyone is kept in the loop and knows what the itinerary and agenda is, even if things change in the middle of the wedding. As an experienced musician and DJ, I know how to read the crowd, know which song would work best in any situation (either live or DJ). Some DJ’s do a decent job when they can stick to their standard generic songlist that you hear at every wedding… but when the bride and groom don’t WANT all 80’s music or YMCA or Chicken dance or Electric Slide, and want other styles instead, like oldies, big band/swing, hip hop, country, hard rock… you want somebody that knows what they’re doing, or that can actually weave a songlist and know when to play the right songs when and where and make it work even with ALL those styles incorporated into a single evening so EVERYONE is happy, including mom & dad, grandparents, all your friends, and most importantly…YOU! Experience makes all the difference between “probably good enough” or “got the job done” and “phenomenal and incredible” and “the best wedding we’ve ever been to!”. It’s the most important day of your life, don’t screw around…experience matters!
Superior musicianship & repertoire– If you compare my ability with others, brides and grooms can tell the difference right away. A lot of people can play some nice music & love songs, but most can’t do it with the smoothness and multiple parts of a veteran musician with my experience and education. Then… as far as classical repertoire, there’s no comparison. I perform some of the greatest masterpieces ever written for the guitar, which take many years of training and expertise (see my repertoire link for classical list, and compare!). Others can play some nice pieces, but they’re usually much simpler in nature, simple studies or basic songs, and certainly not as impressive, intricate, or technically challenging as what I do. If you’re not really worried about classical music, no problem. I play some of the greatest pieces ever written for Jazz, Rock, Popular music, and Spanish guitar also! I’ve been told I have more musical diversity than any other musicians they’ve found, as I’m well versed in MANY styles, whereas others usually only do maybe one or two styles decent. They’ve told me they haven’t found anybody who can come close to doing EVERYTHING I can do, nor as well… including do 2-3 parts at the same time in ANY style (melody, accompaniment, AND bass all at the same time)…and “How are you playing the accompaniment AND doing a rock guitar solo at the same time???”. I invite you to meet with me and hear me play and you’ll hear the difference for yourself. Your guests will certainly notice the difference also!
Education. I’ve studied at some of the finest and most well respected music conservatories, and with some of the foremost Classical guitarists and teachers in the world, many of whom are also proteges of Andres Segovia, commonly recognized as the greatest Classical guitarist ever. This translates into being a performer with superior technique and musicianship, and able to perform at a higher skill level and music repertoire than most. Clients can notice the difference, and they tell me often.
When you hire me, you actually GET ME! Most brides and grooms want to hire the best person in the company, not somebody trained by the best person in the company that has a fraction of the experience of the boss. They also couldn’t find any company that’s been doing their job as long as I have, let alone some musicians or DJ’s with a fraction of the experience as me. They also usually don’t like to get a sub-contracted musician, that’s hired through someone else. Some companies have good reputations and some very nice write ups, but that’s often from the OWNER’S experience, it doesn’t necessarily mean every musician or DJ they book has anywhere near the same experience or reputation. (If they did, why don’t they have their OWN company?). When you book me, you GET me. It’s MY name, reputation, and company on the line, and I take that very serious. Nobody works as hard for a company than the OWNER, and when you hire me, that’s me. I work very hard to make everything perfect, and I’m on location at EVERY event you book me for, of course. I’ve been a full time musician for 35 years, and have dedicated my life to music. I don’t do this as a hobby, part time job, or to earn extra money on the weekends.
Please scroll down to the REVIEWS section to see over 75 reviews (only a handful!) from ecstatic couples and other clients who were glad they chose me. You really do get what you pay for!
7) Will you be formally attired?
Yes, I usually wear a tuxedo unless requested otherwise (i.e. dressy casual, coat and tie)
8) Can we meet with you to discuss things, and is there any charge for that?
Yes, no problem with meeting, and no charge! It’s actually preferred that we meet ASAP so I can discuss your itinerary, musical tastes, & vision for your wedding in more detail, and especially so I can perform some music live for you in various styles and according to your tastes, including helping you choose your ceremony music selections
9) Can you let us know when you’re performing in public where we can hear you?
Absolutely, please either email me or send me a Facebook friend request, or just “like/ follow” me on my Facebook business page Jeff Scott, Guitarist Facebook page so you can be notified when I’m doing a public performance
10) Do you have a large DJ song collection?
Yes, I have an extensive list of songs, tens of thousands of songs to choose from in any style.
11) Am I able to choose what music I want, or don’t want played?
ABSOLUTELY! It’s YOUR wedding……I will play (or WON’T play) anything you want! I have no problem with playing any songs on CD’s or flash drive you provide to me as well. I will work with you to play the music you enjoy, either live or DJ. I can give you a song list (or use your favorite song list) and you can go through it and pick out stuff you like!
12) Will you play requests when you do live music?
YES! If I know it I’ll play it! If there’s a special song you want to be performed for your ceremony that I don’t already know, as long as it’s feasible for me to make an arrangement of it it’s usually not a problem. Please inquire, I know thousands of songs and can help you with song choice ideas!
13) What styles of music do you play?
I’m a highly skilled musician with a Bachelor Degree in Music, I’m very diverse and can play most anything from Classical, Jazz, Spanish/Flamenco, to Popular things like Beatles and Jimmy Buffett and even Classic rock.. Most musicians typically only play one style, but I am very diverse and do a little of something for everyone!
14) Do you use cheesy background/accompaniment tracks?
Uh…NO!!!! Definitely not! I hate that….that’s often found with some who don’t have the capability and skill that I have, or can’t play the styles or with the fullness I can without some extra “help”. I can play multiple parts at the same time, so you’ll hear the melody line, AND the accompaniment, AND the bass line all at the same time, which often sounds like 1 person sounding like 2 or 3 guitarists. It’s very full sounding, highly artistic, and pure (no cheating!)……listen to my music!
15) Can you sing?
Yes, I can sing…..most people usually prefer just instrumental background music for a classy ambiance during the reception which is usually what I do (vocals often tend to provide competition for conversation, and we don’t want you or your guests to have to shout!), but if there’s a special song or something you want me to do during your ceremony that’s possible.
16) Do you bring your own amplifier/ sound system?
Yes, I bring everything I need…..the only thing I need to know is where to plug into an AC power outlet
17) Do you have a wireless microphone to pass around during the rehearsal dinner for toasts, or for during the reception?
Yes, and I also have a lavalier microphone for the officiant to wear during the ceremony, since MANY people usually can hear the minister but NEVER can hear the bride or groom recite their vows. For this reason, I also act as a soundman to adjust the levels during the ceremony to pick up the bride and groom’s vows…so people can actually HEAR what the bride and groom are saying for once!
18) Can you perform a ceremony at an outdoor location where power isn’t available?
Yes, I have a silent power generator, so beach side weddings are no problem!
19) Will you perform at a LGBT / gay / lesbian / same sex marriage and special events? Yes, absolutely. I’m honored to perform for anyone who wants me for their special day, no matter their race, religion, or sexual orientation.
20) Can you travel outside of the Orlando area for a performance? ABSOLUTELY! Not only do I travel all throughout the state of Florida, but I also perform throughout the U.S. as well. YES, there is an additional fee for travel, depending on distance & time, of course.
REVIEWS / THANK YOU NOTES
The following are just a handful of reviews, comments, and thank you notes I’ve received over the years from brides and special events clients (arranged in no particular chronological order). Please scroll all the way down for a few VIDEO THANK YOU’S as well!
“Jeff is the best guitarist in town without a doubt. There’s nobody that can play any ONE of those styles as well as him, let alone ALL of them so well. Add to that he’s the best DJ around also and it makes it a no-brainer to hire him. My staff and I hear a lot of DJ’s, to the point where they can predict their entire set list and what song is coming next. With Jeff every wedding is totally different, with both the live music and DJ music customized to each bride’s musical tastes. They’re always amazed at how perfect the music was, and it’s very impressive”. Jim McDonald, Owner/ Chef- Creative Cuisine Catering
Jeff is the most versatile and talented guitarist you’ll ever meet, and he does it all with a great open and friendly personality and professionalism. Whatever style of music you need, he’s played it before and has the experience to make it work in whatever the situation might be. I can recommend him with complete confidence that he will exceed whatever expectations you may have. Richard Schuchman
Jeff is a very talented and professional performer. I had many occasions to work with Jeff and he always delighted our clients with his expertise. He is a warm person to work with and is a very capable and original musician. Alan Skipper, Special Event Planner at Puff ‘n Stuff catering and Events, Tampa/ St. Petersburg
As a Special event Producer with The Entertainment Company from 1991 to 2012, I had the pleasure of booking Jeff for many events. Jeff is a consummate professional. Jeff was always early and plays excellent guitar and styles! You can never go wrong with having Jeff play at your event! Keith Wilson
Jeff is a highly skilled entertainment professional. His musical expertise expands across all genres. Thomas Flauto
“Dear Jeff, You were amazing! Lisa and I could not be more thrilled about all you did to make our wedding day perfect. It was exactly as we dreamt it would be and everyone is still talking about how much fun they had at the reception. We knew it might be difficult to find someone who could provide us with the elegance of quiet guitar and the excitement of good dance music, but were we ever glad to find you! Thank you so much for all you did to make our day so special. From the acoustic guitar to the final dance, it was absolutely splendid. Thank You Jeff–our memories are much sweeter because of your attention to every detail. Best Regards, Pete & Lisa Schaffer
“Thank you very much for doing such a spectacular job at our wedding! We had SO MANY compliments about your music and the job you did…it was just beautiful! Also your DJ & Master of Ceremonies skill were fantastic! Everything was perfect!” Lisa & Paitoon Ratan
“Jeff is so great to have perform at an event. His versatility means he’ll fit in perfectly with whatever type of people or theme you have. Jeff has performed at many of my events AND at numerous events I’ve attended and he has always been fabulous. He’s also very professional and dependable. I’d recommend, if you want some quality live entertainment for your event or party, that you call him right now, before his schedule fills up for the holidays. You’ll be glad you did!” Sue Copening, Director
Recently I had the opportunity to once again hear your extraordinary music at the Toys for Tots benefit, Taste for Toys, which I helped to organize. You are just an exceptionally talented musician! Even other guitarists in Orlando have remarked to me that you are the best! I am way overdue in writing to tell you how much I appreciate the wonderful work you have done for me at events.
I, as you know, organize and book talent for weddings and corporate themed events. On the several occasions when I have been lucky enough to be able hire you for my clients, they have been delighted! Your versatility- from “down-home” music for a “Swamp” theme to Flamenco, Margaritaville, Classical, Jazz music and children’s songs- WOW! No one else in Orlando does what you do- and you do it so well! All I’ve had to do is say, “Hey, Jeff, can you do a few___________songs for my event in two months?” (fill in virtually ANY kind of music). You’re there!
In addition, I feel I should mention that you are a joy to work with…and you know that ALL entertainers are not…Your outgoing friendliness makes it easy for me and for the guests at parties to relate to you. I have asked you to wear everything from a formal tux to jeans and “rainbow” suspenders- and you take it all in stride. You go out of your way to do what needs to be done to make the guests feel special and to engage them in the fantasy of the occasion.
Thank you for all of the help you have given me in making my themed events and weddings very special for everyone involved! I recommend you heartily to any Host or Hostess, Bride or Groom who wants the BEST for their special event. Please do not hesitate to send prospective clients to me for a great recommendation! Sincerely, Lynne Curran, President
Event-Full Services, Inc.
Awesome guitarist and DJ!!! Jeff played the guitar for our wedding ceremony and first part of our reception (cocktail hour and dinner). He did a wonderful job and played beautifully!!! He played all the songs we requested and he did not play the songs from our DO NOT PLAY list–even when guests requested the songs–he asked us for prior approval first before playing. Our guests really enjoyed him and he helped get the crowd dancing. We interviewed 2 other DJ’s before Jeff and once we met him and heard him play the guitar our decision was made. We hired him on the spot! He was incredibly friendly, arrived at the wedding early and dressed professionally. He was very upbeat and accommodating. He is truly one of the nicest people I have ever met. I would highly recommend Jeff Scott to anyone looking for a DJ/Musician. He is affordable and does a wonderful job! Melisa – ***** 5 Star rating from Weddingwire
Jeff Scott is hands down the best DJ/Musician, He went above and beyond! He had told me and my husband that he didn’t have lights in his package, and day of the wedding showed up with a full set of lights! On top of the fact he kept our wedding moving so smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without you and thank you so much for all your help! Amanda and Matt Nicotra- ***** 5 Star rating from Weddingwire
I was AMAZED at how wonderful he sounded. I thought my Husband was crazy to want a guitar player, but once I heard him play, I was sold. Sandi B.- ***** 5 Star rating from The Knot
The simplicity of just the single guitar was the beauty of it. Also, Jeff was very well organized, knew the location and everything flowed smoothly. He was also our DJ. Gillian S.- ***** 5 Star rating from The Knot
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John & Barbi Campbell wedding at Mission Inn- VideoThank you
Marshall & Sarah Hubert wedding- ceremony at Leu Gardens, reception at 310 Lakeside
Corporate dinner at Waldorf Astoria- Video Thank You
City of Tavares Video Thank You- Public performance 5/13/16
Please visit my official Jeff Scott, Guitarist Facebook page for many more pics and video clips from recent events.
For The Finest In Music For Any Occasion:
Music By Jeff Scott
“The Best In Orlando”
Available as: Solo Guitar, Jazz Duos & Groups, DJ / MC
Any style including: Classical, Jazz, Spanish/Latin, Top 40/Variety, Rock
Any occasion including: Orlando wedding ceremony guitarist, wedding reception guitar music, wedding rehearsal dinner music, Wedding reception DJ music, live musician and DJ, birthday party, corporate dinners & parties, grand opening events
** DJ/MC included with all acts **
**35 years performing experience**
For more info please call (407) 365-3601
Email me at Jsgtrman@yahoo.com
Available for travel throughout Central Florida and beyond, including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Space Coast, Tampa, Sarasota, Lakeland, Orange County, Seminole County, Lake County, Volusia County, Brevard County, Osceola County, and more
Please visit my official Jeff Scott, Guitarist Facebook page for many more pics and video clips from recent events.
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