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BIG BAND SWING

For a step back in time to the big band era, the Prelude Big Band book has entertained President’s and their guests at the White House. As the principal dance book of the U.S. Army Blues, this book has been played all over the Washington, D.C. area and as far away as Europe, Japan and Australia. The band consists of many of the original members of the Army Blues which features only the highest caliber, top quality musicians . Our band is available for shows, concerts and dances. We can also arrange special music for whatever affair you are planning. Prelude's Big Band can perform with twelve to eighteen pieces depending on the occasion , the venue and requested music.

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BRASS QUINTET

The Prelude brass quintet is unique and versatile. Our repertoire enables us to entertain with light classics, military marches and ceremonial music. We also have a complete book of classical music appropriate for church ceremonies, weddings and official events where an aire of dignity is sought. Prelude's brass quintet has been a staple at area University’s Graduations for more than twenty years. From Christmas parties to weddings and backyard parties, this is great entertainment.

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DIXIELAND BAND

Nothing provides fun at a party like good old New Orleans Dixieland music. The Prelude Dixieland Band has been active in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area for more than twenty years. We have played on river boats on the Potomac River, for rooftop parties in D.C., and for the Washington-Louisiana/ Mardi Gras Ball. This six piece group plays authentic Dixieland and has a unique New Orleans sound with a vast repertoire of Dixie tunes.

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GERMAN BAND

Whether it is Oktoberfest time or any other time of the year when folks are looking for great, authentic music, Prelude's German Band is the best. Officially known as Prelude's Alpine Schmaltzers , this band originated in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and has migrated south to Washington. For fine entertainment or real German Band music for your Oktoberfest, this band, made up of D.C.’s finest musicians plays a great variety of authentic German Music. Groups range in size from seven pieces all the way up to thirty

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HERALD TRUMPETS

This is a terrific way to dignify any occasion . Prelude herald trumpeters play for grand entrances, announcements, arrivals of dignitaries and add indelible memories for any audience. The sight and sounds of these majestic instruments have been a fixture at the White House and other ceremonious occasions in and around Washington, D.C. for almost a decade. The members of the Prelude herald trumpet section are former and present day White House Herald Trumpeters…..these are the best!

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JAZZ ENSEMBLES

Whether your event calls for a small cozy jazz trio for ambience or for a complete six piece jazz group, Prelude will match the music and size group to your budget and your event. Our six piece group has a complete repertoire perfect for shows and jazz concerts, or a separate book of standard swing and dance music. Our trio consists of piano, bass and drums, or we can substitute guitar for the piano. Each add on member to four, five or six pieces can be the clients choice of sax, trumpet or trombone. Add a touch of class to your event with some of Washington’s finest jazz musicians.

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PATRIOTIC OPENING BAND

When your guests come to Washington, D.C. they expect something different. They expect patriotic, fanfare and ceremony. Why not give it to them by hiring a marching or concert band with many years of experience in supporting these type of events. The Prelude P.O. band looks great and sounds great and in a dignified way opens ceremonies with your choice of herald trumpets, color team and marching or seated concert band. National Anthems, State Songs, School Songs, Pep Rally Songs or most other types of festive occasion selections are available for you to choose from. Our band can add that touch of excitement to make this your most memorable event.

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STRING ENSEMBLES

The Prelude strings provide classical music for just about any kind of occasion. Three, four, five or six member groups are complimented by the finest string players in the area.

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TRUMPET SHOWS

The history of the trumpet/horns of the Bible. Dave Detwiler one of the nations leading lead trumpet players, former soloist with the U.S. Army Band , principal trumpet with the NSO "Pops" and a Bach/Selmer clinician/artist is featured playing a complete and unique set of trumpets which range from conch shells and animal horns and tell the story of the evolution to today’s trumpets Accompanied by his Prelude brass quintet, Dave continues the legacy established by his Father, Ray Detwiler who first played and told the story of these instruments on the Mister Rogers television show. Programs can be tailored to fit any event ranging from twenty minute to ninety minute programs and suitable to any age audience.

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WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC

Add the dignified sound of classical trumpet to your wedding ceremony. Choose one, two or three trumpets to play special music for your special occasion and make the grand entrance and processional of the bride truly memorable. A full range of classics along with the ability to tailor special requests is available to you. Our trumpeters are top notch professionals with experience ranging from work with the National Symphony Orchestra to being active members of Washington, D.C. ‘s top Military service Bands. We can work with in house organists, or provide our own. For a taste of something different you can hire herald trumpets from groups of three to twelve. See herald trumpets We also have a brass quintet, string ensemble, woodwind ensembles and a harpist. For more information click on desired topic.

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WEDDING RECEPTION MUSIC

Two of the most important things a bride and groom can have to make their wedding day the most special day of their lives are great music and great food. While we can’t do much about the food, Prelude has provided great reception music to thousands of brides and grooms over the years. From a variety of cocktail music choices to just perfect dinner music, Prelude’s professional musicians will provide eloquent Music and just the right touch of emceeing to give you the wedding reception you have always dreamed of.

Depending on the musical tastes requested, Prelude will guarantee you a full dance floor and great party, dancing to anything from swing, Motown, Pop and Rock and Roll. We also can play most special request music with the incredible flexibility of our vocalists and instrumentalists. Whether you want to tailor your own musical menu or leave it up to us, we have great music for everybody.

While most groups rely on advertising in papers and magazines, we rely on word of mouth. Our goal is to provide you your perfect wedding reception.

Wedding Music List

TOP 40 ROCK/POPULAR

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  • All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow
  • December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
  • Celebration - Kool & The Gang
  • YMCA - Village People
  • Somethin' To Talk About
  • Heartache Tonight
  • Conga - Miami Sound Machine
  • Live For Lovin You - Gloria Estefan
  • It's So Easy - Linda Ronstadt
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  • Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin
  • Roll With It - Steve Winwood
  • When I Think of You - Janet Jackson
  • Pink Cadillac - Natalie Cole
  • You May Be Right - Billy Joel
  • Does Anybody Know What Time
  • 1-2 - 3 Gloria Estefan
  • She Works Hard For The Money
  • Hip To Be Square - Huey Lewis
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
  • Take It Back - Reba McIntyre
  • Brown-eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Brick House - Commodores
  • Get Down Tonight - KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Boogie Shoes - KC & The Sunshine Band
  • If It Don't Come Easy - Tanya Tucker
  • How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
  • Power of Love - Huey Lewis
  • Fire - Pointer Sisters
  • Borderline - Madonna
  • Gloria - Laura Brannigan
  • Old Time Rock n Roll
  • When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
  • Heart of Rock n Roll - Huey Lewis
  • Mony Mony
  • I Wanta Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
  • Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan
  • I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  • Beginnings - Chicago
  • Fame - Irene Cara
  • My Life - Billy Joel
  • Escapade - Janet Jackson
  • The Heat Is On
  • Let's Give'M Somethin' To Talk About
  • Sweet Escape
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BALLADS

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  • I Will Always Love You
  • Since I Fell For You
  • Sweet Love
  • Wind Beneath My Wings
  • The Greatest Love Of All
  • The Sweetest Thing
  • You Needed Me
  • Just The Way You Are
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You
  • Hero
  • Beautiful In My Eyes
  • Sea Of Love
  • At Last
  • Unchained Melody
  • Save The Best For Last
  • Could I Have This Dance
  • One Moment In Time
  • I Just Fall In Love Again
  • Longer - Dan Fogelberg
  • That’s What Friends Are For
  • Endless Love
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • And I Love Her
  • Because You Loved Me
  • Unforgettable
  • Teach Me Tonight
  • Evergreen - Streisand
  • Color My World
  • Butterfly Kisses
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Crazy
  • Always On My Mind
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OLDIES…..50'S…..MO-TOWN

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  • Soul Man
  • Respect
  • More Today Than Yesterday
  • Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
  • Under The Boardwalk
  • Higher and Higher
  • Midnight Hour
  • Boy From N.Y. City
  • You’re Sixteen
  • Love Will Keep Us Together
  • Honky Tonk Woman
  • After The Lovin
  • Rock Around The Clock
  • Don’t Be Cruel
  • Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
  • How Sweet It Is
  • Since I Don’t Have You
  • Johnny Be Good
  • Poisin Ivy
  • Knock On Wood
  • Mustang Sally
  • Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • Get Ready
  • Evil Ways
  • Let The Good Times Roll
  • Heat Wave
  • Pick Up The Pieces
  • Dancin In The Street
  • Takin’ It To The Street
  • The Way You Do The Things You Do
  • Can’t Turn You Loose
  • Fame
  • You Should Hear How She Talks
  • Since I Fell For You
  • First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman
  • You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  • Rock Around The Clock
  • Let The Good Times Roll
  • Twist And Shout
  • At The Hop
  • Black Cow
  • Play That Funky Music
  • Oye Como Va - Santana
  • Everyday People
  • My Guy
  • Rockin’ Robin
  • I’m So Excited
  • Feels So Good
  • Proud Mary
  • Last Dance
  • My Girl
  • Only You
  • Never Can Say Goodbye
  • Fire
  • Get Back
  • Do The Twist
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BEATLES TUNES

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  • Yesterday
  • Something
  • All My Lovin’
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • Get Back
  • Here There And Everywhere
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POLKAS

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  • Beer Barrel Polka
  • Pennsylvania Polka
  • Too Fat Polka
  • Clarinet Polka
  • Lichtensteiner Polka
  • Domino Polka
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SHUFFLES

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  • Isn't She Lovely
  • Kansas City
  • Leroy Brown
  • Night Train
  • Sing
  • Shuffle On
  • Jeremiah
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COUNTRY FAVORITES

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  • Crazy
  • Rocky Top
  • The Sweetest Thing
  • Marguaritaville
  • Since I Fell For You
  • Always On My Mind
  • I Just Fall In Love Again
  • Could I Have This Dance
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Brown Eyes Blue
  • For The Good Times
  • Please Release Me
  • Make The World Go Away
  • Follow Me
  • Elvira
  • Phoenix
  • You Needed Me
  • Country Roads
  • Achy Breaky Heart
  • God Bless The U.S.A.
  • Friends In Low Places
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STANDARDS-SWING & 2-BEAT

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  • In The Mood
  • Woodchopper's Ball
  • I've Got You Under My Skin
  • The More I See You
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • On A Clear Day
  • Tuxedo Junction
  • String of Pearls
  • Satin Doll
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay
  • Just In Time
  • Mack The Knife
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Perdido
  • Blue Moon
  • I'll Remember April
  • Old Devil Moon
  • Tie A Yellow Ribbon
  • That Old Black Magic
  • A - Train
  • Jump, Jive & Wail
  • You Make Me Feel So Young
  • Can't Take That Away
  • Tangerine
  • Sentimental Journey
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Sing
  • Stompin' At The Savoy
  • Foggy Day
  • Eyes Of Texas
  • How High The Moon
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • Mame
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Cocktails For Two
  • Don't Blame Me
  • Just Friends
  • I Don't Know Why
  • Love Letters
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin'
  • Stars Fell On Alabama
  • P.A. 6 - 5000
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Can't Smile Without You
  • Lady Is A Tramp
  • San Francisco
  • I'm Beginning To See the Light
  • New York, New York
  • Stormy Weather
  • So What's New
  • Cabaret
  • Easy Street
  • Hello Dolly
  • Night and Day
  • One
  • American Patrol
  • All of Me
  • Dancing In The Dark
  • Soon
  • Let's Fall In Love
  • Mr. Lucky
  • S'Wonderful
  • Days Of Wine And Roses
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STANDARDS-BALLADS

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  • Misty
  • Something
  • Feelings
  • Call Me Irresponsible
  • Laura
  • Body and Soul
  • My Way
  • But Beautiful
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Teach Me Tonight
  • Rest of Your Life
  • Didn't We?
  • Moonlight in Vermont
  • Mood Indigo
  • Stella By Starlight
  • It Had To Be You
  • Moonlight Serenade
  • Stardust
  • After You've Gone
  • When I Fall In Love
  • The Way We Were
  • Memory
  • We've Only Just Begun
  • Georgia
  • As Time Goes By
  • Lover Man
  • What I Did For Love
  • Chelsea Bridge
  • Fire and Rain
  • Don't Misunderstand
  • You Made Me Love You
  • Tenderly
  • Evergreen
  • When Sunny Gets Blue
  • What's New
  • Don't Misunderstand
  • Lil' Darlin'
  • I Can't Get Started
  • Close to You
  • San Francisco
  • Getting Sentimental
  • Dream
  • Here's That Rainy Day
  • In A Sentimental Moo
  • God Bless The Child
  • Make It With You
  • Dreamsville
  • The Nearness of You
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SPECIAL OCCASION MUSIC

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LATIN

  • Black Orpheus
  • Blue Bossa
  • Corcovado
  • Desifinado
  • Girl From Ipanima
  • How Insensitive
  • Meditation
  • Little Boat
  • Night and Day
  • One Note Samba
  • Summer Samba
  • Samba De Orfe
  • Spanish Eyes
  • Quando Quando
  • Yellow Bird
  • Brazil
  • Tangos/Mambos
  • Paso Doble
  • Merengue
  • Calypso
  • Triste
  • More

ITALIAN

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  • O Sole Mio
  • Just A Gigilo
  • Volare
  • Come Back To Sorrento
  • Tarantella
  • La Napolentana
  • Gentil Pensiero
  • Tra Veglia E sonno
  • Notte d’ Amore
  • Mala Femmena
  • Cara Mia
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JEWISH

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  • Hava Naghila
  • Shalom Alechim
  • To Life
  • Simon Tov
  • Tzena Tzena
  • Mayim Mayim
  • Dayenu
  • Artsa Alinu
  • Sher
  • Am Yisrael Chai
  • O'se Shalom
  • Shmelkie's Nigun
  • Ketsad M'rakdin
  • Uva'u Ha'ovdim
  • Rad Halaila
  • David Melech Yisrael
  • V'haer Enemu
  • Ele Chamda Libi
  • Sisu Et Y'rushalayim
  • Harachaman
  • Mezinka - Klesmer Medley
  • Y'varech'cha
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SPECIALTY SONGS

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  • The Chicken Dance
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Electric Slide
  • Macarena
  • Ballroom dances
  • Irish specialties
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*****This song list is merely a sampling of our repertoire. If you have special requests for songs you don't see on our list,  please ask. We have access to just about any song ever written.

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PRELUDE BRASS QUINTET REPERTOIRE

FANFARE & MARCHES

  • Fanfare For The Common Man…Copland
  • Capriccio Italian op 50...Tschaikowsky
  • Also Sprach op 30...R. Strauss
  • Jubilant Fanfare…A. Bliss
  • Presidential Processional…A. Bliss
  • Fanfare For A Ceremonial Occasion…A. Bliss
  • Twenty Ceremonial Fanfares…D. Detwiler
  • Fanfare in C…Henry Purcell
  • March Regal…Neibig
  • Washington Post…Stars & Stripes
  • Liberty Bell…Semper Fidelis
  • Grand Old Flag…God Bless America
  • March Imperial…Holcombe
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LIGHT ENTERTAINMENTS

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  • Gershwin Medley…J. Sultanof/Stephen Foster Medley
  • Sabre Dance…A. Khachaturian
  • Rondeau (Masterpiece Theatre) Mouret
  • Three Spirituals…Barners
  • Overture to H.M.S. Pinafore…Sullivan
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain…Henderson
  • Soon/Clap Yo Hands/Strike Up The Band
  • Who Cares?/Sweet & Low…G Gershwin
  • When The Saints…Sousa March Collection
  • Ceremonial Music for all Occasions
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Light Cavalry Overture/George M. Cohan Medley
  • Maple Leaf Rag/Tiger Rag
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BRASS FIVE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS (Classical)

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  • Allmand and Guillard…Brade
  • Brass Quintet No. 2...Frackenpohl
  • Edvard Grieg Suite…A. Civil
  • Gaudeamus Igitur…Haydn
  • Hallelujah, Amen…Handel
  • Jerusalem…Parry
  • Six Processionals…G.F. Handel
  • Suite From Watermusic…Handel
  • Trumpet Tune and Aire…Purcell
  • Three Elizabethan Madrigals…Morley
  • 16th Century Carmina (3 Mvmnts)
  • Prelude and Fugue…J.S. Bach
  • Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring…Bach
  • Promenade…Mussorgsky
  • Largo…Handel
  • My Heart, Ever Faithful…Bach
  • Andante…Haydn
  • Sakura…Barnes
  • Farandole…Bizet
  • Amazing Grace. Trad
  • Purcell Suite…arr. Voxman
  • Antiphonal…Sweelinck
  • Capriccio…K. Pilss
  • Fantasia and Fugue…Bach
  • Gloria/Nelson Mass…Haydn
  • Hosannah…David Gibbons
  • March From Aida…Verdi
  • Spirit Be Joyful…J.S. Bach
  • Trumpet Overture…Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary…Stanley
  • We Hasten…Bach
  • Papageno - Papageno…Mozart
  • Orfeo…Monteverdi
  • Three Wedding Chorales…Bach
  • Canon…Pachelbel
  • Hallelujah Chorus…Handel
  • Contrapunctus…Bach
  • Cor Royal…Niccolai
  • Kimigavo…Barnes
  • Toreador Song…Bizet
  • Aria & Minuet…Scarlatti
  • Two Miniatures…Cofield
  • Simple Gifts…Vilanueva
  • Trumpet Voluntary…Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune…Clarke
  • Bridal March…Wagner
  • Wedding March…Mendelssohn
  • Bist Du Bei Mir…Bach
  • Ava Maria…Schubert
  • Panis Angelicus…Franck
  • Trumpet Voluntary…Boyce
  • Vespers 1610...Monteverdi
  • Procession of the Nobles
  • The Rejoicing…Handel
  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Festive Prelude
  • Prelude & Badinage
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CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

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  • A Song For Christmas
  • Angels We Have Heard
  • Christmas Carol Festival
  • First Noel (The)
  • Hark The Herald Angels
  • I Heard The Bells
  • Jingle Bells
  • Let It Snow
  • Nutcracker Suite
  • Rudolph
  • Silver Bells
  • Up On The Rooftop
  • As Lately We Watched
  • 12 Days Of Christmas
  • Coventry Carol
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Here We Come A Wassailing
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • Jolly Old St. Nick
  • Lo, How A Rose
  • Oh Tannanbaum
  • Santa Claus Is Comin'
  • Sing Songs Of Joy
  • We Three Kings
  • Break Forth O Beauteaus Light
  • Christmas Jazz Favorites
  • Deck The Halls
  • Halleujah Chorus
  • How Glad I Am Each Christmas
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  • Joy To The World
  • Merry Christmas Time
  • Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
  • Silent Night
  • The Infant King
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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