Fifth Avenue Orchestras & Entertainment

Wedding DJs and Entertainment
Main Office Location:
10727 White Oak Avenue, Suite 101
Granada Hills, California 91344

Contact: George Banfalvi
Phone: 818/368-3299
www.fifthavenueentertainment.com
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Service Area:

Primarily Southern California; willing to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada.


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Services Offered

Fifth Avenue Orchestras & Entertainment provides exceptional live music for weddings and special events. They feature wedding bands, cover bands, custom musical presentations, vocalists, DJs, string and jazz ensembles, dancers, novelty acts and more.

It begins with the ceremony. Music sets the tone. Classical chamber ensembles connote elegance; keyboard or guitar ensembles underscore romance or theme; gospel choirs inspire hallelujahs and ethnic instrumentations celebrate diversity. All of these evoke feelings of family, spirituality and friendship.

Then comes the cocktail hour, the prelude to partying. Although many clients favor light jazz, Fifth Avenue offers a plethora of musical combinations including small reggae bands, digital jazz, island calypso groups, passionate Gypsy Kings-style ensembles and a variety of cool vocal groups.

And finally, there’s the reception. “Wedding reception music should reflect the bride and groom’s musical souls,” explains George. Whether it’s a front line of four singers who’ve been with Earth, Wind & Fire, a guitar player who sounds like Dave Matthews, a vocal/horn combo that conjures up the best of Tony Bennett or Nat King Cole, or any kind of groove music that creates the desire to get up and party, Fifth Avenue is pleased to provide it.

Questions and Answers

Why should someone hire you?

For a multitude of reasons, but primarily because we care. We truly recognize and respect the moral implication of you entrusting us with the entertainment for your all-important event. We feature an elite staff of true musical geniuses who want nothing more than to help you bring your vision of your event to fruition. If the old saying, "the music makes the party" is truly accurate, we may well be the most important call you'll make.

How long in advance should we book our entertainment?

This is a question I get asked almost every day! The answer is: book in advance as far as possible. Why? Because the best entertainers and bands always get booked early. Some of our entertainers are already booked two years out. It's not uncommon at all. My advice is always; "Don't wait until it's too late and end up disappointed."

Do your musicians play together all the time?

Yes, they do. Good musicians know that there is an intangible language, a sense of unspoken communication and intuition which develops between musicians and singers who perform together continually.

How large are your bands?

Our bands generally begin at six to seven-piece instrumentations when clients are interested in a lot of dancing and partying. However, we customize our presentations specifically to our clients' needs, budget, venue and desires.

How do we pick the kind of music we want?

The repertoire for the event will be based on two elements: first and foremost, your input. This is your event and we want it to be the way you want it to be. Secondly: if you give us the leeway to do so, the band will also be calling songs and styles of music based on your stated goals. If you've told us you'd like your guests up and dancing, we'll act accordingly. If you want a specific theme and ambience underlined, that's the way it will be. However, in no case will any music which you've deemed undesirable be played. We are here to be of service to you. Period.

Do you do continuous music?

Absolutely. We have several different options regarding continuous music. Please inquire about various options.

About This Company

Headed by award-winning musician George Banfalvi and recommended by many of Southern California’s most prestigious venues, Fifth Avenue Orchestras & Entertainment offers an elite roster of cutting-edge musicians who play in what Los Angeles Magazine has called “Southern California’s premier party bands.”

“Having come from the recording industry, our musicians and singers are driven to continually update and expand their repertoire,” says Banfalvi. “Music is the single most important element in a wedding, but in order to be successful, it’s got to be incredibly diversified and above all—relevant. While American standards like Sinatra and great Swing music are perennial crowd pleasers, bridal couples also want to hear the music that’s vital to their generation: everything from the classic ’ 80s to current hits by performers like Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars, and their favorite contemporary dance songs. In the end, we want everyone to be totally exhausted because they just can’t stop dancing,” laughs George.

Fifth Avenue, which has orchestrated performances for heads of state and Fortune 500 corporations throughout the U.S., along with their extensive wedding clientele, does not do assembly-line presentations. The challenge, as Banfalvi sees it, is to respect clients’ wishes and budgetary constraints while treating the music for each aspect of the wedding as a specialization.

Fifth Avenue personnel have performed at corporate and private special events throughout the United States, Canada, Hawaii, Madrid, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and will gladly consider appropriate international engagements.

Fifth Avenue Orchestras & Entertainment Covers These Areas:

Southern California
  - Los Angeles
  - Orange County
  - Palm Springs / Palm Desert
  - Riverside / Inland Empire
  - San Fernando Valley
  - San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena
  - Santa Barbara
  - Santa Catalina Island
  - Santa Clarita Valley
  - South Bay L.A. / Long Beach
  - Ventura
  - And other areas by special arrangement.

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Vendor Type { DJs and Entertainment }
Company Founded { 1981 }

Verified Reviews from Real Brides & Grooms

“Fifth Avenue is the best wedding band ever! Our guests danced from the minute the doors opened until the last song, at which point a chant for ‘one last song!’ started. Not only were our friends (mid-20s) dancing but our families and parents’ friends were out on the dance floor, too. They honestly made the party!”

“Our guests RAVED about our band selection. The band had everyone on the dance floor and really created the celebratory atmosphere that we were hoping for. I wish I could have many more weddings just to have them come back.”

“In my opinion, the music at a reception can make or break the whole event. I did a LOT of research. I decided I liked 5th Avenue the most. They were superb! Everybody danced all night long.”

“Their performance was exceptional; the band members’ personalities were sparkling. They contributed to the joy of the day. I’m an attorney and I didn’t make things easy on them, i.e. I asked a lot of questions, negotiated contract terms, etc., but they were very accommodating…and then the band rocked the house!”

“Fifth Avenue was very flexible in customizing the playlist for us. The band was excellent. They are fantastic!”

“I think Fifth Avenue’s energy and diversity of music (the hora, 60s rock, recent hits, and classic slow songs) were really what made them special. They covered everything and there wasn’t a bad song all night.”

“Fifth Avenue Entertainment was easily one of the best wedding vendors we worked with. They were very flexible with our music playlist and wonderful at customizing and playing the song my father chose for our father/daughter dance song (which was a surprise to me). They were engaging with our guests and the music was outstanding.”

“Fifth Avenue provided a solo guitarist at the ceremony, a pianist at the cocktail hour, and a 9-piece band for the reception. We called, listened to, and visited the offices of several bands and Fifth Avenue was by far the friendliest and sounded the best—even compared to bands that were twice as expensive. They were *extremely helpful* during the planning process, giving us advice about songs and timing.”

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