Leonard Neil Productions
Main Office Location: 1820 Idaho Avenue, Ste 5
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Contact: Leonard Neil
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California, U.S., international.
Limited time offer: Book a minimum 8-piece dance band for your reception and Leonard Neil Productions will provide a solo musician for a free hour of cocktail music. Please mention Here Comes The Guide when you inquire.
Questions and Answers
What is the best advice you give to a couple when planning their wedding? Keep the big picture in mind when you are assembling your budget and your team of vendors. First, prioritize each service separately and figure out what is most important to you. Then designate a percentage of your budget to each aspect of your wedding. You don't want to exhaust your budget before you contract the most important services.
Consider the contributions of each particular vendor; not only for the basic product or service they provide, but also for the other dimensions they bring to the table. Many times, these intangible aspects (experience, intuition, personality) prove to be as valuable to the success of your overall event as the product or service themselves.
Remember, there are no rehearsals for your reception! You should have confidence that your vendors not only have the experience to handle the unpredictable, but also that they have your best interests at heart.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started? I come from a musical family. My mother was a professional singer, performing in nightclubs and private events, as well as singing background for MGM and Disney films. Following in the footsteps of our violinist father, my brother was concert-master of the California Jr. Symphony Orchestra as a teenager. I began playing piano at age 4, started voice training at age 15 and graduated UCLA as a vocal performance major.
Although I started performing at early age, each event unfolds something new from which to learn. That's why I enjoy performing at private events such as weddings. Every one is different—which keeps our art fresh.
Why should someone hire you? As a boutique operation, we provide special attention to each client and maintain a high level of quality service not easily duplicated in an assembly line type of entertainment provider. As the bandleader, I am on site to personally ensure your event goes seamlessly and flawlessly. I am personally motivated to ensure its success.
Our band consists of top industry professionals and we write our own customized music arrangements, authentically covering a wide variety of styles ranging from big band to current Top 40. See our sample music web page.
About This Company
Okay, so you’ve decided to have live music at your wedding. You may know which song you want to accompany you down the aisle, and which one you want played during the first dance. But where do you go from there? Straight to Leonard Neil. He’s a combination bandleader, musical advisor, coordinator and nice guy, who has a real grasp of THE BIG PICTURE. He doesn’t just concentrate on the music, he focuses on the flow of the whole event. And throughout the entire process he’s sensitive to your needs, putting his own ego on the back burner. As wedding planner after wedding planner told us: This is a man who never forgets that the day is not about him, it’s about the bride and groom.
His versatility is unmatched. No matter the size or style of your event, Leonard Neil will give you exactly what you want. You can engage a simple combo, or add a small horn section for a more exciting sound. If you prefer a big band for a larger affair, or a full orchestra with strings for an elegant soirée, he has just the right talent at his fingertips. Leonard is adept at bridging the generations, with smooth transitions from swing to rock, and Motown to contemporary hits. His vocalists are studio quality, performing accurate renditions of selections originally recorded by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, The Temptations, The Beatles, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and many more. But versatility alone isn’t what makes him so special.
He hires only the best. His musicians have worked with Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick and Elvis Presley. “His expertise far exceeds what would normally be needed for a wedding,” says another wedding vendor. But even that isn’t what makes him so special.
What really sets him apart is the extra care he takes to make sure your day comes out just the way you want it. “When you hire Leonard for an event, he’s really THERE,” says one wedding coordinator. But, for Leonard Neil the process begins long before the big day.
He starts with the most important song of all: the one you want for your first dance. Weeks before the wedding, he sits down at the piano with the soon-to-be bride and groom, and plays their chosen song at various tempos while he watches them dance to it, determining the precise tempo that will show them off at their best. He and the happy couple go on from there to plan the whole set. “It’s not just a matter of stringing tunes together,” he says. “My goal is to have everyone out there dancing and having fun. Ideally, each set should build to a musical climax.”
The climaxes are designed to segue seamlessly into the traditional wedding highlights, like the best man’s toast, the “father/daughter” dance or the entrée being served. To ensure that the music and the highlights coincide as planned, Leonard is likely to duck into the kitchen to check with the caterer about the ETA of the food. Whether it’s running late or it’s ahead of schedule, he can adjust the set to accommodate any change in timing.
Or he might be in the back of the room, personally inspecting the sound system….or checking in with the bride and groom to make sure everything is going exactly the way they wanted. Wherever he is, he’s always paying close attention to the floor, constantly fine-tuning the music to make sure everyone is having as good a time as possible. To him, pacing and momentum are everything.
“It’s like having another event coordinator out there,” one wedding coordinator told us. “People should take advantage of what Leonard has to offer. He’s not just a band leader. He offers a lot more.”
Leonard Neil Productions Covers These Areas:Southern California
- Los Angeles
- Orange County
- San Bernardino Mountains / Lake Arrowhead
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clarita Valley
- South Bay L.A. / Long Beach
- Temecula Wine Country
- And other areas by special arrangement.