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Live bands for weddings, college concerts and parties, corporate events, and festivals in the mid-Atlantic and southeast. FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
It can be expected that you will have some questions while searching for the perfect band. Here are some common questions that we hear from our clients. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here please contact us.

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1. What is the process of hiring a band?
2. How far in advance should I book a band?
3. Why should I work with an agency to hire a band?
4. Why choose Sam Hill?
5. What is sound/production/PA? Do I need it and how do I get it?
6. What regions does Sam Hill serve?
7. How much do bands cost?
8. What if I can't find a certain act on this site?
9. Still have a question?

1. What is the process of hiring a band?
Every event is different and Sam Hill treats each client’s needs differently. We begin by discussing the type of music you’re looking for, the type of event, the nature of your guests and audience, and your budget. Based these criteria we send you information such as demo CDs, videos, photos, bios, songlists on several appropriate bands. Most of this information is also available through this website. In addition, we can often provide references and a chance to see the band perform live. Sam Hill will answer your questions, offer advice, and guide you through the entire process.
Once you've decided on a band, your booking manager will negotiate with the band to get YOU the best price. Once a price is agreed upon, we issue contracts. You’ll sign and return the contracts along with an advance deposit. Once the artist has returned the contracts a completed copy is mailed to you and the show is officially booked.

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2. How far in advance should I book a band?
Generally 1 to 3 months in advance. For weddings and holiday parties, 6 to 12 months is a good guide line. As with most things, the sooner the better. Waiting longer generally means that fewer acts will be available. However, last minute situations do arise, and we often set up shows with just a few days notice.

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3. Why should I work with an agency to hire a band?

There are several advantages to using a talent agency. An agency will offer you a wider variety of acts than you can find on your own. Also, our booking managers have years of experience helping clients pick the perfect band for their event and specifically here at Sam Hill, we only work with proven dependable acts. In addition, each show is guaranteed with professional contracts which reduces miscommunication and virtually eliminates cancellations.

Some buyers express a concern that working with an agency means they will pay more for the band; while we do earn commission on each show, we tend to get bands at better prices because we deal with them regularly and know how much they typically get paid (as opposed to what they will quote to an inexperienced buyer such as a wedding client or college social chair). This actually saves you money in the end.

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4. Why choose Sam Hill?
Most other agencies represent BANDS. We consider YOU our main client, and our job is to get YOU the best talent at the lowest price. Our job is NOT to make the bands more money. In addition, you'll get more personalized attention working with Sam Hill than with larger corporate agencies. (We take pride in getting to know each of our clients and each band we suggest to make the best match for your event.)

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5. What is sound/production/PA? Do i need it and how do i get it?
This refers to the sound system (and often lights) needed for a band to perform a show. Sometimes bands bring their own sound systems, and if not we have an extensive network of sound production companies we can arrange for your show. The prices we quote you WILL INCLUDE any extra cost for production.

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6. What regions does Sam Hill serve?
We typically arrange shows in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, with a large concentration on Virginia and the DC area.. While the bands we work with come from all over the country, most are based within this region as well. If you are outside of this region, please call us to discuss your specific event.

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7. How much do bands cost?
We’ve worked with hundreds of bands ranging from $500 local jazz and acoustic groups to $50,000 national touring acts. For a great party or wedding band, you can expect to pay something in the $1500-5000 range. We’ve placed the bands on our website into price categories to help give you a general idea of what they will cost, but the actual price depends on a number of factors such as the date of the event, location, travel, and production requirements.

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8. What if i can't find a certain act on this site?
There are many acts we work with that are not listed on this site. Drop us an email or give us a call at 866-SAM-HILL. Chances are we work with or can find the act you're interested in.

9. Still have a question?

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