Weddings and simchas just got a lot more fun! Joey works closely with his clients to build the overall drama and musical beauty of each event.

….. Their music was so joyous all the guests danced into a near frenzy. This small band made such a big contribution…. — Brahna Yassky

Joey’s bands get into the middle of the action, allowing guests to hear a great band really close up.  The music ranges from quiet mandolin music during a ceremony to totally rocking Brass Band music for hours of dancing.

Weddings with Raya Brass Band

Weddings with Joey Weisenberg and Raya Brass Band. Spontaneous brass band music and Joey Weisenberg’s lovely mandolin and singing at your chuppah. What could be more fun?

Longer Testimonials

Alex Berg and Shana Tabak

We have been talking about you and the amazing music you created for our wedding basically non-stop since June 12. Seriously. We knew that you were going to pull a group together that was funky, spiritual, boisterous, danceable, energetic and amazing, but you completely exceeded our expectations. Thank you!!!

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I really just can’t express our appreciation and awe and joy at the music you brought to our wedding. It really was one of the highlights of the weekend, it was an amazing group you were able to bring together, the music was beautiful and uplifting and interesting and funky, and brought such a level of joy and fun I can’t describe. And I was probably in a good mood anyway, but so many of our friends have also told us how much they loved it – so it wasn’t just me. Actually, one of the more interesting things someone said is they thought they were in a film by Emir Kusturica (an amazing Serbian filmmaker) because of the music. Anyway,we all just loved it, and I wish I could have the soundtrack to play over and over.

We haven’t received the pictures yet, but we do have some video footage which we would be happy to share with you if you are at all interested. Hopefully you got some kind of recording, because it was amazing. And if you ever want a recommendation for a wedding or anything else, just let us know.

Alex Berg and Shana Tabak – Married June 2011

Wishnevski Wedding

I’m still recouping from Sunday (from all the dancing seriously, it still hurts to walk downstairs) and I haven’t gotten around to writing emails to all the wonderful people who helped make our day so special but Thank you for the wonderful music the band provided!

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We keep hearing how much fun you all were and talented and more than once I heard that it was so nice that it felt like the four of you were a part of the day instead of just a band on the stage. I think you converted Ari to a klezmer lover!

Thank you again and hopefully our paths will cross again soon!

Sarit Wishnevski, Married Oct 2010

Linda & Josh 2005

Dear Joey,

I don’t even know where to begin … I have been meaning to write to you since the wedding to thank you and the rest of the band.

Our family and friends have not stopped raving about how much they enjoyed listening and dancing to the music at our wedding! Our guests – both young and old – found the music to be compelling, accessible, unique, and fun! Josh and I were most impressed with how appropriately and beautifully you were able to set the mood and reflect our personalities throughout the event.

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We wanted the music at our wedding to be traditional and authentically Jewish without any of the “cheesy simcha music” we have encountered at so many other weddings. You, and the talented musicians you work with, exceeded all of our expectations. The transitions between various musical genres were seamless, and the bands natural chemistry and responsiveness to the crowed kept people pumped up and dancing for hours. We had a number of friends throughout the course of the wedding approach us to tell us that it was the most fun they had every had at a wedding ( many people asked for your contact info … so I hope you will be getting a lot of business through us in the future :). One of the most memorable moments both for us and our guest was the musical procession to our outdoor Chuppah – it was magical.

From our first meeting on, you were a pleasure to work with. You took the time to gain a clear understanding of what we were looking for, and put special care into everything from the selection of instruments and songs to the timing, logistics, and set up required for our unique venue. You were even able to reflect the very traditionally Eastern European – Hungarian essence of my family. I was particularly touched that you were willing to learn three Hungarian Gypsy songs for our wedding. My relatives who flew in from Hungary for the wedding were truly wowed.

We will be back in NY mid September so please keep us informed about upcoming performances at local venues!

Many thanks,

Linda & Josh 2005

Adam & Suzy

Joey,

We just wanted to thank you again for the tremendous contribution you and the band made to our wedding. Not only was the quality of the music first rate, but the joy and enthusiasm coming from all the musicians really lit up the room. You guys really love what you do and it shows.

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Since the wedding, many of our guests have gone out of their way to praise the music and were impressed at our luck at finding a band like yours. Friends and relatives were specifically impressed at how beautifully you played the traditional Korean songs that we had requested. The music was always seamless and appropriately reflected the unique character of our wedding.

In addition, I have to comment on the professionalism and thoughtfulness that you exhibited during the planning stages. Your dedication to the details we had discussed really put us at ease, and it gave us one less thing to worry about during those otherwise hectic weeks.

In short you delivered!

Thanks again and Best Wishes,

Adam & Suzy – Wedding October 30th, 2005

Nechama

Hey Joey,

I want to say thank you to you and all of the band members for totally rocking out at our wedding. Everyone had positive things to say about the music and the way you had so much energy to get the party started.

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I had an awesome time and danced until I nearly collapsed from dehydration. Loved it! It was also so special for me to have you at the wedding- most people don’t have the great privilege of having a friend play at their wedding. The wedding reception was awesome. You also did a great job of working with Courtney, who was invaluable.

I am also really glad that I got to dance with you for a short period of time. I hope you and the band members had fun.

Warmly,

Nechama

Wedding Testimonials

It was an amazing group you were able to bring together, the music was beautiful and uplifting and interesting and funky, and brought such a level of joy and fun I can’t describe.

We wanted the music at our wedding to be traditional and authentically Jewish without any of the cheesy simcha music we have encountered at so many other weddings. You, and the talented musicians you work with, exceeded all of our expectations. The transitions between various musical genres were seamless, and the bands natural chemistry and responsiveness to the crowed kept people pumped up and dancing for hours. We had a number of friends throughout the course of the wedding approach us to tell us that it was the most fun they had every had at a wedding One of the most memorable moments both for us and our guest was the musical procession to our outdoor Chuppah it was magical.

Our family and friends have not stopped raving about how much they enjoyed listening and dancing to the music at our wedding! Our guests both young and old found the music to be compelling, accessible, unique, and fun! We were most impressed with how appropriately and beautifully you were able to set the mood and reflect our personalities throughout the event.

I have to comment on the professionalism and thoughtfulness that you exhibited during the planning stages. Your dedication to the details we had discussed really put us at ease, and it gave us one less thing to worry about during those otherwise hectic weeks.

.. Their music was so joyous all the guests danced into a near frenzy. This small band made a big contribution

We all just loved it, and I wish I could have the soundtrack to play over and over.

I had an awesome time and danced until I nearly collapsed from dehydration.

We knew that you were going to pull a group together that was funky, spiritual, boisterous, danceable, energetic and amazing, but you completely exceeded our expectations. Thank you!!!

I’m still recouping from Sunday (from all the dancing seriously, it still hurts to walk downstairs) Thank you for the wonderful music the band provided! We keep hearing how much fun you all were and talented and more than once I heard that it was so nice that it felt like the four of you were a part of the day instead of just a band on the stage

From our first meeting on, you were a pleasure to work with. You took the time to gain a clear understanding of what we were looking for, and put special care into everything from the selection of instruments and songs to the timing, logistics, and set up required for our unique venue. We just wanted to thank you again for the tremendous contribution you and the band made to our wedding. Not only was the quality of the music first rate, but the joy and enthusiasm coming from all the musicians really lit up the room. You guys really love what you do and it shows.

I really just can’t express our appreciation and awe and joy at the music you brought to our wedding. It really was one of the highlights of the weekend

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