THE BALLROOM BLASTERS
Ready to have a blast with THE BEST PARTY MUSIC from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today? Look no further. The Ballroom Blasters combines Motown, Soul, Rock and Current dance music into a powerful and energetic non-stop show. Created by the legendary Jerry Freeman, the Ballroom Blasters band pumps up your event with world-class horns and amazing vocals.
With over 800 songs to choose, you can customize your song list to suit your needs. Built around the philosophy that when a band takes a break, it kills the momentum of the party, they take no breaks and can play up to six hours NON-STOP!
Looking for Big-Stage impact? Prefer something modern and approachable? No matter the style of your event, the Ballroom Blasters band offers costuming and staging options that fit perfectly. White tuxes, top hats and tails… or cool urban sophisticate… we’ll be a tailored part of your special occasion.
The Ballroom Blasters band offers:
- Five Fabulous Male and Female Vocalists
- Presented with four or eight horns
- Trio available for cocktail hour or dinner set
- Horns available as a second line to lead guests
- State of the Art Sound and Lights
- Incredible attention to detail leading up to your event
- Happy to learn special dance songs
Book the band who have played/toured with:
- Yolanda Adams
- African American
- Symphony Orchestra
- George Clinton
- Aretha Franklin
- Destiny’s Child
- Dizzy Gillespie
- George Duke
- Earth, Wind & Fire
- Isaac Hayes
- Lionel Hampton
- Al Jarreau
- Quincy Jones
- Smokie Norful
- Chaka Khan
- Gerald Levert
- Shirley Caesar
- Ignacio Berroa
- Jon Faddis
- Paquito D’Rivera
- Panama Francis
- Rufus Reid
- Ray Charles
- Kenny Burrell
- Chuck Mangione
Book the band that has recorded with:
- Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)
- John Legend
- Nelly Furtado
- Lionel Hampton
- Jennifer Lopez
- Sly And The
- Family Stone
- Lionel Richie
- Angie Stone
- Trey Songz
- Sleepy Brown
- Cee-Lo Green from Gnarls Barkley
Cocktail Hour/Dinner Set
If you desire musical ambience as your guests arrive, during cocktail hour or as a soft accompaniment to your dinner, enjoy our quartet featuring drums, piano, bass and saxophone. Our repertoire spans almost every genre of music including soft jazz, Broadway classics, movie theme songs, easy listening pops and light Gospel standards.
You can also expand the quartet performance with some sultry vocals from one of our singers or some jazzy horns from our talented ensemble. For that special “intimate touch,” another popular option with our clients is having one of our talented keyboardists as a solo pianist.
“The quartet played during dinner and my wife, a jazz pianist herself, was literally brought to tears as she listened. Awesome!” – Steven Kincaid, Tampa, FL
DJ for Event or After Party
Incorporate our featured DJ into your event, wedding or after party. During our live performances, our DJ is available as a pre or post party host and mixes. Or enjoy them as a stand-alone as they spin the hottest tracks of the 80s, 90s, and today as well as all the standard party tunes.
Add a four-piece “Marching Band Style” authentic drum line to your wedding or event. Complete with Marching Snare, Marching Bass, Marching Tom Tom and Quad Drums, a Drum Line it is a unique and interesting way to introduce the bride and groom, to kick off your private party, open sessions for a corporate event or lead guests from one area to another.
Enjoy the romantic, expressive and refined sounds of a classical quartet or a full and energetic electric quartet during your cocktail hour or reception. A harp soloist or classic guitar soloist are also available if you would like to feature graceful beauty of these instruments at your event. Read more. (can we do a pop up or accordion for the copy below?)
Dallas String Quartet (DSQ) Electrics is an international ensemble based in Dallas playing contemporary music on electric string instruments. They have released three albums, Electric (2011), Red (2012), and Between Us (2014), and have a large following on Pandora, Sirius Xm and other radio stations. DSQ performs intimately as a quartet or with a full ensemble of drums, guitars, etc. for high-energy shows.
The quartet has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and on A&E, CW33, and other networks. In addition to touring and performing internationally, DSQ has played “at home” for Presidents Obama and Bush, and the NBA and NFL organizations. They have opened for artists such as Air Supply and Kenny G, and have played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Comprised of violinists Tatiana Glava and Melissa Priller, violist Ian Zanca and cellist Gaston Colloca, DSQ takes you on a journey to the nexus of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide.
“DSQ ended their performance with a cover of Guns N’ Rose’s “Sweet Child of Mine” that just floored everyone in the building.” – Red Carpet Crash Review
Bride & Groom Intro/Exit
You just got married. Doesn’t that deserve a super cool introduction? Consider horns or a drum role before you officially make your first public appearance as man and wife. Or, perhaps you have a horn or drum role as you head out to the car to make your exit.
Infuse your guests with joy and let the positive energy flow as The Higher Power singers take the stage. Featuring world-class vocals and a wide-ranging musical repertoire, Higher Power ignites the audience, transforming all your party-goers into party-makers – lifting their hands into the air and bringing their feet to the dance floor.
Higher Power Features:
- 8 lead vocalists
- Song variety – from Southern Gospel to today’s dance hits
- Striking costume options
“As musical director for Gladys Knight for 20 years as well as stints with Marvin Gaye, Barry White and Diana Ross, I have pretty much seen it all. I can tell you the “magic” that Higher Power brings to the show you can only get in a Gospel church on Sunday morning. The raw energy and vocal power rivals anything I have seen on the road in my 30 years in the biz.” –
Ballroom Blasters Band Leader
Grammy Award Winning Artist Jerry Freeman started his career playing with big-band greats such as Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie and his career just skyrocketed from there. Check out Jerry’s amazing journey & all the greats he has performed with over the years!
- 1988, 90, 93-Performed three European tours for The North Sea & Montreux Jazz Festivals
- 1989-Performed with Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie
- 1990-Performed and recorded with Jazz Legend Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton
- 1996-Toured with Earth Wind & Fire as Lead Trumpet player for their 1st Australian Tour
- 1996-Recorded & Toured with Cameo
- 1998- Established Hornz Unlimited Brass Section
- 1998- Primary Brass recording and touring section for Grammy Award Winning, Multi-Platinum and Diamond selling Recording Artist Outkast
- 2003-Performed on Grammy Awards show feature with Outkast and Earth Wind & Fire
- 2005-Recorded on Sly and the Family Stone Tribute Album (Different Strokes by Different Folks)
- 2005-Recorded with Jennifer Lopez (Rebirth)
- 2006-Recorded with Lionel Richie (Coming Home)
- 2006-Recorded album(s) with John Legend (Once Again) and in 2008 (Evolver)
- 2007-Established Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters
- 2007-Recoded on Earth Wind and Fire Album; Interpretations
- 2010-Recorded and Toured with Grammy nominated recording artist Janelle Monae (ArchAndroid) and in 2013 (Electric Lady)
- 2013-Produced video soundtrack for Go Daddy Founder Bob Parsons in support of the Semper Fi Fund that raised $20 million for wounded, critically ill, and injured veterans for all members of the of the US Armed Forces and their families
- 2013-Big Swing Performed with Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire
- 2014-Recorded on Aretha Franklin Tribute Album (Aretha Sings the Great Diva Classics)
- 2013-Toured and Recorded multiple albums with Maroon Five Artist; PJ Morton
- 2013- Recorded with the late Icon Prince on the Janelle Monae album (Electric Lady)
- 2003-2013: Performed multiple times on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Ellen Degeneres, The American Music Awards, The Kids Choice Awards and MTV Video Awards
And, last not but not least, one of Jerry’s most precicous accomplishments is that he is a husband and father of two wonderful children!
The Ballroom Blasters were simply THE BEST band I could have chosen for my daughter’s wedding in Savannah. We fell in love with every one of them as they were the nicest people. I would highly recommend them for any wedding where you want to have fun.
This band is committed to the success of your event! They listened to our needs and delivered a high-energy performance that raised the crowd to the dance floor. Their repertoire is beautifully executed by talented musicians. A great package.
On Saturday jerry Freeman and the Ballroom Blasters rocked the largest wedding Charleston has likely seen in many years… over 1400 people were blown away by the best band I have seen in years. Despite appearance from many guest performers, Mark & Dean from Hootie & the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Josh Kelley, Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel and Anoop Desai from American Idol, the clear attraction was Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters.
Customize Your Event With Our Ultimate Song List!
We’ll work with you to make sure we play only your favorite types of music. The song list below is representative of the various musical styles and genres we play, but it’s only a small sampling of what we can do. To view The Ballroom Blasters’ complete song list, download the PDF below.
- Ariana Grande- Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)
- Capital Cities- Safe and Sound
- Ellie Goulding- Burn
- Katy Perry- Dark Horse
- Lorde- Royals
- Bruno Mars- Treasure
- Sam Smith- Stay With Me
- Aretha Franklin- Respect
- Beatles- Come Together
- Black Eyed Peas- I Gotta Feeling
- Cameo- Word Up
- Cher- Believe
- Chubby Checker- The Twist
- CUPID- Cupid Shuffle
- Earth, Wind & Fire- September
- Gloria Gaynor- I Will Survive
- Gotye- Somebody I Used to Know
- Heatwave- Boogie Nights
- Justin Timberlake- My Love
- Lady Gaga- Poker Face
- Norah Jones- Fly With Me
- Phil Collins- You’ll Be In My Heart
- Tina Turner- Rock Me Baby
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