What sort of gigs do Slide McBride and his band do?
Slide McBride does weddings, balls, corporate functions, birthday parties, private parties and public gigs.
What sort of music does the band play?
Slide McBride is a very versatile band that can play just about anything in the pop/rock/contemporary genre and also has an extensive jazz/lounge music repertoire. [please see song list] One of the things that make the band famous for is playing many different styles of music on the one performance.
How many in the band?
Slide McBride is a four piece band.
Can the band perform with less or more players?
Generally speaking no, but there are occasionally exceptions. [To inquire further about this, best to contact Slide by telephone or email]. We are a band that works together regularly, as a cohesive unit. Function bands that add and subtract members are not really bands. They are collectives, and therefore are unable to generate the same vibe and intensity that we do.
Does the band expect to be fed?
Yes [at private and corporate functions], a standard requirement is a service meal and soft drinks.
How long can the band play for?
The band can play for as short or as long as the client requires, but the client will be charged for a minimum rate of a four hour call for anything shorter than four hours. Typical bookings are for four or five hours. A minimum call for a Saturday night is five hours. The band was once booked for a ten hour call. Six and seven hour calls are surprisingly common. Please note, our minimum booking for Saturday nights is generally five hours.
What is a four or five hour call?
This is four hours from the band’s first note to their last note played. The band will arrive approximately one hour before the call time. (If speeches, awards or presentations go for an hour, this time is included in the call time.)
How many “sets” will the band play and how do they do their timing?
This depends upon the timing of the function, e.g. speeches, presentations, etc. If the band were playing at a four hour function without any interruptions, they would typically play four forty-five minute sets. The band loves to play, so breaks are kept to a minimum. The band will adapt their set times to whatever is required by your schedule.
Can I make song requests?
Yes, you are free to make selections from the band’s repertoire. You are also welcome to request songs NOT to be played.
What do you normally play for the bridal waltz?
This is subjective and up to the client- we can cover anything on our repertoire list, or play a client’s CD through our PA system.
Do I need to provide music for breaks when the band is not playing?
No. The band has suitable background music that can be played in breaks.
What if I think the band is too loud over dinner?
The band prides themselves on being approachable and adaptable. If the client wants to the band to play more quietly, then the band will play more quietly. The band is there to serve the client and fulfil the client’s expectations.
Can the band set up 2- 3 hours before the function?
Yes, but this incurs extra charges. It is standard for the band to arrive an hour before the call time. If the band is required to arrive more than an hour before the call time, then it is expected that the band is paid for this extra time.
Can we use the band’s PA and microphone for our speeches?
Yes, you are welcome to use the band’s PA and microphone. Please be aware, however, that the band does NOT have a cordless microphone.
Can I meet with Slide McBride before my function?
No, although Slide McBride is available for as many telephone conversations or emails as the client deems necessary. Our past experience is that there isn’t anything that can’t be worked out over the telephone. Face to face meetings are time consuming, as is driving around Sydney!
Can I, or one of my guests, sing a song with the band?
The band is welcoming of guest singers (as long as they aren’t too drunk)! Please be aware, however, that the band does not rehearse “guest” singers.
What about playing an instrument with the band, for example, guitar?
You are welcome to join the band, but you would need to bring your own instrument.
Will the band travel to rural areas?
The band generally confines themselves to working in and around Sydney. The extent of where the band will travel to is basically Berry, Sutton Forest, Leura and Pokolbin. The band charges extra to travel out of Sydney.
What are the basic terms of booking the band?
Once a booking has been made, you will be sent two copies of a contract. One copy is for you to keep. The other copy is to be signed and returned to the band. Most of the clauses in the contract are common sense items, but please be aware that there is a twenty-one day cancellation clause. This means that if you cancel your booking within twenty-one days of the event, you will be up for the full fee. There is also a non-refundable deposit of $240 payable with the return of the contract. Terms of payment is that full payment is to be made either on the day of the performance or else in advance.