“One of the most unique and ubiquitous bands in the local music scene”
The Bandulos are a funky, tight-knit group of versatile young musicians from Staten Island. Since 2006 we have established ourselves as an in-demand band, playing numerous community events, weddings, private functions, and regular bar and club gigs throughout NYC and along the East Coast.
The songs you love
Our sets are made up of the best classic funk, soul, disco and rock ’n’ roll, along with favorites from the ’80s and ’90s, reggae jams, hip-hop gems, and a couple of current hits thrown in for fun. Songs we love and love to play.
Different from the rest
If you’re looking for an independent event band that’s memorable and different from the rest, we’re a great choice. We’re not a random group of musicians assembled by a big entertainment company. The core of the group comprises brothers and high school friends who have been playing together for years.
But don’t take our word for it
“Beyond phenomenal…” “Thank you for making our party so outstanding.” “The dance floor was packed the entire night.” Just a few of the kind words our clients have written about us.
Planning a wedding or other event?
The Bandulos can provide music for every aspect of your event. We tailor our sets to fit each event, and we will work with you to accommodate your tastes, preferences and special requests. In fact, many requests have gone on to become mainstays in our live sets.
The standard Bandulos lineup is a seven-piece ensemble of male and female vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, saxophone and trumpets. We also work closely with a small network of other young local musicians, so if you want a bigger sound, consider a bigger group.
Traditional ceremony music
Our trumpet trio provides a distinctly majestic air to your wedding ceremony, with beautiful brass arrangements of Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” (“Here Comes the Bride”), Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” Pachelbel’s Canon and other timeless processional and recessional music. Looking for something a little more traditional than a brass trio? We offer solo piano, too.
Light and mellow cocktail hour
For cocktail hour music, a jazz combo can set the mood with instrumental and/or vocal versions of jazz standards. We also offer a vocals-and-acoustic guitar duo that puts a light and mellow spin on popular songs. For something really different, how about the close-harmony country & western stylings of the Raritan Bay Boys?
And if you’ve just gotta hear the original recording of a special tune, we can handle that, too. We’re not claiming to be professional DJs, but we certainly have lots of experience with MP3 playlists. If you do want a pro DJ in addition to the band, we have a few we can recommend.
Please feel free to call or email to discuss your musical needs. We are happy to provide references, discuss special requirements, and answer any questions you may have.
In Dec. 2012, the band backed the RZA for a special performance at a fundraising gala in honor of Quentin Tarantino at the Museum of Modern Art. It was an amazing experience.
For a time, the Bandulos were (perhaps) NYC’s only breakbeat band, playing heavy funk breaks and riffs for b-boy competitions and showcases, including a memorial event for the late b-boy legend Frosty Freeze, a member of the famous Rock Steady Crew, and several local events featuring members of the Fresh Style Rockers.
The group also served as a backing band for Milton Henry, the Jamaican-born veteran reggae and R&B singer who has recorded and performed with some of reggae’s biggest names, including Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Meditations.