Raves From Our Clients...
"Wow" is all we can say about Peter Hennes Orchestra!!!! We had three things we really wanted for our wedding: good food, good drinks, and an amazing band - we hit the jackpot, and they did not disappoint!! Peter Hennes was recommended to me by a friend of a friend who used them at their own wedding, and had this to say: "We were on our feet the whole night...no one sat down, and the dance floor was always packed!" I knew then that this was the band for us. After receiving Peter's quote, and comparing it to another quote (only for practicality's sake) Peter's pricing was more than fair, and blew my mind when I was looking at what the other band wanted to charge us. Peter was always available to answer questions with lightening fast response times, and asked US extensive questions on music preferences, etc. until he felt like he had the perfect play list. The band itself was absolutely, hands down, UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE, and kept the party going all night long!! The singers get down into the crowd, dance and sing with you and your guests, and seem to be having just as much fun as everyone else at the wedding. We went with the 10 piece band, and the non-stop music option in order to keep our guests entertained the whole night - that was definitely the way to go! The dance floor was packed, sweaty, and filled with singing/laughing/dancing fools, which is just how we wanted it, and our most precious memory from our wedding! We truly cannot rave enough about the Peter Hennes Orchestra - your only mistake would be to miss out on the opportunity to have them at your wedding!!!" - Courtney Payne (Wedding at River East Arts Center)
"4 years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing the Peter Hennes Orchestra perform at my friend's wedding. I told my boyfriend at the time that we will be getting that orchestra to perform at our wedding someday (presumptuous I know!) I remember that being one of the best weddings I had ever been to until recently when they performed at my own wedding.
Peter Hennes was the consummate professional. He was extremely responsive to all e-mails and phone calls and worked with me to make sure that they put on a show I would never forget. His band even learned two songs for us that were not in his song book for my first dance with my husband as well as my first dance with my dad. It was amazing of them to do so.
The orchestra is EXTREMELY talented. All of their musicians blew my family away (I already knew they were incredible) and that is coming from a family with a dad who was a concert pianist, an uncle who was a concert violinist, and an aunt who was a concert flautist. They kept the dance floor packed the ENTIRE night. There was never a dull moment! I loved the interaction with the crowd when the singers came out onto the dance floor and let me and my guests sing along.
It was a night I will never forget and it is thanks in LARGE part to Peter Hennes and his orchestra. I highly, highly, recommend them to all you brides out there - I promise, you will not be disappointed!" - Sarah Easley
"We got married a few weeks ago, and I am so happy we hired Peter Hennes Orchestra. My husband is a musician, so he was in charge of the band, and after listening to some online clips, Peter Hennes Orchestra was hands down his first choice. And, wow, did they deliver! I have to say, that I was very impressed with our vendor line up and wouldn't have changed a single one. But the Peter Hennes Orchestra MADE our reception. I never realized so many of our guests were dancers! Or maybe the music was just that good...people could not sit down. The dance floor was packed all night, and the band played the most perfect combination of Motown (our first choice) and more modern popular music. The energy they brought to our reception was unbelievable. This is hands down the best band I have ever seen at a wedding, event, party. They are easy to work with and whatever event you are planning, this band will keep you on your feet for hours! Thank you, Peter Hennes Orchestra, for making this an unforgettable night!" - Hana & Jerrad
"I am writing this review for all the Mom's and Dad's out there who are searching high and low for the perfect package to throw a fairytale wedding for their little Princess. My wife and I went from banquet hall to banquet hall meeting General Managers and Orchestra Leaders before we narrowed down our search. We knew that a successful fairytale wedding would require a beautiful facility, Victoria in the Park, led by an outstanding host, Arvey DiMaria, putting out exceptional food accompanied by out of this world music by the Peter Hennes Orchestra. From my first communication with Peter I knew that this was the person that I trusted to control the pace and tone of one of the most important days of our lives. Disappointment would be TOTAL FAILURE.
Peter's recommendation to have 3 musicians for appetizers, 5 musicians for dinner and a full 10 piece orchestra for the party was PERFECT!! Soft background music during cocktails/appetizers was very soothing and relaxing followed by wonderful dinner music which led up to phenominal sets of music that our guests danced and sang to for 3 hours. Those who chose not to dance were treated to a concert that they will remember for years to come. The day is over but the memories continue. Family and friends alike have told us that our little Princess's wedding was the best wedding that they have ever attended.
Parents, Brides and Grooms to be don't run the risk of having to accept your second choice or pay for a more expensive band. I assure you that from the first time you listen to the Peter Hennes Orchestra thru the last note of the final song at your celebration I promise you that you will be glad you contacted Peter. Don't be fooled by higher priced band leaders who are nothing but talk and their product does not match their hype. Get on the phone or e-mail Peter now and get ready for the time of your life. Peter, Thank you for one of the most memorable evenings of my life." - James Neumann
"You guys were unbelievable! We have never had so much fun at a wedding before in our lives! You and your band truly knew how to put on a show. Every single guest was up, dancing, singing and having a great time, thanks to you! Your musicians were amazing and singers were energetic and fun. So many of our guests have commented on how amazing our band was!
It is hard to know what a band truly sounds like without seeing them in person, so you can understand our slight hesitation, however, we were blown away with you and your band. We also wanted to thank you for making our ceremony a true fairy tale. The combination of piano and guitar was elegant, classy and beautiful. We would recommend you to any bride or groom looking to have the night of their lives!
Thank you for making our wedding unforgettable!" - Kimberly and Andrew Merz (Wedding at the Renaissance Schaumburg)
"As the mother of the bride and the wedding planner, I have had so many compliments on my daughter's wedding reception. I wish that i could take credit for it all, but the comments from my guests always end with "that is the best wedding band that we have ever seen." The feedback is from many people who have heard lots of the other Chicagoland bands, so I am thrilled that I picked the BEST wedding orchestra in Chicago!"That band was awesome...where did you find them...I have found the wedding band for my daughter's wedding" and the praise goes on and on!
What is truly impressive is their ability to get EVERYONE on the dance floor! Twenty-somethings, teenagers, parents, and grandparents...everyone loves their music.
Each member of the orchestra excels in what they do and the music is so tight, arrangements perfect, vocals truly amazing. I can't say enough wonderful things about the Peter Hennes Orchestra. Peter is a joy to work with and will make everything happen on your big day even better than you can imagine." - Rita Perrett (Wedding at the Westin Chicago Northwest)
"The Peter Hennes Orchestra is an extraordinary band. They played at my wedding and blew everyone away. Their music is so seductively great they got everyone dancing from the very get go. And at midnight the crowd was chanting "One more hour, one more hour!" An overwhelming number of guests said it was the best wedding band they've ever seen. I think they're simply one of the best BANDS I've ever seen. Furthermore, Peter is a class act. As much talent as he brings to the table, he knows exactly how to put the focus on you and your guests during speeches and other such wedding traditions. He provides a most graceful segue for these moments, and then effortlessly brings the party back to a high octane celebration. Hire the Peter Hennes Orchestra and do not look back!" - Andrew Gersh (Wedding at the Adler Planetarium)
"I've been meaning to write you anyway, but was reminded again when I got a call from one of your clients to talk about the band. I gave you a glowing, raving review as you all so deserve, and went on and on and on about not only my sister's wedding night, but ALL of the nights I've seen you guys. I told her about how I've seen most all wedding orchestras in Chicago with my job as a videographer, and that I MADE my sister book you, knowing it was the best. Then she ran down the list of others she was considering as well, and with every one I was able to tell her what was good or bad... but how in every case there was just no comparison. She said she wanted a packed dance floor, and I was able to tell her honestly that I have never seen you guys without one.
There is really something SO magnetic and enthusiastic about you guys EVERY time, and my sister's wedding was no exception. In fact, almost a month later, I'm still getting guests from the wedding telling me how fantastic the band was. I just knew the family would go nuts over you all! I think you're now the go-to band for the O'Brien family (watch out, there are 21 cousins, the youngest being 10. Are you booked up yet for 2023?) Anyway, again, you guys were PHENOMENAL!!! Thank you for making it such an unbelievable night!" - Sally O'Brien (Wedding at Union League Club)
"We selected Peter Hennes after interviewing and listening to sample music from four different wedding bands in the Chicago area. The Peter Hennes Orchestra was clearly the best choice going in, and we were blown away by their performance on the night of the wedding.
The group contributed mightily to our entire party: from classical music during the ceremony, to soft jazz during cocktails, to rock 'n' roll during the reception - including MC-ing the prayers and toasts - to our overtime which went until 1:30 a.m. - an InterContinental Hotel record.
Entering the Grand Ballroom after our cocktail party, with Peter's band rockin', was an experience we'll never forget. The energy, the excitement, the electricity you felt entering the ballroom - you knew right away you were part of a phenomenal celebration. But PHO not only turned out to be a super wedding band, Peter also added incredible value during the planning process. We spoke with Peter several times during the planning of our daughter's wedding. He always made himself available, and his manner was always low key and friendly, no matter how direct the subject matter being discussed. Providing valuable guidance and consultation, he'd calmly explain to me why our ideas for the wedding and reception were usually wrong, citing from his depth of experience what might work better. Yet he was entirely cooperative. As further testimony, a wedding consultant who didn't even attend the wedding heard about our raucous party. She made several calls to track down Peter as the band who performed for us.
We highly recommend Peter Hennes Productions for your wedding or special party. And by the way, if he's going to be there and you've got a spare invitation or two, we wouldn't mind attending." - Chas Rosenberg (Wedding at Hotel Intercontinental)
"Words cannot even begin to express how AMAZING we thought the Peter Hennes Orchestra was at our wedding on August 7th. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Feedback has been extraordinary—the first comment out of every single person's mouth is…"Your band was unbelievable." The fact that the venue was a little hot that evening didn't stop anyone from dancing—the floor was packed the entire evening with young and old….it was your music that got everyone in the right mindset to party through the heat and have a great time. I loved how your singers came out on the dance floor and allowed our guests to sing – even your singers dance moves were coordinated. PHO completely blew us away! Peter, if there is anything I can ever do to help support PHO, please let Keith, me or our parents know. Our reception would not have been a smashing hit without your group. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart." - Peggy Baxter
"Our three hundred sixty-five person wedding was incredible. The flowers were lavishly arranged, the tables were stunningly set, the chairs were elegantly wrapped, and the cake was beautifully displayed. But the real success of the party rested in the hands and voices of the Peter Hennes Orchestra, who truly made the evening a success. Their high quality performance, outstanding talent, and soulful voices filled the room with energy and liveliness. Everyone was on the dance floor. The band's eclectic repertoire was perfect for our wide range of guests, from their Rock 'n' Roll to their Sinatra swing to their sultry blues.
Both of us still receive compliments on "our wedding band" and our wedding was eight months ago! Through their luminous vocals, exceptional instrumentation, and outstanding liveliness, the Peter Hennes Orchestra captured our hearts that evening, and for that we are truly grateful. We wouldn't have changed a thing." - Deborah & Sam Pines (Wedding at Monona Terrace, Madison, WI)
"Oh, my gosh! We are still having wedding withdrawal and want to do it again. (Good thing I have two more daughters!) You guys are amazing. The next day I was feeling somewhat guilty that I did not spend enough time standing around talking to people, and then in thinking about it, I realized that no one was really standing around. Everyone was dancing...and dancing...and dancing.
We had such a good time. Your vocalists were not only excellent, they were so fun and even got on the dance floor and sang with the guests, and they loved it. And what really tickled me was that the music was so energetic, everyone was dancing with everyone. First you would be with your partner, and then you would find yourself with someone else and having a ball. So anyone who came solo felt free to dance too. From our youngest dancers (age 6) to our oldest (age 90), the word was the music made the evening. The kids are now on their honeymoon with memories of the perfect wedding. Thanks for your part in that, Peter." - Patricia Kilgore (Wedding at Westin Chicago Northwest)
"It's hard to thank you enough for your outstanding performance the night of our wedding. Our guests continue to remind us that it was, by far, the most fun they've ever had at a wedding reception, and we agree. We were grateful to have a leader to smoothly guide us through the beginning of the hectic night, with introductions and toasts. And no one will ever forget how perfectly the band pulled off our wedding song, as well as the Elvis number with the father of the bride. Once the dance floor filled up, it was never empty, just what we wanted. Every song, from just about every different genre, sounded like it came from a CD. We've never seen our family and friends dance like that before, even our wedding photographer was caught tapping his toes as he took shots! Thank you for helping make our wedding reception the most festive, magical night of our lives." - Sarah and Sam Sorenson
"Again I find myself without words to express how you and the band were at Jenna's wedding Saturday night. The entire night was a magical affair for our entire family. The tone set by you and your band from the moment we walked in until the "Last Dance" set the entire night. It's hard to believe two weddings in fourteen months, but I would not mind more if they turned out like both Jenna's and Carrie's. You created the mood and tone for the special evening, and for that our thanks seem not enough. Please thank everyone for their music, feeling, and caring. We look forward to seeing you soon." - Bob Messer (Weddings at Standard Club and Hotel Intercontinental)
"Peter, All I can say is "Wow." Seriously … "wow." Jim and I were floored with your performance last night. Your execution, delivery, professionalism, and talent made for a truly seamless night. We were honored to have you and your EXTREMELY talented group of individuals share in our celebration. If it wasn't for you and your group, our celebration would have been incomplete. Aside from comments from our guests along the lines of "Best Wedding Band Ever," "Where did you find them?", "They are incredible!", etc., etc., my mother said to me today, "Do you know who I really liked meeting yesterday?" And I said, "No, who?" And she said, "Peter Hennes. He was so nice!" You and your group were everything I dreamed of and more. Thank you for everything, and we hope that you and your group are as proud of yourselves as we are to have had you with us last night." - Mindy Kedvesh (Wedding at Galleria Marchetti)
"Dear Peter, My husband and I want to thank you and the orchestra for an absolutely amazing performance at our wedding. When I initially began my search for a wedding orchestra, I was overwhelmed at how many choices I had in the city of Chicago. However, after coming across your site, it was clear my search was over. Having viewed over forty wedding orchestra websites, only your orchestra impressed me in all areas of musicianship. My belief that the Peter Hennes Orchestra was the wedding orchestra I wanted for my wedding was confirmed when I saw the dynamic performances of each member of your orchestra in your video.
Those dynamic performances were replicated the night of our wedding. The interaction of the performers with the guests, the perfect harmonies of the brass, the melodic rhythms of the guitar, the perfect timing of the drums kept our guests moving the entire evening. Not only did my guests rave about the performance of the entire orchestra, but also complimented how each performer was individually talented, not just a select few that led the pack. You truly have chosen an outstanding group of individuals to collaborate with. The energy your group displayed in combination with their sheer talent made our reception unforgettable. Although we did not film our wedding, the memory of your performance will never be lost. Thank you again for an incredible evening!" - Jen and Ryan Cassidy (Eaglewood Resort wedding)