Celebration – Great Music with Energy, Elegance and Style!
Featuring male and female fronting vocalists, the skintight “Horns O’Plenty”, the “Big Groove” rhythm section and a repertoire of hits from the past seven decades, Celebration is truly an exceptional band for your wedding or private event. Dedication to personal service and outstanding music for over 25 years has earned Celebration the reputation as one of the premier bands in the CT/NY area. From your initial inquiry through the last song, your occasion is as special to us as it is to you. Let Celebration make your celebration the party of a lifetime!
Celebration rated by local brides and voted
The Knot Best of Weddings Pick for five years
AND The Knot Hall of Fame!
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To VIEW the Celebration SONG LIST, please click HERE
To DOWNLOAD the Celebration SONG LIST, please click HERE
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Experience: Your wedding is probably the biggest party you’ll ever throw. So much planning, time, effort and expense…and you want it to be fabulous! For your vendors, experience DEFINITELY counts! Celebration has performed at over 1500 weddings, private and corporate events since we started together in 1985.
Our individual musicians have performed and recorded with legends like Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Michael Bolton, John Legend, Paul Simon, Elton John, Nile Rodgers, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Leslie West and Patti Labelle. Together in Celebration we connect with each other…and connect with your guests for that special energy that will make your event legendary!
Personal service: From your initial inquiry through the last song, your contact will be bandleader Leigh Henry. A dedicated professional, Leigh has built a successful business and career on planning and implementing great music for weddings and special occasions.
Musicianship: The members of Celebration are full time professional musicians with careers in performing, recording, writing, producing and education and many outstanding music industry credits and credentials (including Grammy’s).
Professionalism: From start to finish – preparation and planning, presentation, performance and musical quality you can rely on. Check it off as “done” then go and enjoy your party! And at the end of the evening the guests will be asking “Where did you get that band?!”
Leigh Henry and his band Celebration played at our wedding this summer. They are amazing. The music and energy are great. The dance floor was overflowing the entire night, without a single lull. There was good variety of the music, and many many many happy (and raving-about-the-band) guests. I highly recommend them. We were thrilled. - Jen and Topher
LEIGH HENRY. Bandleader, Vocals, and Percussion :
Leigh started out on drums when he first formed Celebration in 1983. He has since moved out front as lead vocalist and still contributes to the groove on percussion. In 1985 he started Leigh Henry Music, LLC, an entertainment agency providing bands, DJ’s and musicians for area weddings, country clubs and private events. As bandleader, Leigh is your personal contact from the initial inquiry through the last dance at the reception, translating your musical “vision” to reality.
TRACEY MARBLE. Vocals :
Tracey’s talents are multi-faceted, encompassing the arenas of music, theater, television, radio and industrial film. Her exceptional vocal range and versatility is truly a feature of Celebration. She is as comfortable with jazz, swing and show tunes as she is with pop and R&B classics. As an actress and a singer, Tracey has performed off-Broadway, way off-Broadway, on TV and on the radio. She has done live and recorded industrials and jingles for a multitude of clients from PBS to Pepsico. Tracey is a co-creator/songwriter and producer as well as one of the actresses in Another Day In Paradise, a musical that has enjoyed three New York runs to date and is now available for licensing. Tracey is on the Voice Faculty in the Musical Theatre Division of The Hartt School. In addition, she maintains a private studio, teaches at D’Valda-Sirico Dance and Music Centre in Fairfield, CT and is an adjunct professor of voice at Fairfield University. Tracey is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association.
MENSAH ROBINSON. Vocals :
Our newest member, Mensah brings his wonderful voice, spirit and energy to the vocal frontline of Celebration. Mensah’s background is primarily with church and theater groups including recent performances in area productions of “Guys and Dolls” and “Spelling Bee”. Welcome to the band, Mensah!
DAVID COE. Guitar:
David earned his BA in music at the University of Bridgeport.As one of the area’s most popular guitar teachers, he has a full roster of private students and is a member of the music faculty at Fairfield University. He is the author of two guitar method books for Mel Bay Publications and has released 2 CDs of solo acoustic guitar music , “Hidden Pond” and “A Moon in the Sky” available at davidcoe.bandcamp.com. David has also performed and recorded with Peter Criss (KISS), Felix Cavaliere (Young Rascals), Jose Feliciano and many others and plays solo acoustic guitar at numerous area venues.
Thanks for making the day a success!
Nothing but the best! Celebration was amazing at my wedding! From the moment my husband and I stepped into the room, and the music began, no one sat down!! Just simply amazing, couldn’t be happier Still hearing all the wonderful praises from friends and family in regards to Celebration. Great people to work with, Leigh is a wonderful guy and really knows his stuff. Use them!!! - Holly and Jonathan
JIM CLARK. Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Trumpet, Flute, Vocals :
A charter member of the “Celebration Horns O’Plenty”, Jim rocks and swings on tenor and soprano sax as well as trumpet and classical flute. An accomplished composer, arranger, musical director and performer, Jim also has his own production company, JBC Productions, which creates visual, audio and musical productions for personal, non-profit and corporate clients. Live gigs have included stints playing at Carnegie Hall with Darlene Love and Steven Van Zandt, with Lou Christie, and the Monkee’s Mickey Dolenz. Jim recently became a “Band-In-A-Box artist”, having produced the first live horn section RealTracks for this well- known music accompaniment software by PGMusic. His internet venture, RealSax.com, makes his skills as a soloist and one-man horn section available to a world-wide market.
AL RENINO. Bass and Musical Director :
Al’s performing experience range from tours with “Leslie West & Mountain” to Broadway shows to TV and movie appearances with numerous national recording acts. Recording credits include Jonathan Sprout’s Grammy-nominated album “American Heroes #3″ and a myriad of other albums. Al produced and played bass and guitar on several recordings for former “Monkee”, MickyDolenz and has arranged music for The Monkees touring band and Barry Williams (formerly of “The Brady Bunch.”) He has also composed and performed music for several feature films. Al graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from the Crane School of Music (SUNY – Potsdam). He has taught music at the high school and college levels, is currently on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester (New York), and also teaches privately.
WADE RIDENHOUR. Keyboards :
Wade is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston where he also played in the top Boston area wedding/party band “Downtown Fever”. He has played and performed with George Porter(the Meters), Terri Lynne Carrington(Herbie Hancock Band), John Stevens(American Idol), Tom Kennedy(Dave Weckl Band), Pete Peterkin(America’s Got Talent) and Nate Donmoyer(Passion Pitt) as well as on cruise ships around the world with stage shows, big bands, jazz combos and dance bands. Wade also performs with his own NYC based jazz project “Secret Architecture”.
I cannot say enough about Leigh and the band Celebration! Since our wedding, we have received so many compliments and everyone tells us that Celebration is the best band they have ever heard at a wedding. The dance floor was packed from the beginning of the night until the very end. They learned a few special requests (and played each one perfectly!), and their energy was incredible. Leigh was great at communicating, planning, and even helping me think through the little details of the reception. Their experience shows, and the evening was flawless. We are so happy with our choice to have Celebration at our wedding, and we would highly recommend them!” - Karin and David
BILL HOLLOMAN. Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Vocals :
As the other half of the “Celebration Horns O’ Plenty”, not only does Bill play plenty of horns (just about every brass and wind instrument ever invented) but is also proficient on bass and keyboards. In his 25 year career Bill has recorded and/or performed with Bruce Springsteen, Nile Rodgers (Chic), Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Slash (Guns and Roses), Steve Winwood, Elton John, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Michael Bolton, Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran), Patti Labelle, the B52′s, Faith Hill, Les Paul, The Fab Faux, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, as well as the late guitar legend, Danny Gatton. Bill also composes and produces music for TV shows and films including HBO, CBS Sports, ESPN, and Inside Edition. He has also been the featured soloist on TNT’s “Nascar awards show”, ESPN’s “The Espys”, and “The Guiding Light” on CBS. In his home studio, he records horn section tracks for clients all over the country (playing all the horns himself) as well as producing jingles and other custom music.
LARRY EAGLE. Drums:
Larry Eagle keeps his musical portfolio diversified. He’s a member of Bruce Springsteen’s Sessions Band (which won a Grammy for traditional folk music), and played drums on R&B/Soul music artist John Legend’s Grammy-winning second album. He’s played on a Blues Grammy nominee (with Odetta), a Country & Western Grammy nominee (with Andy Statman) and recorded albums with bluegrass superstar Ricky Skaggs and powerful jazz/soul singer Lizz Wright. Larry has performed on the Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America, PBS, the BBC and an ice-breaking Baltic Sea ferry out of Naantali, Finland.
Watch more Celebration Videos HERE.
To download the Celebration SONG LIST, please click HERE HERE
View the FAQ, please click HERE.
"Best wedding band!
Celebration played our wedding and were amazing. Right from the start, Leigh was great to work with, very organized, and highly accessible. Neither myself or my wife had seen the band before we chose them, but enough of our friends recomended them and they did not disapoint. They followed the schedule we discussed, learned the few specific songs we requested (including a few traditional irish songs) and kept the party moving. They played old stuff, new stuff, and just the right amount of slow songs. Everyone, from the young guests to the old could not believe how good they were. I honestly can not recomend this band enough. If you’re looking for band, this is it. Don’t think about it, just book them.” - Oran and Lindsey