David Christopher Orchestra
“Your Wedding, Your Way” is the mantra of the David Christopher Orchestra. Based in Philadelphia, the group has a big following on Long Beach Island and beyond.
“The key to a successful wedding is unlocked in the magic of the music,” the orchestra’s website says. “And wedding tunes are not just for the introduction of the bride and groom, your first dance as man and wife, or the cake cutting ceremony, but the ability to get everyone from toddlers to grandparents and all ages in between shaking their booty on the dance floor.”
The group’s front man, David Christopher, formed the orchestra more than 35 years ago. Depending on the size of the gig, the orchestra can have from six to 10 members.
“We do about five weddings a year,” said Christopher, whose band is also in demand for theme parties, corporate events and night clubs.
Christopher said that in putting wedding reception music packages together, he has found country and dance party pop have remained very popular in the shore area, while hip-hop has waned.
“A lot of people like to mix in some of the old favorites with the current top-40 hits,” said Christopher, a musician for more than 50 years. “If it is a large reception, there is going to be a wide variety of musical tastes, so you hope to find something for everyone. We’ve had some clients who insisted that there be no country music at all. We tailor our program to what the bride and groom want. It is their very special day.”
The orchestra has approximately 1,600 songs in its repertoire, with the tunes grouped in various categories: Ballads/Slow Songs, Oldies & Motown, Dancy Party, 70s Disco/Funk, Beatles, Country Music, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Big Band/Swing, Ethnic Songs and Musicals.
“We’ll also do songs not on our list by request,” said Christopher.
When playing Beatles music, Christopher says, it brings him back to his youth.
“When the Beatles came to America in 1964, that’s what got me and many other people interested in being musicians.”
For information, call Christopher at 267-577-2222.
— Eric Englund