New Orleans’ Finest Musicians, New Orleans, LA, 70115

Added on July 9, 2010 by Nicole Onofrio

New Orleans, LA – Wedding Music:

New Orleans’ Finest Musicians

Contact: Harry Hardin

Phone: 504-884-4946

Email: hthardin@gmail.com    

Website: www.neworleansfinestmusicians.com

We provide a very personalized and individualized approach to the music for your wedding or event.  Promptness, reliability, performance, quality, interactions with the audience and overall impressions make our ensembles and soloists the most talented and most professional in the New Orleans area.

We specialize in classical and jazz soloists and ensembles for wedding ceremonies, receptions, brunches, and private parties.  Our classical musicians include: violin, viola, cello, trumpet, organ/piano, harp, flute, vocal soprano, vocal tenor; as well as other brass and woodwind ensembles.

Our jazz ensembles consist of trumpet, saxophone, trombone, clarinet, piano/keyboards, guitar, banjo, upright and electric bass, and a variety of percussion.

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City and State: New Orleans, Louisiana

          

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37 Responses to “New Orleans’ Finest Musicians, New Orleans, LA, 70115”
  1. Lauren says:

    We had them at our wedding ceremony, and they were absolutely amazing!!! Not only was the music beautiful, but they are wonderful to interact with, as well. They are very organized, very kind . . . an overall wonderful experience!! Thank you so much!!!

  2. NV says:

    I used Harry at my wedding ceremony and they really brought the whole event up to the next level. We used five pieces; harp, violin, cello, and two trumpets. The music was absolutely beautiful. Harry responded to all emails promptly. He also had the musicians work with my sister to sing a song. He let her pick out the song and he provided the musicians with the sheet music to learn. We also didn’t need to provide him with any equipment or anything; they brought everything they needed. I highly recommend and am so glad with my choice to use Harry and his gang.

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  3. Joann says:

    Harry, went beyond the call of duty coordinating different music providers to create a beautiful music backround to our wedding. He is a nice man, easy going and very, very talented. He knows the best of the best in NOLA.! I would give him an A+++++++.

  4. Joann says:

    Harr went above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to providing strings and a trumpeter, he cooridated the church organist and a vocalist. Besides being very talented, he knows NOLA venues, churches and musicians and he is very easy going. He helped make our wedding the best it could be. Thank you Harry.

  5. Bradley King says:

    We cannot praise Harry and his musicians highly enough. Not only did Harry leap with enthusiasm at our wishes for less-than-common ceremony music, he sat with us for over an hour in his living room, helping us pick out orchestrations and giving suggestions. His responses to emails were prompt, his humor endless, and, most importantly, he is one of the most talented musicians with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure of working. As I watched my wife come down the aisle to Handel’s Overture to the Royal Fireworks, tears came to my eyes. We received endless compliments from our guests about the ceremony music. Book him now.

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  6. Chris says:

    Harry provided extraordinary music for our daughter’s wedding. The trio’s performance (two violins and cello) was expressive, precise and everything we had hoped it would be. Their repertoire is extensive and Harry was willing and able to work with us and the bride and groom to plan selections that perfectly set the tone for a beautiful wedding ceremony. They were prompt, professional and gave us tremendous value. Highly recommended.

  7. Lacie says:

    Harry & his musicians provided wonderful music for our wedding ceremony. We had a four piece quartet. The music was so incredibly beautiful. He was so professional to work with and extremely organized. Working with Harry was probably the EASIEST part of planning the entire wedding. Our guests were just full of compliments. I highly recommend them. Way more than 5 stars!!

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  8. Jennifer Lohrke says:

    Harry provided great music for my wedding. He was so easy to work with and was able to play everything that I had suggested. He promptly respoonded to every email that I sent him. I walked with my dad to Wonderful Tonight and I think everyone was in tears! I had numerous compliments from my guests and I would highly recommend him! Thanks so much Harry!!!!!

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  9. Frannie says:

    Wonderful to work with! Superbly talented. Made things so easy! Highly recommended!

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  10. Stacy Porter says:

    I used this service for my courtyard engagement party last week and was very happy with them. Harry was very easy to work with and very professional. I had 2 musicians (trumpet and guitar) and they were excellent! My guests repeatedly asked me where I found them. If I was getting married in New Orleans, I would definitely hire them for the wedding. They were very reasonably priced too!

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  11. Ashley Keblys says:

    New Orleans Finest Musicians is the perfect name!! They played at my wedding last weekend and were phenomenal! Very professional to work with all the way through the playing process and I can say without hesitation that the ceremony music was the only aspect of the day that I had no worries about! Harry Hardin was excellent to work with. He was the first vendor that we booked and definitely the easiest part of my wedding planning. We had to change our ceremony location several times and Harry always was so accomodating; he always responded immediately and said “no problem”. The music was fantastic in our church ceremony!!!! Harry sent me a CD of their music in advance to choose my songs – the CD is actually them playing, not some recording of other musicians. Unfortunately, being the bride, I was only able to hear the songs played live for the bridesmaid and bridal processional as well as our recessional, but everything was flawless! I heard so many rave reviews from our guests about how elegant the music made the ceremony. I would highly, highly recommend New Orleans Finest Musicians!!

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  12. Julie F. says:

    Harry was wonderful at our recent wedding in City Park. We had him as a solo violinist, and he was great. I was concerned that on our small budget a solo violinist would not be loud enough or sound nice enough, but it was perfect! I would definitely recommend him.

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  13. Kim Broome says:

    Since I live in Washington, D.C., I was very worried about planning a wedding in New Orleans. Not only was the distance an issue, but I am also an event planner by profession. So, you can imagine how meticulous and particular I am. I did the majority of selecting vendors through the internet. When I came across New Orleans Finest Musicians, it seemed like a perfect fit for what I needed. When I contacted the group, I immediately felt I could trust Harry Hardin to do a great job organizing my quartet. Of ALL my vendors, Harry was the most responsive when I had questions. As both a bride and an event planner, I greatly appreciated this. On our wedding day, we didn’t have any issues with the quartet. They all arrived early and were great musicians. We also coordinated to have two of my friends sing with the quartet, which went very smoothly. Harry and New Orleans Musicians are professional, great musicians, and fun! Without pause, I recommend this group to anyone who is considering them.

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  14. Lauree Gottschalk says:

    Harry provided the music for my rehearsal dinner, ceremony and cocktail hour prior to the reception. Harry responded to all my emails promptly and was very helpful in chosing the selections for the ceremony. He was esay to work with and coordinated my selections with the music director at St. Louis Cathedral. I had an organist, 2 violins, trunpet and cello at the ceremony and the music was absolutely beautiful. All my guests complimented on the music both at the cermeony and at the cocktail hour. I highly recommend Harry and the N.O. Finest musicians.

  15. Al Adams says:

    New Orleans Finest Musicians were the answer to our prayers. After a difficult time finding the type of music we wanted for our son’s rehearsal dinner and wedding, I stumbled upon their link on a wedding website. From the moment I contacted Harry, every effort was made to address my requests in a timely, professional and accommodating manner. A trio of two violins and one cello created the exact atmosphere of excellence and class we were hoping for at the rehearsal dinner and my now daughter in law was brought to tears with Harry’s violin support at the wedding. I only wish Harry and his team could have heard the compliments we received on their behalf. Without a doubt, they were “instrumental” in helping make our family’s wedding experience one we’ll never forget. Thanks Harry!

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  16. Katie says:

    Booking New Orleans’ Finest Musicians was one of the best decisions concerning my wedding. Harry Hardin, the violinist and coordinator, was a dream to work with. He is one of the quickest responders I have ever worked with. He went above and beyond to find and arrange music for my ceremony that he didn’t already have at little or no extra cost to me. He is EXTREMELY collaborative and open to more contemporary selections. I chose a 3 piece ensemble: Violin, Cello, and Piano.

    Harry worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect. He had no problem with incorporating a friend of mine as the vocalist and was totally committed to making sure my vocalist was comfortable and prepared. I knew I didn’t have to worry about a thing. I received numerous compliments from my guests on how beautiful the music sounded. It really set the perfect tone for the wedding I envisioned.

  17. Carla Sanders says:

    Harry was wonderful to work with. Always prompt and very professional. He was able to work with one of the wedding party who sang, and everything was perfect. You will not be disappointed if you hire him.

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  18. Elaine Clark says:

    It was a great decision to book this group. The music was beautiful and added so much class my daughter’s wedding. Harry was great to work with and very professional. You can’t go wrong with this group. Worth every penny!

  19. Chris says:

    We hired New Orleans Finest Musicians for our wedding ceremony and they were great. We had a violin and cello and the musicians were on time and were very talented. We even had them add in some contemporary music which they adapted to strings and it was beautiful. Highly recommend these guys.

  20. Rachel Fousch says:

    We hired New Orleans Finest Musicians for an afternoon corporate event. Natalia played violin for the event, which was wonderful. We received numerous compliments and would definitely hire them again.

  21. Kristi Cannon says:

    I hired New Orleans Finest for my daughter’s wedding this past weekend. We had two violins and one cello for the ceremony in the church. The music was absolutely beautiful. It was exactly what we wanted. Harry was easy to work with and had great suggestions. I would highly recommend him and his musicians.

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  22. Nikki M says:

    Harry was so easy to work with, and so flexible in terms of song choices! I did not want typical songs for my ceremony processional and recessional (I wanted Beach Boys, Van Morrison, and even Adam Sandler), and he was willing to learn anything that he didn’t know. We had Harry and a guitarist, and the music for the ceremony was absolutely beautiful. They knew exactly how to pace the music. They were professional, on time, easy to work with and get in touch with and just so nice! I would recommend them to any bride out there who wants to add a beautiful, special touch to their wedding day! Thank you to Harry and the rest of New Orleans Finest Musicians, you really helped make my special day wonderful!

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  23. Sarah says:

    Out of all of my wedding vendors, New Orleans Finest Musicians was by far the best. All of my questions about music and sound (there were many) were answered in LESS than a 24 hour period. Also, being a musician myself, I was looking for a superior level of musicianship and professionalism. I could not have been more pleased with all of these things. I highly recommend this group of highly talented and professional individuals.

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  24. Melissa Ghassemi says:

    Harry did an amazing job with coordinating with me and was always responsive in my emails to him. He sent me music selections and made sure that we were on the same page as far as style. He was very professional and I would highly recommend him! Our family surprised us at the last minute and had a persian ceremony for us, and Harry worked very well with us to accommodate our needs! We were unsure how the flow of it all would be, but he worked it all out and never let us worry about it! I live in Houston, TX and my wedding was in New Orleans and its always a bit uneasy planning something out of state and not knowing any local vendors, but Harry really came through for us and made us feel so at ease! Thank you Harry for making our wedding so romantic and seeing our vision! Our song we danced to was everlong by the foo fighters and they mixed it up a bit to fit and did more of a ballad and it was perfect! I never thought everlong with a guitar and violin could be so beautiful! Thank you so much Harry!!

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  25. Karen and Jeff says:

    We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful music you provided at our daughter’s wedding. Planning the wedding from NY was a project. Your suggestions and help in the planning of the music was invaluable. You are such an easy person to work with and you were more on top of things than we were. Please know that we can always be used as a referral for you.

    Many thanks.

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  26. Rebekah says:

    Harry was extremely flexible and easy to work with. We weren’t exactly sure what we wanted in the beginning, but with his help we created a beautiful ensemble for our wedding ceremony. He was willing to learn a new song for us and played it perfectly! I would highly recommend Harry Hardin!

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  27. Steve says:

    Harry helped us arrange music for both our wedding ceremony (a string quartet) and the reception afterwards (a vocalist and band).

    Not only was Harry extremely easy to work with, he was able to find just the “sound” we were looking for, and even helped with the music selection for the wedding ceremony.

    The vocalist and band he secured for us was Kristina Morales and the Bayou Shufflers. They were fantastic! Everyone loved their music and had a great time dancing throughout the evening.

    I give my highest recommendation to Harry, New Orleans Finest Musicians, and Kristina Morales and the Bayou Shufflers.

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  28. Mary says:

    Working with Harry Hardin was a dream. He was professional and endlessly patient with a very scatterbrained bride (me!). He provided just the right balance of the guidance I needed while not being overbearing or opinionated. Beyond being a pleasure to work with, New Orleans’ Finest Musicians did a beautiful job at my ceremony. I would recommend them to any New Orleans bride.

  29. Jennifer Saballos says:

    Harry was a pleasure to work with in the months leading up to my wedding – the utmost professional, Harry helped guide me through music and instrument selection, was always prompt to return emails and phone calls, and patiently answered all of my uber-detail-oriented-bride questions! The day of my wedding, Harry and his quartet were on-time, looked great, and sounded unbelievable. I was soooooo overjoyed and happy with the results of their playing. At my request, Harry orchestrated a jazzy version of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, and it turned out even better than I ever could have expected! Harry and the jazz quartet were the perfect compliment to my ceremony!!! I absolutely recommend New Orleans Finest Musicians without reservation!

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  30. James Martello, Jr says:

    I have worked in Catholic churches in New Orleans, San Antonio, and San Diego for over 20 years. I’ve heard literally hundreds of musical arrangements and dozens of musicians. New Orleans’ Finest were aptly named. They were professional, flexible during the ceremony, and extraordinarily easy to work with.
    Their ability to adapt to the unexpected and provide advice was unparalleled. The rates were more than reasonable and their sound was polished and moving. The comments during the reception and after the wedding have been nothing short of overwhelmingly positive.
    The acoustics of the church were problematic, but they overcame and even enhanced the sound. From the sanctuary I noticed the reactions of the congregation toward the music. It was stunning to watch and moving to listen to.
    I highly recommend New Orleans’ Finest Musicians for weddings and more.

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  31. Jennifer says:

    We used New Orleans Finest Musicians for our wedding ceremony music and they were great! Harry was so easy to work with, he even sent me a CD so I could hear samples of their work and select my songs. The night of the wedding the musicians showed up on time, professionally dressed and played wonderfully!

  32. Gayle York says:

    Harry helped us find the perfect guitarist for our small courtyard wedding. He was very responsive from the first communication and never once dropped the ball. The guitarist he set us up with (John Bagnato) was wonderful. We heard many positive comments from our guests about his playing and he even learned a new song for our ceremony. We would recommend New Orleans Finest to anyone looking for exceptional musicians at a reasonable cost.

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  33. Celeste says:

    Harry Hardin was so amazing to work with! He is incredibly talented, helpful, kind, responsive, and accommodating. He emailed us sample music to chose from, which was incredibly helpful. He made suggestions and really was such a pleasure to work with. We were so impressed! The ceremony was just perfect, and we have him to thank for it. We HIGHLY recommend!!!

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  34. Jane Married says:

    We really wanted students from either NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) or Loyola’s Music Department to play for our ceremony, for two reasons. First we wanted to support student musicians, and second, we needed to save money to be able to afford Bucktown All-Stars. I emailed some teachers at NOCCA and professors at Loyola for recommendations. A NOCCA teacher called me and said she wouldn’t recommend high school students doing a wedding ceremony, even though they could certainly play the music very well, because of all the timing issues and last minute adjustments that could come up. She did offer to put together an ensemble of NOCCA teachers, but we were determined to have students. A professor from Loyola emailed me and recommended his graduate teaching assistant, Riccardo Emilien, as great trumpeter, and suggested Riccardo could recruit some other students for the ensemble. At the same time I had contacted Harry Hardin of New Orleans Finest Musicians for some advice. He also warned against having a group of students who weren’t experienced at the timing demands of a wedding ceremony. We decided to compromise and have Harry put together 3 musicians from New Orleans Finest Musicians and also have Riccardo from Loyola as the trumpeter. Harry was super flexible and appreciated our effort to include student musicians. We met with Harry to pick out our ceremony music which was really fun, and he did all the rest of the coordinating, including with Riccardo so everyone was on the same page. Harry and his wife and another great musician performed beautifully, and Riccardo did an amazing job on Trumpet Voluntary. We did have a last minute change in number of people walking down the aisle, which affected the timing of the music, so I was glad we had a professional in charge. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire students if you can find a group that plays weddings all the time, but I was unable to, and I’m glad it worked out the way it did.

    Also, Harry gave us the confidence we needed to go ahead with having the brass band walk us up the aisle playing the recessional, which was definitely one of the highlights of our wedding day.

    You can contact Riccardo Emilien, trumpeter extraordinaire, at rfemilien at gmail.com and Harry Hardin at http://www.neworleansfinestmusicians.com/contact-us

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  35. Kelly says:

    I had always envisioned a string trio for my ceremony, and my search brought me to Harry with New Orleans Finest Musicians. They were absolutely amazing. I received so many compliments from my guests on the music. Harry worked with me more than a year in advance and helped us tailor a music program that fit us perfectly; very professional and helpful. He even helped me find a reception band! Look no further brides, this is your pick!

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  36. Nicole Alexander says:

    New Orleans Finest Musicians were an amazing part of our wedding ceremony. They provided a timeless elegance that created such an amazing energy! Harry is very kind, trustworthy and easy to work with. I planned my wedding long distance in 6 months and having him as a vendor made the process a lot easier!

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  37. Katie says:

    We truly appreciated how organized and responsive Harry was from the very beginning; he communicated fairly and promptly about your services, and most of all, was very open-minded about our selections. It meant so much to us that he was able to research and provide the guitar and violin arrangement for Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux, and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring sounded just perfect. On top of that, our vocalists said that he was amazing to work with on the arrangements for “I’ll Cover You” and “Marry Me.” We received so much beautiful feedback from our guests about how personal and moving the music was, both vocal and instrumental. Not surprisingly, as we have gone back and watched the video, some of our favorite moments from the ceremony are those that involved the music. We will cherish it for many years to come and want to thank Harry again for helping to make our wedding as beautiful and as touching as we had hoped. Five stars!!!

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