Welcome to the Frequently Asked
Questions section of our web site. Below we will answer many
questions that have been posed to us over the period of time that
the orchestra has been in existence. If your question is not
listed below or you would like more information, please feel free to
e-mail us at the address found on the bottom of this page or give us
a phone call. We'd be happy to assist you in any way that we
can. If you are a bride or groom and would like to learn how
we can make your wedding reception one of the most memorable events
of your lifetime, please
Q: Who are Joe Enroughty And His Royal
A: This question is rarely asked because most
clients already know who we are and what we do. However, for those
of you that have just discovered us via our website, we offer this
The Big Band sound is no longer dominated by big
names with national prestige. Instead, many local bands carry on
this tradition with unique personalities, regional prestige, and the
desire to entertain the public.
The orchestra is based out of
Richmond, Virginia. The Royal Virginians are one of the last
traveling Big Bands under the direction of a young, personable, and
While we do perform music from a wide variety of eras
and styles (such as Rock, Country, Pop, Easy Listening, &
Classical), all of our music is performed in a unique and danceable
"Big Band" style.
Q: Who Is The Orchestra For?
A: It's for people who want
something other than the standard DJ or "Top 40" band. It's also for
people who know the difference between quality live music and
recorded music. Every band has a specialty and we hope ours is a
perfect fit for your event.
Q: Will Everyone Like This Music?
Well, there is no one universal taste in music (or anything else).
However, having done many events, we find we are extremely well
received and recommended by the vast majority of our clients and
their guests. We hear some interesting comments over and over such
as: "Big Band music is not our favorite, but we had a good time
dancing and stayed through to the last song" or "It was so
refreshing to have a band that was not so loud. We could actually
carry on a conversation in the same room; how refreshing and
different from the typical big band". We feel our entertainment
factor, sincerity, and respect for your guests transcends musical
We are the first choice for several
"Dinner Dance Clubs" year after year after year.
Q: Will The Younger People Dance To This
A: Absolutely. Of course, anyone can dance a "slow
dance" to our ballads and while many people refer to our up-tempo
tunes as "swing" most people we observe dancing are not "swing
dancers" but they sure are dancing and having fun. Many times, we
hear from young brides who are attempting to persuade their parents
to hire us for their wedding (rather than vice versa).
A very prestigious fund raiser in Richmond has
rehired us for several years now and have even eliminated the disc
jockey that used to follow our act. We were informed it was
specifically the younger people who did not want the disc jockey,
and requested hiring only our orchestra for the entire evening.
For a nominal fee, a professional dance instructor can
be provided prior to our performance or during our breaks to add
even more excitement.
Q: Do You Play For Wedding
A: Yes we do. Our book of arrangements allows us
to play songs from all eras of popular music. From the 1920's and
"Babyface" to the 1990's and "My Heart Will Go On". This allows us
to please a variety of age groups. Please feel free to have a
look at the many selections we can perform during an evening of
dancing by clicking
Do You Perform Concerts?
A: We have an excellent two hour
concert that we have performed in various auditoriums, fairs, parks,
and recreation facilities all across Virginia and Maryland. Please
contact us directly for pricing information.
Q: How Long Does The Orchestra Perform?
We have learned that three hours of live music is perfect for a
dance. That is just enough time for everyone to be sufficiently
entertained and fulfilled. Three hours leaves your guests feeling
delighted with the music and wishing for one final goodnight song or
a "last dance." A four hour dance on the other hand is a marathon.
This length of time is so long it is anticlimactic. Timing
Q: My Uncle Frank Does A Great "Mack The Knife."
Can He Sing With The Orchestra At Our Event?
Uncle Frank can come to one of our rehearsals before the event, and
if we have an arrangement of the song he'd like to sing, we'd be
happy to try and accommodate your request. We usually find that
folks with great voices at family functions or office parties are
not prepared to sing with a big band. We play the arrangement as
written and Uncle Frank has to be able to follow the orchestra and
sing the tune in the musical key in which the arrangement was
written. We can't play the song lower because Frank can't reach the
high notes. Which is the reason for the rehearsal.
Event Planner Tells Me This Size Orchestra Is "Too Big" For The Room
(Or Number Of Guests).
A: This is usually incorrect. Some of
the greatest dances we have ever played were in very crowded rooms
or for a very small crowd (one party had 15 guests). We are also
much lower in volume than a disc jockey although we have more
people. We can fit in a space against the wall 12ft. x 30ft. In a
word, we find we are never �too big�. Please talk to us if
your event planner, hotel caterer, or anyone else, tries to
dissuade you from hiring the music you want.
as the number of guests versus the number of musicians is concerned,
if we were The Guy Lombardo or Glenn Miller
Orchestras, the question of reducing the size of the Orchestra would
never be asked.
We are a 15-Piece Big Band Orchestra. Our
arrangements are custom made; many transcribed from the original
recordings (at considerable time and expense) and were created to
fit our size and instrumentation.
Think of your music as an �entity�. The Beatles,
for example are four musicians. They didn't perform with less (can't
leave Ringo at home, you know) because the room was small or there
were fewer guests. Nor would they have added more musicians to
perform in a large concert hall for thousands. There are
�orchestras� who can perform with whatever number of musicians you
(or your party planner) may think you need (usually up to whatever
your pocketbook will bear). Beware of bands like these. They more
than likely use very simple �arrangements� to be so flexible in
size, and in our opinion offer little excitement. All of their
�arrangements� tend to sound the same.
for a diagram of our stage setup.
Q: Can A Smaller
Version Of The Orchestra Be Used For Our Particular Event?
We cannot break the orchestra down in size.
Our arrangements were custom made to fit our size and instrumentation.
Here is a good concept to go by. A professional football team
needs 11 players on the gridiron to run well executed plays.
A professional baseball team needs 9 perfectly placed players to
properly manage the diamond and outfield. Our Big Band needs a total
of 15 musicians consisting of 4 saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones,
piano, guitar, tuba, drums, and 2 vocalists to make great music. And
last but not least, the leader sets the tempos and guides the
orchestra through each selection that they perform.
Q: Does The Orchestra Use A Real Piano Or An
A: We prefer to use a real piano
that has been tuned, but if one is not available, we will bring an
electronic keyboard at no charge to the client.
Q: How Much Does It Cost To Book The
There are a number of factors that affect booking rates such as
event date, location, playing time, and other variables. For this
reason, it's best to call or e-mail with specific details in order
to receive an accurate price quote. Once you decide that The Royal
Virginians are the perfect orchestra for your event, it only takes a
50% deposit to make it official!
Q: I Do Not Know If Our Entertainment Budget
Can Allow Us To Spend This Much.
A: Experts usually state:
�the band makes the party� or �give your guests good food, drinks, a
very good band, and cut corners elsewhere.� Although we have 15
people to pay in our performance, we are the same price as some
much-respected 9 or 10 piece �Bands.� Yes, there are cheaper
bands (and you'll get what you pay for). Moreover, there are more
expensive orchestras (sometimes at only a fraction of our size). Our
focus is to entertain and make people happy, at a cost to cover our
payroll and expenses. We enjoy what we do, and love to see people
having fun as a result of our music.
Click here to learn how a "live band" can make
your event more memorable and still save you money.
Q: How Far Are The Royal
Virginians Willing To Travel?
There is virtually no limit to how far The
Royal Virginians can travel. Of course, booking rates increase as
travel distance increases.
If we travel 3 or more hours from Richmond, Virginia we
generally request 8 motel rooms. We are not a pick-up band, so all
of our local musicians travel with us whenever possible. We can find
our own motel rooms and just add the cost to our fee.
If we travel 3 or
more hours or if we are playing a wedding or dinner dance (at any distance),
don't forget we need to eat too. We are fine with a separate dining
area away from your guests.
Q: Does The Orchestra Play
The Music Of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Woody
Herman, Count Basie, And Others?
A: Yes, we play their hit songs in
our own inimitable and danceable style. Everything from "Jumpin' At
The Woodside" to "Pennsylvania 6-5000". We can swing with the best
of them while maintaining our unique danceable style. There's
nothing better than our beautiful sweet saxophones swingin' out to
the sound of "Sing, Sing, Sing".
Q: Does The Orchestra
Play Any Contemporary Songs?
While we are not a "Top 40"
band, we can perform some music from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and even a few
songs from the 80's and 90's. Please keep in mind however, that we
are a big band, and music from the big band era is our
specialty. All of the music we play is performed in a big band
style. If you have a specific song you would like us to
perform, it might be possible to have it arranged for your
here for our arrangement policy.
Q: Will You Play
A: Yes. At
every engagement, we conform to the event by observing the attendees
and by catering to the needs of the audience. We always try to
accommodate requests in addition to our regular performance
material. While we are always willing to work with the client by
accepting advance requests, we will occasionally limit requests to
the arrangements at hand. That's because we want to make sure you
hear the professional orchestra that you hired, as opposed to
musicians sight reading material.
99% of all our engagements
are booked because people have hired us for who we are and what we
do, and not for who they want us to be.
If you have your
heart set on a special song that is not in our library, our musical
arrangers are always available to create a special arrangement at a
Here to learn about our custom
Q: How Can I Be Sure The Orchestra Plays Songs That
A: We offer a list from which you can choose your
favorite song titles. If there is a special request, we will do our
best to accommodate you. Please keep in mind that we are a Big Band
and that Big Band Music is our specialty. I will consult with you
prior to the event and make sure we have incorporated all song
requests into the set list for your event. At that time, I will
discuss which songs you do not wish to hear that evening.
Click here for a listing of the many songs
we can perform during an evening of dancing.
Q: Where Can I Hear The Orchestra Perform?
Many of our performances are private functions. When we have a
public performance, you are more than welcome to come hear and see
the orchestra. If that is not possible, we ask you to instead consider
on this website and our reputation built on more than 10 years of
client satisfaction. Please have a look at our schedule to see if we
are performing publicly anytime soon by clicking
Q: How Long Will You Hold A Date For Me?
We will take an "inquiry" on your date and put a hold on it
until you call to confirm and arrange for a formal contract.
However, if we receive another request for the un-contracted date
you have chosen, we will call you immediately. At that point, a
decision will be needed along with a deposit and signed contract if
you wish us to commit that date to your use.
We hope this
helps with your decision making process. If you have any questions
or concerns not addressed here, please don't hesitate to call me on
send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours In Good Dance Music,