Washington DC’s premiere independent wedding and party band
Washington DC’s most trusted wedding tradition
Welcome to the official website of Retrospect. We are repeatedly recognized by both Washingtonian Magazine and by Wedding Wire as one of Washington DC’s leaders in wedding reception entertainment. With the ideal combination of energy, musical talent and experience, Retrospect is the perfect choice to expertly transform your wedding reception or party into an exceptional event that will be long remembered by your guests.
And we are the band that everyone in the Washington DC event industry talks about, because of our unique devotion to consumer advocacy, such as our Tricks and Traps Exposed page on this website.
We are a nine-piece band with a proven record of continually raising the bar high for all event entertainment in the Washington DC area and well beyond. You will be able to choose your music from our enormous song list offering far more depth and variety than others, with music ranging from Motown, 80s, and 90s, to current dance and party music.
Our three amazing vocalists (two female and one male) are always backed up by the same six versatile musicians, never a pick-up band. Our singers and musicians always perform LIVE, never using any pre-recorded backgrounds or digital substitutes for real musicians.
Retrospect is differentiated by client service that is superior in every way. The best live musicians in the area, the most comprehensive song list, and by far the most personal service. Our well-oiled machine is the band itself, not a slick sales pitch in an agency office, and certainly not (as you can see here) a highly polished website.
Direct bookings only
Retrospect is not available through any agency or other middleman. All booking is done directly through the band leader, Larry Elliott. We are Washington DC’s original independent self-managed wedding band, and we are proud to continue that tradition today.
Our home base is the Washington DC, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia area, but we will travel almost anywhere in the continental United States to perform -- except maybe Michigan. Most of our performances have been in the mid-Atlantic region, within 500 miles of Washington DC, from Connecticut to South Carolina.
We are also widely known for our persistent consumer advocacy, and exposing the secret tricks and traps of the local entertainment and wedding industries.
In addition to weddings, Retrospect is also available to play at conventions, holiday parties, reunions, charity fundraising events, bachelor parties, and public concerts.
Retrospect performs “Better When I’m Dancin” from the Peanuts Movie as the soundtrack for Whitetail Resort’s video of their 2016 Ski and Snowboard Freestyle Camp.