Retrospect is an independent self-managed wedding and party band that has continually raised the bar for event entertainment in the Washington DC area. At every wedding and party, we use our three amazing vocalists (two female and one male) and the same six versatile musicians backing them up, never a pick-up band. Our singers and musicians always perform LIVE, never using pre-recorded backgrounds or digital substitutes for real musicians, as so many other bands do these days.
Retrospect is the most talked-about band in the Washington DC event industry because of our relentless consumer advocacy. Through our experience in the wedding industry, we are privy to many of the secret secret tricks and traps that await unwary brides and other consumers of entertainment, and our website is the only reliable source of such information specific to the Washington DC area. And the insights found in our basic entertainment shopping tips for brides are read and used well beyond the DC area.
When we perform, music is selected by you, the client, from our huge song list, with enormous depth and variety not found elsewhere – music ranging from Motown, ‘80s and ‘90s through current dance and party music. Everything is played in its original style, but with our signature tweaks. See our songlist page for the full listing of over 400 songs, and link directly to more than 100 short mp3s of the band performing those songs.
All booking is done directly through our band leader, Larry Elliott. Email Larry@RetrospectBand.com Or call 301-438-2400.
The story of Retrospect began in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a group of friends and family from Montgomery County. Some of us had recently earned music degrees, some were still in school, others were working in other fields. But we shared a desire to perform, and a desire to create a band that was better than those we had seen locally.
Our choice of music was shaped by the many diverse musical tastes and influences within the band, resulting in the decision to play all of those styles, big band, pop, rock, Motown, and even some country music.
Early rehearsals were always either in Linda and Larry’s apartment, or in the band room of the school where Pete taught music. Because our focus from the start was on excellent multi-part vocal harmonies, rehearsals were necessary and frequent.
Having no idea what types of events or venues were best suited to us, we sought our first gig by placing a print ad in a local newspaper, advertising our availability for New Year’s Eve. The first ad response was a request to play for a wedding reception that evening. We agreed, and thus began our career as a “wedding band.” Life was good. For a while. Read the rest of our story…