The Premier Destination Event Band and Musical Entertainment Worldwide

The Jon Bates Band


About The Jon Bates Band

Based in New York and Martha's Vineyard - the perfect choice for Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events, Concerts and Festivals anywhere on the planet!

THE JON BATES BAND is what’s known in the entertainment industry as a “destination event band”, not your typical “wedding band”! They literally perform all over the world. They have the touring experience, pre-production knowledge and the resources required to effectively navigate all the logistical challenges involved with performing at remote geographical locations, and always offer clients the highest quality and most affordable entertainment options on every level.

THE JON BATES BAND features a rare blend of extraordinarily gifted musicians and vocalists, with a magical chemistry and cohesiveness that has evolved from playing music together, passion, shared experiences, and deep personal friendships over many years. Most of all, THE JON BATES BAND is an amazingly authentic, soulful and incredibly fun party band, with an unparalleled reputation for creating the perfect ambience, building the energy of a party, and ultimately getting everyone up on the dance floor and having a great time! They have entertained at many gala events around the world, often for parties that have included guest lists of some of the most prominent names in business, politics and the entertainment world. They have shared stages with many legendary performers, and their credentials are clearly evident.

Covering a broad spectrum of styles and musical genres, THE JON BATES BAND is the ideal entertainment choice for any celebration or premier social event. Without exception, they make a party come alive! They musically engage and inspire people to enjoy themselves! It is a band that can literally satisfy every musical appetite, and they’re well known for their unbelievably expansive repertoire of great songs from every era.

THE JON BATES BAND always makes every effort to accommodate a client’s wishes and exceed expectations. Their outstanding reputation is the result of years of experience, and is well documented by hundreds of testimonials from former clients and their extensive list of personal references. The standard instrumentation of the core 7-piece band features a truly phenomenal male and female lead vocalist, accompanied by keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone. Depending on a client’s personal preferences, as well as the budget and space allowances for each event, the size of the band can be modified if necessary to adapt to a more intimate setting, or can be expanded to a larger orchestra that may include additional horns, afro-latin percussion, and assorted other instruments. Musicians for a ceremony or cocktail music prior to a main event are also always an available option.

THE JON BATES BAND uses a professional state-of-the-art PA system to present the highest quality sound, with optimum clarity at an appropriate volume. This also allows clients the option of having digitally mastered recordings played during band breaks, and for those who wish to have “Club Mixes” included in their overall entertainment package, or hear a favorite song from their iPod, making that transition is never a problem.

Once you confirm your event date with THE JON BATES BAND, the date is reserved for only you. The musicians and vocalists represented to you are the same ones who will perform at your event. The “bait and switch” approach that many agencies are known for is never a concern when booking THE JON BATES BAND. This is an extremely cohesive and committed partnership of musicians who have developed an extraordinary sound that comes from playing consistently together for years, and they offer their services at an extremely fair and competitive price.

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(800) 689-8910 (toll free) • (845) 279-4828 (NY) • (508) 627-9583 (Martha’s Vineyard)

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Why Choose The Jon Bates Band

  • Professional high caliber musicians and vocalists who have performed and recorded with internationally renowned acts!
  • Excellent references and very competitive rates!
  • An extensive and diverse repertoire of all styles of music, including Popular Hits from every era, Swing, Rhythm ‘n Blues, Motown, Classic & Current Rock, Big Band, Dance, Funk, Romantic Ballads, Latin, Disco, Country, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Show Tunes, ethnic favorites, and more!
  • A spirit of cooperation and the talent to always accommodate special requests!
  • Experience that only comes from years of performing and working closely with brides & grooms, maitre’ds, banquet managers, wedding professionals, event coordinators and other service providers, to establish the perfect flow for every wedding, party, and special event!
  • Any musician(s) you may want for your wedding ceremony and/or cocktail hour!

  • The addition of a full horn section or any other specific vocalists or instrumentalists that you may desire to fulfill your particular needs or musical preferences!
  • Uniquely experienced and logistically equipped to play at many remote locations, destination weddings, and island events around the world, without the hassles that are usually huge challenges for most bands and event planners in those situations!
  • Steadily performing throughout the New York metropolitan area, the Hudson Valley, and Martha’s Vineyard, with easy access to Nantucket, Cape Cod, Newport and all of New England.
  • Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce since 1994.
  • Able to provide a wide variety of DJ Dance mixes through a state-of-the-art sound system between band sets, or as an added option at the end of the night.



Read reviews from previous clients on Wedding Wire.


Meet The Band

For those who may be interested, it’s called "The Jon Bates Band" because Jon is the common thread who, as he describes it, "was blessed with the extraordinary friendships and opportunities that gave me a chance to bring this world class group of musicians and vocalists together as a working unit". He became well established over the years as a music contractor and producer, and was responsible for putting many different performers together for all sorts of musical events around the world. Since Jon was the one who clients, producers, agents, promoters, event planners, and club owners always dealt with, they referred to this collective wealth of musical talent as his band – "The Jon Bates Band".

At this point in time, the group has a long established track record as "The Jon Bates Band" and has become its own entity. The name just stuck. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the group knows that the current all star line up consists of an extraordinary combination of players that has evolved over time, and each member is hugely accomplished in his/her own right, with an impressive musical resume all their own. The band features abundantly gifted and soulful frontline lead vocalists Steve Riddick and Debbie Major, joined by multi-talented saxophonist/flutist and vocalist Scott Harper and the high potency rhythm section of Akie Bermiss on keyboards (also a prominently featured and incredibly gifted vocalist in his own right), Ken McGloin on guitar, Bill Dotts on bass, and Jon on drums and vocals.

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Steve Riddick
Debbie Major
Akie Bermiss
Ken McGloin
Jon Bates
Bill Dotts
Scott Harper

Weddings, Corporate Parties & Events

THE JON BATES BAND has entertained at hundreds of conventions, festivals, weddings, and corporate events. To put it simply, THE JON BATES BAND makes a party come alive! They musically generate great excitement and energy! They inspire people to have fun and enjoy themselves. They get people out on the dance floor! This is a band that can truly satisfy any musical appetite. They are well known for their extremely diverse repertoire, which includes Rock, Jazz, Latin, Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Top-40 hits from the 50’s through the 90’s, Traditional Swing, Romantic Ballads, Country, Folk, Ethnic Music, & more.

THE JON BATES BAND uses a professional state-of-the-art PA system to present high quality sound, with optimum clarity at an appropriate volume. This also allows clients the option of having digitally mastered CD’s played during band breaks, and for those who prefer to have “Club Music” included in their overall entertainment package, making the transition between live and pre-recorded dance mixes is never a problem.

THE JON BATES BAND always caters to their client’s wishes. The standard instrumentation of the band includes keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, and a male and female lead vocalist. Depending on the personal preferences, space, and budget restrictions of each situation, the size of the band can be modified to accommodate a more intimate setting, or expanded to a thirteen piece orchestra, with a full horn section.

THE JON BATES BAND is very competitively priced. For any additional information please call (800) 689-8910.


 Not only are they incredible, it’s the band I had play for my own wedding! 

Patrick French, maitre' d for more than 20 years at The Rainbow Room, NYC

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Wedding Song List

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Popular Ballads from Every Era
All The Way, Always, Always And Forever, Angel, Anniversary Waltz, As Time Goes By, At Last, Back At One, Beautiful In My Eyes, Because You Loved Me, Because Of You, Blue Moon and more!
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Motown, R&B, Classic Soul, Jazz-Rock And Popular Dance
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Baby I Love You, Back In Love Again, Best Of My Love, Brick House, Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Celebration, Chain Of Fools, Dancing In The Streets, Dancing Queen, Dock Of The Bay and more!
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Assorted Fifties And Early 60’s
Blue Suede Shoes, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Chapel Of Love, Daddy’s Home, Having A Party, Hound Dog, I Can’t Help Falling In Love, I’m A Believer, In The Still Of The Night, Jailhouse Rock, Johnny B. Goode and more!
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1980’s To Current Popular Music
A Thousand Miles, Addicted To Love, Ain’t No Other Man, All I Want Is You (U2), All My Lovin’, Angel, Are You Gonna Go My Way, Babalon, Beautiful Day, Before You Accuse Me, Billie Jean, Black Cow, Brown Eyed Girl and more!
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Always On My Mind, Amaze, Chances Are (Seger / McBride), Could I Have This Dance, Country Comes To Town, Crazy (Patsy Cline), Forever And Ever Amen, Friends In Low Places, Home To You, Honky Tonk Attitude, In My Daughter’s Eyes and more!
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Assorted Latin & Caribbean Bossa Novas, Rhumbas, Cha Chas, Tangos, Merengues, Reggae, Calypso, etc.
Adios Muchachos, Blue Bossa, Ceora, Girl From Ipanema, Guantanamera, I Don’t Want To Wait In Vain, Is This Love (Marley), La Compasita, Matilda, Meditation, More, Never On A Sunday, No Woman No Cry, On Green Dolphin Street and more!
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The Following Selections Are Among The Repertoire Choices of Music Offered for a Traditional Wedding Ceremony
Mendelssohn, Felix, “Wedding March” from Midsummer Night’s Dream Pachelbel • Johann, Canon, arr. for organ. • Bocelli, Andrea, Con Te Partiro Vivaldi, Antonio, Spring (from Four Seasons) • Mozart, Wolfgang A., Marriage Of Figaro Overture • Clarke, Jeremiah, Trumpet Voluntary and more!
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Some Ethnic Selections (Played by Request)
Bashana Haba, Hatikvoh, Hava Nagilah (Jewish Horas/Israeli); Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee, My Wild Irish Rose, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Irish); Amore, Tarantella, Arrividerci Roma, Volare (Italian); Beer Barrel Polka, Pennsylvania Polka (Polish); Misirlou, Mustapha (Greek); Lichenstein Polka, Du,du Liegst min in Herzen, Trink Trink Brudevlein (German); Vienna Dreams, Wunderbar (Viennese); I Love Paris, Under Paris Skies (Paris) and more!
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Classic Rock
All My Lovin’, Angel From Montgomery, Before You Accuse Me, Black Cow, Brown Eyed Girl, Brown Sugar, Crazy Love, Dance To The Music, Dancing In The Dark, Every Breath You Take, Everyday People and more!
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Patriotic Selections And Marches
America The Beautiful, God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner, and When The Saints Go Marching In.
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Mainstream Jazz, Blues, Swing Standards And Show Tunes
All Of Me, All The Things You Are, Almost Like Being In Love, As Time Goes By, Autumn Leaves, Beyond The Sea, Body And Soul, Cheek To Cheek, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Fly Me To The Moon, How High The Moon, I Get A Kick Out Of You and more!
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Recorded Performances of The Jon Bates Band

The samples are available in two different formats: Real-Audio and MP3.

Best Of My Love [MP3]
All The Single Ladies [MP3]
Back In Love Again [MP3]
Come Away With Me [MP3]
Don’t Stop Believing [MP3]
Elvis Medley [MP3]
Everything [MP3]

I Like It Like That [MP3]
Inseparable [MP3]
Into The Mystic [MP3]
Lucky [MP3]
Mercy [MP3]
Shotgun [MP3]

Sweet Home Alabama [MP3]
Sexy Back [MP3]
The Nearness of You [MP3]
A Song For You [MP3]
The Luckiest [MP3]

Let’s Stay Together [Real Audio / MP3]
At Last [Real Audio / MP3]
How Sweet It Is [Real Audio / MP3]
Sweet Thing [Real Audio / MP3]
Have I Told You Lately [Real Audio / MP3]

Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love [Real Audio / MP3]
Lady Marmalade [Real Audio / MP3]
Unforgettable [Real Audio / MP3]
What A Wonderful World [Real Audio / MP3]

Signed, Sealed, Delivered [Real Audio / MP3]
Cheek To Cheek [Real Audio / MP3]
Kind And Generous [Real Audio / MP3]
Fly Me To The Moon [Real Audio / MP3]
Fell In Love With A Boy [Real Audio / MP3]

Smooth [Real Audio / MP3]
Chain Of Fools [Real Audio / MP3]
What’s Going On? [Real Audio / MP3]
Crazy (Patsy Cline) [Real Audio / MP3]
Dance To The Music / I Got You (I Feel Good) [Real Audio / MP3]

When I Fall In Love [Real Audio / MP3]
You’re Still The One [Real Audio / MP3]
Run Around [Real Audio / MP3]

Don’t Know Why [Real Audio / MP3]


Video Samples

Signed Sealed Delivered
Let's Stay Together
Into The Mystic
Still The One
Back In Love Again
Blurred Lines
Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars Version)
One And Only
Just Dance
Never Too Much

Have I Told You Lately
All The Single Ladies
The Luckiest
I Like It Like That
If I Ain't Got You - #1
We Found Love
Just Friends - #1
Get Lucky
Shake Your Body

Come Away With Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Sweet Home Alabama
How Sweet It Is
The Nearness of You
Song For You
Suit And Tie
Run Around
Raise Your Glass
Ain't No Mountain/Best Of My Love
Call Me Maybe


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Public Gigs

Please visit The Jon Bates Band Facebook page to get the most up-to-date news about public appearances. Most of our gigs are private, but some of our upcoming dates that are open-to-the-public include:

There may be additional public performances not posted here. Please call 800.689.8910, follow The Jon Bates Band on Facebook at and/or or send us an email here  to be placed on our mailing list to find out about our full availability and/or any public events that we may be playing in your area.


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(800) 689-8910 (toll free) • (845) 279-4828 (NY) • (508) 627-9583 (Martha’s Vineyard)

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 The Jon Bates Band plays the perfect mix of music. Our wedding was a completely magical evening, and much thanks is due to them. 

Kelly & Peter Colquitt – Upper Grandview, NY