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Free Spirit

***To learn more about Free Spirit, please visit the band’s website.***

Free Spirit Best Band in Washington, DC
Free Spirit is regularly voted as one of the top dance bands in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Chosen among “America’s Best Bands” two years in a row by Modern Bride Magazine, Free Spirit is a high-energy, visual, and interactive band that has set the bar for creating memorable dance parties. Whether it’s a wedding reception, corporate gala, fundraiser, or political function, Free Spirit has been the choice for discerning clients and industry professionals since 1976.

Washingtonian Magazine
"Free Spirit, the most sought-after band in town"

What sets Free Spirit apart? Simply put, it’s exceptional musicians performing exceptional music exceptionally well. Free Spirit has played thousands of events over the years and the band has carefully honed its repertoire and has become known as the most current dance band in town — constantly updating its song selections to include today’s Top 40 hits (view the band’s song list and you’ll see what we mean). But they can also include the best time-tested dance hits from R&B, Motown, Disco, Latin, Big Band Swing and Standards. Free Spirit’s enormous song list allows for highly-personalized, dynamic performances during which your guests are engaged and encouraged to become part of the experience. Free Spirit is Current, Hip and Hot!

Town & Country Magazine
"Free Spirit is known for never letting parties die"

Free Spirit has received critical acclaim from notable publications including Washingtonian, Town & Country, Modern Bride, Washington Life and Baltimore Magazines and is one of the most-referred bands by the region’s leading event planners. To top it all off, the premier entertainers in the area including the National Symphony, National Opera, Washington Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Choral Arts Society and the Washington Performing Arts Society, to name a few, made Free Spirit their band of choice during this year’s gala season.

Baltimore Magazine
"Baltimore Magazine…commends the band Free Spirit."

The band consists of eleven pieces including four impressive and dynamic lead singers (one male and three female), three talented horn players (trumpet, trombone and saxophone) one of whom doubles on percussion, and a driving four-piece rhythm section consisting of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. Free Spirit’s singers and musicians are well-known and respected boasting recording contracts with major record companies, prestigious positions in the armed forces bands and orchestras and endorsement deals with major musical equipment companies including Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Taye Drums and Soul Tone Cymbals.

For over 30 years, clients around the country have enjoyed Free Spirit. It’s time for you to find out why! But you don’t have to take our word alone. Click on any of the links below to hear unsolicited client and event planner testimonials phoned in to Free Spirit following their events.
Free Spirit Sizzle Reel
Washingtonian Bridal Show
Contemporary Ballad - Train
Motown - The Temptations / Jackson 5
Top 40 - Maroon 5 / Rihanna
80s Dance - Talking Heads / Madonna
80s Dance & Power Pop Ballad - Eurythmics / Adele
Top 40 - LMFAO / Kelly Clarkson
80s & Arena Rock - Bruce Springsteen / Journey
Top 40 - Jessie J / Chris Brown
60s & Classic Rock - The Beatles / Rolling Stones
Top 40 - Taio Cruz / David Guetta & Nicki Minaj
Motown & Soul - Michael Jackson / Stevie Wonder
Great American Songbook - Frank Sinatra
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34 comments

  1. WeddingWire Review - 7/1/17

    Free spirit was amazing from start to finish. The planning process was organized, clearly communicated, professional and fun. Working with Mike felt like a true partnership, he even helped us find a good generator company. Now the fun stuff. Not only was the band talented, but they also know how to throw a party. They knew exactly when to play which song. The band members are very engaging and interactive with the crowd. We danced so hard that we literally broke the dance floor. Many people told us that this was the best wedding band that they have heard. We actually saw Free Spirit perform 3 years ago at a wedding and chose them ourselves for that exact reason. This is truly a well lead, super talented, and entertaining band.

  2. WeddingWire Review - 11/4/17

    Free Spirit truly knows how to rock a crowd! For the second time in a year, we had another amazing wedding with this band, this time for our oldest daughter! Their music and energy was awesome and the crowd wanted to keep going all night. Everything was perfect and we are so incredibly happy, especially the new Mr. & Mrs. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I think our friend’s son and fiancé will be reaching out to hire them for their wedding too. We would highly, highly recommend Free Spirit and are forever grateful to them for helping to make the evening perfect!!

  3. Online Wedding Review

    Reviews of Free Spirit – Entertainment Exchange
    Reviewed on 10/18/2017 Paula S

    Free Spirit literally MADE our wedding. We expected them to be great but they truly blew us away. The dance floor was completely packed the entire night and they played great songs that kept the party going. Communication was easy and they were beyond accommodating. We even changed our first dance the week before and they not only learned the song, but completely nailed it. We had tons of people asking us who the band was and saying they wanted to book them for their weddings. My cousin even said she didn’t care if she could afford food at her wedding but she would make sure she had this band. But my favorite thing about Free Spirit was that the singers came on to the dance floor and even handed my the mic for part of a few songs!! They were seriously worth every penny.

  4. Wedding Planner Review from 9/9/17

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you so much for everything that you and the rest of the Free Spirit band and Entertainment Exchange did to make Erin and Jeff’s wedding so wonderful! It was great working with you and everything went perfectly. Truly I can’t thank you enough!! Please pass along my thanks to Dan, the sound/tech crew, and the talented band members!!

    All the best and I hope we can work together again soon! Have a great fall season!

    Joyce

    Joyce Knoer Ozturk
    Bash

    explore: http://www.bashdc.com

  5. WeddingWire Review - 9/9/17

    Thank you SO SO SO much for the best performance ever! Free spirit was everything we could have imagined and SO much more! We had the time of our lives and we were complemented by everyone on how amazing the band was. Mike was one of the best people to work with throughout this process – from the very beginning when he was so completely honest and gave me direct information. I so appreciated it! We were blown away by Free Spirit and will recommend them and you to all of our friends!! Thank you so very much for making our night!!!!

  6. WeddingWire Review from 8/26/17

    Thanks so much to Free Spirit for the best day of our lives! In the days following the wedding, we heard from the majority of the guests about how incredible the band was. They brought so much energy to the room and had the dance floor full all night. Even towards the end of the night that there wasn’t a single person sitting in their chair, which is saying something for a party of 170 people of all ages. When our 2 year old niece decided she wanted to be a part of the band, the whole band danced with her while they were performing. Amazing range of songs and Mike Ostrow is a pleasure to work with. I hope we have an opportunity to attend another wedding that Free Spirit plays! All the best, Max + Kate

  7. WeddingWire Review - 8/5/17

    As soon as Free Spirit started playing, dancers of all ages leapt to their feet and kept the dance floor rocking until the last note of the evening. Highly recommend!

  8. WeddingWire Review - 6/24/17

    I want to commend Free Spirit on an AMAZING job! The music was SUPERB in EVERY way! All of our guests have been commenting on how wonderful the music was. Thank you soooo much for making the night so much FUN!

  9. WeddingWire Review - 6/10/17

    To Free Spirit — On behalf of Arielle, Jerrold and myself and really all of our wedding guests, thank you so much for playing your hearts out and making the night so special and fun for all of us. So many of the post-wedding notes and calls started with ‘the wedding was amazing and where did you get that band’? One of many notes said “yours was the best wedding band we have ever heard”. I can’t thank you enough for being flexible and accommodating and making great music for our family again (Sorry I don’t have another daughter)!

  10. WeddingWire Review - 5/6/17

    Phew!!! We are still catching our collective breath so our apologies for the delay in posting this well-deserved review for FREE SPIRIT: They were fantastic! The rave reviews continue to pour in and we send our heartfelt thanks to each member of the band. Wow. Everyone was incredible: vocalists, horns, rhythm, and the song selection fabulous. The keyboard player was excellent for the ceremony music. Please tell him how happy we are and moved by how perfectly he did. They also learned the First Dance and Father of the Bride Dance on short notice and their renditions were beautiful. Lastly, we appreciate FREE SPIRIT’s flexibility in playing longer after we ended up off script and behind in our timeline. The toasts were important to us all, despite their length. Once that dance floor opened, no one wanted to leave it! Everyone I work with in New Orleans is still raving about the music at the reception!!! FREE SPIRIT was absolutely outstanding from start to finish!! Thank you for really making the wedding so perfect!

  11. Free Spirit Had Guests Calling Our Wedding The Best Party Ever!

    Holy cow, we were absolutely BLOWN away by how amazing Free Spirit was at our wedding. Thanks to Free Spirit, we heard from multiple guests that our wedding was the best party they’d ever been to. I have never seen a wedding where the dance floor was packed from start to finish. They crushed every song and our guests were in awe of the talent displayed by all of their singers and musicians. We LOVED their rendition of our first dance song, it was absolutely perfection!

    Our ceremony music took my breath away. Mike Ostrow was so sweet and accommodating from start to finish, he truly made me feel special. He answered all my questions thoroughly and honored my requests whenever possible. I am genuinely amazed by how sweet, talented, and professional Free Spirit is. I cannot recommend them enthusiastically enough – you absolutely CANNOT go wrong with Free Spirit, they are known as the best in Washington DC for good reason – they DO NOT disappoint!

  12. WeddingWire Review - 4/22/17

    I can’t even put into words how incredible Free Spirit was. Every song was amazing they absolutely killed it and everyone was raving about the band. We’re so thrilled with how everything went and wouldn’t change a single thing. They honestly blew us away and we are so grateful for all the hard work they all put into making this the best (and first) day of our life. Thank you again for everything we love you!!!
    This is the father of the bride…
    I wanted to echo Marisa’s comments and thank you and Free Spirit for adding a significant contribution to what was a memorable wedding experience. We had heard the band perform at a wedding last June and were impressed then and were impressed again Saturday night.
    We especially appreciated the band indulging our 7 and 10-year-old great nieces by allowing them to perform on stage with them. I am sure they will never forget being part of the show!
    Free Spirit got rave reviews from our guests, several of whom have children on the cusp of getting engaged. We will certainly recommend Free Spirit to them.

  13. Gaylord National Harbor Corporate Event - March 2017

    Free Spirit was by far the BEST band I’ve ever heard. We weren’t sure how a band was going to go over at a predominantly male event but there were more women and wives that attended the Gala so the band was a great hit. They were extremely pleasant to work with and the energy and vocal talent was out of this world. They played new hits and old hits and in the right combination to keep those last few dancers on the floor until our contracted end time came around. Great group with amazing talent. Working to book them was a smooth process, too!

  14. WeddingWire Review - 4/8/17

    Free Spirit was the most incredible wedding band anyone could ever ask for. They were THE highlight of the reception without question. They were great musicians, great crowd pleasers and great MCs. It honestly felt like a concert, which is exactly what we wanted. We all had so much fun dancing and drinking the night away to their music. They were incredibly easy to work with – always available to respond to our needs. They had a pre-wedding phone call with us to go over everything and they incorporated all of our suggestions. We take our music seriously, but so do they. In addition, they will learn your first dance songs (bride/groom, father/daughter & mother/son) and will sound as good as the original recordings.
    Honestly, if you are even *thinking* of getting a band to play for your wedding (and you should, as it’s much more fun!), Free Spirit should be your first, second and third option. There’s nobody better in the DMV.

  15. WeddingWire Review - 3/4/17

    Wow! Free Spirit exceeded our expectations. We had everyone on the dance floor the entire wedding celebration. The energy and excitement that Free Spirit brought to the party was incredible. And they kept us on our timeline, so the party moved flawlessly. We loved all the instruments and the singers were fantastic. The songs were exactly what we were hoping for. We had so many complements on the music — everyone wanted to know the name of the band! I look forward to booking Free Spirit again for our next celebration! Thank you for making the wedding party a big success!

  16. WeddingWire Review - 12/31/16

    Happy New Year!  Just wanted to let you know how awesome everyone thought Free Spirit was at the reception Saturday night! The music was incredible! I think you know from all the conversations with Kristen how important it was to her that the music set the tone for the night! Mike Ostrow and Free Spirit made her dream come true! It was the most magical night, never to be forgotten!  Everyone had the best New Year’s Eve! I can’t thank you and Free Spirit enough! All the best in 2017!

  17. WeddingWire Review - 12/3/16

    Best wedding band ever! Free Spirit made our wedding a blast. Not only was the music and the show spectacular, but they worked with us in advance to make sure every detail was exactly what we had dreamed about. Our friends and family are still talking about how amazing the band was– the dance floor was packed the entire night. Thanks to Mike and his team for everything!

  18. WeddingWire Review - 11/26/16

    WOW!!! Thanks so much to FREE SPIRIT for an unforgettable and perfect night!!! Our guests are still raving about how great the band was and we really loved how packed the dance floor was from beginning to end! One message we received this morning just said “legendary!”

  19. WeddingWire Review - 11/12/16

    A lot of planning went into the wedding but we all know that Free Spirit made it happen. We have received so many compliments and thank yous from our friends and family calling it the best wedding they have ever been to. Free Spirit’s music, timing, enthusiasm were over the top! Please extend our thanks and gratitude to the entire band. They rocked the evening and we are so grateful. I have been asked by so many guests for your name and contact information. Hopefully we will see you soon at one of their upcoming events. Great job and thank you!

  20. WeddingWire Review - 11/5/16

    Thanks to Free Spirit for a truly perfect evening. As we were leaving the Park Hyatt this morning, our friends stopped us and asked “where did you find that band? They were awesome.” Please use our names associated with any testimonial you desire on your website or any other type of reference. We are so thrilled with what was truly a spectacular evening. The compliments keep pouring in. Thanks again.

  21. WeddingWire Review - 10/29/16

    Free Spirit blew it out of the park. I cant say enough about the band. Free Spirit is absolutely amazing. They are a class act. Everyone was wonderful and I can’t thank you all for making Heather and Bernie’s reception a night to remember. The crowd was on the dance floor all night long and everyone came up to me asking where we found this incredible band. I was told it was the best wedding they had been to and a big part was Free Spirit. I have given your name and information to several guests who are looking for bands to play at their wedding next year.

  22. WeddingWire Review - 10/29/16

    Free Spirit did a FANTASTIC job at a wedding I was a wedding coordinator for !! They have such positive and contagious energy that had all of the guests dancing the entire night! Mike was great to communicate with to build the perfect timeline. At the conclusion of the evening, the guests were begging for more songs- they were that good!! As another vendor for the wedding I was so lucky to have such a great band who was amazing to the couple and amazing to work with! I would recommend them to anyone looking for a band for their wedding!

  23. WeddingWire Review - 10/15/16 Wedding

    Free Spirit is absolutely incredible!! All of the guests at our wedding could not stop raving about how much they loved our wedding band. They took the time to learn a new song for our father/daughter dance, mother/son dance and they even learned a special request from the groom so he could jam out with all of his college buddies. They are truly spectacular and they definitely made our wedding night one we will never forget! Mike the band leader is so incredibly warm and attentive to anything you need. The band has a diverse group of singers who have so much energy and talent and can honestly make any song sound amazing. You will not go wrong with free spirit!! They are the best around!

    I’m the Groom and I wanted to add Free Spirit was absolutely incredible. I was leaning heavily to the DJ side of the equation when we began planning our wedding. Free Spirit showed me how incredible it is to have the energy and talent of a high caliber live band play at an event like our wedding reception. Everything was picture perfect and above all else, the music was world class. Thank you for making our wedding incredibly special for me and my new wife. I’d make a joke about how you picked up a lot of business in that room last night but I’m sure that happens to you everywhere you go.

  24. Lisa & Liam Wedding 9/18/16

    Mike,

    THANK YOU and the band so much for everything. You were outstanding, and I heard countless compliments about your performance, including, “This is the best wedding band I’ve ever heard.” I would be delighted to have the opportunity to work with you again — it was a joy, start to finish.

    As an aside, Todd sounded spectacular throughout, but especially during “All I Want is You.” I’ve been a huge U2 fan since I was nine years old, edited a book on them, and knew for the past 2 decades that if I were ever to get married, I wanted this song for my first dance. It really meant a lot, and I will definitely save the sheet music for our scrap book!

    You’re welcome to send people my way as you need references, but I’m delighted to provide a testimonial as well:
    “Free Spirit played at my wedding and they were extraordinary. They are not only immensely talented, but incredibly responsive and professional. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.”

    If there’s anything else you need, please let me know.

    Thanks again,

    Lisa

  25. Audrey & Joe's Wedding

    Free Sprit was incredible! Countless guests have expressed to us how amazing you were and many noted that they would like you to play at their future wedding 🙂 From start to finish, you successfully engaged 200+ people. The dance floor was crowded all night, a true testament to your talent and energy . Each of our requested songs were played beautifully. We were truly impressed by your rendition of the Irish Lullaby (despite learning it that night!). We feel so fortunate that you were available to play at our wedding. Thank you helping to make our reception one we will never forget.

  26. Kevin & Lauren's Meridian House Wedding

    The band was amazing! Free Spirit exceeded our expectations, which were a bit lofty given all of the great reviews on your website. We received so many compliments on your performance from those that attended. You were a great mix of energy, romance, and entertainment. The choreographed dance moves were awesome, the song selection was perfect, and I really liked how the singers interacted with the guests. I am particularly grateful for the Hang on Sloopy rendition, and for accommodating my niece’s impromptu Taylor Swift impersonation. Thanks again for an unforgettable night.

  27. Marcy & Marin Wedding

    Hi Mike,

    We had the best night of our lives, and were so appreciative of all that you did to make the night one that we will never forget. Your rendition of Such Great Heights was beautiful, and the band was amazing all night long. People of all ages, from our grandparents to young cousins, were out on the dance floor. Everyone we know commented on how amazing you all were, definitely a major highlight of the night!! Thank you also for going the extra mile, and accommodating the unusual room layouts, as well as bringing the full ensemble. You rock!

    Best,
    Marin and Marcy

  28. This band is out of control good.

    My husband and I got married in June of 2014 and it was EPIC, all because of Free Spirit. The vocals, instruments, and atmosphere were amazing. The brass section even snuck up to the balconies in the Mayflower where the reception was to surprise us from up there. Truly exceptional. What a party!!!!!

    1. Marina,

      It’s so great to hear from you and I’m glad that you’re still thinking about Free Spirit and were happy with our performance at your wedding after all these years. My best to you and your family and I hope we see you again soon.

      Mike

  29. Desiree & Drew - Weddingwire Review

    Free Spirit was absolutely amazing! You are one of the best bands I have ever heard!! Everything was so perfect and you all did a fantastic job. You kept all of our guests on the dance floor all night and all of our friends/family were in love with the band. Couldn’t be happier that I chose you for our wedding, you guys are the best in the biz and made our night so special!

  30. Wedding Reception

    Free Spirit truly made the night!! Everyone had a blast dancing (especially me!) and I had so many people commenting throughout the night how awesome our band was! I still have people texting me to ask the name of the band 🙂 Thank you for playing all of my requested songs! They were all perfect and I can’t wait to get back our video and pictures.
    Thank you for making our wedding so memorable!

  31. Whirl Magazine - Pittsburgh

    Free Spirit set the mood for the fun night right away, playing three or four songs before guests took their seats. The band kept all 300 guests dancing throughout night…!

  32. Jessica - Bride

    We knew we were in good hands when we selected Free Spirit but the band still surpassed all of our expectations. As a bride, it can be easy to get swept up in the details and obsess over things you actually can’t our shouldn’t control but I knew with Free Spirit, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. It was such a gift. Of course, that is only possible with all the necessary ingredients — the band’s musical talent, experience, overall professionalism and this includes coordination and hard work. Every single thing about the band blew us away. Thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. We are still on Cloud 9…but now in Tulum, Mexico instead of the Ritz.

  33. Rachel & David - Wedding

    We would like to thank Free Spirit for an amazing performance on our wedding day! Kudos on your version of the Lion King’s “Circle of Live” — So beautiful! Thank you for learning our song, Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” – a song that has been with us since we met 12 years ago! You also did an amazing job on “One More Time”, a special song with my Dad. The instrumentalists and vocalists were wonderful! We had so much fun! It was awesome to see the band get on the dance floor with us and Todd wowed us with is sing-off with the Rabbi! Thank you!

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