Retrospectis an innovative self-managed party and event band that continually raises the bar for event entertainment in the Washington DC area. With the ideal combination of energy, musical talent and experience, Retrospect is the perfect choice to expertly transform your wedding reception or your party an awesome event long remembered.
At every party and event, we use our three amazing vocalists (two female and one male) always backed up by the same six versatile musicians, 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 others 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 industry, we are privy to many of the secret tricks and traps that await unwary 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 are read and used well beyond the DC area.
When we perform, music is selected by you, the client, from our huge song list, which has 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 song list 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 out band leader, Larry Elliott. Retrospect is never booked through any agency or middleman.
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, even country music.
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 beginning was on excellent multi-part vocals, 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 an ad in a local newspaper advertising our availability for New Year’s Eve. The first ad response was a request to play a wedding reception that evening, we agreed, and thus began our career.
Then, on the advice of musician friends, we sought out local music agencies as a way to get more bookings. But it seemed that each time we accepted a booking from an agency, something about the business transaction seemed horribly wrong. In one case, we found out at the gig that the client… Read the rest of our story…
“Retrospect is the BEST! All of our guests were up dancing the whole night. It was a great party!!”