Retrospect Band


The best of yesterday’s music
…and today’s®

Welcome to the website of Retrospect®. Our nine-piece horn band is repeatedly recognized by both Washingtonian Magazine and WeddingWire as one of Washington DC’s leaders in party and reception entertainment.

With the ideal combination of energy, hot horns, musical talent and experience, Retrospect is the perfect choice to expertly transform your party or reception into an exceptional event that will be long remembered by your guests.

It was awesome to have a band that really got and kept the party going, and played to our crowd.”

Amanda & Theo - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day

If you're looking for a great band and even better people to be a part of your special day, we highly recommend Retrospect.”

Becca and Jeff - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day

“The dance floor was packed the entire night with our grandparents, friends, and younger cousins! All ages had a great time…”

Janice and Frank - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day Missy & Steve - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day

“This band is GREAT.  We hired them to play our wedding and we could not have been happier.”

Everyone was up dancing, the variety of music was fantastic, they sound GREAT.

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Quick samples of Retrospect performing your favorite songs.  A fun way to check out our sound while you have your morning coffee.

Retrospect® will customize the performance to fit any event, whether it’s a gala for 2,000 guests or a wedding reception for 100 guests. We have 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 the great horn bands of the ‘70s, 80s, and 90s, to Motown, to current dance and party music.

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Our three amazing vocalists (two female and one male) are always backed up by the same hot horns and versatile rhythm section, never a pick-up band. Our singers and musicians always perform LIVE, never using pre-recorded backgrounds, pre-recorded horns 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 extensive 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.

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2012, 2013, 2014 ,
2015, 2016 and 2017  
“Couple’s Choice” awards.

Washingtonian Magazine
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  “Best Wedding Vendor”

Direct bookings only

Retrospect® accepts direct bookings only. This means that all booking is done directly through the band leader, Larry Elliott. We are Washington DC’s original self-managed band, and we are never available through any booking agency or other middleman. Although rumored to be one of DC’s most expensive bands, it’s simply not true. We remain affordable for most types of events.

Our home base is the Washington DC, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia area, but we can and do travel anywhere in the continental United States to perform. Most of our recent performances have been in the mid-Atlantic region, within 500 miles of Washington DC, from Connecticut to South Carolina.

Retrospect is available to play at weddings, conventions, holiday parties, reunions, bachelor parties, charity fundraising events, and public concerts.

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DVD samples of our music and lots of stuff to look at.  Audition Retrospect from the comfort of your easy chair!  Let us take you on a tour of our many successful weddings and parties at venues all over DC, Baltimore and beyond.  

Highly recommend for any event ... but only if you want to dance like a maniac and have a great time.”  

~ Missy & Steve

Obligatory listing of awards we’ve received over the years…

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Larry Elliott, band leader
3429 Huntsman’s Run
Ellicott City, MD  21042

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