Retrospect Band

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.


Quick samples of Retrospect performing your favorite songs.  A fun way to check out our sound while you have your morning coffee. Horn band classics form the core of our sound, but our expanded repertoire is sure to please all tastes in music.

Retrospect is phenomenal!  They are totally and completely worth the money to have them at your event.”

Angela & Eric - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day

Had an excellent experience with Larry and the Retrospect team for our wedding - they had everyone dancing the WHOLE night.

Kathy & John - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day

“You all created for my celebration the right mood, and the right environment for my perfect wedding reception.”

Rebecca & Tom - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day Dana & Tim - another happy Retrospect couple on their wedding day

“Retrospect is an amazing band. They are extremely interactive and get the crowd up on their feet.”

Angela & Eric  -  May 2017

Kathy & John  -  May 2017

Dana & Tim  -  May 2017

Rebecca & Tom - March 2017

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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 from the great horn bands of the ‘70s, 80s, and 90s, to Motown, to current dance and party music.

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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, from Connecticut to South Carolina.

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

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

~ Missy & Steve

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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”

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

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.

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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.  

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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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© 2017 Retrospect Band

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

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Retrospect Band's facebook page highlights recent weddings and parties Retrospect Band received the coveted Wedding Wire Couple's Choice award for 2017 Retrospect Band received the coveted Washingtonian Magazine Preferred Wedding Vendor award for 2017 Retrospect Band's YouTube page Read reviews from real people we’ve played for Clients Mobile Upcoming public performances and band news Newsroom Mobile Fill out our contact form Contact Us Mobile See our huge selection of songs and listen to our sound Song List Mobile 301-438-2400