Retrospect Band


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

Welcome to the website of Retrospect®. We are repeatedly recognized by Washingtonian Magazine and by Wedding Wire as one of Washington DC’s leaders in wedding reception entertainment.

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

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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.

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.

Another great party with Retrospect Band

Retrospect® will customize the performance to fit any event, whether it’s a wedding reception for 80 guests or a gala with 400 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 Motown, 80s, and 90s, to current dance and party music.

Retrospect Band group photo  
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.

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.

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

Our three amazing vocalists (two female and one male) are 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.

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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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

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You are invited to dance to our music on April 28th, at the Friday Night Swing Dance Club in Towson, Maryland. You do not need to be a member to attend, and if you’re not sure that you know how to swing dance, you can come an hour early and take a beginner swing dance class, included in your admission price! No advance tickets are sold. Admission is $15 at the door, and parking is free.

Retrospect plays from 8:30 to 11:30, but the doors open around 7:15 for the beginner swing dance class. All the fun takes place in the beautiful American Legion Ballroom, 125 York Road, Towson, Maryland, just a couple of minutes off the Baltimore Beltway.

And, as if $15 isn’t already a great price for an evening’s entertainment and a swing dance class, a valid student ID gets you in for just $12. This dance is open to all ages.


© 2017 Retrospect Band

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

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