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.
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.
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.
“RETROSPECT band is GREAT! Highly recommend for any event ... but only if you want to dance like a maniac and have a great time.”
~ Missy & Steve
Everyone was VERY complimentary about the band - they all had a blast!”
~ Doreen & Scot
“Retrospect Band was absolutely superb.
Their musical skill, love of what they are doing, and professionalism exceed any band I've seen.”
~ Elizabeth & Gene
“A great band with a terrific range.
We would use them again without a doubt.”
~ Beth & Brian
“Thank you for making our wedding incredible!! Your band was amazing!!!”
~ Jenn & Carl
“Retrospect is awesome!
They get everyone of all ages out on the dance floor. We just love them”
~ Katie & Steve
“It was awesome to have a band that really got and kept the party going, and played to our crowd. They definitely MADE our party!”
~ Amanda & Theo
“Retrospect is the Best All of our guests were up dancing the whole night. It was a great party!!”
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.
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.