"Having Patrick at our wedding was the best decision we made throughout the entire planning process. His talent is unbeatable and our guests have not stopped talking about how perfectly his music fit within our day. He went above and beyond to make our wedding magical, including playing "Moonlight in Vermont" timed perfectly with the moon rising over the ridge in the distance... Worth every penny. Thank you, Patrick!."
My husband and I married this past July. Two summers before we married, we were guests at several friends and family members weddings (we’re at that age where you have nine weddings in one summer). This gave us a chance to really pick and choose things we definitely wanted, and definitely didn’t for our big day. We truly didn’t consider one dj, or band until we were at my cousins wedding in late July 2021 where Patrick was the “Dj” I say this in quotes because he was much more then just a Dj. He played ceremony and cocktail music on his violin, however we truly lost our minds when he started playing along on his instrument as we were dancing at the reception. I remember my cousins friends from Montana and Colorado asking how they could make sure Patrick was the dj to every wedding they went to here on out! My husband and I both felt that this was the most important vendor we booked-and we didn’t spend a minute after that day looking anywhere else, we knew we wanted Patrick! Two years later on our wedding day we absolutely knew we made the best decision. We sent Patrick two different songs that he quickly learned for our wedding party, as well as myself and father to walk down the aisle to. Today, our friends and family continue to talk about the music and the “guy with the violin” that played on our wedding day.
Mary & Adam -7.21.23-
Pat played at our ceremony and reception this June (2023). It was absolutely amazing and more than we could have asked for. Pat’s professional, warm and approachable. He checked in with us many times leading up to the event and while my husband and I are quite disorganized, Pat really helped us pull it all together. He played with two other fellas who were equally as talented and wonderful. He even stayed for a bit after to jam by the fire with our friends. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking to have great music and friendly faces at their event. You will not regret it!!! In fact- they’ll exceed your expectations.
Emma & Taylor - 2023
Patrick is wonderful musician!! He really made our backyard wedding special. When our guests arrived, through the ceremony, and into cocktail hour he added just the right ambiance. During dinner and dancing he curated great music for the vibe of the event. We were looking forward to the dance section with friends and family and gave him a sense of the type of music we were looking for. He picked up our tastes just right with the list and added so much with his accompaniment from fiddle to guitar. There were always people on the floor dancing and Patrick balanced our taste with a perfect read of the room.
After the formal wedding was over, our dads picked up their guitars for some late night jam session with the guests. Patrick was packing up but impromptu joined in for the with his fiddle. It was great to watch him get excited about the music and jam it up with them!
Charlotte & Ben -2022-
“Patrick was a true gem to find to play at our wedding. He came highly recommended by our wedding venue and after we chatted with him and saw a couple of his videos, we booked him! He is incredibly talented (and super humble). Patrick played our ceremony, including playing my requested song, his rendition of “Rise” by Eddie Vedder on violin as I walked down the aisle, and fiddled everyone down the hill to cocktail hour. We also hired a guitar player, a friend of Patrick’s, to play with him for our cocktail hour and then Patrick DJ’d the night away for the reception. It was incredible, but especially when he fiddled along with the music. Our guests on the dance floor were in awe and stopped to watch him in the balcony. Guests came in from the bar to hear him play. It was so magical. Everyone has not stopped talking about how amazing that was. Patrick was one of the most easy going vendors we worked with for our wedding, a true professional and master of the fiddle for sure! Patrick was flexible, and when I had to make the call to have the ceremony outside when it was pouring rain, he was willing to still play outside with an umbrella. We are so happy we selected him and that he was able to work with us. I would highly recommend him!” -Amber C -2021-
“I have had the wonderful pleasure working with Patrick Ross! He is extremely easy to work with and so talented. I’m a wedding coordinator in the NEK and have worked many weddings with him.. alhren barn, chapel on darling hill, etc. He is not only a DJ but a professional musician and provides music for Ceremony, cocktail hour dinner and full service DJ.” – Jennifer Kirchoff Layn 2020
We had Patrick play at our wedding and would highly recommend him. He worked with us to create musical score for the entire day -- from the walk down the aisle to the cocktail hour to our fist dance. Patrick was very easy to work with and very thoughtful in his approach to incorporate different styles of music throughout the day. His talent as a musician and DJ are undeniable, but he's also a great guy, and we very much enjoyed working with him. We'd highly recommend him for a wedding or any other event that needs great music!
Bob and Karina - 2022 - Vermont
Where music is the craft.
Drum & Bass sounds with violin.
Dancing makes everything more fun!
Patrick Ross is a wedding musician in Newbury, Vermont, specializing in string instruments. Patrick is a seasoned professional who arrives three hours before every performance to set up his state-of-the-art equipment. An intuitive entertainer, he always reads the room before he starts playing, creating the perfect ambiance for you and your guests. He plays over seven string instruments, including violin, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitars, cello, and viola which can create a fantastic ambiance for both the ceremony and social hour. If you have something specific in mind for a key moment in your celebration, he will learn it and play a personal rendition just for you. His top priority is creating the right atmosphere for your occasion, facilitating those rare and beautiful moments of raw emotion.
Patrick Ross has played music from an extensive list of songs, including the likes of Queen, Phish, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, and more. To get a sense of what he is capable of, you can view his videos on his website, helping you decide what music your want for your special day. The music he plays throughout the day depends on your preferences and the mood of that particular moment. He also offers MC services, making necessary announcements and introducing people for toasts. Because he is first and foremost a musician, he is able to blend his violin and guitar to create a unique DJ style that keeps people on the dance floor ready for more. If you would like to add a live rhythm section to what Patrick does as a DJ, you get the best of both worlds.
This is how I approach most weddings: Everything is adjustable so that we can get it just right. Music can really help with the overall flow of the day.
I arrive 3 hours before the ceremony to set up equipment. Along with a full spectrum sound system for the reception. I can provide a mic and a battery powered speaker for the ceremony if you'd like.
30min. leading up to the ceremony I, "read the room" and play a blend of violin and fiddle music to create an ambiance as people are arriving. If there is a specific piece of music you would like me to play, I will learn it and play my own interpretation of it on violin for when the bride walks down the aisle. If you would like to hear samples, please visit, https://patrickrossmusic.com/your-event. I've played everything from Queen, Phish, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, and more...
During the social hour, I play a mix of acoustic instrumental music. Reading the room, I play mandolin, banjo, guitars, cello, viola and violin.
For dinner, I can easily act as a strolling violinist or work from a playlist. Experience has taught me that the right volume for dinner is where people feel the music without hearing it.
I can also act as an MC for any announcements or introductions. I have a wireless mic.
We would work together to figure out first dances and when you'd like to have them if at all.
We would also figure out what kind of music you and your guests would like to dance to.
Here is a link to the master list I use: Very broad list.
We can customize accordingly. Some clients are really hands on with the dance music, others just let me take care of it.
Often clients will provide 3 lists if any. (this is optional)
1. Must play
2. Play it if it feels right
3. Do not play
I would have all the music downloaded in advance and would not rely on wifi for any reason.
My base rate is a day rate :
Rates vary depending on dates and location.
email: email@example.com for a quote.
More and more, couples want a live music element for the reception.
Here are 3 different angles:
1. Hire just me: I play live violin and or cello for ceremony, various acoustic instruments during social hour (ambient instrumental music). As the DJ I would occasionally layer in my electric guitar and fiddle to create a live element to the Dj'ing.
2. (Includes everything from option 1.) Hire me and my drummer: We lifted up a wedding in Burke this summer at the Inn At Mountain View Farm. About every 2 or 3 songs, I would fade out the, (insert dance hit) and we would take the rhythm and keep the beat between drums and guitar. Like handing the baton musically.
3. (Includes option 1 + 2) Hire me, my drummer and my bass player. We are not a cover band, but as a trio, we can do what is mentioned above (musical baton). We did this with great results at The Farm at Williams River House in Chester, VT. back in May. In this case you get the best of both worlds. You get a blend of studio recordings when I DJ and the vibe of live music when we reinterpret them with danceability in mind.
Each added live musician is $500.
I hope you find this information helpful. If you would like to schedule a phone call, the best time to reach me is generally M-Thur. 8-9pm
With respect and gratitude,
When an event calls for live background music, hiring the right musician is important. A musician who can read the mood of the event and elevate the atmosphere without drawing all the attention is the right musician. This playlist is but one example of a music landscape offered by Patrick Ross.