What is the general rule when allocating space for a dance band?
Dance Bands typically need a stage, performance area or floor space of approximately 20′ wide x 12′ deep as a general rule. Some bands if told of space constrictions ahead of time can make equipment choices that would take up a little less room as well.
Jazz Ensembles or Acoustic Trios or Quartets may be able to fit in a space
12′ wide x 10′ deep or a bit smaller. Variations would depend on the use of an electric keyboard, or an acoustic upright or baby grand piano. Also if the ensemble includes a drummer, ( needs 6′ x 6′ for small drum set) or if there is the need to set up a sound system and microphones.
String Quartet a 10′ x 10′ square is fine. Usually 4 chairs set in a square arrangement are needed from the venue. It’s a compact group but allowances are made for lighted music stands and if needed, microphones and stands.
Larger Dance Bands of 10 or 12 pieces or more may need 24′ wide x 16′ deep or larger. Typically bands of this size will have a larger sound board and need a larger “mixing area.” This can be placed on either side of the bandstand or along the wall opposite the stage. This is known as a mixing position in the “front of the house.” Not every venue wants the mix position to be out in the room with the guests and remember there is a fair amount of cable that would be run to that position from the band stand.
We will always find ways of accommodating special circumstances… really all we ask is that we are told ahead of time so we can prepare.
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