We just call those events “weddings”. Yes. Absolutely. No Question. #LoveWins
First of all, let's make sure we're a good fit for each other! If you haven't already, fill out a Booking Form here on the site, and we'll be in touch very quickly.
We'll want to have a quick 20-30 minute phone call to go over the expectations for your event, and if you decide that you'd like to reserve a date, we'll move forward with a contract.
Contracts are signed electronically, and payments are accepted electronically as well.
Speaking of which...we have a 3-payment structure that is really cool! Why? Because you know exactly what you're getting with each payment:
Payment #1: 40%: This payment locks in your date. Takes it off the shelf. Nobody else can have it. It is of course, non-refundable.
Payment #2: 40%: This payment will be due when we start the creative planning process, typically 3 months before your event. It represents the real work that we will now begin to do in order to assure the success of your event.
Payment #3: 20% + Any Production Changes. This final payment will be due the month of your event and represents the final delivery of entertainment on your big day. This is where we can also make adjustments for any additional production that you decide to add along the way.
Every event requires a different amount of preparation, production, coordination, travel time, and logistics. All events are customized to suit the experience that we will want to create together.
Local Weddings in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (which represent 90% of DQB Events) start at $4,000. Most couples will spend closer to $5,000-6,000 on their total entertainment experience, and some of the biggest, wildest events may reach closer to $7,000-8,000 once all aspects of the production are considered.
The best way to get a quote for your event is to contact us directly using our Book Now form.
As mentioned above, every event quote is customized for the nature of the experience.
At a minimum, nearly all quotes will include:
- Exclusive Date Reservation (DQB Entertainment never performs more than one wedding or large event in a day)
- Custom DJ Booth Setup with all necessary performance equipment, wireless microphones, and lighting control, with no exposed cabling or equipment
- Main Dance floor Sound System with up to (2) Main Speakers and (2) Subwoofers
- Creative Planning Process to begin approximately 3 months before the event
- Site visits to any and all venues where DQB has not previously performed
- Final Details meeting (30 Days Prior to the event) in which we make sure we are 100% aligned on event goals and details
- Arrival at event at least 3 hours prior to guests
- Appropriate attire for the event
- Event Liability Insurance (Required by many venues)
While no event is officially booked without a signed agreement and paid retainer fee, our general practice is to notify any "first in line" clients if another inquiry is received for your date. At that point we can usually offer a hold of 24-48 hours in order to make a final decision.
It should be noted that very popular dates during wedding season can sometimes be a "race" where multiple inquiries for the same date are received on the same day. We try to be as transparent as possible in these situations, but also can not hold dates without contract and payment.
DQB (a moniker derived from "Dan Quinn Band" way back in Dan's college days) is solely owned and operated by Dan Quinn, a full-time professional entertainer who performs at private events as a solo (yet multi-instrumental) musician, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and overall experience creator. Dan is primarily booked as a DJ & MC and occasionally adds live performances to the event.
This is all decided in the planning process. From tuxedos and black tie affairs, to jeans and boots on a Texas ranch, to flip-flops at a pool party, we tailor the event for you.
Every event is different. Part of the DQB event experience is the process of getting to know you and your event guests. Who will be there and what is the goal of the event? Who’s that girl that is always ready to get the party started? Who is that guy I need to watch out for? Getting both grandma and your best friend from college on the dance floor may be the goal at one event, whereas creating a minimal, down-tempo lounge environment suited for conversation may make sense at another.
Working with DQB is a very personal experience. You’re going to know each other extremely well by the time your event date arrives- and probably after that too.
When the picture of the event and the guests becomes clear, the music selections usually come very naturally.
With Dan’s experience and streamlined setup, he is able to produce and perform a majority of his events as a one-man wolf pack. For larger corporate events, weddings, and fundraisers where DQB is providing production elements such as large sound systems and lighting, Dan brings 1-2 technical assistants who help accelerate setup, operations, and breakdown, to not only assure a speedy and smooth operation at your event, but allow Dan to focus on what matters most- the music and guests.
DQB performances can be customized for most private events. While DQB is most commonly booked for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, and private parties, Dan has also performed at public events, festivals, markets, grand openings, bars, restaurants, and after-hours events as well (Oontz, Oontz…) Contact DQB to inquire about your event. Even if we aren’t the right fit, we love to hear from you and talk about what may work best.
Dan’s top priority at your event is to create the experience you want for your guests. This means not only planning an agenda for the evening, but reading the crowd and adjusting as necessary to maximize your event’s awesomeness.
Generally DJ performances don’t require a break. Dan has played sets of up to 8 hours, nonstop.
Live music performances under 2 hours can also be played as a single set. For longer performances, it is usually best if Dan takes the occasional 15-20 minute break
- 3 hour live performances are usually broken up into 2 sets
- 4 hour live performances are usually broken up into 3 sets
Absolutely. In fact, we believe that this often-overlooked role can truly make or break an event. Dan has traveled to professional MC training workshops across the country and committed himself as a lifetime student of the microphone.
While anyone can read or recite announcements, Dan believes that a true Master of Ceremonies will direct the energy of the room- from helping guests feel comfortable upon arrival, aware of the night’s big moments, and ultimately a part of a community.
While we’d love to say equipment never fails (it does, but very rarely), we’ll just say this: It’s happened before and the show went on without event hosts or guests ever knowing about it.
First of all, this is extremely rare. Dan uses professional equipment and assures that it is maintained at all times. In the rare event that a piece of equipment has failed, the setup could usually be adapted to perform without the item in question. There are always either backups in the van, backups at home (that Dan’s assistant immediately retrieved) or a retailer nearby where a part could be acquired.
DJ music is backed up to multiple computers and tablet devices and synchronized to 2 separate cloud storage facilities.
Dan owns and operates a DJ school which means he has more DJ Controllers, Laptop Computers, Cables, and Speakers than he could ever need for most events.
Dan is also connected to a vast network of over 1000 DFW-based musicians, DJs, and technicians who can be contacted to come through in a pinch.
But let’s be honest- you probably won’t need to worry about this at all.
Once again, this is extremely unlikely. In the case of a personal emergency (which would have to be an EXTREME case as outlined in the contract), Dan is personally connected to over 1000 DFW-based musicians and DJs who could step in if needed.
But really, you probably shouldn’t worry about this.
While there’s no specific answer to this question, here are some things to consider:
- Events occasionally book over a year in advance
- The average DQB wedding is booked 9 months in advance
- The average DQB corporate event in booked 2 months in advance
- The average DQB house party is booked 6 weeks in advance
- Events are often booked with as little as 1 day notice
Some factors to consider:
- Mid-March through Mid-June is very busy with Weddings, Graduations, Party Holidays (St Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby Day) and Outdoor Spring Parties such as BBQs and Crawfish Boils
- Mid September through Mid November is Peak Wedding Season in Texas. If you want one of these dates, book early!
- December is extremely popular with holiday parties on both weekends and weeknights
- Off Season (Summer/Winter) and Weeknight Events can sometimes be booked on shorter notice.
Yes. Marquise on saxophone. He's amazing.
DQB loves to support charities, especially those that are near and dear to our hearts. Each year, we compile a list of organizations that we want to support, through donations of money, time, auction prizes, or otherwise.
Unfortunately, it would be impossible to support every charity out there that approaches us for donations. Weekend and evening events are especially valuable time for professional artists, and we always need to be careful when scheduling such events.
That being said…
DQB plays at LOTS of charity events. Galas, School Auctions, Festivals…
Many of these events are held year after year and investing in an awesome experience for the attendees not only attracts more attendees and ticket sales, but also momentum that will build year after year and keep the guests coming back.
Please contact DQB about your upcoming charity event. We’d love to get involved however we can.
Yes. Whether you are hosting a destination wedding, a national sales conference, or just can’t find anyone like DQB near you, we can make this happen for you. DQB has recently performed at weddings on the coasts of New Jersey, Florida, and Texas, a massive corporate event in Baltimore, and at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
There are obviously some travel costs involved, but with proper planning, this can be an extremely smooth and exciting experience!
Yes. As a courtesy to all private event clients, Dan will prepare up to 3 special songs outside of his repertoire for any given event, with sufficient notice. Rock, Pop, and Country songs are generally easy to prepare, but do require sufficient rehearsal time in order to be performed to DQB standards! We ask at least 30 days advance notice on special live song requests.
A private dressing room with 17 vanilla-scented candles, a bowl of M&Ms (all brown pieces removed), a case of Dom Perignon…
If the above items can not be provided, the following will suffice and be outlined in the particular contract for your event:
- A dedicated performance area on a hard, flat surface. Grass, dirt, and sloped surfaces just don’t work well.
- Sufficient space that will be outlined in your contract, based on event requirements
- For most events, a dedicated 15A (up to code) grounded (3 prong) power circuit in or near the performance area (more may be required for larger events).
- An allocated setup time that may range from 60 minutes (small casual acoustic show) to 3-5 hours (large weddings, fundraisers, or corporate events with full production).
- A a typical breakdown and load out time of 30-60 minutes.
- A place to park.
- A place to get dressed after everything is set up.
- A Signed contract and deposit to reserve the date of your event.