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    Overview

    The Milestones play Motown, Disco, Funk, Soul and modern chart hits. They authentically replicate the hits the way they were meant to be played. Book the band for all weddings, parties and corporate events…

    Collectively the members of The Milestones have live and recorded credits with some of the worlds most revered artists including Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Eurythmics, Terence Trent D’Arby, Seal, Everything But the Girl, The Pretenders, The Temptations, Beverley Knight, Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers.

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    About

    A biography of The Milestones tends to read like a roll call of some of the greatest names in the modern era of music…

    Band leaders Max Grunhard and Scott Baylis have over the years firmly established themselves as two of the most in demand horn players in the UK. Max’s journey started when he made his way to London from Australia and met Scott who by the age of 22 had already been playing live for 10 years, a prodigious young Berklee trained musician. Together the guys have performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Quantic Soul Orchestra and most recently performed with Prince at his ground breaking run of O2 Arena shows.

    The band’s vocals are catered for by two exceptional talents. Eno Uffort and Marcus Malone have experiences totalling 30 years plus between them.

    Marcus is regarded as one of the foremost soul and blues voices on the London and UK scene. He hails from the home of Motown, Detroit Michigan. He was signed to the legendary music mogul, Al Teller’s label United Artists (now EMI Capitol) back in 2000. He has appeared at the Albert Hall with BB King, opened for Walter Trout and headlined numerous festivals in the US, UK and Europe.

    Eno has been privileged to use her God given talent to wow audiences around the world. She started out singing in her local church choir where she gained invaluable experience of feeling and getting the emotion of a song across as she lead the choir at various events, Including the opening Of The Millennium Dome, Festival of Life UK and Europe. She first starred in the touring production of FAME the Musical as “Mabel Washington, and then The Apollo singer in “The Story Of Buddy”. Her TV appearances Include, Channel 4 Gospel Singers, Stars In Their Eyes as Alicia Keys, where she won her own show in the series! Her most remarkable achievement was winning The Title Of VH1 London Diva on the widely televised Series on VH1 (Born To Diva) which aired in Europe and America She was flown to New York where she represented the UK, working with some industry greats and recording at the hit factory and performing at the VH1 divas Show In New York. She has also worked extensively as a backing singer for various artist’s from Lionel Ritchie at the Princes trust concert, Mica Paris, Lemar and Will Young to mention a few.

    As we move into the rhythm section the band again excels in quality. From Julian Burdock on guitar to John McKenzie on bass to Jose Joyette on drums their experience is exemplary. Julian has live credits with The Stylistics, Beverly Knight, Rose Royce and Jocelyn Brown. John has earned his tag as a legend amongst musicians by recording and performing with the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Terence Trent D’arby to name just a few. Although one of the band’s youngest members, Jose on drums is already a veteran of the London scene.

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    Audio

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    Crazy In Love

    Crazy In Love

    Valerie (Milestones version!)

    Valerie

    Sex On Fire (Like You’ve Never Heard It Version)

    Sex On Fire (Like You’ve Never Heard It Version)

    Proud Mary

    Proud Mary

    Le Freak

    Le Freak

    Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

    Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

    Soul Man

    Soul Man

    You Got The Love

    You Got The Love

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    Feedback

     

    Nina & Joe’s Wedding – Hampton Court House, Surrey

    Rachel & Leon, Bride & Groom – Wedding in Allwoodley, Leeds

    Kate & Alistair – Wedding at Hill Farm, Bury St Edmunds

    “I just wanted to say how absolutely AMAZING The Milestones were at our wedding!!! It was the best decision ever to book them… “ Read More

    Sara & Max’s Wedding – Leigh Court, Bristol

    “They capture the heart and soul of Motown but somehow manage to make it current and relevant for a modern crowd – AMAZING! I was concerned that picking a band of quite a specific genre, we might be limiting some of the guests who may not be familiar with the tunes…However, the opposite was the case.” Read More

    Hayley Wood – Wedding at Brooksby Hall, Melton, Leicestershire

    “You were extremely professional – ringing prior to the event to check a few details, setting up quickly and quietly on the day. Your performance was brilliant and had everyone up dancing. We loved the range of music especially our first dance.” Read More

    Hannah & Dan, Bride & Groom – Wedding at The Four Pillars Hotel, Gloucestershire

    “Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the band for playing at our wedding on Saturday, they were amazing!” Read More

    Gareth & Joanna, Bride & Groom – Wedding at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate

    “I just wanted to express our gratitude to the Milestones for the amazing set that they played on our wedding.” Read More

    Amelia & David, Bride & Groom – Wedding at The Royal Automobile Club, Surrey

    “We wanted to say a massive thanks for organising the band…..they were AMAZING!!!!!” Read More

    Linda Abrahams, Wedding Planner for Leon & Rachel’s wedding in Leeds

    “AMAZING – they were exactly (as I knew they would be) perfect for what the client wanted. Everything went incredibly well, they went down a storm.” Read More

    Coffee Trades Federation

    “A great night. Dance floor packed all evening” 

    St. Georges Hill Lawn Tennis Club Weybridge

    “Superb music – please put the date in the diary again for next year” 

    Cafe Royal

    “One of our most popular bands” 

    Credit Suisse

    “The best band we’ve had over from the UK” 

    EasyJet

    “Our most memorable Christmas party by far” 

    Four Seasons Hotel

    “Our of our regular acts, always do a great job”  Clients Untitled-2

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    Success Stories

     

    Nina & Joe’s wedding at Hampton Court House

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    Repertoire

    Motown

    • ABC – Jackson 5
    • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    • Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Four Tops
    • Baby Love – Supremes
    • Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – Four Tops
    • Dancing In The Street – Martha and The Vandellas
    • Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
    • I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
    • I Want You Back – Jackson 5
    • I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
    • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
    • My Girl – Temptations
    • Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops
    • Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
    • Stop In The Name Of Love – Supremes
    • Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    • Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
    • What’s Goin On – Marvin Gaye
    • You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes
    • Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher – Jackie Wilson

    Disco

    • Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now – Mc Fadden & Whitehead
    • Blame It On The Boogie – Jacksons
    • Car Wash – Rose Royce
    • Disco Inferno – The Trammps
    • Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
    • Good Times – Chic
    • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
    • I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
    • Le Freak – Chic
    • Let’s Go Round Again – Average White Band
    • Rock With You – Michael Jackson
    • September – Earth Wind and Fire
    • Shake Your Body Down To The Ground – Jacksons
    • Upside Down – Diana Ross
    • Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton

    Funk

    • Brick House – Commodores
    • Dance To The Music – Sly and the Family Stone
    • Get Down On It – Kool and the Gang
    • Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
    • I Feel Good – James Brown
    • I Got The Feeling – James Brown
    • Jungle Boogie – Kool and the Gang
    • Lovely Day -?Bill Withers
    • Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
    • Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
    • Papa Was A Rolling Stone – Temptations
    • Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
    • Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
    • Sex Machine – James Brown
    • Superstition – Stevie Wonder

    Soul

    • Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
    • All Night Long – Lionel Richie
    • Everybody Needs Somebody – Solomon Burke
    • Give Me The Night – George Benson
    • I’m Every Woman – Whitney Houston
    • Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
    • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
    • Love Train – The O’Jays
    • Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
    • Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
    • Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
    • Respect – Aretha Franklin
    • Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
    • Soul Man – Sam and Dave
    • Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
    • We Are Family – Sister Sledge

    Chart Hits

    • American Boy – Estelle
    • Black And Gold – Sam Sparrow
    • Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
    • Crazy In Love – Beyonce
    • Deja Vu – Beyonce
    • Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna
    • Hey Ya – Outkast
    • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
    • Just Dance – Lady Gaga
    • Mercy – Duffy
    • No One – Alicia Keys
    • Pokerface – Lady Gaga
    • Rehab – Amy Winehouse
    • Single Ladies – Beyonce
    • This Love – Maroon 5
    • Umbrella – Rihanna
    • Valerie – Amy Winehouse

    Jewish Hora

    • Siman Tov
    • Choson Kale Mazel Tov
    • Hava Nagila
    • Freylech
    • Ufaratsta
    • David Melech Yisrael
    • Sholom Aleichem
    • Bashana Haba
    • Hatikva (for toasts)

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    FAQs

     

    How do you make sure the dance floor is kept full?

    If left to their own devices the band would start with the 60s Motown stuff and then move along and increase the energy, disco then into modern repertoire. All the songs the band plays have been tried and tested over countless previous performances. When in the set a particular song is played is crucial, therefore there is significant emphasis placed of planning the set so that it builds, one song to the next. The bands ability to ‘read the room’ ie gauge the vibe and reaction to a song and choose an appropriate song to follow plays a huge role in ensuring a full dance floor. The bands ability to change things on the fly, to adapt to the situation at hand is a key component that sets them apart from semi pro or amateur bands.

    How do I know what songs you’re going to play?

    Soul music is broadly what The Milestones do. That covers a number of different sub-genres: Classic Soul, RnB, Motown, 70’s Disco & Funk, 80’s & 90’s Soul music… through to contemporary classic RnB tunes. They also take some songs that may otherwise not fall into these categories and rework them to the band’s unique style. The bands unique take on Valerie caused quite some interest on Youtube – take a look here.

    Do you just play what you want to play or can we have input and request songs?

    The band welcomes input from clients. Take some time to look over the bands repertoire list and feel free to pick out songs you want them to play (or not play!). Jot them down on an email and send them through to us a few weeks before your event date. The band will work your requests into their set list and cover as many of them as is possible.

    The band has built it’s repertoire based on many years of collective performing experience. Certain songs just work in certain situations and others just don’t. There’s a balance that needs to be struck between your requests and what the band know will work and achieve what we all want – an amazing party with a full dance floor. So once all your requests are in Max or Scott will give you a call and talk through all your requests so that you’re comfortable with the repertoire direction and set list the band will go in for your event.

    Will you play our first dance even if it’s not on their repertoire list?

    In short, yes. The band are only too happy to learn your first dance request. It’s worth noting that certain types and styles of songs work best for certain bands. If your first dance request is a song with a 10 piece string section then it’s not going to work well when The Milestones play it, because there are no strings in The Milestones. If you have some ideas about certain songs but are unsure if they’d work well played live by the band just email them over and we’ll get back to you with our thoughts.

    How can you assure me that the band will measure up to my expectations and be like they are in the video?

    If you loved watching the video and listening to the audio (and by the way these were both recorded live) then you’ve got a pretty good idea of what you can expect from The Milestones at your own party. But hey, don’t take our word for it… Click the ‘Real Feedback’ tab above and watch and read what some of our clients have to say about The Milestones. Our best advice? Listen to your gut. If it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck…then you can be pretty sure it is.

    Are you a professional band?

    The Milestones are a fully Professional function band, which means that they are a well-run outfit. The individual band members are all Professional musicians in their own right with impressive CVs in the soul music arena. So when not playing with The Milestones they support Big Name acts on tour (from Prince to Stevie Wonder), do session work in recording studios and perform together as a band in the famous music clubs of London’s West End. It’s what they’ve always done in their careers, and they’ve each had thousands of hours of performing experience. Max is the Milestones band leader and he takes his role extremely seriously. His strength is in ensuring that everything runs to a T, and that there is nothing for the client to worry about. Calm, reliable and utterly professional, Max is always a pleasure to deal with.

    How will I know you’ll turn up?

    The Milestones are contracted to maintain all of their equipment – so from PA, to lighting, to the vehicles the band use to get to your event, you can be sure that everything is in top working order. So rest assured you won’t be getting any last minute phone calls from the side of the M11.

    How do I know you won’t cancel at the last moment and leave me without a band?

    You might be surprised to hear that the Milestones have never had to make a last minute cancellation. That’s right, never. Last minute cancellations are the preserve of semi-professional or amateur bands that pull out when they can’t find a decent replacement if one of the regular musicians is ill or suddenly can’t perform. The Milestones by contrast are a Professional function band, and in the extremely unlikely event of having to find a last-minute replacement, can draw on their extensive network of Professional musicians. So not only are you guaranteed that the band will arrive punctually, look slick and deliver what they say they will… you can feel confident that performance levels will never be compromised.

    Will the musicians in the video be the ones at my event?

    The Milestones operate almost like a collective, a collective of some of the finest soul musicians in London. Most of the band members you see in the video have been happily performing with The Milestones for a long time. However Max and Scott, the band leaders have a policy of continual improvement. To that end they will always be looking to work with new vocalists and musicians. If you have a particular preference of a vocalist please let us know at the time of booking. As a great Professional function band, The Milestones also ensure that they have deputies for every regular band member. So in the unlikely event that one of the regular members cannot play (e.g. due to illness), there will always be a replacement ready and waiting in the wings.

    Will you learn songs not on your repertoire list

    Yes. The band will always try and accommodate one or two requests for songs they currently don’t list on the repertoire page. Anything more than that involves a considerable amount of extra work for which there would be a supplement. Let us know what ideas you have in mind.

    I don’t want to book a band without seeing them live first.

    Check out their Live page for listings. We’d be delighted to add your name to the guest list for any of the shows. If you can’t make a show then spend some time watching the videos and take a look at some of the testimonials. You’ll soon get a good idea as to what The Milestones can do for your event.

    Can we use your PA for speeches?

    Yes no problem. The Milestones come totally self contained with their own PA, which they will set up for you to use for your speeches. So you won’t have to worry about anything, except making ‘em laugh (we can’t help you with that unfortunately!).

    How long does it take you to set up?

    The band will work around you to fit in with your schedule, but in an ideal scenario they would have 2 hours to set everything up. 1 clear hour at an absolute minimum.

    Do you supply music between sets?

    Yes, the band can either supply this or you are free to create youur own playlist on an ipod and the band will manage the playing of it through their PA system. If you’re having a DJ the band would be only too happy to speak with him/her before the event and see if there are options to share equipment.

    If the band play so many events don’t they get bored playing the same songs.

    A great professional function band has to earn their ‘great’. Remaining static in terms of their repertoire and show is therefore not an option. Like any product or service in a competitive market place, great professional function bands need to continually find new ways to differentiate themselves and better their offering. Max and Scott, the band leaders are deep inside London’s soul and funk scene. Both of them run their own originals bands. They’re bursting with ideas and creativity. They bring this creativity to The Milestones. This manifests itself in exciting ways such as their take on the Kings of Leon classic ‘Sex on Fire’. Often a new band member is brought in to ‘freshen things up’ and add bring some new energy to the band. The high level of musicianship in the band means songs aren’t always played the same way show in show out. With the confidence and experience the band have they’ll often play a song in a new ‘way’ which gives a new lease of life to the songs.

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    Live

    All dates listed are for the 7 piece band. Contact us for VIP guest list.

    19th July 2013

    Dover St Restaurant and Bar, London
    7 piece band on stage 10.30pm and 12 midnight
    Call: 020 7518 0680

    1st August 2013

    Dover St Restaurant and Bar, London
    7 piece band on stage 10.30pm and 12 midnight
    Call: 020 7518 0680

    6th September 2013

    Dover St Restaurant and Bar, London
    7 piece band on stage 10.30pm and 12 midnight
    Call: 020 7518 0680

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