The first thing every bride should know about working with Nine Mile Smile and Kurtis Kaechele (their manager, scheduler, email responder, coordinator, drummer, and all-around great guy) is that they are incredibly responsive and professional in all of their interactions. From my first email to Kurtis inquiring about their availability, Kurtis' replies were always EXTREMELY prompt, courteous, helpful, and fun. Additionally, as we traveled to hear the band, and eventually contracted with them to perform at our wedding, Kurtis was always very helpful in getting things done easily and efficiently (a quality EVERY bride can appreciate!). Up through the wedding, he was responsive, made helpful suggestions, and helped me make our entertainment memorable.
In addition to their professionalism and amazing responsiveness, 9MS offered a lot of other perks that we did not find in other potential wedding bands. For example, they will learn five brand new songs for you that they do not already know! They do this for EACH wedding couple! This means, if you want that special father/daughter dance song performed live, and if it is not already on their list, they will learn it for you by the time of our wedding! We had some amazing “must-play” songs, and they learned and performed them excellently! Importantly, there was no additional charge for this – they do it out of their desire to make your wedding personal and perfect for you! Additionally, they provided free emcee and DJing between their music sets. Kurtis does an excellent job with this! Also, 9MS worked with me so well to determine a “fluid set list,” where there definitely were songs that I wanted played, but he was also to fit them into the list appropriately and play to the crowd. Kurtis encouraged me to trust his judgment with this one, and I’m glad I did, because when the crowd wanted slow songs, that is what they played, and when they wanted a dance party, that’s what they did. They read the crowd well and definitely kept our dance floor packed!
One thing that you have to worry about any musical performance on the day of your wedding is – how will the band sound?! We traveled up to Mt. Pleasant to hear 9MS perform prior to booking them, but Kurtis said it would sound a lot different in a much smaller room on the day of our wedding. What I was not prepared for is how AMAZING they would be. I already knew they sounded great, but the day of the wedding, they sounded fantastic! And I wasn’t alone in my thinking. I honestly did not expect for almost every single one of our guests to come up to me and ask me where we found this band and how did we get them, but that is exactly what happened. Our guests were SO IMPRESSED with the quality of music 9MS provided, they had a GREAT time jamming out to them all night, our dance floor was CONSTANTLY packed (every bride’s reception dream, right?!), and the variety of music was amazing! Their look, vibe, sound, and groove were a perfect recipe for our wedding!
Most importantly, the folks making up 9MS will go the extra mile (get it?!) for you! I don't think that I received any special treatment, but let me tell you, it sure FELT like I did! One example of this is that I asked Kurt if they would be willing to play or play their recorded version of our first dance song for us between our cocktail hour and reception so we could practice when no one else was in the room. (We did some sweet choreography, and were recommended to do the dance at least once before we did it for real – great recommendation!) Kurt responded to me and said that he’d try to get Michael Shapiro (who is a fantastic Adam Levine-sounding vocalist and amazing guitarist, and my husband and I love his style) to play it for us. Sure enough, on the day of, Michael was there and played it for us live just as he would later in the night. It was a perfect way for us to practice and was something that not every band member of just any band would do. It was outside of their contracted play time, but they made it happen for us. Another example of their above-and-beyond service is that I probably changed my mind about how I was incorporating my mom into my father/daughter dance five times. And emailed Kurtis about it (book-long emails) every time. He stuck with me, helped me problem-solve, made great suggestions, and in the end (probably the day or two before the wedding) helped me to make it happen perfectly!
I know that I’ve just written a crazy-long review for this band, but they deserve every word of the praise. I do not have any negatives to report about 9MS; we truly had 5-star service, professionalism, and music quality. They are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a competitively priced, but above-average quality wedding band. Please feel free to contact me personally if I can provide any more helpful information to you about Nine Mile Smile! As I said to them, and have said to many others, 9MS was one of the easiest and BEST decisions we made for our wedding!
Nine Mile Smile was fantastic! Kurtis is so friendly and easy to work with. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone!
Gary & Ellen Witkowski
Nine Mile Smile is AMAZING! I cannot say enough good things about them. My first experience with Nine Mile Smile was at my sister's wedding in June 2011. They were a hit. When I got engaged, Nine Mile Smile was one of the first vendors I contacted as I knew I just had to have them play at my reception too. They were extremely professional and always responded to my questions in a very timely manner. And, they sound simply wonderful.
Dan & Jessica Lemon
"I worked with Kurtis from Nine Mile Smile and he was incredible flexible and fun to work with. My fiance and I really wanted to add some horns and he was able to set that up. Our wedding guests are still talking about how amazing the band was. Live music is such a great break from the norm and there are some extremely talented individuals in the band!"
Alex & Lindsay Davidson
"Not only were they reliable and professional, they were a heck of a good time. We wanted a band at our wedding because it always provides for a great atmosphere- if the band is good. Nine Mile Smile still has people sending my wife and me texts, emails, and Facebook posts expressing how much fun they had and how great the band was.
They learned and played my favorite song, and even let me get on stage and sing it with them!
It really is crazy how much our guests commented on the awesomeness of Nine Mile Smile! We are so happy we picked them!"
Kody and Marie Taylor
"Nine Mile Smile played at our wedding in Traverse city in July, 2011. Kurtis was our contact throughout the planning period. He was professional yet personable made the process very easy! Additional insurance requirements came up a few months prior to the wedding but the band handled it well and made sure the issue was resolved. Nine Mile Smile was wonderful at the reception also. My husband and I and our guests had so much fun dancing the night away. I received many compliments on the music the band played and their energy. The specialty songs we chose to be played throughout the night were played so well also! The whole event went unbelievably smoothly; we could not have been happier! Thank you again Nine Mile Smile!"
Izzy and Rob Wellman
"Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!"
Ben and Julie Andrews
"We had Nine Mile Smile at our wedding reception on 6/4/11 in East Lansing, MI. From the moment I first contacted NMS for information, to the last song they played at our reception, they were FIRST CLASS. Everything was handled in an incredibly flexible yet professional manner. They were responsive to all of our questions and requests, they were on-time to the wedding, dressed appropriately for the occasion, and the most important part - the music was AWESOME! Everyone who attended our wedding was raving about the band (and continues to). We've been asked by a couple of our friends who were at the wedding for the bands info because they are getting married soon and loved NMS so much.
They also were really cool in that they learned five songs of our choosing just for our event - in addition to their long song list. This really made a difference to us and was so appreciated.
I could go on and on, but in a nutshell, if you go with NMS, you can't wrong. What an experience and they made our reception a night many won't soon forget.
Thanks again Nine Mile Smile!!"
J.P. and Teresa Zurek
"NMS was a more than a great addition to our May 29, 2011 wedding. This band is a class act. Knowing Kurtis as a friend is a blessing, but hearing the band play at our wedding - priceless! The band gets you moving and off your feet, and really enjoying the music. They knew how to read the audience and entertain everyone of all ages. For those of you planning a wedding or other event, don't miss this opportunity of really entertaining your guests and creating some great memories."
Larry and Virginia Zimmerman
If you're getting married and are in search of the perfect band, Nine Mile Smile is for you. Call them!!!!
Dan & Jessica Lemon