There wasn't an inch to be had on the dance floor at the 2014 Symphony Ball

We have many different ensembles available to you, so that you can choose the live music solution that best fits your needs.

There is our classic Richard Brown Orchestra that performs everything from the standards of the 1930s and 1940s to the latest hits of today. There's also our many varieties of string ensemble - from the traditional string quartet and string trio, through our jazz duo and pop quartet - to a full 12-piece string ensemble.

We also offer our newest group, Flashdrive (String Quartet with Disc Jockey), that combines our pop quartet with a DJ, performing scintillating versions of your favorite hits.

For your wedding music, we can provide any combination of ensembles needed to create the perfect day - from the formal string quartet or other ensembles at your wedding ceremony to a rocking dance band at your wedding reception - and more.

If you cannot find the live music combination you are searching for, just tell us about the instrument and music combination you need, and we will provide it for you.

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Richard Brown Orchestra

Since 1996, The Richard Brown Orchestra has been regarded as Houston's Premiere Gala Orchestra. Featuring the region's finest musicians and soloists, an incomparable library of arrangements, enormous flexibility, and, perhaps most importantly, an eagerness to work with you to accomplish your unique creative goals, it is easy to see why Richard Brown Music is on the top of every event planner's list.

The orchestra offers three formats:

  • A full 27 piece orchestra with strings
  • A 17 piece Dance Band (same size as the Glenn Miller band)
  • An 8 piece combo

2017 Richard Brown Orchestra Set Lists

Browse our dance and party set lists and see what we can bring to your special event, gala or party.

+Richard Brown String Ensembles

Traditional String Quartet

The string quartet (2 Violins, Viola, and Cello) is the most popular and most requested ensemble and with good reason. Most vocal music can be reduced to four parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass and the string quartet is the instrumental equivalent. With repertoire that dates back hundreds of years, the string quartet will bring refined elegance and sophistication to your event.

Pop String Quartet

The string quartet (2 Violins, Viola, and Cello) is the perfect vehicle to bring Broadway show tunes and movie themes to life. With classic pop hits from the 80's, 90's and today, you'll always be able to recognize that tune. The quartet can play pop music exclusively or you can have Classical mixed in.

Check out our extensive song list here.

Richard Brown String Ensemble

This 12-piece group is made up of 11 strings (6 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos and bass) and piano. They can play all the traditional Classical favorites and switch to the popular Broadway standards and other familiar tunes seamlessly. Their romantic sound can really set the mood and is never overpowering. You can add a saxophone so that you have jazz combo (sax, piano, bass) to alternate with the strings for a wide variety of continuous music for 3 or 4 hours. Versatility is one of Richard Brown's trademark qualities so make one phone call and get it all!

Have a look at the Richard Brown String Ensemble set list.

Jazz Duo (Guitar and Violin)

To set the perfect tone for your next party or cocktail hour, consider a guitar and violin duo that will be lightly amplified. The volume will not overwhelm the conversation and the duo will fit easily into the corner of any room. Their repertoire covers all the great standards from slow ballads and Spanish tangos to mellow bossa novas and beyond.

Classical Duo (Violin and Cello)

For those with a tight budget or very limited space, the Classical Duo allows you to have all the familiar Classical favorites performed live during a wedding ceremony or other special occasion. Beautiful melodies are played by the violin while the cello accompanies with the essential harmonic bass line. A duo of two violins is another option for background music during an elegant luncheon or smaller scale event.

Classical Duo Video
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A little Richard Brown Night Music

String Trio (2 Violins and Cello)

In the trio, the third player is able to fill in some of the inner harmony that is missing from a duo. The sound is less full and more transparent than the usual string quartet (as to be expected from having one less player) but it is a very affordable option. By special request we can substitute a flute or oboe for one of the violins (if that would be meaningful to someone in the wedding party). This versatile group has repertoire especially arranged for this combination to cover all your needs ranging from Baroque and Classical to lighter pop standards. A trio is a great solution for smaller spaces.

Pop Duo

The new Richard Brown Pop Duo playing custom written new arrangements by GLOW played tonight at Saks 5th Ave. Don't they look beautiful?

+Richard Brown Flashdrive


Flashdrive (String Quartet with Disc Jockey) is the newest member of the RBM string group family. The DJ plays the greatest hits from your favorite artists while the string quartet adds incomparable color as well as an exciting visual element. The combination of live musicians playing with the original hit tracks is unbeatable. They will appeal to all generations, old and young and have everyone on their feet!

View the Flashdrive Set List

Flashdrive Video
Flashdrive playing for opening of Microsoft's North America Convention in Houston
Flashdrive playing for opening of Microsoft's North America Convention in Houston 2

“I have to admit that I could have danced to your band all night and I was so sad when the evening had to end. Richard, your band is hands down the best band in Houston.”

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