Testimonials What our clients have to say

From: Tim Hill

You had asked about the band we had at Sarah’s reception at Garten Verein. 5th Avenue Band is Bill Phillips’ wedding/event band. I was thoroughly pleased with every aspect of 5th Avenue Band. As a bit of perspective, I was raised by a Southern Baptist career music minister. My mother was a concert pianist, I have been in a few bands myself, and I have managed sound at medium-large events for several years now. I have seen Bill’s 5th Avenue Band perform four times, and each time has been wonderful. 5th Avenue Band is the only Houston band I would hire for my daughter’s wedding. While their music and sound management is nearly flawless at each show, the thing that really set 5th Avenue apart for me was their love for my daughter, and our guests at the reception. Any good band leader can get their customer to approve a setlist of songs. But Bill and 5th Avenue did much more than that. Bill spent time getting to know my daughter and her fiancée in person, making them feel comfortable, relating to them, and using his experience to make good suggestions. When my daughter asked for a new song to be performed in an unplugged, acoustic style, Bill and his back-up singers obviously put their hearts into it. When they performed it at the reception, half the guests were crying.

Their band has been together for many years, and they have a real chemistry on stage. The sound system 5th Avenue uses is top quality; QSC, Sennheiser, etc., and their musicians are true professionals. But this weekend, the thing that most impressed me was how he incorporated my daughter’s dream of getting up on stage and singing “We Are Family” with her sisters. Every single person in Bill’s band helped make that a life-long memory for my family. The horn section helped me get my guitar and amp running so I could join mid-song (I had inadvertently unplugged my speaker cabinet!). Bill and the bass player helped me get in sync, and covered my mistakes. The lady vocalists help my daughters through the verses and made my wife and sons-in-law feel comfortable getting up on stage to dance along. What other folks could not see is the extra work that Bill’s sound engineer did to set up my guitar and amp before the gig even started, and then blending me in with Bill as I got on my feet. All the guests were dancing, singing or videoing with cell phones. The few who had headed to their cars, turned around and re-joined the party!

I knew 5th Avenue was the only band I wanted for my daughter’s reception. But truly, after the reception, I realized that 5th Avenue had created a life-long family memory. All the family is talking about it.

From: Valerie S.
To: Susan Criner
Subject: 5th Ave – Wedding April 21st.

Hi Susan,

Wow!!!  5th Ave was awesome and more than met our expectations.  We couldn’t have selected a more perfect band for our daughter’s wedding.  She wanted a great dance band and that’s what we got and more.  From the Bride & Grooms 1st dance, which the band learned the song for their wedding, to the 2nd line dance at the end, the dance floor was packed the whole night.  Talking with everyone the next morning about the wedding, the conversation always ended “and that band was awesome, how did you find them”.  To think we only listened to them on You Tube and their website.  Please forward this to them and thank them so so much.  Would love to have their schedule.


From: Amy C.
To: Bill Phillips; Andy Jackson
Subject: THANK YOU!!!!!

Hi, guys!

People are STILL raving about how wonderful Fifth Avenue was on Saturday night. You did an amazing job and had everyone up and dancing. Thank you soooooo much for everything!

If you ever need a reference, please let me know!


From: Charlie E.
To: Susan Criner
Subject: RE: 2/4


I apologize for getting back to you so late on this, it has been a wild couple of weeks…

Simply put, 5th Avenue was outstanding.  Almost without exception, everyone that attended our wedding said that it was the most fun they had ever had at a wedding, and that was due in large part to the great band we had.  Please relay our thanks to Bill and the rest of the band, as they helped make our wedding truly memorable.



From: Kate G.
To: Phillips, Bill
Subject: Re: notes for wedding reception

Hi Bill!

Thank you so much for the well-wishes.  You guys were GREAT!  We’ve gotten SOOO many comments about how wonderful you guys were, and we’ve been sure to pass along your information.  Thank you again!


From: Sheri L.
To: Phillips, William
Subject: Wedding

Hi Bill,

You all did a FANTASTIC job and I had many people say that you were the best band they have ever heard.  We had several in attendance that will be planning weddings so hopefully, you’ll get some more business!

– Sheri

From: Beth
To: Phillips, Bill
Subject: Re: Wedding reception – Oct. 1

Thanks so much for everything! It is all a blur to me! I feel terrible I didn’t even get by to introduce myself. The night went by so fast. So many guests commented on how great ya’ll were and everyone had a good time! We will definitely refer you to friends and family.

Thank you again!

– Beth

Dear 5th Avenue Band,

Thank you for a wonderful evening of music at the wedding. Absolutely perfect. The energy you provided is rare at receptions.


Kathleen & Chuck

Dear Susan,

We are so pleased with our choice of 5th Avenue to play at our daughter’s wedding reception at the Crystal Ballroom. The band sounded great and their playlist was perfect for the evening.

Please let the band know that they did a great job and were an integral part in making the wedding reception a success.


Kem H. (Mother of the Bride)

Dear Bill,

The 5th Avenue band was outstanding and a big hit the wedding reception!  The band has a perfect sound and kept everyone on the floor dancing. Our guests had a great time! We enjoyed working with you and thank you for helping make the day very special!


Ben & Valerie R.

Courtney (Simply Entertainment),

Fifth Avenue was just terrific! I’d heartily recommend them anytime. They were so wonderful to work with (our daughter) on all her requirements, and I know she was pleased with their performance. Bill is just the best!



From: Anne C.
To: Phillips, Bill
Subject: Re: January 3, 2009 Wedding


Thank you so much for performing at Paul’s and my wedding. We and all of our guests LOVED you guys and had a blast.

I’ll refer you to everyone we know!

Thanks again,


From: Adam S.
To: Phillips, Bill
Subject:  Re: 5th Avenue Rehearsal

Hi Bill,

I just wanted to let you know that we are very pleased with what we saw and heard from the band and we are excited for you all to play at our wedding on the April 25th… We have already contacted Elizabeth and let her know so i am sure she will be contacting you if she already hasn’t.

thanks again


From: John P.
To: Phillips, Bill
Subject:  Re: Wedding Reception

Bill –

Thanks for making the reception a great success!!  The music was tremendous!!


Hi Delores (Adams & Green Entertainment),

Thank you so much for your help with the Christmas Party, we loved everything!!!  I will send pictures when I get them.

The band was great, our President absolutely loved them and yes when we get our date for next year we will definitely book them, they’ve already been requested.


Janet S.

From: Sarah H.
To: Phillips, Bill
Subject:  5th Ave.

Hi Bill,

Thanks, Bill.  Hands down, you guys were everyone’s favorite part of the party and I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about ya’ll.

As I mentioned, you all were the best part of our party and we would love to have you guys again next year.  I’m hoping you guys aren’t booked yet since it’s so early but please let me know if you are available on Saturday, Dec. 5th.


Sarah H.

From: Amanda S.
To: Phillips, Bill
Subject:  Thanks


Just wanted to say thanks again for playing our wedding the other weekend. Everyone is commenting on how much they loved you guys!

It makes a party so much better when you have good music!