My Mission as Your Professional
To Deliver Reasonably Priced, High Quality Services with Simplicity and Professionalism
To Create a Stress Free Experience for You
To Work With You to Create the Perfect Memorable Moment!
To Do the Above Without Ever Compromising Artistic Excellence!
I am a wedding musician servicing the St. Louis Area, available for your wedding, cocktail hour or special event.
While I perform as a Solo Pianist, I have a number of ensemble options including the popular HämmerString Piano Cello Duo (for ceremonies and cocktails), Songbird Vocal Piano Duo (ceremonies and small receptions and a Jazz Piano Trio ( receptions). These ensembles are well developed teams, each with its own mature, signature sound.
I've performed hundreds of weddings and have won awards for my services from both Weddingwire and the Knot, year after year.
"Dave Becherer did a fabulous job as a musician/pianist at our wedding. He played the wedding music, which included several special requests. Then he and his piano trio GREAT energetic jazz during our reception dinner . It made for a very high class evening . We received compliments all night about how great the music sounded.."
Michelle from St. Louis
What sets me apart as a Wedding Pianist
Extensive Musical Training.
I am a highly trained pianist. I have many years of serious classical study, a Jazz Piano Performance degree and over 20 years of professional playing in all sorts of environments and genres. When I perform wedding music, I do so with a high degree of artistic integrity and passion. I can perform in any style and I make sure the sound is always lush.
Years of Wedding Experience
You want to make sure that the musician you hire has lots of wedding experience, not just performing experience! There are many fantastic pianists who won't touch ceremony music because much more than musical skill is required.
The performance itself requires consciousness of the environment and flow of a ceremony. Your wedding pianist needs to have the ability to stretch, loop and resolve songs on the fly. Sometimes nervous bridesmaids walk faster than expected or a bride has last minute adjustments before walking down the aisle - so timing is fluid and your musician has to adjust!
For 7 years I've focused on services that center around weddings. I've gained skills during that time that can only be informed by experience! I’ve performed hundreds of weddings all over the St. Louis area and have encountered countless unique situations. I've learned through my experience how to be flexible and aware while still delivering a polished sounding performance.
Availability and Communication
Being a professional Wedding Musician requires availability at all times for prompt and professional communications. A bride is having to juggle many details and there's a lot of stress that leads up to an event. I'm sensitive to this and ensure that I always deliver swift responses to communications so that no one is ever waiting on me.
Unique Musical Options
Additionally, I offer a unique range of options including small ensembles like the Hämmerstring Cello/Piano duo for your ceremony or cocktail hour, the Songbird Duo for small receptions, or the Jazz Piano Trio for cocktails and small receptions.
This allows me to ensure that I'm bringing the highest quality performance to your event!
Dave Becherer was so amazing to work with! He was very professional and accommodating. He was able to take all of my input and help make the ceremony music so memorable. He is so very talented and will go out of his way to please the customer. Jordan From St Louis
Instrumentation For Your Wedding Ceremony Music
Not only do you want the right songs to express the feeling of your special day, you want the right instrumentation! In addition to performing as a solo pianist, I'm happy to bring other musicians to create the right atmosphere. These are the most popular instrumentation options for Ceremonies.
Planning the Service
My goal is to deliver wedding music services with stress-free simplicity, and to be available to my clients for consultation at every step of the way.
As a wedding pianist, I have plenty of experience performing wedding ceremonies, and I've seen everything from traditional music to outlandish and quirky selections. I've always been able to bring it together and make it work!
You probably have some great ideas, and I can help, providing suggestion and insights along the way.
"Dave attended the rehearsal and quickly offered advice when we struggled with some of the details as we did not have a coordinator. He offered lots of suggestions on wedding music selection, and also gave a list of songs to choose from, and even offered to learn and play any new songs we requested (for the cost of sheet music). We were on a tight budget for the wedding, Dave delivered above and beyond the amount we paid." Mindy from St Louis
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Wedding Song Selection
The wedding song selections that you choose for your wedding have a much bigger than you might realize. Music sets the tone for the ceremony.
Wedding music will enrich the emotions felt by you and your guests throughout the day..
Movie soundtracks are a great example of how music tells us what to feel. With your wedding music you are conveying not only the emotion of the moment but the underlying message that you want to express.
I can cover any style of music for your ceremony. I can provide ceremony music from traditional wedding piano repertoire, (such as the Wedding March, Pachelbel Canon in D, etc.) or you can customize your ceremony selections so you can have your choice of some of your favorite wedding songs.
Ceremony music choices are typically needed for:
The seating of the family
The bridesmaids processional
The wedding processional (bride’s)
A unity candle or sand ceremony
As your ceremony pianist, I will try to accommodate every request and may make alternate suggestions in a similar genre that will capture the atmosphere you’re wanting to produce. Wedding song selections typically need to be finalized one month before the wedding.
In addition to these selections, I will play 20-30 minutes of prelude music before the ceremony that matches the genre, whether jazz, classical or contemporary.
In addition to being able to provide beautiful music for your wedding ceremony, I'm a jazz pianist available for cocktail hours and for providing wedding reception music. I regularly get to work with St. Louis’s best jazz musicians. I have a performing Jazz piano trio, but also can add vocals or horns to the mix and for larger events.
Options For Your Cocktail Hour Or Reception
The Most Popular combination is the gorgeous sound of the Hämmerstring Cello/Piano duo for Ceremony, followed by a lively mix of improvised versions of pop and jazz favorites.
Solo Piano Wedding Ceremony + Solo Piano for cocktails Beautiful ceremony music followed by lively improvised versions of pop and jazz favorites.
Wedding Ceremony + Cello Piano Duo
for Cocktails. The cello piano duo is also becoming an increasingly popular option for cocktails.
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