Wedding Band - Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Wedding Band

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About The Band

Based in southeastern Massachusetts and formed in 2015 by some the area's most accomplished musicians, Hit Play has quickly earned a solid reputation as one of the hottest live wedding and event party bands in New England. The band’s leader, guitarist and singer, Ryan McHugh is well known in the Boston area for his ability to entertain a room by utilizing his 22 years of experience working professionally in the live music industry. Drawing on this experience, Hit Play performs in top club venues from Boston to Newport and at top wedding venues all over New England. The band is well known for their incredibly versatile repertoire - consisting of anything from rock, pop, funk, country, alternative and hip-hop to name a few. Ryan will work with you to select the perfect song choices for your event. Unlike most Boston wedding bands that have a set list of songs that vary only a little from one event to another, the band can call from a variety of genres during performances to perfectly fit the crowd and the vibe of your event. With nearly 400 songs to choose from and state of the art sound system and uplighting, Hit Play will make the night perfect. When you book Hit Play for your wedding you will not only get an incredibly energized performance, but also unparalleled service throughout the entire planning of your event. Hit Play promises to be here for you to answer any questions and make your event one you will never forget!

Meet the Band

The core members of Hit Play consist of drums, bass, guitar and male and female vocals. We can customize the band to suit your needs. We can add keyboard and or saxophone to add to the core sound and versatility allowing us to cover a wider range of music.

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Lynn Lavi

Lead Vocals

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Ryan McHugh

Band Leader
Lead Vocals/Guitar

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Andy Gulinello

Drums/Vocals

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Louis Ochoa

Bass/Vocals

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Keyboard

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James Calandrella

Saxophone

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Justin Esiason

Trumpet

If you’re on a lower budget but still want live music combined with DJ services Hit Play also does weddings as a duo! Ask about pricing. Also Off season rates available.

Services

Wedding Entertainment at it's Best. Our Packages go Above and Beyond all Massachusetts Wedding Bands.

Wedding Band

Next level, high-energy Boston wedding entertainment including ceremony and cocktail hour music. (optional)

Lighting

We can provide stage and dance floor lighting and accent up-lighting for the venue.

Ceremony Music

We can provide microphones, sound system and live acoustic or mp3 music for the ceremony.

MC / DJ

We can provide MC service for the entire event cocktail hour and reception and DJ music during band breaks.

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5 Star Reviews

★★★★ Fantastic and easy to work with!

We continue to receive endless compliments from every guest about our amazing band, Hit Play! They are an amazing talent and go over the top ensuring we had a fantastic wedding. From start to finish, Hit Play was communicative, easy to work with, took every request of ours, and delivered in spades. We consider them our personal friends and look forward to seeing them more in Boston as we've learned about them through planning out wedding. Our guests and ourselves will never forget our reception because of how much fun we had celebrating with Hit Play! Cannot recommend enough!

- Shelly C. WeddingWire May 2022

★★★★ Cannot imagine our day without Hit Play's spcial touches!

Hit Play was the icing on the cake of a truly special, highly personalized, and overall amazing wedding reception! Ryan worked closely with us leading up to our wedding day to ensure we could include some very special songs, including some odd requests for the kids in attendance! Non-traditionally, the groom picked the first dance song in secret in order to surprise me, the bride. Ryan was great in keeping this detail from me, creating a wonderful moment as we began our first dance as a married couple that I will never forget! He and the band were incredible from start to finish. From cocktail hour, to announcements, to maintaining the flow of the evening, and getting the party pumping on the dance floor, everything was excellent! They even played a couple extra songs at the end that, in retrospect, topped off the evening perfectly. This band is obviously very experienced in special events and knows how to do it right. We have even gone to see them at public venues since the wedding and loved them!

- Karen C., October 2019

★★★★ The best decision we made

We had an absolute BLAST with Hit Play! They were so easy to work with and they were a crowd pleaser. Our guests literally danced the night away and had to be forced off the dance floor. Ryan was excellent about specifics and communication and such a pleasure to work with. We had some unique song requests for our ceremony and they fulfilled each and every one. We had the 6-piece band and would definitely work with them again. They play it all and they are SO MUCH FUN!

- William O., The Knot, July 2018

★★★★ Kept everyone on the dance floor...

We had Hit Play perform at our wedding. Ryan was so easy to work with. He was professional, responsive and a great lead vocalist/guitar player!! The entire band made the night memorable. They made the night extremely personalized and even gave us the option of learning some new songs for our wedding that were outside of the set list. They played back up as my dad sang a punk rock song at the end of the night which he was so appreciative of. All of our guests commented on how they were the absolute best band they had seen at a wedding!! So many of the guests were asking for their info. The band played a wide variety of genres, kept everyone on the dance floor and were able to read the room the gage what the guests wanted to hear. Call them now! Reach out! Book them! They’re truly the best in the business!

- Marina N., July 2021


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Contact Us

For Booking or for pricing info please fill out the form below. Our band leader (Ryan) will reply with pricing info and availability ASAP.

See Us Live

Here is the updated list of public gigs in Mass and RI to watch the wedding band live! Ask any questions, talk to the musicians, and get a really good feel for how amazing and different the band is compared to everything else out there.


- Weekly -

*Starting May 1st*
One Pelham East in Newport - Ryan solo acoustic

Every Sunday 9:30pm - 1am



- 2022 Schedule -

Green Dragon - Boston, MA - Full Band

Friday, November 25th 9:30 - 1


One Pelham East - Newport - Duo Ryan and Lynn

Saturday, November 26th 8:30 p.m. - 12:00


One Pelham East - Newport - Ryan solo acoustic

Thursday, December 1st 9 pm - 12:30


Hunter's - Southie - MA - Duo Ryan & Annie Cheevers

Friday, December 9th 4 - 7 p.m.


One Pelham East - Newport - Duo Ryan and Lynn

Saturday, December 10th 8:30 p.m. - 12:00


Landsdowne Pub - Boston MA - Trio

Wednesday, December 14th 4:30 - 7:30


Lansdowne Pub - Boston, MA - Ryan solo acoustic

Wednesday, December 14th 9 pm - 1 am


One Pelham East - Newport - Ryan solo acoustic

Thursday, December 15th 9:00 - 12:30


Bostonia Public House - Duo Ryan and Lynn

Friday, December 16th 10 - 1:45


Hunter's - Southie - MA - Duo Ryan & Annie Cheevers

Friday, December 16th 4pm - 7pm


One Pelham East - Newport - Ryan solo acoustic

Thursday, December 22nd 9:00 - 12:30


One Pelham East - Newport - Ryan solo acoustic

Thursday, December 29th 9 pm - 12:30


One Pelham East - Newport - Duo Ryan and Lynn

Friday, December 30th 8:30 p.m. - 12:00


One Pelham East - Newport - NYE PARTY!! - Full Band

Saturday, December 31st 8:30 p.m. - 12:00


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