It's no surprise that an 18-piece dance band like the Singapore Slingers can't always fit into the venues where Matt plays- that's why he frequently calls on smaller combinations to do the job. Mostly known as the Matt Tolentino Band (the occasional pseudonym is sometimes employed), the repertoire of the band is fun, upbeat, and highly authentic. The band is perfect for dances, house parties, weddings, and just about any celebration where lively music is needed.
The instrumentation of the band quite often features the tuba and banjo- which gives it that driving 2-beat sound, which was so popular in the 1920s and early 1930s during the era of 'hot jazz.,' which is the band's true specialty. This also gives the group an added degree of authenticity! However, the band is quite capable of moving up the timeline as well, during which times the instrumentation may shift to bass and guitar. The musicians are quite flexible! So whether you're looking to host a Gatsby event or a swing dance, the Matt Tolentino band is here for you.
The Matt Tolentino Band is available in any configuration you desire. Most of the time the band is 4-piece, but can go as high as 7 musicians (or more at your request!). Many times the band is augmented with additional horn players, a secondary reed, or sometimes hot violin or fiddle is used.
The band is ready to play for you! Weddings, private parties, birthdays, corporate events, clubs, restaurants, dances and more... we're at your service.
The Matt Tolentino Band never fails to give the dancers plenty of rhythms to dance to, but one thing Matt always insists on is variety. You can always count on the band to slip in rhumbas, waltzes, rags, and other varieties in rhythm, just to keep things interesting for the dancers. There are lots of beautiful dance floors to be had in Dallas - including the Kessler Theatre and the Sons of Hermann Hall, and the band hopes to bring our music to each and everyone of them.
The group aspires to bring their audience a high level of authenticity with every show. Majority of the instruments and equipment used at performances is vintage and era-appropriate. The drum kit used in the Matt Tolentino Band, as well as the Slingers, is a 1928 Ludwig with its original factory painted head. When the band is focusing on 1920s and 1930s jazz and pop, banjo is the weapon of choice. To compliment the banjo, the tuba is often used to supply the bass; tuba and banjo were the rhythm instruments of choice before the bass and guitar took over. But remember - the band doesn't always use tuba and banjo... but for 1920s and 1930s jazz, it can't be beat!
The band is also available for swing and ballroom dance engagements. Need some subtle background music for your party or ceremony? We can help! The Matt Tolentino Band can just as easily perform background music to set an ambiance or special mood for your special event. With a quick switch in instrumentation, we can do just about anything.
When he is not performing with his own ensembles, Matt Tolentino plays throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth as a soloist (piano and accordion) as well as a sideman, always ready to work. Check out Matt's page here on the website for more information...
Interested in booking? Drop a line on the 'Contact' page - the MTB is available for all of your musical needs... from private parties to large festivals