Ray Butcher Overview:
- Internationally renowned trumpet player.
- Can perform with live jazz quintet / DJs / solo.
- Can also perform with / without singer
- Able to perform at ceremony / afternoon / reception.
- First dance request as standard.
- Complete with a PA system for small / medium venues.
- Bookable from £225+
Ray Butcher is an internationally renowned trumpet player. He has played for Princess Diana, as well as alongside six time Grammy winner & blues giant Dr John, Mica Paris and Robbie Williams. Ray also played the trumpet solo on Granny award winner Chris Tomlin’s song ‘God’s Great Dancefloor’. This entered the US Billboard 200 charts at Number 1, knocking off ‘Les Miserables’ from the top spot!
Ray has appeared on national television, on shows such as ‘Dial a Hymn’, BBC One’s ‘Landgirls’ (2011) and alongside his band (the Ray Butcher Band) featured in the Channel 4 cult comedy “The Morgana Show” (2010). In June 2012 Ray was invited by Maltese presenter/actor Clare Agius to appear on Malta’s national TV, the show ‘Ilsien In-Nisa’, performing his tunes ‘Lion’s Den’ and ballad ‘After Midnight’ to backing tracks of his band – this performance can be watched by viewing the video above.
Ray toured across Europe in many international jazz and blues festivals, as well as throughout the USA and as far afield as Russia. He supported BB King twice and his own band has played twice at London’s famous 606 club and is a regular at the Malborough Jazz Festival, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and 2012.
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As a Wedding Entertainer:
Ray Butcher is a versatile trumpet player able to perform, should you wish him to, a trumpet solo during the ceremony, beautifully background jazz set during drinks receptions, then an upbeat and interactive evening set with a DJ. He is also able to perform as part of a jazz duo or jazz quintet, with or without a singer, depending on your preferences for your wedding entertainment. Prices for Ray’s jazz duo start from £350+ & jazz quintet from £550+.
His phenomenal musical performances are interwoven with plenty of audience interaction, ensuring that the dancing will get off to an enthusiastic start and continue long into the night. Ray is able to learn your chosen first dance request for no extra charge, performed in a truly unique and memorable way. For an additional charge he can also learn extra songs not within his current repertoire to perform especially for you and your guests during any part of the wedding.
Ray comes fully equipped with a powerful PA system suitable for small to medium size venues of up to 100 in capacity (though do note this equipment is currently not PAT Tested & Public Liability Insurance is not yet acquired).
“Beautiful trumpet sound” – Arturo Sandoval (Ten Time Grammy Winner & Emmy Award Winner Jazz Trumpeter)
Ray has a deep knowledge of an array of different musical genres, from jazz and contemporary songs to classical and gospel melodies. He is able to draw on one or more of these genres to help create with you the perfect musical backdrop to your wedding day. His repertoire includes the likes of Cheerleader (OMI), September Song (Walter Huston / Frank Sinatra), Let’s Groove (Earth, Wind & Fire), American Boy (Estelle), Jamaica Funk (Tom Browne), Mambo Number 5 (Lou Bega), All Night Long (Lionel Richie) and the James Bond Theme.
Ray Butcher is “amazing…one of the best trumpet players in the world” – Martin Smith (Grammy Award Nominated Singer & ‘Delirious?’ Frontman)
Ray Butcher can be booked to play at your wedding from £225+, with Ray’s jazz duo bookable from +£350 and jazz quintet from £550+ respectively. Enquire for a tailor made quote for your wedding date by filling out the contact form below.