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Big Ray and the Kool Kats delivers a diverse, highly professional and talented big band to generate the excitement and sophistication your event demands.

Named one of Modern Bride Magazine's "Best Wedding Bands in America," Big Ray and the Kool Kats can perform literally thousands of songs, and most importantly, we perform them with style and authenticity. From early evening dinner jazz & swing performed at a PERFECT VOLUME (so guests can talk), to the best in cross generational dance music when the party switches gears, we always have the greatest tunes that everyone loves.

Led by trumpeter, Ray Caddell, whose live and recording credits include appearances with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and dozens of other national acts and Broadway shows, Big Ray and the Kool Kats can bring the same level of excellence to YOUR event.

Big Ray leaves nothing to chance in order to insure the smooth success of your celebration. From the early arrival of his uniformed set up crew, through the performance of that special song to make the day uniquely yours, BRKK delivers a performance so dynamic, so professional, and so responsive to your entertainment needs, that you'll certainly join their roster of satisfied clients who book them again and again, year after year.

Big Ray and the Kool Kats. When only the best will do.
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A couple of rave reviews we just have to share.
(See more about us on WeddingWire.)

"Wow- Big Ray and the Kool Kats are great!!! The band is awesome- friendly, talented, played a nice mix of music. Great background music during dinner and then they really took it up so that everyone danced and had a wonderful time. All of our guests commented on how great the band was. We danced so much some of our guests could barely walk the next day! Music really makes a party and if you want to have an awesome party then hire Big Ray and the Kool Kats!"  - Hunter, 02/14/15

"Ray and his band were absolutely one of the highlights of my wedding. From the minute I met with Ray to discuss the music he put my mind at ease. I could tell by his professionalism and experience the he knew exactly what he was doing! All of our friends and family, including an 84 year great Aunt, were out of the dance floor the entire evening. Our reception, including the cocktail hour, was 6 hours long (an hour longer than the average 5 hours) as well and it felt like the band was there playing the entire time. My family and I are big Motown fans and the band kept us going all night, not to mention got me and my husband dancing on the stage! We had requested a few Van Morrison songs (also a big family favorite) and to my astonishment the band not only played a couple we had planned on, but also another one that I had mentioned I loved. They learned on their own and completely surprised me with it which was a real treat! It was one of the most memorable moments of my entire day and a memory that will stay with me forever. Take it from a a bride who was incredibly particular and quite a big music fan - the band completely nailed it. Ray is a great MC as well as musician and band leader. The band if full of lots of talented musicians, incredible vocalists, including a great Sinatra crooner, and I can’t stress how extremely professional and organized they were as well. Trust me; you can't go wrong with this band."  - Jennifer, 01/03/14