The Gold Coast Orchestra

Long Island and NYC's Premiere Elegant Wedding and Event Band


About The Band

The GOLD COAST ORCHESTRA was created to serve the most discerning and sophisticated hosts of elegant weddings, corporate events, mitzvahs, and other exclusive private parties. Our elite ensemble includes multiple high-energy vocalists who authentically cover all musical styles, an explosive rhythm section, and a full horn section. For those who appreciate the finer things, the GOLD COAST ORCHESTRA is one of the most sought-after premium bands in the tri-state area.

We cover every style of music to satisfy all of your guests from every generation and enthusiastically perform your requests, such as first dances and parent dances. Our experienced band leader/emcee works with your caterer or planner to transform your party into a seamless Memorable Event!

"Music makes the party and the GOLD COAST ORCHESTRA makes the music your guests will remember and talk about for years to come," bandleader and drummer Michael Kohn said. "We get your celebration started and keep it flowing and energized until the grand finale. We pride ourselves on providing the perfect soundtrack for a truly unforgettable experience that will be treasured for a lifetime."

The dynamic ensemble performs everything from the luxurious sounds of smooth jazz, to contemporary top 40-dance music, as well as electrifying rock and roll, and specialty ethnic material. There are no watered-down, generic versions of songs, just soulful performances true to the original recordings you love, with every genre passionately presented.

From a serene cocktail hour to kicking the party into high gear and rocking the dance floor, we present the ultimate in exciting entertainment. Our signature song medleys are unstoppable, packing your dance floor and keeping your guests moving all night long.

Engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours, ceremonies, receptions, and after-parties are all presented with the same customized touch of class.

DJ/GC packages offer the Best of Both Worlds, featuring the most sought-after disc jockeys and emcees combined with live musicians such as sax and percussion to kick any party into overdrive!

Relax and let the Gold Coast Orchestra's experienced party professionals help bring your dream wedding or party to life! We provide unparalleled pre-event planning, guiding you through the entire process from booking, to selecting the right songs for special dances, the timing of key moments, right down to the final musical notes of the night.

Doesn't your next event deserve the GOLD COAST ORCHESTRA?


Behind the Music

Michael and Leslie Kohn founded The GOLD COAST ORCHESTRA a decade ago as a band that performed at the tri-state area's top clubs and casinos. Demand for the group to perform at weddings, corporate functions and other events led to an expansion of the band to include some of the top players in the New York area.

"The name itself conjures images of the timeless sophistication and class of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby," Leslie said.

Michael and Leslie studied music at NYU, as well as with some of the top private instructors in Manhattan. After making the proverbial "beautiful music together" for several years, the couple married and are raising two young children on Long Island.

Michael, the group's drummer and leader, played his first professional wedding gig at the age of 13 with his father's acclaimed band, The Joe Kane Orchestra. He has performed with a diversified myriad of groups ever since, in venues ranging from CBGB to the Cipriani and the Plaza Hotel, and also leads the reggae-calypso band HIGH TIDE.

His lifetime of experience is utilized leading every GOLD COAST ORCHESTRA performance, working with the host and caterer of each party with professionalism and expertise to assure that each event is a truly unique and exceptional experience.

"It is an honor and privilege to work with our clients to provide the ultimate soundtrack for celebrating their life's most special occasions," Michael said.

He also publishes the Tower Times newspaper at North Shore Towers and is a freelance writer, whose work has been published in national music magazines.

Leslie has performed in a variety of musical theater productions and is also a music and theater teacher at NYC's prestigious Scholars' Academy.

Doesn't your next event deserve the Gold Coast Orchestra?

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