30 – The Family Band

Haley DeLeon plays in a wedding band with her family. She played her first weddings at age 12! She plays accordion and violin, but can play drums if the drummer needs to use the bathroom.

Original interview, with her twin sister Zoe, is here.

Show Notes

:38 Haley DeLeon is in a wedding band with her family.

:56 The band is in Tampa, FL. deleonentertainment.com

1:28 Haley learned to play accordion when she was 6 years old. Then she picked up the violin. She will sometimes play keyboard or drums.

2:12 She performed in her first weddings when she was 12 or 13 years old.

4:00 Suzanne gets a little too into how the accordion works. You wear it like a baby bjorn.

5:32 Last night Haley played at a wedding and it went really well–everyone wanted to dance right away.

7:13 All weddings are the same. People get drunk and crazy, knock drinks over. Everyone is the same.

8:16 They also do private parties, Octoberfest, corporate events. October is a busy time for them.

10:15 They have thousands of songs they can play. Sweet Caroline is a big crowd pleaser.

12:36 She likes the songs that make people happy. She likes when her mom sings “Can’t take my eyes off of you.”

13:30 They sing current songs. She does Rihanna and Siya and Bruno Mars.

15:44 She’s not a huge fan of Pitbull songs.

18:04 She had to sing a customized version of Skyfall for a corporate event. It was for a yacht company so they asked her to sing something like, “Let the boat fall.”

Suzanne went to event where they sang “Livin to beat our quota” to the tune of “Living la vida loca.”

20:39 Her twin sister is also in the band.

22:10 Her family is helping your family on a very special day in your life.

26:53 Her parents are also her bosses. It’s all good now but was a little rocky when she was a teenager.

28:06 Sigfried from the German beer garten in DisneyWorld dropped dead on stage while playing accordion (Suzanne thinks). Haley’s brother played accordion in “Germany” at Epcot for a time.

30:13 The Canadian band “Off Kilter” no longer plays at the “Canada” pavilion at Epcot. They were replaced by a log-cutting show, then by First Peoples. We miss Off Kilter though.

31:42 Last year her family played on a cruise. Wedding season skips July and August because the weather is so hot.

33:34 Don’t get married outside in Florida.

35:21 One time Haley had to perform on top of a 20-30 story hotel and she is afraid of heights. She freaked out a bit but her family helped her deal with it. Eek.

38:40 The humidity made the neck of the cello break off one time. The guy who repaired it used airplane glue.

40:30 Haley urges you to reconsider having the ceremony on the beach, and instead just do some pictures out there.

41:10 Either Haley herself would have the most perfect wedding ever, or have none. She’s been to hundreds herself.

42:46 People have asked her family to do a reality show. They’re not really that into the idea.

45:22 They announce the bride and groom. They get the names right but sometimes the bridesmaids’/groomsmen’s names might be slightly off if they don’t tell them in advance.

49:30 Is it romantic singing “Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong” with another guy? No. The guy is like family to her.

53:24 She likes The Wedding Singer but he seems a bit too unprofessional.

54:49 Suzanne’s first dance went something like “cent, five cent, ten cent, dollar.”

What a romantic first song: