Are you planning an event and in need of quality music entertainment for hire? The Graduates is a highly in-demand Sydney jazz band and Sydney wedding band who will take your event to the next level.

With a classic sound including vocals, saxophone, piano, double bass and drums, The Graduates is an engaging jazz band based in Sydney. We are renowned as one of the most professional and experienced bands for hire in Sydney and its surrounds.

With everything from classic background jazz to more upbeat Motown and soul sets that get people out on the dance floor, The Graduates is a distinguished jazz quartet who will deliver a sensational performance and enhance the theme and ambience of your special event.


The Graduates is one of the most in-demand jazz bands and wedding bands for hire in Sydney. We have extensive experience performing at weddings, corporate functions, and large-scale events. It is the band’s professionalism, quality of sound and musical training that has made us the number one choice of jazz band hire for bridal couples and event organisers in Sydney and beyond.

From producing a warm and subtle atmosphere suitable for mingling and dining to creating an unforgettable live music experience, The Graduates offer polished sounds and quality client jazz band hire service to ensure that your event is a smooth running and smooth sounding success.


Hire The Graduates as your next Sydney Jazz Band or wedding band.

“We had the Graduates perform at our wedding two weeks ago in Palm Beach. As soon as we met Michael at our pre-wedding meeting, we knew we had made the right decision – he was so easy-going and everything was not a problem. The ambience the band set on the night was absolutely breathtaking…. we had so many comments how beautiful the jazz music was and set such a nice tone for the remainder of the night. I would highly recommend the Graduates to perform at any event, wedding or not, as they are not only so professional at what they do, but perform above and beyond all expectations!”


“I wore sneakers to my own wedding just so I could stay on the dance floor all night; that’s how good The Graduates are.”

AIMEE – Bride

“The Graduates played at our wedding in March 2018 and I cannot recommend them highly enough. They are talented, professional, accommodating, organised and very easy to deal with. I come from a musical family so I had professional and amateur musicians amongst my guests and all commented on how good the band was. My guests and I thoroughly enjoyed the music and the ambience that was created. We had such a great day and The Graduates contributed enormously to this. Book them. You won’t regret it.”

KIRI – Bride

“The Graduates played at a Gin and Jazz event we held recently and they were awesome! Read the room brilliantly! Great guys!”

TOM SINCLAIR – Manager, INDU Dining

“The Graduates played at our wedding in January 2020. They were fantastic from the beginning. The very first email was replied to almost immediately with information on pricing, possible band configurations and a song list. The few questions that were left were answered just as quickly, and the band was very accommodating with our requests. We changed the band configuration the day before the wedding and did not provide a song list until literally a few hours before the wedding but nothing was impossible for them. On the wedding day, they performed beautifully…. our guests kept saying how impressed they were with the music, even people who don’t normally listen to jazz could hear that this was a high quality performance. They combined vocal performances with instrumental songs and some dance tunes closer to the end of the reception. It was perfect. I cannot recommend them highly enough!”

VALERY – Groom

“Absolutely stunning! We had the Graduates perform in our 1890’s home for a 1920’s themed “Great Gatsby” styled party for 100 guests. Michael was fabulous to deal with in organising the event and Nic Jeffries has a VOICE like liquid gold. Really set the mood and the sets they played were brilliant. Just a bunch of really nice, very talented, genuine guys. Would absolutely recommend them to anyone needing reliable, quality entertainment. There is a reason these guys attract such consistently positive and passionate reviews – they really deliver the goods!”

JOHN – Private Event Host

“One of the best decisions we’ve made for our wedding is to trust The Graduates in playing our favourite classic songs. Their song list was perfect, and Mike was very flexible with our program for the night. Your music made our wedding an unforgettable one. Thank you for making our night the way we imagined it to be! All the best!”


“Thank you very much The Graduates jazz band for your fantastic performance and professionalism!!!

DMITRI – Father Of The Bride

“Given the brief ‘dance music’ for my 60th celebration, The Graduates more than met expectations. They kept the dance floor pumping for 4 hours and I couldn’t have been happier with my band choice. Guests (including accomplished musicians) complimented the band saying “great band” and “fantastic music”. Thanks guys!”

JOANNE – Private Event Host

“The band played at my wedding back in Nov 2017 and were an absolute delight. Professional from beginning to end, communication, repertoire and pricing was spot on. The song list is extensive with many guests commenting on the fantastic mood being set from the jazz quartet. We had a wonderful rendition of ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ that was played perfectly. When delays had occurred, no protests from the band but continued professionalism to cover our own timing issues. The jazz served up the perfect ambience and when it came to the end the band just rocked it with Motown and soulful sounds. It was the highlight to our wedding day and would recommend to anyone.”

IAN – Groom

“Back from our honeymoon yesterday! I know I said it on the night but you guys were AMAZING. So much better than I could have hoped for and you made the night that much better!! My only regret for the wedding is that we didn’t film it so I could watch you guys again haha…I’ll be keeping an eye out for your gigs that’s for sure! Thank you thank you!!”


“Honestly the best event band you could ever ask for. Professionals through and through, their performance wowed everyone. With an amazing repertoire, they made the whole event perfect from start to finish.”

AMY – Private Event Host

“Fantastic performance by The Graduates at our end of year dinner. The music was amazing, the band members are friendly, I cannot find a fault with them at all. Highly recommend them for all events, big and small!”

BRYAN – Private Event Host

“We hired The Graduates for our wedding, they were great from the start and outstanding on the day. If you’re looking for the perfect jazz vibe these guys will exceed your expectations.”

MARK – Groom

“We were so lucky to have Mike and Nic perform at our New Orleans jazz themed party. The music was wonderful. It transported everyone to another place and time. Everyone at our party raved about the music and had a fabulous time. Highly recommend!”

DEIDRE – Private Event Host

“Thank you for a wonderful day! The music was incredible. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band!”

JOSH – Groom

“Wow. The Graduates played at our party last night, just so fab. Just the right mix of pre-dinner, dinner and then dancing music. They read the room to perfection and lifted the energy level at just the right time. Our guests haven’t stopped raving about the event, live music makes a party. Thank you Michael and the band. You guys are the best.”

ALISA – Private Event Host

“The Graduates were phenomenal. We booked them for my mum’s 60th birthday party. Everyone enjoyed the fantastic sound they produced, including the neighbours. They were very professional but friendly and enjoyed providing a fun experience for all. I would recommend them for any celebration especially if you want to dance to great jazz pieces you get to choose.

KARRY – Private Event Host

“An excellent musical group that made the day at a recent party. Very easy and personal dealings with Mike to arrange the day and then it all just happened with no fuss or drama. It felt like we had friends looking after us at the event and they were absolutely on point for what we had asked for. If you are looking for a band that can bring a touch of class to your event, these guys are the ones to book.

DARREN – Private Event Host

The Graduates did an amazing job at my wife’s surprise 30th. We chose the Ellington Package (4 hours) and it was absolutely great for value! Mike and his crew were very friendly and very easy to speak to. It was a very memorable night and I would be happy to work with them again! They provided us with great ambience despite the devastating weather we were having. They should definitely consider changing their band’s name to ‘The Professionals’!”

MICHAEL – Private Event Host

“I booked The Graduates to play for my niece’s engagement party at the beautiful Sails Restaurant on Lavender Bay on 17/9/2022 and I can’t thank Michael Walder (the band’s manager) and the band enough for their fabulous music all evening. I found the band online and after reading their reviews I approached Michael, the band’s manager and bass player, and from the moment we touched base I knew I was in good hands. Michael was so professional in his approach in catering to all my song requests and providing the coordination and event tailoring for a smooth and unforgettable party. The song lineup for our night catered to all lovers of different jazz styles to upbeat Motown classics that had us all dancing the night away. The Graduates certainly know how to deliver a night to remember – they’re a professional, tight lineup and if you want to see everyone dancing the night away this is the band that delivers. Thank you Graduates, you worked your magic and had everyone leaving the event all loved-up and all danced-out. Such an unforgettable night, such a fabulous band, 5 stars all the way!”

FIONA – Private Event Host

“We had The Graduates perform at our local school’s P&C ‘Wonderland’ social night. They were awesome! Very professional to deal with, turned up on time, lovely & friendly and provided perfect background music to set the scene for our night. Highly recommend!”

JILLIAN – Private Event Host

“Michael and the band The Graduates played at my birthday bash last weekend and they were just brilliant. Great music and the vibe they created had everyone moving to the beat. Cool band with a great repertoire of jazz and other genres of music as well and they made the party happen with their brand of music. Would certainly recommend them and will not hesitate to engage them again when I next throw a party. A great band!”

SURESH – Private Event Host