Wedding client

Browns Brewery, Troy, NY

"It was fantastic.  We couldn't be happier!"

- The Friedbergs

June 29, 2020

"Very talented and professional!"

- Trent Gaylord, Father of the Groom, Oct 26, 2019

"Will was great.  He was exactly what we hoped for.  Will arrived on time.  He was flexible when timing changed.  The guests loved his choices of music."

- Elaine Hannon, mother of the bride, Oct 11, 2019

"Thank you for an outstanding performance!  You guys totally crushed the Queen tune, Somebody to Love."

- Mike Emery, New York Players, wedding at the Saratoga Hall of Springs, Saratoga, NY, Oct 12, 2018

"Will Hayes played the cello at my wedding and it was beautiful. It added to the elegance and beauty of this momentous day."

- Kathy B, June, 2018


- Robin Poirot

"Will has provided music for several of our events. He is always a pleasure to work with. You can rest assured that when you hire him, the music for your event will be first class."

- Chanie Simon, 2018

"Gorgeous vibrato."

- Julie E.

"Beautiful performance! Professional, flexible, reliable, easy to contact and attentive to our requests. Would highly recommend!"

- Courtney W., Oct, 2017

"Will is an excellent musician. He was creative, attentive and brought my project to a whole new level. If you hire will for your event or project, I'm sure he will do an excellent job for you like he did for us."

- Brian Fitzgerald, 2015

"Will played for our daughter's wedding with a violinist accompanying him.  They did a spectacular job.  He learned new songs they requested.  Having Will play added the feeling we needed for an outdoor wedding.  It felt like a movie setting.  His choice in music was perfect."

- Kate Calbone,

Mother of the bride

"Will was easy to work with and his music set a wonderful tone for our event.  We appreciated his vast repertoire."

- Sharon Kasman, Troy, NY, Aug 19, 2018

"A great cellist, and even better to work with!"

-Gregg Simmons, 


(yes, related to Gene Simmons of KISS)

"Will's playing was the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony at Thacher Park.  The rich and deep tones of his cello filled the air with warmth and matched the romantic quality of our special day.  Will was also fun and easy to work with.  I eagerly recommend Will to anyone looking for beautiful and professional cello music!"

- Vedrana Bubregovic, bride, Aug 31, 2012

"Thank you!  You did an amazing job!"

- Alyssa Gaylord, Bride, Oct 26, 2019

Berkshire Hills Country Club

"We loved it!  Thank you so much for playing beautiful music at our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour!"

- Christian Yanni, Groom, Oct 29, 2019

"We truly enjoyed every minute of it."

- Karen A.,

Nov 13, 2019

"A fantastic cellist and generally one of the nicest guys I know."

- Alexina Jones, Cambridge, NY, July 9, 2014

"Will did an excellent job playing cello for our ceremony and cocktail hour.  He knew all the songs we requested.  We loved having him!  Would definitely recommend!'

- Lauren Hannon, bride, Oct 11, 2019

"Thank you for all your help.  Thanks for all the extra time and effort you put into making our wedding day special."

- Sarah + Sean


"Hands down one of our best vendors.  Extremely accommodating and extremely pleasant!  So happy with my choice for both of these musicians, Will Hayes and Emma Piazza!  We highly recommend them both!  Thank you so much!"

- Rebecca Ragland, Bride

June 25, 2021

"Will Hayes and Emma Piazza were magnificent.  They played wonderfully and made our wedding truly special.  My wife and I requested songs that may not have been on their list, but they learned each song prior to our wedding and performed them excellently.  They were passionate in their performance.  Additionally, Will Hayes was very professional and approachable in the months/days prior to the wedding; always easy to contact.  He was excited and happy for me and my wife and ensured our night was special.  My wife and I highly recommend Will Hayes and Emma Piazza."

- Richard Engel, Groom

June 29, 2021

"Emma Piazza and Will Hayes provided live entertainment at our recent farm wedding.  Everything went very well.  They played at the appropriate sound level for background at dinner and then thereafter.  Many of the guests remarked how professional they sounded and the large repertoire they commandedExcellent value!!  We will certainly use them again."

- Jen Emhoff

June 4, 2021

"Outstanding!  We definitely highly recommend Will Hayes and Emma Piazza.  Thank you so much for working with us on our wedding.  We purposely didn't tell anyone about your string duo and everyone was pleasantly surprised.  Our guests kept speaking about you.  We wish you all continued success."

- Anthony Soto and Mari Vega Torres

Barney Carriage House, Springfield, MA, May 23, 2021

"Really Elevated the Ceremony and Cocktail Hour!"

Will and his colleague, Emma, were incredible.  They were professional yet flexible as our plans changed as a result of COVID.  Playing during our ceremony, cocktail reception, and first dances was everything we could have asked for.  Will was very easy to work with, including recommending songs for us to use.  We had so many compliments from guests that joined us for our ceremony via live steam on how amazing the music sounded!  We could not have been happier with our day.  Thank you Will and Emma!!!"

- Lynn Tierney, Bride, The Inn at Five Points, Saratoga Springs, NY

December 16, 2020 

"We had a wedding for my daughter on November 28, 2020 with a grand total of 11 in attendance.  Will arrived early and played beautifully.  We ZOOMed with extended family prior to the ceremony and during, and all remarked how outstanding Will's music was.  I would highly recommend Will - and he is a dream to work with!"

- Cynthia McLean, Mother of the Bride

Sadaquada Country Club, Whitesboro, NY

"The best of the best...

We loved every minute Will spent with us! He made the wedding magical and my daughter felt like a princess. This was by far my favorite addition. I highly recommend his services!"

- Paula Rose, Mother of the Bride

Northville, NY

November 21, 2020

"I recently hired Will Hayes and Emma Piazza to play music for my wedding at the Lake Placid Lodge.  They were absolutely wonderful, and I highly recommend them.  They regularly play together as a string duo so they play together beautifully, and the music was perfect for my wedding.  They played throughout my ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.  My husband and I are so happy that we hired them.  We think their music made the evening feel extra special and the whole ambiance was elevated.  All of our guests also agree that Will and Emma did an amazing job.  They are extremely talented and can play a wide variety of songs that range from classic to pop tunes.  Additionally, they are very professional and were very easy to work with, they also helped me decide which music to play for my ceremony.  I am forever grateful that Will and Emma helped make my wedding day so magical."

- Meredith Karin

November, 17, 2020

"Will definitely made our wedding ceremony memorable!  My wife was upset when we learned that the organ at our church was broken and could not be used for our wedding procession.  Now we are thankful that the organ wasn't working because that's how we discovered Will.  His music added such a sense of class and elegance that is truly memorable, and we would highly recommend him to all couples getting married.  Thank you so much for being a part of our special day!"

- Joseph Napoli, groom

Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church

Poughkeepsie, NY

November 14, 2020

"Amazing!  We hired Will and Brooke for a duo for our September wedding.  They were able to play some classic pieces as well as some modern ones with the violin and cello.  They played for both our ceremony and reception straight - it was so perfect.  I had some special songs from my childhood and they even played Disney!  It was so amazing and the guests complimented.  I would definitely hire them again.  10/10!"

- Christina Manning, Bride

FABULOUS!  Will played in a string duo (violin and cello) for our10/10/20 wedding with the Saratoga Violin (Brooke).  Leading up to the day, the duo learned several new songs we requested for our big day.  Their music was beautiful, ranging from Classiscal to Pop, and the perfect ambience for our backyard wedding.  They played such a fun rendition of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" which had our whole family up and dancing and was such a memorable moment.  We would highly recommend Brooke and Will."

Michelle Grossman, Bride,

Albany, NY

"Wonderful experience working with Will Hayes and Emma Piazza.  As our wedding evolved due to Covid, Will happily agreed to not only play the ceremony but also to play during cocktail hour and dinner.  He was a pleasure to work with and delighted our guests.  Highly recommend."

- Page and Jeff

Lake Placid Lodge

October 3, 2020

"We absolutely loved your music!  Will added such a beautiful touch to our wedding day with his talent and charm.  Before our intimate ceremony Will treated our in-person guests and those attending virtually to lovely Classical music, and he played the traditional wedding songs during our ceremony that I always dreamed of hearing during our wedding.  During cocktail hour, he played a fun mix of well known songs that our guests loved."

- Hildy and Matt Curtin, Albany, NY

October 2, 2020

"The performance was A+, 100%, out of this world perfection.  My wife and I eloped to the Adirondacks after our wedding was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.  We had a beautiful chalet near Lake Placid and had a full week of hiking and relaxation - I wanted to bring a bit of wedding classiness to our setting while we dined and I was incredibly happy when I found (Emma Piazza and Will Hayes' duo).  From the start (they) were VERY fast with the responses.  (They) have a spectacular array of songs, many of which we love and mean a lot to my wife.  One of the additional songs I sent is one I recorded and was not sure if it could be done but, VOILA, it was done!  They arrived promptly, were very very kind and happy to be there, and were very cognizant of social distancing protocol.  We had a great dinner and drinks in front while they performed each and every song I asked for - plus a couple extra to make the night more special (the game of thrones one was a highlight for us).  We drank, ate, and slow danced while they played.  Besides our actual wedding ceremony at the top of the mountain, this was the big highlight of the week for us.  Thank you so much for not only your professionalism and your overwhelming talent, but your kindness in making that a night we will both never forget!  I will certainly recommend you to anybody who is up in the ADK and in need of a lovely evening!"

- Tom Laffey, Keene, NY, September 16, 2020

"Will and his partner, Brooke Vincent, did a wonderful job performing at my daughter's wedding.  The music was very well played and everyone enjoyed the experience."

- Carl Cusano, Father of the Bride

September, 2020

"The music was absolutely beautiful for our wedding ceremony, exactly what I had hoped for!  Emma (Piazza, violinist) and Will were easy to coordinate and communicate with leading up to the day of the event, and were even flexible when we had to change our date due to COVID.  They have an extensive song list which made it easy to choose from (even though they offered to learn new songs as well).  I would definitely recommend Emma and Will.

- Renee Euripidou and Andrew Livanos, August 22, 2020

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Albany, NY

"Thank you for performing beautiful solo cello music at our wedding!  Your rendition of Pachabel Cannon was wonderful and perfectly timed for the walk down the aisle.  We also appreciated your professionalism and how you selected upbeat classical music to play afterwards - perfect choices for a happy occasion! Would highly recommend."

- Audrey & Christopher, July 4, 2020

"Will is an exceptional cellist and will be a terrific asset to your special event.  Will performed at my wedding and welcomed a traditional mixed with non-traditional repertoire.  As a big U2 fan, I requested whether Will could perform a few U2 songs at the wedding - he undertook the task effortlessly which truly added a special touch to our wedding day!  As a fellow cellist, I would highly recommend him not only for his talent but also for his personality - a true gem!"

- Gwen Slattery, bride

Warren, PA

"Extremely talented and excellent performer!  Having the extra touch of live string music helped bring the ceremony to life.  Arrived on time, and performed all the selections that we were hoping to hear for our big day.  Would definitely recommend for ceremony music!  The quality of performance is high, and the price is very reasonable as well."

- Evan Kulhawik, Groom, Sep 28, 2019

"Amazing cello music @ my wedding!!  Thank you for being part of my big day and making it extra special.  Nathan and Will did a fantastic duet at our wedding ceremony!  Guests afterwards commented on the beauty of our wedding ceremony, and specifically noted how much the live music added.  During the preparation, these gentlemen made picking the music easy and fluid.  Wil has a large selection of music to choose from, and was able to find our special selections online.  He encouraged us to select music that fit us as a couple, and this personalization added to the beauty of our ceremony."

- Jael Mancino, bride, Aug 9, 2019

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"We had Will on the strings for our wedding. He played a comfortable melody while all the guests were arriving and seamlessly transitioned to different songs as the bridal party and finally the bride entered. He could not have been easier to work with. My wife and I would strongly recommend Will for future weddings."

- John Lawrence

"The strings were fantastic and it made for such a phenomenal, special and classy wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.  Just wanted to say how thankful we were and how much we felt like the music set the tone for a beautiful ceremony and cocktail hour.  Thanks so much for being flexible with the rain."

- Bob Meyer, Groom

Equinox Resort and Hotel, Manchester Center, VT

Sept 7, 2019

"Exceptional!  Emma and Will delighted the crowd for 3 hours at my wedding.  Couldn't have asked for a better duo.  The music was perfect for our venue and they smiled the whole time.  My guests were impressed.  I'd hire them in a heartbeat."

- Eni Bica, Bride, August, 2019

"We hired Will Hayes to play cello at our wedding on August 3rd, 2019.  He played ceremony music for us in our church.  I found Will and he got back to me immediately regarding my interest in him and answered all my questions.  He stuck out to me as someone who was prompt, thorough, and absolutely loved his instrument and what he does.  After reading all the wonderful reviews others wrote about Will, this confirmed my thoughts and instincts.  Will made the extra effort to ensure our music was perfect for our wedding day.  Everything that Will played was beautiful and outstanding.  As soon as you hear him play, you are in for a treat because his talent and passion is clearly there.  He is professional, on time and presents himself very nicely.  If you are looking to hire a cello player for your wedding please consider the exceptional Will Hayes!"

-Carlee Collins, Bride, Troy, NY

"A wonder violin, guitar and cello trio!  Very easy to work with, professional and wonderful musicians.  Everything we could have hoped for our daughter's wedding day."

- Richard Cotroneo, Father of the Bride, Nov 2, 2019

Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs, NY

"They showed up early, they played late, they were incredibly professional and they were easy to work with.  Their talent was astounding!  They played Classical, modern, pop . . . you name it.  Could not have asked for a better duo at our wedding.  Thank you for being a special part of our day!"

- Hunter Gaylord, Groom, Oct 26, 2019

Berkshire Hills Country Club

"Will came highly recommended to me as a cellist for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.  He was great to work with, and he made the planning process so easy with his repertoire variety and professional experience.  I had specific ideas that he was willing to accommodate, but he also brought expertise and creativity to help make our vision come to life.  Everything turned out beautifully and it added the elegant feel to our wedding day that we wanted!"

-Jessica Bernardo, bride, Nov 10, 2019

"As we approach our first anniversary, we reminisce about our December wedding with fond memories of the incredible live music provided by Will Hayes.  He not only put together an awesome group of musicians to play prelude music, he also performed cello duets with his daughter, Veronica Nettles Kolegas during our reception.  Both performances were simply incredible and enjoyed by all of our guests.  We are so thankful that Will guided our music choices; they were a welcome addition to our special day."

- Michael & Catherine Lyon, Nov 10, 2019

"Will was an amazing musician and a fantastic addition to our wedding day.  When we asked for a cello and guitar, he found another musician to play with and they even composed a song we requested just for our ceremony.  They both showed up on time, the music for the ceremony and cocktail hour was beautiful.  Will also made sure all our questions were answered and we had a plan in place for everything so we didn't have to think about it on the day of our wedding.  I would highly recommend Will the cellist!"

- Catherine Roedel, bride, Nov 10, 2019

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

"Will's performance provided an elegant and timeless ambiance for our wedding ceremony at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.  From the prelude, enjoyed by our guests a half hour prior to our ceremony, to the recessional, Will accomplished exactly what we envisioned for this special day.  Many compliments on his performance during the cocktail hour as well.  He was very professional and easy to work with.  With his help and suggestions we were able to choose just the right arrangements.  We couldn't be happier."

- Melanie Feisthamel, Bride, Nov 16, 2019

Saratoga Springs, NY

"The music was awesome!!  Will was great to work with, was extremely responsive and gave professional recommendations on songs to play for my walk down the aisle and our big exit after being announced Mr and Mrs.  Both songs sounded beautiful!  He also took time to talk with us prior to our ceremony to make sure all our favorite songs were picked and in correct order."

- Cadi Baldwin, Bride

Inn at Erlowest, Lake George, NY

"The music was exquisite!"

- Anne Abrams

"Best musicians in the valley!"

- Adam Garfield, Groom

"Will played at the Altamont Manor on November 13, 2021 at a very elegant 25th anniversary event.  The music lent an excellent atmosphere to the celebration."

- Harvey Vlahos, Owner, Altamont Manor

"True professionals!  Will Hayes, cellist and Emma Piazza, violinist, were

a dream to work with.  Will responded to inquiries and last minute details in a very timely fashion.  Almost immediately!  He worked with us choosing music that fit the personalities and vision of the bride and groom.  The music added to the beauty of the day.  Our guests commented on what a lovely job they did during both the ceremony and cocktail hour.  Many thanks!!

- Deborah Montana, Mother of the Bride

October, 2021

Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY

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"Thank you for your fine playing - it has been a pleasure working with you!  I'm proud of the quality of music and service that we provided over this last year."

Wedding Contractor, Saratoga Springs, NY

"A fabulous cellist collaborator in the greater capital region; 

an ambitious, sensitive and kind musician.”
Kara Cornell, mezzo soprano

"Absolutely sterling cello performance.  It was exquisitely beautiful music of the very highest quality." - First Reformed Church of Del Mar, NY

"He made our ceremony!

A friend recommended Will to me. I met with him several times, he was very receptive and responded in a timely manner. He allowed us to bounce ideas off of him and ultimately helped us pick the music we used for the ceremony.  The day of the wedding he showed up early and suffered through cold temperatures with us. His music helped to make our ceremony memorable for us and all of our guests. A true master of his art."

- Andrew D., groom, Nov, 2017


Wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield

"Will Hayes provided lovely music for our intimate wedding among the pines. It was a wonderful addition to our ceremony and I would certainly recommend him, or use for future events." - Caroline D. Oct, 2017

"Just can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the sound of a cello is for a wedding. Will did such an amazing job from the wedding intro to playing along to “The Prayer”. Amazing job and would highly recommend him for any event involving a cello." - Kimberly B.

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