Your Wedding Music

"The ability to know what song or style works best in any particular moment is an art that takes years to develop. We take great pride in ensuring each event is the best experience imaginable." - Jimmy Maxwell

It all comes down to what you want. Your vision, your taste in music, what type of experience you want to create for your guests. The best way for you to communicate your vision and customize your party is to get in touch with us to begin a conversation. Planning a destination wedding in New Orleans? An intimate affair in Baton Rouge? The wedding event of the year in Jackson? We want to help you create the exact experience you picture.


MOST POPULAR First Dance Songs 

1) At Last  -  Etta James

2) Way You Look Tonight  -  Frank Sinatra

3) It Had To Be You  -  Harry Connick, Jr

4) Let's Stay Together  -  Al Green

5) You Are The Best Thing  -  Ray LaMontagne

6) Everything  -  Michael Bublé


What do Jason Mars, Billy Joel and the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra have in common?

We all love you "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!" Check out our Youtube Wedding Playlist.

Jimmy Maxwell

Jimmy Maxwell

We hope to hear from you. But even if we don’t, we sincerely hope that you have the affair of your dreams as well as a long and happy life together.


While we play the greatest variety of music, it helps to know WHAT to play and WHEN to play it, or 'how to read the crowd'. We have decades of experience at this idea and would be happy to apply it to your event. If you want to SWAY to BUBLÉ, SWING to SINATRA or CHA CHA to GAGA, we've got you covered! 

With Best Wishes,

Jimmy Maxwell 




My wife and I have recently been to a few weddings that featured high-energy bands; the kind that rocked the house and kept the dance floor packed all night. But we knew we wanted to capture a unique evening for our daughter (and now son-in-law). We interviewed some other bands we had previously seen, but they were either booked, or were overpriced.We were so fortunate to happen upon JMO. Hiring them for our daughter’s wedding was one of absolute best decisions we made. Seriously. Working with Robert was easy. We talked about what kinds of music we'd want to hear at our wedding, talking mostly about music preference specifics. He responded very quickly, and best of all is passionate and knowledgeable about what he does. Robert gives you many singers to choose from (we had five!), all with different backgrounds and styles, so you can essentially design your own band and get a custom sound. It's really unique and incredible! And the price was reasonable! JMO was incredible - there's no other way to put it! They read the crowd, chose great songs, , reacted to the crowd on the floor and kept EVERYONE dancing the entire night! They played everything from Beatles to Stevie Wonder to Elton John to Daft Punk and on and on. And they maintained their energy level through to the very end. There was not a single moment (meals excluded) where the dance floor was not utterly packed! My wife and I are still receiving comments from our guests about how it was the best wedding they'd ever been to and the band was amazing. We cannot thank you and JMO enough! If you want an absolute knockout wedding that your guests will remember for a long time, these are your guys. Period.

Harry & Susie  -  September 2014


Wow! That is about all I can say. This band kept the party alive and our guests on their feet the entire time they were performing. Not only is the band professional, but they are extremely talented individuals who use their musical abilities to keep everyone entertained. They play any type of music at the drop of a hat. At a party, the band can start with classics from Frank Sinatra, and they can end the night with the latest modern hits like "Uptown Funk." This band was the reason why my event was so successful, and I cannot wait to hire them again in the future!

Elodie S.  -  April 2016


We were thrilled to have discovered the JMO Band. Our incredible journey began when we first met him for coffee and he introduced us to the unique concept behind JMO. From that first meeting until our wedding day, Robert never failed to exceed my expectations. Not only is he an honest and reliable businessperson, but he is also a very talented musician. Because Robert is so tapped into the New Orleans music scene (he conducts many of the Mardi Gras Balls in the City), he has cultivated relationships with an amazingly talented and diverse group of musicians. Depending on your musical tastes and song choices for your event, he takes time to personally select a group of talented performers who create the perfect sound for your event. Given how important music is to your wedding, it’s vital to find a band that can keep your guests on the dance floor and having a blast. By hiring Robert and JMO, you can be sure you’ll end up with much more a run-of-the-mill wedding band. All of our wedding guests left raving about the music - who could ask for anything Thank you

Eddie and Mary  -  July 2015


We can't thank JMO - The JIMMY MAXWELL ORCHESTRA enough for your awesome performance at our wedding. We had the best time dancing as did our guests! The music was EXACTLY what we were looking for. Everyone keeps commenting on how great the band was and asking me about how we found them. We were so happy with the mixture of oldies and new songs that you played. JMO truly made the reception a great time for everyone! You were professional, enthusiastic and handled the introductions and announcements with style! From the beginning of the wedding planning process, it was a pleasure to work with JMO. We will definitely recommend you to any friends getting married in the future. Best Wishes! -

Babs & Henry  -  September 2013


We danced from start to finish!

Jimmy and Robert were so kind and excellent to work with. JMO's reputation speaks for itself and the additional pluses were:

  • they were up for learning new songs (we live in London, so we wanted to British songs)

  • they politely embraced guest singers (we have talented singers as best friends from the UK that I wanted to incorporate)

  • the range of songs they were able to play suited the range of generations we had as guests which was very important to us

  • they were able to suit our budget by adding/reducing number of musicians

  • they were very responsive, including willingness toSkype etc.

  • Jimmy's wealth of experience can advise you on the best order of the reception.

The music was so good, our guests started dancing before we (the bride and groom) even entered the room, which made us very happy that everyone was having a good time. They played throughout dinner and ended the dancing perfectly with the Second Line. 

Mary D.  -  November 2012


Best Big Band Sound! Not just another 'wedding band'.

We couldn't have been happier with our choice of the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.
We were looking for a big band sound for our reception in the Blue Room of the Roosevelt Hotel and going for the classy feel of the cocktail era supper club when Sinatra had played in that same room. They did not disappoint. Their choice of songs was spot on, and we were really impressed with their range - everything from old school swing to crooners to new music like Beyonce. They really rocked it all. Far and away better than just another "wedding band" they were quality musicians.

Our guests danced the night away and told us the next day how impressed they were with our choice of band. And for the number of musicians the price was very reasonable.

Jimmy and his son Robert were also very accomodating, meeting us beforehand and asking for our preferences. They really listened to what we requested but obviously had lots of experience doing this before so I felt comfortable with their song choices to fit the mood of the crowd. They are real pros.

Dave & Jess  -  May 2011