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ABOUT

The Metropolitan Players is a youthful, energetic wedding band based in New York City that ONLY PLAYS WEDDINGS!!

We deliver the sound and song selection of a DJ, with the electric energy of a live band!

It's our mission to revolutionize the wedding entertainment industry by standardizing love as an expectation for booking and working with a wedding band in the Tri-State area. While earning their Masters degrees in Music and Business respectively, founders Drew and Erin Coles created The Metropolitan Players for their own wedding, and care deeply about creating a beautiful wedding for each and every client. Over the past several years, we've grown to become one of the best-trained and ​well-respected collectives in New York City and the surrounding area.

In 2018, we earned a coveted place in The Knot Hall of Fame after being voted "Best of Weddings" four years in a row - and we just won again in 2019 and 2020 (woot woot) thanks to our incredible couples!! It's our privilege to provide tailored, compassionate customer service, keep the dance floor packed all night long, and make each couple's special day truly unforgettable!

Drew and Erin Coles Husband and Wife Team
Meet Co-Founders DREW & ERIN

Drew and Erin Coles here! We're a husband and wife team, and we founded the Metropolitan Players after we couldn’t find the perfect band for our own wedding. We were inspired by our mutual passion for music, expertise in business, and a true love for everything a wedding represents. We were also encouraged by the opportunity to provide young, professional musicians with meaningful work in their field! We love being part of the celebration that brings two families together, and with every new couple, the Met Player family grows and new musical memories are made! We can't wait to work with you!

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ERIN COLES, Manager

Erin is the manager of The Metropolitan Players, and is one of the driving forces behind the band. Erin was born and raised in Upstate, New York and received two bachelors degrees from the State University of New York at Potsdam as a double major in Theater and Business, as well as a minor in Psychology. Upon moving to New York City, she went on to obtain her MBA, all while founding and running a business with her husband. 

 

Not only is she obsessed with weddings, her greatest passion is working one-on-one with brides and grooms during the planning process. Erin gives special care and attention to all of her clients to ensure that each wedding turns out exactly how the couple has envisioned. 


Erin's responsiveness, consideration, support, and warmth towards her clients has been a key player in The Metropolitan Players' recent recognition: The Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award every single year from 2016 to 2020, The Knot Best of Weddings Award from 2015 t0 2020, a place in The Knot Hall of Fame, as well as features in Smash The Glass, Carats & Cake, Borrowed and Blue, Catalyst Wedding Co., and Style Me Pretty.

DREW COLES, Music Director

Drew is the Musical Director of The Metropolitan Players. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator, and performs regularly on the New York City scene. Drew's wide range of musical knowledge and ability to cross stylistic boundaries make him a valuable asset, and he has shared the stage with jazz masters Wynton Marsalis, Jim Snidero and Mitch Frohman, among others. He was most recently seen on Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and iHeart Radio Live Sessions alongside pop singer/songwriter Erin Bowman.

 

Drew earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Business from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Metropolitan College of New York, and his doctorate in Music & Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University . 

 

In addition to the Metropolitan Players, Drew continues to use his expertise in studios, on stages, and in classrooms across New York City and along the East Coast. 

 
 
 
ALEX

Hometown:  Richmond, VA

Current Home:  Queens, NY

Favorite Food:  Tacos

Something on Alex's Bucket List:

Visit every National Park in the US!

Favorite part of being a coordinator:

My favorite part of being a coordinator is getting to be part of someone's special day, and seeing them enjoy themselves! Also, being around such a positive, talented group of musicians is the best!

ELIZABETH

Hometown:  New Orleans, LA (with some Texas thrown in there!)

Current Home:  Queens, NY

Favorite Food:  Anything you can find in Koreatown, NYC

Something on Elizabeth's Bucket List:

Travel to Scotland!

Favorite part of being a coordinator:

I love being even a small part of someone’s happiest day!!!

JAKE

Hometown:  Saddle River, NJ

Current Home:  Manhattan, NY

Favorite Food:  Sushi

Something on Jake's Bucket List:

Go Skydiving in New Zealand!

Favorite part of being a coordinator:

Being able to bring joy to someone’s special day through music!