For over 30 years, Hank Paul was a founder, leader, and Guitar Player for the Park Avenue Orchestra. Hank was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois; studying music in school and finding his love of playing guitar to best express his musical talent.
In playing guitar for over forty years and performing over 1700 engagements in the greater Chicago land area and beyond, Hank brought joy and excitement to every event. His musical expertise, professionalism, and personal attention to detail made each performance a complete success. He was a great friend to many, a consummate family man, and one who will not be forgotten. The Park Avenue Orchestra continues in his memory, with Jenny Farney as leader.
e perform live music for wedding receptions, corporate events, fundraisers, galas & outdoor festivals offering a complete entertainment package from a seven-piece band to a twelve-piece orchestra. We also provide professional emcee services, and we will customize a variety of performance packages that will assist you with the outline planning for your memorable event. Our extensive experience provides our clients with a dynamic performance through high energy, superior talent and enthusiasm.
Our envision is to create an elegant ambience when your guest arrive, a relaxing atmosphere through the course of dinner and to ensure the dance floor is filled at all times, performing the widest range of musical styles when the party begins!
The Park Avenue Orchestra Is The Dedicated Choice For The Celebration Of A Lifetime
The Park Avenue Orchestra has received the highest awards from the two major Bridal Sites.
An achievement that the Band is extremely proud of.
The Park Avenue Orchestra has performed for many Corporate Functions.
Here is a small portion of the clients we have serviced.
"The Park Avenue Orchestra did an incredible job at our reception! From start to finish, Hank's professionalism and attention to detail made the planning process a breeze. We met with several bands before booking and felt that Hank's laid back approach set him apart from others. He made a custom package for us that covered every detail we were looking for and the band also learned a couple songs for the first dances! It is no exaggeration when I say the dance floor was packed from the first song until the last. We got so many compliments and texts after about how much fun the band was. We recommend The Park Avenue Orchestra to anybody, hopefully our wedding isn't the last one we see them at!"
I can’t say enough great things about the Park Avenue Orchestra! I have seen them now at both my best friend's wedding in 2016 and now my sister's wedding this past November and they just do not disappoint! I have been to several weddings with a DJ and they all pale in comparison to weddings with this band. They do a great job of getting everyone on the dance floor and are very interactive with the wedding party and guests throughout the night. The music was upbeat and they played a great mix of both oldies and modern music (to the happy couples preferences). My sister and my friend both had a great time working with Hank leading up to their weddings and were very happy with them at the wedding. Thanks Park Avenue Orchestra for two awesome weddings! ALSO- they turn the song "Shout!" into an epic event, and it basically makes the whole night!
"I couldn’t recommend Park Avenue Orchestra enough! If they are available, book them before somebody else does! Hank is amazing from beginning to end and will make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible. Absolutely no detail will be overlooked. The band will ensure your whole party is on the dance floor which is just what we were hoping for for our wedding. Their rendition of Shout is phenomenal and a real crowd pleaser. The band even took the time to learn a special song for the father/daughter dance (they played the top gun theme song as an intro before seamlessly moving into My Girl). It made the reception that much more special. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding band and will recommend them to any friends/family in the market!"
"Before our wedding, my wife and I were deciding between a DJ and a Band. After multiple references and watching thePark Avenue Orchestra live, we decided that this band was the way to go! We couldn't have asked for a better wedding and the Park Avenue Orchestra played one of the most important parts. Everything from the pre-wedding song selection meetings with Hank to Ricky, the lead singer, joining our guests on the dance floor and performing "Shout" was perfect. Not only was Park Avenue a fantastic band but they were crucial in making sure that everyone was in the right spot and enjoying the night as it progressed. We could not imagine the night without such a great band and highly recommend using them for your wedding. Thank you Park Avenue for making our wedding the most memorable day of our lives!"
"The Park Avenue Orchestra was amazing at my wedding. From the very first moment they were hired to perform they made the experience worth every penny. Hank and his team will go out of there way not only to get the crowd moving but also to make sure your night goes exactly as planned. They carefully draw out outlines for your big night and show up there early just to make sure the sound is perfect at the venue. When you hire park avenue you get more than great entertainment. You also get the peace of mind knowing that if something doesnt go as planned or things get messed up Hank and his team will see to it being worked out in the best way possible and its great to have that comfort and confidence in them when the big day comes. Thank you guys for all you did my wedding was amazing."