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"I just wanted to thank you and the rest of HALO for the most amazing night. Our guests were just raving about you all. Your sound just made the night!!! I certainly appreciate how you went above and beyond and played right through without a break which maintained that fantastic energy you created !! Please pass our thanks to the everyone!!"

Shane Anselmi 2023

"Discovering HALO has been an absolute game changer for us! Their outstanding performances have left our clients absolutely spellbound.

Their versatility to transform from a duo, to a trio to a full seven piece band is exceptional and provides changeability across their performances.

From the moment they step on stage, their energy is infectious and their passion for music is evident in every note they play.

Their stage presence is charismatic and engaging, creating a genuine connection with the audience with each member bringing their own unique personality, combining seamlessly to create a tight-knit unit that leaves no room for disappointment.

We can confidently say that we love working with HALO as their talent is endless"

Angela Morgan- Senior Event Manager 2023

"I have had the pleasure of working with HALO and its members for a number of years, over numerous events. No, concept, venue or theme has been a problem with HALO always working with us to meet our briefs and most importantly HALO have ensured my guests had an amazing time, dancing and singing the night away. The most recent event being a celebration for my wife, Jackie and I, where HALO provided entertainment in two different areas, over 8 hours. They provided all of the production, were brilliant to deal with and most importantly, put on an incredible show. I highly recommend booking them for any upcoming event - as long as I haven't booked them first." Philip and Jackie Mills {February 2020}

"We would like to congratulate HALO on their amazing “Best of British” concert in Katikati in January 2020. The musicians and singers are all very professional and skilful, particularly in their ability to adapt to the audience. The dance floor was packed all evening and everyone enjoyed singing along to their favourite tunes. HALO were great to work with and ensured the evening ran smoothly. Many concert attendees thought the HALO concert was one of the very best over the 20 years, which is praise indeed!" Isobel Thomson, Twilight Concerts team {January 2020}

"If you are thinking about booking a great band, I can personally recommend HALO. They are simply the best in the business: great musicians, great singers, great sound and very professional in all they do! I am more than happy to give a verbal recommendation to back up this written one, that’s how great I think they are!" Frankie Stevens, MNZM {2019}

"2018 was the call up for HALO at the famous Vodafone Christmas Parties, and boy did they smash it. We were celebrating 20 years of Vodafone in NZ, and naturally the theme was 90s. HALO not only nailed their 90s look, they also dropped some classic 90s bangers and had the crowd moshing and jumping the whole night long. Uno Loco look forward to next time, keep it up team" Craig Muller, Client Services Director, Uno Loco {2018}

"HALO are incredible! Their performance and music is amazing and will have your guests on the dance floor all night long! Not only are they all lovely to work with they are so helpful in the lead up to the event and nothing is too much trouble for them – I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again!" Philippa Coe, Events Specialist - Customer Experience and Marketing NZI {2018}

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you HALO, you guys were phenomenal. A really great way of reading the crowd and you sounded amazing. From the get-go you were divine to deal with, even with my abundance of questions about things I know nothing about. You were patient, knowledgeable, good-humoured and extremely kind. We have had so much positive feedback about the night, and you guys played a huge role in that. Thank you so very much!" Nicki Saunders, Administration, Bay Radio Radiology {2018}

"I have had the pleasure of hiring HALO for a large annual corporate event and I was really impressed by their professionalism and outstanding musical abilities. They played a perfectly suited diverse repertoire of songs and the audience loved it. These guys really are great!" Hammond Gamble {2018}

"If you are looking for an awesome band that is also a pleasure to deal with, that within minutes of them being on stage the dance floor is “pumping”, get in touch with HALO The Band by emailing info@halotheband.com. We have been having an End of Year Celebration function for all our Head Office staff and their partners for quite some years now, with up to 900 attending each year. Over the years we’ve used a range of different bands - some good, some better than good - and then we heard great things about HALO and booked them. That was back in 2010. Reality is we’ve now had Halo every year since then. I know you’re likely thinking “same band for that many years – BORING!!!” And I’ll admit I was a bit concerned I might get that feedback. The reality is, every year, as soon as Halo take the stage, the dance floor is quickly full and PUMPING. HALO read our crowd perfectly and play such a vast array of music that a huge number of our staff and their partners are on the dance floor singing their hearts out from the first song of the night through to the very end of our End of Year Celebration!!! So would I recommend HALO? ABSOLUTELY YES!" Tania Champion TRUSTPOWER CHANNEL MANAGER {2018}

"I'm struggling for words to tell you how great this band is! HALO played at our daughter's 21st birthday party last weekend and as always there are a mix of ages but, from the first song till the last song they had people on their feet - they are absolutely incredible! Nobody wanted them to finish! Some of her uncles who are not normally dancers just got up and didn't sit down - if you need a sensational band look no further than HALO! Our guests have all said it was the best party and one that won't be forgotten for a long time - thanks HALO!" - Sarah and Christopher Green {2016}

"Wow, wow, wow - that is what all our guests that attended our "100th" birthday celebration are saying about HALO. An awesome mix of music that got everyone up dancing all night. The only negatives - the night felt like it was far too short, and all the girls had sore feet the next day, both signs of a good party. Thank you so much HALO for making our special night amazing - see you at our next celebration!" - Claire and Mike Nicholson - Mount Maunganui {2015}

"On behalf of Shine, I want to thank HALO for performing at Shine’s 25th Anniversary event, ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel’. Our event at the Heritage Hotel was a huge success. It helped to raise the profile of Shine and our cause amongst the audience of high profile New Zealanders, and raised more than $80,000 for our life-saving services. People have commented on the great band, but the most obvious sign that you all play fabulous music was that everyone was up and dancing within minutes (seconds?) of when you started – including myself. Thanks again for your fabulous performance and for supporting Shine and our event!" - Holly Carrington, Communications and Development Director Shine {2015}

“HALO played at our private party. They were professional from beginning to end, setting up during the day and sound checking everything to packing up at the end of the night – it was seamless and super organised. As for the entertainment part of the evening, they were fantastic, all of our guests have been raving about the band. They interacted with the crowd and had everyone on the dance floor having a great time. They even went to the trouble of learning extra songs for us that we requested. I can’t compliment them enough!” - Celia and Philip Crawshaw, private party {2015}

"I would like to pass on my thanks to HALO for another outstanding performance at the 2015 NZ Masters Games. After their superb performance in 2013 HALO were the first band I considered when putting together the line-up for the 2015 Games. From the moment they hit the stage the 3000+ audience went crazy. I would have no hesitation in recommending HALO for any function." - Ron Heaps, Entertainment Manager NZ Masters Games {2015}

"Thanks so very much to HALO making Tony’s 60th birthday celebrations rock, you guys were absolutely fantastic , what a great variety of music!! We didn’t want the night to end - it was so much fun, everyone has commented on how your band made the night. We’ll certainly recommend HALO and also keep you in mind for any future events" - Jo and Tony Butler, Private Party {2014}

"From the moment HALO came on stage, with their very catchy rendition of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, the dance floor was submerged by dancers! From that moment on, the audience were captured by HALO”s ability to play all the right tunes to keep the audience wanting more, more, and more!! Our Awards night was made all the more successful by the presence of HALO and we would definitely use them again on our numerous conferences. Well done and thank you." - Linda, Marg & Joanne, The Conference Team Christchurch {2014}

“Another phenomenal night’s entertainment from the band – HALO, at our Staff Christmas Party. After the first year of booking HALO and numerous staff compliments on the choice of Band there was no hesitation to rebook HALO for a second year in 2013. Their passion for their music and ability to engage with one another to create a great mood for our event instantly draws even the least likely dancer to the dance floor. Thanks to Sebastian and band for their professionalism, talent and commitment.” - Louise Tregidga PA to Justin Lynch, Director Westfield (New Zealand) Ltd {2014}

"HALO performed at our wedding, there was something for everyone to dance the night away to- what a great song list! A couple of the guests even sang with the band. Our guests truly enjoyed the evening as did we. HALO was professional and accommodating, and sounded and looked great, HALO certainly helped make the day very special.” - Shaun Hayward, 2014

"HALO are expert entertainers. The singers have powerhouse vocals and they've got have a diverse range of songs in their portfolio, from the classics to the latest songs on the radio. HALO have a fantastic stage presence and interact with the audience to get them involved which keeps the dance floor was overflowing; everyone had an excellent time." - Louise Chu, NZI {2014}

"We have used HALO for a few years now, and have found them to be both wonderfully organised and highly talented. We always get a mass of compliments about their performances, and have never seen so many people getting up to dance! Sebastian takes the time to work with the client over the theme and feel of the event, and to make sure all timing and equipment needed is there. I would recommend the band to anyone who asks - they are absolutely awesome, a great energy, and so much fun!" - Ashleigh Garrett, Executive Assistant Ricoh {2013}

“HALO was AWESOME! Michael Murphy and the ladies Becks and Sharon, and the rest of the band were really good and we enjoyed how they interacted with the us in the audience. They played a good mix of classics and current songs so everyone could have a sing and dance to something they knew. I would definitely recommend this band to others, a dream to deal with from start to finish HALO are fantastic!” - Tania Cummins, Retail Support Co-Ordinator, Harvey World Travel {2013}

“KPMG Auckland has worked with HALO for over 8 years for our annual staff and partners event. This year they learnt ‘Hall of Fame’ especially for us (as it is a bit of a KPMG theme song), and they totally nailed it. We have always found HALO professional to work with and are an absolute given for our event now. From start to finish they had a diverse crowd having a fantastic time of the dance floor! Thanks so much HALO see you next year”- Justine Todd –Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, KPMG Auckland Social Club {2013}

"HALO put on a fabulous performance for our party. They rocked the barn. Great energy, great tunes, great fun. Many thanks”- Clark and Marguerite Perkins- Private Party {2013}

“HALO absolutely rocked the house on Saturday night at our annual awards conference dinner and party. The dance floor was full and pumping all night long. Great song list, fantastic musicians – and so professional and easy to deal with, you guys just smashed it – thanks HALO for an amazing gig. Look forward to working with you again soon. Anyone looking for a great dance band....? These guys are highly recommended” - Ian Yee, Events Manager – HOT Events, House of Travel Sales and Awards Conference {2013}

“After hearing HALO at an event early 2012, one way or another, I was going to have this band for an occasion of our own. When a combined 50th birthday event was coming to fruition, booking HALO was our number one priority. All 200+ of our guests have commented positively on the band - from teens through to 80+ year old's. Their song repertoire, professionalism and stage presence is second to none – they are ‘a well oiled machine’. Several young ones who had other commitments, chose to stay at our party because the ‘band is just amazing’. We would have no hesitation in recommending this band for any event or party. Thank you HALO for making our evening so special." - Debbie & Steve Furlong, Combined 50th Birthday {2013}

"HALO came recommended to us and they were just fabulous. From the beginning they were excellent to deal with and when they played at our wedding they exceeded our expectations - just superb! Many of our guests have sent messages to us with special praise for the band. We would highly recommend them." - Charlotte and Steven, Wedding {2013}

“If you want a band to get people up out of their seats on to the dance floor – then HALO is the band for your event. Great energy, fantastic playbook with a great mix of classics and top 40. HALO was a hit at our annual conference (Xerocon) at the Viaduct Center on Feb 13. Working with Sebastian in the lead-up to our event was a real pleasure, he was really responsive and ensured the band met our brief. On the night itself HALO played one massive 2 hour plus set – they didn't stop to take a break - and the dance floor was packed from the time the band took to the stage until the very last song. We couldn't recommend them more highly." - Charlotte Hinton, Head of Parties, Xero {2013}

“Time and time again, HALO, have wowed the crowd at our events. They’re hands down some of the best entertainers in NZ” - Amber Fullerton, Senior Event Project Manager - The Total Event Auckland {2013}

“What a fabulous night! HALO had the dance floor pumping as soon as they started to play – and they made a special effort to fit in with the culture of our group and we felt they were part of our party. Their music was just the right mix of old and new to cater for everyone. We will definitely think of HALO for future events.” - Christine Fenby, Marketing Director Vista Entertainment Solutions {2013}

“HALO was recommended to me, and right from the start of the booking process I found HALO professional to deal with. When it came to the party they managed to get 170 people out of 175 up on the dance floor for nonstop dancing! HALO made our night, this band puts on quite a remarkable performance and is great with all age groups – I can’t thank them enough. If you want a band that can make your party go off, you can’t go past these guys!” - Ant Laity, Combined 50th Birthday Party {2013}

“HALO was truly fantastic at our wedding reception! Numerous people had told us they were the best band they have even seen and we would agree. HALO rocked their socks off all night. Perfect song list and looked like they enjoyed themselves too! Sound quality was amazing. Very professional and friendly. Without a doubt, HALO made our day just that bit more special. Looking for a band? No questions. HALO!!!!” - Marc and Mirelle, Wedding {2013}

“I just wanted to send a huge thank you to HALO for making our wedding so memorable. I got so many comments from guests impressed with your range in songs and vocals (especially when you busted out the 50 cent ;-), and I really appreciate that you took the effort to practice and play all of our songs requests. You guys are amazing, and it was a true pleasure to have your good vibes and happy faces at our celebration” - Elizabeth and Axel Busch, Wedding {2013}

"You guys were amazing on Saturday night! We made the right choice with HALO, everyone commented on how great the band was. Thank you, I will recommend you to all my friends." - Mark & Kara Selwyn- Wedding {2013}

“HALO was a fantastic way to end the night; they were high energy, sounded fantastic and got everyone up dancing. We will certainly use them again in the future.” - Nicole Retter – Acumen Republic, NZ Master Builders Home of the Year Awards {2012}

“You guys were flat-out wicked. Music selection was spot on. You guys play amazing, but best of all for us was that you were just a great bunch of guys and girls that we really enjoyed having at our party…..highly recommended, and knowing us, you will be recommended! Thanks HALO!!!” - Mark Rice- Director CBD ltd, {2012}

“I have been responsible for booking HALO twice for our KPMG annual ball, and personally for my wedding. On each occasion that I worked with them, they have been absolutely brilliant, both in terms of dealing with them pre-event, and how they perform on the night. We have never had anything but great feedback from the guests, and could not recommend HALO highly enough.” - David King, KPMG {2012}

"HALO was the perfect choice for the New Zealand Travel Industry Awards Gala Dinner. They played perfect music during their dinner set, followed by a fantastic set of hits that kept the dance floor going strong at the after-party. They are very professional and a pleasure to work with. I recommend them." - Joy Ramirez, Event Coordinator New Zealand Travel Industry Awards {2012}

"Mate, you guys are legends. You were awesome in 2009 and once again IN 2012 you delivered! We only stopped dancing when 1) you had to have a break and 2) when they kicked us out of the venue. Fantastic night, thanks HALO!" - Adrian Turner, General Manager Harvey World Travel Franchise {2012}

"HALO are a gifted group of musicians who made our wedding night truly special. They had the dancefloor pumping all night and our guests have not stopped raving about how great they were. I recommend them for your wedding, they're a must if you want to make your wedding night one you will never forget!!!" - Geoffrey and Gemma {2012}

“The Volvo Ocean Race - March 2012, was much more than a yacht race, Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour was turned into the Volvo Ocean Race Village ... and came alive every day as Auckland celebrated having "the Volvo" back in town. Each day was themed in accordance with the countries of the visiting boats and the stop over ports. It was a real pleasure to have Halo performing for the evening show on New Zealand Day. HALO delivered a nonstop 2 hour performance that had the audience singing and dancing throughout their entire set….it was a blistering performance. Thanks HALO ... New Zealand day finished with a bang, and definitely added to the success of the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland stopover" - Stuart A Dwight, Entertainment Manager- Volvo Ocean Race, Auckland stop over {2012}

"Everybody had a fantastic time and you certainly got people on the floor dancing all night, which was great! The feedback from our NZ team is that they enjoyed this year’s party more than any year before, so that was awesome to hear. I would definitely recommend HALO to friends and colleagues alike, you guys rocked!" - Jacki Hiles, Executive Assistant to the Group General Manager- S.C. Johnson & Son Pty Ltd {2011}

“I just wanted to say you a HUGE thank you to HALO for playing at our wedding, you guys were absolutely fantastic and totally made the night!!..... All our guests commented on how fantastic the band was…. From the set-up to the music itself you guys are a very slick outfit, absolutely everything you played was absolutely awesome. So, many many thanks again!” - Jamel Ayache, Compliance Manager, Australia/New Zealand, Baxter Healthcare Pty Limited {2011}

“HALO are great musicians and provide an entertaining professional service, I highly recommend them to anyone, there is no doubt that they are one of the best bands in New Zealand with a comprehensive reportoire" - Hamish Sutherland, Production Supervisor at Hafele NZ {2011}

“I have worked with HALO on more than one occasion and could not recommend them highly enough, they have a great playlist and will get any party or event up and jumping. Easily one of the best I've heard, and I will use them again when the opportunity arises.” - Teresa Sokolich, Events Manager Sky City Casino Auckland {2011}

“Just quick emails to say a HUGE THANK YOU to HALO, you guys are an incredible band. Everyone thought you were awesome and we couldn't have hoped for better entertainment!! So thanks heaps! You really made the night spectacular." - Vicki, Angie and Will, University of Auckland, Medical School Graduation Ball Committee {2010}

“We just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you, for yet another outstanding performance, from- Andrew, Sebastian, Ellen and all of the HALO band members. We have had many emails pouring in and they are all raving about the fabulous band we had! One friend said she felt like she was at a big rock concert gig! Also wanted to thank you for allowing our friend Nigel to indulge in his rock star moment! I had the best night so, thank you so much for a fantastic set of music!” - Duncan and Susie Olde {2010}

“Not only is HALO professional and reliable, they also rock!. The team here at TelstraClear Pacific were all impressed with the fact that there was a mixture of vocalists that could all sing, a super talented guitarist and the band was full of energy all night long. No boring bits! The performance by the band was by far the most exciting part of the evening. Each set played was filled great music that made everyone stay on the dance floor, I know I had sore feet the next day from dancing in heels all night. We have had so much great feedback from everyone that we would definitely hire HALO again for future events. Keep it up HALO” - Bethney Rhodes, Event and Sales Coordinator TelstraClear Pacific {2009}

"Booking a band is a big decision, as a bad band can kill an evening. Thank's to a recommendation, we booked HALO and our night just went off! Totally professional in their approach, fantastic repertoire and all round great vocals meant our Annual Awards evening went off like a firecracker. Thanks to Seb, Andrew, Ellen and the rest of the guys for a fantastic evening! We will have no hesitation in booking them next time we need a band." - Adrian Turner, General Manager Harvey World Travel Franchise {2009}

"A band called HALO came on and surprised the sleep-deprived audience. Talk about tight! The slow on the uptake camera person didn’t click that the deeply talented band could have coped with close up scrutiny, particularly the riffs of the bass and lead guitarists, which were admirable. Sure they were doing covers, but the lead singer- a feisty redhead in a St Patrick’s Day green dress who undulated her hips like a Catholic boarding school lass on shore leave- never missed a top note. The band was then joined by a presenter known to me only as Julian {Drew Neemia}, who executed an extremely plausible rendition of Robbie Williams "Let Me Entertain You", hitting all the notes, while the red head wiggled sexily, backup vocalling to the side." - Review, Dominion Post, Telethon - Big Night In, TV 3 2009 - Jane Bowron Columnist, TELEVIEW, Dominion Post {15th August 2009}

“HALO – THE ‘MUST HAVE’ BAND for any event!! Thanks guys for a kick-ass evening. You absolutely made our event at The Floating Pavilion. The Foster's National Conference’s- Gala Awards night was memorable for everyone, due to the amazing performance by HALO. HALO is at the top of my list for all our future events. An amazing, talented, professional band and you should be damn proud!” - Angie Fredatovich – E.A FOSTER'S NEW ZEALAND {2009}

"We were looking for a band for our annual Ball and came across HALO. The guys are very talented musicians and professional in their business dealings. Easy to deal with and very accommodating making sure the evening went well for everyone concerned. Great sound, and repertoire. They read the crowd so well the dance floor was always crowded. Thanks guys" - Paula Woodman - on behalf of the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, House Committee {2008}

"I would like to sincerely thank you and the entire band including your vocalist Ellen for the most wonderful night of music that you performed for us last Saturday night to celebrate my 60th Birthday. I could not have wished for anything better, and the accolades are still coming to me. It was a top act from all perspectives, and if we need a band in the future HALO will be the first one we call as it was a truly memorable night of music and dancing. Best Wishes with your future endeavours." - Colin Gallagher {2008}

"HALO, are the most professional, rocking, and talented group of artists I’ve ever worked with!!!! They went over and above to make sure our night was one to remember... and the set list, the hardest decision we had to make was what songs to leave out!!! From the moment they started, the dance floor was heaving... and after 5 encores, the party ended when they left the stage!!!!! Talk about stage presence... I love music, and these guys can play... once you've seen them take your function to the next level, you'll never use anyone else!!!!" - Dominic Bowden {2008}, Television Presenter, William Morris Agency {USA}, Karen Kay Management {NZ}

"I was also lucky enough to make my last event a very successful Aotearoa Ball. This was a fantastic night at the Hyatt on May 10th, with 450 Kiwi's and friends enjoying the best of NZ food, wine and music (the latter courtesy of NZ band Halo)." - Grant Knuckey - NZ Chamber (Singapore) President {2008}

"Time for music, and Auckland band HALO quickly had the dance floor almost overflowing. There was no doubt a few stiff legs the next day as HALO put on a great show right through the night. Many thanks to Sebastian and the band and we look forward to hopefully seeing them back next year." - Stefan Focas - NZ Chamber (Singapore) Board member {2008}

"HALO Band, were an absolute dream to work with - absolute professionals from the minute we engaged with them. They are brilliant entertainers and delivered sensational music and vocals to the crowd. The extra detail from a series of different outfits for each set they played, to the fantastic stage comments and power house vocals from Urshula.....gave all the New Zealanders present at the Ball a real sense of home....this for me topped off the night. This type of commitment & talent makes this band one of a kind!!!" - Anna Gestro - Marketing & Communications Manager - NZ Chamber (Singapore) {2008}

“Running a function attended by 400 of New Zealand's most influential and talented people meant we needed to choose an exceptional band. HALO, as a hard working and busy band clearly already had their act well together. Dealing with them prior to the event was easy and professional. Set up and sound test was quick and completely lacked the drama and tensions that sometimes can happen. On the night HALO delivered an outstanding performance, reading the room extremely well and adjusting their set to suit. The consequence? A packed dance floor of all ages, and a crowd that would not let them finish, demanding one more, after more, after one more….. I recommend HALO without reservation” - Graham Burt - Director, Lonely Dog ltd. {2006}

“HALO are my first choice when a client requests a band, I work with some of New Zealand’s largest companies and having HALO on board gives me the confidence that everything will run smoothly. They constantly perform for me and are a pleasure to deal with; we have had loads of positive feedback from our clients regarding them. I can give HALO my full endorsement and wish them every success in the future” - Mark Cathro - Director Brand Events ltd {2006}

“I used HALO as the house band for a 10-episode TV show that was produced by Screen Time for TV3. During this time I found the members of HALO to be professional, and despite the pressure cooker atmosphere of television, they acquitted themselves well maintaining cool heads throughout, and earning the respect of the crew and management at Screen Time. I have no hesitation in recommending Halo for any future work they may wish to undertake” - Joost Langveld - Producer Big Pop Productions ltd {2005}

"Thank you HALO for your hard work on Sing Like A Superstar. It has been a real pleasure working with you, and we look forward to working with you again in the near future. Thank you for the tremendous enthusiasm you have put into the show." - Ross Jennings- Chief Executive Screen Time Limited {2005}