Bandleader Michael Hart leads the Michael Hart Band for Hank Lane Music

Michael Hart Band

Keyboardist and vocalist Michael Hart is the energetic leader of the Michael Hart Band for weddings and private events. Michael began playing piano when he was ten years old. By the time he got to high school he began to hone his skills, taking private lessons and playing in several bands. Nearing high school graduation, Mike auditioned for a vacancy in one of the Hank Lane Bands and was instantly hired by Michael Herman as his keyboard player, as young as he was. He was able to put himself through college with the money he made performing on the weekends earning his BFA in Music from the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.


“When I first started in the business I fell in love instantly,” says Mike. “It’s really fun to play in front of a completely different crowd every night.” After five years as Michael Herman’s right-hand man in the band, he created his own “set” group, the Michael Hart Band. “Mike Hart had shown great abilities and it was hard to let him move on,” says Herman. “But we all saw in him the talent and the qualities that we knew would make him a terrific bandleader.” Mike Hart has since established himself as an exciting force in the industry.


Michael Hart has since made multiple appearances on NBC’s Today Show, including their special segment “Today Throws a Wedding,” in which he accompanied Martina McBride. He has also appeared on the Bravo TV reality program Bethenny’s Getting Married - a spinoff of the TV show Real Housewives of New York. Michael has also led his band for the Tony Awards Gala several times at The Plaza hotel. Michael’s band is also highly experienced performing at corporate events including for Thompson Reuters, Ernst & Young, UBS Financial Services and XL Insurance.


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Michael Hart Band Reviews


Michael Hart Band Review: "The most amazing night of our lives!"


Hi Michael!

This is a bit overdue, but now that all the craziness following our wedding has died down, I just wanted to say thank you so much for making it the most amazing night of our lives. I really think that so much of it can be attributed to the amazing performance that you and your band put on! I can’t tell you how many people told us during and after wedding how great you guys were, and how at times, they were just watching you guys like they were at a concert. Aaron and my main concern for the wedding —more important than the food, flowers, or anything else — was that people danced and had a good time, and largely thanks to you all, they definitely did! I already had a friend ask me for your information so that she can pass it along to a friend : ) You remembered to play all the songs that were important to us, and just made it the most special night.

You guys are the best. Please pass this along to the rest of your band as well!

All the best,

Jill and Aaron


Michael Hart Band Review: "Spectacular!"


Dear Kimberly and Spencer,

First we would like to thank you very much for coordinating such a spectacular night for Darya and Troy’s wedding at Temple Israel in Great Neck. Everything went as planned. You recommended the Michael Hart Band with such enthusiasm that we knew immediately that the night would be lively, fantastic and the music would be just what we wanted to hear. You and Spencer lived up to all your promises. As for Michael Hart, we would also like to thank him for playing such beautiful music during the ceremony and the rest of the night. He managed to get the crowd up on the dance floor and make all our guests have the time of their lives. The party turned out to be everything we wanted and more. I even enjoyed my turn on the chair that was elevated by all of Troy’s friends. The sound of the music made everyone just jump out of their chairs and on to the dance floor. A great night that was had by all. We are still on a high from that night. Once again, thank you all at Hank Lane. Can’t wait to make another party and do this all over.


Francine and Richard Slade, Darya and Troy Slade, Larry and Olivia Miller

Michael Hart Band Review: "You made the party perfect!"



Thank you so much for absolutely crushing it on Saturday night! You and the band made our wedding night so special, and we cannot thank you enough. Everything was perfect, from the song selection, the duet for our first dance to “Perfect,” the electric violin getting down on the dance floor, and the second line! (And many more memorable moments!)

Every single person I’ve spoken to since Saturday told us how awesome you guys were. You made the party perfect. I cannot thank you guys enough.

Please pass my praise to the rest of the band. I sincerely look forward to hopefully being able to enjoy your music as a guest soon!


Zach Schreiber

Hank Lane Music Wedding Reception Review: Michael Hart Band

Michael Hart Band


Michael, We just wanted to thank you for the awesome job you and all of your band did at our wedding party! You rocked the house non stop and made everyone feel great and dance and dance! It is universally agreed among all of our friends and relatives and guests that you have the best band ever and your talent and enthusiasm and chops were the greatest! Every member of your group was wonderful and reall go down and into a fantastic joyful groove that kept everyone happy and moving continuously! Forever gratefully yours, John & Carisa

Hank Lane Music Wedding Reception Review: Michael Hart Band

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Dear Michael, Yoni and I want to thank you SO SO much for being the best and helping us have the most amazing wedding!! The music was awesome (everything from the ceremony, to our dances, to tearing up my heart, shout, when the saints go marching in and everything in between) -- it was the best! Our friends and family cannot stop talking about how great your band and the music were (or how much their feet hurt from dancing non stop!). Yoni and I had the BEST time and cannot express how much we love you for being there and bringing down the house! Thank you x a million!!!! Bari and Yoni

Hank Lane Music Wedding Reception Review: Michael Hart Band



Hi Michael, We are truly in awe of Saturday night, and still on cloud nine. The Michael Hart Band was simply amazing. People never sat down and truly danced the night away just like we wanted. And you guys were the most important part of that. The number of people that told me you guys were the best band they have ever seen is incredible, they all want your information! We cant say it enough but you guys helped make all of our dreams come true! I hope we get to work with each other in the future. But for now we will just keep recommending you so that we will see you at one of our friends wedding! Thanks again! Ariel and Dan

Hank Lane Music Wedding Reception Review: Michael Hart Band



Michael - I needed to reach out and thank you for the spectacular job you and the rest of the Michael Hart Band did at Allison's and Matt's wedding.  The energy in the room was great and people were rushing onto the dance floor all night. Of course, I also want to thank you for working with us on the toast and the performance of L'Chaim.  It was a great hit with the crowd and put a festive, foot-stomping exclamation point on my otherwise sentimental speech.  I wouldn't have had the courage to do it if not for your reputation, ability and encouragement.  Now that I have some singing experience, feel free to let me know if you need me to fill in some time. I can't wait to recommend you to others. Larry

Hank Lane Music Wedding Reception Review: Michael Hart Band


Photo by Sarah Bastille Photography


Michael, Last night was awesome!  Thank you so much - all the music was just spectacular and numerous people came up to us telling us about how AMAZING the Michael Hart Band was.  You guys played all the songs we LOVE. My parents, and grandma shut down the dance floor.  Additionally the Horah was one for the ages - apparently some said I was about to pass out - and it was NON-stop high end energy! Thank you again for everything!