About

Artist Name

Orchestra Fuego

Genres

Latin

Location

Tampa, FL USA

Biography

About Orchestra Fuego
We are a twelve-piece Salsa Band from Tampa, Florida. We play a wide variety of Latin American music which includes, Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Bolero and Bachata. 

Background

Orchestra Fuego is a sensational Salsa band that performs both original and familiar Latin songs with invigorating new arrangements. Based in Tampa Bay, Florida this twelve-piece live orchestra presents an ear pleasing and visually alluring performance that magnifies their impressive presentation style. This seasoned group of musicians with over two decades of experience produce a sizzling show—and the band’s dynamic, high energy sound dominates every stage they play on. Orchestra Fuego delivers a vast and versatile repertoire of songs that includes Salsa – their first love – Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, Cha-cha and more. Their hot Latin passion is on fire and can be felt through their expressive enthusiasm and high energy levels everywhere they perform.

A sole piano player’s relocation to a new state marks the origins of Orchestra Fuego. Director and front man Marcus Hernandez was a veteran performer on the New York City scene in the late 70’s and 80’s at the peak of the Salsa movement with Latin music running deep in his veins. When Hernandez relocated to Florida from New York, he was fueled by two things: an abiding interest in Salsa and a passion for bringing this sensational Latin sound to his new home state. This quest led to seeking out and performing with other Salsa aficionados in the area, and these original musicians are all now members of Orchestra Fuego. “After playing a few gigs,’’ laments Hernandez, “it became evident early on that the time was ripe to revive the classic Salsa sound in central Florida.” Five years later, this same group of seasoned musicians have grown together and become a family rich with Latin heritage which makes for a tight sounding, ultra-professional band.

It is this cohesiveness that contributes to Orchestra Fuego being one of the most sought out Salsa groups in the Central Florida area. Consisting of three singers, percussionists, brass musicians, a pianist, and a bass guitarist, their blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with Nuyorican flavor has maintained the integrity of what is referred to as “Old School Salsa or New York City Salsa,” complimented by a fresh twist. Since their debut in 2014, Orchestra Fuego has ignited a myriad of dance floors throughout Florida with their upbeat, high energy performances. Additionally, their first album, Encendido, has world-wide download coverage including on the domestic U.S. scene, internationally in the European market, and spanning the Pacific to the far reaches of Singapore.

Audiences everywhere agree that Orchestra Fuego’s danceable beats bring energy and exciting entertainment to any occasion, causing people to rush to the dance floor the moment the music begins. Comfortable playing to crowds that number in the thousands or at intimate social gatherings, this versatile group expertly performs in a wide range of entertainment venues from nightclubs and restaurants to country clubs and large corporate events. And their enthusiastic fan following in Central Florida has deftly positioned them to become beloved by audiences well beyond the borders of the state.

In addition to performing live shows, Orchestra Fuego is also working on several recording projects. They have released four albums Encendido, Salsa Brava, Quemando La Pista, and their newest release, Vengan Todos A Bailar and are currently shooting their new music video. Orchestra Fuego has won best Latin Song of the Year at the Elite Entertainment Music and the Akedemia Music Awards. Won best Latin Music Video on the Telly Music Awards. “We really enjoy performing and watching others appreciate our music,” shares Marcus, “and we are eager to bring our sound around the world.” Indeed they are doing just that – their music is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play, Pandora, and Jango Radio.

Fact Sheet

Special Recognitions:
Orchestra Fuego recently won best Latin song on the Akademia Music Awards
Orchestra Fuego won best Latin Music Video on Making Music Magazine
Orchestra Fuego winner of 2018 and 2019 Best Salsa Song of the Year on the Atlas Elite Entertainment Awards
Orchestra Fuego nominated for best Latin Album and Latin Song of the Year Award for the 2019 Independent Music Awards in New York City.

Discography

Discography

Our four albums, Encendido, Salsa Brava, Quemando La Pista and Vengan Todos A Bail are now on sale on our website or on any major vendor such as CDBaby.com, iTunes, Google Play and many more.

Press

Press Quotes

Being one of Florida’s top Latin sensations since 2014, Orchestra Fuego delivers a vast and versatile repertoire of songs that includes Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, Cha-cha and more. Their hot Latin passion is on fire and can be felt through their expressive enthusiasm and high energy levels everywhere they perform. A seasoned band that performs both locally and on the road, Orchestra Fuego is a 2019 Bronze Telly winner for their album Recuerdos, winner for Best Latin Song of the Year for the Elite Entertainment Music Awards, winner for Best Latin Song “Vengan Todos A Bailar” in March 2019 for the Akademia Music Awards, nominated for Best Latin Album for the Independent Music Awards, and has played to audiences that number in the thousands. Vengan Todos A Bailar is Orchestra Fuego’s 4th album.

Interviews

Song name: Pa’l Barrio Yo Me Voy
Music Genre:: Latin

Pa’l Barrio Yo Me Voy (going back to the Hood) is recalling the days growing up in my Hood.

Link to play:: https://www.reverbnation.com/orchestrafuego/song/30926006-pal-barrio-yo-me-voy-orchestra

I live in Land O Lakes, FL and spend most of my time promoting my band and creating new songs.

Who have been the most influential in your music?
Willie Rosario; this guy had a very tight sounding band back in the 70’s though 80’s and at 80 years old, he still performs from time to time. I love how he kept the band very well organized and always had the musicians dressed. And one of my favorite Pianist was Papo Lucca; this guy was a Julliard Grad and his piano playing was far above what the others guys did. I enjoyed watching him perform with his band, which was also very tight.

When did you know that this was the right path for you?
I started performing during the late 70’s and just had a tremendous passion for performing Salsa music. I tried other Genre’s of music, Jazz, Gospel, but always came back to my love of Salsa music

What do you like most about what you do?
Performing my music in front of my fans is definitely on the top of my list. It’s just a very satisfying feeling watching people enjoy themselves with our music. And of course, winning awards is super cool. Winning 2018 and 2019 Latin song of the year and also winning 2019 best Latin Music video is a great feeling. Hopefully, win a Grammy or Latin Grammy one day.

What do you most hope to accomplish with your influence?
Pave the way for other Latin artists. Salsa music has been dead too long and time to revitalize Salsa music

What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career?
Music business is still a cut-throat business and seems like the very people that want Latin music to excel are the ones holding back the growth by accepting fees way below the norm; just to get the gig. If we stick to universal pricing, then we can all work.

What do you want people to remember most about you and your career?
I want people to remember our songs and the message they bring out. Most of our songs are Salsa love songs. I want people to play our songs at weddings, social events, and even Bar mitzvah, lol

What are you most looking forward to this next month?
Promoting our new album is on top of the list to do. We had the amazing fortune to have a famous singer from Puerto Rico, Osvaldo Roman do a song on our new album. When I released my album, the next day I got over 11,000 hits for his song.

Videos

Video Player URL 1

https://youtu.be/kem4MYUJVXE

Video Player URL 2

https://youtu.be/xjNhGCW1u4Y

Video Player URL 3

https://youtu.be/G3vOOE7frJk

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