Orchestra Fuego is a twelve-piece Salsa band consisting of three singers, percussionists, brass musicians, pianist, and a bass guitarist. The group’s sound has maintained the integrity of what is referred to as “Old School Salsa or NYC Salsa”, but with a fresh twist. It has a similar vibe to bands such as Willie Rosario and Marc Anthony. The blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with Nuyorican flavor sets the dance floor on fire. They perform original songs and some familiar songs with invigorating new arrangements. While the group’s main passion is for Salsa, they also perform a wide variety of other Latin music including Merengue, Bolero, Bachata and Cha-cha.
Since their debut in 2014, Orchestra Fuego has ignited all types of dance floors throughout Florida with their upbeat; high energy performances. Our first album, Encendido, has been downloaded from Miami to Denmark and even Singapore.” Orchestra Fuego is one of the most newly sought out Salsa groups in the Tampa Bay, Ocala and Gainesville area in Florida. Event Planner, Nic Kalojiannis, comments, “We are a Country Club that hosts hundreds of special events per year that work with many different types of entertainment. Orchestra Fuego is by far the most entertaining, professional, and crowd pleasing that I have ever witnessed. The excitement from all the
guests and the pure enjoyment of everyone is easily seen. I highly recommend Orchestra Fuego to all my clients and have included them on our preferred vendor list.” Nic continues, “Thank you Orchestra Fuego, not only do all the guests always enjoy your music, but myself and staff always look forward to your events.”
Orchestra Fuego started when Marcus Hernandez, piano player, and lead singer, Luis “Torpedo” Aponte, reunited in Florida several years after moving down from New York. The two performed together in the New York City scene in the late 70’s and 80’s when Salsa was at its peak. Fueled by their mutual interest in Salsa, they started performing together with other members of the original band also living in Florida. “After playing a few gigs,’’ says Marcus, “It became evident early on that the time was ripe to revive the classic Salsa sound.”
These seasoned musicians perform in various entertainment venues such as parties, individual and corporate catering events, nightclubs, and restaurants. Their danceable beats bring energy and exciting entertainment to any occasion. An avid Salsa dancer, Fernando Alicea, states, “I’ve been clubbing around Tampa for some time, and I have never seen any band that comes close to Orchestra Fuego. They are hot!”
Although Orchestra Fuego is excited about the enthusiastic fan following in North-Central Florida, they want to perform their music to all of Florida and work their way up the Eastern seaboard to New York and beyond. “We just want to get out there and share our music,” remarks Marcus. In addition to performing live, they are also working on several recording projects. Their two new albums, Encendido and Salsa Brava, is comprised of original songs composed and produced by Marcus Hernandez, Arturo Ortiz, former musical director of Ricky Martin’s band, and Victor Romero. “We really enjoy performing and watching others appreciate our music;” states Marcus, “and we are eager to bring our sound around the world.” They are doing just that since their music is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby, Google Play, JangoRadio.com, and Pandora Radio.