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 our newest album, “Vengan Todos A Bailar”. They are also currently producing their fourth music video. Orchestra Fuego has won best Latin Song of the Year at the Elite Entertainment Music Awards and has been nominated for Best Latin Album at the Independent 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.
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Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/orchestrafuego
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We are a 12-piece Salsa Band from the Tampa Bay Area. Although our main passion is for Salsa music, we play a variety of Latin music that includes, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata and Boleros.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I was a professional musician back in the late 70's through early 90's and I had a band in NYC called Fuego '77; after leaving the music scene for a few year, I was pursuing an accounting career. In 2014 I wanted to start performing again and after a few gigs it was evident that old FIRE (Fuego) was still simmering and it came naturally to me to call the new band, Orchestra Fuego or in Spanish Orquesta Fuego
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Willie Rosario, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Marc Anthony, Puerto Rican PowerWhat Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?:We are constantly creating and composing. We just released our 4th album titled "Vengan Todos A Bailar", (Come all to dance), and our feature song is now playing on Puerto Rico's number one radio station Zeta 93. It is almost impossible to get on main stream radio without having to fork over big money. This was a tremendous blessings to us. We are now working on our next two music videos.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Pave the way for new Latin Artist that have no support from the big record labels. May next plan is to create a record label for independent artist to help them record their material. Me and a good friend of mine, who happens to be our producer, Victor Romero, have built from ground-up a recording studio. This will enable us to offer independent artist a chance to record with little out of pocket money.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Actually two favorite tracks and both from my new album, "Vengan Todos A Bailar" and "Si Te Vas"; awesome arrangements and they are our fans favorite dance tunes.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Unfortunately, the music business is still a cut-throat business. You're not only competing against the giant record labels, but the very own artist that should join forces. It's a jungle out there, but I just keep praying and keep on moving. If you pay too much attention to the negative posts people do, you'll can get easily distracted. My advice to young artist, stay the course and pay no mind to people who criticize. Learn from your mistakes and keep on moving
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I usually come up with ideas on topics, get together with my singers and start developing the song. Then start the process of arranging the song. We also have a great guy, Pedro Jesus, who is an amazing composer. This guy could write a song about a Pencil, lol. We then arrange the song. We do our own arrangements; occasionally, we purchase an arrangement for a different source.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media is a must for emerging artist. You need to spend time posting events and projects you're working on to keep the fans interested. YouTube is also big these days. And just simple videos are great to upload. Keeps your fans engaged and wanting more from you.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Vengan Todos A Bailar, Pal Barrio Yo Me Voy, which made number one on the Latin Charts recently, Si Te Vas, Si No Se Enamora, featuring the great singer, Osvaldo Roman and Bien DiferenteWhat Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?:First a musician, then an accountant
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Stay the course; stay true to your sound and what you believe in. Don't let others deter you from doing what you want to do musically. It's tough out there, but keep at it and good things will happen. We work hard and practice often and won best Latin song of 2019. Hard work pays off.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would seek new artist that are serious about what they do and give them a chance to record. It's very difficult to get any kind of support these days from the big record labels. I would be always on the look out for new talent.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
It's a must! There are too many cover song groups out there. And we need them, no doubt, but we also need an new generation of Salseros out there.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
We have performed to the thousands and really have a passion for what we do. We are Florida's top Latin Band and that comes from practicing and having a good strong leader to continue to take the band to the next level.