Orchestra Fuego


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.  Winner of the 2022 Independent Music Awards for Best Song, Best Band and Best Album for their latest production “Candela“. Ranked as the number one independent Salsa band in the World by IMC, ReverbNation and Spotify.

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. 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.”  Eight 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 Florida and beyond. Recently ranked by the Independent Music Association and ReverbNation as the “Number one independent Salsa Band” in the world!

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 and beyond with their upbeat, high-energy performances. Additionally, their six album, Candela, 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 Japan.

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 Outdoor converts, nightclubs to country clubs and large corporate events.  And their enthusiastic fan following in 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 always creating and working on new music and music videos.  They have released six albums Encendido, Salsa Brava, Quemando La Pista, Vengan Todos A Bailar, “Baila Mi Salsa” and their newest release “Candela” and their two latest music videos “Candela”, which won Latin Music Video of 2022 on the LIT Music Talent Awards and Way Maker also winner of best Contemporary Christian music video of 2022 on the LIT Music Talent Awards. Orchestra Fuego has won 2021 Band of the year on the Tanae Music awards, won best Latin Song of the Year at the Elite Entertainment Music and the Akedemia Music Awards and won best Latin Music Video on the Telly Music Awards.  Have appeared on Fox News and ABC Action News. “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 Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Pandora, not to mention their albums play on many radio stations around the World!