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 three albums Encendido, Salsa Brava, and Quemando La Pista, and are currently producing their fourth album and a new 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.