If Salsa music can be one of the DNA molecules, Marcus Hernandez has it in his veins. His love of Salsa led him to learning and playing the piano at a young age. In his early years as a musician, he studied under Oscar Hernandez and Gilberto Colon, and more recently with Arturo Ortiz, who was the musical director for the Ricky Martin band. Marcus started playing in New York City during the late 70’s when Salsa music was at an all-time high. Marcus formed the Salsa group Fuego ‘77 and played at all top venues that included The Corso, Ipanema, Casa Blanca, Casino 14, and the Copa Cabana just to mention a few. Fuego ‘77 opened for mega Salsa artists such as Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, and Hector LaVoe. Fuego ’77 recorded its first album in 1977 under the Alegre label which was a subsidiary of the famous Fania Records. Marcus composed and arranged eight of the ten songs on the album. In addition, Marcus performed with various popular artists such as Adalberto Santiago and Rafael de Jesus.
Though Marcus has been away from performing music while pursuing an accounting career, his passion for Salsa was always simmering, but has recently been ignited by reuniting with former fellow musician Luis “Torpedo” Aponte, inspiring him to form Orchestra Fuego. Creating lively and refreshing arrangements of classic songs, as well as composing his own original music, is what he is most enthusiastic about. “Marcus has developed significantly as a musician and band leader,” comments lead singer, Torpedo. “He has everything needed to make the band successful. He is doing an awesome job and I admire that beyond words.” His passion for music coupled with his professionalism makes him a pleasure to work with.