Mike Torres III & The Grooveland Chicano Band bring to the stage a classic big brass sound with a fresh approach. With an energetic lineup of some of the most talented, young musicians in the ONDA, these 2012 TEJANO MUSIC AWARDS “BEST NEW GROUP” nominees are beginning to take the Tejano market by storm!
Heavily influenced by the great horn bands of the golden age of Chicano music, namely The Latin Breed, Jimmy Edward, The Royal Jesters, David Marez and People, Ruben Ramos, & Little Joe and Johnny Hernandez; as well as many mainstream English and Spanish-language acts of today and yesteryear, Mike Torres III and The Grooveland Chicano Band bring a great variety of influences to the table and cook up their own great sound and style. With the spring 2011 release of their debut, self-titled album, and their recent TEJANO MUSIC AWARDS nomination, Mike Torres III and The Grooveland Chicano Band are rapidly rising to the forefront of the thriving Tejano music scene!
The Fall of 2011 brought many changes for Mike Torres III and The Grooveland Chicano Band. John Ontiveros( leader of the West Texas Chicano Orchestra, lead trumpet player for Little Joe Y La Familia, producer, engineer and co-owner of KTTK studios, promoter/owner of Los Hot Horns Entertainment), along with Ms. Gracie Acosta ( Trumpet player for Little Joe y La Familia, co-owner of KTTK studios, marketing director for Los Hot Horns entertainment) have signed on with the GCB as part of the management team!
Changes in the band’s on-stage line-up occurred as well! “LA FABULOSA”, Cristina Hinojosa on drums, AnthonyRevilla on bass and younger brother Adrian Revilla on keyboards, Roger Salinas on accordion, Estevan Ramirez on guitar, and Kirsten Boynt on trumpet joined original GCB members Mike Torres III, Amy Zuniga on alto sax and vocals, and Omar Mojica on Tenor Saxophone, and together, they are taking The Grooveland Chicano Band to new heights!
With a sophomore album in the works, and an ever expanding resume of performances with some of the top acts in Tejano music including Los Banger Broz, Lobo IV, Jorge Alejandro, La Diferenzia, Eddie Gonzalez, Los Tex Maniacs, Los AT Boyz, Grupo FAMA, Grupo Maldad, Tortilla Factory, Raulito Navaira, Ruben Ramos, and Little Joe y La Familia, Mike Torres III and The Grooveland Chicano Band are showing no signs of slowing down as they fly, head on, into 2013!