The Mike Torres Band has been entertaining audiences for over four decades, and features three generations of family members with Mike Torres, Sr. (guitar, vocals), son Mike Torres, Jr. (bass, keys, accordion, percussion, vocals), and Martin (drums, business manager), his youngest daughter Christina (timbales, keyboards, vocals, MTB promotions) and grandsons Mike Torres III (trumpet, timbales, keyboards, vocals) and Stephen Torres-Esquer (saxophone, vocals). Behind the scenes, assisting with stage prep, lighting and sound engineering, is another grandson, Angelo Torres-Esquer. It is pretty inspiring when you know their history, and even if you do not, the band will have you dancing in no time. With a mix of English and Spanish songs and influences from Tex-Mex, funk, cumbia, salsa and big band, this group of seasoned musicians come across second to none. Add into the mix professional sound and light, and you have a show that is hard to match, regardless of the genre.
The Mike Torres Band has released several albums, including their debut, Only the Beginning, Entre Familia, Cumbia Calientes, Vol. 1, and more. Owning a studio themselves gives them the opportunity to have new material for their growing fan base.
The band has been featured on local, regional and national television programs, including the internationally broadcast Johnny Canales Show. The band has also toured all over the U.S., from Oregon to Oklahoma, Texas to Missouri, also performing at all the biggest Cinco De Mayo festivals, including Denver, Colorado, which has over 600,000 people in attendance each year.
Over the years MTB has shared the bill and held their own, with groups as diverse as their musical sopa (soup); War, Los Lobos, the Gap Band, Tina Marie, Malo, Kid Frost, and Mellow Man Ace, just to drop a few names.
The heart of the Mike Torres Band is as big as their sound, and they are all about giving back. Over the years they have donated their time and music to hundreds of community and charitable events and noteworthy causes, including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, Neighborhood Watch, various scholarship fundraisers, and the list goes on and on.
With a history this long it is not surprising that the Mike Torres Band has won several notable awards, including the 2015 Modesto Area Music Awards Best Latin Band, 2008 Best of San Joaquin Best Local Band, 2006 Latin American Hall of Fame Inductee, and 2005 STAMMY Legend Award Winner.
Mike Torres, Sr. just turned 81 years young on July 27, and he is still out performing as much (maybe more) as ever. Catch this amazing family band near you whenever you can. You will not be disappointed.