In the Small town of McAllen, Texas there is a lot of great unheard talent that awaits the chance to be heard. One group in particular is unmatched and is not the typical band. In the year 2011, lead guitarist and band manager, TJ Anzaldua decided to break the norm of what is seen in this small town and begin an Experimental Fusion Instrumental Band called An Orchestra of Fools.
TJ began playing piano at the age of 3 and like most kids he went outside to a baseball field more often but right around the age of 10 he became fascinated with the guitar. "I remember having many old books on how to play guitar and i couldn't understand what things like tabs and notes meant so i learned by ear for the time being." Tj would later go on to be apart of several bands, genre wise ranged from Metal to classical to Blues. His favorite genre was Blues; "Hendrix was my first inspiration to learn how to make your instrument talk and sing rather than just play notes." In high school he met bassist Danny Diaz and they immediately began jamming together. Danny Diaz was not at first a bass guitarist at an early age he became fascinated with guitar and piano. Similar to TJ, Danny was self taught and learned what he could by ear and watching videos of other inspirations perform. One day he heard the slap technique of wild off stage bass and that noise came from former Metallica Bassist, the late Cliff Burton. "That was the first inspiration i obtained, Cliff just had this voice when he played that would pierce any soul." Danny was now a bass lover, leading up to meeting TJ he was in the Jazz band and that was a favored genre for him.
The two had plans for big things in music. Yet they both wanted something fresh and new to fuse with the jazz and blues driven group. Local drummer Santana Rodriguez was a long time friend of Danny and had been playing drums for over 8 years. Santana has a different upbringing; he was a soccer fan and nothing was in comparison. It wasn't until late middle school where Santana got a keyboard and learned a few Beatles songs; "It was a lot of fun learning to play the keyboard but it was hard for me to play and it never felt right. I would enjoy making small loops of beats on the drums it had and that is when i realized, I NEED A DRUM SET!" Santana had been playing for about 5 years and he was into Metal and Rock. " I live for the double pedal, and pushing myself to play to progressive music is always looked for." Yet all the bands he had joined were not much of a challenge. Until in August of 2011, he received a phone call from TJ asking if he would like to join a new band, and instrumental band.
TJ began showing a few licks and song ideas to Santana who was having a slight problem adapting to the new genre. However, it began to pick up and the ideas were changing to something similar but it was extraordinary to hear. Once Danny joined it became clearer, his great ability to play anything thanks to Jazz studies was huge help and everything was instantly a challenge but it was exciting to be apart of. There first show was at Sofie's Saloon, a benefit show for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The good people over at Solfear records had delivered a great crowd and this led to An Orchestra of Fools' big break; this led to shows every weekend for 2 months straight. Fans began to say "The sound is so earthy and fresh! It is not something people are playing! it reminds me of the classic blues but with a modern twist! That set surprised me, I was blown away!"
Now 2 years later the band is in studio recording the first EP which will be featured on iTunes and towards the end of May 2013, they will be on a summer tour with physical copies of the EP. The sound that is produced by An Orchestra of Fools is so original it leaves audiences stunned that this band is not signed to a major record label. Check out their pages and send them messages or emails if you would like downloadable songs that were recorded in the beginning, or if you want to try and get your city booked for their upcoming tour. Enjoy, Follow, Share, Subscribe, and always enjoy.
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