The band "Los Elegantes" was formed in Stockton, California and from 1961 to 1967 worked under the representation of Enrique Olivarez, lead vocalist for the band. From 1967 to 1977 the band worked under the leadership of Rene Orneles, sax player. In 1977, the band moved its base to Sacramento, California.
At that time, Fred Sanchez and Zachery Espinosa formed a partnership to continue managing and developing the band. Under the leadership of Fred Sanchez (drummer and vocalist) and Zachery Espinosa (trumpet player and music director), Los Elegantes have come to be recognized as one of the top Latin Music acts regionally and ingernationally. In the late 1980's the partners formed a record label, RED PEPPER SOUND, which released five Los Elegante CDs. Over the years the group has worked with many talented songwriters, musicians, vocalists and arrangers all contributing to "Nuestra Historia".
The band, over the years, has won countless music awards and honors, and in 2001 was inducted into the Sammies Music Hall of Fame, Sacramento's premier annual regional music awards event. In 1990, Los Elegantes were invited y the Department of Defense to tour and entertain the armed forces overseas. Most recently the band toured the Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division of the Armed Forces.
We are proud to share with you a sampling of some of the venues we have played, our travels overseas, the artists and bands we have shared the stage with, and awards and recognition. Click here to view samplings.