For the last 7 years these Puerto Rican and Minnesotan musicians have come together to form the best Salsa and Merengue fusion band our local music scene has ever seen. From opening shows for Big Headliners to MN State Fair performances , this band has been all over town.
Univision Minnesota, Channel 13, honored them with a Local Latin Grammy for "BEST SALSA BAND of 2010". The Tropical Zone Orchestra
Tropical Zone Orchestra Bio.:
Pedro Fonseca is the director of the Tropical Zone Orchestra, in which he also plays trumpet, alongside his
right-hand man, Julio Arroyo, who serves as both assistant and percussionist for the band. Both are natives of
Caguas, Puerto Rico, and their musical influences come from the Latin rhythms of the Caribbean Islands.
Their interpretive style and inventive musical flair have made Tropical Zone Orchestra a fast favorite among
jazz and salsa fans alike in the Twin Cities, performing hundreds of events in just several years, with hundreds
more to come. At each event the group plays lilting Salsas, robust Merengues, and even Cumbias and Boleros.
This diversity is why Minnesota Univision Channel 13 acknowledged them with a Local Latin Grammy for "Best
Salsa Orchestra” in 2010.
Tropical Zone breathes life into all the rich musical heritage the isle of enchantment has to offer through a
cultural fusion between Puerto Rican and American traditions. The talented musicians shine brightest when
interpreting classic themes like Todo Tiene Su Final, in which the piano, winds, and percussion are a particular
highlight. They also bring the classic “Lloraras” to full fruition through the talents of Angel Diaz, Ruben and
Julio Arroyo, on the timbales, congas and bongos respectively. Robert Byers (Flute), Sten Johonson (trumpet
& trombone), and Kieth Hilson (trombone), play solos that drive vocalists Jose Cartagena, and Yomari Arroyo
into passionate harmonized dance.
The band is working on producing their first CD featuring original songs: Como Pudo Ser and La Vecina, along
with many more songs.
Tropical Zone features the talents of: Pedro Fonseca, Director (trumpet), Julio Arroyo, Administrative
Assistant (bongos), Jose Cartagena (vocals), Yomarie Arroyo (vocals), Russell a.k.a. -"The Survivor" Eldridge
(piano), Angel Diaz a.k.a.-“The Angel of Maracaibo”(timbales), Ruben a.k.a.-“El Indio”(congas), Sten
Johnson a.k.a.-“The Golden boy”(trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn), Kieth Hilson a.k.a.-“The Trombone
Doctor”(trombone), Robert Byers a.k.a.-“Profesor Bob” (high sax, tenor sax, and flute ) and Manuel