La Orquesta Espada considered by many to be the top Salsa/Jazz band to come out of CT region. The full orchestra is comprised of 11 members, which utilizes a wide range of original Salsa & Brazilian rhythms to create a spicy brand of music. Espada has headlined many festivals and have performed and opened for such greats as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Claudio Roditi, Roy Ayers, and others. The band was formed in 1982 by Ray Santiago,William Fluker,Doug Long, and Ivan Santiago. Espada has remained relatively the same thoughout the 28 year history. Over the years, band leader Ray Santiago has composed and arranged many compositions and recordings with co-band members W.Fluker,D.Long,M.Ocasio,K.Jensen, and lyrists Luis Roman. With their upcomin album waiting to be released this year these bunch of musicians are on the cutting edge.