La Banda

Brilliant 5-8 piece Buenavista style band playing hot Cuban Son and Salsa music. Great for Private Parties, Weddings, Venues and Corporate Events.

Price from £1,400 + travel

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Set List / Repertoire

La Banda play Buenavista hot Cuban and Salsa style music including:

Buenavista social club music:
Chan Chan
Cuarto de Tula
Son de la Loma

Full Biography

La Banda are a five piece band who play Cuban Son and Salsa with a serious groove. 

Pianist Sara McGuinness sought out musicians with a passion for Cuban music old and new to form the band. The result is a powerful quintet with a far bigger sound. The band’s obvious love of the music they play is evident in the passionate and exuberant arrangements of Cuban songs both classic and modern.

The fabulous singer Yuri Moreno hails from “Oriente” the East of Cuba where “Son” music was born. Before bringing her golden voice to London she moved West to Havana where she featured extensively with bands.

Bass player Elpidio Caicedo is well known on the UK Salsa scene, considered one of the top bass players he is also much in demand for his fantastic vocal talents.

Sara McGuinness has been an integral part of the UK Latin scene for many years, working with a variety of bands and projects. Dave Pattman, Bill Bland and Emeris Soliare established percussionists proficient in both popular and folkloric Cuban styles.

The band play a range of Cuban music including “Son” from the 40s and 50s, as popularised by Buena Vista Social Club, through to modern day hot Timba and Salsa.  Perfect music for a summer’s day, don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Band Members
Yuri Moreno Vocals
Elpidio Caicedo – Bass
Sara McGuinness – Piano
Dave Pattman – Bongos/Timbales
Emeris Solis/Bill Bland - Congas

Please note: La Banda can offer smaller 3 & 4 piece line-ups. Please call an Alive Network Co-ordinator for a quote and availability.


Default lineup: 5 members

5 piece band: keyboard/vocals, bass/vocals, percussion/vocals x 2, trumpet.

*Larger line-ups available (please see booking options).

*Can also offer smaller 3 and 4 piece line-ups. Please speak to an Alive Network Co-ordinator for a quote and availability. 

Performance Times

2 x 45 minutes sets

From £1400 + travel

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Price from £1,400 + travel from London

Based on 5 members performing 2 x 45 minute sets

  • East of England From £1,400
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  • Scotland From £2,216

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14 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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Outstanding - a highlight of our event!

5 stars - La Banda are Highly Recommended
booked La Banda for their Wedding in Berkshire September 2023

“La Banda brought top quality musicianship and unbeatable Latin energy to our wedding. Many of our guests who were professional musicians themselves were blown away! They even seamlessly blended in with the transition from our Spotify playlist to their second set, improvising along with the final track. Highly recommended!”

Incredible Music !

5 stars - La Banda are Highly Recommended
booked La Banda for their event in Hertfordshire July 2023

“They are the most amazing band, the dance floor was humming..we danced the night away, a great vibe, wonderful cool and such talent Thank you for making our party !. Katharine??”

Cuban band at its best, New Year’s Eve at The Market Cross.

5 stars - La Banda are Highly Recommended
booked La Banda for their event in Suffolk

“Sara and the guys are an incredibly talented and professional Latin Cuban band. The evening was made effortless by their presence, everyone including staff had the most amazing night. This is live music at its finest, first class!”

Great night and great band!

5 stars - La Banda are Highly Recommended
booked La Banda for their event in London

“Great night and great band! Thank you also for your excellent communication!”

Excellent band! Highly recommended

5 stars - La Banda are Highly Recommended
Daphne U booked La Banda for their event in London

“Great night and great band! Thank you also for your excellent communication!”

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