Guaco with Songpati Latin Band
Guaco, a group from Maracaibo, Venezuela, has been performing for audiences all over the world since 1961. They are nicknamed the Super Band of Venezuela for their fame.
Guaco was founded over 50 years ago when a couple of Venezuelan teenagers got together in Maracaibo with plans to form a band of bagpipe players. The band was originally only meant as a project for music school. However, plans changed and Guaco eventually became a fully equipped musical group.
Under the supervision of the Aguado brothers, Guaco's music proved to be progressive for its time. The band chose not to stick to just one genre, but instead to fuse several genres together. Some genres Guaco specializes in are jazz, pop, rock and roll, funk, blues, and salsa. Their genre fusing became so popular in Venezuela that it has been coined "the Guaco sound" by major record labels. Since their establishment in 1961, Guaco has recorded and produced over fifty albums. They remain as the group with the highest production in Venezuelan music history.
Currently, Guaco is composed of 15 talented musicians playing instruments from the bongo to the piano. The band's leader and singer is original member Gustavo Aguado. Aguado was born on November 3rd 1949 in Maracaibo. Before forming Guaco, he was a member of «Las Estrellas del Zulia.» Aguado focuses on singing for the group but he also plays percussion instruments, including the congas. Ever since he was a child, Aguado has had a wide taste in musical styles which influenced him to mix genres in his own music.
Guaco's musical director is Juan Carlos Salas who has been a member of Guaco since 1983. Like Aguado, Salas was also born in Maracaibo and has a strong passion for music. As a college student, Salas planned to be an electrical engineer, but he decided his true path was the world of music. He dropped out of the University of Zulia and transferred to the Conservatory «Jose Luis Paz» where he pursued an education on the trumpet. Soon after, he joined the musical group Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Maracaibo before finally finding his niche with Guaco. In addition to being the musical director and main trumpet player, Salas is a producer, arranger, and mixing engineer for Guaco.
Though Guaco has been around for 53 years, they do not plan to stop performing anytime soon. The group continues to make new music and tour extensively all over the Americas. They will be making a stop in Bethesda, MD on Sunday October 12 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club at 8:30pm. For more information and tickets, please visit