Alfonso Portillo is a founding member of the band along with brother Ron Portillo. Both brothers played music for their mother Patricia in the family home located just outside San Francisco, CA.
Alfonso started playing guitar at age twelve and learned to play many of the standard rock and country songs of the 60's and 70's. He later developed his own, melodic style of guitar, which is unique and transformative. Alfonso writes the original songs along with brother Ron Portillo.
Alfonso's musical influences are Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, Robin Trower, Neal Schon and David Gilmour. Alfonso's melodic leads guide and direct the band's original compositions and take the listener on a journey of joy and relief; familiar, yet dramatic, emotional, yet compassionate, simple yet difficult... Unique!
Darrell "DW" Edwards
Los Cochinos are proud to have on timbales and percussion, Tomas Montano . An established timbalero, Tomas has performed with many renowned bands in the Latin rock scene as well as his training as a protégé of Santana's Karl Perrazo.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Tomas was exposed to a wide variety of different styles in music at a very early age. ''I didn't choose music...music chose me". Starting as a young child, Tomas has played some kind of drum or related instrument.
With no formal musical training and having come from a musical family, Tomas taught himself percussion and was influenced by Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Armando Perazza, Hector Lavoe, Chicago, Tower Of Power, Malo and El Chicano.
John "Lalo" Rodriguez
Art "King" Cooper
Art "King" Cooper is a talented drummer extraordinaire and has added his soulful and rock driven chops to an already talented group of musicians.
King grew up in San Francisco's Mission District and has been blessed to perform with Jules Broussard, Big City Blues, Phase II, Friends, Hot Sizzling Soul, Diamond, Rise, Wildfire and Finesse.
King has also led his own band Fog City Revue. King has much to offer as a percussionist as well as a human being.
King is a solid drummer and imparts sophisticated yet logical beats which drive our percussion section and direct the original Cochinos' compositions. King also adds musical knowledge to the creation of the original compositions.
Lorenzo "Lonnie" Macon
Art was involved in a serious auto accident and is recovering. During his absence, Lorenzo "Lonnie" Macon has taken over the drumming duties. Art would be proud of the job that Lonnie has been doing in his stead. We thank Lonnie for his heart and talent!
Lonnie not only plays drums, he is also proficient on keyboards and bass. In addition, Lonnie creates his own original compositions and sings! Look for Lonnie to work with Donald and Alfonso on new compositions being readied for our new CD "Patricia"!
Donald Osborne has been performing as a professional musician for over thirty years. Born in Berkeley, California, he began his career under the guidance of the late Earle Blew, Professor of Music at Stanford University.
Donald went from classical music training to discover a wide range of musical forms in which he could express himself; Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Pop, Country, Soul, R&B and original material.
Donald's father was a methodist minister, which influenced Donald's initial musical interests in Gospel music. Donald later grew to become a keyboardist, vocalist, writer, conductor and arranger.
Donald has performed with many of the bay area’s music treasures such as Etta James, The Hartfield bros., Fulton Tashombe, Lady Bianca, Felton Pilate, Greg Crockett , José Hernandez, Rock Hendricks, Freddy Hughes, Eugene blacknel and a host of other gifted artists who inspire him.
Donald has become a integral part of Los Cochinos with his original compositions that he writes with Alfonso. Donald's nick name is "The Professor". He sounds most like Herbie Hancock, musically.
On sax and harmonica, is the dynamic Michael Peloquin. Michael has performed and recorded with many of the Bay Area's top Jazz, Latin Rock/Soul bands and has also authored two books on instructional saxophone.
Michael is a dynamic musician and adds a sophisticated flavor to the band's original compositions. Michael has over 400 recordings to his credit along with numerous television and film scores. His extensive musical experiences are testimony to Michaels artistry.
Our bass man, Fauss Gamulo, hails from Vallejo, California and became interested in the bass guitar after having became friends with Melvin Coleman, bass player for the Whispers. Fauss worked hard to learn the bass and shortly thereafter, in his high school years, joined a Vallejo band called Persuasion.
He performed with them until 1973. Fauss took a break from music and later joined the band for a reunion performance, which kickstarted his bass playing career. Fauss later became the bass player with Glenn Snyder & Co., and then with DW Edwards & Lighting Up The Soul. In addition to playing bass with Los Cochinos, Fauss leads his own band in the Solano county area called Rendishun.
Fauss is one of the hardest working members of the band. In addition to his responsibilities on bass, Fauss is responsible for all sound needs of the band and coordinates with venues prior to our performance.