Alfonso Portillo

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

Darrell "DW" Edwards is a singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. He was influenced by music icons Pop & Mavis Staples, Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Prince, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Rait, Rick James, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, and many many more.

In November 2015, soon after his EP was released, he published and released his 11 song CD entitled “SCUZE ME!” . He has also performed a blues set at the Amsterdam Bourbon Street Music Hall on ahis scheduled trip to Holland. Music is his life and you’ll know it immediately by his great stage presence, impressive vocal range, and his love for inspirational songs, Jazz, funk, and most of all, R&B music.

With Los Cochinos, DW is set to make his mark as front man as he navigates the band's original Latin rock and soul music.

Tomas Montano

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 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.

Tomas has played timbales and percussion with various bands, acts and musical ventures. Tomas has the longest tenure with Los Cochinos, which span a total of fourteen years. Tomas is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to perform the original music of Los Cochinos and also be able to inspire others!!!

John "Lalo" Rodriguez

San Francisco native, John "Lalo" Rodriguez spent fifteen years playing the congas in the band Mestizo Classic Latin Rock. Lalo manages

Los Cochinos and contributes musically to the ensemble on the guiro, cowbell and other hand percussion instruments.

Lalo is honored to be part of this stellar group of musicians, who collectively share their talents. Lalo is a Latin rock historian and is currently writing a book on San Francisco Latin rock and the music scene in San Francisco from the 60's to now.

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

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.

Jack Gruber

Jack Gruber is a well respected conguero and has performed around Northern California for over fifty years. He has performed with such masters as Benny Velarde , Francisco Aguabella and Armando Peraza.

Jack began playing the congas at age twelve and credits Richard and Sean

Ramirez as influential in his introduction to his love of the drums. He met Raul Rekow, conga player for Santana for over twenty years, when he was fifteen years old. They both studied Afro Cuban rhythms along with John Santos from their late teens until their twenties. Jack holds music teacher Arnold Applin in high esteem for providing Jack with the key percussion fundamentals that he carries with him to this day .

Jack has graced the stage with such bands as Estrada’s Natural Band, David Whitten’s The Heights , Gary Flores’ Salsa Caliente, Picante, Nerio Degrazia, Sapo Guapo, The Don Gato Band, Son De Caña, Ricky Castillo, Actualidad, with former and current Santana Timbaleros , Orestes Vilato and Karl Perrazo.

Michael Peloquin

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.

Fauss Gamulo

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.