BadHabitz | Pueblo's Premier Party Band
Tony Samora | Drums & Percussion's
Tony started playing when he received his first set of drums at the age of 4. He began his entertainment career at age 7, playing with his father Leo Samora in the band, Modern Antiques. Throughout life he has played all types of music including during 1978 and 1979 he recorded and traveled with two gospel bands, Wings of Love and Compassion. Tony is also proud to have played with Modern Antiques, City Limits, Los Chicanos Alegres, Brown Persuasion, Sugar & Spice, Maya Band, Tabu, Midnight Taxi, Music Express and Night Cruiser. He is always willing to donate his talent to worthy causes, organizing and playing at many fund-raisers, benefits and community events. He continues to help organize the entertainment for the Chile & Frijoles Festival in Pueblo, Colorado. His love of music is now a tradition with the 3rd generation, his son, AJ following in his footsteps. Tony takes pride in his relationships with the great musicians and artists from San Antonio, TX.
Mike Herrera | Bassist
Mike has played in various bands since he was 15. He has been a musician for 29 years in Pueblo and surrounding areas. Mike performed with the Aztlan Band, Maya Band, Coyote Band, The Gutierrez Orchestra, Full Force Band and the Latin Sounds from Colorado Springs. Mike voice that has a soulful sound and a passion for music.
Emanual Gauna | Keyboards, Accordion & Vocals
Emanuel grew up around Tejano music, with his father, Shawn Gauna, playing drums for Los Jalapeños. At about 8 years old, he started to play the accordion and sing. He had a childhood band with his twin brother, Emiliano, and cousin. Always practicing to get better and dreaming big, they later built up the talent to start playing for little shows. After awhile, the childhood band died down and it was just Emanuel and his twin brother, Emiliano, jamming together and making music. When Emanuel was 10, he started to write his own music and building his own arrangements. At first it was gospel music, as they helped lead praise and worship at their church. Emanuel knew that he needed to expand his talents into other instruments; playing the accordion wasn’t enough. At the age of 14, he got himself a keyboard and tried to focus on building a talent there. It didn’t take long for him to get the hang of it, because music ran through his blood effortlessly. Learning the keyboards made him an all-around musician, with the exception of orchestra instruments, and the guitar. He is a Vocalist, and knows how to play Accordion, Drums, Bass, Percussion, and nowKeyboards. Using YouTube to learn more chords has helped him a lot. At 17, he started to notice that a lot of artist using smooth jazz chords in songs was a skill he needed to learn. Emanuel currently has his own band, Emanuel Gauna y El Visión, pushing to get an album done with 12 original songs that are written by his brother, Emiliano and himself. When he had found out Bad Habitz were in need of a keyboard player, he jumped on that opportunity; not to leave his own band and goals, but to better his experience in the music industry. Emanuel loves playing music and helping out another band fuels the enjoyment he has for playing music. Emanuel dreams to make it big someday in Tejano music, and he has the patience to wait for his opportunity to succeed that dream.
Dave Vega | Guitar
Dave Vega has been playing guitar for over 45 years. He remembers he could hear a bass playing next door and went outside to listen to a band, and thought how cool that would be to play in a band. He asked his pops to buy him a guitar so he could learn to play. His dad bought him a $25 guitar and Dave’s story began. After school one day, he walked in the house to find a 1965 Fender Jaguar and a Fender amp and was in heaven. He learned by listening to records and started his mission to become a lead guitarist. He played at various Nite Clubs every week. His favorite guitarists are Carlos Santana and Jimmy Hendrix and loves to sing Sunny Ozuna songs. He owns six guitars but Fender Stratocaster is his favorite but also enjoys his Gibson. He has played with many local bands including Sensations, Chevelle’s, Fremont’s, Nate Carillo, Guiterrez Orchestra, Four One Number, Abraxas, Steel City Funk, Latin Heat, Bad Habitz. He believes you can accomplish anything with a lot of hard work. He thanks his Dad for that beautiful Jaguar. Music is in his blood and loves it-he plans on doing it as long as he can.
John Ballesteros | Lead Vocals
John was born into a family of musical talent. At age 12 John began playing drums and then his mother taught him the saxophone and eventually he became lead singer. He is an accomplished lead vocalist and front man to be seen and heard. John’s preference is Tejano but likes oldies, country, classics and rock ‘n roll music, which are included in his performance. When John croons a song, the depth of emotion and love of music is in every word and note he sings. John has performed with Sangre Chicana, Los Latinos, La Raza Unida, and Tejano Plus.
Serina Tapia | Lead Vocals
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Ryan Crump | Trombone
Crump is an active performer and educator from Pueblo, Colorado. He
is currently a Music Education Major at Colorado State
University-Pueblo. As a performer, he has played in the
University's Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, Brass Quintet,
along with performing in the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra on trombone
and bass trombone. He has had the pleasure of touring the
country while performing with two of the country's premier DCI
marching ensembles the Blue Knights (2011) and the Madison Scouts
an educator, Ryan has instructed many ensembles in southern Colorado.
He is currently the Brass and Visual Caption Head at Rock Canyon. In
addition to teaching at Rock Canyon (2014-2016), he has taught at
Sand Creek HS (Consultant), Pueblo South HS (2012-2013), and
Centennial High School ( Consultant). Besides teaching marching
band, Ryan has held various clinics and sectionals for schools in
southern Colorado. He has an active trombone studio, with
former students making All-State and/or pursuing music in college.
Ryan's past private instructors include: Steve Traylor, Dr.
Kevin Stewart, and Scott Crump. He is currently studying under
Dr. Ryan Van Gilder at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Phillip Ortiz-Gonzales | Trumpet
My name is Phillip Ortiz-Gonzales, I am 21 years old, I’m college student and I play the trumpet. I graduated from Pueblo County high school in 2014 and started my freshmen year of college at CSU-Pueblo in the fall of 2014. I am a junior now heading into my senior year hoping to be graduated in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. I have been playing the trumpet for twelve years now and I have been playing professionally for six years. I started playing professionally at the age of sixteen with a band called “Latin Thunder” and since then I have been slowly working my way into the Colorado music scene. I play with the Latin Thunder band, the Might Of Henry Reggae-ska band, the Pueblo Municipal band, multiple mariachi groups, Bad Habitz and I sit in and play with fellow musicians in the area such as Charlie Milo, Carlos Crull, etc… I also went on tour with Mariachi Los Lobos in Portugal for the summer of 2016 and I will be joining Mariachi Los Lobos this summer in attending a music festival in Italy. Playing music has provided me with so many adventures in my short lived life and being able to play alongside so many great musicians is a great way to learn and have fun. I look forward to playing many shows with Bad Habitz and making new memories, with great people.
John Lemme | Saxaphone
am a Senior Saxophone Performance Major with a minor in Jazz Studies
at Colorado State Pueblo and have been playing saxophone for over ten
years, and have made great accomplishments during this time. I made
the Colorado All-State High School Band three times, twice for jazz
and once for concert band. I have been the principal player in the
Colorado State University-Pueblo Wind Ensemble since my freshman
year, I was also selected to play in the National Intercollegiate
Southwest Region Band this past year. I have also been the drum major
of our Marching band for the past two seasons, and Saxophone section
leader for one. And in the past few months I was selected to fly out
to Washington D.C. to audition for the Navy’s Cruisers ensemble.
am proficient on the four main saxophones, clarinet/bass clarinet,
and percussion. I have been described by my professor Brad Eastin as
"one of the best sight-readers" he has ever taught. I enjoy
playing a wide variety of styles ranging from the smoothest of
classical passages, to the hardest groovin' funk tunes. I am one of
the hardest working men you will ever find, and have the drive to
make it to the top of whatever group I am in!
I am proficient on the four main saxophones, clarinet/bass clarinet, and percussion. I have been described by my professor Brad Eastin as "one of the best sight-readers" he has ever taught. I enjoy playing a wide variety of styles ranging from the smoothest of classical passages, to the hardest groovin' funk tunes. I am one of the hardest working men you will ever find, and have the drive to make it to the top of whatever group I am in!
Ricardo "Chacho" Herrera | Accordion