Grupo Excito is dedicated to the preservation of the Tejano music genre. The Band is versatile and can perform a well rounded mix of Ranchera, Cumbia, Corrido, Polka, Ballada, and Country rhythms in a seemingly non-stop fashion for hours. The Band brings a multi-generational, refined, musical style, bridging the gap between young and old, with over 100 years of combined musical experience.
The group is led by Roel Rodriguez, a self-taught musician, who founded the group in 1992. Roel has traveled across the country and has performed for audiences in Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida, and Oregon. He grew up in the music scene where his father Lupe “Wally” Rodriguez introduced him to Conjunto music traveling for over 10 years playing the Conjunto/Regional music circuit near Houston. Today he integrates styles from his past experiences, and influences from David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Roberto Pulido, Ram Herrera, Grupo Mazz, among others. Since those early days, Roel has learned to play the Bass Guitar, Guitar, Bajo Sexto, Accordion, Guitar, and Keyboard. He’s performed with artists like Billy O’Roarke of Los Musicales, La Traizion, Los Draculas, Superior Band, Midnight Rodeo, and David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales. Using his experience, he strives to help a younger generation continue performing the music of their fathers.
Grupo Excito’s first CD ‘Emociones’ has 8 tracks written and arranged by Roel Rodriguez, and Ray Guajardo, who plays Bajo Sexto, focusing on the emotional aspects of the Tejano lifestyle, love, family, and hardship on the road. One of the CD’s most moving tracks is ‘Te Lo Vuelvo A Repetir’, a high energy “Conjunto” style Ranchera, arranged by Grupo Excito, and written by Freddie Martinez Jr. ‘Emociones’ also features a great revival of ‘Demasiado Tarde’ done in a high energy ranchera style with female vocalist Christina Ballejo.
Grupo Excito has started work on their second CD, which will again feature several original titles, and will also feature new vocalist David Cadriel, and new members Christina Hinojosa, and Jorge Hernandez on Drums and Percussion. The Band is currently striving to increase awareness of Tejano music by contributing time to local Churches and benefit events wherever possible.