For questions and bookings, contact Kelly Aronica, (408) 426-0377, email thehitmenband@aol.com


The Hitmen have been delivering high energy dance music for audiences at benefits, festivals, fairs, concerts, nightclubs, corporate events, weddings, and other private functions for over 20 years.

The unique musical backgrounds of the 7-piece band mix their abilities and experiences to create and perform a musical dance review that transcends musical boundaries. The Hitmen play a variety of hits from the 70's to modern day favorites.  

The Hitmen have performed with the likes of Cameo, the Ohio Players, Confunkshun, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Pete Escovedo and with members of Santana and Tower of Power and has become the unofficial band for KISS 98.1 FM "Classic Soul and the best of Modern R&B." 

 


 

Meet The Hitmen

 

Kelly Aronica -  Guitar, Vocals

Entertainment .... that's what it's all about. From the Master of Ceremonies at many of our corporate and wedding gigs, to the songwriting skills that have led to the famous "Birthday Song", Kelly is the Total Entertainment Package! Come see him at any of our shows, and you'll know what we mean.....

Victor Montez - Guitar, Vocals

Victor brings his own style of guitar playing from the funkiest rhythms to screaming' solos to the band. His on-stage expressions are often so intense, we just don't know if he will survive another guitar solo. Come on by and find out why Vic has earned the nickname "Wrecking Ball".

Marc Spooner - Keyboards, Vocals

Favorite 8-Tracks : Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow;  Steely Dan - Greatest Hits;  YES - Close To The Edge;  Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway;  The Beatles - Revolver;  XTC - Black Sea;  Happy The Man - Crafty Hands;  Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out; Stravinsky - Le Sacre Du Printemps;  Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffitti;  Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road;  The Who - Quadrophenia;   ELP - Tarkus

Check out my other band - METAPHOR

Ernest Herrera - Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals 

Ernest started playing the trumpet at age 11, receiving his first lessons from Sister Mary Gloria (yes, a nun). For the next five years, he played in both the school orchestra and high school marching band. At age 14, he started playing outside of school, and has performed with more than 20 bands to date—covering musical genres that include Latin, Tex Mex, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Gospel. As a teenager, playing in bands and performing for live audiences, he knew music would be a lifelong passion. Around age 16 is when he introduced percussion into his musical repertoire—congas, bongos, timbales, and many others. All of these instruments were self-taught with inspiration that came from listening to bands like Santana and Tower of Power. At about this same age, 16, is when Ernest began singing background, as well as lead vocals. For Ernest, music has been a major part of his life—and one of the most rewarding.

  Tony Abena - Saxes, Vocals

Playing music has always been a part of his life. He started with the clarinet in Jr. High, but eventually chose the Tenor Sax as his axe in High School, and has been playing it ever since! The Soprano was added to the gig bag over the last couple of years.

Favorite Drinks: Dry Stoli Martinis or shots of Patron 

Brandon Renteria - Drums, Vocals

Inspired by parents who loved music, Brandon was taught to play the drums at the age of 5 by his older musical brothers, Johnny and Robert. Johnny taught him a style that he learned by taking lessons with the Bay Area's own, Chuck Brown. As his mentor, Robert gave him a broad knowledge of all music. Brandon played the drums for the middle school band and started playing clubs by the age of 12. His musical experimentation includes an array of percussion instruments, electric drums, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, and trumpet. Brandon has had the privilege and honor to play with a variety of notable musicians and artists such as Joe Bataan, the legendary percussionist Pete "Pops" Escovedo and his son Juan Escovedo, Malo, Rose Royce, and Tower of Power horns Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite—just to name a few from his impressive list.

Gil Galvan - Bass

Gil is a San Jose native who started playing bass at the age of 8, along with his brother on guitar and his sister on keyboards. This family trio was the basis of a rhythm section for the group, Los Paisanos. During the 70s, they played extensively in the San Jose area for more than 10 years. To earn his way through college, Gil played in a four-piece dance band, Solar Energy, often performing six to seven nights per week in Bay Area clubs. For more than five years, Gil also studied Jazz with the late Warren Nunes who he considers one of his greatest personal influences. Throughout the years, he has been in a variety of bands, performing genres that range from Latin, Funk, R&B, Rock, Jazz, to Country. Gil believes "At the end of the day, a soild musical performance is what it's all about."