Gloria Robles

Lead female vocalist

Gloria A. Robles

Born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. Adopted by a family filled with musicians that would influence her to follow her musical passion. Her vocal discovery was at the age of 5. Gloria became the lead vocalist for the mariachi band for Tempe high school at the age of 6 for six years. Her first true love is Mariachi music granted it was the first live performance before an audience at such a young age.

Gloria has had the pleasure in becoming one of the greatest ten vocalist in Mariachi music in 2002
In Phoenix, Arizona. She has worked with Mickey Mixin Oliver one of Chicago's favorite underground house and electronic DJ's. Founding member of the groundbreaking Chicago radio mix show team on 102.7 WBMX. Later on after her experience with underground house music Gloria was asked to be apart of a Tex Mex band (Grupo Buffalo) where she took her place as the female lead vocalist for 10 years. The band made several appearances on local morning shows for Chanel 33 Univision here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gloria also became part of Food City family and has had the pleasure in performing at all the events throughout the valley along with the State Fairgrounds Entertainment stream. There are many musical experience Gloria has had the pleasure in being apart of but the most memorable one would be the (Amigo's Band) ran and directed by Bob Diaz since the 1970's. There is where the true magic begin in Gloria's musical career. When she first came to the band she couldn't just walk in and say hey I can sing. She had to do the work like everyone else and learn how to dance and take vocal classes and play guitar. Those were the requirements by the music director.

The Rhythm Edition band is now her new found home and plan to bring entertainment to a whole new level that will excite the audience and captivate your heart. This fiery Latin girl has the drive and the passion to reach the stars and take you on magical experience you'll never forget.

 

Charles Newton

Keys and vocals

An “army brat”, Charles was originally born in Nuremburg, Germany but has lived in the Valley for more than 50 years.  As a performer, Charles combines ageless energy with decades of experience in almost every type of music imaginable.  As a keyboardist he has performed with rock, jazz, country, and R&B bands.  As a vocalist, he sings regularly with choirs and orchestras as well the occasional solo recital and when Rhythm Edition’s schedule allows, appears in musicals.  Charles also performs at the Arizona Renaissance Festival and -- rumor has it -- looks good in tights.

Ruzo Villalba

Drums and lead vocals

He has played in numerous bands since arriving in the valley, with the latest and greatest being Rhythm Edition. Ruzo greatest pleasure is laying down a funky and Latin beats so the audience can hit the floor and get their groove on!

Duane McVlendon

Bass guitar and lead vocals

Duane came to us from the band Knee Deep who has been performing in the valley for many years he sings lead and is a great bass player he has been a great addition the the Rhythm Edition family and we look forward to many years together.

 

Mark Smith

Lead rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, Harmonica, Banjo and vocalist

 

Mark Smith

Mark was born and raised in Wisconsin, went on the road

when he was 20 and performed for 15 years, somehow

making it to Arizona. This has been his home now for 17

years and it sounds like he’s here to stay. He has a

Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Jazz and

Classical performance and years of experience teaching

and entertaining.

Mark has been performing most of his life and when he’s

on stage you’ll feel the excitement and energy as he

reaches out to the audience giving them the entertainment

they want. Besides working the night clubs and concerts in

the U.S. for 30 years, he’s has been an “Ambassador of

Goodwill” through the U.S. Embassy Tours performing in

Budapest, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, and various military

bases entertaining our troops.

Dennis Fike

Leader of the band, lead singer ...percussionist

 

Dennis Fike is the lead singer and leader of the Rhythm Edition band and has been singing and performing since a very young age. Singing three-part harmony performing with his 2 sisters in festivals and churches.
He has performed in many musical plays, solo performances and has performed national anthems at football games and Basketball games. He was also part of the male Orphius choir of 100 men locally.

Dennis started the band 20 years ago as the Gold Tones & the Rhythm Edition. With that band they performed all oldies. Dennis also played the drums and sang lead. We had the opportunity to open for the Grass Roots and the Turtles and performed many events with Kool Radio.

Later Dennis dropped the Gold Tones and kept the name Rhythm Edition and became a variety band. With Rhythm Edition we had the opportunity to open for The Marshal Tucker band and Steppin Wolf at the Ostrich Festival. He has performed in front of thousands of people at PIR 4th of July 2006 and many other events.
Music will always be in Dennis' life.
Ray Delgadillo

Sax

 

Ray Delgadillo, a native Arizonan, born in Flagstaff where his love for music began at the age of 12 when he joined his father's band, "Los Rhumberos". Ray moved to Phoenix in the late 70's where he pursued his love of music and played with many of the valleys finest Latin bands, played Mariachi music and studied music performance at Mesa community college. Eventually he formed his own very successful variety band, "New Image". Ray is now the Sax player and one of the voices for Rhythm Edition, bringing his Latin roots and sounds to "The funnest band in Arizona".

Mike Dominguez

Mike was born and raised in Albuquerque , NM. He has been involved in music since he was in Kindergarten, first as a singer and then as a trumpet player. He began his professional career in high school performing with Mariachi Villegas. During this time Mike has shared the stage with Mariachi Cobre , Mariachi Sol de Mexico, and the best Mariachi on the planet, Mariachi Vargas. 

            After high school, Mike pursued a music education degree, first attending Eastern New Mexico, and then finally transfering and graduating from New Mexico State University. During his time at New Mexico State, Mike performed with the Jazz Band, the Wind Symphony, and was Drum Major for two years of the "Pride of New Mexico Marching Band". It was also during this time that Mike began performing with the popular local Ska/Reggae band "Liquid Cheese".

            After College MIke moved to Phoenix to begin his music education career. He has been teaching elementary and middle school band and orchestra for the past 13 years. He is now trumpet player and  one of many vocalist for the Rhythm Edition.