Orquesta Ritmo Director, Michael Eyia, was inspired to create the band because of his Cuban heritage. Eyia, born in Cuba, wanted to introduce and entertain the American public in the electrifying genre of latin music. The band was formed in the late 70’s as a smaller group plus a dance troupe to participate in the US Bicentennial Celebration. In the mid 80’s it became the ten piece group that currently performs. They have opened for a number of national and international acts, including such artists as salsa great Oscar D’Leon, recording artists Los Lobos,The Bangles, and Pete Escovído, and Wycliff Gordon at the E. Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival among others. The band has also garnered a number of accolades including a Special Tribute from the Michigan Legislature for promoting the Cuban culture in the Mid-Michigan area. Currently, the band has been performing at casinos, festivals and corporate functions all over the state and parts of the midwest.