Founded in 2014 by Arranger, Trumpeter Lionicio (Lio) Saenz III, recruiting Alto, Tenor/Baritone saxophonist Valentino Maltos, the duo came to fruition complete with Lio’s sound and vision for a riveting horn section and electrifying sound.
The two created a sound of crisp trumpets, deep harmonies, a big bottom, super tight & funky phrases, smooth legato lines and a fresh approach to arrangement and recording best described as a “fat stack”.
From there the riveting group Fat Stack Horns was born.
Growing up and performing in their family’s bands both Lio & Valentino are no strangers to sultry engaging sounds as they share similar backgrounds as second and third generation musicians. Playing a mix of Latin, R&B, gospel, and jazz music leading to a wide range of influences.
Both majored in music, Lio attending Weatherford College near Ft. Worth TX and Valentino, University of Northern Colorado in Greenly, CO.
Since its inception, Fat Stack Horns has recorded with some of the biggest names in gospel music including, Fred Hammond, Tamela Mann, Kim Burrell, Michael Bethany, Bishop TD Jakes, and Grace by Dexterity, placing Fat Stack Horns on albums at the top #1 and #2 spots on the “Billboard Top Gospel Albums” 3 separate times in 2016.
The duo credits their musical influences with a mashup of multiple genres and artists including, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, JB Horns, The Latin Breed, Fred Hammond and a host of other musical major players.
Lio’s performance credits
Erykah Badu (2014 essence fest)
Dave Chapelle (Radio City Music hall) Brooklyn Philharmonic orchestra)
Donald Lawrence (2013 MegaFest)
Kurt Carr(2013 Mega Fest)
Potters House North Dallas Band
Bishop Jobe Brady
Judith McAllister (horns)
Crystal Rucker (horns)
TV Show theme songs
David and Tamela Mann (It’s a Mann’s World/BET (horns)
Zendaya (K.C. Undercover/Disney Channel (guitar-bass-horns)
Funk Knuckles (horns on Barbosa/As of Lately Record)
Gary Oliver (guitar/ Sunday Morning Live at Tabernacle of Praise)
DayStar Christian Television
Valentino Z. Maltos Works
6x nominated, 3x Grammy Award winning session saxophonist
House band saxophonist & keyboardist for Despierta America performing alongside some of Latin America’s biggest stars including: