Benny Escalante was born in San Fernando de Camarones, a small town of the Cienfuegos province. For several years, he was part of the Andres Mena’s Orchestra, a well respected music teacher and band leader involved in all kind of musical events- creating possibilities for musicians and music students wanting to pursue their career as professional musicians. While working in the sugar cane fields, he helped to build the popularity of the orchestra in the Central part of the country sharing stages with the Aragon Orchestra, Benny More Orchestra Fajardo y sus Estrellas and other famous bands of the 1950’s. In the late 50’s Benny moved to Havana and started to play with the Mariano Garcia Orchestra, the Havana Riviera Orchestra, and Havana Libre Orchestra. Benny has recorded as a soloist as well as a backup vocalist and featured in Glenda del E’s Q-ban Mixology last CD and has been awarded several prestigious awards from the Cuban Ministry of Culture.