Caliente, Houston Press Best Latin Band Award Winner, is the nationally acclaimed repertoire ensemble for Diaz Music Institute. Caliente, the only youth group to receive the prestigious Houston Press Award, is under the direction of Jose Antonio Diaz. The ensemble has appeared with some of the music industry’s biggest stars such as Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentin, Ismael Miranda, Roberto Roena, Aldaberto Santiago, Larry Harlow, Jimmy Bosch, Pete Escovedo, Dave Valentin, Brenda K Starr, Poncho Sanchez, Michael Stuart, Danilo Perez, Nestor Torres, Jon Faddis, Brian Lynch, David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Ndugu Chancler, John Santos, Rebeca Mauleon, Conrad Herwig, Frankie Negron, and Marlon Fernandez.
Caliente has appeared at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Jazz Education Network Conference, Oregon Music Educators Association Conference, Music Educators National Conference, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Salsa Congress, and Dallas Music Symposium. Caliente also appeared at the Chocolate Bayou Festival, the Bayou City Arts Festival, Dia de la Hispanidad, and a host of many concert performances to many to mention.