Suhr, a native of Guatemala, graduated Magna Cum Laude
with degrees in music and computer science from the University
of St. Thomas in Houston. Shortly after graduation, he participated
in the Houston finals of the International Oti Festival
as both a performer and an arranger of his own original material.
In 1991, he felt the need for a band that could convincingly play
repertoire in both Spanish and English and started Mango
Punch! The personality and sound he created is mantained
by the professionalism and versatility of the musicians who form
Punch! first performed publicly at the Salsa on the
Plaza festival in July of 1991. Since then, they have become
one of the most in-demand latin bands in Texas for the solid reputation
they have built playing to capacity crowds and entertaining at
participated in a large number of festivals including The Houston
International Festival, Puerto Rico in Houston, Taste
of Houston, and The World’s Largest Margarita.
In 1996, they played at the Miller Outdoor Theater opening for
Alvaro Torres. In April 1997, they opened for
Barrio Boyzz in the internationally recognized
Fiesta San Antonio.
has had several TV appearances including Ritmo Latino,
which has broadcast their “Que me pongo?” video at
an international level, El Show de SEVCEC, a
nationally syndicated talk show on Telemundo,
“This Morning Houston” with Sylvan Rodríguez
and Claire Cassademont (Channel 11, ABC), “Houston
Ahora” with Joe and Issa Ramírez (Channel 45, Univisión),
and a Muscular Dystrophy Telethon (Channel 2, NBC).
In Guadalajara, Mexico they’ve performed in live programs
for the Televisa network.
they initiated a series of concerts where they perform almost
exclusively original material. This on-going effort has taken
them to prestigious concert halls including Hamman Hall at Rice
University and Rockefeller’s.
In 1997, they performed at the prestigious Fiestas de Octubre
for a capacity crowd of 8,000 at Auditorio Benito Juárez
Their first CD, the
self-titled Mango Punch!, contains only original music in various
different styles including merengue, salsa and cumbia. Material
from the album has received airplay in leading radio programs
Theis second CD, called Pop/Rock, is more international in scope,
where a world-class production and recording enhance Suhr’s
engaging melodies and lyrics.
International Festival: Walter Suhr, 2nd place, song
1992: Public News: Mango Punch! 2nd place Reader's
1993: Pura Vida Hispanic Music Awards: Mango
Punch! Best Latin, Jazz, Salsa and Tropical Band of the year.
1994: Councilman Félix Fraga Mango Punch!
honorary certificate from.
1995: Houston Press Music Award: Mango Punch!
Best Latin Band of the year.
1998: Billboard Magazine Song Contest Walter
Suhr’s “Valemos la Pena”1st place in the latin
category at the national level.
1999: John Lennon Songwriting Contest: “Big
dreams, grandes sueños”, Finalist. “¿Qué
me pongo?”, Runner-up
Mango Punch uses instruments
that are on the leading edge of technology. The band's full rhythm
section (bass, drums, percussion, guitar and keyboards) is complemented
by computer sequences which enable them to perform in different
styles with much authenticity.