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selenaSelena Quintanilla-Perez
Lead Vocalist, Costume Designer, Songwriter & Actress
1981-1995


Selena opened 2 of her own boutiques in 1994. She also wrote the occasional song. Selena started singing at 4, at 6 she recorded her first song in a studio. At 8 Los Dinos was formed and at 10 they started touring for a living. In 1989 the group was signed to their first major label, EMI Latin, and released the first of 4 studio albums which catapulted them to superstardom. Her love of fashion and costume design prompted her to open her own boutique, she started working on that in 1993 and by January of 1994, she opened the first boutique and later on that year a second. She also guest-starred on the novela "Dos Mujeres, Un Camino" in 1994 and in 1995 had a camio in the movie "Don Juan Demarco". After her death, her first English album was released and went to number 1. She had written a song for the album that was later recorded by her brother's band "Oh No".  The song was recorded as a demo and her father released it on her official radio station a few years ago along with other songs that aren't CD quality! 

 

 

 

 


Suzette Quintanilla-Arriaga
Drummer, In charge of merchandising
1981-1995


Suzette became the drummer after their cousin went home to Washington. She now works behind the scenes at Q-Productions as CEO and the face of Selena's legacy. She married in 1993 and had her first child a few years after Selena's death. I met Suzette at the museum, she's very nice and asks a lot of questions, genuinely interested where you're from. She took over running Selena's boutiques after her death and has done a great job in collaborating with MAC to get a Selena makeup line released not once but twice! All of the merchandise we have now is because of her, she was in charge of the merchandising while the band was active so it was a very natural transition from drummer to being in charge of Selena's legacy. She knew what Selena wanted and has worked hard over the years to make her dreams come true!

 

 

 


A.B. Quintanilla III
Bass Guitar, Backup Singer, Songwriter & Producer
1981-1995


A.B. was learning the Bass guitar when the band was formed. He became the producer and songwriter in the mid-'80s. He wrote the music and or lyrics to most of the band's songs. Now he is a successful writer/producer and has his own very successful band A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings. After the Kumbia Kings ran into trouble AB started a new group called Kumbia All-Stars. He not only wrote and produced for Selena but he has also done the same for other artists. He occasionally works with Q-Productions to remix Selena's songs for albums!

 

 

 


Ricky Vela
Keyboard & Songwriter


198?-1995
Besides Selena and her siblings, Ricky spent the most time with Los Dinos. Ricky wrote the lyrics of some of Selena's songs including; Tu No Sabes, Sabes, Cuando Despierto, Como Te Quiero, Tengo Ganas De Llorar, Baila Esta Cumbia, Si La Quieres, Las Cadenas, Que Creias, No Debes Jugar and the Duet; Tu Robaste Mi Corazon, Ya No, Tus Desprecios, El Chico Del Apartamento 512 and No Me Queda Mas, He now works behind the scenes at Q-productions. I also met Ricky at the museum. He's very shy, quiet and humble but nice.

 


Joe Ojeda
Keyboard


1989-1995
Joe and Pete were a band together when Los Dinos saw them and asked them to join. Joe now plays in the Chris Perez Band and with Pete's band.

 

 

 


Chris Perez
Guitar


1989-1995
Chris joined the band in late 1989 and left and rejoined again in 1990. He & Selena married in 1992. In 1999 he released a grammy-winning album, Resurrection, under The Chris Perez Project. After the band released its 2nd album they broke up. He occasionally plays with A.B. and started up the Chris Perez band again. He remarried and had 2 children but later divorced. He is now engaged to singer Melissa Jimenez. He became a best selling author when he wrote a book about his life with Selena, To Selena with Love.

 

 


Don Shelton
(Donald "Don" Shelton II Dec 8, 1966 - Dec 2, 2014)

Back up Vocals
1994-1995


Before joining Los Dinos Don was apart of a group who were the backup dancers for her in 1990 for a while which started with a performance at the TMA's that year. Then 4 years later he was added as a backup singer. He said in an interview the other group didn't go anywhere. It was rumored after Selena's death that he was a restaurant manager. Unfortunately on December 2, 2014, Don passed away after a battle with cancer just days before his 48th birthday.

 

 


Fredy Correa
Back up Vocals
Formerly of the Barrio Boyzz


1994-1995
Fredy was originally part of the Barrio Boyzz who recorded a Duo with Selena in 1993. Selena would let him sing solo's during concerts, He was supposed to start his solo career like Pete.  He was a TV show host for a while for Puro Tejano. He is now a personal trainer. He does participate in reunions with the Barrio Boyzz when they pay tribute to Selena. The Barrio Boyzz are supposed to be getting back together in 2019 but there aren't too many details yet.

 

 


Arturo Meza
Congas
1994-1995


When the band expanded in late 1993/ early 1994 they added a Conga player. He's on Facebook and is pretty friendly.

 

 


Pete Astudillo
Back-Up Singer
1989-1993

Pete recorded duets with Selena and in late 1993 he left the group to be a solo singer. But he worked with the Dinos on the Amor Prohibido album. He wrote lyrics for a lot of songs including Selena's Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and Ámeme. He still writes and produces for many Tejano artists like Sesi. He is still performing and recording as well, his new group is Pete Astudillo and Tekno Mex.

 

 

 


 

1990's Dinos


Mike Orozco

Guitar
He left the group after getting married but occasionally would sub for Chris when he wasn't available.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


1980's Dinos

 

Roger Garcia

Guitar

In 1993 he subbed for Chris on a TV show where they performed Amame. 

 

 

 


Rodney Pyeatt: Guitar
Rena Dearmn: Keyboard

Rodney and Rena were part of the group in the early years. They eventually married and left the group.

 

There were other guitarists during the 80's but they are unknown right now.