Calibre 50

Calibre 50 is a Regional Mexican band founded in the city of Mazatlán, Sinaloa in 2010.[1] Their style is Norteño-Banda, a hybrid of Norteño, which uses an electric bass or tololoche for the low notes and replaces it with a sousaphone (tuba), which is typically used in Banda for the bass notes.

Calibre 50
Calibre 50 in a 2016 concert.
Calibre 50 in a 2016 concert.
Background information
OriginMazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Years active2010 (2010)-present
LabelsDisa, Universal
Past membersMartín López
  • Augusto Guido


Before founding Calibre 50, Edén Muñoz had been the accordionist and vocalist in the Norteño-banda group, Colmillo Norteño. With Muñoz, the group scored the hit songs "Sueño guajiro" and "Hotel El Cid" in 2009, among others. Nevertheless, conflicts with the other members of the band led Muñoz to quit Colmillo Norteño in December 2009, and he founded his own band in 2010, recruiting Armando Ramos as guitarist, Augusto Guido as drummer and Martín López as tuba player. The name of this new band was "Puro Colmillo Norteño", and they recorded their first album, "Renovar o Morir", under that name, as well as their first single ("El infiernito"). However, the original Colmillo Norteño sued them for the name, and after a legal dispute Muñoz' band was forced to change their name later in 2010. They chose the name by which they are known nowadays: Calibre 50.[2] The name of the band comes from the comparison "with an element that will symbolize the strength and impact that the project has on the lives of the members, as well as those who like the Regional Mexican genre."

Calibre 50 first achieved notoriety for their controversial songs, among them corridos. Their first nationwide hit was "El tierno se fue" ("The nice guy is gone") in 2011, a song written by Lalo Ayala which contains many innuendos and describes a sexual act in detail. In later years, they turned to release romantic songs as singles, however their albums still consist mostly of corridos and party songs.

In January 2014, drummer Augusto Guido left the band to work on his own group, "Los de Sinaloa"; he was replaced by Erick García.[3] Two months later, Tuba player Martín López also left the band to work on another project, "La Iniciativa". He was subsequently replaced by Alejandro Gaxiola.[4]

In March 2017, Calibre 50 made history when the band became the first Regional Mexican act to perform on the Conan show on an episode that took place in Mexico City.

Calibre 50 made their Rodeo Houston debut on 11 March 2018 to a sold out crowd.

On 26 April 2018, Calibre 50, along with Colombian Urban singer J Balvin, received an award from Pandora Radio for being the first artists to surpass a billion of streams on that platform.[5]

On October 2020, the group broke the record for the most number-one songs on the Billboard Regional Mexican Airplay chart with 17 songs.[6]


  • Edén Muñoz, first voice and diatonic accordion (leader)
  • Armando Ramos, second voice and twelfth fret guitar
  • Alejandro Gaxiola, tuba
  • Erick García, drum kit

Past membersEdit

  • Martín López
  • Augusto Guído


  • 2010: Renovar o morir (Originally issued under the name "Puro Colmillo Norteño", later reissued as Calibre 50).
  • 2011: De Sinaloa Para El Mundo
  • 2012: El buen ejemplo
  • 2013: La recompensa
  • 2013: Corridos De Alto Calibre
  • 2014: Siempre Contigo
  • 2015: Historias de La Calle
  • 2016: Desde el rancho (feat. Amor Del Bueno and Siempre Te Voy A Querer)
  • 2017: En Vivo Desde El Auditorio Telmex
  • 2017: Guerra De Poder
  • 2018: Mitad y Mitad
  • 2019: Simplemente Gracias

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Premios Lo Nuestro Mejor Artista Revelación del Año/Regional Mexicano   Won  [7]
2015 Premios Juventud Mi Letra Favorita/Música   Won [8]
2015 Premios Juventud Mejor Tema Novelero/Novelas Aunque ahora estés con él Nominated  [9]
2017 Premios Lo Nuestro Grupo o Dúo del Año/Regional Mexicano   Won  [10]
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Mejor Artista de Música Regional Mexicana   Won  [11]


  1. ^ "Calibre 50 - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ Ochoa, Anilú (2 July 2014). "Colmillo Norteño – Biografía". SAPS Grupero. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ "DEJA A CALIBRE 50 POR SU NUEVA BANDA". Soy Grupero. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  4. ^ "MARTÍN LÓPEZ DEJA CALIBRE 50". Soy Grupero. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  5. ^ "J Balvin & Calibre 50 Receive Pandora's First-Ever 'Billions' Awards". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  6. ^ Bustios, Pamela (22 October 2020). "Calibre 50 Breaks No. 1 Record on Regional Mexican Airplay Chart With 'Decepciones'". Billboard. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Lista completa de ganadores de Premios Lo Nuestro 2012". (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Premios Juventud 2015: Lista completa de ganadores". (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Premios Juventud: Lista completa de nominados 2016". (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Lista de Ganadores Regional Mexicano de Premio Lo Nuestro". (in Spanish). 24 February 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  11. ^ Música, Univision. "Lista de ganadores de los iHeart Radio Music Awards 2016". Univision (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.