Contrabanda is one of Chicago’s hottest Latin ensembles and is led by Grammy nominated percussionist Danny Howard (2016), who grew up in Downers Grove and England. Contrabanda has played well known venues such as the Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, and RibFest in Naperville and plays everything from Latin Boogaloo to Brazilian Jazz to Latin Jazz to Salsa. 

Locally, Danny Howard has performed regularly for the First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn and Contrabanda band members are also local musicians, mainly teachers from the Chicago land area. Mark Nelson, the piano player, resides in Plainfield and plays regularly as the accompanist for Bolingbrook High School choral groups.