47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 Best album Latin Traditional Tropical Category nominee".
"4th Annual Independent Music Awards 2005 Best Latin Album WINNER".
Featured song "Mambo A La Sandoval" in "Dancing with the Stars". April 2008 season.
Chicago Magazine's Chicagoan of the Year 2005. "Salsa King"
"One of a handful of top-flight mambo orchestras in the world today"
TimeOut Chicago, Sep 1-8, 2005. Bold Fusion the beat goes on at the 2005 Jazz Festival.
August 27th.. "Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra DAY" in Chicago.
Proclaimed by Mayor Richard Daley & 35th Ward Alderman Ray Colon & The 17th Annual Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival.
"Mambo kings of the Midwest" CS Magazine, Oct 2004. (Chicago Social, a Modern Luxury Publication)
911 Mambo Orchestra plays an array of Latin music from the modern tropical sounds of today to the most traditional hard hitting Mambo of the 50's. The bands play original arrangements by Angel Melendez and the music of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Rodriguez, Perez Prado and FANIA.
Melendez has featured his bands at some of the following prestigious events: U.S. Conference of Mayors Chicago 2005, 27th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, Millenium Park Jazz Series featuring Danilo Perez, Louisville Fest 07, African Festival of The Arts 07, 17th Annual Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival, The Taste of Chicago, Chicago SummerDance, Old Town Folk & Roots Festival 06, Bash on Wabash 07, Puerto Rican Festival 07, Chicago International Salsa Congress in 2002 & 2004, Chicago Salsa Festival 07, Chicago's Millennium Park Opening Ceremonies 2004, Goose Island International Outdoor Fest, AARP Latino Community Celebration 2004 closing for MALO, MLB All-Star Pepsi Park 2003 & Chicago Tribune's Rock the River Fest.
His bands have played at the most recognized Chicago venues like: The Chicago Symphony Center, Millenium Park's Pritzker Pavillion, Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell, Harris Theatre for Music & Dance, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, The House of Blues, The Park West & Chicago's Field Museum among many others.
Angel Melendez has been a musical director and arranger for some of the world's most renowned Salsa artists including Danilo Perez, Jimmy Bosch, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Luigi Texidor, Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, The Singers of the Apollo Sound (Tito Cruz, Sammy Gonzalez & Papo Sanchez), Frankie Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Lalo Rodriguez, Luisito Carrión, Hector Tricoche, Tito Allen & Johnny Rivera among others.