In 1963, brothers Ernie, Cory, and Brian Orosco formed a rock band...


In 1942, Joe Orosco, a young sailor on a troop ship in the Guadalcanal, prayed, "Lord, I want to live. I want to go home. I want to get married and have three sons. I want them to be musicians." His prayer was answered.

About the Band

Ernie and The Emperors started their career as the opening act for the Isley Brothers at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Soon after, having won numerous Battle of the Bands competitions, they were made the official house band for the venue.

About This Site

Welcome to Ernie and The Emperors' Official Website! The purpose of this site is to provide information about this great Santa Barbara band, including memoirs, news, videos and of course, pictures. Please look around all you want!