Banda Sinaloense el Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga, often referred to as Banda el Recodo, was founded in 1938; it has been under the direction of the Lizárraga family. Banda el Recodo has performed with such popular artists as Juan Gabriel and Michael Concepcion.
The ensemble consists of four clarinets, three trumpets, a tambora, a bass drum with a cymbal on top, a tarola, a snare drum, a tuba (Sousaphone style), three trombones, two alto horns (referred to as saxores or amonias in Mexico), and two singers.
According to the 2013 court testimonies of the drug lord Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar (alias El Mamito), Banda el Recodo performed at several private parties held by leaders of Los Zetas drug cartel for a sum of US$250,000. He also testified that the favorite musical group of Miguel Treviño Morales (alias Z40), the former leader of Los Zetas, was Banda el Recodo.
Banda El Recodo was founded by Cruz Lizárraga, a young musician who also gave it its current appearance, including the setting, style, shape and number of current members that associated it with the place of their origin, the State of Sinaloa on the Mexican Pacific. El Recodo was named after the town Lizárraga was born in.