Tower of Power are an Oakland-based, American brass-funk band from California formed in 1968, originally as "The Motowns". The line-up has featured Emilio Castillo - backing/ lead vocals, Stephen Kupka - saxophone/ songwriting, David Garibaldi - drums, Larry Braggs - vocals, Roger Smith - keys, Tom E. Politzer - saxophone, Adolfo Acosta - trumpet, Michael Bogart - trumpet/ trombone/ flugelhorn and Mark Harper - bass.
Key albums include "East Bay Grease", "Back to Oakland" and "Urban Renewal". US hits include "Don't Change Horses (In The Middle of the Stream)", "So Very Hard To Go" and "Hipper Than Hip".
Founder member, bass player Francis "Rocco" Prestia passed away in 2020.