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  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit : David DoddIgnacio "Nachito" MoralesDallas, TXIgnacio Morales was The Big Squeeze champion of 2011. Affectionately known as Nachito, Ignacio Morales hails from the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas. He is currently a senior at the historic Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, where he has earned All-State honors in band on the saxophone...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: David DoddKeyun Dickson Houston, TexasKeyun Dickson earned the distinction of becoming the first Zydeco winner of The Big Squeeze in 2010. Dickson hails from Humble, Texas in the greater Houston area. His mother and grandmother were instrumental in his early taking to the accordion at the age of 3. When he was 12, he formed Keyun and the Zydeco Masters. He performs all over the...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: David DoddHeriberto Rodriguez Edcouch, TexasIn 2009, Heriberto Rodriguez was named the winner of The Big Squeeze. Rodriguez was raised Edcouch-Elsa, Texas. He competed in the The Big Squeeze 2008 finals. The next year won The Big Squeeze in 2009 at the age of 16, after much practice and cross-state speaker phone meetings with 2008 winner, Johnny Ramirez. He draws musical...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: Chuy Benitez Photo Credit: Chuy Benitez Johnny Ramirez Houston, Texas Johnny Ramirez won The Big Squeeze in 2008. He has been playing the accordion since he was 4. Johnny Ramirez graduated from Houston's John H. Reagan High School. He cites Jaime y Los Chamacos as his favorite conjunto. Stylistically, Ramirez has been heavily influenced by Jaime de Anda of Los Chamacos and the...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Juan Longoria, Jr. Brownsville, TexasJuan Longoria Jr. was the inaugural winner of The Big Squeeze in 2007. Since winning the first installment of The Big Squeeze, Juan Longoria, Jr. has gone on to record CDs and receive awards with his band, Conteño, known for their blending of conjunto, Norteño, and Tejano. Conteño received the Upcoming Conjunto award in 2011 from the South Texas Conjunto...

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