Photo Credit: David Dodd
In 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 inspiration from his late father, Enrique Rodriguez. Under his guidance, Rodriguez began playing the piano when he was 6. He was taught by the late master accordionist, Benny Layton. While attending Edcouch-Elsa High School he was very active in the Mariachi program, placing Region 1st chair viola. He was also involved in their athletics programs, competing in track and soccer. As a junior in high school he joined Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle , a 13-piece group consisting of several instructors teaching at high schools across the Valley. He performed and toured with the group until he graduated in 2011 and departed for college.
He is currently attending Texas A&M University where he is seeking a degree in computer engineering. An addition to his academic pursuits, he continues to perform, both in conjunto and mariachi groups.
Most Notable Performances
June 5, 2010 Accordion Kings and Queens-Miller Outdoor Theatre
February 11, 2010 Big Squeeze-Edcouch Community Center
June 5, 2009 Accordion Kings and Queens-Miller Outdoor Theatre (Winner)
May 1, 2009 Big Squeeze Semi-finals -Bob Bullock Museum (Finalist)
October 26, 2009 The Big Squeeze Film Screening- University of Texas at Brownsville
June 7, 2008 Accordion Kings and Queens-Miller Outdoor Theatre (Finalist)
May 11, 2008 Big Squeeze Semi-Finals-Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (Finalist)