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Big Squeeze

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The Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Showcase
The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for accordion players ages 21 and under to showcase their performance abilities in any genre of music: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more!
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  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: David DoddRuben Paul Moreno Houston, Texas Ruben Paul Moreno was a finalist in the 2010 edition of The Big Squeeze contest. Moreno hails from a musical family and grew up in Houston's Fifth Ward. In his childhood, he attended shows at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater and other venues across the city. He began performing professionally at the age of 13. In late 2007, he received...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: David DoddMichael Ramos, Dallas, TX: Michael Ramos is the reigning Big Squeeze champion having won in 2013. He hails from Dallas, Texas where he is currently a senior at Gilliam Collegiate Academy. After he graduates this year, he will pursue a college education and aim to form his own conjunto. As a child, he had picked up the accordion a few times. His uncle first introduced...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: Sarah RuckerPeter Anzaldua Brownsville, TexasPeter Anzaldua won the 2012 edition of The Big Squeeze. Anzaldua is a resident of Brownsville, Texas. At the age 7 he began playing the accordion. He plays in the conjunto tradition his supportive family raised him in. In addition to being inspired by the late conjunto legends like Tony De La Rosa and Ruben Vela, Anzaldua was heavily...
  • 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...
  • Posted on Fri Jan 17, 2014
    Texas Folklife offers a range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops in the traditional arts for school and community venues. The 2014-2015 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of “The Big Squeeze” accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of “The Big Squeeze” film and a performance program that can be scaled to your budget. Master classes and TEKS...


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