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2022 Big Squeeze Champions

This past weekend, 11 finalists in 5 traditional accordion genre categories (two conjunto age genres, polka, cajun, and zydeco) travelled to Austin's Bullock Texas State History Museum from across Texas and Louisiana to compete in the 2022 Big Squeeze Finals. After the incredible performances from the finalists, the five winners were announced live.


Congratulations to the 2022 Big Squeeze Grand Prize Winners:

Christopher Derouen, 20, Lafayette, LA

Kade Domec, 14, Arnaudville, LA

Elayne Doggett, 10, Plano

Conjunto: 16 & Under
Alejandro Solis, 15, Roma

Conjunto: 17-21
Galilea Paz, 17, Roma

Congratulations again to this year's Big Squeeze winners! The 2022 Big Squeeze Champions will be performing at the 33rd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert on June 4th at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre. This event will be live streamed and in-person.

We would like to congratulate all the contestants who competed in the Big Squeeze's 16th contest! You all worked incredibly hard over the past year and we were impressed by the caliber of talent you young musicians possess. We are proud of all of you and hope you will continue to carry on the squeezebox tradition and join us again for next year's Big Squeeze season.

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Thank you to the 2022 Big Squeeze Sponsors! The 2022 Big Squeeze is supported in part by the generosity of H-E-B, a Squeezebox Legend Sponsor, who has contributed to worthy causes through Texas and Mexico for 115 years. We are also grateful to the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board for their long-time support. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor, as well as contributions from Hohner Accordions, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, and other regional partners.