Big Squeeze Champs— Aaron, Garrett & Randall
All nine Big Squeeze contestants are winners.
Congratulations to Big Squeeze Champs:
Aaron Daniel Salinas of San Antonio, Conjunto
Garrett Neubauer, of Altair, Polka
Randall Jackson, Dallas, Zydeco
Thank you to all who supported the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, the musicians and audience members.
The finalists in the zydeco category were: Randall Jackson of Dallas, Je'an-Trel Jolivette of Manvel, and DeJe'an Jolivette of Marvel.
The finalists in polka are: Rebecca Huck of Harker Heights, Chris Trojacek of Ennis, and Garrett Neubauer of Altair.
The finalists in the conjunto category are: Aaron Salinas of San Antonio, Luis Gonzales of Grand Prairie, and Mariano Resendez of La Joya.
The contest this year attracted 49 contestants, the largest number in its history. Seventy-five percent of the contestants were conjunto accordion players. Because of the larger number of conjunto contestants, there were three Honorable Mentions in that category: Rito Peña of San Antonio, Alan Guerra of Mission, and Nizhoni Begay of San Antonio.