Juan Longoria, Jr.
Juan 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 Association.
He recently graduated from University of Texas at Brownsville, earning a degree in Business Administration and is now a music teacher at Los Fresnos High School in Los Fresnos, Texas, where he established their first-ever conjunto program in 2013. In 2013, he was nominated as Accordionist of the Year by the South Texas Conjunto Association.
Conjunto music is a family affair in the Longoria family. Longoria Jr. learned from his father Juan Sr. Now Longoria Jr. takes pride in passing the tradition to his son Juan Longoria III, placed as a semi-finalist in the 2012 and 2013 editions of The Big Squeeze. Website
Most Notable Performances
March 30, 2013 Big Squeeze-Los Fresnos High School
March 2, 2013 Big Squeeze-University of Texas-Pan American
March 4, 2012 Big Squeeze-Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre
March 19, 2011 Big Squeeze-Latino Cultural Center
2011 Big Squeeze-Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
2011 National Association of State Arts Agencies Conference
October 10, 2010 Tejano-Conjunto-Norteño Bi-national Convening-STC Mid Valley Campus
October 26, 2009 The Big Squeeze Film Screening – University of Texas at Brownsville
October 25, 2009 The Big Squeeze Film Screening – University of Texas at Brownsville
June 7, 2008 Accordion Kings and Queens-Houston Miller Outdoor Theater
May 11, 2008 Big Squeeze Semi-Finals-Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
June 2, 2007 Big Squeeze Finals/AKQ-Miller Outdoor Theatre (Winner)
June 1, 2007 Big Squeeze Semi-finals-Miller Outdoor Theatre (Finalist)