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  • Posted on Mon Jul 9, 2018
    Photo Credit: David Dodd Garrett NeubauerAltair, TexasGarrett Neubauer was the Polka Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 edition of the Big Squeeze. Garrett grew up in Altair, TX near LaGrange, where Texas-Czech and Moravian traditions still live. He played in the band Texas Dream as well as with polka groups such as the Czechaholics. Garrett was influenced to learn accordion by his late father,...
  • Posted on Mon Jul 9, 2018
    Randall JacksonDallas, TexasRandall Jackson was the Zydeco Grand Prize WInner in the 2014 edition of the Big Squeeze. Randall was born in South East Texas and grew up around Creole and Cajun culture. He even speaks some French Creole. He specializes in Zydeco in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and perfor,s around Texas with a band he fronts called Dr. Zydeco. He attended Weatherford College.  ...
  • Posted on Mon Jul 9, 2018
    Aaron Daniel SalinasSan Antonio, TexasAaron Daniel Salinas was the Conjunto Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 edition of the Big Squeeze. Aaron is a native of San Antonio. He attended Baylor University in Waco, TX. Aaron began playing the accordion at a very young age at Conjunto Heritage Taller in San Antonio. He credits his grandfather for instilling a passion for Conjunto music.   Most...
  • Posted on Thu Jul 5, 2018
    Rito ReñaSan Antonio, TexasRito Peña was the Conjunto/Norteño Grand Prize WInner in the 2015 edition of the Big Squeeze. Rito started taking accoridion lessons with Bene Medina when he was nine years old and continued to take lessons with him throuhout high school. Rito loves Conjunto music.     Most Notable Performances June 6, 2015       Accordion Kings and Queens-...
  • Posted on Thu Jul 5, 2018
    Photo Credit: Marcy Garriott and David Dodd Brandon HoddeHolland, TexasBrandon Hodde was the Polka Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 Big Squeeze. Brandon attended Temple College. He started playing at the age of 10 and started playing in his grandfatehr's band, The Fabuous Six, at age 11. He also plays the guitar and saxophone. His own band is called The All Around Czechs.    Most...
  • Posted on Thu Jul 5, 2018
    Photo Credit: David Dodd Mason NesvadbaGuy, TexasMason Nesvadba was the Polka Grand Prize WInner in the 2017 edition of the Big Squeeze. Mason started to play the piano accordion when he inherited his great-great uncle's one from his grandfather. Nesvadba is driven to become the best not only because of inspiration from his family but also from previous BIg Squeeze winners Garrett Neubauer (...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Photo Credit: David Dodd Luis GonzalezGrand Prairie, Texas Luis Gonzalez was the Conjunto Grand Prize Winner for the 2017 edition of the Big Squeeze. Luis grew up listening to Tejano and Norteño music. With the support of his family, Gonzalez plans on playing for as long as he can because it brings joy to him as well as to those who listen.      Most Notable Performances...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Melenie Lissete GonzalezRio Grande City, Texas Melenie Lissete Gonzalez was one of the Conjunto Grand Prize Winners in our 2018 edition of the Big Squeeze. Melenie was raised listening to conjunto music and was inspired to start playing accordion at the age of 14. Her biggest influences are Paulino Bernal , Jaime y los Chamacos, and Ramon Ayala.      Most Notable Performances...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Jesus VenegasBrownsville, TexasJesus Venegas was one of the Conjunto Grand Prize Winners in our 2018 edition of the Big Squeeze. He is also the first ever champion in our Anthony Ortiz Jr Conjunto Prize. Jesus has been listening to conjunto music for as long as he can remember. He started playing accordion at the age of 15. His dream is to one day record his own music and be just like Ramon...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Steven WilliamsHumble, TexasSteven Williams was the Zydeco Grand Prize Winner in the 2018 edition of the Big Squeeze. He received his first accordion at the age of one. His grandmother and uncle played zydeco mysuc and he would often watch his uncle perform live. He has learned some riffs from 2010 Big Squeeze Winner, Keyun Dickson, but is mostly self-taught. Steven hopes to one day be the best...

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