Anthony Sr., with his twin brother Christopher on keyboards, also got an early start, playing drums with Lupe for many years. After a hiatus from playing when he first became a father, Anthony Sr. taught himself the accordion and now the guitarron. He brought his young son onstage to play the shakers and dance, but soon little Anthony wanted the accordion and loved seeing the audience smiling and dancing.
Anthony Jr. can play pretty much any instrument that is handed to him, and now as a sophomore at Austin High he plays stand up bass in the philharmonic. But making music with his family has shaped the young player’s soul, and the accordion is his special love. Together, Anthony Jr., his dad, and his grandfather are Mariachi Corbetas. His mom insisted that he save the money he was making from playing, and Anthony dreamed of purchasing a professional accordion. “I never spent a weekend going to the movies or the mall, but I loved it.” It was a long time in the saving, and he tried on many for size and the sound he could imagine. At a trade show he headed for the Gabbanelli booth and played every instrument they had. “I couldn’t put it down, I couldn’t stop playing,” he remembers feeling when he found the right one, “I never felt so happy.”