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Board Member

Phone: (956) ***-****  HQ Phone
Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame & Museum
210 E. Heywood
San Benito , Texas 78586
United States

Company Description: The Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame & Museum, founded in 2001, is part of the Museums of San Benito, the birthplace of conjunto music. The museum works to...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Conjunto Hall of Fame
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Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibits, 12 Mar 2015 [cached]
Rey Avila
Rey Avila President
Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum News, 22 June 2013 [cached]
The late Ramon Medina was known as one of the best bajo sexto players in Texas, said Rey Avila, president of the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He played and recorded with accordion pioneer Tony de la Rosa, Ruben Naranjo and Gilberto Perez.
He founded his own band, Ramon Medina y Los Alegres, in 1985. As a songwriter, his biggest hit was "Bellos Recuerdos."
took to the airwaves in 1983 and ran for more than 20 years, Avila said. Canales introduced Selena when she was 13 years old and introduced many other future stars on his program, he said.
"Over the past 12 years, we have inducted 58 people who have contributed to the history of conjunto regional music," Avila said.
Making last-minute arrangements for the program, Avila explained that the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum has an important mission to preserve the history of conjunto music and assure its future.
"Conjunto is the original Tejano music," he said. "In the 1980s, they came out with the word 'Tejano' and that includes Selena, Little Joe and those," he said of modern Tejano stars, who perform a more amplified, faster and rock-and-roll-style approach to South Texas regional music.
Conjunto has its roots in the days of outdoor dance venues with simple instruments and basic beats, he said.
"The accordion, the bass player, the bajo sexto (a 12-string Mexican guitar) and drums make it up," he said of a typical conjunto band.
Early stars included Narciso Martinez, Pedro Ayala and Juan Lopez in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Avila said.
Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum News, 20 Dec 2013 [cached]
The museum will feature artifacts that include three steel record presses that Ideal Records, which once made San Benito the capital of the conjunto recording industry, used to print many of conjunto's classics, said Rey Avila, founder of the Conjunto Hall of Fame and Museum.
"This is a historic moment for San Benito and the Valley," Avila said.
Avila said retired businessman Lionel Betancourt, who attended Friday's announcement that included conjunto legend Gilberto Perez, donated the record presses along with other artifacts.
"We are the only museum in the world that is dedicated to preserving this unique genre of American music that was born right here in Deep South Texas," Patricia Avila, Rey Avila's daughter, told the crowd.
Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum Offical Website, 12 Mar 2015 [cached]
For more information, please call Rey Avila at 245-1666
Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum News, 8 Aug 2010 [cached]
"All of these men have touched conjunto music greatly either directly or indirectly," said Rey Avila, founder of the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame.
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