You may have seen the videos circulating online of the Canales Conjunto. They’re the youngest music group from Brownsville to compete at the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio. Soon they will be entertaining the crowds for Charro Days. News Center 23 met with the man behind the band.
A few years ago, Santiago Castillo started a group. What began as a guitar class turned into the famous band you hear today.
“And then from there on I grab some of the kids from those classes and made a band. And that band became a rock band and eventually became a conjunto.” Said Castillo.
Castillo says he believes the group and the music it plays is important because it is focused on Brownsville heritage.
“Keeping the tradition alive I think is good for our community to keep us together.”
The little professionals amused a gym full of spectators at Faulk Middle School in Brownsville.
Clad in sombreros and cowboy boots, they played their signature one chord song, while Castillo directed them.
The audience cheered as the conjunto played a rendition of ‘Baile Este Cumbia’.
Castillo believes the responsibility the students have learned in the group will give them a foundation for a successful life.