loader image

- Advertisement -

COVID-19 Active Cases
Updated on Nov 27, 2020 6:45 pm
COVID-19 Fatalities
Updated on Nov 27, 2020 6:45 pm
Friday, November 27, 2020
83.9 F
- Advertisement -

More than a dozen PSJA Students earn spots to All-Region Jazz Band after Virtual Competition


Governor Abbott Encourages Texans To Participate In Small Business Saturday

Governor Greg Abbott today released a new web video encouraging Texans to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 28th.

Make this Christmas brighter!

Give the gift of fun to everyone on your list, with in-store assembly and free curbside pick-up. Make this Christmas brighter together with Academy Sports + Outdoors.

12 COVID-19 Autopsy Cases Reveal the TRUTH How Patients are Dying

In all 12 Coronavirus Autopsy cases, the cause of death was found within the lungs or the pulmonary vascular system.

Sen. Cruz to Big Tech CEOs: Who Elected You to Decide What the Media Can Report and What the American People Can Hear?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today questioned Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who had been called on to testify regarding Big Tech’s recent political censorship and attempts to interfere in the 2020 election, along with possible reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Harlingen EDC Awards $30,000 to HELP for Small Business Final Round of Applicants

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the HELP for Small Business committee met one final time as they reviewed the remaining loan applications submitted.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Texas Border Business

PHARR – The Texas Music Educators Association hosted its annual jazz band competition over the weekend, where 13 PSJA students earned a spot in the All-Region Jazz Band, and four advanced to the Area contest. 

TMEA hosted the contest virtually, to keep students safe and at home amid the pandemic.

“We are incredibly proud of all our students who competed and earned a chair in the All-Region Jazz Band,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “These students worked extremely hard to get this far and we wish nothing but the best for them as they continue with their high school music careers.”

According to PSJA Fine Arts Director Jon Taylor, of the 40 spots available in the All-Region Jazz Band, 13 were awarded to PSJA students. 

“That’s an amazing percentage and it really reflects the students’ talents, work ethic and all the work the campus directors do to help those students showcase their talents.” he said. “We’re very pleased that our students are continuing to excel during this time of virtual learning. Even though everyone is working from home, we’re still getting the job done and this was a great opportunity for our students to shine.”

To add to the success of the 13 musicians, four of them also advanced to the Area contest and can now compete for the chance to earn a spot in the coveted All-State Jazz Band.

- Advertisement -

Congratulations to the following PSJA musicians:


  • Roman Valenciano, 1st Chair Baritone Saxophone (Advanced to Area)
  • Eric De La Garza, 1st Chair Tenor Trombone (Advance to Area)
  • Abram Gonzalez, 2nd Chair Alto Saxophone (Advanced to Area)
  • Ben Ray Lopez, 7th Chair Trumpet

PSJA Memorial ECHS:

  • Donaldo Sebastian, 5th Chair Tenor Trombone
  • Christopher Trevino, 6th Chair Tenor Trombone
  • Arturo Cano, 6th Chair Trumpet
  • Nathan Limas, 7th Chair Tenor Trombone
  • Christian Ramirez, 9th Chair Trumpet
  • Abraham Reyna, 10th Chair Trumpet


  • Christian Rodriguez, 3rd Chair Drums
  • Dominick Rodriguez, 4th Chair Drums

PSJA Southwest ECHS

  • Angel Meza, 8th Chair Trumpet

The Area contest will take place virtually on Friday, Oct. 30. 

Congratulations again, musicians!

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Fatima Garcia receives certified Tourism Executive Designation after completing Travel and Tourism College

Fatima Garcia, Operations Manager of the Mission Event Center, has completed all coursework toward her Certified Tourism Executive (CTE) designation from Travel & Tourism College

Life-Threatening Smuggling Tactics

Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Border Patrol Agents successfully disrupted dangerous human smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of 156 illegal aliens in four days.

McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B Announces Celebrity Hosts and Preview of Frontline Heroes

For the past six years, the McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B, has delighted audiences in McAllen and television viewers throughout the United States and Mexico

The Museum of South Texas History will host Pino Shah at the next Sunday Speaker Series Online at 2 p.m. Dec. 6.

Anytime one looks at old photographs in museums, one may be struck by the rich quality of those photographs

UTRGV Men’s Basketball drops season opener at No. 19 Texas

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros men's basketball team fell to the No. 19 Texas Longhorns 91-55 in the season opener on Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center.

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -