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STCA presents 2017 Conjunto of the Year Awards in Elsa – Full Winners List

stca-featuredThe South Texas Conjunto Association handed out accolades to some of the year’s best Conjunto musicians at the 19th Annual Conjunto of the Year Awards in Elsa, Texas on July 16.

The ceremony was held at the Full Court Dance Hall with Santiago Garza Y La Naturaleza winning Conjunto of the Year and Ruben De La Cruz winning Single Of The Year for “Como Tu Hombre”.  Album of the Year was awarded to Roger Arocha for Canciones Querida and Teresa Villareal won Composer of the Year.

Conjunto legends Nick Villarreal, Los Diamantes De Epifanio Y Cruz, Juan Jose Guadiana of JJ Y Los Zentellaz, Manuel Vargas, Ruben Cadena and Ricardo Guzman Jr. received Lifetime Achievement awards.

Awards for the year’s top musicians were also handed out, most notably, Conjunto legend Boni Mauricio for Accordion Player of the Year and Ruben Garza for Bajo Player of the Year and more.

Performances for the night included Los RV Boyz, Ruben Garza Y La Nueva Era, Conjunto Baraja De Oro and many more.

Full list of winners at 19th Annual Conjunto of the Year Awards:

Conjunto of the Year – Santiago Garza Y La Naturaleza

Composer of the Year – Tere Villarreal

Single of the Year – “Como Tu Hombre” Ruben De La Cruz

Drummer of the Year – Johnny Hernandez Hache Tres

Bass Player of the Year – Javier Ramirez – Ricky Naranjo Y los Gamblers

Bajo Player of the Year – Ruben Garza

Accordion Player of the Year – Boni Mauricio

Vocalist of the Year – Mando De Los Santos

CD / Album of the Year – “Canciones Queridas” Roger Arocha

Future of Conjunto
Charlie Saenz JR.

Special Recognition
Juanito Castillo
Benny Layton Family
City of Elsa, Texas staff
Ida Stokes Hagg
Super Tejano Radio 102.1
Conjunto Baraja De Oro

Lifetime Achievement
Nick Villarreal
Los Diamantes De Epifanio Y Cruz
Juan Jose Guadiana – JJ Y Los Zentellaz
Manuel Vargas
Ruben Cadena
Ricardo Guzman Jr.

Pioneer –
Alfredo Garcia Sr.
Leonardo Guerrero

Conjunto Dancing Spot in Texas
La Lomita Park

Performing Bands
1. Chore Perez Y Su Conjunto – Mercedes, Texas
2. Los Thunderbirds – San Antonio, Texas
3. Ruben De La Cruz Y Su Conjunto – Elsa, Texas
4. Ernesto Cadena Y Conjunto Impulso – San Diego, Texas
5. Conjunto RV Boyz – San Antonio, Texas
6. Ruben Garza Y La Nueva Era – Harlingen, Texas
7. Epi and Friends – Elsa, Texas
8. Mando Y La Venganza – Corpus Christi, Texas
9. Conjunto Baraja De Oro – Dallas, Texas
10. Santiago Garza Y La Naturaleza – San Antonio, Texas
11. Ricardo Guzman Jr. Y Sus 3 Aces – Edinburg, Texas
12. Los Hinojosa Brothers – La Villa, Texas

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Romeo is media professional with over 20 years of experience in radio and digital media. He is the Managing Editor for TejanoNation.net, the premiere website for Tejano music, news and entertainment and oversees programming for Q99.5 in San Angelo, Texas.

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