Tejano music legend Pete Garza, the original bass player for Latin Breed, passed away Saturday morning (Sept. 16). He was 67.
His former Latin Breed bandmate Ruben Cubillos talks about how great a musician Garza was in a recent interview with Tejano Nation Radio affiliate Fierro 107.5 HD2 on Friday (Sept 15), before Garza passed away.
“I think his majic that I was always respected was him on the bandstand,” Cubillos told Fierro 107.5 morning host Bo Leo. “He was the first guy I ever saw, like get into the zone. He would play his instrument with his eyes closed and it was like this flying machine through the clouds. He was on fire. It was a beautiful thing to see that kind of stuff.”
Garza had been a part of many bands over his legendary career, including Sunny and the Sunliners, The Latin Breed, Roger Velasquez and the Latin Legends and has worked on many classic Tejano and Chicano hits with Laura Canales, Little Joe and more.
“He was a brother that everyone respected and still respects very much,” Cubillos added. ” He’s a great bass player, man. Great, great bass player.”
Garza was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer which spread to his lungs, lymph nodes, stomach, chest and kidney, according to his family.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral arrangements and any other expenses or financial needs.
“My father did not have any preparations for something as tragic as this,” his son, Pete Garza, Jr., wrote on the GoFundMe page. “We are asking all of his friends, family, musicianship brothers to band together and bless this amazing man.”
Garza’s memorial service, “His Farewell Gig”, will be celebrating the life of the Tejano music legend at the Church of Acts, 9965 Kriewald Road in San Antonio, on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
LISTEN: Ruben Cubillos speaks about late Latin Breed bandmate Pete Garza
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