Whipple Memorial Library Gets Talented Visitors

Conde Serda, left, and Ramon De Leon, instructing a child about playing the accordion. Courtesy photo.

by Tony Vindell/LFN

Summer activities are nothing new at the Whipple Memorial Library in Los Fresnos.

But just recently, a group of talented musicians stopped by the learning center and mingled with some of the children who were there during a summer day.

One of them, Conde Serda, brought in an accordion and got some of the children involved with the musical instrument that is a vital component of conjunto music.

Rogelio Nuñez, director of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, said they wanted to give children the opportunity to learn about a musical genre born in this part of the country.

More importantly, he continued, is that Los Fresnos will soon host the first Conjunto Festival.

“It’s only three months away from now,” Nuñez said, referring to the three-day event to be held this Oct. 19-21. “It will be here before we know it.”

Close to 20 conjunto bands are scheduled to play during the festival.

Among them are: La Naturaleza, Los Layton, HACHE 3, Da Krazy Pimps, Bernando y sus Compadres, Boni Mauricio, Los Latinos, Conjunto Aztlan, Epi Martinez & Friends, Juan Lugo y su Conjunto and Los Texamaniacs with Flaco Jimenez, among others.

The festival, now it its 25th year, relocated to Los Fresnos from San Benito because of logistic and economic reasons.

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