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Future accordionists who carry on conjunto music may get their start at Bonham Academy this fall.
The kindergarten through 8th grade San Antonio Independent School District campus is launching its first-ever conjunto class on Oct. 5. Principal David Nungaray was not immediately available to comment on the class, but online information says the course is limited to 20 middle school students due to the number of accordions available.
Conjunto music, which is deeply rooted in the Alamo City, was pioneered by people like Narciso Martinez and the city’s own Flaco Jiménez. The squeezbox-based genre, often described as “la música alegre,” or happy music, often includes lyrics describing everyday life and culture in the area. If San Antonio had a soundtrack, conjunto and its tejano offshoot would probably be it.
The class will be taught by Fred Flores, according to Bonham Academy.
The school introduced the news via Facebook with a fun video showing the school’s bobcat mascot dancing around to Ramon Ayala’s “Tragos Amargos.”
“We are excited to see our Fine Arts pillar continue to grow and to also continue to reinforce our dual language pillar,” the school said online.