Conjunto crusader Lupe Saenz Jr. to thank for keeping Valley music alive

Narciso Martinez, the father of conjunto, performed at the fiesta after Lupe Saenz Jr.’s baptism in 1948, but Saenz’s love for the music may have started earlier.

Saenz’s father was a field worker in the Rio Grande Valley, and he would organize dances on the weekend to make some extra money.

“So he would make dances for the workers and … during the ‘50s and early ‘60s, he would make these dances and that’s where I learned about this music,” Saenz said.

The music is in Saenz’s blood and spirit, and the 63-year-old retired educator wants to keep conjunto alive for generations to come.

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