San Benito Music Education Major Marching in Inaugural Parade
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 17, 2013 – If it was an old black and white movie, it would be entitled “Mr. Treviño Goes to Washington.”
Manuel Treviño, 20, a sophomore music education major from San Benito attending The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, was selected to march with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps at the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.
Manuel Treviño, a sophomore music education major from San Benito at UTB and TSC, will march with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps at the Inagural Parade on Monday in Washington, D.C.
“It would be nice when I’m 80 years old and I have my grandchildren around that I can tell them I marched for the President of the United States,” he said.
Treviño travels on Friday, Jan. 18 to Baltimore for a weekend of grueling rehearsals before arriving with the group on Inauguration Day to march. It will be the first time Treviño will visit Washington, D.C.
“I think it will probably be real when I get there,” said Treviño. “It hasn’t really hit me yet. They have us scheduled between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. East Coast time.”
The high temperature for Monday is expected to be in the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.
“When you play you do not wear gloves,” said Treviño. “You do anything you can do to keep your hands warm.”
Treviño auditioned for the musical group in early December at a Boston Crusaders music camp in Denton. Though he was selected to march in the parade, Treviño will find out this weekend whether he will officially be part of the group for its summer competition season.
“I really hope it shows people you are not limited,” he said. “If you want to do something you can put your mind to it and just do it.”
He used his percussion knowledge to work last fall with band program students at Brownsville’s Pace High School. It was Jeremy Chapman, Pace’s Assistant Band Director, who encouraged Treviño to look into the Boston Crusaders.
“Manuel was a very positive influence on the students in his role as an educator,” said Chapman. “He is a young man but he gave them great information and he delivered it in a way the students could be responsive in a positive fashion and be consistent.”
Chapman attended the University of Kentucky and marched in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps with the Boston Crusaders’ Ellis Hampton, the group’s Percussion Caption Head.
“I saw a lot of YouTube clips and I liked how they drummed and I wanted to learn it so I could teach it,” said Treviño.
He already has three years of drum and bugle corps experience as a member of the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps.
Treviño became interested in the snare drum when he was in sixth grade at Miller Jordan Middle School.
“It’s the first thing I got really good at and wanted to perfect it,” he said. “Now I would like everything to be my forte.”
He graduated from San Benito High School in 2011 and was a member of the school’s Mighty Greyhound Marching Band.
Treviño is a member of the university’s Drumline which performs at special university and community events. He is also the recipient this academic year of the $24,000 Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship from the Texas Association of Music Schools.
“Manny has proven to be a model student,” said Dr. Thomas Nevill, Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies in the Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts. “He is highly motivated and he constantly seeks new information and his maturity as a musician and a young man grow every day. Manny is a prime example of hard work, dedication and commitment to your passion will always be rewarded.”
After graduation he wants to pursue a master’s degree.
“It’s really for my future students,” he said. “I want them to be prepared as they go to college.”