The Harlingen High School Jazz Ensemble from Harlingen, Texas will be presenting a special honor performance at the upcoming Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conference in San Antonio next Friday, Feb. 10.

The jazz ensemble is led by HHS Director of Bands Ronnie Rios. Rios also serves as the district’s Director of Music Programs.

Rios is a graduate of Alice High School and started his education at Noonan Elementary where he received a scholarship from later to attend college.

The Jazz Ensemble will be joined on the stage, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, with 10-time Grammy Award-Winning Musician Arturo Sandoval-trumpet. Sandoval is also a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient and resides in Los Angeles. The Cuban born musician’s life has even been featured in a movie aired on HBO called ‘For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.’

Harlingen High School was selected for the performance through a rigorous audition consisting of high school jazz bands throughout Texas submitting an audio recording of their group. A panel of judges critiqued recordings with the winning group being selected as the TMEA High School Invited Jazz Band. Harlingen High School was also recently selected as one of two high school jazz bands across the globe to perform at the International Midwest Clinic in Chicago last December 2015.

The Jazz Ensemble will present an hour concert at TMEA in the ‘Stars at Night Ballroom’ 1-2 next Friday at 10 a.m.

“I am so happy that these students will remember this incredible moment in time forever,” Rios stated.

The group has also been selected to present a session for the TMEA membership called “A Smash Course on the Ins and Outs and the How-Tos of Big Band.” Former Maynard Ferguson musician Denis DiBlasio will lead the session later that same evening.