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2017-2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ciro Leonel Treviño

Mr. Ciro Leonel Treviño was born in Edinburg, Texas on October 18th, 1953 to Ciro and Antonia Treviño. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, Edinburg High School, and Pan American University. His love of music began when he took piano lessons with Yolanda Hinojosa at the age of five and continued for 10 years. While attending Sacred Heart Catholic School, Ciro would go to Edinburg Junior High for beginner lessons on trombone. Ciro was a member of the Bobcat Band from 1968-1972 under the direction of Pat McNallen. In high school, Ciro was both a Trombone and Choir All-State alternate his senior year.

After high school, in pursuit of his love of music, Ciro earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Secondary Supervision from Pan American University in 1976. He was a member of various ensembles under the direction of Dean Canty.

In his first year out of college he was hired as an assistant band director in the Mercedes School District. In 1977 he was hired by his alma mater, Edinburg High School as an assistant band director. In 1989 he became the first mariachi director in the school district where he arranged pieces for his group that many others used. After a successful career as an assistant he later became head band director in 1990 of Edinburg High School and in his first year took the Bobcat Band to his first State Marching contest. During his tenure at Edinburg High School the band went to UIL State Marching Contest twice, and achieved numerous Sweepstakes at UIL Marching, Concert and Sight-reading Contest. In addition to those successes, Ciro had multitudes of students who achieved positions in the All-State band and who pursued professional music careers during his career. In 2002 Ciro was promoted to Director of Fine Arts where he served his remaining 4 years with the district before retiring in June 2006. His lifelong dream and service to the community was accomplished in his 30 year profession as a band director.

Throughout Ciro’s career he performed with the Dean Canty Band and La Orchestra Universal enriching the valley’s instrumental music scene. After his loss to a 4 year long battle with cancer, Edinburg CISD decided to name the Edinburg High School Fine Arts Auditorium after him. Ciro was married to his wife Leticia for 30 years and had three beautiful children, Robert Daniel, Aaron Andrew and Amanda Yvette as well as his grandchildren Addison, Marc Anthony and Ciro Andres.

Jon Taylor

Jon Taylor was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1956 to Randall and Eileen Taylor who inspired his love for music.  In fourth grade, Jon joined the Meadowdale Elementary School Band and later the Patterson Cooperative High School Band.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1978 and later earned a master’s degree from Texas A & M University-Kingsville.

After graduating from North Texas, Jon accepted an assistant band director position at PSJA HS with Hall of Fame Member Pete Cisneros who would become his mentor.  Thus began a long association with Pharr-San Juan Alamo ISD; Jon served the Bear Band under Cisneros’ leadership at PSJA HS, PSJA 9th Grade School, and PSJA Upper Level High School.  In his sixth year of teaching he became conductor of the Bear Wind Ensemble.  In 1992, he was named the head band director of the Raider Band at the new PSJA North High School.

Jon’s Bear Bands and Raider Bands earned distinction in UIL and TMEA competition, producing numerous Sweepstakes Trophies, All-State Band members and UIL Outstanding Performers.  A highlight was the Raider Band’s performance at the UIL State Marching Contest in 2006.  The Raider Band also represented the City of Pharr with multiple trips to Pharr’s sister city Escobedo, Nuevo Leon and to Saltillo, Coahuila.  Jon retired in 2008 and was succeeded by his long time first assistant Eddie Echeverria who has led the Raider Band to continued success.

After retirement, Willie Perez gave Jon the opportunity to join the team at TMF Tours and Travels.  Working with TMF, Jon visited schools throughout South Texas, an experience that proved to be invaluable when he returned to PSJA ISD.

In 2010, PSJA ISD Superintendent Dr. Daniel King offered Jon the opportunity to become the first PSJA ISD Director of Fine Arts, overseeing art, dance, music, and theatre programs at forty campuses.  During his tenure, PSJA ISD Fine Arts programs have enjoyed great growth in both quantity and quality.

Jon’s record of service began when Rene Guzman recommended him to become TMEA Region XV Band Vice-Chair.  Jon later served TMEA as Region Band Chair, Region Vice-President, Region President, State Board Member, All-State Concert Band Organizer, and All-State Symphonic Band Organizer.  His UIL roles include Music Advisory Committee Member and Region XV Assistant Executive Secretary.  He is currently a Rio Grande Valley Fine Arts Administrators Association President, Rio Grande Valley Band Directors Hall Of Fame Committee Member, and Pharr Community Theatre Board Member.

In addition to the great honor of becoming a member of the Rio Grande Valley Band Directors Hall of Fame, Jon’s achievements have also been recognized with his induction into the international bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu.

Jon credits his success to the efforts of his students, colleagues, band parents and administrators.  He is especially proud of his many former students who are now music educators.

Jon is forever grateful to his wife, Mary; sons Michael (Jennifer), Jacob (Cynthia), and Scott; compadres Michael and Vernisha Murray; six grandchildren; and three godchildren for their love and support.  One of the highlights of his career was having Jacob and Scott as his band students.