*Valerio Longoria was a national treasure. It said so on his business card. A National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Valerio's musical legacy will forever echo the conjunto soundscape. Valerio was a US Army veteran having served his country during World War I. He is credited with being the first accordionist to combine singing and performance. Among his many other innovations, Longoria was the first to adapt the Cuban bolero to conjunto. Longoria was a staple at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Tejano Conjunto Festival (San Antonio, Texas) as he performed every year until his passing in 2000.
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Mark Weber's love and admiration for conjunto music started in the early 90s. Weber began listening to conjunto while stationed at Fort Sam Houston military base in San Antonio, Texas. Intrigued by the accordion, Mark began taking lessons from the legendary Valerio Longoria†* in 1996. Both eventually became close friends. Tejano conjunto audiences in San Antonio and surrounding areas have heard Mark's voice over the airwaves of KEDA 1540AM. El Tacuache's tenure on Jalapeño Radio ran from 2004 until 2014. Mark has also been the accordionist for San Martín de Porres Church (San Antonio, Texas) since 2004. Weber founded Mark Weber y Los Cuernos in 2010. Los Cuernos specialize in Conjunto, Tex-Mex and Cajun/Zydeco. Not only does Mark enjoy perfoming the classics, he also writes his own original material. Mark Weber y Los Cuernos' latest album, "Moonshine & Mexicans," is available now!