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The Fabulous Carrales Showband
Carrales Showband History


Carrales Showband History
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The Carrales Showband is a new and fresh kind of band. Few groups in South Texas do what the Carrales Showband can! But how did it all get started? What is the history of this new wave that is sending ripples through music in South Texas?

Our Mission

Our mission is simple, the Fabulous Carrales Showband is here to serve all of your music needs. The Carrales Showband will try to play the music that you want to hear and provide you with entainment that will make you happy.

We believe that music is the glue that keeps us all together. We are here to serve your musical needs, and make your special occasion one you will always remember.

Our History

Like all good things the Carrales Showband started with an idea. Norma Mata, the future Mrs. Joe Ely Carrales, III, wanted a special group to play at her wedding. She asked my father to put together a few songs that he and his sons could play.

At first it was just going to be my dad and I, but soon Anthony got into it and became excited at finally being able to play songs he liked. We began to try to find songs we could play with the instrumentation we had.

This led to the formation of the first Carrales Showband playlist, written on a napkin.  Ah, yes, the play list.  Las Nubes as recorded by Little Joe, Havana Express an marching band arrangement altered to our instrumentation and made into a corrida, The Lonely Bull as recorded by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, Colour my World as recorded by Chicago, an version of the 1940s Buddy Clark song Linda altered to be called Norma and the Cowboy Cumbia.

We now needed a guitar player. That began a long search to find a "picker."

The addition to the band from that point then included my brothers friend Lucas Barrera, a trumpet player and J.D. Sanchez, a guitar and valve trombone player. J.D. played with my brother in the High School Mariachi. He and my brother barrowed a valve-trombone and marching French Horn, or Mellophone, from the High School Band. Felix Adan, an mutual friend of Anthony and myself, agreed to play it and we had a full horn section.

The search for a guitar player was on, fortunately the wedding was more than three months away. Pete Suarez, of mariachi guitarron fame, came and spent hours playing music with us. We visted him as well, but he had duties in the valley and it became clear that he could not practice with us. My father asked his friend Claudio Perez to help. Claudio was a long time conjunto and tejano musicain from the South Texas Area. He came to a few practices, but had to stop due to work. In addition, one of my fathers friends, Henry Fletcher came over a few times. Fletcher was also a friend of Mariachi Cascabels David Gonzales, who also came on evening. Fletcher came over and practiced singing and playing with my dad.

In the end my day asked his old softball Friend, Rolando Garcia, to play guitar. Rolando had played in a Rock Band with my father in the 1970's and he fit right into to group. Now we were again in business. Between all of us we had the makings of a really good "orquesta." We joked about the name calling it "Anthony Carrales and the Reynosa Brass" or "The High School Senior Seniors." I just called it Orquesta Carrales. My dad didn't like that name, so the search for the name of the group continued.

Soon Sunday and Monday nights were full scale practices. People came from as far away as Kingsville to play. Ruben Hernandez, a Mariachi friend, joined us on the 16th of June. He covered J.D.s parts in J.D.s absence. He even helped me sing Las Nubes and Cowboy Cumbia


The Birth of the Carrales Show Band

The Carrales Show Band played its first real gig at the Carrales Family Showbarn in Carrales Ranch, Texas on July 5, 2001. It was a celebration of birthdays and the first dry run of the new group. It was a great day of music, fireworks and bar-be-que. Lucus Barerra showed us his cooking skills and prepared one of the finest examples of grill skilled bar-be-que.

We had a nice sized crowd, we hoped to have a good showing to see if we were ready to play infront of an audience. My Aunt Palmira and Uncle Samuel Garcia where there with their daughter Anna Mariah. It was Sammy's birthday, as well as my own. Lucus invited his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Homer Barerra. J.D. invited his parents, Juan and Velma Sanchez.  Of course, the guys were there and, much to my glee, Norma.

I began the evening entertainment by saying, "Welcome to the Carrales Family Show Barn and introducing the Carrales Show Band." We then sang Happy Birthday, which we arranged on the spot.

Our next preformance was at the K.C. Hall in Kingsville, Texas on July 14, 2001.  It was my wedding.  The Carrales Showband made its debut in front of a packed crowd, one of the largest wedding crowds in recent memory.

Beginning in December 2001, the Carrales Showband began working short term contract gigs for the Main Street Cafe in Premont, Texas.  The band also began taking requests and developing its unique playing style. 

In March 2002 Carrales Studios Productions, a new record label, was started.  The Carrales Showband is the signature group and official "HOUSE BAND" of the new label.


Carrales Showband* P.O. Box 671* Premont* TX* 78375
(361) 348-2692