Valley Symphony Orchestra Gala

In Memoriam

Michael Anthony Trejo, Jr.

November 18, 1986 - May 17, 2017


Michael served as a substitute clarinet player from seasons 2013-2015. Michael had a passion in life; a love for music which began during 6th grade. It was then he joined band and began to refine his gift of music. He taught band at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg for four years. Michael will be remembered as a jovial, hardworking, stern music instructor who instilled confidence while demanding his students to perform their best. Read more about him here.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Pride

1926 - June 16, 2017


Pride served as assistant concertmaster and concertmaster for 17 years. She initiated the Edinburg String Project in 1952 and the McAllen String Program in 1979 after many years of petitioning for orchestral programs in the districts. The McAllen ISD program today has an enrollment of 1,000 students. She finished her long service to education by serving as director of fine arts for McAllen ISD from 1991-1994. Our late music director, Dr. Carl Seale once stated, "we...owe a great deal to Jackie Pride. She had a vision for developing a love of orchestral music in our area. The fact that we have a permanent mature in large part due to her passion and effort. Read more about her here


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