A band that includes UNT College of Music student Duane Hargis earned a Grammy award in the Best Tejano Album category at the 51st Grammy Awards ceremony Feb. 8, in Los Angeles.
Hargis, who is pursuing a master's degree in jazz studies at UNT, has played trumpet with Ruben Ramos and The Mexican Revolution, an Austin-based band, since 2008. During the week, he attends classes as a UNT graduate student and plays lead trumpet in UNT's Four O'Clock Lab Band. On weekends, he tours with Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, performing throughout Texas and other states with the eight-piece band. He earned a bachelor of music degree from UNT in 2007.
Other Grammy winners this year have UNT connections, including The Eagles, featuring former student Don Henley, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, a band that includes former student Jeff Coffin.
The Eagles earned a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category for "I Dreamed There Was No War," and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones won in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for "Jingle All the Way."
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at Ellen.Rossetti@unt.edu.