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José and Virginia Gallardo "Señor José Orchestra," Photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll-166
Virginia Gallardo donated the eight black and white photographs of the "Señor José orchestra to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Special Collections and Archives on October 16, 2003.


  • circa 1920-1950

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José Gallardo was the leader of a group of musicians known as José Gallardo and his Orchestra who performed in Corpus Christi and across South Texas from the 1920s to the 1950s. Eight photographs of the band comprise this small collection.

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José Gallardo and his orchestra were known by several different names during the time they performed throughout South Texas. Besides “Señor José Orchestra,” the group was known as “Señor José 12 Piece All Spanish Orchestra,” the “Laredo Syncopators,” and the “Laredo Serenadors.” José Gallardo married Virginia L. Gallardo and the couple had a son, Jose Gallardo, who became a famous Latin jazz composer and musician and a daughter Dolores G. Caceres. In Corpus Christi, he spent many of his later years teaching piano in the Hispanic community. He and his sister Miss Felicita Gallardo would hold piano and dance recitals from the 1940s-1970s.


The photographs were kept in the order they were given.

Guide to José and Virginia Gallardo "Senor José Orchestra," Photographs
Lori Atkins
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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