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Thursday, February 07, 2013

 IBC Bank Instrumental in Donation for UT Mariachi and Conjunto Music Ensembles 

IBC helps raise $40,000 to convey South Texas’
support of these culturally important programs

UT School of Music

IBC Bank donated $40,000 on Feb. 6 to the University of Texas Butler School of Music's mariachi and conjunto music ensembles at the bank's Congress branch in Austin. From left to right: IBC Bank-Austin CEO Bob Barnes, IBC Bank-Zapata CEO Renato Ramirez, UT Interim Director of the Butler School of Music Glenn Richter, and UT VP of Diversity and Community Engagement Greg Vincent.

(Feb. 7, 2013) AUSTIN, Texas – IBC Bank presented a $40,000 donation to The University of Texas Butler School of Music on Feb. 6 in support of its mariachi and conjunto music ensembles. IBC Bank initiated the fundraiser, with the bulk of donations coming from South Texans who believe in the cultural importance of furthering mariachi and conjunto music. IBC Bank-Austin CEO Bob Barnes and IBC Bank-Zapata CEO Renato Ramirez were honored to present the check to Butler School of Music Director Glenn A. Richter at IBC Bank’s branch at 816 Congress Avenue in Austin.

“IBC Bank’s wonderful work, along with the welcome support of new South Texas friends of U.T. Austin music, will make it possible for our summer programs to expand their offerings to include the rapidly growing mariachi music culture,” Richter said.

“IBC Bank is committed to education and we believe the mariachi and conjunto ensembles at The University of Texas further the cultural awareness of the contributions Hispanic citizens make to this great state and nation,” Ramirez said.

The UT Butler School of Music mariachi ensemble was present at the unveiling of the Tejano Monument on state capitol grounds in March 2012. IBC Bank and the people of South Texas largely supported the monument. The crowd in attendance hailed the mariachi ensemble’s performance at the unveiling, as it provided an evocative musical platform for the historic ceremony. It was at this time that IBC Bank officers came to understand the needs of the ensemble, in particular with regard to uniforms and instruments, and helped to rally individuals in South Texas to raise funds for this culturally important program.

The University of Texas Mariachi, known as the The Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlán, was founded in 1977. The ensemble was named in honor of Dr. Américo Paredes (1916-99), a faculty member who served as a sponsor and inspiration for the group. Paredes was an a seminal figure in the history of border studies, Mexican American studies and the post-modern movement in anthropology.

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