Tercera Generacion is a young band from Southern California
traditional Tejano music. That's correct, Tejano music instead
of Banda music which is very popular in California. I guess you
could say that they are into Tejano music because it is in their
The name Tercera Generacion is in honor of the family tradition.
young men are the third generation of musicians in the Garza
family. Their grandfather, Victor Garza, originally from Texas
was instrumental in organizing the first Tejano band in the Coachella
Valley in the late 1950's. When his two sons, Victor Jr. and
Lupe were born, they took a liking to this type of music. Lupe
started playing the accordion and Victor, Jr. the drums. By the
time Lupe was nine years old, he and Victor, Jr., along with
a couple of cousins and friends had started their own band, Los
Alegres de Lupe Garza. They performed for approximately thirty
years, retiring in October, 1994.
Soon after Lupe started playing with his young sons for fun.
apparently was noticed as they were invited to perform at a New
Year's Eve Dance in La Quinta, California. Immediately the band
came up with the name Tercera Generacion. This was to be their
first performance and they only had seven songs in their repertoire.
Those seven songs helped them reach heights they never dreamed
possible. With only six months experience, the Texas Talent Musicians
Association, producers of the annual Tejano Music Awards in San
Antonio, Texas asked Tercera Generacion to represent the State
California at the Annual Tejano Music Awards FanFair. They were
awarded a plaque for their participation. On November 3, 1997
they opened up for Emilio Navaira and his Rio band at the Moonlight
Amphitheater in Vista, California.
This young band, which has been in existence since December
31, 1994, hails from Indio, California. The director of the group
and father of the boys is Lupe Garza, Sr. (keyboards, accordion),
12 year old Adrian Garza (accordion, keyboards, vocalist), 15
year old Alejandro Garza (drums), and 18 year old Lupe Garza,
Jr. (bass, vocalist).
Tercera Generacion performs cumbias, polkas, huapangos, chotis
popular of all, Tejano music. Their performances also include
some country, pop, and oldies, making them a very versatile and
exciting young group.
Hacienda is announcing their new release, the CD, "Donde
Andaras". Tercera Generacion is an exciting young new group
that Tejano fans will enjoy.