Prairie View A&M Select First Hispanic Drum Major
What a great day for Prairie View A&M senior, Jesus Mata. He was announced as the first Hispanic drum major in the school's history. As reported by ABC13, Mata was born in Rio Bravo, Mexico, grew up near Dallas, Texas. He was first introduced to PVAMU's historic marching band while he was in high school watching a Battle of the Bands competition. What an awesome success story!!! In his first three years at Prairie View Jesus was a member of the band and decided to wrap up his senior year auditioning to be a drum major. His selection was a first in the school's history! Jesus Mata said it is an honor that he's dreamt of. See his story below.
As the morning show host on the Country station in Victoria. I am also very proud to be the voice of the station as a Mexican. They allow me to represent Country music while being who I am on air and that is 'Tejano and Proud.' If you listen to the show you will regularly hear my family traditions and my Tejano accordion-playing days.
While I was born and raised in Victoria. The roots of the Padierna name connect us to San Luis Potosi, Mexico. I am super proud of Jesus for this accomplishment at A&M Prairie View and I am super proud that I get to share my Mexican heritage with my listeners.