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A grand celebration for a local band

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The mariachi band of Poly High School rehearsing a performance to commemorate Cesar Chavez birthday in Fort Worth, TX, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The Latin Express 40th Anniversary & Salute to César Chávez Event benefits FWISD music students will be held Thursday, March 31, at Casa Mañana.
The mariachi band of Poly High School rehearsing a performance to commemorate Cesar Chavez birthday in Fort Worth, TX, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The Latin Express 40th Anniversary & Salute to César Chávez Event benefits FWISD music students will be held Thursday, March 31, at Casa Mañana. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Latin Express 40th Anniversary Dance and Concert is a celebration of not only a distinguished career in music for this iconic north side band but an appreciation of the daily bonds that strengthen the community.

Carlos Saenz, founder of the band, says their music is a blend of cultures and “a work in progress.” But the band is known for much more than that. It plays at all kinds of charity events and through the decades has supported many organizations.

Most of all, as Fort Worth school board President Jacinto Ramos points out, this is a group that does not forget its roots.

As a reflection of the band’s strong commitment to education, proceeds from this concert will benefit the Fort Worth school district’s arts and music programs.

The role that Latin Express and its band members play goes beyond the stage.

With their music, their focus on charity work and their desire to help others have set an outstanding example for the entire city.

The celebration will also serve as a salute to honor the legacy of civil rights leader César Chávez.

The event kicks off tonight at Casa Mañana with a reception at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m.

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