On February 16 the Central Texas Hill Country was treated to the swinging Texas country music of the Jason Allen Band and the cowboy ballads of New Mexico-based Jeff Nourse at the 1st Annual Heart of Texas High School Music Festival.
The Jason Allen Band pumped out song after song of their two-stepping repertoire, which included many number 1s and top-charting singles from previous records. Jeff Nourse traded off with Jason Allen, singing songs directly inspired from his years of experience as a rancher/cowboy.
Benefitting directly from the proceeds of the festival, the Mason High School Spanish Club raised sufficient funds to assist 11 students with the cost of traveling to Spain this summer. The students will accompany their instructor from Mason High School, Justin McFarland, on an 8 day culture/language immersion trip to Madrid, Spain where they expect to have an unparalleled educational experience speaking Spanish abroad and witnessing the historic and cultural sights of Spain first-hand.
Mr. McFarland and his students would like to send out a giant ‘Muchas Gracias’ to all the sponsors who contributed to making this year’s fundraising festival a success. Much gratitude is owed to Kinnan and Jacqueline Goleman and the folks from the Wau-Ban-See Ranch for hosting the event. Other sponsors for the event included Lubke’s Cars and Trucks, Mason County Feeders, 4K Land and Cattle Company, Big Buck Ranch, Llano Partners, Fredonia Peanut Company, Mason Bank, Waterloo L&A, Catherine and John Jones, Brady Butane, Country Home Health, Commercial National Bank (Mason), Short Stop, and Brady Feed.
The club would also like to thank the folks from Brady Music and Young’s Jewelry for the donation of a guitar that was auctioned at the event, KNEL for their radio support, and the Mason County News and Brady Standard for their ad publicity. Time and time again the great folks from Central Texas and the hill country go above and beyond to support their students. The students from the Mason High School Spanish Club are deeply appreciative for having reaped the benefits of being a part of this great community.
"We will be sure to lift an espresso toast of gratitude from Madrid, Spain to all those who have contributed to our trip," concluded Mr. McFarland.