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20181205 Razz Ma Tazz Miller IMG 3223 FEATEighth period Razz Ma Tazz.

Sound familiar? Probably not. Going to school “back in the day” was loaded with classes like math, English and social studies. Maybe some “wild stuff” like shop or home economics or even band and choir would make that schedule.

Today, however, with so many options for students and so many after-school activities there are some very specialized classes.

And if you watch the McAllen Rowe High School singing and dancing group Razz Ma Tazz, you'll undoubtedly know why they have a special class – because, well, they are that special.

20181205 Razz Ma Tazz Miller IMG 3249The group, made up of sophomores, juniors and seniors have been performing throughout the Rio Grande Valley for 28 years. As one group of seniors graduate another group of first-year participants are selected. They began this year’s Winter Texan resorts tour on Sunday and have several more shows coming up through December. All total they will perform their Christmas show 21 times, 17 of them open to the public.

“We have some athletes, some in band, others in other activities so there would be no way to do it all if it wasn't a fall semester class in this case,” said Rowe head choir director Stacy Gonzalez, who is in her fifth year as director of Razz Ma Tazz. “It wouldn't be as successful but this program is by far the best in the Valley and has been, well before I got here.”

Of course, as it is with most extracurricular activities, bonds strengthen between team/group members. It’s no different with the 16-member group.

“That is what I really like the most,” said junior Aleena Flores. “We have this huge bond together and we all enjoy making music and making people happy. That's just something special.”

The group has a busy December schedule with 11 Winter Texan resort performances in 16 days – the first two on Sunday were at Casa del Valle and Valley View.

“They are selfless and when they do their shows, they are very concerned about doing their very best,” Gonzalez said. “They want to entertain and create involvement. It's a joy to watch them grow... it gives them confidence.”

20181205 Razz Ma Tazz Miller IMG 3261 FEATConfidence and enthusiasm are certainly ways to describe their show, which is packed with a variety of Christmas favorites. From a “Christmas on Broadway” medley to “Miss You Most at Christmas Time,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas” as well as “Grinch” and “Feliz Navidad,” the group dances, jokes and beautifully vocalizes the Christmas spirit on the stage and through the audience.

Matthew Antonio is a senior and is in his third year with the group. He said as hard as we worked the first two years, he's going “all out” this year.

“My first year I relied a lot on the upperclassmen and I want the new members to be able to rely on me,” he said. “I've gotten a good feel over three years what Razz is all about. A lot of it is performing and making people happy – and I feel like we do that every single time, especially with the Winter Texans. There's a lot of interacting with them and we all really enjoy that.”

Razz Ma Tazz Christmas Show Schedule

Dec. 6 – Trophy Gardens, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 – Southern Comfort, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 – Bentsen Grove, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 – Texas Trails, 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 – Bentsen Palm RV Resort, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Victoria Palms, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 – Aladdin Villas, 7 p.m.
Dates and times are subject to change.
Tickets may be purchased at the door if not sold out. Or contact the park activity director for advance tickets.

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