Rey Rivera

Rename McHi band hall the Adan “Sonny” Rosa III Music Education Building

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Adan “Sonny” Rosa III was a band director at McAllen High for 31 years. He did his student teaching there and stayed on until his untimely passing in September 2021. During that time he touched the lives of thousands of students, as seen by the outpouring of affection and visitors to his memorial services and his social media page. He was the percussion instructor of the McHi Band Drumline and also served as the director for the steel band, Pan O’ Steel. He also assisted with the middle school bands at Morris, Travis, and Brown Middle Schools. In addition, Sonny also taught courses at UT-RGV and South Texas College. He was also a member of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and the RGV Percussion ensemble. During his college years Sonny was a member of the Sky Ryders Drum Corps. Sonny’s life was dedicated to teaching and playing music and it’s only fitting that the McAllen ISD honor him in this way. I formally ask that the McAllen ISD School Board examine Sonny’s career at McHi and that they talk to both former and current students and peers to see the impact Sonny had on their lives. In doing so, you will see that renaming the McAllen High School band Hall the Adan “Sonny” Rosa III Music Education Building is the right thing to do to honor Sonny.

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