Where are you now?
Former students and founding members of the Last Bandoleros, Emilio and Diego Navaira are touring as Sting’s opening act on the American and European legs of his latest tour. The stopped in to visit Mr. Andreas and recorded the video below!
How did your experience in Montessori School prepare you for the life you have now?
Montessori School gave us the chance to explore what our interests. When you let a child blossom and go after their own interests, they just end up learning so much more!
The Sons Also Rise
AT HIS PEAK, EMILIO NAVAIRA WAS KNOWN AS THE KING OF TEJANO AND THE GARTH BROOKS OF TEXAS. NOW, MONTHS AFTER HIS DEATH, TWO OF HIS CHILDREN ARE FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS—WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM STING.
FEBRUARY 2017 by ANDY LANGER0 COMMENTS
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSH HUSKIN
In early November, Diego Navaira was sitting a few feet away from Sting on the set of the Today Show, singing background vocals as the former Police front man played his latest single and an old hit, “Next to You.” Navaira and fellow San Antonio native Jerry Fuentes were there because Sting, who was in the midst of a promotional blitz for his new album, is a big fan of their band, the Last Bandoleros. Sting likes their songs, he likes their vibe, and, apparently, he likes the way their voices sound behind his.
The gig went fine, though on the video you can see Navaira struggling a bit with the eternal question of backup singers everywhere: What do I do with my hands? A few minutes later, after the show ended and the band was saying its goodbyes, Sting gave Navaira something more meaningful to think about. “He says, ‘Give my love to your dad’s spirit,’ ” Navaira remembers. “His spirit. Wow. It was such a beautiful thing for me to have rattling around in my head flying back to Texas.”