Beto and the Fairlanes

Lake Travis High School Orchestra


Beto and the Fairlanes

with special guests

Javier Chaparro & Dr. John Mills


The Lake Travis High School Orchestra will present a whimsical, tropical evening with local music legends Beto and the Fairlanes on Saturday, October 28th at the Lake Travis High School Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available on the website, thru orchestra members and at the door.  The show begins at 7pm.

In addition to performing some of the band’s beloved tunes they will be joined by the LT Orchestra in performing Robert’ Skiles’ (Beto) arrangement of the classic “Tico, Tico” and “Brazil” featuring violinist, composer and vocalist, Javier Chaparro.  Javier will also be joined by the Lake Travis Fiddlers in presenting a few of his compositions.  As a special feature to the evening, the Lake Travis High School Orchestra will perform the world premier of “Determined to Be”, by original Fairlane member Dr. John Mills.  “Determined To Be” was composed specifically for this concert of the Lake Travis High School Orchestra. The piece is an ode to personal positivity that blends elements of the European classical tradition with the heritage of American popular music.

Beto and the Fairlanes is Robert “Beto” Skiles’ whimsical creation that started out as music for a Latin Jazz ballet named “El Perdido”.  However, when the ballet failed to materialize, Robert, along with some of his closest friends, recorded the “El Perdido” music in studio 1A at the University of Texas.  Soon after that, Beto and The Fairlanes were featured on a live broadcast from KUT radio hosted by the local jazz DJ, Fred Bourque. The response was immediate!  All of the radio station’s phones lit up at once.   At that moment, the band instantly created a fan base that continues to grow to this day, 40 years later!

Javier Chaparro, a long time friend of Robert’s and an honorary Fairlane, is a native of Lima, Peru, and began his formal study of violin at the National Conservatory in Lima. He has been with the Sinfonica Nacional in Lima, the Fine Arts Theatre Orchestra in Mexico City, the Austin Symphony and currently holds the post of Concert Master for the Brazos Valley Symphony and The Backyard Symphony. As a guest artist he has performed solo and chamber music recitals in United States, South America, and Europe. Over the years he has built quite an eclectic musical career performing Latin, Jazz, Gypsy, Pop and Country Western music as a band leader and a sideman.   Javier has been the featured artist in film and documentary soundtracks including The Alamo, Spy Kids, IMAX’s Ride Around The World, Loaves and Fishes and PBS’s Hansel Meith.

Dr. John Mills is a composer, arranger and saxophonist who writes and performs across the full spectrum of musical genres in concert and in the recording studio. His works for strings include premieres for Solisticos de Santiago (Chile), string quartets that have reached the semifinals in the last two International Golden Hornet String Quartet Smackdown competitions, and orchestral arrangements for popular artists including Carmen Bradford, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne, Andrew Heller, Indigo Girls and Asleep at the Wheel. Very recently John was honored to perform with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett at the Hurricane Harvey Benefit. Dr. Mills is a Professor of Jazz Studies at UT Austin’s Butler School of Music.

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