82R13498 JH-D
  By: Wentworth S.C.R. No. 35
         WHEREAS, The State of Texas has traditionally recognized a
  variety of official state symbols as tangible representations of
  the proud spirit and heritage of our state; and
         WHEREAS, In the field of music, Texas has nurtured important
  developments in a variety of genres, but of the many styles that
  have thrived here, one is particularly emblematic of our state's
  unique character: western swing; and
         WHEREAS, A lively sound that has enjoyed enduring popularity
  over the course of nearly a century, western swing reflects the
  ethnic diversity of Texas by encompassing many of the musical
  traditions that were introduced to the state by the groups that
  settled here; and
         WHEREAS, The genre, also known by the fitting name of Texas
  swing, traces its origins to the 1920s and is rooted in the fiddle
  music of Anglo, Irish, and Scottish immigrants; it borrows heavily
  from many other sources, however, including such African American
  influences as blues and jazz, the Hispanic genres of conjunto and
  mariachi, and the polkas, waltzes, and schottisches brought to
  Texas by German and Czech settlers; and
         WHEREAS, Though western swing has become popular throughout
  the Southwest and beyond, its origins are firmly tied to the Lone
  Star State; growing out of the music that was played in the state's
  small-town dance halls, the style became better known through the
  work of Texans Milton Brown and Bob Wills, two of the most famous
  and influential swing artists of all time; these pioneers formed
  the Light Crust Doughboys in the Fort Worth area in the early 1930s
  and then went on to even greater fame while leading individual bands
  of their own; and
         WHEREAS, A key to the appeal of this spirited music is its
  exceptional ability to get people dancing; this quality, too, is
  evocative of Texas, a state in which dance halls have historically
  been central to the social life of its communities; today, the
  foot-tapping tempo of western swing continues to be heard all
  across our state, with countless Texans repeating the time-honored
  steps that have been kicking up sawdust on Texas dance floors for
  generations; and
         WHEREAS, Born and bred in Texas, western swing is a musical
  melting pot that represents the diverse groups that have
  contributed to the growth and prosperity of our state and the
  distinctive way of life that has flourished here, and it is indeed a
  fitting symbol for the rich cultural heritage that is shared by all
  Texans; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate western swing as the official State Music of