Break of Reality returns to Victoria for show

By by jim bishop/special to the advocate
Feb. 22, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2012 at 8:22 p.m.

Break of Reality

Break of Reality

One of Victoria's favorite sons is coming back for a musical visit in the midst of his growing popularity as a sort of traveling minstrel.

Ivan Trevino, who graduated from what was then Memorial High School in 2002, went on to get a bachelor's and then master's degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in New York. Eastman is a school most noted for training music performers and educators, while the equally famous Juilliard School, also in New York, concentrates on the performing arts.

Trevino, now 28 and living in Rochester, N.Y., still burns to teach music, but he's also having a lot of fun and success as a performer in his band, Break of Reality. And he's bringing the band to Victoria for a concert on March 3 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. More on that later.

Many Victoria residents are already familiar with Trevino's educational and professional background, because they helped him all along the way. In fact, without them, he wouldn't be where he is.

"The town came together to help me out," Trevino said. "And I'll always be so grateful."

The Eastman school is expensive - very expensive - but thanks to his parents, Fred and Rosie Trevino, and their many friends in Victoria, year after year they raised the money needed to complement a generous scholarship to Eastman.

Fred and Rosie tirelessly organized barbecue dinners and silent auctions, which drew large crowds of well-wishers, and some people would simply donate cash because they loved the Trevino family and respected their labor of love.

"Tons of people came and purchased food, or participated in the auctions, and the support was just incredible," he said.

To give back to his beloved hometown, Trevino has conducted teaching sessions at the high schools, and hopes to do more of those outreach classes during his upcoming visit.

The Break of Reality band has literally performed from sea to shining sea - New York to California and points in between, like Austin. Their March 3 appearance in Victoria is part of a multi-city Texas tour.

The band includes Trevino on drums and percussion, and cellists Patrick Laird, Martin Torch-Ishii and Laura Metcalf. Their numbers range from classical to rock.

After three previous performances in Victoria, audiences have marveled at the sounds produced by the four-piece ensemble.

Their music has garnered 6 million visits to the Internet radio station Pandora, and they've sold more than 40,000 albums worldwide.

Even the U.S. Department of State is interested. Break of Reality is one of 40 finalists among 300 bands who wanted to represent the United States in a multi-nation tour as musical ambassadors. "Language may be a problem in some cases, but music is definitely a universal language," Trevino said.

They'll audition in New York for that honor later in March.

And somehow, between all the rest, Trevino will be getting married in late March.

The doors open at 7:15 p.m. on March 3, and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $12 for students. There are also VIP tickets available for $40. They guarantee reserved seating and a signed copy of the band's latest CD.

Tickets are available at the Victoria Fine Arts Center box office at 1002 Sam Houston Drive, by phone at 361-788-9335, or at Hair by Fred, 2015 E. Red River St.

Ivan hopes to have a good crowd at the 1,450-seat fine arts center auditorium.

"It's so great to come home and play in my hometown. Victoria has always been so supportive of me."

For more information on Break of Reality, their music and CDs, go to



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