The group is led by Virginia (Rivas Champion) and has included experienced and talented musicians from Texas since 2018. Virginia y Valor sadly lost dedicated keyboardist, back-up vocalist, and friend, Rudy Garza, Jr. to cancer in September of 2022. Rudy Garza, Jr. composed the song "Voy a Ganarme Tu Amor" which is on the Adelante album that released in 2021.
Prior to joining Virginia y Valor, Rudy Garza, Jr. (deceased) had performed and composed songs for Alma Pulido, Bobby Pulido, and La Preferencia. In the 1980s, Rudy also performed with Romance and also with Cali Carranza. A highlight of those years was his performance with Cali Carranza at the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony. He had traveled to perform with Tejano music groups across the US and Mexico for audiences ranging to the tens of thousands. In the mid-2000's, Rudy was nominated Keyboard Player of the Year for the Tejano Music Awards. Then, in 2022, he was nominated to the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and awarded in January 2023 after his passing. His daughter Beth Garza received this prestigious award on his behalf.
David Champion is a lifelong supporter of Tejano Conjunto music and has dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, documenting, and conducting public presentations about music. He narrated portions of Accordion Dreams, a documentary produced by Hector Galan of Galan Productions, co-produced Taquachito Nights, a collaborative CD that was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Together with Virginia, they have conducted various educational events showcasing Tejano Conjunto Music. He is the proud spouse of the vocalist for the group and joins the band on bajo sexto.
Oscar Rios, electric guitarist, is son to Virginia and has played the guitar since he was 10 years old. Born and raised in Weslaco, Texas, Oscar has been surrounded by musical influences his entire life. He played electric guitar in a band while in high school named Revelo. Oscar is a full-time college student studying Computer Science.
Various talented musicians have joined Virginia y Valor on drums, including Minnie Loredo who brings her love for music and experience from having performed with Mariano y La Preferencia, Stephanie Lynn, Grupo Mia, Grupo Cabal, Humberto Diaz and the Hummer Band, and The Texas Sweethearts. Minnie is the proud niece of Tejano Roots Hall of Famer, class of 2011, Ruben Loredo, and comes from a long line of musicians. AJ Espinosa also made his debut as a new young drummer in the Tejano music scene with Virginia y Valor before filling a spot with Dezeo and joining his dad (Alex Espinosa/keyboardist) on stage. Virginia y Valor's first drummer was Benny Layton, Jr. who hails from Edcouch Elsa and is son to the late great Benny Layton, Sr. who performed with Los Hermanos Layton for over fifty years. Benny, Jr. plays drums and guitar, and went from being drummer to playing accordion and recording a Polka Tribute to Benny Layton, Sr. on the Amor Mio album by Virginia y Valor. Benny later supported the band as Sound Engineer for live performances. Other great talent and too many to name have joined Virginia y Valor on stage. The stage would not be the same without these talented friends who have a passion for Tejano Conjunto music! To all who take steps forward to keep the music alive and hear for generations to come and to each individual working to accomplish a goal, Virginia has this message:
Adelante y Con Ganas!