Growing up in South Texas, Jesus Martinez heard a lot about President John F. Kennedy. His mom was a huge fan of the late president and former first lady. She read the book, “Letters to Jackie, Condolences From a Grieving Nation” and even named Martinez’s sister, Jacqueline.
“If you go down to the Rio Grande Valley, you talk about President Kennedy and people almost kind of immortalize him. They love him,” said Martinez. “And a lot of people weren’t event alive around that time.”
So Martinez, a composer and assistant band director at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, couldn’t exactly say “No” when the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza approached him about composing a piece for the museum’s thirtieth anniversary.