Jose M. "Joe" Sangroniz

Jose M. “Joe” Sangroniz was born in Bilbao, Bizkaia on August 5, 1928.  He came to the US in the 1950s and found work at the Idaho Power Company where he was employed until June of 1964.  Joe then left Boise and moved to the Portland area where he worked for Pacific Power and Light Co. until his death Nov. 3, 1984 at the age of 56.

James Sangroniz and Pilar Sangroniz

Left: 2016, July - James playing for the San Inazio Basque Festival. 1984 - Pilar Sangroniz in San Francisco.

Coro (Gil) Goitiandia

2012 - Coro Goitiandia, Jordan Valley Centennial Celebration.

Coro was born in Donostia, Gipuzkoa in 1945.  She reminisced that her amona (grandmother) used to play pandereta and she and her sister always had panderetas beginning at a very young age. They used to go caroling to the homes of people that they knew on Christmas Eve with their panderetas.

Joe Anacabe

1949- Joe Anacabe playing drums for a Sheepherders Ball in Boise Idaho, with Jose Apariasi playing txistu.

Jose Villanueva de Amezketa

1940's - Jose Villanueva, playing txistu with Ambrosio Apariasi.


Txantxangorriak (which means robin in Basque) was formed in April 2001 after watching a group of triki and pandero players from Gipuzkoa (Txorimaloak) who were invited by the Jaialdi Committee to participate in Jaialdi 2000.

Dan Ansotegui

2016 - Dan Ansotegui with the Txantxangorriak in the Winnemucca Basque Festival.

Morrie Berriochoa

Morrie began playing drums in 1990 under the guidance of Dan Ansotegui. Dan showed Morrie the basic rhythm patterns for rock, swing, waltz and marches and he would go to Dan's house to practice a few times a week. He became the drummer for Ordago about a year later when Dan, the original drummer, left the group to open Bar Gernika. Morrie became interested in the tambourine or panderoa during Jaialdi '87 when he saw the trikitixa duo of Tapia and Leturia.

Sean Aucutt

Sean Aucutt playing for Amuma Says No.

Juan Jose Zulaica

1985 - Group photo of the Oinkaris with Juan Zulaica & Jim Jausoro.

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