This year, we are hosting youth/student mariachi groups representing three levels of our nation’s public institutions: middle school, high school, and college. ¡Viva Mariachi! will feature:
Mariachi Los Gavilanes from Monaco Middle School in Las Vegas has been serving the Las Vegas community since 2002. The music organization is one of the nation's largest mariachi programs. Mariachi student enrollment at Monaco Middle School has skyrocketed to over 500 students.
Mariachi Los Gavilanes has represented the Clark County School District with performances in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School has shared the stage with the Temptations and the Four Tops. They have performed for Mayor Goodman, Carlos Santana, Senator Harry Reid, and members of Congress. Mariachi Los Gavilanes was also invited to perform at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence at Pixar Studios!
Inspired by their mariachi directors, the primary mission of Mariachi Los Gavilanes is to promote a higher level of music education and appreciation for mariachi music!
The ensenble has just recently won first place at the San Juan Capistrano annual competion.
Mariachi Tesoro high school students from San Fernando just won the title, “Best of the Best in California” at the 2019 California State Fair for the second consecutive year.
Mariachi Tesoro is made up of area students from San Fernando middle and high schools who participate in the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP). In this unique program, the students are taught by master musicians who are members of the professional group Los Camperos. The students learn both cultural traditions as well as musicianship that emphasizes formal training, reading music and stage performance. Youtube video
Mariachi Los Broncos from Cal-Poly Pomona, is one of the first college mariachi groups in the United States. After a hiatus of nearly two decades, a new generation of Mariachi Los Broncos de Pomona took the stage in January 2016 under the direction of ethnomusicologist Dr. Jessie M. Vallejo. Los Caballeros de Cal Poly Pomona was formed in 2016-2017 in response to the high level of student interest in performing mariachi music. Both mariachi ensembles are composed of students who represent a diverse Bronco community and from various majors and departments across Cal-Poly's campus.