Mariachi Education in Texas

To foster better communication between Mariachi educators and to promote wider appreciation for Mariachi music, the Texas Music Office is currently interviewing Mariachi professionals throughout the state. Below are some of the results of our efforts.

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James Bowie Elementary
Department
811 Bowie - P.O. Box 2514
Alamo, TX 78516
(956) 702-5839; (956) 702-5839
jamesbowie[at]SPAMAWAYpsja.k12.tx.us; criolaeli[at]SPAMAWAYaol.com
Criola Elizondo, Estudiantina / Music Teacher

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1994
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 150
male; female

Is course credit the same? yes
Students that play mandolin are ready to play violin; guitars are ready; some colleagues have guitar groups

Public performances? yes
Recording a CD next week; perform at HEB, Wal-Mart to promote the CD, plus parents are selling it. Perform at any event that doesn't have alcohol;

Do you compete?
we're the only ones, so no one to compete with; we received a national award from National Latino Children's Institute 2002 La Promesa de un Futuro Brillante Award Winners

Perform at school events?
Superintendent events, PTA meetings, for Grandmasters Banquet

Suppliers include: school owns everything (clothes, long skirts, instruments)
At Melharts music that I can't do myslf; I'm not music certified; played in a mariachi for 20 years; started at 9; played in Saigon, Vietnam; 17 years old; played for VP Humphrey, played in Mexico; all female mariachi;

Repertoire: Criola Elizondo compositions -- appximately 9-10 each year.all love songs that teach a lesson

Additional information: Las Rancheritas from Alamo, TX retired in 1981

 


PSJA Memorial High • PSJA Memorial Mariachi
Band Department
800 South Alamo Road
Alamo, TX 78516
(956) 783-3600, ext. 4214; Fax (956) 783-3636
grramos7[at]SPAMAWAYaol.com
Gracie Ramos, Mariachi Instructor
Paul Denman, Band Director
Ron Dunmore, Orchestra Instructor

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1997
Full-time teachers:
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 30
male; female
Number of mariachi students by year:
2000-30; 1999-15; 1998-; 1997-; 1996-; 1995-

Is course credit the same? yes
Two ways to learn mariachi: either we meet once a week and participation is voluntary, and/or we offer a seventh period class with a current enrollment of eight students.

Public performances? no

Do you compete? yes
We participate at UIL in the Medium Ensemble division. We have also performed at the festival in McAllen.

Perform at school events? no

Suppliers include: If they are violins players, they are in the orcherta program as well, and they own their own instruments. The other instruments such as guitarron, vihuela and guitars are provided by the school. We use Melhart's in McAllen mostly.
H&H and Melharts.

Repertoire: Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Juan Gabriel, Juan Ortiz (San Antonio), John Vela's guitarron book (Alice), Frank Sosa (teaches at Laredo's Martin High School)

Additional information:


Alice High School • AHS Mariachi "6 O'clock Group" • AHS Mariachi "5 O'clock Group" • Adams Middle School Mariachi
Band Department
No. 1 Coyote Trail
Alice, TX 78332
(361) 664-0126 ext. 510; Fax (361) 660-2128
jgarcia12[at]SPAMAWAYaliceisd.esc2.net
Joe Murillo, Elementary Music / Mariachi Instructor
Jose Garcia, Director of Music Activities, Alice ISD

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1990
Full-time teachers: 0
Part-time teachers: 2
Number of students: 46
22 male; 24 female
Number of mariachi students by year:
2000-; 1999-; 1998-46; 1997-38; 1996-36; 1995-34

Is course credit the same?

Public performances? yes
One community performance (Fiesta Bandana)

Do you compete? no
We have not competed. Mariachi should be a different category.

Perform at school events? yes
They have performed at "half-time" shows with marching band accompaniment.

Suppliers include: Lalo's Music, Alice, TX; Mariachi Connection, San Antonio
Mr. Jesus Barrera (The Fiddle Shop, Corpus Christi)

Repertoire: Las Mananitas, Cielito Lindo, Volver, Volver, Solamente Una Vez (Agustin Lara), El Rey (J.A. Jimenez), De Colores; Rudy Gonzalez - some beginner arranging

Additional information: most of the arrangements are by John Vela (Alice, TX)


Sam Houston High School
Mariachi Department
2000 Sam Houston Drive
Arlington, TX 78014
(682) 867-8573; (682) 867-8200
mocampo[at]SPAMAWAYaisd.net
Marta Ocampo, Mariachi Instructor
Beverley McReynolds, Principal

 


University of Texas - Austin
College of Fine Arts - Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan Department
1 University Station E3100
Austin 78712-0435
(512) 626-9545; Fax Fax: (512) 471-7836
adolph_ortiz[at]SPAMAWAYyahoo.com
Adolph Ortiz

 


Bedichek Middle School
Music Department
6800 Bill Hughes Road
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 841-3503; (512) 414-3265
Fax (512) 444-4382
Michael Werst, Orchestra Director / Mariachi Instructor

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1999
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 17
14 male; 3 female

Is course credit the same? yes

Public performances? yes
UT Uteach, School board, AMN, SWT competition

Do you compete?
SWT competition

Perform at school events? no

Suppliers include: Marichi Connection- San Antonio
West Bank String Shop

Repertoire: La Bamba, El Pollito, El Gatito, Celita Linda, De Colores

Additional information: Bedichek Middle School is only middle school in Austin to offer mariachi.




Crockett High School
5601 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78745-3696
(512) 414-2532
Joseph Baird, Orchestra / Mariachi Director
Deborah Coco, Principal



St. Edward's University
Mariachi Alas de Oro Department
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 448-8670; 512-448-8400
geraldm[at]SPAMAWAYadmin.stedwards.edu
Brother Gerald Mueller, Advisor

 


William B. Travis High School
Music Program Department
1211 East Oltorf Street
Austin, TX 78704-5799
(512) 414-7746; (512) 414-2527 main
Fax (512) 707-0050
rmorales[at]SPAMAWAYaustin.isd.tenet.edu
Rosalinda Morales, Mariachi Director / Assistant Band Director
Julian Arizola, Assistant Director
Dr. Rene Garganta, Principal


Jones High School • A.C. Jones High School Mariachi
Band, Mariachi Mestizo Department
1902 North Adams
Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 362-6000 ext. 241
jvela[at]SPAMAWAYbeevilleisd.esc2.net
Jaime Vela, Mariachi / Band Instructor
Chuck Nolton, Band Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1992
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 16
9 male; 7 female
Number of mariachi students by year:
2000-25

Is course credit the same? yes
Students receive class credit.

Public performances? yes

Do you compete? yes
We will be competing next year- most likely UIL- solo and ensemble

Perform at school events? no
no

Suppliers include: instruments- owned by the school, except for trumpet..Extra strings, etc.- get them through South Texas Music Mart, Corpus Christi
South Texas Music Mart, Corpus Christi

Repertoire: Was doing own Mariachi group on the side in college; All are his own arrangements: he has 16 songs that he arranges. Their group does a lot of the standards; certain composers common throughout all Mariachis; never get the same composers; John Vela, popular arranger.


Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco High School
Band Department
P.O. Box 547
Ben Bolt, TX 78342
(361) 668-0512; (361) 664-9822
Fax (361) 664-5481
Joe Vela, Band Director / Mariachi Instructor

Mariachi Program Profile
Full-time teachers:
Part-time teachers:
Number of students:
male; female


Hanna High School
Band Department
2615 Price Road
Brownsville, TX 76521
(956) 548-7600;
Mr. Martinez, Estudiantina Instructor
Paul Flinchbaugh, Band Director

Mariachi Program Profile
Full-time teachers:
Part-time teachers:
Number of students:
male; female


Lopez High School
Band Department
3205 South Dakota Avenue
Brownsville, TX 78521
(956) 982-7463; (956) 982-7400

David Kregal, Estudiantina Instructor
Stacey Dunn, Band Director


Porter High School • Mariachi Aztlan
Band Department
3500 International Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78521
(956) 548-7826; (956) 548-7800
Fax (956) 548-7988
Bertha Martinez, Mariachi Instructor
Jim Crixell, Band Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1992
Full-time teachers: 0
Part-time teachers: 2
Number of students: 15
9 male; 6 female

Is course credit the same? no
We practice 30 minutes before school begins.

Public performances? yes
We perform at the Mr. Amigo Welcoming, Nursing Homes, Veterans Affairs, etc.

Do you compete? no
We recently found out Mariachi is able to participate in something like that.

Perform at school events? yes

Suppliers include: Supplies are owned by the school district.
Rito Morin, Matamoros, Tamps

Repertoire: Songs: El Rey, El Son De La Negra, Si Nos Dejan.


Rivera High School
Band Department
6955 FM 802
Brownsville, TX. 78521
(956) 831-1028; Fax (956) 831-8705
Pedro Perez, Estudiantina Instructor
Rolando Zapata, Band Director


University of Texas - Brownsville
Fine Arts Department - Mariachi Escorpion Department
UTB/TSC Fine Arts 80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-8943; (956) 882-8247
Fax (956) 882-3808
antonio.briseno[at]SPAMAWAYutb.edu
Antonio Briseno, Mariachi Instructor


Carrizo Springs High School
Band Department
102 North Fifth Street
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834
(830) 876-5237; (830) 876-5237
Fax (830) 876-3052
Fitifredo Sanchez, Mariachi Instructor
Leo Garza, Band Director


Moody High School
Band Department
1818 Trojan Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78416
(361) 878-7340
Fax (361) 857-8253
Jesus Lopez, Mariachi Instructor
Liz Ruiz, Band Director

Mariachi Program Profile
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers: 0
Number of students: 20

Is course credit for mariachi the same as other musical course work? yes
instrumental and vocal performance are both offered

Public performances? yes
They perform for community non-profit organizations.

Do you compete? yes
TMEA region mariachi auditions


Cotulla High School
Band Department
310 North Main
Cotulla, TX 78014
(830) 879-2374; (830) 879-2374
Fax (830) 879-2454
John Spillane, Band Director and Mariachi Instructor


Crystal City High School
Band Department
805 East Crockett Street
Crystal City, TX 78839
(830) 374-8029; (830) 374-2341
Fax (830) 374-3178
Gabrial Garcia, Band Director and Mariachi Instructor


Adamson High School
Mariachi Department
201 East Ninth Street
Dallas, TX 75203
(972) 749-1400; Fax (972) 749-1401

Rawly Sanchez, Principal


Moises Molina High School
Mariachi Department
2355 Duncanville Road
Dallas, TX 75211
(972) 502-1000; Fax (972) 502-1001
Eric Moellering, Mariachi Instructor
Patricia Dumas, Principal


W.T. White High School
Mariachi Department
4505 Ridgeside Drive
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 502-6200
Alfonso Gonzalez, Mariachi Instructor
Joy Barnhart, Principal


Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
Music/Mariachi Department
3434 R L Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75224-4017
(972) 925-1200; (972) 975-1227
Fax (972) 925-1201
Kent Ellinson, Music Coordinator
Bart Marantz, Director of Jazz Studies
David Large, Orchestra Director


Del Rio High School
Band Department
100 Memorial Drive
Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 778-4300 ext. 2003; (830) 778-4300
Fax (830) 774-9320
Mr. Trevino, Band Director / Mariachi Instructor
Dwight L. Brown, Orchestra Director


University of North Texas
College of Music - Mariachi Aguilas Department
P.O. Box 311367
Denton, TX 76203-1367
(940) 565-2791; (940)-369-7973
Fax (940) 565-2002
demmanuel[at]SPAMAWAYmusic.unt.edu
Daniel F. Cantú, Director
Dr. Donna Emmanuel, Academic Sponsor


Eagle Pass - CC Winn Campus
Department
265 Foster Maldonado Blvd.
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
(830) 758-7014; (830) 757-0828

Mr. Martinez, Mariachi Director
Mr. Martinez

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 10 yrs. ago
Full-time teachers: 4 for all campuses
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 150
50% male; female

Is course credit the same? yes

Public performances? yes
Community events- grand openings; mainly contests and school functions

Do you compete? yes
Host a Mariachi festival here - this year we participated in Harlingen "Rio Fest." Went to McAllen for their festival. Went to TX A&M International Fiesta of Mariachi

Perform at school events? no
don't recall ever performing - have performed at pep-rallies last year.

Suppliers include: All have to be members of the band; they use their own instruments. Use guitars that are made to be sold in U.S. Do have a couple of students that have their own from Mexico. Music program does own a couple of guitars from Paracho - not issued out - the students have better guitars. Guitarron and vihuelas bought in U.S. from Mariachi Connection in San Antonio - imported from Mexico.
Mainly repaired by Acosta Music in San Antonio

Repertoire: Use a lot of music from bands: Sol de Mexico - Jose Randes; Mariachi Vargas; Another group: Mariachi Cobre. Ex-student Jorge Vargas writes music; he is an established mariachi arranger, transcriber, composer and mariachi director in the Valley; Writer - John Vela.



Eagle Pass High School
Department
2020 Second Street
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
(830) 773-2381 ext. 132; (830) 773-2381
dsolis[at]SPAMAWAYeagle-pass.k12.tx.us
David Solis, Mariachi Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1997
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 48
19 male; female

Is course credit the same? yes
instrumental ensemble

Public performances? yes
city- chamber of commerce breakfast--openings of stores or businesses..played for Gov. Bush and Gov. Perry

Do you compete? yes
Mariachi Festivals, UIL Solo and Ensemble

Perform at school events? yes
pep rallies; Mother's Day school function; anytime presentation for Open House or teachers meetings

Suppliers include: Violins are here in States-- either imported by a tailor
San Antonio- we're about 160 miles from San Antonio

Repertoire: Jose Alfrod Jimenez.Arrangements from Reyna de Los Angeles - all girl mariachi band; Sol de Mexico arrangements .Vargas Arrangements; Juan Gabriel; Rocio Durcal; Get someone to arrange/buy music that is available

Additional information: 9th & 10th grade campus.


Edcouch-Elsa High School • Beginning classes- Estudiantina (1st year players)- scales, rehearsals, a recital • Advanced performing group- Advanced Estudiantina
Music Department
P.O. Box 127
Edcouch, TX 78538
(956) 262-4731; (956) 262-4731
bene_Layton1[at]SPAMAWAYhotmail.com
Bene Layton, Estudiantina Instructor
Juan Meave, Band Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1981
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers: 1
Number of students: 210
male; female

Is course credit the same? yes
fine arts credit

Public performances? yes
Educationally-related events-- don't have to be within the school- sometimes get invitations from out of the district if it's feasible..Performances for: President of U.S.- when he visited the Valley, Governor's Mansion , and at Washington and Michigan.

Do you compete? yes
Under experimental ensemble in UIL- straight 1s since started to compete- just performing group..Competed under Medium Ensemble- 1st division-- for Mariachi ensembles.

Perform at school events? yes
Homecoming, when dignitaries visit school.

Suppliers include: Melhart's Music and Hermes music - McAllen
Melhart's Music - McAllen

Repertoire: Do a lot of our own arrangements - songs they hear on the radio.- Lots of modern ."Sleepwalk" Ron and Santo- late 50s early 60s arrangement for Estudiantina..Carlos Santana- "Europa".Morenita Mia- class A traditional .Theme song from a Mexican soap opera- Te Quiero Tanto- do a better job than actual theme songs.Hateful relationships, tequila- keep away from those type of songs- do romantic songs- performed on Mother's Day.

Additional information: Grades 9-12.Perform at educationally-related event.All guitars, mandolins, stand up bass, singers- no trumpet or violins..Need one more performance group .Used to have Mariachi- but Estudiantina can have up to 50 kids- has big student body and opened up more classes for Estudiantina..Texas Mexican Conjunto- folk-style that encompasses accordion- rehearse after school- 4 or 5 kids- bass and drums-- also teaches that after school..Some of his students have formed their own groups after graduation- professional group-- like "Los Frijoles Romanticos"- fused salsa with Conjunto - nominated for 2004 Grammy in Mexican music category.


Economedes High School Mariachi Dos Mil
Department
1414 North Alamo Road
Edinburg, TX 78541
(956) 385-3000 ext. 2055; Fax (956) 385-3050


Edinburg High School
Band Department
805 East Canton Road
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 316-7300
Gabriela Sandoval, Mariachi Instructor
Jason Rogers, Band Director
Ciro Trivino, Director of Fine Arts


Edinburg North High School • "Oro" de Edinburg North • class- of rhythm instruments - guitars, vihuela, harp, guitarron
Fine Arts Department
3101 North Closner
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 316-7654; Fax (956) 316-7712
manuelsaenz[at]SPAMAWAYmsn.com
Manuel Saenz, Jr., Mariachi Instructor
Wilberto Perez, Band Director
Moises Llamas, Orchestra Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1997
Full-time teachers: 2- Saul Hernandez- 2 years
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 100
male; female
Number of mariachi students by year:
2000-16 in club; 1999-; 1998-; 1997-; 1996-; 1995-

Is course credit the same? yes
Unless students take only the performing Mariachi, which meets after school. If they do not take the rhythm class during the day they don't get credit for the after school Mariachi.

Public performances? yes
for businesses and all sorts of different events- non-profit organizations

Do you compete? yes
Compete all the time- 25 trophies.Grand Champions at Rio Fest in Harlingen.Grand Champions in McAllen ISD Fest.Grand Champions in Zapata.Runner-ups in National Mariachi Vargas Competition in San Antonio.Playing in Chicago Oct. 29.Played 3 times at Capitol- local politicians

Perform at school events? no

Suppliers include: Most own their own instruments- violins, trumpets.Provide rhythm instruments - Company: Mexico Lindo- Edinburg.Saul has his own company- can go to Mexico City/Guadalajara.Mexico Lindo is Saul's group.
Mexico Lindo- Edinburg.Benitas, TX- Pedro Magallon

Repertoire: Styles: Huatango, Sones, Bolleros, Rancheras, Music Medley- Popurris.he teaches morning; saul teaches in the afternoon; team up after school or before school for performing;


University of Texas – Pan American • Department of Music • UTPA Mariachi • UTPA Mariachi Aztlan - taught by Francisco Loera • UTPA Mariachi Femenil
Music Department
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 381-3471; (956) 381-2175
Fax (956) 381-3472
guerrad[at]SPAMAWAYpanam.edu
Dr. Dahlia Guerra, Chairperson and Mariachi Director
Dr. Rodolfo Rocha, Dean of College of Arts and Humanities
Francisco Loera, Mariachi Band Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1989
Full-time teachers: 2
Part-time teachers: 1
Number of students: 45-50
35 male; 15 female

Is course credit the same? yes
Course credit for the course is 2 credits

Public performances? yes
We perform at community events, for visiting dignitaries, and we do fundraisers for non-profit organizations.

Do you compete? yes
We compete in the Mariachi Vargas Competition in San Antonio.

Perform at school events? no

Suppliers include: The school purchases folk instruments from Guadalajara.
Melharts - McAllen.Morales - Guadalajara

Repertoire: We arrange some songs, but none are original.


Bowie High School • Bowie High School "Los Osos Orgullosos" - Varisty Group • Beginning Mariachi •
Band Department
801 South San Marcial
El Paso, TX 79905
(915) 496-8200 ; Fax (915) 532-1918
Anji Morgan-Thornton, Mariachi Director
Mark Myers, Band Director
Mark Myers, Orchestra Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1988
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers: 1 tutor- 15 hrs/week
Number of students: 23- 15 in varsity
male; female
Number of mariachi students by year:
2000-; 1999-; 1998-6; 1997-; 1996-; 1995-

Is course credit the same? yes
Fine Arts Credit is available.- course code for guitar ensemble

Public performances? yes
Yes- limited basis

Do you compete? no
no- non UIL

Perform at school events? yes

Suppliers include: school purchases them- checked out to the students.local music stores- guitarones in Guadalajara mexico
Sub-contract them out to a music store.Worked with El Charro to purchase uniforms - rep. in El Paso

Repertoire: Standards.Her instructor has written some arrangements.Teach different style- popular form- Son Jaliscience, Huapango, Rancheras, Polcas, Zals (Mexican spellings)

Additional information: Preserving oral tradition- has had guest speakers come in- folkloric dancers-- talk about costumes and music that goes with each dance..Diff mariachi songs rep. different regions in Mexico-- sometimes instrumentation.Mexican harp - music from Vella Cruz- put in bid- truly authentic.



Del Valle High School • Mariachi Conquistador • Mariachi Juvenil •
Music Department
950 Bordeaux
El Paso, TX 79907
(915) 434-3064; (915) 434-3000
Fax (915) 858-1427
Don Bustos, Mariachi Instructor
Marlene Meagher, Band Director
Don Bustos, Orchestra Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1991
Full-time teachers: 0
Part-time teachers: 1
Number of students: 28
14 male; 14 female
Number of mariachi students by year:
2000-; 1999-; 1998-28; 1997-28; 1996-25; 1995-20

Is course credit the same? yes

Public performances? yes
We perform at festivals, community events, churches, wedding quincieneras and retirement parties.

Do you compete? yes
We compete in the Medium Ensemble division at UIL. Competition is not our primary focus, so this one event is adequate for our program.

Perform at school events? no

Suppliers include: Melody Shop in El Paso and directly from Mexico
Fret 'n Necks, El Paso; Ramirez Guitarras, Cuidad Juarez, Mexico

Repertoire: Songs: El Rey, Solamente Una Vez, La Bamba, El Caballito, and Volver, Volver.


Montwood High School
Band Department
1200 Montwood
El Paso, TX 79936
(915) 857-4400

Frank Anderson, Band Director


Montwood High School
Mariachi Program Department
12000 Montwood Drive
El Paso, TX 79936
(915) 937-0538; (915) 937-2400
rolando771[at]SPAMAWAYaol.com
Rolando Morales, Director, MHS Mariachi

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1995


Riverside High School • Mariachi Riverside • Mariachi Revolution (middle school)
Mariachi/Fine Arts Department
301 Midway
El Paso, TX 79915
(915) 783-3300
mflores3[at]SPAMAWAYelp.rr.com
Manny Flores, Mariachi Director
Fernando Florez, Band Director

Mariachi Program Profile
First offered: 1995
Full-time teachers: 1
Part-time teachers:
Number of students: 88
40 male; 48 female
Number of mariachi students by year:
2000-; 1999-; 1998-88; 1997-; 1996-; 1995-

Is course credit the same? yes

Public performances? yes
We perform at weddings, funerals, bapti