“The best young talent in South Texas will take the stage,” said Juan Jose Sanchez, an instructor at Coastal Bend College. Sanchez works with area school mariachi directors to bring 23 bands together for the annual event. “The competition will be phenomenal.”
Coastal Bend College’s Día Del Mariachi and Munoz Public Relations from San Antonio have teamed up to bring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, “the world’s best mariachi,” to the event. The overall vocal and group winners in the competition will join the headliner in a Saturday concert at 7:30 p.m.
The mission of Día Del Mariachi is to recognize mariachi music excellence; develop young artists with Hispanic cultural understanding; inspire a spirit of pride and unity in the communities of South Texas; and introduce everyone to Coastal Bend College’s educational opportunities. The event is designed to provide students with college information, fellowship and stage experience. Admission into the competition is free. Group and vocal competitions start at 8:30 a.m.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students considering a musical career. We want to show that there are options for them in college to study and hone their musical abilities,” Sanchez explained. “Many high school students are not aware of the opportunities to study band, ensemble and individual instruction at many higher education institutions in Texas.”
Participating schools are:
Mariachi Cascabel, Rio Grande City High School; El Mariachi Cotuleño, Cotulla High School; Mariachi Los Lobos, Kyle Lehman High School; Mariachi Fox Tech, San Antonio Fox Tech High School; Mariachi Toros de Plata, Mission Veterans Memorial High School; Mariachi Azul y Plata, Kyle Lehman High School; Mariachi Del Rey, Kingsville H.M. King High School; Mariachi Halcon, Zapata High School; El Mariachi Tejano de Sam Houston, Arlington Sam Houston High School; Mariachi Sol Azteca, Mission Veterans Memorial High School; Falfurrias High School Mariachi, Falfurrias High School; Mariachi Azteca, Laredo Cigarroa High School; Premont High School Mariachi, Premont High School; Mariachi Azul y Oro, San Diego High School; El Mariachi Cotuleño, Cotulla Newman Middle School; Falfurrias JH Mariachi 8th grade, Falfurrias Jr. High School; Falfurrias JH Mariachi 7th grade, Falfurrias Jr. High School; Mariachi Nuevo Cascabel, Rio Grande City Fort Ringgold Middle School; Mariachi Juvenil de America, Rio Grande City Veterans Middle School; Mariachi Juvenil Halcon Junior Varsity, Zapata Middle School 7th grade; Mariachi Juvenil Halcon Varsity, Zapata Middle School 8th grade; and Mariachi Juvenil Halcon Beginner, Zapata Middle School 6th grade.