Harlandale ISD Varsity Mariachi groups advance to State Festival

Harlandale ISD Varsity Mariachi groups advance to State Festival
Posted on 02/03/2020
Harlandale ISD Varsity Mariachi groups advance to State Festival

Two mariachi groups from Harlandale ISD will represent their schools and district at the 2020 UIL State Mariachi Festival to be held at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex on Feb. 21-22.

Harlandale High School’s Mariachi Tepolcame and McCollum High School’s Mariachi Orgullo del Sur earned a Division One rating at the UIL Regional Mariachi Contest held last weekend at Southwest High School. The students received medals for their achievement.

Both groups have dedicated long hours to prepare for their state level competition.

“We are extremely proud of our students,” McCollum HS Mariachi Director Edwardo Cantu said. “We’ve been working extra hard because this year we picked more appropriate high school level mariachi music, which is more difficult. The kids love it, it’s hard work, but it’s worth it.”

The mariachi groups are excited to perform their best medley in under 10 minutes. The ensembles will also receive a 30-minute clinic with a nationally recognized mariachi educator/performer at the conclusion of their performance. The focus of this interaction will be on musicianship and the artistry of making music.

The young musicians hope to win big at the state contest and have already began rehearsing.

“I’m so happy we have the opportunity to go to state, but we still have a lot of work to do to be successful over there,” Harlandale HS Mariachi Director Ezechiel Hernandez said. “Our goal is to take the feedback from the judges and focus on their comments and improve. We’re looking forward to bringing our best.”  

Performances will be open to the public. Admission for each session will be $15 for adults and $10 for students. No admission will be charged for children 6th grade and under. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, please visit https://www.uiltexas.org/music/state-mariachi-festival.


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