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Local high school mariachi groups win state titles in Texas


mariachiHSMcALLEN — The Rio Grande Valley is now home to three new state mariachi champions.

Valley high school mariachi bands captured Class 3A, 4A and 5A Texas High School Mariachi Competition championships Saturday in San Antonio.

McAllen High School took home the 5A title, Rio Grande City High School won the 4A title, and Grulla High School the 3A title.

Of the 26 state-wide finalists within all UIL classes, 11 came from the Valley, said Alex Treviño, director of McAllen High School’s band, Mariachi Oro. Among the 11 Class 5A finalists, five call the area home.

“The kids just did a phenomenal job,” Treviño said of the 15 members of Mariachi Oro. “It’s a hard-working group.”

Mia Treviño, a sophomore violinist and vocalist with Mariachi Oro, wasn’t sure how to describe her group’s state championship.

“It’s such a big title,” she said.

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