The orchestra hall at Lubbock High School was filled with the distinguishable sound of mariachi music Wednesday, Feb. 5, as students showed off their best skills to guest instructor Jesus “Chuy” Guzman with a rendition of “Los Laureles.”
Guzman — a two-time Grammy award-winning mariachi artist who toured with rock legend Linda Ronstadt — is in Lubbock this week to share his knowledge with students of the craft at both LHS and Texas Tech.
“Mariachi — it’s my life, it’s my passion, it’s my everything,” Guzman said. “I’m here to give my passion, my life to the kids because they deserve it, they want to learn our tradition of music, our passion. I hope my visit to Lubbock gives a good memory to them.”
Guzman grew up in the state of Sonora, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. in 1985, he said. In 1988, he joined the critically acclaimed Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano as a violinist.
The group joined Linda Ronstadt on a tour of the U.S. and Europe in 1988 and was on the road with the singer until 1994 as she promoted her albums “Canciones de mi Padre” — Spanish for “songs of my father — and “Mas Canciones,” which means “more songs.”
When Mexico wants to challenge the world’s top athletes in alpine skiing, it turns to one man. His name is Hubertus von Hohenlohe, he’s 55 years old, and he dresses in a flamboyant, skin-hugging suit seemingly borrowed from a vihuela-strumming mariachi.
Von Hohenlohe is a force of nature: Germanic prince, a pop singer called Andy Himalaya and Royal Disaster, professional athlete, photographer, lover (presumably), mariachi-suit wearer (most definitely).
On Thursday, November, 22, 2012, Mexican mariachi musicians have celebrated their patron St. Cecilia with songs and a church Mass.
Plaza Garibaldi, the legendary home of Mexico City’s mariachi bands, received about 300 musicians serenading their patron saint.
They then carried a shrine of St. Cecilia decorated with flowers and palm leaves on a long procession to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica while playing their instruments. The musicians’ relatives carried balloons and waved Mexican flags.
Everyone filed into the basilica for the Mass in honor of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.
Mariachi musician Tomas Villar says that for him Thursday’s celebration was a chance to thank St. Cecilia for this year’s work and to ask her for work in the coming year.
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