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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.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_c68b0f80-93b4-11e3-948e-0017a43b2370.html

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Mariachi music becoming popular in nations across the world

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Among Mexican-Americans in the United States, mariachi music has maintained its popularity for more than a century, especially in states that border Mexico, like Texas. But there are now mariachi groups in all parts of the United States and in some European and Asian nations as well.

Mariachi music has long been popular with San Antonio’s large Mexican-American population.

But among the young people performing at this event was 12-year-old Anani Rhames, an African-American girl who fell in love with the songs she heard in Mexican restaurants and on local radio stations.

“I like ‘Las Margaritas,’ which is about daisies and I like ‘El Pastor,’ which is about a shepherd,” she said.

Anani can relate to rural themes because she lives on a ranch and sometimes sings to her horses.

“You can actually connect with them. You can build a bond with them,” she said. “When they hear you their ears kind of perk up and they are like [it is as if they were saying] ‘hmmm, interesting.”

Read more: http://www.voanews.com/content/mariachi-music-gains-popularity-across-ethnic-lines/1826410.html

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