By: Megan Flinn
One of my favorite parts of working in public relations is the opportunity to experience our clients’ events and seeing the great work they do first-hand. Whether it is attending an opera performance, a dog-jumping competition, or in this case, watching an amazing mariachi band, there is always plenty of inspiration, and never a dull moment!
The renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts has two of their own traditional mariachi bands—Advanced (Mariachi los Pasajeros) and Intermediate (Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco), among the many talented student performing arts groups at the school. Students in the mariachi bands are trained to play their instruments (including guitars, violins and trumpets) classically while also learning the various styles of mariachi music—in addition to singing. These students spend three hours every day in rigorous study in this art discipline, while also attending academic classes.
What is so special is these students are helping to keep the Hispanic tradition of mariachi music alive in younger generations! In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15—October 15), I got to watch as the Mariachi los Pasajeros group held a live performance for a Univision news segment on September 24. Dressed in traditional mariachi costumes with energetic attitudes, the mariachi band put on a great show that had everyone in the room—reporters, teachers and guests smiling and dancing.
There was no doubt about the student’s dedication and passion for mariachi music. It was a great opportunity to share their talent with a broader audience and I am thankful I got to participate. Check the performance out for yourself here, and special thanks to HSPVA Friends for their ongoing support of amazing groups like the mariachi band!