As we begin the New Year and look forward to all of the events that are planned for 2013, it’s hard to not be excited about where Mariachi Education is and how far this movement has come over the past 3 decades. While I look at my schedule and think of everything that West Music Mariachi has planned, I’m reminded of something my father once told me. “No se puede saber a dónde va hasta que no sepa dónde ha estado.” Basically, you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. And while I didn’t quite understand that way back then, I definitely understand that now. The same can be said for Mariachi.
mariachi music, mariachi trumpet. Since the 1930s, the mariachi has been widely considered the quintessential Mexican folk-derived musical ensemble, and has become an institution symbolic of Mexican music and culture. Mariachi groups are currently found in many countries around the world.
As we wrap up Hispanic Heritage month, I am reminded of why Mariachi music is so addicting. I have traveled all over the United States and Mexico attending Mariachi events, but I have to admit, I never thought I would end up in Nashville, TN for a Mariachi event. Usually when one thinks of Nashville, images of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams Sr. come to mind among others. Now, because of the Metropolitan Nashville Public School District, images of Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solis will soon follow when one thinks of the Music City.
Join us on the West Music Summer Road Trip! Our new summer program is designed to keep students to playing all summer long with a variety of activities and rewards! It’s easy to play and helps parents encourage their children to practice during the summer months when they are out of school. Parents sign off as their student completes a task on the game board, which moves them down the road and closer to the next prize. Students who complete the entire road trip will be invited to a special event at the end of the summer and be recognized for their accomplishment.