The McAllen High School Mariachi Oro has qualified for the State Mariachi Finals for 2016. In the Area Competition held in early January in San Antonio, the group received straight Division 1 Superior Ratings from all three judges and advanced to the state finals for the third consecutive year. In 2014 and 2015, the McAllen High Mariachi Oro won state championships. The state competition will be Feb. 5-7 at Our Lady of The Lake University in San Antonio.
“I am exceedingly proud of each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication over the last few months in preparation for this,” Mariachi Oro Director Alex Trevino said.
Group members are Destiny Negrete, Miguel Maciel, Cristian Contreras, Analee Rodríguez, Brianna Ramos, Kamryn Ramírez, Alex Treviño, Katherine Pérez, Alan Maciel, Lindsey Garza, Saúl Ruiz, Neri Fuentes, Christopher Echavarría, Mía Treviño, Perla Alonzo and Darrel Fuentes.
In the photo, the McAllen Mariachis stand with members of the McAllen School Board and school district officials at the McAllen School Board meeting held December 14. They were recognized for awards earned at the 21st Annual Mariachi Vargas
Extravaganza held November 20-21 in San Antonio. The Mariachi Oro earned second place in the High School category which included all classifications. Student Kamryn Ramirez became the Vocal Grand Champion and was crowned with the conference’s most coveted distinction as Best in the U.S. Mariachi Vocalist. Student Katherine Perez was awarded first place in the High School Division vocal finalists.
See the Mariachi Oro perform at the 2015 McAllen High Fine Arts Winter Assembly at this link: http://youtu.be/Rv06q_8K3Qk