The McAllen High Mariachi Oro and the Rowe High Mariachi Azteca have both advanced to the State UIL Mariachi Festival by receiving a Division 1 Superior Rating at the Regional UIL Contest held January 26-28 at the La Joya ISD Performing Arts Complex.
This is the second straight year both squads advanced to the state level. McAllen High has won the state title for four consecutive years.
The State UIL Mariachi Festival will be February 23-24, at the UTRGV Performing Arts Center in Edinburg. It will include close to 100 mariachi ensembles from across the state of Texas. A schedule will be posted soon.
“Our extremely dedicated, hardworking, and talented student musicians have put in a lot preparation to once again qualify to represent their schools and McAllen ISD at the State level,” McAllen High instructor Alex Trevino said.
The McAllen High and Rowe Mariachi Directors expressed how proud they are of these exceptional students’ performance and thankful for their commitment. They also thanked the mariachi parents, school administrators, central office administration, School Board members, the director of fine arts and the superintendent for their continued support.
McAllen High’s Mariachi Directors include Alex Trevino, David Moreno and Bernardo Aldava. The Rowe Mariachi Directors are Juan Castillo, David Moreno and Consultant Julissa Rios.
McAllen ISD has been named a Best Community for Music Education for the five straight years by the National Association of Music Merchants. That places the school district among the top four percent in the nation.