UHS mariachi musicians pack in crowds

Gabriela Gomez

UHS Journalism

The Uvalde community has long embraced mariachi music. The high school auditorium is always packed for mariachi concerts. 

Uvalde High School mariachi director Veronica Ramirez has an opinion as to why this form of music is so popular in the community. “I think mariachi is unique because it has a more personal sound, in a different language.”

Mariachi has a style of its own, with a distinctive sound and attire. It is believed to have developed over time, from 18th century Mexico and became very popular through the years in that country.

Mariachi groups may have as many as eight violins, a couple of trumpets and two types of guitar –the high-pitched vihuela and the bass guitarrón. A 1980s pop singer, Linda Ronstadt, brought mariachi to the national eye in the United States when she recorded two albums with mariachi groups.

Sophomore Ysela Ruiz, a violinist and vocalist with the varsity mariachi band, prefers mariachi to other bands. “I like the emotion, the soul of mariachi. Emotion plays a big role in how a song is interpreted.


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