ABOUT MARIACHI MUSIC

Mariachi is a genre of Regional Mexican music that dates back to at least the 18th century, evolving over time in the countryside of various regions of western Mexico. The usual mariachi group today consists of as many as eight violins, two trumpets and at least one guitar, including a high-pitched vihuela and an acoustic bass guitar called a guitarrón, and all players taking turns singing lead and doing backup vocals.

 

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The earliest known incontrovertible reference to a mariachi appears in a letter written by priest Cosme Santa Anna in 1852. Learn more.

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The Chicago Mariachi Project, founded in 2013, offers in-school and after-school mariachi classes at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the city. Students, ranging from 8 to 18 years old, can audition to be in the coveted youth Mariachi Academy ensembles. Read the entire article on the WBEZ website.