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Four Socorro ISD Mariachi Groups Advance to State Festival

Four mariachi groups in the Socorro Independent School District will once again represent their schools and district February 23 and 24 at the 2018 UIL State Mariachi Festival in Edinburg, Texas

Americas, Eastlake, El Dorado and Socorro high schools are four of the six mariachi groups in El Paso going to state after earning a Division One, Superior rating at the UIL Regional Mariachi Contest recently.

“Socorro ISD is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our mariachi programs,” said Ronald Pingor, assistant director of fine arts. “Over the past few years, the success level has continued to grow and we are very pleased that four of our high school mariachi ensembles will be representing our district at the state level.”

The mariachi groups will perform their best jaliciense, polka, boleros or other mariachi medleys in under ten minutes. Ensembles also will receive a 30-minute clinic with a nationally recognized mariachi educator at the end of their performance. Groups that receive an overall Division I rating will receive a group award as well as individual gold medals for each member.

EDHS Mariachi Azteca

Last year, El Dorado’s Mariachi Azteca was recognized as a top rated group at the festival. The group hopes to excel at the state contest once again.

“I’m glad we made it this far,” said Juan A. Contreras, the mariachi instructor at the school. “We’ve had a difficult year but despite the challenges my students have worked very hard during rehearsals. I am very proud of them and I know we will do well at the state mariachi festival again.”

Americas, Eastlake and Socorro also are working hard to prepare for the event. The young musicians say their great appreciation of music and culture, combined with a strong commitment to their skill and fellow musicians will make them shine when they take the center stage.

“This is our third time going to state and I am really looking forward to competing and showing all the other groups what we’ve got,” said

SHS Mariachi 2018

Priscilla Diaz-Rubio, a violin player and senior at Socorro High School. “I feel prepared and excited. Mariachi gives me the opportunity to be enthusiastic about my culture, something that is not common for someone my age.”

The SISD mariachi teams have been preparing for 18 weeks, during school, after school and on Saturdays.

“Their hard work and dedication speaks well for both the students and the directors,” Pingor said.

To live stream the 2018 UIL State Mariachi Festival, visit the Texas UIL website at, select the BOX5 Media site or click  here.

El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Week Celebrations Set

To celebrate this year’s El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, the hall will be hosting several events around the city this week.

There will be five inductees into this year’s 30th Annual El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Class. The five inductees are Jesse Munoz, John Cazares, Luis Gonzalez, Lonnie Dugger, and Rene Quinones.

Below is the schedule of events

Tuesday, August 8th Proclamation Day at City Hall. Inductees will be present to receive the Proclamation designating the week of August 7th El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Week. This event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM, prior to the City Council meeting.

Thursday, August 10th Meet and Greet at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel at 5:30 PM. Come and meet and greet the new inductees.

Friday, August 11Th Chihuahua Night, Southwest University Field. The new inductees will be throwing out the first pitch during pre-game ceremonies. Game time is 7:00 PM. A Family Night is scheduled at the stadium Big-Dog House for all El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame members along with new inductees, families, and friends. Cost is $32.00 which includes entrance and all you can eat dinner.

Saturday, August 12th Golf Tourney at Painted Dunes. Registration is 8:00 AM with Tee Times beginning at 9:00 AM. We have approximately 45 teams participating. The tournament will feature the opportunity to win a new car from Travis Crawford and/ or a Harley Motorcycle from Barnett Harley-Davidson on 2 par-3 holes. Entrance fee is $100 per person or $300 per team. Price includes breakfast sandwiches, goody bags, prizes, awards, and Fajita Dinner at the conclusion of tourney.

Sunday, August 13th Induction Banquet Night – Cocktails 4:30 PM Lobby; Dinner/Program 5:30 PM at Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel Conference Center Banquet Hall.

In addition, six El Paso teams who went to the Texas High School Final 4 State Championship Tournaments will also be honored: 1949 Bowie, 1965 Austin, 1983 Burges, 1992 Coronado, 2000 Riverside, & 2009 Socorro.