Thanks to their musical talent and showmanship during the regional competition in May, the Socorro, El Dorado, and Pebble Hills High mariachi programs earned Division 1 ratings and qualified them to compete at the UIL State Mariachi Festival June 18 in Seguin, Texas.
“We are extremely proud of all of our mariachi programs in SISD,” said SISD Fine Arts director Armando Martinez. “During these unprecedented times, having three mariachi programs qualify for state is just a reflection of the amazing teachers and students we have in SISD, and we could not be any prouder.”
The Socorro High School mariachi group, Los Gavilanes, gave a stellar performance at the state contest and received the highest overall rating of Division 1.
In addition, eight violinists in the group won an Outstanding Individual Musicianship Medal, an award that recognizes their exceptional command of their instrument and the music they performed.
Los Gavilanes overall performance received rave reviews from the judges and a standing ovation from the crowd.
El Dorado and Pebble Hills high schools also gave strong performances at state and both received an overall rating of Division 2 and received a Distinguished Performance plaque.
“All three state qualifiers had wonderful performances at the state UIL competition, and we are proud and thrilled about the resilience they have shown and their dedication to their craft,” Martinez said.
Six SISD high school mariachi groups participated at the regional competition May 15 at Pebble Hills High School. Pebble Hills, El Dorado, and Socorro high schools earned an overall sweepstake rating of Division 1 and Eastlake, Montwood, and Americas high schools earned an overall rating of Division 2.