The Jones Auditorium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will turn into a musical scenario as middle school and high school students from the whole state of Texas will gather to compete in the Viva El Mariachi Extravaganza on April 25.
It is the third year the event takes place at TAMUK where the participants perform and show their talents, said Sam Diaz, TAMUK Outreach Coordinator at the Rio Grande Valley.
“We are bringing students from Houston, San Antonio, Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley,” Diaz said.
The audience will have the opportunity to see a Grammy nominated artist as well as the Mariachi Javelina.
He said students that participate in the extravaganza do it for the passion towards mariachi music.
“It’s a passion, but now through a lot of hard work, the UIL has sang to mariachi music so the university would like to show their appreciation,” Diaz said. “It’s kind to show them the next step after they get out of high school.”
Diaz said it’s the passion for music that drives these students even when they might be interested in other areas of study such as business, education and engineering among others.
“For them it’s all about the experience, stepping on stage and being part of something bigger that they’re very passionate about.”
Diaz said the event it’s free to the public from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. a $5 professional community concert will take place.