Mariachi Javelina was once again able to reprise the slot of being one of the opening groups for the world-renown musical ensemble, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, at a concert on Oct. 12 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
The premier mariachi of Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) performed the songs, “Gazilan,” sang by Juan Carlos Gonzalez; “Mucho Corazon,” sang by Valeria Gomez and featuring Ashley Aldaco and Alyssa Salinas on three-part harmony; and “Jalisco,” lead by Mark Cantu and Janelle Vichique on vocals.
Other musicians performing for the concert were Mariachi Nuevo Royal of Alice and Virginia Stille of Houston.
Nicknamed, “El mejor mariachi de mundo (the best mariachi in the world)” Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan is one of the best-known mariachis in the world. The musical ensemble was founded in 1897 by Gaspar Vargas and is in its fifth generation of members.
John Vela Jr, senior political science major, plays trumpet with Mariachi Javelina and was pleased with the performance the group put on.
“It’s definitely nerve-wrecking that you and your cohorts performance is going to be the precursor to a performance by the best mariachi in the world,” Vela said. “But with all the hard work and late night rehearsals that Mariachi Javelina put in, we were able to represent our university in a great way and show the skill and professionalism that is being instilled here at TAMUK.”