El Paso, TX – Mariachi Alegre
Mariachi Alegre was established in 1994, It began with mostly local high school students from various high schools, such as Bowie HS, Burgess HS, Del Valle HS, and a few University of Texas at El Paso, mostly sophomores and freshmen. The mix was a perfect combination for the group, a lot of young talent with more experienced musicians. Through the years, Mariachi Alegre has gone on to perform at various venues, local gigs and many out of state and country performances, and competitions. Most notably, Mariachi Alegre won the Sounds of Mesilla competition 6 years in a row and earned the honor to be the premier mariachi for the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference. Mariachi Alegre welcomed and performed for artist such as Pepe Aguilar, Pedro Fernandez, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan , Mariachi Sol De Mexico, and the premier mariachi group for the Las Cruces Mariachi Conference, Mariachi Cobre. Mariachi Alegre’s responsibilities included welcoming artists, performing for press conferences, live media (TV and radio), and were the featured group at the Las Cruces Showcase concert.
Mariachi Alegre has participated at the El Paso International Mariachi Conference, Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, Albuquerque Mariachi Festival, Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Mariachi Alegre also went on to mentor younger Mariachi groups, believing that education is the key to success and a way to give back to a community. Mariachi Alegre has mentored Mariachi Solecitos de El Paso, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, and Mariachi Espuelas de Cobre from 1997 – 2008 at the Las Cruces Court Youth Center. Alegre has also had the opportunity to participate as instructors at the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference and has held mariachi educational clinics for Mariachi S.O.Y. in Roswell, NM.
Mariachi Alegre had one of its best experiences when they shared the stage with Mariachi Cobre, at Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida in 2001. Mariachi Alegre has had a wonderful performing career in it’s existence performing in El Paso TX, Las Cruces NM, Sunland Park NM, Deming NM, Ruidoso NM, Alamogordo NM, Roswell NM, Lordsburg NM, Santa Fe NM, Tucson AZ, Van Horn TX, Pecos TX, Dallas TX, Orlando FL, Cd..Juarez MX , Ricardo Flores Magón, Chihuahua, Meoqui Chihuahua (el pueblo de Hector) and other neighboring cities.