Texas Tech University

School of Music Hosts Mariachi Concert

Shannon Sears

April 23, 2018


The concert features Texas Tech’s Mariachi Los Matadores and Lubbock High School’s Mariachi de Oro.

The Texas Tech University School of Music, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, will host a concert of Mexican mariachi music, featuring Texas Tech's Mariachi Los Matadores and Lubbock High School's Mariachi de Oro at 8 p.m. Friday (April 27) in Hemmle Recital Hall.

Mariachi Los Matadores is directed by Lauryn Salazar, an assistant professor of musicology and highly accomplished Mexican harpist and performer in the award-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. Mariachi Los Matadores features students from high-school age to doctoral students, and their degree concentrations span the breadth of the campus's many schools and colleges. Students representing Lubbock High School and South Plains College are also members of Mariachi Los Matadores.

Mariachi de Oro features students from Lubbock High School under the direction of Texas Tech graduate student Gregory Cavazos, a member of Mariachi Los Matadores.

This concert is free and open to the public.

About Mariachi Los Matadores

Mariachi Los Matadores was established in 2010 as an academic mariachi program and a part of Texas Tech's Vernacular Music Center. The group focuses on a wide variety of styles within the mariachi tradition.

Mariachi Los Matadores is heavily influenced by the music and work of the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. The director of Mariachi Los Camperos, Jesus “Chuy” Gusman, coaches the group twice per year and helps students learn traditional repertoire, along with more contemporary practice. Students in the group represent a wide variety of majors and demonstrate the importance of a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (also referred to as STEAM) approach to learning. The program aims to represent mariachi music as a pathway to higher education through recruitment and retention.