Sunday, May 7, 2017
The two girls spoke very little English but were fluent in Spanish. In one of our conversations, I was told that both girls were involved in a Mariachi program at Bryant Webster Elementary School in Denver. Mariachi Juvenil de Bryant Webster began in January of 2004 to honor and preserve the culture of Mariachi music.
As the years flew by, I would attend concerts given by the young people and watched the two sisters grow up. The younger sister played the guitar, the older sister played the violin and they both sang. I heard they had played with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, at the Capitol for Cinco de Mayo and different places where their performances would be greeted with hearty applause.
Violins, guitars (big and small), and trumpets made the audience want to get up and dance. Some of the songs were about love affairs gone awry, songs dedicated to all Mothers, playful pieces, a man who broke a woman's heart, a song dedicated to a cowboy's horse; (it is said that the three most important things in a man's life is his woman, his horse and his honor), and when the two sisters played and sang a song to their mother, many in the audience got teary-eyed, including me!
A great afternoon filled with music by students and directed by a man who plays the violin and who cares about tradition, customs and history and wants to keep young people interested in Mexican music. His dedication is noted because he has formed a solid group of musicians.