Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mariachi Sisters

Years ago I became friends with a lady and her two daughters. The girls were around five and seven years old and I would hear reports about how they were doing in school and what sports they played.
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.

When one daughter started at Metropolitan State University she found that there was a Mariachi class led by a local attorney/musician. As the group traveled and played at different functions,I began seeing her pretty face on television and reading about the new group. On Saturday, May 6, 2017, I was invited to a concert dedicated to mothers and the Metro students would perform. What a wonderful surprise to see and hear the Mariachi group called Los Correcaminos, (Roadrunners). The group in their white and turquoise Mariachi outfits played like professionals! The singers belted out the songs and it was announced that some of the singers did not know Spanish, yet they sure could sing in Spanish!

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.

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