Video: Hundreds compete in biggest international youth group, vocal Mariachi competition

Video: Hundreds compete in biggest international youth group, vocal Mariachi competition


>>URSULA: IT IS AN ANNUAL OPPORTUNITY AIMED AT KEEPING AN IMPORTANT FACET OF HISPANIC CULTURE ALIVE. HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS ARE LEARNING FROM SOME OF THE BEST THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL YOUTH GROUP AND VOCAL MARIACHI COMPETITION IN THE WORLD. JOSH SKURNIK SHOWS US THE ART FORM. IT’S EVEN BIGGER THAN EVER IN TEXAS.>>REPORTER: THE PACKED AUDITORIUM WATCHES AS JULIAN MARTINEZ PLAYS AS IF IT’S STRAIGHT FROM THE SOUL. THE KIDS SOAK IT IN.>>I WOULD SAY IT’S FLOURISHING. I WOULD SAY THAT. BECAUSE AS YOU CAN SEE, WELL, THERE’S LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT COME HERE AND THEY SUPPORT THIS AND THEY LOVE IT.>>REPORTER: MORE THAN 1,000 STUDENTS COMING FROM TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, AND MEXICO HONE THEIR SKILLS. [ SINGING IN SPANISH ]>>REPORTER: AS THEY TAKE PART IN A HUGE ELEMENT OF HISPANIC CULTURE. 5,000 HERE IN SAN ANTONIO ALONE PLAY MARIACHI, 20,000 IN TEXAS. ♪>>REPORTER: JACQUELINE HAS PERFORMED SINCE SHE WAS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL FOR AN ART MANY ASSOCIATE WITH ENTERTAINMENT ON THE RIVER WALK. SHE SAID THIS KEEPS IT AUTHENTIC.>>I THINK EVERYBODY HAS THAT MINDSET ABOUT MARIACHI AND I THINK IT’S MORE ABOUT TRADITION, KEEPING THE TRADITION ALIVE. AND JUST SHARING OUR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC WITH EVERYONE.>>REPORTER: THE GATHERING IS ALSO THE BIGGEST YOUTH MARIACHI GROUP AND VOCAL COMPETITION IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE A RECORD AMOUNT OF COLLEGE MARIACHI PROGRAMS COMPETING THIS YEAR, RICE UNIVERSITY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS STATE, SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE TO NAME A FEW. ORGANIZERS SAY THEY HELP TO GET KIDS CONTINUE THEIR PASSION FOR MUSIC WHILE GETTING AN EDUCATIO ROMA HIGH SCHOOL LOCATED BETWEEN McALLEN AND LAREDO WON LAST YEAR FOR A FOURTH TIME IN A ROW, A LEGACY HERE AND AT HOME.>>YOU HAVE TO PLAY WITH HEART, WITH PASSION, AND IT HAS TO BE DONE RIGHT. AND IT ALL GOES BACK — I TELL THEM, IT’S OUR ROOTS.>>REPORTER: JOSH SKURNIK, KSAT

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