The Maryvale Mariachi Band Was Selected to Perform at the Arizona Music Educators Association

Posted by Communications on 2/7/2018

The Maryvale Mariachi gigging band, Marichia Panteas de Oro was selected to perform at the Arizona Music Educators Association, this Saturday, February 3 at the Mesa Convention Center.

This is only the third time in 20 years that an instrumental group in Phoenix Union has been selected to perform. (The other two groups also came from Maryvale!)

In order to be selected for one of these performances, the director must submit a recording of three songs. The judges listen to ensembles submissions from all over the state of Arizona to pick their line-up of groups for this conference.  There are typically only 5-10 groups selected each year for performances. This is the first time they have ever had a Mariachi Band perform.

The Maryvale Mariachi ensemble began seven years ago and up until 2015 was primarily a class that performed at campus activities and bi-annual concerts. In 2015, under the direction of Mike Dominguez, Mariachi Panteras de Oro was created. The founding members of the group not only created the name of the ensemble, but they were also responsible for creating a logo and branding themselves as a fully functioning Mariachi Ensemble.

The Mariachi class offered at Maryvale provides students with the opportunity to learn about different styles of music that Mariachis perform, without any experience of playing in a mariachi. The students from the Mariachi class have the opportunity to audition for a spot in the Mariachi Panteras de Oro. This elite group of students is responsible for representing Maryvale High School as musical ambassadors in the community.  

Mariachi Panteras de Oro have performed for: Arizona School Board Association; Arizona Latino School Board Association; American Heart Association; National Athletics Directors Conference; Arizona State Senate; Representative Cesar Chavez; City of Phoenix Cinco de Mayo celebration; Palo Alto Public Library Hispanic Heritage Event; ASU Dia de Los Ninos; Maricopa Community College Commencement; Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Scholarship Dinner; Desert Broom Library; Pueblo Grande Museum; Creighton School District; Cartwright School District; community parties, quinceañeros and weddings.