The one and only
Who We Are
Established in 2001, we are Harvard's one and only mariachi band. The group is completely student run, with newer members learning the craft from older members. Throughout the year, we perform at a variety of concerts and gigs, culminating in a year-end trip every spring. Members come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from mariachi to classical to folk, but all share a love of mariachi music.
Mariachi is a style of group performance emblematic of Mexican musical style and intimately tied to Mexico. Its origins date back to Guadalajara in the 1700s, and it bears the mark of Spanich, Cuban, French, and Meso-American influences. We are honored to partake in and continue its long musical tradition and cultural legacy.
Our repetoire includes a mix of traditional Mexican styles such rancheras, boleros, corridos, sones, polkas, and huapangos. We have one concert at the end of every semesters, and usually play one showpiece every semester, in addition to staples such as La Son de la Negra, El Rey, Volver Volver, Cielito Lindo , Jarabe Tapatio, etc.
We were the first student mariachi on the east coast, and helped start the Wellesley and MIT mariachi. We perform annually at community centers such as Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain, as well as Latinx events at Harvard, and we partner with the Boston-area ballet folklorico group Tierra Del Sol for our concerts.