EDINBURG - The University of Texas-Pan American Mariachi and Folkloric Dance Company will be honored by the Texas House of Representatives Wednesday (April 28) in Austin.
State Rep. Roberto Gutierrez will introduce a resolution honoring the programs and participants "for their efforts in dazzling audiences with renditions of traditional Mexican music and dance for more than a decade." The group will then perform in the State Capitol after the House convenes.
"The UTPA Mariachi and the Folkloric Dance Company are an important representative, source of pride, and ambassador of goodwill for the University," said Dr. Dahlia Guerra, founder and director of the UTPA Mariachi program. "The Mariachi is highly visible in our community and plays an extremely important role in the preservation of the Hispanic heritage of the area."
Guerra added that the union of both popular groups on stage has grown to produce "a magnificent collaboration of music and dance creating a 10-part, two-hour, spell-binding show."
"The students are proud of their roots and heritage and spend many hours perfecting authentic renditions of Mexican folk music because they believe it is important to carry on traditions of their culture to future generations," Guerra said. "The scholarships earned by the students through their performances are a valuable aid in accomplishing their educational goals."
Members of the 1998-1999 UTPA Mariachi are Ismael Alatorre, Juan Garcia, Mayra Garcia, Steven Garcia, Juan Garza, Leslie Gonzalez, Saul Hernandez, Frank Loera, Fernando Mendoza, Mayra Olivares, Rachel Rodriguez, David Saenz, Gabriela Sandoval, Emilio Santos, Abigail Segovia, Julie Zamora, and Marcos Zarate.
Members of the 1998-1999 UTPA Folkloric Dance Company are Janie Aguinaga, Norma Anaya, Erica Delgado, Raul Galvan, Julio Garbay, Michael Gutierrez, Martin Hinojosa, Bernie Jimenez, Maria Leal, Sandra Leal, Silvia Leal, Rodrigo Leal, Juan Lopez, Naila Martinez, Raul Moreno, Victoriana Pacheco, Afife Pestana, Guadalupe Reyes, San Juanita Reyes, Cristobal Rojas, Anissa Romo, Alma Salinas, and Teresa Uribe. The Folkloric Dance Company is under the direction of Francisco Munoz and Maria Munoz.