The 19th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is off to a great start. Fernando Velasquez has arrived from L.A. for the “Splendor of the Mariachi Trumpet” presentation this evening with California-based mariachi historian Jonathan Clark, and, Mariachi Vargas’ first trumpet player Miguel Martinez. The event starts at 6 pm and RSVPs are required by calling the Instituto Cultural de Mexico at 210-227-0123. Please plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m.
This is the third blog in a series of profiles written by mariachi historian Jonathan Clark on current members of Mariachi Vargas. Profiles will be posted on Mariachimusic.com blogs leading up to the 19th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Dec. 1-7. Continue reading ‘Enrique Descends From a Distinguished Family of Musicians’
Join the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) on Monday, December 2 at 2:00pm at the John Igo Branch Library, located at 13330 Kyle Seale Parkway, to officially kick off the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. Continue reading ‘Official Mariachi Extravaganza Kick-off is set for Mon., Dec. 2′
Thanks to the KLRN team for producing this beautiful segment on Arts. The segment includes an interview with 2012 “Best Mariachi in the US” vocal winner Karen Zavala and spotlights her outstanding performance in Laredo, Texas on Friday, October 11. Continue reading ‘KLRN’s “ARTS” segment spotlights Karen Zavala’
There are 4 different kinds of competitions that take place as part of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. There’s the Mariachi Group Competition on Friday, December 6 starting at 5 pm and the Mariachi Vocal Competition on Saturday, December 7 starting a 9 am. Continue reading ‘original songwriting competition deadline nears’
Experience the Splendor of the Mariachi Trumpet with Mariachi Vargas’ most recent trumpet player, Fernando Velásquez,
and the group’s very first trumpet player, Miguel Martínez.
Mariachi Vargas trumpeter Fernando Velásquez joins mariachi historian Jonathan Clark in an intergenerational tribute to maestro Miguel Martínez, who in 1942 became the first trumpeter to join Mariachi Vargas.
Fernando Velásquez was born in the Altos de Jalisco town of Tepatitlán de Morelos, where his father, itinerant mariachi trumpet player José Martín Velásquez, happened to be working at the time. Shortly afterward, the Valásquez family moved to Guadalajara, where Fernando spent most of his early childhood. “Although I consider Guadalajara my hometown,” he says, “most of my life I’ve been like a circus gypsy, pitching tent in one place after another.” At age 5, he had already decided he wanted to be a musician, and at 8, he began studying solfege and music theory. He continued taking private trumpet lessons until age 13, when his family moved to Ciudad Juárez. There he played with his first ensemble, Mariachi Colima, a group formed by his father. Eight years later, in 1996, Fernando came back to Guadalajara, where he played for three years with local mariachi Los Monarcas and two years with Los Toritos. After a brief stint in Los Angeles with Mariachi Tlaquepaque, he returned to Guadalajara in 2000, where he played first with Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara, and then Mariachi San Francisco. His next stay in California was his longest, where he played with mariachis Imperial de México (2004), Sol de México (2004-07), Internacional de México (2007-08), and Los Camperos (2008). In June of 2008, Fernando joined Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán as the group’s third trumpet player. He will celebrate his 5th year anniversary with the group in December.