The International Trumpet Guild will host its 46th Annual Conference in San Antonio May 31 – June 4, 2022. Helping to inaugurate the 5-day event will be an opening concert featuring Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and winners of the 27th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza.
The International Trumpet Guild brings together the largest gathering of trumpeters, educators, students, manufacturers and individuals involved in the trumpet profession from across the globe. Conference participants include a wide range of accomplished musicians who will conduct recitals, clinics, workshops and presentations for conference attendees. Among the extensive list of prestigious presenters are Juan Avendaño principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Augustin Sandoval, former member of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and current member of the world renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, and winners of the 27th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza will perform on the opening day – Tuesday, May 31 – at the Lila Cockrell Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
“We want to introduce conference participants to mariachi music and share with them how this genre has expanded extensively in middle schools, high schools and colleges and universities in many U.S. cities,” says Mary Thorton, International Trumpet Guild Conference Representative.
Attendees will be introduced to one of the greatest mariachi groups in the world – Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán – and see top performing, award-winning student mariachi groups and vocalists. Performances from Mariachi Escandon from Roma Middle School in Roma, Texas, Mariachi Cascabel from Rio Grande City High School in Rio Grande City, Texas and Mariachi Plata from the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas will be included. Melanie Olivares, Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Grand Champion Vocal Winner from La Joya, Texas will also perform along with Deborah Carrillo-Barquero from Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts in Las Vegas – 1st place winner in the MVE vocal competition – High School category.
“This is quite an honor for us to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference,” says Fernando Gonzalez, Mariachi Director of the College of Southern Nevada. “People come from all over the world to participate in this event and it’s thrilling that our students will have the opportunity to perform for this group of esteemed musicians and educators. We’re planning a very special performance that everyone will enjoy,” he added.
Adding to the excitement will be mariachi master classes taught by members of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán on Saturday, June 4.
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán was founded over 50 years ago by the late Jose “Pepe” Martinez, Sr. who served as musical director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán for 38 years. His brother Fernando took over the group when Pepe transitioned from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán to Vargas. The group’s current musical director is Fernando Martinez, former vocalist and violinist of Mariachi Vargas and brother to Vargas’ musical director Carlos Martinez. Fernando, and two of his brothers – Angel Martinez (the group’s manager) and Arturo Alejandro Martinez – guitarist are in Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán along with Fernando’s son Luis Fernando Martinez.
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán has an extraordinary history of being one of Mexico’s best mariachi music ensembles with a performance record that spans over 5 decades and more than 60 album recordings. The group performs with 15 members that includes 7 violins, 3 trumpets and an armonia section that includes 1 harp, 1 guitarron, 2 guitars and 1 vihuela.
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán performs regularly at mariachi music festivals such as the Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Mariachi USA in Los Angeles and the Mariachi Spectacular in Albuquerque. The group performs and teaches regularly in South Texas through Texas A&M International University in Laredo.
Tickets to see Mariachi Nuevo Tecaltilán and winners of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza at the International Trumpet Guild are available at Ticketmaster.com. The link to purchase tickets is https://www.ticketmaster.com/international-trumpet-guild-san-antonio-texas-05-31-2022/event/3A005C44C2E16E88
Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults (general admission).
The mariachi clinic with members of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 12:30 – 2:30 at the Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom. Students can register under the “YOUTH SPECIAL REGISTRATION” for a $100 registration fee (18 and under). This includes entry to events on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th. Register at https://www.itgconference.org/2022-registration/.
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan’s performance at ITG is spearheaded by MPR. We’re thrilled to put this show together for people involved in trumpet performance throughout the world. This is a very exciting opportunity to share the best of mariachi with people who have a vast amount of experience in music from all over the world.
For more information on attending, please call 210-860-9633.