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Mariachi: Not just for Quinceañeras anymore!

mariachi-band-tucson-arizonaPicture a Mariachi band in your head. Close your eyes and let your brain recreate the scene where you first saw one perform. It was a joyous event with friends and family laughing and having a great time, I bet. This is what we strive for at Mariachi Alegre de Tucson. Our bands are guaranteed to satisfy your every musical needs for your events.

A Mexican tradition since the 19th century, Mariachi groups represent the celebration of life, change, and masculinity. The themes of their music range from history, love, and even death, meaning there is no event a Mariachi band cannot be asked to perform. Weddings and parties are obviously a cause for celebration, but that does not mean the end of the wonderful life of a loved one should not receive the same treatment. This style of music represents the pivotal points in life and moments of major change, so let the parties begin!

In many cultures, death of a loved one becomes solemn and somber. Chances are, our loved ones would rather be remembered beautifully, than be memorialized through the sadness of a traditional funeral. The celebration of life is just as important—if not more so—than the acknowledgement of their passing. Too many of us focus on churches and dressing in black when thinking about death when we should be keeping those who have passed in our hearts and memories, wishing them luck in a better place.

Mariachi music is a great way to bring and keep people together. In Mexican culture, different generations can usually bond over the traditional music of their heritage, which explains how it has lasted throughout centuries. Furthermore, as stated on our website “the music and spirit of the deceased will continue,” so hiring a Mariachi band makes complete sense, to properly honor our friends and family who grew up with the wonderful traditional music.

Upon hiring Mariachi Alegre De Tucson for any event, including a funeral, you will be paying for a professional band which has been playing for 40 years on behalf of various occasions. We perform at wakes, funerals and burials, as well as the more commonly known reunions, birthdays, weddings, or any other event you can think of. We will treat you and your loved ones (no matter the occasion) with respect, honor, and dignity, and we will be more than happy to make your events memorable and special year round.

Similarly, if you want to honor someone, alive or passed, we offer great prices on our serenatas among our other services.

Pricing, for a 2 hour service package deal:

In town: $450
Out of town: $650 (must be at least 2 hours)

Serenatas:
$235 for 6-8 songs.

Also available for holidays and corporate functions.

For more questions, feel free to contact us at (520) 981-3459.

Also, check out our video library to get a feeling for how we perform and if we are the right fit for your events this summer!

 
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Mariachi Funerals and Masses during the Summer – $180

Published on July 8, 2014 by in Mariachi Band

Summer is a time for vacations and fun; water play and picnics; parties and suntans. It is always a relief when school is out and a rigid schedule does not have to be kept. They don’t call them the hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer for no reason. Even though the summer months do bring the much awaited slowing down that is so much needed in our hustling, bustling life, the natural cycles of life continue, no matter the season. no matter the time. It makes us remember the lyrics of the song by Pete Seeger’s song “Turn, Turn, Turn” written back in the 50’s. His inspiration was this passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, taken almost verbatim.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

So, no matter the season, we will often find it necessary to stop those activities that are appropriate for the time of year to bid farewell to a loved one or a friend. For that reason, Mariachi Alegre de Tucson wants to remind the families and friends of the Tucson area that the Mariach Alegre is always ready to play for funerals and masses, no matter the time of year. In fact, as a special gift to our faithful supporters, we are offering a discount for those who need our services for Mariachi funerals or masses during the next two months.

Please call us and ask about our $180 funeral and mass specials. We will be happy and honored to assist you and provide you with a lowered rate for these services during the summer months. No other Mariachi bands are making such an offer, but Mariachi Alegre is proud to offer its funeral and Mass music to the Tucson community as a gift of appreciation for the patronage you have given Mariachi Alegre de Tucson.good-bye in a tradition

Bid farewell to your loved one with music that has been a part of the departed’s life. Say good-bye in a traditional and respectful manner. Decir adiós a su ser querido en un conocido y con amor.

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George Bejarano

Mariachi Alegre de Tucson AZ

520-981-3459

 
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Mariachi Band for Arizona Summer Weddings

Published on July 5, 2014 by in Mariachi Band

5F7Xg86Summertime is the time of year when many brides choose to schedule their weddings.  The weather makes it easy to stage an outdoor event, if that is what the bride chooses, but even an inside service could easily flow to an outside reception, with special lighting, candles, dancing, eating, and toasts.

Yes, the daytime temperatures will be hot,  Native Arizonians have adapted pretty well to the high summertime temperatures in the dessert, but brides may want to follow some of these tips when creating their perfect wedding celebration. The time of day that you plan to have your wedding can make a very big difference in the comfort level of your guests.  There are some traditional times that most marriage ceremonies take place, but for a summer Arizona wedding, you might consider an early morning starting time or late afternoon.  You might even give paper parasols or beautiful paper fans to guests as a small gift, to shade and cool participants.  When evening comes, the temperature in Arizona becomes even more pleasant.

You might consider serving frosty beverages before, during, and after your ceremony.  Lovely punch and fruit drinks, cocktails or “mocktails”, with colored straws to match your wedding theme could be a delicious, cooling,  and festive addition to the affair.

When planning your reception menu, think cool salads, colorful fruit canapes, ice cream stations, and lots of cold water.  Food, appetizers, and desserts should all be cool and refreshing.

Luckily, the intense heat of the sun is dry heat, no humidity, so shade can make a huge difference in the temperature you are experiencing.  Make sure your venue has shade trees, a pavilion, or a covered patio.

Make plans to have water, bottled or otherwise, available at all times.  Get the word out to your guests that hydration is of utmost importance in this part of the country.  Folks will get busy with the ceremony and all the activities attached to the festivities and may forget to drink their water.  Guests should receive  frequent reminders to drink, drink, drink.

Most Arizona outdoor venues have evaporative coolers available which add a mist component to the outdoor fans and do a good job at keeping friends and family comfortable.

It probably goes without saying that great entertainment will keep your guests’ minds off the heat.  In Arizona, one of the most popular forms of wedding music is the Mariachi Band.  George Bejarano of the Mariachi Alegre de Tucson, and his crew have been entertaining at weddings for well over 30 years.  They know how to make wedding guests have fun, but most of all, they know how to make the bride happy.  From the festive tunes that get everybody out on the dance floor, to the beautiful seranatas sung to the bride, you are going to be glad that you included Mariachi Alegre  in the party.

You can tell the band ahead of time if you have any special requests, or your guests can ask for special songs at the reception, either way, Mariachi Alegre de Tucson has been making weddings beautiful and exciting for a long time.  Call now to ensure that you get this talented and experienced band reserved for your special date.  Your wedding will be all the more special with Mariachi Alegre de Tucson.

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Mariachi Alegre de Tucson and Seranatas

20070810_-_Tenampa_-_078Seranatas may be one of the most romantic ideas you have ever heard. If you are a girl, you will probably agree that having a group of handsome men singing love songs to you and you alone, is just about as good as it gets.  In the old days a seranata, which is just the Spanish word for serenade, the tradition went like this. A young man who was “courting” a young lady would gather up some musicians and singers, and take them to his girlfriend’s house on her birthday.  The catch was that all this took place at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning.  So, while the girl was sleeping, the boy and his accompanists would get as close to her window as they could, and they would sing a love song to her and dedicate it to the girl with all his love.  Are you swooning yet?

Sometimes the song went like this:

“Disperta dulce amor de mi vida.

Disperta sit e encuentras dormida...”

or,

“Wake up, sweet love of my life. Wake up if you find yourself asleep”.

Then, continuing along with the tradition, the girl would come to her window and throw a kiss to her beloved.  In later times, she would thank him the next day.

Another good reason for a seranata was when a boy was too shy to tell a girl that he liked her.  So, after a couple of glasses of wine, he would get his musical companions to go with him to tell the girl of his, as yet, unspoken  love.  The next day, he would eagerly await her response, negative or positive.

Also, at times, the seranata would be a last ditch effort to restore the love of a girlfriend after a fight.  The songs the scorned lover would choose were songs that asked for her forgiveness and a return to their status quo.  At other times, the guy would ask the musicians to sing songs along the lines of “I really don’t care if you like me or not anymore”.  The opposite of romantic, no?

Another good reason for a seranata was when a boy liked a girl, but the girl’s parents did not like the boy.  In this case, seranatas could be set up to take place on a regular schedule for weeks.  This was to get the girl’s parents to see that he would persist until they gave him their blessing to “date” their daughter.

Another twist was the seranata that was trying to persuade the girl to dump her current boyfriend and start dating the guy who was sponsoring the seranata.  Hmmm… Doesn’t seem quite kosher, does it?

Whatever the reason you would like to have a seranata for your loved one, Mariachi Alegre de Tucson is the band to employ.  They can do seranatas that will accomplish any of the goals discussed.  They have songs that will break the heart, melt the heart, and change the heart, of any damsel within hearing distance of the tunes.

♥ Serenatas include 6 – 8 songs and the price is $235 if in the city of Tucson.

 

 
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Mariachi at the Time of your Sorrow

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Yes, Mariachi is often the sound of gaiety, laughter, and dancing.  But for those of the Mexican culture, or for those who are drawn to the Mexican culture, the Mariachi band is a familiar and proper way to say “good-bye” to your loved one. Fortunately, there is Mariachi Alegre de Tucson*, led by George Bejarano to help you with your funeral, wake, or graveside services.

  Mariachi is a much expected and valuable addition to many Mexican cultural rites of passage.  The funeral is no different.  Trained in the services surrounding the death of a family member, the band is extremely sensitive to the needs and desires of its clients. The bereaved family can be certain that their wishes will be followed to a “t”, and that the addition of the mariachi music will be tasteful, respectful, and appropriate.

With sincerity and understanding, the musician’s leader will meet with the family to decide on song choices, on how the band will be integrated into the service, and to be of service themselves, in any way necessary. The Mariachi Alegre de Tucson is well-acquainted with playing for funeral services.  In the 40 years they have been together they have played for scores of funeral services.  They know the Mexican traditions, the Mexican culture, in general, and they know how to compassionately and sympathetically do their part to make their inclusion one that is meaningful.

There is a relatively standard set of songs that are played at funerals, in that way the set is quite similar to the music played for a mass.  Normally, songs that had a special or meaningful place in the deceased’s life are included.  Also included are songs that celebrate the life of the departed one, while still having the tone of the inevitable feelings of loss that are, undoubtedly in the hearts and minds of the family. Some standard songs from which the family can choose are: Amor Eterno, Un Dia a La Vez, Despedida con Mariachi, Te Vas Angel Mio, Cruz de Madera, Nadie Es Eterno, Adios a La Vida, La Barca de Oro, and Las Golondrinas.

We certainly want our clients to be aware of the pricing for our services, but we also want them to know that Mariachi Alegre de Tucson considers it a privilege to assist the family in the respectful farewell to their beloved.  We want to be a part of the service without distracting in any way.

Our pricing is as follows:

Masses and Burials in the Tucson Metropolitan Area – $450 for 2 hours

Masses and Burials Out of Town – $650 for 2 hours (minimum – 2 hours)

Thank you for considering us. We can be reached at 520-981-3459

* Mariachi Alegre de Tucson is also available to play at your upcoming weddings, birthday celebrations, family reunions, quinceneras, and serenatas**.

**Serenatas include 6 – 8 songs and the price is $235 if in the city of Tucson.

To be absolutely certain of booking us on the date you desire, be sure to call as soon as possible so that we can set aside the date and time of your event!

 
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Dia del Padre con Mariachi Alegre de Tucson

 

villa hermosa 81913This Sunday is Father’s Day.  A day to celebrate our fathers, living and those who have gone on before us.  The US version of Father’s Day is a happy celebration, and we Mexican-Americans have taken this day of celebrating our fathers into our hearts , as well.  There is a Dia del Padre in Mexico, but it is a little different.

For one thing, in Mexico, Father’s Day days has a more festival feel than it does here.

Also, the day is a time to honor fathers, but it includes honoring “father figures” who have had an impact on your life, like uncles, big brothers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and others.

Like in the US, fathers are given greeting cards and ties, but in Mexico City, every Father’s Day, there is a race called “Carrera Dia del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan”.  It is a time for father and son to bond by spending the day outside and running a race together.

Of course, just like in the US , Father’s Day includes lots of good food. On the morning of the special day, an enormous meal is prepared made up of dad’s favorite food. And always, as with all celebrations worldwide, there is dessert.  In Mexico that would include Mexican chocolates,or  pan dulce, a sweet pastry with several wonderful toppings.

Family is very important to the people of Mexico, so most festival days are spent with the family.  The time spent together on Dia del Padre is used to honor the important men in each other’s lives.

The Mexican people have the best celebrations imaginable, and Father’s Day is no exception.  Make your celebration a good one, too.  Here are some traditional things to do for Dad in the US:

Sunday Brunch – Gather family and friends for bellinis, or champagne and orange juice and all the elegant “breakfast’y foods you can think of.  It can be a relaxing time to catch up with each other’s lives, relax, and give dad a day off.

Take a bike ride together as a family.  You’ll be getting some exercise and spending time together that is peaceful and fun.

Go on a picnic, maybe even in your own backyard.  Throw a blanket on the ground, have lemonade and sandwiches, and recline after you eat, for a short nap.

Get old mementos and picture albums out of the closet.  Sit together and take a walk down memory lane.  Get out the slides and videos, if you have some, pop some popcorn, and have fun.

Next year, one of the things your father would love is a surprise visit by a mariachi band.  That is something we love to do, c

me to your party to serenade the celebrant.

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Nuestros padres nos den carino, consejos apoyo.
Exprese su amor y gratitud con una serenata a su padre este dia de los padres (el dia 15 de junio) Serenata 6-8 canciones solo cuesta $235.‏

 

 

 
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A Few Things that Mariachi Bands and Weddings Have in Common

Published on June 7, 2014 by in Mariachi Band

Bride, Groom, Mariachi BandIf you have never thought of having a Mariachi Band for your wedding, you may want to rethink your wedding plans.  Music of any kind is always one of the most important layers of the wedding experience, but here is why Mariachi is very much like a wedding in the first place.

Mariachi has passion.  You don’t get the feeling that the Mariachi Band is just there because it’s their job they have been hired to do.  No, with a Mariachi Band, you get the feeling that this is the first wedding they have ever played, and that they’re playing as if the bride were part of their family.

Passion?  Weddings have plenty of passion.  Who can ever go to a wedding and not shed a tear, laugh hysterically; or dance as if no one is watching?  The answer is no one.  The love and connection at a wedding and reception are palpable.  Everyone feels like they are part of the bride and groom’s family, and everyone is there to share their love with the newly wed couple.

A good Mariachi Band can get a crowd going.  It’s hard not to get up and dance. or , at least, sway, once the band starts playing and singing.  The horns seem to be beckoning you to the floor and everyone wants to be part of the good time.

Hey, weddings do the same thing.  People who haven’t danced in years suddenly find themselves up on the dance floor, dancing like they’ve never danced before.  Shyness, tiredness, apathy, all leave.  The dance floor is the great equalizer.

Mariachi music is a traditional Mexican treasure.  In fact, the Mariachi was picked as a National Treasure by the Smithsonian Museum, because of the history it has had for Mexican-Americans and Americans alike.

Wedding ceremonies are a National Treasure, also.  Well, they haven’t been chosen by the Smithsonian for this honor, but the celebration surrounding weddings, in any country, is very special.  The happiness that radiates from all the activities surrounding a wedding day is contagious.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPGEVsoXaRg

When those who know Mariachi well listen to the familiar music, it brings back memories of other celebrations and festivities that they have been a part of in their lives.

Weddings, too, can make those in attendance remember their own weddings and the weddings of their loved ones. These happy recollections make the fiesta even sweeter, and, definitely encourage all the guests to come together to ensure that the bride and groom feel their support and love.

Mariachi Bands are “unplugged“, meaning that they do not use any electrical amplification.  Their music does not need amplification because it uses instruments that have the ability to carry their sounds clearly and for a long distance.  The voices of Mariachi singers are also strong and majestic.

If you really think of it, weddings are authentic, too.  They do not need a microphone when the couple is saying their vows.  They do not need a close-up video to see the bride and groom’s joy.  They don’t need special lighting to see the glow on the bride’s face.  Weddings, just like the Mariachi, need no amplification.

 
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Ten Reasons You Need a Mariachi Band at Your Wedding Reception

Published on May 31, 2014 by in Mariachi Band

The time is almost here.  It used to be that June weddings were all the rage, but now, all the warm weather months are fair game since it is so much easier to have a wedding, if you can have guests inside and outside for the ceremony and the reception.  So, let us tell you why a mariachi band is a great addition to a wedding.  And, by the way, those of you who are having July or August weddings still have time to sign us up for your special occasion.

1280px-Mexico_Showcase,_Epcot_(6068562614)1.  You may not have known this, but we are going to let you in on our little secret.  Mariachi bands can be very romantic, if you make sure that you have set up the venue and the timing to best showcase the band.  If you will, please picture the mariachi members dressed in their macho fitted suits with silver buttons gleaming.  Candles are lit, the light in the room is low, and, from out of nowhere comes the band playing the loveliest, most romantic, most heart-tugging love song in their repertoire.  As they begin to play, the bride and groom meet in the middle of the dance floor and begin to waltz while gazing into each others eyes.  Every lady in the audience will tear up and every camera will flash as guests take a picture of  this beautiful, heart-warming moment.

8476008_f4962.  Do you ever have that wedding nightmare in which all your guests are sitting at their respective tables at the reception and are beginning to looked bored?  We know!  What could be worse than bored guests?  The only way to stop this recurring nightmare is to make sure that you have reserved your mariachi band for the reception.  Sometimes the band leader can tell you about mariachi dance groups in the area.  If they have any contacts, a dancer or two is a great way to get folks up on the the dance floor.  Even without a dancer to prime the pump, once the mariachi music starts, it is the rare person who can resist the happy, enthusiastic  sound of the music played by a mariachi band.  It’s an instant party starter.

3.  If you have a lot of guests who don’t know each other, mariachi can be one of the best conversation starters ever.  The gaiety and happiness of the music and the friendly and out-going members of the band make people want to get to know each other.  Mariachi “breaks the ice“.

4.  Since a mariachi band is small and does not need any sort of amplification, the price for their services often comes in lower than the price for other entertainment groups.

5.   Weddings are fun for everyone, including kids.  You would be surprised at how quickly the children will hop onto the dance floor and join in the dancing.  It’s instinctive.  It’s organic.  They can’t help themselves.  They will be the life of the party.

6.  Mariachi bands, especially Mariachi Alegre de Tucson, can play just about any traditional and contemporary song that you throw at them.

7.  If you are having a seated dinner, the mariachi can stroll among the tables and serenade your guests, and you, as you all enjoy your meal together.

8.  A great idea is to have the mariachi band play while you are taking your church pictures.  Letting them warm up the guests and pass the time while you are being photographed seems like a win-win, don’t you think?  Margaritas included, of course.

9.  A mariachi band is fun.  It’s a no-brainer.  A mariachi band is just fun!

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10.  You have one of the best Mariachi bands in the country right here in your very own town.  They are Mariachi Alegre de Tucson, and they are experienced, responsible, talented, great showmen, authentic, and easy to contact.

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A Mariachi Band Can Make Your Wedding Special

Published on May 30, 2014 by in Mariachi Band

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Summer is the time for weddings, and, since summer is here, and you are planning a wedding, it’s time to finalize your arrangements and lock in the reservation dates for the elements that will make up your fabulous day.  By now, most brides have decided on their dresses and only have to verify that they have made their appointments for their final fitting. For you guys, who don’t have a clue about this, we will explain.  The bride wants to make sure that her dress is perfect for the day of the wedding.  If all the planning hustle and bustle has taken a few pounds off, she will need to have the dress “taken in” a little before walking down the aisle.  If she has gained a couple of pounds because of all the parties she has been thrown, she’ll have some adjustments made as well.

Then she will have to assure herself that the cake, flowers, tuxedos, party tent, catering , and music are all in place. Wait, music, what is she going to do about music at the reception?  After some thought, she will remember how much fun she had at her cousin’s wedding, and that it was all because they had a mariachi band for the reception. She thinks that may be just the ticket for her wedding day.

Maybe you want to know why the mariachi band was such a success at her cousin’s affair?  Well, here are five fun reasons:

1.  Sometimes a band that you think will be perfect for a wedding reception really isn’t.  Often couples opt for a D.J., which, of course, can be nice.  However, when it comes time for the bride and father to dance, most D.J.’s don’t have the right song to play, especially if you meet only one time with the D.J., on the day of the wedding.

2.  There are types of bands that are so loud they violate the venue-neighborhood noise ordinances.  Mariachi is nice and loud, but it is not, in any way, electronic, and the sound will not carry as far as a wired band.  Besides, if the beautiful tones of the mariachi do drift over into a neighbor’s yard, they will probably thank you, not report you!

3.  If you let your mom talk you in to her choice of a band, it will probably be a “big band” type of group.  This kind of music can be pretty, and fits into the formality of some weddings nicely.  The only problem is that you will be missing out on the “fun” factor.  When a mariachi band arrives, the “joint starts jumpin”.

4.  With some bands, it is possible they will not take special requests from the audience.  That’s not in the party spirit, now is it?  Once your guests get wound up, they are going to want to hear songs they have loved in the past.  Mariachi Alegre de Tucson is one mariachi band that can play almost any mariachi song that is requested.  Their repertoire includes thousands of songs.  That’s right, we said thousands.

5.  In some cases, a band that you book will play the songs you have asked them to play, and that’s  it.  This is not the case with Mariachi Alegre de Tucson.  Mariachi Alegre is in the business of “feeling the mood”.  They know when a love song is appropriate, they know when to play a lively dance tune, and they know when it’s time for the whole family to get on the dance floor and dance as a group.  How, you might ask?  They’ve been doing this a long time, that’s how.

Call  George Bejarano at  (520) 981-3459 today!

 

 
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A Few Things You may not have Known about the Mariachi

Published on May 17, 2014 by in Mariachi Band

Living in the U.S., many Americans do not know very much about Mariachi bands. Those who have heard the dramatic and emotional renderings of a Mariachi performance have often been moved to tears by the tenderness and authenticity of the performance. Here are a few things you may not have known about the music of the Mariachi in generalMariachi Alegre de Tucson, AZ, and tossed in will be a few facts about Mariachi Alegre de Tucson, as well.

Some may not have heard, but Mariachi Music has been singled out by the United Nations’ education and cultural organization, UNESCO, to be listed on the intangible cultural heritage list.

One of the most important functions of the Mariachi Band, at least in Mexico, is to serenade a gentleman’s sweetheart. In the Mexican culture, not so long ago, young men and women were usually kept apart from one another. The gentleman who wanted to court the lovely lady of his dreams, would hire the Mariachi singers to serenade his loved one, as a sort of musical love note.

When a young girl has her fifteenth birthday, she is thrown a Quinceanera party as a celebration of her step into womanhood. There are extravagant parties, plenty of food, gifts for the festejada and for all the guests, and the Mariachi Band. This is another great opportunity for serenading with beautiful songs about love, sadness, and, in general, songs that touch the heart. Mariachi Alegre de Tucson is always a good choice for a quinceanera party. Because their repertoire is so extensive, the party, which often goes on for hours, will never run out songs requested by the birthday girl, her friends, and the party’s guests.

Three-men mariachis, in Mexico City, can be found on Plaza Garibaldi, and in Guadalajara at Plaza de los Mariachis, and are ever present to be hired for serenading, especially on Mothers’ Day. Most citizens of Mexico also expect the presence of a Mariachi Band at any large party or event.

It’s a lot like that in Arizona, as well. Mariachi Alegre de Tucson is ready and willing to set aside a date for your next party, fiesta, wedding, mass, or quinceanera. Once you set the date, call (520) 981-3459, and George Bejarano will set aside the date, ask for any special instructions, and be there exactly when you have asked him to have the band at your event.

Just in case you are not familiar with the different terms used in the mariachi world, here is a brief primer:

Traje de Charro – the well-fitting suit with silver buttons, and embroidery, the soft tie, and the wide-brimmed sombrero.

Jarabe Tapatio – (Mexican Hat Dance), is the national folk dance.

Typical instruments used in mariachi are – violin, guitarrón (a large, deep-bodied, base guitar), guitarra de golpe (guitar with lower pitch than the vihuela), vihuela (guitar with six double strings), guitar, trumpet, and, occasionally, a harp.

 
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