The Mariachi Alegre is composed of four musicians who love to play mariachi music. As you can imagine, there are many mariachi bands in Tucson. Our band, however, has taught most of the other groups here all there is to know about playing mariachi. That’s right, we have been around this area for the past 30 years, and have been preparing other bands to take the stage for over 20 years. I guess you could say that we are a Tucson “institution”.
George Bejarano started this band in 2010 with members from the original Mariachi Internacional America de Gilberto Velez. From 1985 – 2002, the original Mariachi Internacional America de Gilberto Velez played at a restaurant named El Mariachi Restaurant which was located in downtown Tucson. It was there that the band learned the invaluable lesson of how to play for a distinct clientele. Over the past 40 years, we have played for our own restaurant, for weddings, at masses, funerals, memorials, quinceaneras, memorials, inaugurations, graduations, holidays, concerts and more.
We have also been fortunate enough to be a traveling band, as we have performed at the Milwaukee Summerfest, the Indianapolis Festival, and at Scotland’s Edinburgh Music Festival. As you can tell, out of town performances are no problemo for us. Give us notice, and we can come to you.
Our band is…
- Musically knowledgeable
- Trained and well-educated for playing during Mass
- Appreciated and enjoyed by our audiences
Let’s talk about Mariachi and Fiesta and just about any type of celebration
In Mexico, when there is a celebration, it is called a Fiesta. Just like parties in the United States, a fiesta has music, dancing, good food, colorful decorations, and celebration. A festival or holiday can be called a fiesta, as well.
In Mexico, some of the holidays are statutory, which means everyone who works gets the day off. These holidays usually have to do with the founding of the nation of Mexico. Civic holidays have to do with anniversaries, days of remembrance, and days to honor the country’s symbols.
In addition to the civic and statutory holidays, there are, of course, religious festivals. These are dates that are important to the Catholic church.
In all festivals, there is a time for parades, dancing, music, and fireworks. The parades are also called street processions, or, in Spanish, Posadas. There is also a time of year that is called Carnival. During this time there are parades, costumes, parties, As you can see, the fiestas in Mexico are great fun and they come around very often.
There aren’t quite as many fiesta times here in the United States. But, there are many parties, graduations, celebrations, and weddings. If you want your next party to be off the charts, think about adding a mariachi band to the mix. You’ll be glad you did.
The mariachi band adds a new level of celebrating to the party. In most mariachi bands there are some guitars, a trumpet, some violins, and lots and lots of singing.
Loud and clear Mariachi band
Now, we don’t want you to think that a mariachi band is shy. We don’t want you to think that a mariachi band is timid. Let’s just say that when a mariachi band begins to play, you can hear them loud and clear. You not only hear them, you immediately want to get up and start dancing.
If you are not the dancing type, you will, at least, want to start tapping your toes. You will feel your insides start to bubble, and it will feel as if your heart is laughing. Maybe you could say that mariachi singing and playing is contagious. You certainly will not be able to ignore it.
In the old days, mariachi bands were made up of only men, and they wore black cotton pants and white cotton shirts, with a kind of farm hat made of straw. Today they wear beautiful cowboy suits with silver buttons and a black hat with a broad, flat brim.
Today, there are often women in the mariachi bands.
We hope that for your next event, celebration, party, festival, or fiesta, you will remember the Mariachi Alegre de Tucson, and allow us to assist you in making your gathering a joyful one.
As George Bejarano likes to say, “We know how to get a party going”. From that first guitar strum to the last note on the trumpet, your guests will be delighted and invigorated by this wonderful time together!
Let us add that little something extra to your next special occasion. To get a price quote or to set up a certain date for the band to perform, call:
Nothing adds as much excitement to an event as Mariachi Band Alegre Tucson. Our name says it all!