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Dr. Bradley Kent

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State Mariachi Festival Pilot

State Mariachi Festival Pilot

The UIL State Mariachi Festival Pilot will be held on March 10-11, 2017, in San Antonio at a site to be determined. 

Performances are open to the general public.  Admission for each session will be $15 for adults and $10 for students.  No admission will be charged for children 6th grade and under.  Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door.  Information on advance purchase and credit card purchase at the door will be available on Friday, February 24th. All sales are final.

Tentative schedule is as follows.  Final schedule will be released no later then March 1st and will be determined by the number of schools that qualify.

Session 1: Friday, March 10, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM - All 1A/2A/3A/4A schools and possibly some 5A schools (to balance Session 2 schedule).

Session 2: Saturday, March 11, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM - 5A schools.

Session 3: Saturday, March 11, 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM - 6A schools.

There will be an awards ceremony at the conclusion of each session.  

Festival Information

Mariachi Event Requirements

2017 Ratings and Outstanding Performers

Session 1 Ratings - TBD
Session 1 Outstanding Performers - TBD

Session 2 Ratings - TBD
Session 2 Outstanding Performers - TBD

Session 3 Ratings - TBD
Session 3 Outstanding Performers - TBD

Video Streaming / Photography

Mr. Video has contracted with UIL to provide DVDs and live streaming of the festival. To access the Mr. Video site for DVDs and live streaming of the festival, please click here.

Jolesch Enterprises has contracted with UIL to provide photography of the festival. To access the Jolesch Enterprises site for photos of the festival, please click here.


Joe Baca - Mariachi Cobre
Steve Carrillo - Mariachi Cobre
Antonio Briseno - University of Texas at Brownsville Associate Professor, Retired
Jimmy Cuellar - Mariachi Garibaldi, Garibaldi School of Music
John Lopez - Texas State University
Dr. Jeff Nevin - Southwestern College
Dr. Lauryn Salazar - Texas Tech University

UIL Ad Hoc Mariachi Committee

Ruben Adame

Charles Cabrera

Juan Contreras

Adrian Lopez

Ramon Nino III

Nellie Ponikvar

Noe Sanchez

1701 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
Tel: (512) 471-5883 | Fax: (512) 471-5908