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Director of Music
Dr. Bradley Kent

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State Champions

State Mariachi Festival

The 2018 UIL State Mariachi Festival Pilot will be held on February 23 & 24 in the Performing Arts Complex at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX).

Festival Information

Mariachi Event Requirements

Schools qualifying for the state festival will receive entry information from their region executive secretary.  


Friday, February 23 - Session 1 (afternoon/evening)
Saturday, February 24 - Session 2 (morning/afternoon)
Saturday, February 24 - Session 3 (afternoon/evening)

New for 2018: Schools will be able to request a session when completing the state festival entry. If demand for a particular session exceeds availability groups will be selected based on random draw. Additionally, all groups will be scheduled in conference order within each session.  


Adult - $15 each per session
Student - $10.00 each per session
Child - 6th grade and below admitted at no charge

Tickets will be sold onsite from lobby box office - CASH ONLY
Spectators must have a paid admission for each session.  All sales are final.

2018 Ratings and Outstanding Performers

Session 1 Ratings 
Session 1 Outstanding Performers

Session 2 Ratings
Session 2 Outstanding Performers

Session 3 Ratings
Session 3 Outstanding Performers


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.

Live Stream

BOX5 Media has contracted with UIL to provide live streaming for the event. To access the BOX5 Media site for live streaming of the event, please click here


Joe Baca - Mariachi Cobre
Antonio Briseno - University of Texas at Brownsville, Retired
Steve Carrillo - Mariachi Cobre
Jimmy Cuellar - Girabaldi School of Mariachi
John Lopez - Texas State University
Jeff Nevin - Southwestern College
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