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Recent performances:  ‘Heart of a Child’ gala at Rady’s Children’s Hospital (April 28),  City Heights Library for Law Day (April 28), Balboa Park on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) , Ponce’s Restaurant (May 6), and Discovery Concert Series in Rancho Bernardo (May 12).

Guadalajara video, from a 2017 performance at Albert Einstein Academy festival:


Standard Set List –  ‘Guadalajara’, ‘La Bamba’, ‘El Son del Conejo’, ‘Los Aguacates’, ‘Los Machetes’, ‘Las Golondrinas’,  ‘Canta, Canta, Canta’, ‘Amor Eterno’, ‘Las Mananitas’, ‘Un Dia A la Vez’, ‘La Raspa’, ‘De Colores’

Biography – Mariachi Victoria de San Diego (formerly City Heights Mariachi) is the signature ensemble of the City Heights Music School, a program of the new!  Founded in 2006, the Mariachi was part of a Latin American Music Project led by Jeff Nevin and Manny Cepeda.  Evolving through changes in leadership and location, the Mariachi now performs throughout San Diego under the direction of Mario Eguia and maintains its close community connection in City Heights with rehearsals at the Mid-City Church of the Nazarene.  A talented and unique ensemble of musicians ranging in age from 8 through 78 years, the Mariachi performed at more than 11 events last season, including a highlight performance on Cinco de Mayo at Balboa Park with Jarabe Mexicano attended by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Visit the ‘Video Library‘  and ‘Videos for Violin‘ for practice videos.

               KPBS Interview: City Heights Mariachi Ensemble


Program Description

The City Heights Mariachi rehearses from 11:30am to 1:00pm on Saturdays.  The first 30-minutes are divided by violin and guitar.  The remaining hour is spent together in rehearsal of current performance repertoire. The City Heights Mariachi performs all of the traditional styles of songs which are interpreted in the genre by instructors who are both classically and traditionally trained. This music form until recently was only passed down between generations by learning to play by ear.

Teaching Approach

One of the key goals that the instructors have for Mariachi is that the students learn to work together as an ensemble. The instructors take a very hands on approach during rehearsals expecting students who are in the group to learn the traditions which come with this musical art. This includes not only the music but interpretation, performance, and the uniform. Another major key for the students is that they are self motivated as a group and take the time to practice at home.

Mariachi Music – A Short History

The traditional Mariachi as we know it today was formed in the early 1900’s. Its instrumentation is based in a large part by European instruments which play the melodies. These instruments are the Violin, the Trumpet, and the Guitar. There are two key instruments that were made in Mexico and have to be in the instrumentation for it to be considered a Mariachi, they are the Guitarron and the Vihuela. These instruments are the rhythm section of this ensemble.
Because of the instrumentation that Mariachi’s have, they are able to incorporate music from all over the world into its repertoire. This can range from the most classical European composers to the most current artist.