Mariachi Academy at Glenview Middle School in East Moline prepares for first presentation this Thursday night

One of the most expressive forms of Latin American music is Mariachi. Its origins date back to the early 1840’s from the coastal state of Jalisco in Mexico.

The sound of Mariachi can also be heard coming from Room 311 at Glenview Middle School, as the Quad Cities first youth Mariachi Band program has begun.

“It is exciting”, says Mr. Clark, the program director and GMS music teacher. “I wanted to recruit for the Mariachi program the same way we start students in our beginning band program. During the last full week of September, we had our Mariachi display night to explain how the program was set up to interested students and parents. The rest is now history.”

The Glenview Mariachi Band program is an after school program. Students have a one-hour group lesson each week on instruments (violins, trumpets and guitars), and a one-hour band rehearsal for the entire ensemble. The first week of lessons began the week of September 29th.

There are 25 students from grades 5 – 8 that are currently enrolled in the program.

Assisting Mr. Clark with the violin and guitar are Miss Janet Torres and Mr. Juan Valtierra. We would like to thank them for their work with our students. “The students have gotten off to a great start”, said Mr. Clark

The Glenview Mariachi Band will host their first presentation this Thursday January 22 at 7 PM at the North Gym at Glenview.  

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