MAY 13, 2013
WINNERS TAKE HOME BIG PRIZES AT BATTLE OF MARIACHIS
Mission San Juan Capistrano held its ninth annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 11, where more than 4,000 visitors enjoyed the talented mariachi bands from throughout California that competed for cash prizes before a panel of judges.
The Festival, which was sold out this year for the first time, was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation.
Battle of the Mariachis Festival winners included:
First place ($2,000): Mariachi Chula Vista (Director Mark Fogelquist), San Diego
Second place ($1,500): Mariachi Mestizo (Director Juan Morales), Delano, CA
Third place ($1,000): Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble (Director Irineo Yanez), Los Angeles
Tom Tracy "Shining Star" Awards ($500): Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble, trumpet players: Carlos Vidaurri and Edgar Aguilar, Los Angeles
Honorable Mention ($750): Mariachi Juvenil Azteca (Director Guadalupe Gonzalez), San Diego
Held in the Mission’s Central Courtyard, festivities began with a welcoming by Mission Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence-Adams and the National Anthem performed by the Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. The historic Mission Bells were rung in revelry to mark the start of the Festival.
The event was emceed by Laura Sobrino, who was first dubbed the "Mariachi Queen" in 1995 by the Los Angeles Times. In 1996, an NBC national morning show featured a segment on her as a pioneer female mariachi and as a positive role model for the new generation of mariachi musicians. This year marked her fourth appearance as the Festival's emcee.
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