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My Most Memorable Mariachi Experience

A high school mariachi honors a loved one at a Little League's opening ceremonies

By Margie Provencio Contreras
Published on LatinoLA: June 19, 2012

My Most Memorable Mariachi Experience

I know I have had many experience where I was able to hear fantastic mariachi bands -- famous and amateur -- but the most memorable experience has been at my Little League.

At the time I was in charge of putting together opening ceremonies and unfortunately every year we have had the sadness of losing someone that was involved in our league who had passed away.

So we have always done a little something for the family to honor that family member, such as balloon release or dove release.

But this particular year, we had one of our baseball players who was a part of his high school's mariachi band.

So he volunteered to bring the mariachi band to opening ceremonies and honor that wonderful mother with a beautiful song. Mind you, that was a new band that was put together that year so the kids were just getting it together and when they played that morning they all put their hearts into it.

It was so beautiful.

There were many tears flowing that day and it put smiles on the kid's faces and I know even though the kids had not performed in front of a lot of people prior to this day, they shined and played with their hearts because of the occasion.

That to me is what mariachi music is all about: The emotion and the sincerity of the music and the words.

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