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Mariachi Garibaldi is the performing ensemble from Southwestern College, the first school in the world to offer a college degree in mariachi music. Students study mariachi performance, music theory, instrumental and vocal technique, mariachi history, as well as general education requirements.
Many former students have moved on to receive Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music and perform mariachi professionally, including with some of the top mariachis in the country. They also are beginning to fill the great need for mariachi instructors that exists across the country today.
Mariachi Garibaldi has performed countless engagements in and around San Diego, including several national education conferences. They have been featured in both American and Mexican national news broadcasts, including a prominent role in the documentary “In the Name of Mariachi Music” which details the impact the United States is having on the history and future of mariachi.
Mariachi Garibaldi’s concerts at Southwestern College consistently sell out, hey have traveled to perform for the famed “Encuentro de Mariachi” in Guadalajara nearly every year since 2002, and they have recently performed in Belgium (2017), Germany (2016), India (2015), Canada (2015), Brazil (2014), Russia (2012 & 2009), France (2012 & 2010), China (2010), and they have been invited to represent the Mexican Government in Cairo to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Egypt in September, 2018.
Their newest CD, “La vida así,” features original arrangements created for the group by Jeff Nevin that honor some of Mexico’s greatest musicians — it will be released in 2018. Their previous CD, “Un canto por el mundo,” was released in 2014 and was inspired by their world travels, featuring music they performed on four continents. They also recorded a 2-CD set “Mariachis Garibaldi” in 2009, and their version of “Hotel California” was featured on the recording “Mariachi Rock-O” along with Mariachi Vargas, Sol de Mexico, and others.