The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk • San Antonio, Texas

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán

Opening Concert

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán was founded over 50 years ago by the late Jose “Pepe” Martinez, Sr. who served as musical director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán for 38 years. His brother Fernando took over the group when Pepe transitioned from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán to Vargas. The group’s current musical director is Fernando Martinez, former vocalist and violinist of Mariachi Vargas and brother to Vargas’ musical director Carlos Martinez. Fernando, and two of his brothers – Angel Martinez (the group’s manager) and Arturo Alejandro Martinez – guitarist are in Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán along with Fernando’s son Luis Fernando Martinez.

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán has an extraordinary history of being one of Mexico’s best mariachi music ensembles with a performance record that spans over 5 decades and more than 60 album recordings. The group performs with 15 members that includes 7 violins, 3 trumpets and an armonia section that includes 1 harp, 1 guitarron, 2 guitars and 1 vihuela.

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán performs regularly at mariachi music festivals such as the Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Mariachi USA in Los Angeles and the Mariachi Spectacular in Albuquerque. The group performs and teaches regularly in South Texas through Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

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