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Spreading Joy Through Music

Spreading Joy Through Music

In Mexican culture, mariachi ensembles are staples of joyous events, so it was perfectly logical that mariachi musicians performed at the Global Enrichment Fest. Members of Milwaukee’s own Mariachi Juvenil—a student branch of the Latino Arts Strings Program—performed throughout the day, spreading their vibrant, upbeat music throughout both gymnasiums. Violists Dalia Chairez ’24 and Jackie Jimenez ’24 are long-time members of the group, and played during the event.

Participating in Mariachi Juvenil requires a large time commitment—practices are multiple evenings per week with events on the weekends. But, say Chairez and Jimenez, it’s worth it. “I love it because it helps me connect with my culture,” said Chairez. “Plus, the teachers are great and all of my closest friends are in the group. And the music itself is super fun.”

Students perform in a Latin String concert.

“For me personally, mariachi music has always been part of me,” said Jimenez. “My grandpa is a part of a mariachi group in Mexico, and my dad sang in one for a while. But I also really enjoy playing mariachi music because it’s brought me the most delightful experiences, like when we performed at the  Wisconsin State Capitol for Governor Tony Evers’ inauguration.”

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