Newly formed in October of 2015, the Robstown High School mariachi band has set the standard high. Mariachi Sol Rojo placed first in their division at the UIL Solo & Ensemble competition that took place in Mathis on February 18th. This means that they will advance to state competition at Southwest High School in San Antonio to compete in the UIL State Mariachi Festival on March 11th.
Robstown Independent School District Music Consultant, Charles Cabrera, commented on the award, “We knew in November that this was going to be a goal for the mariachi band, so we made this part of the big plan for the kids, and started working on reaching that objective from day one.” Cabrera elaborated on the students’ reaction, “The kids were very excited, it was pure joy to see them hollering and celebrating.. they pulled it all off together, I am very proud of them.” Through the vision of the Robstown Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. Maria Vidaurri, and with support from the Board of Trustees, the expansion of the district music programs have evolved.
The mariachi band is formed with seventeen students, composed of all high school grade levels, freshmen through seniors. All members received medals to bring home, which serve as their reminder of the vast amount of hard work and dedication they have executed to get to achieve their excellent performance levels. Their efforts are unprecedented, Robstown High School has never taken a mariachi band to competition. No matter the outcome, they have made an everlasting impact on the community of Robstown who share a love for the cultural music of Mexico, known all too well throughout South Texas. Robstown ISD, faculty, and community members couldn’t be prouder of Mariachi Sol Rojo.