West texas girl mad for mariachi music wins scholarship the wichita eagle university of kansas salaries

"Mariachi is colorful and exciting. It’s either romantic and makes you feel something or exciting and makes you want to dance," said belen, a 16-year-old sophomore at lake view high school in san angelo and a member of the school’s mariachi program.

The san angelo standard-times reports her talent and passion helped belen, who plays the trumpet, earn an unparalleled opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country this summer — amherst college in massachusetts.

"It’s exciting. It’s a big opportunity for my daughter. I wouldn’t have been able to provide this for her, so her winning this scholarship is awesome."

The scholarship fully covers program expenses, and the lake view mariachi fund will cover air travel with leftover funds from its sombrero fundraiser, said fund administrator mario castillo, who also wrote a letter of recommendation when belen applied for the PODF scholarship.Mariachi program

The sombrero fund raised more than $16,000 from the community and is also used to pay for angelo state university tutors in music and academics for the students in the mariachi program.

As a seventh-grader, belen was part of the first group students to participate in the mariachi program when it was rebooted at lincoln middle school and lake view. It started with about 30 students and has grown to more than 120 students.

Belen was born in texas and lived in mexico for a while with her father. Her father was in a mariachi band and introduced belen to the music.

"I want to be my own person and music helps me, so I don’t have to think about that and I can be myself. Nobody else knows about it," she said.

"Mariachi music is a main emblem of mexico. The music is powerful to the culture and identity of the mexican people," said rosendo ramos, lake view mariachi program instructor.Mariachi band

A mariachi band is composed of instruments that are mobile, allowing the musicians to move around in parties or restaurants. Mariachi music is also associated with folklorico, traditional dances with the beautiful dresses.

"I think part of performing is when you look at somebody and you feel a connection toward them. Some people cry of joy or that song reminds them of a past family member," belen said. "Some people just enjoy it because it reminds them of better times."

"It’s a big deal for the (mariachi) program because we are showing the entire community we are a valid program. We can do what any other program could do, like band and choir," ramos said.

Belen wants to continue with music in college and hopes the program gives her a better chance for a good college. She also wants to start an all-female mariachi band.Mariachi band

"Mariachi is colorful and exciting. It’s either romantic and makes you feel something or exciting and makes you want to dance," said belen, a 16-year-old sophomore at lake view high school in san angelo and a member of the school’s mariachi program.

The san angelo standard-times reports her talent and passion helped belen, who plays the trumpet, earn an unparalleled opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country this summer — amherst college in massachusetts.

"It’s exciting. It’s a big opportunity for my daughter. I wouldn’t have been able to provide this for her, so her winning this scholarship is awesome."

The scholarship fully covers program expenses, and the lake view mariachi fund will cover air travel with leftover funds from its sombrero fundraiser, said fund administrator mario castillo, who also wrote a letter of recommendation when belen applied for the PODF scholarship.Mariachi program

The sombrero fund raised more than $16,000 from the community and is also used to pay for angelo state university tutors in music and academics for the students in the mariachi program.

As a seventh-grader, belen was part of the first group students to participate in the mariachi program when it was rebooted at lincoln middle school and lake view. It started with about 30 students and has grown to more than 120 students.

Belen was born in texas and lived in mexico for a while with her father. Her father was in a mariachi band and introduced belen to the music.

"I want to be my own person and music helps me, so I don’t have to think about that and I can be myself. Nobody else knows about it," she said.

"Mariachi music is a main emblem of mexico. The music is powerful to the culture and identity of the mexican people," said rosendo ramos, lake view mariachi program instructor.Mariachi band

A mariachi band is composed of instruments that are mobile, allowing the musicians to move around in parties or restaurants. Mariachi music is also associated with folklorico, traditional dances with the beautiful dresses.

"I think part of performing is when you look at somebody and you feel a connection toward them. Some people cry of joy or that song reminds them of a past family member," belen said. "Some people just enjoy it because it reminds them of better times."

"It’s a big deal for the (mariachi) program because we are showing the entire community we are a valid program. We can do what any other program could do, like band and choir," ramos said.

Belen wants to continue with music in college and hopes the program gives her a better chance for a good college. She also wants to start an all-female mariachi band.Mariachi program