2019 – Laura Sobrino

Remembering Laura Sobrino (1954–2015) Laura Garciacano Sobrino was one of the earliest professional female mariachi musicians in the United States. The multiple contributions this Watsonville, California native made to mariachi […]

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2018 – Manuel Valle Villalpando

Widely repected in the Mariachi word, legenday performer and studio musician Manuel Valle Villalpando holds the distinction of being the most recorded mariachi trumpet player in history.  Manuel was born […]

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2017 – Don Gasper & Silvester Vargas

According to Silvester Vargas, the mariachi founded by his father, Gasper Vargas, made its debut on the eve of Independence Day in their home town of Tecalitlán, Jalisco on September 15, […]

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2016- Noberta Fresquez

Noberta Fresquez has been around music and entertainment her entire life. This influence along with her roots in southern New Mexico undoubtedly helped her come to love the music of […]

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2015 – Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez has made and continues to make an indelible mark on the music of mariachi.  Individually and through his group Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Jose has contributed mightily to […]

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2013 – Mario Santiago

Though he was born in Ameca, Jalisco, Mario de Santiago Miranda- better known as Mario Santiago- considers the village of Guachinango, Jalisco his hometown. It was there he grew up and where […]

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2014 – Federico Torres

Guadalajara native Federico Torres began playing trumpet professionally at age 14.  In 1956, he moved to Mexico City where he spent the next several years playing with Mariachi Perla de […]

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2012 – Natividad “Nati” Cano

Natividad Cano was born in 1933 in the tiny village of Ahuisculco, Jalisco, about 30 miles west of Guadalajara. The son and grandson of mariachi  musicians, he began playing the vihuela at […]

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2011 – Rubén Fuentes

Rubén Fuentes is undoubtedly the most important musical figure in the history of mariachi music. More than any other individual, he is responsible for shaping mariachi music into what it […]

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2010 – José “Pepe” Martínez

José Martínez Barajas, better known as “Pepe Martínez,” was born in 1941 in Tecalitlán, Jalisco, the birthplace of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. His father, Blas Martínez, was a harpist who […]

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