Cal Poly Pomona’s newly formed mariachi ensemble will get some instruction from a Grammy Award-winning professional.
Jesús “Chuy” Guzmán, musical director for Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, will give a master class to the students in Mariachi Los Broncos de Pomona Tuesday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in preparation for the ensemble’s upcoming first concert.
“I’m thrilled our students have the opportunity to learn from one of the most renowned and accomplished mariachi musicians and arrangers,” says ethnomusicology Professor Jessie Vallejo. “It will be an exciting start for the ensemble.”
Mariachi Los Camperos is the only all-male mariachi group to win a Grammy Award and have multiple Grammy nominations, including a recent nod for their album “Tradicón, Arte y Pasión.”
They have “long been leaders and innovators in the mariachi education movement over the last few decades,” Vallejo says.
Vallejo, who began teaching at Cal Poly Pomona in the fall of 2015, previously worked with Guzmán at UCLA, where she co-directed Mariachi de Uclatlán with the noted musician and teacher.
Guzmán joined Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano in 1989. Besides serving as head instructor for many international mariachi festivals in the United States and Mexico and teaching at UCLA, he has recorded with the prestigious Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and toured and recorded with Linda Ronstadt on her Grammy Award-winning album “Canciones de mi Padre.” He also appeared in the movies “Mi Familia” and “Jerry Maguire.”
Mariachi Los Broncos de Pomona will have its debut concert March 10 at noon in the music department recital hall, Building 24, room 191.