High School Mariachi All-State Festival

The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level mariachi. These ensembles include violins, armonia, trumpet, vocals, and guitarron. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State mariachis are the top performers in Nevada. Both middle school and high school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble.

2022-23 All-State High School Mariachi Auditions

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Guest Conductor
Marcos A. Zárate
Musical Director for Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle

Marcos is a violinist and the Musical Director for Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle. He was born in Dallas, Texas and began playing musical instruments at a very early age. As a result, Marcos is proficient on violin, guitar, guitarrón, vihuela, trumpet, requinto, and accordion. Marcos is currently employed by Rio Grande City CISD as the Head Mariachi Director in an Award-Winning mariachi program. His musical experiences with mariachi have led him to perform at some of the most prestigious stages across the nation alongside some of the world’s biggest names in the music industry and his unparalleled arranging and performing talents have been featured in many recordings. He has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Philharmonic, in Los Angeles,

CA and at the world renowned Hollywood Bowl 8 times where his arrangements have been performed in front of audiences of over 20,000. He has also performed at many other high profile venues and has arranged for the UTPA now known as UT-RGV Mariachi concerts and recordings, and for many other professional, university, high school, and middle school programs. Marcos has also conducted numerous workshops and conferences in Los Angeles, CA, Las Cruces, NM, Las Vegas, NV, San Antonio, TX and countless others throughout the country. In addition, he has served as the Mariachi clinician in several TMEA All-Region Mariachi. Look out for more from this 3-time Grammy Nominated director, producer, and arranger on Los Arrieros’ next CD which should be released this year!