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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.

2024 Nevada All-State Middle School Band Festival and Conference Information

HS Mariachi All-State Festival Schedule and More

​Schedules for this All-State Festival are below. All schedules are subject to change and will be sent out to the ensemble chairs or NMEA. For more information on the Nevada All-State Festivals and Conferences go to the All-State home page for more detailed information. Contact your All-State Ensemble chair for any questions or concerns you may have.

All-State Festival Directors Checklist 

All directors are responsible for the following items for All-State Festival and Conference. Go to the All-State Festival Homepage for more details on the Festival and Conference. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Ensemble Chair. 

Forms and Fees are due January 19, 2024. 

  1. Pay for Director and Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 

  2. Ensure that each student completes the All-State Student Participation Form

  3. Directors Form (Google Form)

  4. Chaperones Form (Google Form)


2024 All-State Festival Payments
  • All-State Audition Fee $15 per Student (web store) 

  • Pay for Student/Director All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  • All fees are to be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information fees and registration.

Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. 

  1. Pay with a Credit Card- follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. 

  2. Manual Payment (school check) follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. 

  • If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at

  • Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association.

2024 Nevada All-State High School
Mariachi Conductor

HS Mariachi 2024
2024 Conductor
Eloy Garza
Roma ISD  Mariachi Head Director

Eloy Garza, originally from The City of Roma, proudly leads the Roma ISD Mariachi Program and serves as the musical director of the nationally recognized Mariachi Nuevo Santander at Roma High School. With a teaching career that began in 2004, Eloy's musical journey took root at Roma High School, where he played trumpet in the highly successful band program led by Mr. Al Cortinas and the mariachi program under Mr. Yamil R. Yunes, graduating in 2000. He continued his musical education at The University of Texas Pan American, earning a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Eloy's hard work and ambition in mariachi led him to join the prestigious UTPA Mariachi Aztlan, one of the nation's top university mariachi programs. His mariachi career allowed him to share the stage with many renowned artists and groups like Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez. Eloy's deep passion for mariachi led him to become an accomplished arranger and composer of

mariachi music. His talents caught the attention of Maestro Jose Hernandez, director of Mariachi Sol de Mexico, who enlisted Eloy to transcribe and notate his own musical arrangements.

After a year of teaching, Eloy's career as a musician reached new heights when he was invited to tour with Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, accompanying Multi Latin Grammy winner Luis Miguel on the Mexico en La Piel Tour in 2005. This experience further enriched his expertise in mariachi music.

Eloy later decided to give education a second chance and share his lifetime of mariachi experiences. He served as the mariachi director at Veterans Middle School and held a high school mariachi staff position at Rio Grande Grulla ISD from 2007 to 2013. His contributions led the program to national recognition, with the middle school mariachi achieving an impressive three-year undefeated streak, earning 23 consecutive 1st place awards. Later, he then wrote his own curriculum for mariachi education.

In 2013, Eloy returned to his alma mater, Roma ISD, as the Mariachi head director, and also took on the role of musical director for Mariachi Nuevo Santander. In a remarkably short period, he elevated Roma ISD's mariachi program to national acclaim, earning nine national titles in just a decade. His leadership even secured an appearance on America's Got Talent Season 12 and contributed to the global trend of viral music performances during the pandemic. Most recently, Mariachi Nuevo Santander, under his guidance, was honored with induction into the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

Eloy currently resides in Starr County with his wife and three beautiful children. Eloy's dedication now extends beyond Roma ISD; he actively contributes to the mariachi community by conducting workshops across the nation for other programs. His mission is to create a lasting legacy by empowering and making a difference in students' lives through the art of mariachi music.

2024 Nevada High School Mariachi
All-State Audition and Nomination Information

2024 All-State Audition Student Information 

Students see your music director for more information on the audition process.  All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration.  Students and parents, please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your student's auditions. 

2024 All-State Audition Director Information 

Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State results will be available no later than December 2, 2023. Please contact your All-State Chairperson for any questions or help. 

​Middle School All-State Band Audition Links 

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