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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 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 

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

HS Mariachi All-State Festival Schedule and More
Not available yet.
2024 All-State Festival Participation

All-State Festival Participation Checklist:

  1.  Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  2. Music Directors Complete Director Form Not available yet

  3. Directors Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50 Not available yet

  4. 2024 Book Hotel rooms (NMEA Group Room Rate Deadline: not available yet)


2024 All-State Festival Payments
  • Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Not available yet

  • Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50  Not available yet

  • If you are paying by check please email David Morris the State Executive. Invoices can be requested by contacting 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.

Important Dates
  • 2024 Registration deadline TBA

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

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