Mariachi Corazon de Tucson is a community youth mariachi group, consisting of 19 members. The group is directed by Jaime Valenzuela, who is well known in the Tucson Community as one of the best directors of local youth mariachi groups. Jaime is the son of Dr. Alfredo Valenzuela, who started the Davis Aguilitas Mariachi group at Davis Bilingual. Mariachi Corazon de Tucson is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that has been in existence since 2009.
Mariachi Corazon de Tucson serves the greater Tucson community and beyond by playing at many local community events in Tucson and elsewhere. The group performs for many private functions such as quinceneras, weddings, and birthday parties. They recently won third place in the 2011 Rosarito International Mariachi and Folklorico Festival. The group performed at Disneyland in Anaheim, California in March 2012. Mariachi Corazon participates annually in the Tucson International Mariachi Conference and performs at the student showcase.
Members of Mariachi Corazon are alumni of Davis and Roskruge Bilingual School, where they first learned the beauty of mariachi music. Through mariachi music, these students have learned lifelong skills of confidence, leadership, perseverance, responsibility, and integrity. The group is committed to performing at many venues and events that benefit the community at no cost. These free performances help students recognize the importance of giving back to the community.
Our mission is to bring quality mariachi music into the community, to honor Tucson’s strong Latino culture and heritage, and to give students the opportunity to improve their musicianship. Another equally important part of the group’s mission is to give the opportunity to members to learn how to play in a youth mariachi group without an adult leader present at performances. Students learn leadership, cooperation and musical prowess through being in this group. Students serve as mariachi ambassadors in the community and take pride in contributing to the cultural richness of Tucson.