Utah’s smallest mariachi band (in height) is also its biggest (in numbers)

At Esperanza Elementary, its music program has built the state's youngest group of mariachi musicians

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  • Kattoman Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 5:06 p.m.

    Nice story but aren't they a little young to be playing political protest music?

  • SteedGun Centerville, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 2:41 p.m.

    Love it. Keep up the good work. Bien hecho!

  • Legal? Saint George, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 6:50 p.m.

    As a musician, I found myself smiling while reading this article! Good for them. Music and the critical-thinking skills of chess will produce life-long benefits and enjoyment. It's too bad that many "regular" public schools funded by tax dollars, just like the charters, don't have these kinds of programs.

    A statement by the principal is troubling, though. “It is difficult for kids to express their culture when they live in a dominant culture like the United States..." Wow! That is telling. Their culture should be "American" because that's where they live. His attitude fosters an unhealthy "us vs. them." It's also unfair for the school to be making that kind of an emphasis without doing it for other students' heritage who don't happen to be from the dominant sub-culture.

    My gr gr grandfather spoke five languages when he immigrated to America. He forbid his children to speak anything but English because they were "Americans" now.

    I wish these young students and their leaders success in every respect, but their emphasis on all things Mexican seems to undermine an assimilation into American life. Perhaps that is not the goal.

  • RGinSG Saint George, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 9:33 a.m.

    Felicitaciones a los chicos y a los directores que tienen la visiÓn de lo que puede hacer la mÚsica en las vidas de los estudiantes. Bien hecho!