Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy is one of the only academies that recognizes and offers beginner mariachi to 6th graders, and intermediate and advanced mariachi at the middle and high school levels. We are focused on the goal of creating and encouraging musicians that wish to flourish in this traditionally filled genre. We are always looking for good men and women to join our growing family of Mariachi Sol Azteca!
JV took 2nd place at TAME in 2020.
Throughout the school year, we perform at a variety of venues. We perform for local Grand Prairie events, the DFW metroplex events and private gigs.
We had an amazing year in 2019-2020 beginning with winning the Mariachi Nationals of Jose Hernandez in California. We performed at the San Antonio Rivercenter bridge and competed in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. We had all four of our ensembles, Mariachi Tlaltechutli (JV/MS), Mariachi Metzli (V/MS), Mariachi Tonatiuh (JV/HS) and Mariachi Sol Azteca (V/HS) compete at the TAME Area competition in January. All four groups received a first division rating. The two high school mariachi groups advanced to the state TAME level and our MS varsity group was chosen as the Outstanding Middle school group. Mariachi Metzli got to perform twice at the state level in between the competition for the high school groups. They received standing ovations and many amazing comments for their performances. Mariachi Tonatiuh competed at the first ever JV competition where the won 2nd place. Mariachi Sol Azteca placed 4th in the 6A competition. The two high school groups went on to compete for the UIL area competition where they both received a 1st division for their efforts. Mariachi Sol Azteca qualified for State UIL and received a 1st division trophy for their performance.
We look forward to many more years of amazing memories and travels and hope that you consider becoming a phamily member of Mariachi Sol Azteca.
Varsity competes at UIL.
If you would like to come to catch a performance, check out the calendar on this website.
If these trips sound like something you're interested in and you have a passion for Mariachi music, check out the link on the left for audition requirements and let's see you at our next audition! Que Viva El Mariachi!!
Please read through the Mariachi Handbook
Audition Requirements and Information
Incoming students auditioning for mariachi are required to bring and prepare the items listed below.Resume and PhotoThe student must present a one-page resume listing prior experience and a current headshot.Brief InterviewStudents will participate in a brief interview with the panel after performing their music.AuditionStudents will be asked to perform a few of the 7 mariachi scales/chord passages (see below). Students will be asked to perform a passage from a traditional mariachi piece, minimum 16 measures. All students will be asked to sing for the panel.*Beginning Students – Students who have never played before will be asked to sing a song, mariachi or other, sing the lyrics to Cielito Lindo Chorus in three keys, attached, and a general music listening test that will include pitches and rhythms.Please note: resumes and headshots will not be returned to auditioning students.PLEASE COME TO AUDITION WARMED-UP AND TUNED!