POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 4:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 7:28am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A total of around 20 members make up the Mariachi at the University of Texas at Brownsville.
It's a family tradition for Ricardo Carmona from Los Fresnos. His sister and brother in law played in the mariachi now it's his turning as he plays.
"It’s very important to me everything the music, the culture the values." said Carmona.
Lionel Garza from Mercedes plays the violin.
“It’s a huge experience, the culture, diversity, you get that hour a week to break away from classical music and it’s a time to have fun with your instrument."
Antonio Briseno started the Mariachi at UTB in 1998. Through the years they have traveled all around the country.
"Such an iconic group, it’s important to know the traditions and culture of Mexico and get away from the stereotypes Mariachi has, I think everyone is familiar with the stereotypes Mariachi has, I wanted to do away with that and have people understood that.” said Briseno.
Next week the mariachi has a very big honor they will be traveling to Russia to perform.
They were invited to play at the University School of Music in St. Petersburg.
"It’s a huge experience to manifest mariachi music other than YouTube."
"It’s very exciting this will give me the chance to go to my 6th continent, I have been in the navy, I have been to 5 this will be my 6th one."
They will head to Russia on Monday.