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2010 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Vida Fronteriza
Out on the Town
Article: Joe Burgess
Joe Burgess
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There were traditional vibrant colors of folklorico dancers and beautiful music from mariachi musicians during the first ever El Paso International Mariachi Festival gala dinner held at the Camino Real on September 16.

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1.) Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara

2.) Mariachi Raices de América: Director Bryant Gabriel Chaffino, Jose Rios, Ileana Diaz,Maestro Phillip Gabriel Garcia, Michael Acosta, Isai Mata, Jesus Hernandez.

3.) Corazón de México, a young El Paso group.

4.) Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara

5.) Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara

6.) Jesus Quinones, Maria Castaneda, Connie Reyes

7.) Virginia Orosco, Juan Estrada, Salvador Balcorta, Isaura Bravo

8.) Maestro Phillip Gabriel Garcia presents El Paso Mayor John Cook with a guitar for his continued support.

9.) (Front row, from left) Eduardo Lucero, Patricia Holguin-Lucero, Dora Garcia, Charlie Garcia (Back row, from left) Jesus Benetiz, Lisa Benetiz, Richard Martinez, Gloria Martinez.

10.) Albert & Ana Lucero
The gala was hosted by Mayor John Cook, who received a guitar signed by the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra and Phillip Gabriel Garcia, creator of the event and founder, music director and conductor of the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Attendees were treated to a performance by musicians and folklorico dancers, who also attended workshops during the festival, held Sept. 15-19, and more than 400 students performed at the Plaza Garibaldi and Mariachi Extravaganza concerts and a mariachi Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral. ///
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