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Young mariachis play on at St. John the Evangelist School

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Music program inspires students

By VICTOR CALDERON
The New Vision

One cannot mistake the melodious sounds of a mariachi band playing “De Colores” within the strumming of the violins and guitars in rhythm.
But this mariachi band is not typical.
Students at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Tucson have taken up playing mariachi music, thanks to music teacher David Membrila.
“I like being able to enjoy this music and share it with others,” said Melanie Cabrera, 12, who plays the violin.
St. John School is one of three schools in the Diocese of Tucson designated as an ACE Academy, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame for students in economically underserved communities. The others are Santa Cruz and Saint Ambrose schools.
“For our students, this is the music of their fathers and grandfathers,” said Membrila. “It’s a vital recruiting tool for this school in that while some schools are cutting music, we’re going forward.”

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