Mariachi Orgullo de America
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Mariachi Orgullo de America

Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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Mariachi Orgullo de América was founded in January of 2002 by Gregorio Hallman, Jorge Hernández, Robert Ruiz, and José Solis. Not long after, many other members joined these men to form the most diverse and talented professional mariachi group that Oklahoma has to offer. With years of experience on their individual instruments, all of the mariachi's musicians add their own flair. Since making their grand debut in May 2002, Mariachi Orgullo has enjoyed tremendous success thanks to all of the communities of Oklahoma. It is with great pride that this virtuoso mariachi is considered Oklahoma’s Mariachi.

In 2005, Mariachi Orgullo de America help found the first mariachi school programs in Oklahoma. Thanks to VH1, there are now three schools in Oklahoma with programs and many more to be established. As a result of this accomplishment, Mariachi Orgullo presented the idea of holding Oklahoma's first Mariachi Festival to the Latino Community Development Agency. With the sponsership of McDonalds, Lopez Foods, and many sponserships from the community, the first Mariachi Festival took place in January of 2006. Mariachi Orgullo de Ameica had the privilage of performing with Walt Disney World's official mariachi, Mariachi Cobre at the Civic Center and taught student, master, and administrative classes. Mariachi Orgullo de America has been honored to educate and perform for the community and plans to continue for many years to come.

Mariachi Orgullo is directed by mariachi veteren, Robert Ruiz. The other current members of the band are Juan Santana García, Julio Gasón, Paul Gomez, Mike Guillespe, Justus Johnston, Amy Lindesmith, Kevin Longfellow, Francesca Mosely, Mariabelen Ruffin, Wilmari Ruiz, and Clay Zapata.