EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The trumpets are calling and it's music to our ears. El Dorado's Mariachi Azteca was one of four groups in the Socorro ISD to be recognized over the weekend for advancing to the State UIL competition last month.
The students work long hours after school rehearsing for the annual UIL competitions or to prepare for multiple performances around El Paso.
"Being on the stage of a state mariachi festival was very-- kind of intimidating. But that's no problem at all because we were there, we love the music and we love each other," El Dorado Mariachi Instructor Juan Contreras said.
The group boasts three freshmen and three sophomores, something that Contreras is very proud of. "Half of our group was underclassmen. It wasn't all juniors or seniors like we had last year. I was proud that we got to that point," Contreras said.
Students said that they wouldn't feel as confident if they didn't have an amazing instructor guiding them through every step of performing and competing.
"Mr. Contreras he's an amazing teacher. He's an amazing vocalist. And he can practically play any instrument in the mariachi," student Thomas Padilla said.
The group's last performance of the year will be held May 1st at the El Dorado Theater where they will bid farewell to the group's seniors.
Socorro, Eastlake, and Americas High Schools also participated in the State UIL Competition in Edinburg, Texas. The three Socorro ISD campuses were the only participants from El Paso.