It might be a long way from Mexico to Washington, but with music the distance evaporates. This Sunday at the Pantages Washington’s premiere high school mariachi band, Mariachi Huenachi (from Wenatchee, of course) will open the show for the band widely regarded as the world’s best: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. For the Wenatchee students it’s not only their first time in Tacoma, it’s the highlight of a touring schedule that has them taking mariachi joy around the state.
“We play a lot of places – Seattle, Idaho, the Mariners, we even opened for the Seahawks,” says Ramon Rivera, director of the three bands (including Mariachi Huenachi) that make up the mariachi program at Wenatchee High School. “But this is even better. It’s a great honor for our program to be playing with the best in the world. These musicians are (our) idols. The students are so excited; it’s beyond surreal.” Read more »