2018 Conference Theme - Juntos Tocamos Bailamos y Cantamos

Mariachi Orientation

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Casino Del Sol Resort
Grand Ballroom

5655 W Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85757

Mariachi Workshops

Wednesday – Friday
April 26 – 28, 2017

Casino Del Sol Resort
Grand Ballroom

5655 W Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85757

John Contreras

John Contreras

Mariachi Music Director

(520) 838-3913

Salvador Gallegos

Salvador Gallegos

Mariachi Workshop Coordinator

(520) 838-3913

Teri Lagunas

Teri Lagunas

(520) 838-3901

Workshop Levels & Requirements

Level I

Must be in 3rd grade (minimum age is 7 years old) and must be able to read music with at least one year instruction in mariachi music. Limit 100 students.

Level II

Students must be able to read music and have at least two or more years of instruction. Limit 150 students.

Level III

Must read music and have at least six or more years of participation in mariachi performance. Limit 150 students.

Master Level

Must read music and have at least eight years performing experience in mariachi. The music at this level will be more challenging. Limit 100 students.

Voice & Harp

Workshops require Voice & Harp workshops require previous experience. These students are not separated by levels of experience and instructors work directly with each according to their proficiency.

Voice: Limit 25 students, Harp: Limit 10 students.

Required Apparel / Trajes

Mariachi students should bring their “traje” or any mariachi traje. Otherwise, black slacks/skirt and white shirt will suffice.

Registration fee Includes:

  • Instruction by Masters of Mariachi
  • Music Workbook
  • Workshop ID bracelet (must be worn at all times)
  • Admittance to Student reception dinner
  • Admittance to Student Showcase Concert and Fiesta Garibaldi
  • Music CD
  • Admittance to Espectacular Concert & Festival Garibaldi

Conference workshops are not meant to be private lessons; they are to enhance the knowledge that you already have about folklórico. One-on-one instruction is not available. The education committee reserves the right to reassign participants at recommendation of instructor during the initial session.

Please select appropriate workshop level. Any reassignment of level must have a transfer slip signed by the instructor. Students reassigned to Masters level must pay an additional $50 fee before entering classroom. If you are reassigned from Masters to a lower level, you will receive a refund for the difference after May 15. If you have questions, contact John Contreras, Music Director at contrerasjohnc@hotmail.com.

Aggressive behavior or physical confrontation will result in dismissal from the Conference without a refund. Alcohol or use of illegal substances during the conference is also grounds for dismissal.

Participants Showcase

The students’ Showcase is a concert where the students showcase their talent. Each group’s performance is not to exceed 9 minutes. If your group would like to perform, indicate on the registration form. Groups are selected for showcase by earliest PAID registration date.

  • Only 14 groups (Mariachi & Folklórico combined) will have the opportunity to perform. Performance assignments will be made when registration and fee is received.
  • Performance time must not exceed 9 minutes. Groups must consist of six (6) or more individuals.

Espectacular Performance

One Mariachi Group will be selected from Showcase performers by a panel of Master Mariachis to open the Espectacular Concert.

Festival Garibaldi

The Festival Garibaldi is a re-creation of Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico City featuring food and game booths, mariachis and baile folklórico dancers. If your group would like to perform at the Festival Garibaldi, indicate on registration form. Performing groups report to green room half an hour before stage call.

• Performance assignments will be made when registration and fee are received.
• 25 groups (Mariachi & Folklórico combined) will be selected to perform.
• Groups may be scheduled to perform at either an indoor or outdoor stage.
• Each group will perform for 30 minutes
• Groups must consist of six (6) or more individuals.

Performance Assignments

Only registered students will appear on stage. Assignments for Fiesta Garibaldi are on a first-come basis when fee is received by earliest postmark.

I.D. Bracelet

Must be worn to gain entrance to any LFTIMC events. I.D. bracelets are non-transferable and non-replaceable. Replacement bracelets will be charged the full amount. If bracelet is altered in any way, for any reason, this will result in your immediate expulsion from all conference events. Workshop participants will be admitted to Fiesta Garibaldi with their wristbands.

El Mariachi Canta Singing Competition

The TIMC Board of Directors would like to make you aware of this event change.

The historic Wednesday Night Participants Dinner is being crafted to a new program format. Dinner will not be provided, but the event will include many of the traditional elements with an exciting NEW ‘ VOCAL’ competition featuring Mariachi Sol de Mexico. And of course, there is no cost to registered participants, and additional tickets will be available for $10 purchase during registration and for sale at the event.

Two categories: 12 & Under and 13-19 ; Two prizes will be awarded per category (1st being singing at Garibaldi event and 2019 TIMC Scholarship and 2nd being 2019 TIMC scholarship) ; more prizes forthcoming

Submission rules:
– Contestant must submit two videos in the following categories of song style: ranchera, son, bolero, and huapango (traditional mariachi song forms)
– Songs must be under 4:00 of duration
– No popurris and medleys allowed for submission
– Music accompaniment must be live mariachi performance or pre-recorded mariachi accompaniment (pista)

Participant Pick-Up, Drop-Off

Folklórico participants will pick up registration material and attend orientation at the Casino Del Sol Resort. After orientation, Folklórico Workshops will be held at the Pascua Yaqui Wellness Center. Please make arrangements for pick up after concert.

Workshop Music Books

Workshop participants will receive ONLY ONE workbook. A $30 fee will be charged to replace a lost or stolen workbook. Replacements are subject to quantity on hand.


Aggressive behavior or physical confrontation will result in dismissal from the conference without a refund. Alcohol or use of uncontrolled and illegal substances during the conference is also grounds for dismissal.

Participant pick-up/drop-off

During workshops, participants may be dropped off and picked up close to parking garage. Look for signs directing you to conference area. Please make arrangements for pick-up after the concert.


Download the 2018 Mariachi Schedule