Elizabeth Gutierrez, a student at Holmes HS, was selected as the vocalist for the Texas All-State Mariachi Ensemble sponsored by Feria del Mariachi. In addition, Francisco Yebra, also from Holmes HS, was selected as alternate for vihuela.
In its inaugural year, nine students from Texas schools were selected. Organizers from Texas State University are envisioning this competition as the forerunner to what will eventually be the Texas All-State Mariachi Ensemble, similar to the current TMEA All-State band, choir and orchestra competition.
The Texas All-State Mariachi Ensemble will perform in concert with world-renown mariachi artist Rigo Berto Alfaro on April 26 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in San Marcos.
Holmes HS Mariachi Director is Aaron Rios.