More images from the long-term project on South Texas High School Mariachi teams that I documented with @nytmag writer Cecilia Ballí @ceciliaballi
And to answer everyone’s question – Yes, tons of video and audio was recorded as well. Stay tuned.
We spent time with the students and coaches of the top three programs in Starr County, TX.
We were able to watch and document everything that these student musicians/instrumentalists/singers went through as they prepared for an intense championship.
A positive border story in these radically polarized times – Mariachi music along the border goes hand in hand with Friday night football.
Band members wear letterman jackets as well.
Mariachi music in the school system is an amazing amalgam of Americana and Mexican traditions along the border.
A special thanks to David Carthas at the New York Times Magazine for his editorial stewardship and the vote of confidence.
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