Ismael Alatorre

At the core of Mariachi Los Galleros’ armonía is Vihuela player, group manager, and co-founder, Ismael Alatorre. Reflecting on his twenty-eight years as a mariachi musician, Ismael says that his love for Mariachi grew through his family’s support and awareness of his cultural heritage. His musical life began after enrolling for a middle school mariachi class in the San Antonio Independent School District. Within a brief period, his enthusiasm and tireless passion allowed him to become part of the S.A.I.S.D. All-District Mariachi. Forming part of this prestigious ensemble afforded access to multiple experiences that would influence the course of his life. There he began to attend international mariachi conferences and festivals both in the United States and Mexico, winning accolades and sharing the stage with such renowned mariachis as; Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, Mariachi Cobre, and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Immediately completing his education at Highlands High School, Ismael found himself with the desire to continue to impress future generations with the knowledge he gained from his experiences. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Richard Ramírez, he took a position as a mariachi instructor at Rhodes and Harris Middle Schools as well as a consultant for the S.A.I.S.D. All-District Mariachi. When enrolled at the University of Texas-Pan American, Ismael was able to contribute by recording on Mariachi Aztlán’s first full

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