The Wenatchee School District’s Mariachi Program has been Nationally recognized as being the fastest growing Mariachi Music program outside of Mexico, currently integrating over 300 participating students ages 9-18. The program first became popular among Hispanic & Latino students; but every year the program sees increased participation by non-Latino students as well. This year the program was honored to receive a Golden Apple award – an educational achievement award equivalent to a Grammy.
Thanks to its many local supporters, the program has been able to continually provide access to musical instruments free of cost to all its students who are in turn encouraged to pay it forward by modeling good citizenship, volunteering, and performing at community events, senior centers, colleges & universities, and non-profits.
Mariachi Huenachi is the advanced mariachi music class at Wenatchee High School and has earned a reputation as the best high school mariachi group in the State of Washington. The group, under the direction of Ramon Rivera and Maija Henderson, has performed extensively across the Northwest including at Seattle Seahawks and Mariners games, has shared the stage with the Grammy Award winning group, Los Tigres del Norte, and has opened for Mariachi Vargas – known as the best Mariachi in the world.
Mariachi Azteca in our second performing group. This is the group that graduates to become Mariachi Huenachi. Mariachi Azteca has performed in Lake Chelan, Spokane and Seattle. Mariachi Cielo Azul is our third performing group, behind Mariachi Azteca.