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7th grade HISD mariachi singer to get national props

Alan Aguilar, a seventh grader at Patrick Henry Middle School, took first place at the National Mariachi Tournament with all the correct notes.

Harris County, Texas — Seventh grade Houston ISD students are getting national props after a performance at the Mariachi Tournament in San Antonio.

“Magic comes back to life,” he says, at Alan Aguilar’s music school at Patrick Henry Middle School.

Two years ago, Alain moved to Patrick Henry for the Mariachi program led by Mariachi director Jose Longoria.

Longoria is also the Mariachi Director of Sam Houston High School and the University of Houston.

“Mariachi,” Longoria explained. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Accepting and learning your culture.”

That’s why Aguilar also likes mariachis.

“While playing, you can show love,” Aguilar said. “It’s kind of dying … slowly, slowly.”

But that’s also what he’s really good at.

“Alain is just a good singer and vocalist,” Longoria said. “He prepares that way every day.”

He wanted when Aguilar learned about the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza National Vocal Competition in San Antonio.

“If you’re serious about mariachis, this is a competition to take part in,” Longoria explained. “We had people from Las Vegas, California and the Valley.”

So Aguilar chose a song and started practicing with the help of Longoria. Aguilar practiced for an hour at school, then went to the University of Houston to practice with the college mariachi band Puma, and then at home for two hours.

Then last weekend he went on stage with Mariachi Puma at the University of Houston.

“I was really nervous,” Aguilar said. “I felt like my legs were getting cold and I couldn’t walk.”

But he was able to dance and sing … and he nailed it.

“Yes! I did my best! People started applauding, and it feels good,” he said.

Aguilar ranked first in his age group, including $ 300 checks and trophies.

“I’m proud,” says Aguilar. “I was worth it, like all the time and money I spent on music.”

7th grade HISD mariachi singer to get national props

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