The Gluck Mariachi Ensemble is a group of six student musicians performing music from various regions of Mexico. Their repertoire includes songs in a variety of different musical styles including sones jalicienses, huapangos, boleros and rancheras. They perform outfitted in the characteristic traje de charro, playing a mix of Western instruments such as the violin, guitar and trumpet as well as instruments specific to mariachi such as the vihuela and guitarrón. The Gluck Mariachi Ensemble is the latest group in a 50 year tradition of student mariachi groups at UCLA, which housed the first student mariachi in the United States in 1961. They are committed to educating the public of the culture and history of Mexico through its music.
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