Mariachi music is the sound of El Paso, and four Socorro Independent School District mariachi groups recently got the chance to represent the Sun City at the first-ever UIL State Mariachi Festival in San Antonio. The bands from Socorro, El Dorado, Eastlake and Montwood high schools went head-to-head against 54 other Texas schools.

SISD's Director of Fine Arts said “ shows our district strongly supports mariachi programs.”

The bands were judged on instrumentation, their costumes, and stage presence, with scoring from 1 to 5. All four of the SISD mariachi groups earned a 2 rating.

The Eastlake group was formed just a year ago, and Eastlake student Blanca Alvidrez earned a gold medal for Outstanding Vocalist at State.

Congratulations to all the students who competed!