José Hernàndez foresaw that the future of mariachi lies in the hands of our precious youth. In 1991, he established the Mariachi Heritage Society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to provide a forum for young people to explore mariachi music and experience the value it can bring to developing their minds and hearts.
Under the direction of Jóse Hernàndez, the Mariachi Heritage Society provides quality instruction in violin, guitar, trumpet, vihuela, guitarrón, voice, and ballet folklorico. In addition to providing free or low-cost instruction to students ages 7 to 18, the Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society works to increase performance and teaching opportunities for professional mariachi musicians and to create culturally enriching experiences for their audiences throughout Los Angeles County.
José believes mariachi music is the bridge to instill the identity of a harmonious heritage within our children. Through the Mariachi Heritage Society, the beauty of our heritage lives on in the lives of our youth.
Says José: “We encourage all of the youth to learn how to work as a team. As an added benefit our youth learn about cultural history and heritage of México and the United States. Music instruction provides our youth with a strong sense of accomplishment and self esteem. We believe this is our responsibility. “
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