SILICON VALLEY'S PREMIER MARIACHI
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Felipe Garcia is Mariachi Tapatio’s executive director and co-founder of Mariachi Academy of Music. Felipe’s passion for music motivates him to work tirelessly as an educator. His vision is to preserve the rich cultural traditions of Mariachi music while promoting its accessibility to communities throughout the Bay Area. Felipe’s passion motivates him to hold highly anticipated concerts in which Mariachi Tapatio is the main attraction.
Manuel Caratachea brings more than 40 years of musical experience to Mariachi Tapatio and under his direction has solidified Mariachi Tapatio’s reputation as one of the best groups in the Bay Area. Some of Manuel’s personal achievements include touring with world renowned groups throughout the world and serving as mentor for current Mariachi Vargas members such as Oscar Ortega. He remains inspired by relishing in the opportunity to share his vast knowledge with students through private lessons and to those whom participate in Felipe Garcia’s Mariachi Academy.
Juan Reyes is among the best mariachi musicians in the world and his prodigious skills are recognized by the most famous mariachi groups across the globe. His precocious talent secured him a spot, at a very young age, in Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlan, a world-class professional mariachi recognized for its excellence. Since then, he has worked in Mariachi America de Jesus Rodriguez de Hijar, Mariachi Sonidos de America, and many other excellent groups. His work continues to garner positive attention from everyone, especially students eager to learn from one of the best. Juan Reyes is a tireless musician and continues to write original music, polish his skills, and also share his valuable knowledge with other musicians.
Anthony Angeles has been performing mariachi music since the age of 5. His inspiration started from seeing his older brother, Felipe, perform. Now they share the stage as important members of Mariachi Tapatio. Anthony is a Santa Clara University graduate where he studied finance and music. He distinguishes himself by his classical training and attention to detail. His endeavors have earned him the prestigious opportunity be a part of the San Francisco Youth Symphony and the San Jose Youth Symphony where he toured across Europe and South America.
Jocsan Bonales and his guitarron are the heartbeat of Mariachi Tapatio. He is a versatile musician proficient in a variety of musical styles and genres as well as a film director. His talents have allowed Mariachi Tapatio’s social media to engage fans like never before. Jocsan values education and personal growth which influences how he approaches his role in Mariachi Tapatio and as a mentor for budding musicians.
Miguel Chavez is a talented multi-instrumentalist and brings his 26 years of experience to our rhythm and trumpet sections. His passion for music has guided his decision to participate in diverse musical styles and expand his musical knowledge. He has served as the section leader in his previous mariachi groups which has allowed him to hone his leadership skills and push his musicianship to new levels of growth. Miguel is also a dedicated instructor and shares his knowledge with students across the Bay Area. His teaching is recognized for being engaging and suited for his students’ needs.
Juan Guzman is a proud member of Mariachi Tapatio and enjoys studying and sharing the rich cultural significance of mariachi music with others. He is a remarkable musician for his attention to detail and the rare ability to transmit his passion for music through his wonderful playing. Immediately after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Juan volunteered at a Jesuit private high school in San Jose and supported their music department by lending his expertise through lessons and mentorship. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from San Jose State University’s prestigious School of Information. His strong work ethic and devotion to his community drives his ambition to become a better musician, but more importantly, to pursue a professional career that will help him make meaningful and positive change to our community.
Ernesto Gonzalez comes from El Grullo, Jalisco, Mexico. Ernesto’s uncle is none other than Salvador Gonzalez, the founder of Mariachi Tapatio in 1982. Ernesto is one of Mariachi Tapatio’s earliest members, initiating his musical career here at a young age. As a young man, Ernesto played alongside some of the Bay Area’s best mariachi musicians and has continued to hone his craft by studying under world class musicians such as Francisco “Pako” Aguilar, current trumpet player of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan. He has toured alongside Espinoza Paz and accompanied famous stars such as Alejandro Fernandez and Edith Marquez. Ernesto is proud to represent Mexican culture in Colombia, Cuba, and Guatemala through his career as a touring musician.