H-E-B grant helps bring Mariachi concert to local stage
San Antonio’s acclaimed Mariachi Campanas de América will return to Beeville for the Beeville Concert Association’s next performance on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Performing Arts Auditorium at Coastal Bend College, thanks to a generous grant from H-E-B.
Campanas de América is an innovative twelve-piece musical ensemble founded in 1978 in San Antonio. The band uses diverse instruments including the accordion, keyboards and a full drum kit to achieve traditional Mariachi sounds.
They are the only mariachi band to display an instrument at the Hard Rock Cafe. In 1996, the band appeared at the Presidential Hispanic Inaugural Gala in honor of the re-election of Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. In 1999, the band performed on the Millennium Stage of the Grand Foyer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and returned in 2000.
In 2003, Campanas de América was featured in a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush. They performed at the Hispanic Heritage Awards in 1999, 2000 and 2004. Their 2004 appearance was televised nationwide on NBC and Telemundo. In 2005, the band won the “Best Mariachi” award at the first “Premios Música Latina de Austin.” They also performed.
The Beeville concert is free to all students through high school age and to CBC students with their photo IDs. Any adult bringing two children or students through high school age will be admitted free. Other adults will pay $10 at the door if they do not hold a BCA season ticket.