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Mariachi Campanas de America with Guest star Sebastien; “El Charro de Oro”

10 May 2015

Campanas de America is an innovative twelve-piece musical ensemble mariachi band founded in 1978 in San Antonio, Texas. The band (Bells of America in English) was named after Belle Ortiz, the wife of the band’s musical director and manager, Juan Ortiz. They have performed nationwide, and continue with an active recording career.

Expanding in style from traditional mariachi sounds, the band also uses more diverse instruments including the accordion, keyboards, and a full drum kit. They are the only mariachi band to display an instrument at the Hard Rock Café.

They performed at the Hispanic Heritage Award in 1999, 2000 and 2004. Their 2004 appearance was televised nationwide on NBC and Telemundo. In 2003 they were featured in a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush. On July 20, 2005, the band won the “Best Mariachi” award at the 1st “Premios Music Latina Austin” awards in Austin Texas, during which they also performed.

Fan Reviews:

Mariachi De Oro was fantastic! Their dress and overall appearance is amazing. I would recommend them to anyone wanting the true mariachi experience.

– Mary *****

Mariachi De Oro concert was the best! They were timely, professional and extremely talented. I had several party guests compliment them, wanting to know more on them. They did a great job and I would definitely attend their show again in the future.

– Stacie *****

I can’t fully express just how wonderful these musicians are and how pleased I am with their performance at their concert. They weren’t too loud or too soft – just the perfect mix of energy and mellowness. Guests were able to talk amongst themselves while enjoying the entertainment. They mingled from table to table, singing and playing, allowing all guests to feel included in the entertainment. As for professionalism and talent, they are top notch. I would attend their show again in a heartbeat.

– Meredith *****

Sebastien De La Cruz is a ten-year old boy born in San Antonio, Texas, with a strong voice, known around Texas as “El Charro de Oro” (the golden mariachi). In his brief singing career Sebastien has been featured in the media, has opened for the internationally acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and knows exactly what he wants out of life—to make people happy through music. At the age of six he told his parents he wanted to sing mariachi music, and with much hard work and determination, he began learning some of the songs and singing at local community events. Sebastien has proven himself to be among the best young mariachi vocalists in the US.