“We are a group with a passion for music and culture. Our mission is to enrich the WSU campus culture by providing a space for students to enjoy a very important aspect of Mexican culture.”
-Natalie Valdez, co-founder
Mariachi Leones del Monte RSO
Founded as an RSO (Registered Student Organization) in Fall 2022, Mariachi Leones del Monte began rehearsing in January of 2023 with their first public performances on Valentine’s Day at local restaurants. Since then, they have had several performances on the Pullman campus and in the community. A highlight of the spring semester was the Spring “Tocada Informal” where the group hosted a visit by the Grandview High School Mariachi. In fall 2023, the group was awarded for its performance in the National Lentil Festival Parade.
There is no audition required, only an interest in learning about and celebrating mariachi and related culture. Students have the option to earn a credit for participation in Mariachi Leones del Monte by enrolling in MUS 435 sec 6 (FA 23)
Mariachi Leones del Monte has performed at:
• National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) Closing Ceremony
• Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum WSU
• “Tocada Informal” with special guests Grandview High School Mariachi
• Cinco de Mayo Celebration in collaboration with Mujeres Unidas, MECHA, CAMP and WSU’s Ballet Folklorico
• McNair Scholars Program graduation celebration.
“Mariachi Leones” is grateful to the WSU School of Music for embracing the ensemble with a home to rehearse and ongoing support from CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) for the purchase of instruments and trajes.
Contact: Darryl Singleton