Mariachi Sol Azteca was founded in August of 2001 by local Tucson musicians. The group’s emphasis is to educate members in the finer points of Mariachi Music and performance.
Comprised of young adults that range in ages of 18-25years old, its members attend schools such as University High School, University of Arizona and Pima Community College. Although under the direction of Angel Guzman, University of Arizona Graduate, all members collectively contribute their musical knowledge and experience to create one of the most distinct sounds of mariachi music in Tucson. Mariachi music has enhanced their learning abilities, strengthened their character, self-esteem, and given them the unique opportunity to learn about their old rich Mexican heritage.
Mariachi Sol Azteca has participated in many events in Tucson and the southwest of Arizona. In February of 2003, Mariachi Sol Azteca along with Flor de Primavera won first prize in the local Tucson Rodeo Parade and in 2005 had the privilege of accompanying the famous Yolanda Del Rio. They have also participated in events such as, the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, Tucson International Mariachi Conference, Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival, The International Knight's of Columbus States Dinner, Annual Christmas Mariachi Festival and the Phoenix Tequila Festival. Mariachi Sol Azteca continues to donate their time to perform at churches, rest homes, schools, and events that facilitate children.
Mariachi Sol Azteca comprises members that have performed with some of Tucson’s most prominent Mariachi groups. All together the group contains 12 members that play traditional mariachi instruments including: 7 violins, 2 trumpets, 1 guitarron, 1 vihuela, and 1 guitar. The group continues to grow and strive for prominence.
Celebrating their 9th anniversary this August, 2010, the group continues to be an example of dedication and leadership for young musicians.