Mariachi Music Offers Students A Path To College

WENATCHEE, Wash. (December 20, 2013) A school program in Washington state uses Mexico's mariachi music to put students on the path to higher education.

The program in the Wenatchee school district includes a 25-member touring band, eight of whose members have been admitted to Washington State University.

Those eight students are children of farmworkers and could be the first among their families to attend college.

School officials say the class has helped students center themselves and has even helped graduation rates and it’s not just for the children of farmworkers.

Some non-Latino students have joined.

The group, called "Mariachi Huenachi," for the Spanish phonetic spelling of Wenatchee, has played at Seattle Sounders games, in concerts with renowned mariachi bands and for Gov. Jay Inslee.

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