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Outstanding students will perform alongside Mariachi Sol De México’s concert at Orange County Fair, Sunday, August 8th at 2:30 and 6:30 pm


SANTA ANA, CA (JUNE 1, 2021). Maestro José Hernández’ annual Mariachi Nationals®  return to Southern California, August 6 at Santa Ana College, for a one-day master workshop for advanced students and educators, led by members of Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández® and presented by Hernández’ Mariachi Heritage Society which celebrates 30 years working to preserve and amplify the art of Mariachi music.


The intensive workshop provides students and educators the opportunity to study and perform with some of the very best professional mariachis and educators in the country. At the end of the day, Maestro Hernández, will select a few outstanding students who will perform alongside Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández’ concert at Orange County Fair on Sunday, August 8th.  Click here to register For more information: (626) 279-1700.




WHEN:                  Friday, August 6th from 9 am to 5 pm

WHERE:                Santa Ana College

                              1530 West 17th Street

                               Santa Ana, CA 92706



WHEN:              Sunday, August 8 at 2:30 and 6:30 pm.

Outstanding Student of Mariachi Nationals will perform as part of the program.

WHERE:                OC Fair – The Hangar Click for driving directions.

                                88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


“The Mariachi Nationals is my way of giving back to our community by teaching young students the value of mariachi music, so they carry on its legacy for future generations,” says José Hernández. “But it’s much more than that. This curriculum also helps them with discipline, self-esteem and to generally become well-rounded individuals.”


The José Hernández Mariachi Nationals are made possible by the generous support from L.A. Arts Recovery Fund, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, George Harrisons’ The Material World Foundation, West Music Mariachi, Gillespie Foundation, Conn-Selmer, and Vincent Bach.



José Hernández is an eleven-time Grammy Award nominee and a master of mariachi music. He is a world-renowned musician, composer and music educator who also travels year-round teaching the art of mariachi music to new generations at schools across the United States and Mexico. He is founder of the world-famous Mariachi Sol de México® and America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles®


José is a fifth-generation mariachi whose passion is to bring mariachi music to audiences around the world. In addition to leading two mariachi ensembles, he works tirelessly to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians through the educational initiatives he has founded: The José Hernández' Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute® , a mariachi music Summer intensive and competition which brings together some of the country’s top student mariachi ensembles and the Mariachi Heritage Society, which teaches mariachi music and folk dancing to new generations. José is also the Musical Director of several prestigious mariachi festivals.


José continues to advance the art of mariachi music with daring new compositions and arrangements. His seventeenth CD, Bailando Sones y Huapangos con el Mariachi Sol de México®  was nominated for both a Latin Grammy and a Grammy. It is an homage to the significant relationship between mariachi music and ballet folklórico.  He has composed, arranged and provided music for all seventeen Mariachi Sol de México albums. He sings and plays trumpet, violin, guitarrón, and vihuela. He has performed in prestigious venues around the world and recorded with some of the most respected names in the music industry including Selena, Vicente Fernandez, Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys.


José’s musical inspirations are rich and diverse, ranging from Agustín Lara to José Alfredo Jiménez. One of José’s proudest achievements is establishing the Sol de México® symphony orchestra, bringing this powerful and vibrant sound to mariachi lovers around the world.



LA Arts Recovery Fund

"We're thrilled to announce the Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society is a recipient of the LA Arts Recovery Fund! This major support of nearly $500,000 over three years is the largest in the history of MHS. As one of 90 nonprofits receiving grants, and 15 selected as part of the America’s Cultural Treasures Regional Initiative - seeded by Ford Foundation and matched by local funders - we are excited to continue serving our community and contributing to the rich cultural fabric and economic recovery of LA County!

Learn more about the fund here: and about MHS at


NEA Approves Grant to
Support MHS Programs


DATE: May 17, 2021


Marcela Davison Aviles


 Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society to Receive $20,000 Grant

from the National Endowment for the Arts


Diamond Bar, CA. — The Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the annual Hernandez Mariachi Nationals Summer Music Institute.  The Nationals Institute is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.


“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as the Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”


“Mariachi music education is the magic key opening a world of countless possibilities in the lives of our students,” stated José Hernandez, Music Director and Co-Founder of the Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society. “We’re delighted and honored to receive this essential support from the NEA.”


The annual Hernandez Mariachi Nationals Summer Institute offers a week of rigorous master class level instruction in mariachi performance. Annually the Institute provides instruction from professional, concert level mariachi musicians in the technique, history and performance of the mariachi genre to students from throughout California and the nation.


For more information on the Nationals Institute visit and for information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit

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