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We are proud to be the official mariachi for the University of Houston-Downtown. Go Gators!

Our mission

Create positive experiences through music for all while honoring nuestra cultura.

Our vision

Use our talent to foster a sense of school spirit and pride in our University, while promoting friendship amongst our community, and raise awareness of cultural music impact on student growth and development.

Our core values

Mariachi Los Caimanes is committed to creating positively life-changing experiences for everyone within and connected to the organization. Our strategic plan honors those core values as expressed below:

People - We are only as good as our people. We embrace loyalty and will recruit, recognize, and reward talented, performing, and committed people. We are committed to the growth of mariachi music.

Passion - People want to be inspired by something they can believe in, something that confers meaning in their lives and in their work. Fueled by our passion, we are committed to achieving excellence.

Innovation - We value creativity, and celebrates courageous innovation. Our performances will strive to entertain people.

Integrity - We are committed to a high standard of integrity, a strong ethical framework, and a deep and abiding sense of respect for ourselves and others with whom we interact. We keep our promises and we deliver on what is promised. We are fair in all our actions and are committed to open and honest communication.

Diversity - Equality and inclusion is afforded to everyone regardless of his or her unique place in the diversity spectrum to broaden our cultural experience.

Leadership - We lead through positive action. We are committed to serving others for the greater good of society.

Mariachi Los Caimanes is open to all currently enrolled UHD students and is open to collaboration with UHD alumni on a case-by-case basis. We are currently auditioning new members!

Mariachi instrumentation currently used:

  • Violin
  • Trumpet
  • Vihuela
  • Guitar
  • Guitarron
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • Accordion
  • Vocalists (ability to play music instrument preferred)

If you would like to join Mariachi Los Caimanes or have any questions please email José Manuel Vázquez, Mariachi Director, at

For questions about performance policy and/or appearance fees, please email

Last updated 7/21/2022 7:37 AM