Mariachi Real de El Paso hopes to promote heritage

April 4, 2017

The EPCC Mariachi Real de El Paso and the Ballet Folklorico Quetzales are going to have a collaboration to celebrate the music of all regions of Mexico and promote the Mexican culture on campus. 



Mariachi Real de El Paso performing at the Open House Spring Arts Festival on March 24 at the Valle Verde campus.


The Mariachi ensemble, founded in the fall semester of 2009, is part of the college’s music department for both academic credit and continuing education.

Their goal is to unite college students and community members to preserve the mariachi heritage and promote the cultural studies. 

“Hopefully they get inspired by the music and the dance and that they would like to participate, and keep their knowledge growing and learn more about the history and the culture of Mexico and the different regions and just having that experience,” said Anji Morgan-Thornton, Director of the mariachi ensemble. 

Morgan-Thornton has 20 years of educational experience based around music.


Last year, Morgan-Thornton had the honor of being presented with The Faculty Achievement Award that recognizes professors for their excellence. 

The Ballet Folklorico Quetzales is a private company that has as a goal to support the community of El Paso by providing artists with a platform to teach and entertain. 

Among their accomplishments are, traveling with the Department of Defense to entertain our troops overseas.


They have been in Portugal, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Spain. 

In addition, just as The Mariachi Real de El Paso, one of the main goals of the company is to instill cultural pride and awareness by sharing the Mexican heritage with the help of exciting and moving representations of dance and music, making them a very good pair for this event. 

If this sounds like something you or your friends would be interested in, or would like to learn more about the dance and music of different regions of Mexico, you can go to the event on Saturday, April 8, at the El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center Building A auditorium, located in 9050 Viscount Blvd. 

Admission will be $3 at the door.


For more information, you can contact Anji Morgan-Thornton at 575-650-3200 or


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