NAfME and the CMA Foundation Host Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Capitol Hill October 12, 2017

Mariachi Huenachi, Wenatchee High School, WA

Wenatchee School District’s Mariachi Program has been nationally recognized as being the fastest growing mariachi music program outside of Mexico, currently integrating more than 300 participating students ages 9-18.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) along with the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation are hosting a celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month featuring the music of Mariachi Huenachi of Wenatchee High School from Washington state, led by Mariachi Director Ramon Rivera, on Thursday, October 12th at 5:30pm-7:30pm at 1100 Longworth House Office Building (Ways & Means Committee Room).

Wenatchee School District’s Mariachi Program has been nationally recognized as being the fastest growing mariachi music program outside of Mexico, currently integrating more than 300 participating students ages 9-18. Their performance will give Members of Congress, staff, and visitors the opportunity to experience one of the oldest musical traditions of our Hispanic and Latinx heritage. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA), who represents the band’s congressional district, has organized the event as well as their trip to Washington, D.C.

Michael J. Blakeslee, NAfME Executive Director and CEO, and Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO, will deliver remarks.

Members and staff will also have an opportunity to learn more about this in-school music program and its success in elevating student achievement so that this program can be replicated in other schools across the country.

Members, staff, and visitors are encouraged to attend. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

For more information about NAfME visit nafme.org; for the Country Music Association…

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