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George Barrera  was born in Los Angeles Ca. Barrera has been an active mariachi musician for over 20 years.  He started his musical education when he was 14 years old at  Belvedere Junior High, at this point he started playing with Mariachi Olimpico.   Then Barrera continued his musical education while attending  Roosevelt High School while proceeding to playing with the  same mariachi group.

He has performed with many important mariachi groups such as Mariachi Internacional de Mexico, Mariachi Serenata Mexicana, and Mariachi Espectacular de Cindy Shea.  He has been honored to record for Jose Hernandez de Mariachi Sol De Mexico and has also recorded songs for Lupillo Rivera and Jenny Rivera.   He has performed on TV shows such as Glee, How I Met Your Mother,  and About a Boy.  He has also accompanied various singers such as Alex Fernandez, Cheli Madrid, Paquita La del Barrio, Marco Antonio Solis, Shaila Durcal and Ramon Ayala.  He has also performed with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan when accompanying Luis Miguel during his tours.   Currently, he continues to perform in many parts of the world with Mariachi Los Reyes de Jorge Alvarez. 

 Ruben Hernandez began his musical career at the age 13, becoming a member of his middle school Orchestra. Later, he moved on to become a member of the Jazz Band where he earned numerous solo awards competing at a high school level. Hernandez then joined a “Juvenil” Mariachi group, where he played trumpet and was later switched to guitarrón. His prior musical experience helped him “rise in the ranks” to perform at a professional level at age 17. He was also a member of the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program, a City Of San Fernando youth mariachi program taught by members of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. 

Over the years, Ruben has performed at the most prestigious venues in the United States and Mexico, including The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California and Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He has also had the opportunity to accompany numerous Mexican and Latin-recording artists such as Jose Feliciano, Angeles Ochoa, Graciela Beltran, Beatriz Adriana, Maribel Guardia, Paquita La Del Barrio, Jenni Rivera, and Pepe Aguilar. Ruben has recorded for various local singers and Mariachis, and has worked with J.D. Mata on his film “Pan Dulce.” Ruben has performed at the professional level alongside Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Mariachi Cobre, and other world renowned Mariachis. Hernandez has had the privilege to share his knowledge at various conferences in California and Texas. Currently, he is an instructor at the Jose Hernandez Mariachi Academy, where he is able to share his passion for education with students throughout the city of Santa Ana

​​​​Ruben Hernandez - Guitarrón

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George Barrera - Armonía 

Juan Rodriguez - Violin 

Mariachi Juvenil de San Diego 

Juan G. Rodriguez was born in Tlatenango, Zacatecas, México. Rodriguez’s father and uncles were all musicians whom later inspired him to learn violin at the age of 8. 

 As a child, he never expected to progress this far in his musical career, “Cuando llegue a los Estados Unidos, me di cuenta que quería saber mas. Aprendí poco a poco con ganas de superación.” When he immigrated to the U. S., he started playing with his uncle in Mariachi Nuevo Zapopan in Fresno, California and was later part of Mariachi Los Toritos de Ramon Ibarra.

 Continuing his path of success, he later formed an integral part of Grammy Award winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for 26 years, where him along everyone else in the group were recognized by the National Academy of Recorded Arts and Sciences. Currently, Juan G. Rodriguez is the musical director of Mariachi Los Aventureros with whom he has had the opportunity to accompany Beatriz Adriana, Juan Valentin, Graciela Beltran, among others.

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