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La Familia Torres
Mariachi Torres was founded in 2015 by husband and wife, Mario and Karina Torres. That same year, Music Director, Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger and Composer Alberto Jimenez Maeda, also known as “Beto”, named the group. The mariachi has performed for many events, large and small, including festivals in the United States and Mexico. In 2015, Mariachi Torres had the opportunity to accompany Angel Ochoa, one of the best Mexican Folk Music Singers.
The now married couple started their music education in the Sweetwater High School District Mariachi Program back in 2001. In 2010 they joined Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista and worked under the direction of Mark Fogelquist for five years.
The couple believes that music is an important factor in child development. During the summer of 2019, they started a youth mariachi program with their children, both of whom began studying music at a young age. The family offers music support that consists of vocal instruction, music theory and group rehearsals. The Torres family donates their time and brings professional instructors to help a group of children who have been impacted by budget cuts in our local school district. It is their way to give back to the community and to continue to preserve this musical folk art alive.
Mariachi Torres is composed of a single family plus two musician friends, Carlos Hidalgo and Benjamin "Benji" Mora. They have been able to stun their audiences with their professional-level skill despite the very young ages of both children. The group is led by Mario and Karina Torres with the support of Two-Time Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger and Composer, Alberto "Beto" Jimenez Maeda.
Thank you for considering Mariachi Torres to be part of your event. Hiring our mariachi not only helps our family preserve the art, but, it allows us to offer music lessons to other young musicians, at no charge. Check out our Calendar to see upcoming community events for Mariachi Torres and our community group, Mariachi Juvenil Torres.
La Familia Torres
Hours of Operation
Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun Closed (Family Time)
About Music Director
Alberto "Beto" Jimenez Maeda
Two-time Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger and Composer, Alberto Jimenez Maeda, also known as "Beto", has had several prestigious groups under his musical direction and is well respected in the mariachi community. He was born in Mexico City and has served as co-director for Mariachi de America de Jesús Rodriguez de Hijar from 1995-2005. From 2006 to 2014, Beto worked with Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.
Maestro Alberto Jimenez Maeda has had the honor of accompanying internationally-acclaimed artists, such as Lola Beltran, Amalia Mendoza, Lucha Villa, Miguel Aceves Mejia, Rocio Durcal, Aida Cuevas, Vicente Fernandez, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Miguel, Beatriz Adriana, among others.
Beto Jimenez transcribes and writes music arrangements for Mariachi Torres. The family hires the famous arranger for any support that will benefit the group. Mariachi Torres does not have trumpets, like most modern mariachis do, for that reason the arrangements or transcriptions must be tailored to the unique traditional ensemble of strings only.
The family recently purchased a beautiful arrangement for Siempre Hace Frio, an arrangement that he specifically made for their daughter, Malanie Torres. The song "Siempre Hace Frio" (It's Always Cold) is a ranchera song written by Mexican singer-songwriter Cuco Sanchez in 1956.