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Mariachi Torres

We aim to be the most respected mariachi ensemble in San Diego, CA.


La Familia Torres

Our Story...

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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. Mario Torres entered the Mariachi Program at Castle Park High School with Maestro Tomas Tinoco. He then joined a local Mariachi in Chula Vista, CA with Maestro Ramon Parra, Raul Alberto and Don Manuel Valle. 

The couple believes that music is an important factor in child development. During the summer of 2019, they started a youth mariachi ensemble with local young musicians, including their children, Melanie and Christian, 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 Mentors a group of 15 young musicians. The family opened The Otay Community Mariachi Torres Academy, where they offer lessons to young musicians. Currently we are at capacity and a waiting list is on file.  Our goal is to provide lessons to children who are eager to learn mariachi music and those have been impacted by budget cuts in our local school district. This is how we strive to preserve this musical folk art alive. 

Mariachi Torres is composed of a single family plus four musician friends, Carlos Hidalgo, Benjamin "Benji" Mora, Eduardo Ruiz, Jonathan Bautista and Jose Ortiz. 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 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 continue to support our children's music development. Check out our Calendar to see upcoming community events for Mariachi Torres.


La Familia Torres


Hours of Operation

Limited Time-Slots:

Mon        Closed
Tue          Closed
Wed        Closed
Thu         Closed
Fri           Closed
Sat         12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sun        Closed

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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. 

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. 

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Co-Music Director

Eduardo Ruiz Tostado

Co-Music Director of Mariachi Torres and Music Director of our Youth Community Mariachi Program. Eduardo joined Mariachi Torres May of 2021. 

Eduardo Ruiz has been a San Diego Opera Teaching Artist since 2016. His musical training began informally at the age of 5 when his grandfather first introduced him to guitar, he then went on to study trumpet formally and has been performing in both private and public events throughout San Diego for over 12 years. Eduardo was a Mariachi Ambassador for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, has traveled throughout the United States and Mexico as a music instructor and performer, and recently traveled to Japan and Finland to share the joys and culture of mariachi music. Eduardo cares deeply about keeping the musical and ethnic traditions of mariachi music alive through education and performance, all while providing students of all ages the opportunity to immerse themselves in beautiful music. 

 - San Diego Opera Education Department Highlight