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An innovative collaboration with the legendary
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán de Guadalajara, México and
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) has paved
the way for a first-ever Artist in Residence Program
and an array of mariachi music learning and outreach
This October, TAMIU entered into an historic
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mariachi
Nuevo Tecalitlán initiating a stunning spectrum of
activities on campus and in the community.
First and foremost, is an Artist in Residence
Program at TAMIU November-April. It will provide
remarkable coaching and mentoring opportunities
on campus and with Laredo and United Independent
School Districts.
The collaboration also makes possible a
workshop, competition and special grand finale public
concert performance in April with the Mariachi Nuevo
Tecalitlán, the Laredo Phil and workshop participants.
TAMIU Launches Collaboration with
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán de Guadalajara
On Election Day, 2014, Laredo voters agreed
to extend the sports venue tax, to continue to pay
that tax, to enhance the quality of life in our city. The
idea is neither revolutionary nor audacious. Cities
and counties throughout Texas have collaborated to
create, with universities, venues for recreation and
A complex of the first class to house tennis
and baseball will be built at TAMIU. Teams and
tournaments, parents and families, students and
citizens will enjoy this complex, a collaborative
between the University (the State of Texas) and the
City of Laredo. Our downtown satellite, Casa Ortiz,
was saved for future generations because the County
of Webb and the University achieved a similarly
cooperative agreement.
Dr. Ray Keck, III
We at the University hope that the building of
this sports complex at TAMIU will inaugurate a new
era of collaboration, of trust, and of growth. We must
hang together. Free and independent, but together.
Message from the Pres i dent