Granate y Blanco
Aggieland Mariachi performs traditional Mexican songs like “El Rey” alongside the Aggie War Hymn at concerts, competitions and social events.
- By Bailey Payne '19
- Photos provided by the Texas A&M University Division of Marketing and Communications
- May. 16, 20221 min read
Clad head to toe in their maroon charro suits, student musicians in Mariachi Anillos de Oro—or Aggieland Mariachi—perform traditional Mexican songs like “El Rey” alongside the Aggie War Hymn at concerts, competitions and social events across the state. The group first gathered in fall 2002 but gained university recognition in 2012.
“Anillos de Oro” literally translates to “gold rings,” a tribute to the recognizable campus tradition. The simple nod encapsulates the members’ mission to meld Mexican folk music and Aggie culture and make Aggieland Mariachi a longstanding tradition of its own.
Longtime Texas A&M University recruiter and academic advisor Roy Lopez ’82 oversees the group and attests to its value for all Aggies. “We have students from all over the world studying here,” he said. “It’s good to have the presence of not just Mexican culture but other cultures as well. It shows we care about our student body and where they’re from.”
As Aggieland Mariachi continues to establish its presence, the independently run student organization needs help paying for quality instruments, travel costs and outfits for new members. Those wishing to support Aggieland Mariachi can contact Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.458.0981.