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“Watching this magnificent mariachi band play with a power and passion that I’d never seen before. It was Amazing.”

 

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The Grammy award winning ensemble, Mariachi Los Camperos was founded in 1961 by Jose Natividad “Nati” Cano Ruiz. Mr. Cano played a fundamental role in the development of mariachi music in the United States by training and mentoring new generations of mariachi musicians. The Mariachi “Giant” was a visionary leader that wanted to take the mariachi performance out of customary locations such as Cantinas and into concert halls where celebrities performed. Nati Cano fulfilled his dream by presenting Los Camperos and performing at casinos in Las Vegas, Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe and other places where mariachis had never previously performed. Los Camperos became well known and in 1964, they were the first Mariachi to perform in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 1969, Mr. Cano opened the first ever Mariachi Dine and Show at “La Fonda Casa de Los Camperos” now known as a Landmark in the city of Los Angeles, California. Today, mariachi restaurants all over the world are modeled after La Fonda.
 

Over its 59-years of history, Mariachi los Camperos have recorded and performed with many artist including: Pedro Fernandez, Pepe Aguilar, Angeles Ochoa, Eugenia Leon, Lila Downs, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Miguel and many more. Including, the collaboration on Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 milestone album, “Canciones de Mi Padre” and Ronstadt’s sequel album, “Mas Canciones” (released in 1992), they toured with the singer nationwide.


On October 3rd, 2014 Los Camperos mourned the death of Nati Cano. His passing was greatly felt by followers, students and performers worldwide. Mr. Cano left the group to the musical director, Jesus "Chuy" Guzman whom has served as the musical director since 1992.
 

Chuy Guzman is known for his musical arrangements that highlight the skills and voices of the group. He is widely recognized as arranger, director, instructor, and musician in the genre of Mariachi music. Mr. Guzman has served as head instructor for numerous international mariachi festivals in the United States and Mexico. He is the Musical Director for the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP) in San Fernando and continues as the instructor for Music of Mexico, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Under Guzman’s Direction, Mariachi Los Camperos released a 2015 Grammy-nominated musical tribute to Nati Cano titled, Tradición, Arte, y Pasión. In January 2020 at the 62nd Grammy award celebration, Mariachi Los Camperos took home a Grammy award with their album release “De Ayer Para Siempre” for Best Regional Mexican Music Album.

MEET THE GROUP

Jesus Chuy Guzman
Miguel Angel Lopez
Ernesto Lazaro
Raul Cuellar
Julio Hernandez
Juan Munoz
Jesus Beccera
Juan Jimenez
Mario Hernandez
Alfredo Gomez
Sergio Alonso

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Raul Cuellar

Native of San Antonio, Texas, Raul is a lead vocalist and violinist for Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Raul has worked with some of the most celebrated Mexican recording artists of our time, including Vicente Fernández, Juan Gabriel, Pepe Aguilar and Luis Miguel. Raul’s performance credits include concert tours with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and being a featured artist on the PBS Special, “Fiesta Mexicana”.