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Oct 26, 2019

Sonny Melendrez welcomes Grammy winning singer, musician, teacher and visionary, Juan Ortiz and world-famous Mariachi Campanas de America to the SonnyRadio studios. Sonny has shared the stage with Juan and the Campanas, at countless events, including the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards Gala in Washington, D.C..

In this entertainment and inspiration filled episode:

  • Juan shares how his childhood dream of becoming an opera singer led to a career in mariachi
  • How one negative comment from a music instructor fueled Juan's determination to prove him wrong
  • Son Roland San Miguel's loving description of growing up in his musical family is music to any parent's ears
  • Juan reveals the secret to entertainment success
  • The Campanas perform live in-studio, a song that Juan describes as the national anthem of mariachi
  • The radio world premiere of their latest recording, "Ten Cuidado" (El Cucuy) -- Watch Out (The Boogie Man)
  • A special encore surprise ending!

About Companas de America

Campanas de America is an innovative twelve-piece musical ensemble mariachi band founded in 1978 in San Antonio, Texas. Expanding in style from traditional mariachi sounds, the band also uses more diverse instruments including the accordion, keyboards, and a full drum kit. They are the only mariachi band to display an instrument at the Hard Rock Cafe.

They have performed at the Presidential Hispanic Inaugural Gala in honor of the re-election of Bill Clinton, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the White House for President and Mrs. Bush, and the Hollywood Bowl. These are only a few of Campanas' career highlights as they continue to entertain in San Antonio and throughout the country.


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