TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now)- Mariachi Cascabel at the Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School has been awarded a three year grant worth $20,000. It comes from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.
The grant will be used to continue developing the mariachi program at Lauffer, which is in the Sunnyside School District.
Sunnyside says Mariachi Cascabel was founded in 2007 and for the past 6 years has been under the direction of Daniel Dong. Over the years Dong has grown the school program at Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School, which today has more than 30 student musicians. Some people in the mariachi group have been playing for more than five years.
Every year Mariachi Cascabel attends and participates in the internationally acclaimed Tucson International Mariachi Conference, where they have the opportunity to learn from, and interact with hundreds of mariachi professionals from across the U.S.