Mariachi Orgullo de America Concert

The Southern Nazarene University (SNU) School of Music presents Mariachi Orgullo de América (Pride of America) in concert Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Auditorium, located at NW 39th Expressway and Asbury on the SNU campus.

Mariachi Orgullo is the first mariachi band to ever perform at SNU, marking the sixth and final concert event in the SNU 2003-2004 Guest Artist Series.

“The Southern Nazarene University Guest Artist Series brings the best in a variety of musical genres to the Central Oklahoma Community,” said Dr. Phil Moore, Chair of the SNU School of Music. “We also wish to provide an event which is cross-cultural, enriching members of various segments of the OKC community with the universal language of music.”

Mariachi Orgullo de América was founded in January of 2002 by Gregorio Hallman, Jorge Hernández, Robert Ruiz, and José Solis. Not long after, six other members joined these men to form Oklahoma City’s first full, professional mariachi group. Since their debut at the 2002 Chelino’s Bricktown Cinco de Mayo Festival, Mariachi Orgullo has performed throughout Oklahoma and Texas, gracing various private events, outdoor festivals, university programs, dance clubs, and public concerts. Mariachi Orgullo can frequently be seen playing at Rufino’s Java Joint, located on 39th and Donald in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Mariachi Orgullo de América members are Chris Black, guitarron; Elizabeth Lyon, violin; Jorge Hernández, trumpet; José Solis, guitar; Robert Ruiz, vihuela, lead vocals; Tina Duong, violin; and Wilma Ruiz, flute.

Admission is free and open to the public. For further concert information, contact the Rhonda Spear in the SNU School of Music at 405.491.6345 or For more information about Mariachi Orgullo, contact Robert Ruiz at 405.579.3693, e-mail, or log on to