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20130104 PHS-mariachi-folkloricoThe Palmview High School (PHS) Mariachi “Los Lobos” and Grupo Folklorico “Ozomatli” groups will bring a Hispanic flare to the 57th Inaugural Parade in January. The Palmview Lobos were chosen to perform for Barack Obama from nearly 2,800 marching bands, musical acts and drill teams that applied to be part of the historical event.

“The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values and diversity of our great nation,” President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “Vice President Biden and I are honored to have them join us in the parade.”

President Obama will be sworn in on Jan. 20in a private ceremony, and will host the Inaugural Parade the following day on Jan. 21.

“We are the only ones representing the Hispanic community in the U.S.,” says Rolando Rodriguez, director for the folklorico group. “What a huge honor. We are all thrilled!”

Mariachi Los Lobos received a first place trophy at the Zapata Mariachi festival along with “Best Vocals,” “Best Armonía” and “Best Violins” awards in 2010. They earned third place at the University of Texas Pan American Mariachi Competition. Members of the mariachi also received top ranking chairs in the Region 15 All-Valley Mariachi in 2009. In 2011, they were named “State Champions” at the state UIL event.

Grupo Folklórico Ozomatli has participated in many concerts and national folklórico festivals. Various members of the dance group have received scholarships to the University of New Mexico and some graduating members are now part of professional dance ensembles around the United States.

“We are thrilled that our students have been chosen to perform for our President. What a great honor it is to have the Hispanic heritage represented in our Nation’s capitol, and an even bigger honor that our students will be that representation,” said Dr. Alda T. Benavides, superintendent of schools for La Joya Independent School District. “We are so proud of all 62 students that will march for the President in January.”

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