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What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

How much does a mariachi band cost?

A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

  • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
  • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
  • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.

How many mariachis can a band have?

A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

Reviews for Washington bands
Kate T.
Absolutely great experience working with Tim and his band! Highly recommend. We hired a trio for this event specifically and the attendees loved them. They were punctual, responsive and fulfilled all expectations. The music was great and well received. We look forward to working with them again in the future!
Great Wayne ProductionsGreat Wayne Productions
Diamond L.
Fantastic experience, we would love working with Louis Pettinelli Entertainment for future events. We hired a jazz quartet (singer, bass, drums, and keys) for our Tau 2020 Global Conference reception with around 600 guests. Louis Pentelli's performance for our event was perfect! Louis himself was very professional and easy to work with, especially with our strict schedule for our reception. On the day of our ceremony, the band was again very professional and dressed for the occasion. The singer was phenomenal—one key thing I would like to point out this their variety of music selection. Louis was able to accommodate their music selection to fit our preferences comfortably. So far, it has been two weeks from the event's conclusion, and we have gotten excellent feedback from our guests on how much they loved this band. I would highly recommend their services for any event you have.
Louis Pettinelli EntertainmentLouis Pettinelli Entertainment
Elizabeth R.
Shannon Gunn, the leader of Firebird Jazz, assembled an amazing quintet for my mother's 80th birthday. In addition to her playing on trombone, we had a keyboardist on piano, a bass player, a drummer, and a trumpet player. Shannon proposed a fabulous set list with old jazz standards that my mother loves, and I appreciated her willingness to discuss the style of music and the tunes my mother would like. The band arrived on time and played two marvelous sets, one geared towards listening and the other to dancing. It was such a delight to have such world-class yet local musicians play for us, and Shannon made it happen! I recommend hiring Shannon Gunn without reserve!
Shannon GunnShannon Gunn
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