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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.

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Better late than never! Sorry this took so long Perry! I actually found Perry via Thumbtack, which I had honestly never heard of. Right from the start I knew I wanted to work with Perry! He reached out pretty quickly and the conversation naturally flowed in meeting him at the Sheraton in Society Hill. At the time we had no date or venue, but Perry was just wanted to meet us! We got to know Perry over a drink as he shared references and different events he had DJed over the years. He started to dig into his references of different places to look. We had been having trouble finding a venue, we hadn't decided to use Perry but he did not care. Later in the week we spoke and he had an idea for the Sheraton - he introduced me via email to the event planner there. It was perfect and we decided on our venue. Perry was so genuine and helped us through this process without any promise that he would be gaining any business. We met with Perry again closer to the wedding at the venue to discuss his setup and how we were looking for our day to go. He was very receptive and asked questions to help him determine what type of music we liked and how we envisioned our day. His ideas were awesome and we knew we had made the right decision! The day of our wedding was absolutely perfect! Perry had the dance floor packed all night long and he really played all of the songs we wanted. I have never seen my husband dance so much! The do not play list we created was really LONG but Perry stuck to his promise and stayed away from all the musicians we did not want to hear. Everyone had a blast and I loved Perry's idea to do a group dance floor picture! Thank you Perry for making our day so memorable and for being so accommodating! We had a blast and really appreciated your hard work!
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