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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IS A DAY THAT WE CELEBRATE YOU KNOW AND WE KEEP THE MEMORIES OF THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY. (MUSIC) IT'S NOT JUST A MATTER OF A CELEBRATION, BUT ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND WHY THEY CELEBRATE THE DAY OF THE DEAD, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (TRUMPET PLAYING) "READY GO." IT'S IMPORTANT TO GIVE THE STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE, THEIR CULTURE. (MUSIC) SO DIA DES LOS MUERTOS IS A TIME WHENEVER YOU WOULD CELEBRATE IT WITH FUN COLORS, BEAT MUSIC, NO SADESS, NO MOURNING TIME TO CELEBRATE THE PASSINGS OF YOUR LOVED ONES WE ARE CELEBRATING DIA, DE LOS MUERTOS HERE IN DOWNTOWN GARLAND AT THE MAIN SQUARE.

AND SO IT'S A CATHOLIC CELEBRATION THAT'S MIXED WITH LOCAL INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS AND IT'S BASICALLY SORT OF LIKE A MEMORIAL DAY WHERE WE CELEBRATE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PASSED, AND WE REMEMBER THEM FONDLY, AND WE REMEMBER THE THINGS THAT THEY LIKE AND WE HOPE THAT THEY ARE WITH US IN SPIRIT ON THIS DAY.

THE ALTARS ARE TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE PEOPLE, SPECIFIC PEOPLE THAT HAVE PASSED IN OUR FAMILIES OR IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IT'S BASICALLY A PLACE TO REMEMBER THEM AND HONOR THEM ONCE A YEAR.

WE'VE SEEN SOME TREMENDOUS CHANGES OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS AND UH WITH THE LATINO COMMUNITY MAKING UP MOST OF THE MINORITY COMMUNITY NOW,IT WAS VERY, VERY AGAIN TIMELY THAT WE STARTED CELEBRATING THE DAY OF THE DEAD BECAUSE THIS IS A CELEBRATION THAT GOES ON IN MEXICO BUT ALSO IN OTHER PARTS OF LATIN AMERICA.

SO AGAIN THAT GAVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. NOT NOT JUST THE LATINO BUT THE REST OF THE CITY ALSO BECAUSE BY NOW IT'S RECOGNIZED BY JUST EVERYBODY THAT WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE, AND ANOTHER CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURE OF MEXICO, IN OTHER PARTS OF LATIN AMERICA SO IT'S NOT JUST A MATTER OF A CELEBRATION, THE FOOD, AND ALL THAT BUT ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND WHY THEY CELEBRATE THE THE DAY OF THE DEAD, DIA MUERTOS IT WAS VERY TIMELY BECAUSE UH PEOPLE WERE STILL REMEMBERING THE MOVIE COCO AND HAD TO DO WITH AGAIN THE THEME OF THE DAY OF THE DEAD AND A LOT OF THE MUSIC AND WHAT HAVE YOU, SO IT HELPED TO BRING OUT THE COMMUNITY AGAIN BECAUSE PEOPLE REMEMBERED REMEMBERED FROM WAY BACK WHEN THEY WERE KIDS HAVING THE CELEBRATION.

AND IT WAS NOT TOO CHALLENGING TO GET PEOPLE TO COME OUT ONCE WORD WENT OUT, AND HAVING HAD HAVING HAD THE THE STRUCTURE SET UP, WITH THE CITY AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE REST WAS JUST A MATTER OF PEOPLE SHOWING UP.

AS THE DAY THE DEAD CELEBRATION, AND THE CITY OF GARLAND HAS GROWN, SO HAS THE PARTICIPATION OF GARLAND ISD.

AT THE BEGINNING, WE HAD MARIACHI GROUPS INVOLVED, BUT WE BEGAN TO ADD OUR OTHER DANCE TROUPES AND OTHER SCHOOLS INVOLVED PERFORMING DOWNTOWN, ALL THE WAY UP TO LAST YEAR WHEN WE HAD 30 SEPARATE SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING WITH VISUAL VISUAL ARTS, ALTERS TO BE JUDGED.

BECAUSE WE HAD ALL THE PERFORMERS AND THE VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS THERE IN THE SQUARE, YOU HAD THEIR FAMILIES THERE.

YOU HAD THEM DOWNTOWN PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT, EXPERIENCING THE CULTURE OF THE EVENT, AND TURNOUT WAS AMAZING TO SEE THE ARTWORK THAT WAS THERE DOWNTOWN.

I THINK THAT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IS A HOLIDAY IS CHOCK FULL OF SYMBOLISM UH AND ICONS AND COLORS WHICH MAKES IT PERFECT FOR VISUAL ARTS. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS INVOLVED IN THE CELEBRATION ITSELF WHICH ARE CREATED BY ARTISANS AND CRAFTSMEN, AND BEING ABLE TO TRANSLATE THAT INTO THE CLASSROOM IS PERFECT.

SO EVEN THE MAIN SYMBOL OF DEATH AROUND THE WORLD IS A SKULL, BUT THE SYMBOL OF FLOWER IS SUCH A

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UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF LIFE TO BE ABLE TO COVER THE SYMBOL OF DEATH AND THE SYMBOL OF LIFE SURROUNDED WITH BRIGHT COLORS IS SUCH A GREAT WAY TO JUST CELEBRATE THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AND JUST ASK DEATH WHERE IS YOUR STING? LAST YEAR WE ACTUALLY HAD A MEDICAL CAMPUS WHO HAD A STUDENT UNFORTUNATELY PASS AND THE ART STUDENTS THAT WERE THIS THIS GIRL'S FRIEND, MADE THEIR ALTAR DIRECTLY FOR HER AND INVITED HER FAMILY TO THE EVENT, AND THERE IN THE SQUARE IN DOWNTOWN GARLAND, THIS STUDENT'S FAMILY GATHERED WITH HER FRIENDS AROUND THE ALTAR THAT THESE STUDENTS MADE TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF THEIR FRIEND, AND IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST MOVING THINGS I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED AS AN ART TEACHER.

"SO THIS IS HOW THEY DOCUMENTED THEIR HISTORY OF THEIR FAMILY BY THESE SILHOUETTES. "TODAY WE ARE WORKING ON SILHOUETTES. OUR PROJECT IS KIND OF A HYBRID PROJECT MIXED WITH DAY OF THE DEAD WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO BE BRINGING SOMETHING THAT FAMILY MEMBERS CAN SHOW A MEMORY, OR SOMETHING THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO GIVE TO ANOTHER FAMILY THAT THEY LOVE THE IMAGE.

"ALL RIGHT NOW WE'RE SKETCHING OUT A LOVED ONE THAT HAS PASSED AWAY. AND WHO IS THIS? MY MOTHER, OH WELL, SHE'S IMPACTED OF MY LIFE EVEN THOUGH SHE'S NOT HERE ANYMORE IT'S JUST ANOTHER WAY TO LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ANCESTORS LIKE THEIR MEMORY KEEP THEM MOVING FORWARD OKAY SO WHEN WE FILL IN THIS I WANT YOU TO FILL IN THIS PORTION FIRST OKAY WE CAN ADD SOME LIGHT DETAILS IN HER FACE OKAY I JUST DON'T WANT TO FEEL LIKE A NEGATIVE OKAY THIS IS MY NEPHEW UM I'VE BEEN A LONG AWAY FROM HOME DIDN'T SEE HIM FOR A WHILE SO I MISS HIM SO MUCH I DROP A LOT HOW CAN I TEACH SOMETHING THAT IS NOT THE SAME AS JUST KEEP DOING SUGAR SKULLS OR PLAYING WITH SOME THINGS THAT WE'VE SEEN OVER AND OVER THIS IS A WAY THAT IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE UH PLAYING WITH THE SCALE OF CLASSIC ART BUT AT THE SAME TIME PLAYING WITH WITH MEMORIES AND FOR ME UH PORTRAITS THEY INDUCE ANYBODY TO UH TO DESIRE TO HAVE THIS PICTURE AND THIS THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT AND ONE AND TWO AND READY GO SO I'M THE MARIACHI DIRECTOR HERE AT GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR HERE WITH THE DISTRICT AND WE PROMOTE THE CULTURE OF MARIACHI MUSIC HERE AT GARLAND SO WHEN WE'RE GOING THAT'S THE SAME MESSIQUETAS RIGHT OKAY GOOD SO LET'S DO MEASURES 12 TO 22 AGAIN ONE IT'S IMPORTANT TO GIVE THE STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE THEIR CULTURE AND ALSO TO LEARN PLAY INSTRUMENTS AND PERFORM UM WITH THEIR PEERS AND BUILD THAT CAMARADERIE WITH EACH OTHER THROUGHOUT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS LAST MEASURE IS ONE TWO OKAY HERE WE GO LETTER G TO THE END ONE AND TWO AND READY GO I FEEL LIKE YOU KNOW IT'S GREAT THAT WE HAVE A TYPE OF MUSIC TO PLAY THAT DAY YOU KNOW JUST TO BE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW SEND MOM I MEAN YOU'RE LIKE HONORING YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE LOST AND THE MUSIC YOU KNOW IT'S PRETTY PRETTY IMPORTANT IT IS REALLY CHALLENGING ONE OF THE THINGS IS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF ELEMENTS FROM THE TRADITIONAL YOU KNOW ASIDE FROM THE TRADITIONAL BAN ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR WHICH ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT IN THEIR OWN RESPECT MARIACHI IS A KIND OF A IT'S A MIXTURE IT'S A BLEND OF ALL THOSE THINGS BECAUSE WE HAVE VIOLINS TRUMPETS AND GUITARS AND THEN VOCALISTS AS WELL SO IT'S A IT'S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS THAT WE HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER TO HAVE A HIGH QUALITY SOUND IS TALKING ABOUT THE MUSICAL ASPECT OF THE CELEBRATION AND WITH DIA DE LOS MUERTOS THERE'S A LOT OF COMPONENTS A LOT OF ELEMENTS AS FAR AS THE OFRENDA WHICH IS PICTURES AND TABLES

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THAT FAMILIES MAKE TO HONOR THEIR RELATIVES THAT HAVE YOU KNOW FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THAT HAVE PASSED MARIACHI MUSIC IS A WAY TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THEM ON THAT SPECIAL DAY AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO PROMOTE NOT ONLY WITHIN THE COMMUNITY BUT TO OUR STUDENTS AS WELL TO SAY THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO UM HONOR YOUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS NOT JUST UM SOMETHING THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ON TV OR HEARD ABOUT YOU KNOW ON THE INTERNET OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT WHEN SOMEBODY PASSES AWAY IN THE MEXICAN CULTURE IT'S UH IT'S TRADITION TO CON UH HIRE A MARIACHI BAND TO GO PLAY FOR THE FUNERAL AND SO MANY MANY TIMES MARIACHI PLAYS A SPECIAL ROLE IN INDIA LOS MUERTOS BECAUSE IT'S A SIGN OF LETTING GO MOST OF THE TIME AND IN THE MUSIC THERE'S SO MUCH VARIATION TO THE MUSIC WHERE IT CAN GO FROM SUPER SUPER HAPPY AND SUPER SUPER UPBEAT TO JUST SUPER SUPER MELLOW AND AND COMMON AND GET REALLY GET THE ESSENCE OF OF WHAT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IS AND I THINK THAT ALL ACROSS MEXICO MARIACHI IS USED FOR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS TO KIND OF SIGNIFY THAT THAT FAMILY MEMBER IS STILL AROUND THROUGH MUSIC AND THROUGH THE CULTURE I TEACH THE WORLD DANCE COMPANIES AT GARLAND ISD I SEE JUST THE ENERGY THAT THEY'RE EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW YOU KNOW OTHER OTHER RACES ARE JUST EXCITED TO LEARN AND BE ABLE TO LEARN THE REASONS WHY THEY DID THINGS AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WHEN YOU GO AND TEACH SOMETHING YOU JUST DON'T GO AND TEACH THEM DANCE BUT YOU ALSO TEACH THEM THE REASON BEHIND IT BECAUSE THE STUDENTS GET MORE OF A CONNECTION TO THE DANCE OF RATHER THAN I'M JUST MOVING MY FEET BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST MOVING YOUR FEET YOU KNOW IT'S MORE THAN JUST THAT SO IT'S IT'S NICE TO SEE HOW STUDENTS DO GET EXCITED WHEN THEY'RE LEARNING SOMETHING NEW AND IT'S NOT PART OF SOMETHING THAT THEY'RE USED TO IT'S IT'S THEY'RE BRIGHT THEIR FACES LIGHTEN UP YOU KNOW WHEN THEY LEARN SOMETHING NEW SOBRA FLO CORICO IS A BIG COMPONENT OF EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS THEY PAINT THEIR FACES YOU KNOW AS KATRINA'S TO REPRESENT YOU KNOW THE EVENT OF THAT THEY'RE CELEBRATING UM BUT THEY ALSO THEY MAKE A HUGE EMPHASIS ON THE LA DANZA DE LOS VIJITOS THE DANCE OF THE OLD OLDER PEOPLE THEY DO WEAR MASKS THEY WEAR HATS THEY HAVE CANES AND IT'S JUST A REPRESENTATION OF THE OLDER AGE BECAUSE THEY STILL CAN DANCE AND IT'S JUST A REPRESENTATION OF THEM BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT'S THE THE ASPECT OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE CULTURE AND THE DANCES IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO KEEP ON THE TRADITIONS AND THE CULTURE ARE STILL ALIVE YOU KNOW REGARDLESS WE'RE NOT IN MEXICO WE STILL HAVE TRADITIONS IN OUR CULTURE THAT WE STILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO EMBRACE AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO KNOW YOU KNOW TO KEEP ON THOSE TRADITIONS AND EMBRACE THAT CULTURE THAT THEY THEY HAVE YOU KNOW WITHIN THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES WHENEVER I HAD DISCUSSED IT AS THE PREVIOUS DANCE TEACHER HAD UH DISCUSSED IT WITH MY STUDENTS THEY'RE LIKE MS WE SOME OF THEM HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS AND SOME OF THEM DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS SO IT WAS VERY EXCITING TO THEM AND THEN WHEN THEY GOT TO EXPERIENCE IT THERE THEY JUST BROUGHT IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THIS EVENT YOU KNOW UM AT THE GARLAND CITY DOWNTOWN WAS BUT MORE IT WAS MORE THEY LEARNED A CULTURE YOU KNOW IN THE TRADITIONS OF MEXICO OF WHAT THE WHOLE THING IS ABOUT OF VIA DE LOS MUERTOS AND WHAT THE PURPOSE OF IT SO IT WAS IT WAS NEAT TO SEE STUDENTS NOT ONLY FROM OUR OWN SCHOOL BUT ALSO KIDS FROM CHINA AND JAPAN BEING ABLE TO GO AND SEE AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT THEIR UM THEIR KNOWLEDGE YOU KNOW AND JUST LEARNING THE CULTURE WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND THEY SAW YOU KNOW SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN SOMETIMES EVEN GET FAMILIARIZED THEMSELVES WITH BECAUSE THEY ALSO CELEBRATE THIS BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY

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AND IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL TO SEE HOW DIFFERENT ETHNICITY AND RACES GATHER TOGETHER TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER THAT'S MY FAVORITE PART OF EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE ABLE TO EMBRACE EACH OTHER'S ETHNICITIES AND CULTURES AND TRADITIONS AND I THINK THIS EVENT FOR ME JUST MEETS A LOT YOU KNOW BECAUSE WE DO HAVE LOVED ONES THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY AND UM THAT WE CHERISH VERY MUCH AND WE HAVE MEMORIES YOU KNOW ABOUT THEM AND WE WE WILL FOREVER UH AND IT'S GOOD TO FIRST STUDENTS JUST TO SEE YOU KNOW HOW WE HONOR THOSE PEOPLE AND AND HAVE MEMORIES OF THEM YOU KNOW THROUGHOUT THESE YEARS WE PUT EFFORT INTO IT BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT OUR LOVED ONES AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY TO BE FORGOTTEN BECAUSE THAT'S THE LAST THING WE WANT IS FOR THEM TO BECOME LIKE A FORGOTTEN SOUL OR SOMETHING THEN WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT THEIR LIKE LEGACY AND THEIR UH LIFE IS STILL VERY IMPORTANT TO US AND STILL LIVING ON I THINK YOU'VE SEEN OVER THE LAST DECADE OR SO THE POPULARITY OF THIS HOLIDAY IS GROWING AND I THINK THE VISUAL ASPECT OF THAT HAS A HUGE PART TO PLAY IN THAT PIXAR MOVIE DOESN'T HURT BUT BEING ABLE TO SPREAD THIS IDEA THAT PEOPLE CAN COME TOGETHER AND REMEMBER THOSE THAT THEY LOVE IN VERY UNIQUE AND CELEBRATORY WAYS IS A SPECTACULAR THING TO SPREAD ACROSS CULTURES AND NOW THAT FOLKS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THAT INTO THEIR OWN BACKYARD HERE IN GARLAND IS A HUGE UH IT'S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO NOT ONLY BE ABLE TO PROMOTE THE THE CULTURE BUT TO CELEBRATE IT AS WELL AND NOW THAT YOU HAVE EVERYONE COMING TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THAT THAT JUST MAKES IT EVEN BETTER FOR FOR THE STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES HOPEFULLY ONCE WE GET OVER THIS PANDEMIC STUFF WE'LL BE ABLE TO AGAIN MEET DOWNTOWN GARLAND SQUARE AND HAVE THE KIDS COME CELEBRATE ALONG WITH THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WANTS TO COME DOWN AND CELEBRATE WHAT'S A LATINO UH TRADITION UH CULTURAL TRADITION AND UH WE'RE GLAD WE WERE WE'VE BEEN PART OF IT UP TO NOW AND WE EXPECT TO CONTINUE TO BE PART OF IT HOPEFULLY UH HERE IN GARLAND WE WE'VE WE HAVE STARTED A TRADITION THAT 40 YEARS 50 YEARS FROM NOW WHEN PEOPLE WERE HERE WHERE THEY WERE KIDS MIGHT REMEMBER THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE COMING DOWN TO THE SQUARE HERE IN GARLAND AND I REMEMBER WE WENT DOWN THERE FOR THE DAY OF THE DEAD AND THEY HAD THESE SKULLS AND THEY HAD THEY HAD THIS MUSIC AND HOPEFULLY AGAIN THAT BECOMES PART OF PART OF THE TRADITION HERE IN GARLAND ALSO SO YOU ME MOST OF MY LIFE, EVEN THOUGH SHE'S NOT HERE ANYMORE.

AND IT'S JUST ANOTHER WAY INTO OUR ANCESTORS, LIKE THE MEMORY KEEP THEM MOVING FORWARD.

"OK, SO WHEN WE FILL IN THIS, I WANT YOU TO FILL IN THIS PORTION FIRST." WE CAN ADD SOME LIGHT DETAILS ON HER FACE.

I JUST WANT IT TO FEEL LIKE A NEGATIVE.

(MUSIC) THIS IS MY NEPHEW. I'VE BEEN LONG AWAY FROM HOME, I DIDN'T SEE HIM FOR A WHILE, SO I MISS HIM SO MUCH.

I DRAW HIM UP. HOW CAN I TEACH SOMETHING THAT IS NOT THE SAME AS JUST KEEP GOING SUGAR SKULLS, OR PLAYING WITH SOME THINGS THAT WE'VE SEEN OVER AND OVER. THIS A WAY THAT IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE PLAYING WITH THE SCALE OF CLASSIC ART, BUT AT THE SAME TIME PLAYING WITH THE MEMORIES AND FOR ME, PORTRAITS INDUCE ANYBODY TO DESIRE TO HAVE THIS PICTURE, AND THIS IS WAY TO DO THAT.

(MUSIC) ONE AND TWO AND READY GO...(MUSIC) SO I'M THE MARIACHI DIRECTOR HERE AT GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL, THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR HERE WITH THE DISTRICT AND WE PROMOTE THE CULTURE OF MARIACHI MUSIC HERE AT GARLAND.

"SO WHEN WERE (PLAYING CHORDS) THAT'S THE SAME A SI QUIRES, RIGHT? (CHORDS) (CHORDS) OK, SO LET'S DO MEASURES 12 TO 22 AGAIN.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO GIVE THE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE, THEIR CULTURE, AND ALSO TO LEARN TO PLAY INSTRUMENTS AND PERFORM WITH THEIR PEERS AND BUILD THAT COMRADERY WITH EACH OTHER AND PERFORM WITH THEIR PEERS AND BUILD THAT COMRADERY WITH EACH OTHER THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. "LAST MEASURE IS ONE, TWO, OK, HERE WE GO. LETTER G TO THE END.) AND READY GO. (MUSIC) (MUSIC) I FEEL LIKE IT GREAT THAT WE HAVE THAT TYPE OF MUSIC TO PLAY THAT DAY, YOU KNOW JUST TO BE HAPPY AND NOT SAD A SAD MOMENT. I MEAN YOU'RE LIKE HONORING THE OTHER PEOPLE YOU HAVE LOST AND THE MUSIC, IT'S PRETTY IMPORTANT.) IT REALLY IS CHALLENGING. ONE OF THE THINGS IS THERE'S A LOT OF ELEMENTS FROM THE TRADITIONAL, ASIDE FROM THE TRADITIONAL BAND, ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR WHICH ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT...(MUSIC) MARIACHI IS KIND OF A MIXTURE, IT'S A BLEND OF ALL THOSE THINGS BECAUSE WE HAVE VIOLINS, TRUMPETS AND GUITARS, AND THEN VOCALISTS AS WELL, SO THAT IT'S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS THAT WE HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER TO HAVE HIGH QUALITY SOUND.

(SINGING) (SINGING) (SINGING) MARIACHI MUSIC WITH RESPECT TO DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IS TALKING ABOUT THE MUSICAL ASPECT OF THE CELEBRATION, (MARIACHI STRINGS) AND WITH DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, THERE'S A LOT OF COMPONENTS, A LOT OF ELEMENTS AS FAR AS THE ADDENDA, WHICH IS PICTURES, AND THE TABLES THAT FAMILIES MAKE TO HONOR THEIR RELATIVES, YOU KNOW FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THAT HAVE PASSED. MARIACHI MUSIC IS A WAY TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THEM ON THAT SPECIAL DAY, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING TO PROMOTE, NOT ONLY WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, BUT TO OUR STUDENTS TO SAY THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO HONOR YOUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS, NOT JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ON TV OR HEARD ABOUT, YOU KNOW, ON THE INTERNET OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

(TRUMPET SOLO) (TRUMPET SOLO) WHEN SOMEBODY PASSES AWAY, IN THE MEXICAN CULTURE, IT'S TRADITION TO HIRE A MARIACHI BAND TO GO PLAY FOR THE FUNERAL, AND SO, MANY, MANY TIMES, MARIACHI PLAYS A SPECIAL ROLE IN DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, BECAUSE IT'S A SIGN OF LETTING GO.

MOST OF THE TIME, AND THE MUSIC, THERE'S SO MUCH VARIATION TO THE MUSIC, WHERE IT CAN GO FROM SUPER SUPER HAPPY AND SUPER SUPER UPBEAT TO JUST SUPER SUPER MELLOW AND CALM AND REALLY GET THE ESSENCE OF WHAT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IS AND I THINK THAT ALL ACROSS MEXICO, MARIACHI IS USED FOR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS TO KIND OF SIGNIFY THAT THAT FAMILY MEMBER IS STILL AROUND THROUGH MUSIC AND THROUGH THE CULTURE.

(MUSIC) (MUSIC) (MUSIC) (MUSIC) I TEACH THE WORLD DANCE COMPANIES AT GARLAND ISD.

I SEE JUST THE ENERGY THAT THEY ARE EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW, YOU KNOW OTHER RACES ARE JUST AS EXCITED TO LEARN AND BE ABLE TO LEARN THE REASONS WHY THEY DID THINGS, AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WHEN YOU GO AND TEACH SOMETHING, YOU JUST DON'T GO AND TEACH THEM DANCE, BUT YOU ALSO TEACH THEM THE REASON BEHIND IT BECAUSE AS SOON BECAUSE THERE'S MORE OF A CONNECTION TO THE DANCE MORE THAN JUST MOVING MY FEET, BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST MOVING YOUR FEET. YOU KNOW IT'S MORE THAN JUST THAT SO, IT'S NICE TO SEE HOW STUDENTS DO GET EXCITED WHEN THEY'RE LEARNING SOMETHING NEW, AND IT'S NOT PART OF SOMETHING THAT THEY'RE USED TO.

BRIGHT. THEIR FACES LIGHTING UP WHEN THEY LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

(MUSIC) SO BALLET FOLKLORICO IS A BIG COMPONENT OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS.

THEY PAINT THEIR FACES AS KATRINAS TO REPRESENT THE EVENT THAT THEY'RE CELEBRATING.

BUT THEY ALSO, THEY MAKE A HUGE EMPHASIS ON THE DANZA DE LOS VIEJITOS.

(MUSIC) THE DANCE OF THE OLDER PEOPLE, THEY DO WEAR MASKS.

THEY WEAR HATS. THEY HAVE CANES AND IT'S JUST A REPRESENTATION OF THE OLDER AGE, BECAUSE THEY STILL CAN DANCE AND IT'S JUST A REPRESENTATION OF THEM, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT'S THE ASPECT OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE CULTURE AND THE DANCES.

(MUSIC) IT'S IMPORTANT FOR ME TO KEEP ON THE TRADITIONS AND THE CULUTURE. IT'S STILL ALIVE YOU KNOW.

IRREGARDLESS THAT WE'RE STILL NOT IN MEXICO. WE STILL HAVE TRADITIONS AND OUR CULTURE THAT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO EMBRACE, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO KNOW TO KEEP ON THOSE TRADITIONS AND EMBRACE THAT CULTURE THAT THEY HAVE WITHIN THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

(MUSIC) YOU NEVER HAD DISCUSSED IT AS A PREVIOUS GUEST TEACHER HAD, DISCUSSED IT WITH MY STUDENTS, THEY'RE LIKE SOME OF THEM HAD KNOW WHAT IT WAS AND SOME OF THEM DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS, SO IT WAS VERY EXCITING TO THEM. (MUSIC AND PEOPLE LAUGHING) AND THEN WHEN THEY GOT TO EXPERIENCE IT THERE, THEY JUST BROUGHT IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THIS EVENT AT GARLAND CITY DOWNTOWN WAS, BUT MORE, IT WAS MORE THEY LEARNED A CULTURE (CROWD NOISE) YOU KNOW, IN THE TRADITIONS OF MEXICO, WITH THE WHOLE THING IS ABOUT OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AND WHAT THE PURPOSE OF IT.

SO IT WAS NEAT TO SEE STUDENTS NOT ONLY FROM GARLAND BUT ALSO KIDS FROM CHINA AND JAPAN BEING ABLE TO GO AND SEE (MUSIC) THEY PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND JUST LEARNING THE CULTURE WAS SO IMPORTANT AND THEY SAW SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH BECAUSE THEY ALSO CELEBRATE THIS, BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

(MARIACHI MUSIC) AND IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL TO SEE HOW DIFFERENT ETHNICITIES AND RACES GATHER TOGETHER TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. THAT'S MY FAVORITE PART OF EVERYTHING, WE'RE ABLE TO EMBRACE EACH OTHER'S ETHNICITIES AND CULTURES AND TRADITIONS AND I THINK THIS EVENT FOR ME JUST MEANS A LOT, BECAUSE WE DO HAVE LOVED ONES WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY, AND THAT WE CHERISH VERY MUCH AND WE HAVE MEMORIES ABOUT THEM AND WE WILL FOREVER.

IT'S GOOD FOR US JUST TO SEE HOW WE HONOR THOSE PEOPLE AND HAVE MEMORIES OF THEM THOUGHT THESE YEARS. (MUSIC) WE PUT EFFORT INTO IT BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT OUR LOVED ONES AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY TO BE FORGOTTEN, BECAUSE THAT'S THE LAST THING YOU WANT, IS FOR THEM TO BECOME LIKE A FORGOTTEN SOUL OR SOMETHING. WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE LIKE LEGACY AND THEIR LIFE IS STILL VERY IMPORTANT TO US AND THEY'RE STILL LIVING ON.

(MUSIC) I THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE POPULARITY OF THIS HOLIDAY IS GROWING AND I THINK THE VISUAL ASPECT HAS A HUGE PART TO PLAY IN THAT, PIXAR MOVIE DOESN'T HURT, BUT BEING ABLE TO SPREAD THIS IDEA THAT PEOPLE CAN COME TOGETHER AND REMEMBER THOSE THAT THEY LOVE IN VERY UNIQUE AND CELEBRATORY WAYS IS A SPECTACULAR THING TO SPREAD ACROSS CULTURES. (MUSIC) AND NOW THAT FOLKS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THAT INTO THEIR OWN BACKYARD HERE IN GARLAND IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO NOT ONLY BE ABLE TO PROMOTE THE CULTURE, BUT TO CELEBRATE IT AS WELL.

(MUSIC) AND NOW THAT YOU HAVE EVERYONE COMING TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THAT JUST MAKES IT EVEN BETTER FOR THE STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

(MUSIC) HOPEFULLY ONCE WE GET OVER THIS PANDEMIC STUFF, WE'LL BE ABLE TO AGAIN MEET DOWNTOWN GARLAND SQUARE AND HAVE THE KIDS COME CELEBRATE ALONG WITH PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WANTS TO COME DOWN, AND CELEBRATE WHAT'S A LATINO TRADITION.

CULTURAL TRADITION, AND WE ARE GLAD THAT WE'VE BEEN A PART OF IT UP TO NOW AND WE CONTINUE TO BE PART OF IT (MUSIC) HOPEFULLY, HERE IN GARLAND, WE HAVE STARTED A TRADITION THAT 40-50 YEARS FROM NOW, PEOPLE WERE HERE WHEN THEY WERE KIDS MIGHT REMEMBER.

THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE COMING DOWN TO THE SQUARE HERE IN GARLAND.

REMEMBER WHEN WE WENT DOWN THERE FOR THE DAY OF THE DEAD, AND THEY HAD THESE SKULLS AND THEY THIS MUSIC, AND HOPEFULLY AGAIN IT BECOMES PART OF THE TRADITION HERE IN GARLAND ALSO.

(MUSIC)

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.