Mission San Juan Capistrano will host the Sixteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2020. This special event offers a performance opportunity to mariachi groups unlike any other. Groups perform on a professional-level stage at the beautiful historic Mission before a panel of distinguished judges. Top mariachi groups participate from across Southern California and beyond compete before a sold-out audience of more than 3,000 mariachi enthusiasts. Cash prizes and trophies are at stake for the top mariachi groups. Thanks to the generosity of our underwriter, the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation, a travel stipend is provided to each participating group to assist with the costs of participating in the event. 

Click here to see Distinguished Judges Panel from 2019

Click here to see Mariachi Groups from 2019

Click here to see 2020 Battle of the Mariachis Event Information

Three Participation Categories:

CLOSED  -  1. Elementary/Middle School  -  CLOSED
         Prizes: First Place: $2,000
         Second Place: $1,500

CLOSED  -  2. Youth (High School -18 years or Under)  -  CLOSED
         Prizes: First Place: $2,000
         Second Place: $1,500

3. Open (Post High School/College- 18 years or Over) - 5 Slots Available

         Prizes: First Place: $2,000
         Second Place: $1,500


Additional Awards - All groups are eligible to win:
Spirit of San Juan Community Award
Tom Tracy and EJ Tracy "Shining Star" Individual Awards: $250

Each Group will receive:
1. A travel stipend to assist with the costs of transportation.
2. Incredible performance experience before a sold-out audience of 3,000 and a panel of distinguished judges (including copies of score sheets and written feedback from the experts to take home).
3. Fifteen complimentary general admission event tickets for guests of the group. (These are given to the director to distribute at their discretion, tickets will be mailed in March if 2020)
4. Valuable recognition as a performance group at the Battle of the Mariachis Festival all year long on the Mission's website.


Please see below for full Competition Terms of Participation.

With any questions, please contact your Mariachi Festival participation liaison, Mariela Martinez at (949) 234-1317 or eventsdepartment@missionsjc.com.

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Mariachi Group Participation Details & Application Guidelines
Mariachi Group Information

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* 1. Mariachi Group Name

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* 2. Our Group is a ______________ Mariachi Program.

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* 3. Name of Mariachi studio, School or Community Center your group is affiliated with:

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* 4. Name of Music Director:

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* 5. Name of Program Director:

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* 6. Mailing Address (Best location to receive event materials):

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* 7. Program Director's Cell Phone (main contact in case we need to reach you):

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* 8. School or Program Phone:

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* 9. Primary Email:

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* 10. Email #2 (If you would like a second person to receive event communications):

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* 11. How did you learn about the Battle of the Mariachis Festival? If it was through a particular person, please list their name.

Participation Details

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* 12. Number of Participants (Minimum of 10. No maximum):

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* 13. List # of performers and instruments

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* 14. Please Select Your Performance Category: (Elementary/Middle School & Youth are CLOSED)

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* 15. Age Range of Participants (Ex: 12 - 18)

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* 16. Any accessibility needs (example: wheelchair ramp):

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* 17. Song 1: Son Jalisciense

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* 18. Song 2: Ranchera

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* 19. Song 3: Song of Choice

If you have not yet decided on your songs, you can still submit your application and submit your song selections later. (If that is the case, enter TBD in the fields above.) Songs must be finalized by Friday, April 24, 2020, at the very latest. After that time, songs are printed on the score sheets for Judge reference. Email song selections to eventsdepartment@missionsjc.com.  Failure to submit song names and last-minute changes may result in penalizing scores.
Mariachi Group Biography

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* 20. Tell us about your group! Please give as much information as you can. This information will be used to introduce your group on stage, so please elaborate!

Ex: How long has your group been in existence?
How was your group founded?
Where has your group performed in the past?
What is unique about your group?

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* 21. In order to help our staff to identify your group the day of the event, what colors are your performance traje?

Mariachi Group Web Pages & Social Media:
Please provide at least one link so we can learn more about your group!

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* 22. Website

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* 23. Facebook Page

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* 24. Instagram

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* 25. YouTube Video or Page

Terms of Participation
1. Each group is allowed 15 minutes to perform on stage. 
2. All groups are asked to perform a Son Jalisciense, Ranchera and a song of choice. If a potpourri will be performed, please include individual song names for judge reference. If another group has already selected the same song, you will be notified, and you will have the option to change song selection if you choose. Song selections must be finalized at the latest by Friday, April 24, 2020. Songs are listed on the score sheets for Judge reference. If song titles are incorrect, points may be deducted from the score.
3. Directors may not perform with their groups.
4. During your group's performance, Directors may be stage-side or in the audience but are not allowed on stage or inside the judges’ booth.
5. Musicians are only allowed to rehearse in the Performers' Area and in no other location.
6. Directors must check-in between 7:45 - 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event.
7. Every group will have 3 minutes to get in place and any last adjustments prior to their performance time. Directors may be on stage during this time.
8. In order to standardize the stage setup, the stage plot will be the same for all groups. From left to right facing the stage: Violins – Trumpets – Harp – Guitarron – Vihuela – Guitar with three (3) Vocal mics center front stage.
9. Directors or musicians defying rules of conduct or showing "unsportsmanlike" conduct may subject their groups to disqualification.
10. All musicians are invited to perform together the finale songs, "La Negra" and "Las Mañanitas". Finale songs should be memorized. Please, no music stands at the finale. 
11. Directors must be present between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. to accept possible awards and for photo opportunities. 
12. Please submit at least one photo of your group for publicity purposes. Please email the photo to 
eventsdepartment@missionsjc.com at your earliest opportunity upon submitting an application.

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* 26. Required before submitting your application:

Application is subject to acceptance based upon space in the competition and availability of funds. After you submit your application, we will email you within 48 hours to confirm whether your group meets the Terms of Participation and has been selected to participate in the competition.

Thank you for your application to participate in the SixteenthAnnual Battle of the Mariachis!

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