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Volume 68, Issue 20, Monday, September 23, 2002


Contest serves students, heritage

By Shannon Brinson
The Daily Cougar

Students studetns brushed up their singing voices for the second annual "Be a Charro(a)" event in the Cougar Den.

The winner of the contest, which was put on by La Comunidad, was Homero Gonzalez.

Nine contestants signed up to serenade the audience with songs of their choice. They were divided into three groups of three. The contestant out of each group who received the loudest applause advanced to the finals.

Junior education major Dair Valdez belts one out at Friday's "Be a Charro(a)" mariachi contest. She was accompanied by the band Mariachi Imperial. The event was sponsored by UH's La Comunidad.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

All three finalists received trophies and tickets to see Alejandro and Vicente Fernandez at the Compaq Center on Saturday.

Admission was free with a donation of school supplies for children. The donated supplies are earmarked for the Barrio Student Center, located off of Harrisburg Boulevard, about two miles northeast of campus.

But La Comunidad also had other items on its agenda.

"Our second basis for doing this is to promote Hispanic Heritage Month," said La Comunidad President Adelina Longoria.

Mariachi Imperial provided the music for the night's festivities, a band currently composed of three brothers, a godfather and several friends. In the music-making business for more than 15 years, the band has even been featured on Good Morning America.

Longoria defined a mariachi band as a traditional Mexican band that uses trumpets, violins, bass, guitarrons (guitars) and viheuals, (high-pitched violins.)

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