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MSM #120
(713) 743 - 3398

The University of Houston has its own mariachi ensemble! Any UH student can learn this traditional Mexican musical style with its distinctive rhythms, instrumentation, and performance practice. Join the Mariachi Pumas and perform at special University events on campus and across the metro area. A select group of Pumas will represent UH at competitions and conferences. 

Mariachi Pumas invite UH Students and collegiate musicians interested in learning more about mariachi music to join our open rehearsals.  Please contact CAA ( for more information.  

This is a non-credit, non-degree granting program.

2019 Pumas
Mariachi Pumas Director Jose Longoria


Director Jose Longoria is an award-winning performer and educator, and the director of Mariachi Imperial de America. With Mariachi Imperial de America, Longoria has performed internationally in Canada, China, India, and Armenia, and has won awards at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. As an educator, Longoria directs the Mariachi Bicentenario at Sam Houston MSTC in HISD, which has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and featured on Univision and Fox 26 among other notable performances. 

"I am honored that the UH community has entrusted me with developing the Mariachi program," states Longoria. "I'd like to personally invite all interested students at UH to be part of this experience!"

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Support Mariachi Pumas

Text UH Mariachi to 71 777 to donate now!

Or visit the Mariachi Giving Page to donate now!

For more information contact: 

Julie Anderson-Smith
Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
Senior Director of Philanthropy 
(713) 743 - 6878


The Moores School of Music mariachi program in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts educates students, the university, and Houston communities on the cultural importance of mariachi in our region and beyond. We are building a quality program that is competitive with any collegiate mariachi ensemble in the state of Texas. We utilize the mariachi tradition to bring our students and Houston's many cultures together.


Miguel A. Adame, Jr.
Gerald and Olga Balboa
Manuel and Maritza Gonzales
Regent Paula and Robert Mendoza
Morales Memorial Foundation
Susie R. Molina
Alex Lopez-Negrete
Dalia and Daniel Pineda
Jane and Dick Schmitt
Massey and Cynthia Villarreal
Armando Walle
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Spring 2020 Performances

March 7
PUMAS: 29th Annual Houston Livestock & Rodeo Go Tejano CommitteeMariachi Invitational Saturday, 7:00 – 10:00pm 
Arena Theatre 7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074
March 8
PUMAS: 29th Annual Houston Livestock & Rodeo Go Tejano CommitteeMariachi Invitational Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00pm
March 19
KGMCA Gala Thursday, 6:00 – 8:30pm
April 4
Midtown Art in the Park Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00pm Baldwin Park 1701 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004 
April 14
CounterCurrent Opening Party Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:30pm 
Blaffer Art Museum 4173 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004, USA
May 13
Spring 2020 Recital Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00pm