Mariachi - University of Houston
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office: MSM #120
phone: 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. 

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.  In 2022, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed July 19th to be Jose Longoria day in recognition of the musician and community leader’s cultural contributions to the city of Houston.

"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 UHMariachi to 71777 to donate now!

Or visit the Mariachi Giving Page to donate now!

For more information on making a gift
in support of the Mariachi Pumas contact

Susana Monteverde
Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
Development Officer 
(713) 743 - 9528 

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