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S5 E2: John Nieto

John Nieto is the Mariachi Director of Brackenridge HS in San Antonio, Texas.  He has held this position since 1990.  He also holds the position of Lead Mariachi Instructor for the San Antonio ISD.

He is a graduate of Jefferson HS in San Antonio.  John studied trumpet at UT Austin with Raymond Crisara and conducting with Paula Crider and Glenn Richter.  He was a member of the Longhorn Band and was principal trumpet of the Symphonic Band and played 1st trumpet in the Wind Ensmeble.

His groups have placed in various competitions all over Texas, New Mexico and Florida.  Several of his trumpet players have also earned a spot in the All State band, the last one being his son John Jr.

John is also a member of ASCAP for his compositions and arrangments that have been published including Mariachi Philharmonic, Mariachi Christmas, Dominique's Dance, Mi Caballito and La Fiesta De Cuerdas.

In the past years he has not only arranged hundreds of pieces for all levelsm but also created resources for all levels including music theory exercises and a beginner method which is in preproduction to be published. He also has composed music for beginner marachi which require as few as five notes to perform.

John has also served as copyist, typesetter, arranger and trumpet instructor for the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular since the year 2000.  He has also served as a trumpet instructor at other mariachi conferences including the Tucson International Mariachi Conference and the Las Cruces Mariachi Conference.  He has served a judge and clinician for various regions in the state of Texas.

John's mariachi journey began when he was taken against his will by his parents to rehearsals of Mariachi Infantil Guadalupano.  In the span of 42 years, he has performed in Europe, Asia, Mexico and all over the US.

His greatest joy comes from his God and his family which includes his wife Margaret, son John Jr., daughter Margaret, son Raymond and daughter Dominique.

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