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Students help create Lawrence University Mariachi Ensemble

It’s called the Lawrence University Mariachi Ensemble, otherwise known as LUME.
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Lawrence University in Appleton has launched a new mariachi ensemble. It’s a dream come true for the students who helped create it. They are excited to celebrate and share that genre of music with the community.

It’s called the Lawrence University Mariachi Ensemble, otherwise known as LUME.

“The first thing that I had to do was reach out to our faculty advisor Dr. Matthew Arau, he was the one who really made this possible and was able to get spaces, and was able to get all the information, and the contacts, to make it all happen,” said Student Leader Alejandro Valdez.

In total, there’s close to 30 members and only a portion are music majors, but those that are want to bring something unique to the community.

“I was really really excited that he was able to create LUME, and I am just so thankful to be a part of this, because it’s so much fun and we’re all learning about such a rich culture together and it’s awesome,” said Mindara Krueger-Olson, a Violinist with LUME.

There’s hope to expand, get out into the community, and teach others about the music and its influence.

“It means the world to me to bring my heritage, and the things I grew up with, into the Valley, and not just for myself, but for others, bringing that warmth and that sense of community, and all of the togetherness that mariachi brings,” said Valdez.

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