We had the good fortune of connecting with Lizeth Dominguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lizeth, what is the most important factor behind your success?
When building a strong team, I consider trust and consistency to be key factors that determine our success. Consistency in our performance standards and expectations builds trust within our team, audience, and community members. In the case of our mariachi ensemble, we create a safe and consistent learning environment where students are encouraged to take risks and try new things.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Mariachi los Guerreros is the varsity mariachi ensemble for South Grand Prairie High School. This program has been in existence at the high school since 2010, and was originally founded by mariachi director Felipe Diaz, who ran successful ensembles at the campus for several years. Many music programs were negatively impacted by the restrictions we faced during the COVID pandemic, including Mariachi los Guerreros. The group faced several obstacles during this time period, but the program has recently seen a resurgence in enrollment and participation, and has become more active in local competitions. The students face many challenges on their musical journey, including balancing other responsibilities such as academics and work, but they remain dedicated to growing as musicians and learning new music to perform for our community.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Grand Prairie is a great part of the DFW area that is sometimes overlooked. There are excellent places to eat and hang out. I would start our morning at The Coffee Shoppe, then head over to El Sazon Potosino for some authentic breakfast tacos. I would also recommend checking out a live performance at the Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market. There are often performances by GPISD’s talented student ensembles. Theo’s Drive Inn is an excellent place to stop by for lunch, their burgers and shakes are amazing. I would finish the night by checking out the Illuvia water show at EpicCentral.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Amy Francis, Fine Arts Director at GPISD, and Sabrina Garcia, Coordinator of Fine Arts and Student Activities have been instrumental in the success of South Grand Prairie High School’s Mariachi los Guerreros this year. We appreciate their support, mentorship and encouragement.

Instagram: sgp.mariachiguerreros

Image Credits
David De Leon, Lizeth Dominguez

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