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How Edinburg North Mariachi Oro continues to stay in sync while social distancing

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EDINBURG, Texas — Edinburg North High School’s Mariachi Oro continues to share their craft even while social distancing.

Since the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD) closed campuses based on health-related information from Hidalgo County regarding COVID-19, Mariachi Director of Edinburg North High School, Abel Acuña has been meeting with his Mariachi class three times a week virtually.

“Our very first rehearsal that we tried to have on Zoom was a complete and utter failure,” said Acuña.

Acuña adds that taking classes online hasn’t always been easy.

“It was very difficult because of everybody’s different Internet speeds and so I had them kind of like clap at the same time as it was just all over the place,” said Acuña. “So, what I did was I started experimenting with different apps.”

And for some of Acuña’s students, just having the Internet is a challenge.

“Right now at the moment I’m living with my grandma because I don’t get wifi where I live so I’m away from my family,” said Frank Ramirez, guitarron for ENHS Mariachi Oro. “Right now, I’m here with my grandma.”

It’s been a trial and error for Acuña and his students, but said he found an app that helps and figured out a way to sound as one by the snap of the fingers.

“So, it’s one, two, three, four, snap, two, three, four,” said Violinist, Nathan Fernandez.

ENHS Mariachi Oro recreated a song inspired by Roma and McAllen ISD expressing how they feel in this time of social distancing.

“This was Mr. Acuña’s main goal was to make someone that’s you know sad that can’t go out to be able to see that video and put a smile on their face,” said Fernandez.

Acuña said if they don’t go back to school before the year ends, he plans to create a virtual end of the year concert for his students.

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