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A living legend of mariachi, former member of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, professional arranger, maestro and artistic/musical director.
Rafael Palomar was born in the port of Veracruz, Mexico. At the age of thirteen, he began working at Plaza Garibaldi with different groups. While in high school and the La Escuela Libre de Musica in Mexico City he continued perfecting his craft.
For 15 years Rafael worked with el Mariachi "Charros de Ameca". It was during this time when he first recorded the famous song, "El Mariachi Loco" a composition of his father, Mr. Raman Palomar.
At the age of 15 years he had the opportunity to record with his father all the productions of Los Hermanos Zaizar, Federico Villa, and many others.
At age 17, he was part of the Mariachi Latino, working in the well-known restaurant "Plaza Santa Cecilia" of Mexico City, accompanying famous artists, such as Las Hermanitas Nunez, Marco Antonio Vasquez, Manuel Lopez Ochoa, Magda Franco, Maria Elena Sandoval and many more.
As a soloist for the Charros de Ameca his most important work was to record classical music, waltzes and polkas.
From the age of 23 until 46, he had the great opportunity of being a member of the "MARIACHI VARGAS DE TECALITLAN". With them he traveled to many places in the world like the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Canada, China, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, etc.
He has accompanied many artists, among them Lucha Villa, Lucero, Beatriz Adriana, Luis Miguel, Alejandro and Vicente Fernandez, Estela Nunez, Aida Cuevas, and Guadalupe Pineda.
Working with the great Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, was very significant and important to his career because he participated in 35 recordings productions.
At the age of 47 he retired from Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and devoted himself to working as a musical director for Mr. Ezequiel Pena, accompanying him on his tour of all the Mexican Republic with "Mariachi Palomar of Ameca" and at the same time managing the band.
Today Rafael Palomar resides in the United States and in his free time is dedicated to making musical arrangements for artists and mariachi groups as requested.
Was born to immigrant parents in the City of Indio, California. After graduating from Coachella Valley High School in 1985, he attended the University of California, Irvine where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities with emphasis in bilingual education. While attending UCI, he danced in the "Ballet Folklorico de UCI". He has two daughters who are involved in the mariachi program.
"A program like HERENCIA Mariachi Academy, is needed in the community to instill positive reinforcement for young children and a way to keep them involved in positive activities. HERENCIA Mariachi Academy teaches students to appreciate a piece of their culture and heritage, while at the same time, teaches them to play and sing mariachi music."
Frank "Paco" Licea has been a local Realtor in the Inland Empire since 2001. As CEO of RX Real Estate & Paco & Associates he has been in the industry for over 15 years. He believes in empowering sellers and buyers by education. You often hear him say that he is just a "Story teller of the American Dream." He prides himself in helping people buy and sell the American Dream.
When he is not fighting for his clients, he is fighting for property rights. In the last 10 years he has been fighting behind the scenes to make his industry better. He is currently President of the Inland Valley Association of Realtors. He also has been a California Association of Realtors Director, member of the legislative committee, past trustee of the local candidate recommendation committee and currently is a key contact for his local congressman and assembly woman.
When he is not helping people with the American Dream he is giving back to his community. He currently serves as a director in the City of Riverside Library Foundation, director with Victoria Avenue Forever Foundation and giving classes for the City of Riverside on real estate. But his #1 love is his family. His most important role is being a dad to his daughter.
Teresa Serrano was born and raised in South Los Angeles, California. She identifies as a former teen mother, first generation, and the daughter of immigrant parents who is the first in her family to receive a doctoral degree. She holds a master’s in counseling psychology and her expertise is in Mental Health. She recently graduated from California Baptist University with her Doctoral degree in Social Work. She is the mother of three children, one of whom was a former HMA student who is now a UC Merced graduate with a Bachelor of Public Health and a minor in Global Arts.
Teresa is a founding member who had a vision for music and education. As a Ph.D. in Social Work, she is a firm believer that children must learn about their ancestry to feel connected and find an identity. Music is a means by which children can further develop skills and talents that will help them become secure, keep them occupied, and assist them in discovering their own positive paths. As a member of HMA, Teresa aspires to assist these young boys and girls in attaining higher education and continue breaking down barriers that keep many in a vicious cycle.
Teresa’s message: By working in collaboration with parents and community members, programs such as HMA can continue to serve our vulnerable students who continue to need guidance, nurturing, and support to shape the characters they need to be.
Maria Licea was born in Upland, California. Her parents migrated from Jalisco, Mexico to the United States in 1973. From her parents she learned the importance of an education and hard work. Thanks to their support, she has obtained her Bachelors, Teaching Credential, BCLAD and Masters in Education from UC Riverside. She was fortunate enough to complete her student teaching at Garretson Elementary in the Dual Immersion program. She is currently starting her 13th year at Garretson Elementary. She believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is her desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. As a result, she believes in the mission statement of HERENCIA Mariachi Academy as well as her husband Alejandro. They are proud that their two children are part of the academy learning to play the violin.
Is a native Coronan and the daughter of immigrant farm workers. She attended Riverside Community College and graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Along with her siblings, they have successfully run Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant in Corona for 25 years. She is also on the board of directors of the Corona Chamber of Commerce, the Corona History Association and the Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Committee. She is proud to serve and be a part of this community.
"In my family, it was very important to keep our culture, language and heritage alive. I learned to love, honor and respect it, so it's only natural that I have felt the need to share it with others in the community. This program is for children of all backgrounds and through a well-developed music program, it not only teaches them to read and play music, but also teaches them about discipline, commitment, and perseverance, opening up an entire new world of possibilities and opportunities for their education and their future."