Mariachi Imperial de America has been in existence for over 30 years. Founded by the Longoria family patriarch in Houston, Texas; Mariachi Imperial de America arose from humble beginnings, mostly performing at private parties and other local venues across Houston. Today, Mariachi Imperial de America is recognized for its energy infused performances and ability to interpret songs in other languages including Mandarin, Armenian, and English.

Its diverse musical repertoire distinguishes Mariachi Imperial de America from other mariachi groups. Performances are filled with dancing, singing, and often include audience participation. If you listen closely you will hear musical influences from various genres of Latin music and traditional mariachi music. Performances often include theatrical imitations of artists like Juan Gabriel, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, and Vicente Fernandez.

Locally, Mariachi Imperial has achieved great success, thanks to its members and loyal supporters. Among its accolades and recognitions, Mariachi Imperial received:

  • Recognized as the #1 Mariachi in Houston by The Houston Press Magazine in 2005
  • First place at the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
  • First place at the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo Mariachi Competition
  • Nationally, Imperial de America has also been featured on Good Morning America, the Selena Vive concert, UFC, Mis Quince, and Jersylicious. Imperial de America has accompanied world renowned artists like: Beatriz Adriana, Pepe Aguilar, Bronco, Elsa Garcia, Grupo Mazz, Maribel Guardia, Lorena Herrera, Pablo Montero, Patricia Navidad, Bobby Pulido, Roberto Pulido, Nydia Rojas, Federicico Villa, and many others.

    Abroad, Mariachi Imperial de America has had the opportunity to perform for:

    • Mexican Embassy in Beijing, China
    • U.S. Embassy in Armenia, Albania, and Macedonia
    • Mariachi Festival in Vancouver, Canada

    Under the direction of Jose Longoria, the group has recorded three albums entitled: Son de Ambiente, Mas Alla de Mi Mexico, and Que Bonita Musica. Que Bonita Musica, their most recent album, includes recordings of original songs; and popular songs in English, Mandarin, Armenian, and Hindi. It’s precisely this interest in diverse styles of music and a passion for traditional mariachi music that has allowed Imperial de America to reach a wide audience.

    Mariachi Imperial de America is composed of both family and friends. The Longoria family boasts four generations of Mariachi musicians, and two generations are currently represented in the band. Aside from performing with the band, Mariachi Imperial de America members hold full time jobs or attend school.

    Mariachi Imperial's greatest fulfillment comes from bringing joy to their customers and audience members. Along with creating an uplifting ambiance at any special event, Imperial de America strives to create cultural awareness by carrying on one of Mexico’s finest traditions. Viva el Mariachi!


    Our new CD "Que Bonita Musica" is now available CLICK HERE

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