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Battle of the Bands: Mariachi Los Caimanes vs. Rice! And the Winner Is ...

It was the final game of the Houston Dynamo season – Dynamo vs. the LA Galaxy. The sold-out stadium was full of energy and anticipation when two bands took the field in a head-to-head contest to determine the best college mariachi band in the city: UHD’s Mariachi Los Caimanes versus Rice’s Mariachi Luna Llena (full moon, alluding to Rice’s mascot, the Owls). 

José Vazquez, Associate Director of Student Activities and Director of Mariachi Los Caimanes, arranged for each band to perform a 10-minute pre-game show in this inaugural Battle of Mariachis at PNC Stadium. 

And the winner is … Mariachi Los Caimanes! “The audience selected the winner,” said Vazquez. “The winning band got an opportunity to sing the National Anthem before the game and perform a song at halftime.”

Congratulations, Mariachi Los Caimanes! The win, which comes as no surprise to the Gator community, adds to Mariachi Los Caimanes’ growing reputation as an outstanding mariachi band. To learn more, visit the Mariachi Los Caimanes web page

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.