Remembering early 1970s Changos director Arthur Pepin. (Collection of Freddy Alvarez)


Remembering the Changos' connection to Mariachi Cobre. Changos members have graduated to become members of many groups, including Mariachi Cobre, Sol de México, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi América, Mariachi Royal, Luz de Luna, the Guadalupanas. "Every group in Tucson has been influenced somehow" by the Changos, remarked Freddy Alvarez. (Newspaper article collection of Freddy Alvarez)


Mariachi Cobre in Tucson, c. 1986. (Collection of Freddy Alvarez)


Changos alumni greet founder Father Rourke at Tucson Convention Center during a mariachi conference: Left to right: Father Rourke, David Membrila (not a Chango alumni), Freddy Alvarez, Steve Badilla, Steve Yanes. (Collection of Freddy Alvarez)


The Changos stay in touch: This 1984 photo shows children of Changos alumni of the mid-1970s. Left to right front: Monica Alvarez (daughter of Freddy), Josh Molina (son of Israel). Photo: Freddy Alvarez. Left to right back: Fernando Alvarez III (son of Freddy), André Badilla (son of Steve), Olodia Molina (daughter of Israel)



The performers in the back row are L to R:
 Adolfo Lopez trumpet, Jeff Nevin trumpet, and Mark Garcia trumpet.
Middle row L to R:
 Tony Reese vihuela, Ana Ruiz guitarron, and Dolores Montañez(now Noperi)
Front row L to R:
 Javier Molina violin, Ester Ruiz violin, and Estella Montañez violin.

(Web Master Note: Information provided by Johnny Contreras ,a former Changuito)



1988- Top row left to right-  Marla Guillen, Estella Motanez, Michelle Reis, Jerry Bustamante, Olga Guzman, Edeana Ruiz, Ester Ruiz                 Bottom left to right-  Miguel Mendez, Javier Molina, Salvador Gallegos, Michael Guillen


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