Maqueos Music


Traditional Oaxacan music

Oaxacan music bands in Los Angeles are primarily comprised of adults who learned to play music in their hometowns before coming to California. In 2001, Estanislao Maqueos formed a band exclusively for young people in order to teach the second-generation Oaxacans music that many of them did not grow up listening to on a regular basis. Starting with 45 young people and with the support of parents and the wider community, the youth are considered among the best Oaxacan bands in Los Angeles. Mr. Maqueos and the senior students he has nurtured have been key in igniting more youth to learn traditional repertoire. Students include not only those of Oaxacan descent but youth from other Central   American countries. The academy offers year-round classes.

Funding from a 2017 Living Cultures grant will support a female ensemble of clarinets and saxophones to encourage and support the importance of women in music making. Repertoire will include sones and jarabes from Oaxaca as well as classic pieces from other cultures to create appreciation for music and cultures of other countries.

In 2013, Academia de Musica Maqueos Music received a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to support the instruction of thirty youth between the ages of 5-12 in seven regional music styles from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.  Instrument purchases will supplement the year-round lessons.  The co-ed band is featured prominently in Guelaguetza celebrations as well as various saints’ days in the greater Los Angeles area.  

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