Mariachi is in reference to a genre of traditional Mexican folk music. Mariachi bands often vary on size depending on the availability of musicians, though the standard size for a full mariachi band is 12 members with 6 violins, 3 trumpets, 1 guitarron, 1 guitar and 1 vihuela. However, often there are variations on these ensembles with additional brass, specifically trombones and tuba (or often a sousaphone.) Mariachi is often used for parties, celebrations and festivals, but is also seen in the Catholic Church for masses.

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