After recently posting on the Mariachi tradition, I wanted to take note of a popular artist that was inspired by this tradition. Herb Alpert was an american trumpeter/singer/songwriter who saw a mariachi band at a bullfight on a trip to Mexico and wished to make music that inspired the enthusiasm that the ensemble pulled from the crowd.

Herb Alpert self funded the project for his first hit “The Lonely Bull” which he overdubbed multiple trumpet parts in a mariachi style. Eventually, Herb Alpert would hire a group of studio musicians to perform live with him and formed the Tijuana Brass. The Tijuana Brass would end up receiving six Grammy’s during their time and would lead to many other Latin themed ensembles.


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