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Mariachi Los Camperos was founded in 1960 by mariachi "giant" Natividad "Nati" Cano. His passing in October 2014 was mourned nationwide by performers, students, and lovers of mariachi.  A traditionalist and a visionary, Cano played an integral role in the development of mariachi music in North America by training and mentoring new generations of mariachi musicians, by expanding the repertoire, and by bringing mariachi performance out of the traditional venue, the cantinas, and into the concert hall.  Cano's seminal contribution to mariachi was marked by institutions as diverse as UCLA, where he where he taught for many years and revitalized the "Music of Mexico" program, and the Smithsonian Museum, whose recording label Smithsonian Folkways released a number of albums recorded by Los Camperos, including the Grammy winner, Amor, Dolor y Lágrima, and later Tradición, Arte y Pasión, released in 2015 and nominated for a Grammy in 2016.

In 2015, Jesús "Chuy" Guzmán, succeded Nati Cano as Music Director of Los Camperos.  Mr. Guzmán was a close protege of Nati Cano's and is widely recognized as an arranger, director, instructor, and musician in the genre of Mexican mariachi music. He is master of numerous traditional mariachi instruments including trumpet, vihuela, guitarron, guitar, and violin. For the past 20 years, Mr. Guzmán has served as head instructor for numerous international mariachi festivals in the United States and Mexico.  He has collaborated on orchestration and musical arrangements for the Symphony Orchestra of Jalisco and has recorded as guest artist with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.  Guzmán has been a faculty member in the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology since 2000.  

Mariachi Los Camperos was one of four mariachi bands that collaborated on Linda Ronstadt's album, Canciones de Mi Padre (Songs of my Father).  The group participated in promoting the album, and made national television appearances on programs such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Grammy Awards Show. Los Camperos also appear on Linda Ronstadt's Mas Canciones (More Songs). 

The ensemble has recorded nine albums including: Puro Mariachi (Indigo Records, 1961); North of the Border (RCA/Carino Records, 1965); El Super Mariachi, Los Camperos (Latin International, 1968); Valses de Amor (La Fonda Records, 1973); Canciones de Siempre (PolyGram Latino, 1993); Sounds of Mariachi (Delfin Records, 1996) and Fiesta Navidad (Delfin Records, 1997); Viva el Mariachi (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2003); Llegaron Los Camperos, (Smithsonian Folkways, 2005.) Los Camperos shared a 2005 Best Musical Album for Children Grammy for cELLAbration!, A tribute to Ella Jenkins. In 2006, the album Llegaron Los Camperos was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album. In 2008, the group released their third CD with Smithsonian Folkways, entitled Amor, Dolor y Lágrima that won the 2009 Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album.  And in 2015, the group released its forth CD with Smithsonian Folkways, Tradición, Arte y Pasión, which was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album.

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