What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"My current occupation is the District Mariachi Director for Seguin ISD and I attended school Texas A & M University Kingsville (undergrad) and Texas State University (currently) masters."
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"When I am not teaching mariachi music, I am performing as a professional mariachi musician in the Central Texas area under Mariachi Rayos del Sol."
What city and state were you born in?
"I am from the Lone Star State of Texas and a Victoria native."
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Parents Gilbert and Diana Rojas, and Renee Velasquez (sister), Jose Alarcon (brother)"
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"The biggest challenge I ever faced was believing in myself to graduate college. "
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Favorite Movie has to be La Bamba and TV Show Glee. Both are music centered and reflect aspects of my life that I can relate to."
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I love mariachi music! I also love performing jazz, concert band, orchestra. I love singing Pop, R&B, Country and much more. If it’s great music, I will sing it!"
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite two restaurants here are Dixie Grill for American cooking, and Reyna's for Mexican. I'm Mexican-American so I cannot live without either one."
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I am a shy person. I may seem outgoing in front of a crowd and when I perform I am out there, but at the end of them day, I am a quiet shy person."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
My moms Grandfather
What are your roles in the community?
"I am a responsible for bringing the wonderful music and tradition of Mariachi music to Seguin. I must educate the community on what it means to be a mariachi, regardless of race, nationality, sex,
and age. Mariachi music is powerful and chooses you, so I must be the guiding light to the students and present it in the utmost respectable manner that the tradition commands."
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
" I have 20 plus years performing mariachi music.
I have taught mariachi for 18 years.
I have had award winning groups under my direction.
I have been a part of collegiate groups that have represented on a national scale.
I am an alumni of a professional musicians fraternity.
I have held directorships for previous programs, including university level groups."
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"My proudest moments (are) watching my students follow in my footstep and become professional music educators. It shows that my passion for music has transcended onto them and made a direct impact on their life."
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"This community has a rich history in mariachi set out by Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin and the community embraces the return of this tradition. I am lucky to be apart of it!"
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Seguin's community is close like a family, and pull together to make amazing things happen for their children. The city is also positioned close enough to educational resources such as universities
and cities, without having to be in the hustle and bustle of the city life."
What are your future plans?
"I would love to build the mariachi identity in the community and create a national level program that reflects what I am capable of. "
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"The Mariachi Juan Seguin, is going to (a) trip to Albuquerque NM. This trip is to help educate and inspire the students to strive for more and that through hard work and patience, all things are possible!"