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Luis Talamantes

Instructor for Mariachi de Pacific Program


Phone: 209.946.2268


Luis "Tito" Talamantes is the instructor for the Mariachi de Pacific program at Pacific Community Music School.

Mr. Talamantes has been a Mariachi Educator for Stockton Unified School District since 2014. His ensembles have been invited to the White House (2016) and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2018) and have placed in many national competitions. In 2017, a video Mr. Talamantes released of his high school Mariachi ensemble garnered the attention of NPR's From the Top CEO, Gerald Slavet.

Prior to teaching, Mr. Talamantes was a professional studio musician performing and recording with El Regimen Sinaloense under the Sinacal Label where some of his tracks made placements on FX Network's "The Bridge." While a member of El Regimen Sinaloense, he toured with top Regional Mexicano acts such as Banda MS and Chuy Lizarraga. It was while working as a studio musician in Montebello California that he arranged music for Alfredo Olivas's sold out tour "Dos Mundos una Historia." 

In an effort to share, promote, and make accessible culturally-responsive educational material, Mr. Talamantes created where he shares all of his arrangements and transcriptions for music educators at no cost. Since the website's launch, Mr. Talamantes' arrangements have been played by numerous ensembles in the Midwest, Colorado, and even by Cornell University's Big Red Marching Band.