Founded in 1978 in San Antonio, TX, Campanas de America (Bells of America) proudly bears the name of Belle Ortiz, the esteemed wife of our Musical Director, Juan Ortiz. As the group's manager and a driving force behind our mission, Belle's profound influence has shaped the trajectory of Campanas de America.
With unwavering dedication and tireless efforts, Belle, alongside Juan, has propelled our ensemble to national recognition and garnered unwavering support from the public. At the core of our success lies the fundamental belief that "education is key." Campanas de America remains an unwavering champion of mariachi education programs in public schools, ensuring that the vibrant spirit of this musical tradition continues to thrive.
The impact of our commitment to education is felt deeply in our hometown of San Antonio, TX. Several members of Campanas de America serve as instructors in various public school musical programs, instilling their expertise and passion for mariachi music in the hearts and minds of young musicians. Through these invaluable contributions, Belle's vision and dedication to mariachi education have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape of San Antonio.
As we proudly carry the name Campanas de America, we honor the profound legacy of Belle Ortiz. Her unwavering support, guidance, and advocacy for mariachi education continue to inspire us to reach new heights. Together, under her enduring influence, we forge a path where music and education harmoniously unite, nurturing the next generation of mariachi enthusiasts in our vibrant community.