Welcome to the world of Campanas de America, where tradition meets contemporary musical fusion!


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

As you navigate through our newly designed website, get ready to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of sounds that define our signature style. We've meticulously curated a musical spectrum that transcends borders, bringing together traditional folkloric melodies like "La Negra" and toe-tapping, boot-scootin' hits such as the infectious "Lone Star Medley." It's the essence of the Mexican-American experience, delivered with our distinctive flair.

Led by the visionary Musical Director, Juan Ortiz, Campanas de America possesses an unparalleled ability to captivate a diverse range of audiences. Whether you're young or old, Spanish or non-Spanish speaking, our performances will leave you mesmerized, often inspiring spontaneous dance floors to materialize mid-show. With infectious enthusiasm and spirited "gritos" (Mexican yells of joy), a Campanas concert transforms into an instant fiesta.

Education lies at the core of our philosophy, and we take pride in our commitment to mariachi education programs in public schools. In fact, several members of Campanas are esteemed instructors in various musical programs within our beloved San Antonio community. We firmly believe that nurturing young talent is essential for preserving and enriching the mariachi tradition.

Embracing innovation, Campanas de America incorporates a unique array of instruments such as the accordion, keyboards, and percussive elements. This infusion of diverse musical elements lends us unmatched versatility and further enhances our non-traditional repertoire, setting us apart from the traditional mariachi sound.

Over the years, Campanas de America has achieved national and international acclaim, captivating audiences with our vibrant performances. Our accolades include being the first and only mariachi ensemble to showcase an instrument at the internationally renowned Hard Rock Café. From illustrious venues like the Hollywood Bowl to sharing the stage with icons like Willie Nelson at Farm Aid, our musical journey continues to leave an indelible mark on the global stage.

In addition to our captivating live performances, Campanas de America remains dedicated to nurturing aspiring musicians through workshops and concerts in schools. We are proud participants in "Grammy in the Schools," a prestigious program presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). You may also find us headlining state fairs, festivals, and theme parks, where we spread the joy of mariachi music far and wide.

Now, as we embark on this exciting new chapter, we invite you to explore our website further. Discover the depth of our musical repertoire, explore upcoming performances, and relive the unforgettable moments of our past appearances. Stay tuned for updates, as we continue to solidify our position as a national treasure, captivating hearts and inspiring spirits.

Join us on this exhilarating musical journey with Campanas de America, where the timeless echoes of tradition meet the vibrant beats of the present!