Clark County School District Mariachi Conference

Elisa, performed in the first Las Vegas Mariachi Conference in the fall of 2004. After her passing in 2006, her brother Xavier was hired by Clark County School District to be a mariachi teacher for middle school.

In May of 2008, the first college scholarship was awarded in Las Vegas.


  • Student must be a graduating senior
  • Student must have been accepted to an institution of higher learning and present letter of acceptance.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers or people in the community must be written on behalf of the applicant.
  • School transcripts must be part of the application
  • Must submit an essay on their “Dreams and Goals” (200 word minimum)

Evaluation Process:

  • Recommendations are made by mariachi curriculum teachers.
  • Bobby and Terri Gastellum evaluate the above criteria and interview the prospective candidates.
  • Award is presented to student(s) with highest scores. (An average of 2 scholarships are awarded each year)

CCSD Scholarship Recipients: