Hernandez helps students find life lessons in music

December 7, 2013 • Local News

Jose Luis Hernandez is one of the founding fathers of S.O.Y Mariachi. (Jessica Palmer Photo)

José Luis Hernandez is the soul of patience. He waited patiently as this reporter finished writing a quote. It is this is the same patience he uses when he instructs children at S.O.Y. Mariachi. He teaches guitar and vocals to all ages, all groups, from beginners to advanced students.

Hernandez is one of the founders of S.O.Y. Mariachi, along with Paul Fresquez, Edubina Morales and Bobby Villages. He is the one who came up with the name, S.O.Y., that stands for Save Our Youth. The goal is to help today’s youth and encourage the six pillars of Character Counts.

Hernandez is an accomplished musician. He plays the bajo sexto, a stringed instrument with 12 strings in double courses used in Norteño music; the vihuela, a small guitar which is used almost exclusively in mariachi music; and the electric base. He is learning to play the accordion, although he confesses he hasn’t developed confidence with the instrument.

He has played with a number of different bands. Two are Impacto Norteño and Los Amigos de Pueblo.

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