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BIOGRAPHY Samantha Quintanilla, a native Austinite, began playing the violin and singing professionally at the tender age of 14. Samantha first picked up the violin while attending the Humanities and Law Magnet program at Fulmore Middle School in 2006 and instantly formed a connection with the stringed instrument. Samantha received classical training through the Austin Youth Orchestra and through private lessons with the late Jennifer Bourianoff. However, her love of music began early on as there was always music in her life with her father introducing her to everything from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Metallica and Grupo Mazz. Samantha began performing locally with Mariachi Palenque and that was just the beginning. It was evident that she found her passion and began studying at the San Marcos Mariachi Academy with Mr. Frank De Leon. There Samantha joined Mr. De Leon’s professional group, Mariachi Suroeste, and the academy group, Mariachi Bondad. Samantha helped Mariachi Bondad with their first win with a solid 3rd place finish in the highly-competitive Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio in 2009. Samantha’s studies continued as she entered The University of Texas at Austin and joined Mariachi Paredes de Tejestitlan. Samantha is currently working on her first mariachi CD with Grammy Award winner John Ontiveros of KTTK Recording Studio. She is also working on her first Tejano single due out in late 2013. Samantha plays with Mariachi Cocula of Austin, TX, Mariachi Margaritas of Brownsville, TX and with Los Chavez’ in Austin, TX.

career timeline January 2007 AISD All-City Mariachi Festival, Mariachi de Oro (Austin High School, TX)

December 2009 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, 3rd place tied Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan (San Antonio, TX)

2007 & 2008 Travis High School Mariachi Pachanga (Austin, TX)

May 2010 An Evening of Music from Around the World, Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan (Momo’s Austin, TX)

January 2008 AISD All-City Mariachi Festival, Mariachi de Oro (Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX)

October 2010 Make It Happen Benefit Gala with Mariachi Suroeste (Austin, TX)

January 2011 December 2008 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, 3rd place, Mariachi Rick Perry Inauguration, Mariachi Paredes de Bondad- High School Category (San Antonio, TX) Tejastitlan (State Capitol-ATX) May 2009 Forgione Follies- AISD (Austin, TX)

September 2011 Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque, 3rd place, Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan (New Mexico)

June 2009 Opened up for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan with March 2013 Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan (Long Center- 22nd Annual Mariachi Invitational, 4th place: Mariachi Margaritas of Brownsville, TX (Houston, TX) Austin, TX) September 2009 Noche De Mariachi, Mariachi Suroeste (Paramount Theatre- Austin, TX)

June 2013 Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Benefit, Soloist (Austin, TX)

CURRENT SHOWS Thursdays 7:30-9:30 p.m. Taqueria Vallarta 6628 S. Congress Austin, TX 78745 Fridays 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tekila’s 717 E Ben White Austin, TX 78704 Sundays 1:00-4:00 pm Mariscos Tampico 10601 N. Lamar Austin, TX 78753 For an up-to-date list of non-recurring shows, contact Rachel Rodriguez at 512-670-6332.

NEWS CLIPS The South Texan

April 23, 2013 edition


Samantha Quintanilla accompanies Mariachi Javelina (Texas A&M Kingsville)

Rodeo Houston SpecialDays/GoTejanoDay.aspx

Samantha lends her talents to several volunteer efforts. Volunteer work on a regular basis includes: AISD Crockett High School with Mariachi de Oro, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas and the St. Ignatius Teen Life Band. Current/future volunteer work: Sept. 7th - Fiesta Mexicana to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphona Society

College University Category 3rd tied - Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan - University of Texas at Austin

Sept. 21st - The 26th Annual Luthern Fall Festival

2008 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Competition Winners

Sept. 14th and 15th - Cristo Rey: Dia de las Patrias and The Jamica on Nov. 24th

High School Category 3rd place - Mariachi Bondad - San Marcos Mariachi Academy - San Marcos, TX

Sept. 18th - 5th Annual Loteria and Silent Auction fundraising benefit

Go Tejano Day 2013 Winners 4th place: Mariachi Margaritas (Brownsville, Texas)

2009 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Competition Winners

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza: Showcasing pros, new artists

Mariachi academy to compete in San Antonio

Oct 5th - San Jose Jamiaca Oct. 19th - First Annual Dia de los Muertos Fiesta for the Easter Seals October 29th - HWNT Memebership Diner Nov 9th - Feria de Salud Hispana in Corpus Chrisit for the American Diabetes Association

Mariachi Bondad “Popurri te adoro” watch?v=kIQ2eAXWFn4


Ezekiel (Zeke) Castro

Lecturer, Ethnomusicology/Mariachi The University of Texas at Austin

Zeke Castro and Samantha at the Second Annual All-City Mariachi Festival at the Mexican American Cultural Center

“I think she is a very gifted young lady, she is smart and musically talented. With mariachi music in particular she knows her music and knows the styles. I think she has the potential to be very successful. It has been a pleasure to work with her. I think she has a very bright future…she has a wonderful voice.” August 30, 2013

Eli V. Barron

Mariachi Texas and Mariachi San Ignacio

“I believe that I first met Samantha when she was in elementary school… When I heard Samantha play her violin at that school recital, and later, when I met her in person, I recognized that she was a very special, very gifted, very talented youngster. I am always very pleased to see how Samantha is now a very special, very gifted, very talented, very impressive, brilliant young lady…. Samantha brings all of her gifts together as one package.”

Yvonne Saldana

Former State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos and Samantha at the Second Annual All-City Mariachi Festival.

Membership Chair Austin Hispanic Network of Texas (HWNT)

“Samantha is an amazing singer. She sings from her soul, her heart and you can feel her passion for music and mariachi music every time you see her perform. She truly loves to sing for others and is committed to her fans. She has a beautiful talent, than you Samantha for sharing it with your listeners.”

John Ontiveros

Grammy Award Winner Owner, Engineer and Producer- KTTK Recording Studio

“Samantha’s talent will take her beyond the boundaries of traditional mariachi music. Her voice not only shines in traditional mariachi music, I can see her doing the pop scene as well. I am both honored and excited to announce Samantha’s first mariachi cd coming out late 2013.”

Samantha with a member of the world famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan when she had the honor of opening for them .

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