Sinfonia Mexicana Mariachi Youth Academy of San Bernardino was awarded 2nd place at the San Juan Capistrano 12th Annual “Battle of the Mariachi.” The Academy competed against 10 top rated Mariachi Youth Groups from throughout California and Arizona. The San Bernardino group was the second most highly rated mariachi in the youth category and the best rated group from California. The performance to an audience of 4,000 people comes just one week after their Mother’s Day performance at Whitmer Auditorium at Colton High School. “We are very proud of our students who have worked very hard to prepare for this performance”, said Tony Bocanegra, the Executive Director. “These youth are goodwill ambassadors for the City of San Bernardino.” Oscar Tostado is the director of the Academy and Sinfonia Mexicana President, Maria Saenz is the assistant Director. The Academy is housed at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts and is partially funded by a grant from the San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission. The Mariachi Youth Academy, now in its 7th year, continues to provide students with a music education focused on mariachi music, and mentors students to excel academically and pursue a college education.