Members

Amanda Perozo Violin, Head of Traditions
 

Amanda is a junior at Wiess College. She is majoring in Biochemistry and aspires to become a doctor one day. Her journey with the violin began at the ripe age of eleven, her love for music growing tenderly with every note. Born a proud Venezuelan, she wanted to feel more connected to her fellow Hispanics, so she ventured out of the land of classical music, discovering the beauty of Mariachi music. She is incredibly grateful for this opportunity to expand her musical repertoire and cultural knowledge!

Andrea Galindo-Escamilla Voice/Guitar
 
Andrea was born and raised in Guadalajara, the birthplace of mariachi. She has a masters in Ecological Restoration from UNAM, is currently the coordinator of CENHS at Rice, and her passion is in the performing arts. She began singing at a very early age and recently learned to play the guitar. Andrea enjoys being part of the mariachi to share her culture with her daughter and the Houston community.
Cesar Zapata Guitar, President
 
Gabriel Gomide Trumpet

 


Gabriel is a junior at McMurty, studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology with hopes of attending medical school. He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and is familiar with the style and culture of mariachi music. He is excited to have found not only a musical group to continue playing with, but a mariachi family to grow with.
Ian Frankel Guitarrón
 
Ian is a senior at Martel College currently majoring in Civil Engineering. From Dallas, Texas, he also plays intramural flag football for Martel. Ian joined Mariachi Luna Llena to learn a little bit of Spanish while having fun playing music with people!
Kevin Li Violin
 
Kevin is a senior from Wiess College majoring in Computer Science. Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, Kevin is classically trained and has played violin for over 11 years. Although he makes pop arrangements and busks in his free time, he has never before played mariachi music. However, he always loves to try new musical styles and has found mariachi extremely enjoyable.
Matthew Anaya Violin

Matthew is a junior at McMurtry College and is currently studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology with the goal of going to medical school. Raised in El Paso, Texas, mariachi music was never far away. Although he was classically trained in violin starting in the 5th grade, he had never actually played in a mariachi group until college. He joined Mariachi Luna Llena because it allows him to combine his love of music with his desire to learn more about and share his cultural heritage. Matthew loves being a part of the Luna Llena family and is looking forward to making more music and having fun.

Peter Suzuki Guitar/Vihuela
 
Peter is a senior at Martel College currently pursuing a degree in Bioengineering. He was classically trained in violin growing up, but Peter now mainly plays vihuela and guitar with Luna Llena. Hailing from the suburbs of D.C., he first joined to better connect with his Mexican-American heritage through music. He loves playing with the group to experience mariachi culture, become closer with the greater Houston community, and have a blast with his fellow mariachis!

 

Rachel Salaiz Guitar/Voice, Musical Director
 
Rachel is a Houston-area native and graduated from Texas Tech University with degrees in Mathematics and Vocal Performance. She hopes to one day be part of the Houston Grand Opera family. Her mariachi and guitar career began at Texas Tech where she was a part of Mariachi Los Matadores and Mariachi Mexico Lindo. She is very excited to be a part of the Rice community and part of Mariachi Luna Llena!
Romeo Garza Guitar
 
Romeo (pronounced like the singer, not the Shakespearean hero) graduated in 2017 with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and was a member of Jones College. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, there has been no shortage of listening to mariachi in his life. That being said, Romeo is incredibly proud to have started playing guitar two years ago to allow him to actually play mariachi. Playing in Mariachi Luna Llena reminds him of home, gives him a chance to be in a band again, and most importantly allows him to share music and an important part of his heritage with others.
Sam Rossum Guitar, Treasurer

 

Sam is a sophomore at McMurtry college and is considering a major in Economics. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, he had no prior experience in Mariachi, but has enjoyed playing guitar in various settings for many years. Sam has gained a new admiration for Mariachi music, and he looks forward to having fun while playing music throughout Houston!
Steven Schara Trumpet
 
Steven is a Senior at Lovett College and studying Materials Engineering and Chemistry. He sees this group as an exciting chance to bond, create, and perform with a diverse group of people as well as an opportunity to explore a great part of his Mexican heritage through music. His trumpet has been a close companion for the past 7 years, and he has no plans of giving it up any time soon.