Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has delighted audiences with dynamic musicianship and lively stage presence for the past twenty years. Founded in 1994 by Jaime Cuéllar, Mariachi Garibaldi began as a privately run community youth group with members between the ages of 10 and 15. The ensemble gained popularity quickly due to their constant effort to better their performance and was also one the first youth mariachis to arise in Bakersfield, CA.
Over the years, Mariachi Garibaldi has evolved into a premier mariachi ensemble in California led by Jimmy “El Pollo” Cuéllar, son of Jaime Cuéllar. Garibaldi has accompanied various well-known artists such as Yolanda del Rio, Pablo Montero, Merecdes Castro, Humberto Herrera, Beatriz Adriana, among many more. They have shared the stage with mariachi ensembles and artists such as Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Imperial de México, Alejandro Fernandez, Espinoza Paz and Juan Gabriel.
Director: Jimmy K. Cuéllar
Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, three time Grammy Award nominated and three time Grammy Award Winner, Mr. Cuellar was the violin, guitarron, vihuela, guitar, and guitarra de golpe performer for Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for over ten years. He has accompanied Latin recording artists: Yolanda del Rio, Mercedes Castro, Humberto Herrera, Lila Downs, Vikki Carr, Aida Cuevas, Eugenia Leon, and Jose Feliciano. Jimmy has recorded on various productions, including the 2010 release of Ry Cooder and The Chieftains, San Patricio. His honors and awards include: Featured artist on the 2005 Grammy Award-winning album, cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins, the 2006 Grammy Nominated album "Best Mexican Album," Llegaron Los Camperos: Concert Favorites of Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos, the 2008 Grammy Award-winning album for “Best Mexican Album,” Cien Por Ciento Mexicano by Pepe Aguilar, and the 2009 Grammy Award “Best Regional Mexican Album,” Amor, Dolor, y Lagrimas. Mr. Cuellar received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in 2009.