Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Mariachi Studies

Board Members

Daniel Gonzales


Founder/Board Member

Daniel Gonzales has music in his blood. At just nine years old, he started playing the violin and was a standout in his elementary, middle school and high school orchestras. At 15, Daniel joined Mariachi Clasico and became a professional mariachi.

Daniel’s life as a mariachi reached new heights after he moved to Las Vegas in 2005. It was there where he joined Mariachi Plata de Las Vegas and then Mariachi Nuevo de Las Vegas. Working with these prestigious groups has allowed Daniel to share the stage with great artists like Placido Domingo, Arturo Sandoval, Beatriz Adriana and Lucha Villa. Daniel has also been privileged to perform alongside Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.

Daniel moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to teach mariachi in the Clark County School District, and this allowed him to combine his love of mariachi with his passion for helping kids. Daniel is a strong advocate for education and takes every opportunity to reach out to kids to share his knowledge and talent.

Daniel’s career has seen many highlights, and one that he is most proud of was conducting over 400 mariachi musicians at the Clark County Mariachi Conference in 2011. He has served as Co-Chairman and Co-Advisor for the 5th CCSD High School/Middle School Honor Mariachi. Daniel is also proud of being a co-director to Mariachi Los Bravos de JD Smith Middle School, a mariachi group that has received numerous awards and recognition including “Superior” Awards from the Clark County School District.

Daniel is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.