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Keeping the mariachi tradition alive

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Preserving one's heritage is often a challenge in an adopted land, but Ramon Ponce is making sure that the sounds of Mexico continue to thrive.

Ponce moved to the US 13 years ago and is using his talents to teach young students. He has opened the first school of its kind.

In this First Person account, the fourth-generation mariachi player explains why it is so important to keep the musical connection.

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