Mariachi Aguilas is the longest running semi-professional group in Southern New Mexico. Under the direction of trumpeter and music educator Juan de la Cruz, Mariachi Aguilas has played a vital role in keeping the enriching tradition of authentic mariachi music alive in the Las Cruces area.

Mariachi Aguilas was established in March of 2000 under the direction of Luis Esuquivel, a native of San Antonio who brought many new ideas and techniques to Las Cruces. In 2002, Esquivel returned to Texas leaving the group to Juan de la Cruz, who has since led the group in becoming one of the premier mariachis in the region. In recent years they have won several mariachi competitions and awards in the states of New Mexico and Texas, and have shared the stage with numerous internationally recognized artists, such as Ana Barbara, Aida Cuevas, Ezequiel Peña, and Mariachi Sol de Mexico.

Now celebrating it's 20th year, Mariachi Aguilas continues to represent the beautiful culture and heritage of mariachi music in each performance, and looks forward to continuing the legacy for many years to come.
Ezequiel Peña: Latin Grammy nominated artist and Espíritu Latino award recipient
・June 2016 - Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference Spectacular; Las Cruces, NM
・March 2015 - Route 66 Casino Hotel Legends Theatre; Albuquerque, NM

Aida Cuevas: Latin Grammy award winning artist internationally known as "The Queen of Mariachi Music"
・May 2016 - Mariachi Loco Music Festival; El Paso, TX

Sebastien de la Cruz: America's Got Talent semi-finalist
・May 2016 - Mariachi Loco Music Festival; El Paso, TX

Ana Barbara: Latin Grammy award winning artist and multi-time recipient of Lo Nuestro and ¡Oye! awards
・March 2016 - Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Fiesta Del Sol; Sunland Park, NM

Al Hurricane: New Mexico Hispanic Awards Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
・September 2015 - Mariachi Extravaganza de Santa Fe; Santa Fe, NM

Alan Ponce: La Voz Kids second place and Tengo Talento Mucho Talento fifth place recipient
・December 2013 - Merry-Achi Christmas Concert; Socorro, NM
Current Members
Mariachi Aguilas 2020
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Mariachi Festival at The Park Competition; Sunland Park, NM
・First Place - Overall Best of Show; February 2016

Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference Largest Southwest Mariachi Competition; Las Cruces, NM
・First Place - Overall Best of Show; November 2014
・First Place - Semi-Professional Division; November 2014

KLAQ Radio Annual Mexican Food Downtown Cook-Off Battle of the Rock n' Roll Mariachis; El Paso, TX
・First Place - Overall Best of Show; October 2014

Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular Conference Participant Showcase Competition; Albuquerque, NM
・Third Place - Open Division; July 2014

Luna County Chamber of Commerce Cinco De Mayo Festival Mariachi Competition; Deming, NM
・First Place - Overall Best of Show; May 2014
Mariachi Aguilas has accompanied the following artists:
Mariachi Aguilas has placed in the following competitions:
・Juan de la Cruz, Director (2002)
・Ernesto Ruiz (2009)
・Melissa Moreno (2011)
・Jessica Ruiz (2013)
・Travis Alvarez (2013)
・Margarita Parra (2015)
・Hector Espino Jr. (2015)
・Joshua Bustillos (2016)
・Anthony Ochoa (2017)
・Cinthia Valdez (2018)
・Rafael Moran Jr. (2018)
・Samantha Costales (2019)
・Gabriel Galarza (2019)
・Deanna Chavez (2020)