Welcome to the Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson (the ugly little monkeys) website! Widely regarded as the first youth mariachi group, and the seed to the whole youth mariachi movement in the United States. In 1964 Father Charles Rourke originated the idea of youth mariachi.
Inheritors of a five decade legacy of musicianship and dedication, today's Changuitos play for college scholarship money. Over $480,000 in grants have transformed former Changuitos into college graduates in law, medicine, science, education and technology.
ORGANIZATION MISSION: Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson (LCF) is a youth mariachi group whose multiple purposes are to provide creative and wholesome activity for its members; to develop members' artistic talent and social maturity; to instill in members self esteem and pride in music, language and culture; to develop a sense of community; to promote the City of Tucson; to entertain and bring joy of spirit to others; and to provide college scholarship support to graduating members. Los Changuitos Feos organization promotes the education of our youth while preserving our Hispanic culture. Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos will share their legacy and carry it forward for all generations to come who will forever know the importance of what it means to be a 'Changuito Feo'.