BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On May 12, students at Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School in Berkeley Heights were treated to a live musical and dance performance by the renowned touring group Mexico Beyond Mariachi. 

Timed to correlate with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, this informative and fun experience takes students to the heart of vibrant Mexican culture, past and present. The dramatically narrated program engages students on a journey that begins more than 2000 years ago with Mesoamerican civilization and continues chronologically demonstrating how time, geography, climate and foreign influence have affected the cultural and artistic modes of expression to the present day. This unique experience has the power to change students’ perception of the country, its people, and its cultural practices.

“This was one of the best assemblies we’ve presented to the students,” said Jessica Nardi, Thomas P. Hughes principal. “It was a compelling and educational presentation full of information presented in a highly engaging manner thanks to the beautiful music, dance and audience participation.”

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With 10 years of experience and passion, Mexico Beyond Mariachi has performed in 10 states, 300 venues, and to more than one million people around the world!

The Cultural Arts Committee at Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School presents a series of enrichment programs and assemblies throughout the year designed to widen Hughes students' perception of themselves and the world around them. The hope is to encourage creative, compassionate and critical thinkers by exposing students to the arts and sciences through innovative programming. The programs and assemblies are made possible through fundraising by the PTO and the generosity of families within the school. More information on Mexico Beyond Mariachi can be found on their website