Fremont Middle School students carry on legacy after Mariachi teacher’s death with final tribute
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Students at Fremont Middle School pay their respects to their teacher after his recent and tragic passing.
Albert Avila was a pioneer of the Clark County School District’s Mariachi program and a mentor to many students.
Many Avila students spoke with 8 News Now about the legacy he leaves behind.
“He really marked my life, I will never forget him, said Jerry Jimenez, a student.
Avila, 39, died after what his wife tells us was a ruptured bowel in October.
She says Avila helped start the mariachi music education program in Nevada.
The program is the largest in the country, and students and staff told 8 News Now that their success is due to its hard work.
“If I wasn’t confident, he would give me a boost and make sure I felt confident,” said Brisiana Leal, a student.
Prior to his passing, Avila had learned that the band had been invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
The National Music Conference would allow its students to showcase their skills in hopes of expanding the music curriculum across the country.
Now the group is against the clock to raise thousands of dollars to continue Avila’s legacy.
Fremont Middle School’s Mariachi Azul is set to raise $50,000 to attend the music conference in December.
“They are Albert’s angels and we want to send them to a time and place where Albert no longer exists. We want to make sure his dream and his passion reach as many people as possible,” said Dr. Charles Mcguire of the Making Music Matter Foundation.
To help students achieve their goals and attend the music conference, a link to donate is provided by clicking HERE.
Interested individuals can also write a check and deposit it at Fremont Middle School.