New New York City chancellor also plays mariachi, sings

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 08:20AM
In 2016, Richard Carranza belted out a song in Spanish alongside a mariachi band during his first day as superintendent of schools in Houston, Texas.

NEW YORK - New York City's new school chancellor is bringing more than just his ideas on education. He's also bringing his musical talents.

It turns out Richard Carranza is a mariachi singer!

"I've been a mariachi musician since the age of 6," said Carranza during the press conference announcing his appointment.

Carranza said that his father was also a guitar player, and it was his family who gave him the passion for mariachi.

Newschool chancellor speaks about playing mariachi

He even played in college to help pay the bills.

"If I am asked to sing chances are I'm gonna sing. If I'm asked to play, chances are I'm gonna play," said Carranza. "And if I'm not asked to sing or play, chances are I'm gonna sing and play!"

Carranza was also the 2016 inductee into the Tuscon International Mariachi Conference's Hall of Fame.

According to a local report, a school in White Plains, New York has the only mariachi band in the state.

And yes, the chancellor DID play for Mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray.
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