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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Their sound started 50 years ago and Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson continue to attract crowds in Southern Arizona.

Saturday night's performance at the Tucson Convention Center wrapped up a three-day celebration for the mariachi group that dates back to 1964.

Alva Bustamante Torres said she went to school with some of the original members, so she brought her great granddaughter along to the show.

“So we can keep up with the cultura,” she said. “Los Changuitos started here.”

The original group was the first mariachi band in the country made up of children and teenagers. Los Changuitos stays so young because members graduate from the band once they finish high school.

The music doesn't stop when new members join the group and it doesn't have to stop for the exiting members either. Many returned this weekend to perform in an alumni band.

Randy Carillo, who played with the band from 1967 – 1971, went on to start Mariachi Cobre. He said Los Changuitos wouldn't have lasted this long without the dedication of parents and a volunteer board of directors.

“All the families supported all these youngsters,” he said. “That's the reason Los Changuitos are celebrating 50 years.”

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