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Riverside County sheriff’s deputy celebrates her culture as part of Mariachi Los Servidores

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Growing up in East Los Angeles, Alejandra Sanchez’s family home was filled with the comforting and familiar sounds of traditional Mexican music.

“There was always music in the house,” she said.

Rancheras and mariachi music would fill the house and became familiar and comforting as she and her siblings grew up.

Then in high school, Sanchez followed in her older sister’s footsteps and joined her school’s mariachi group. She learned to play the violin and soon she was singing many of the same songs that she grew up listening to as a child.

Over the years, Sanchez’s passion for the music that is uniquely Mexicana grew and she continued to perform outside of school. But then she began to take the steps to make another dream a reality, working in law enforcement.

“I’ve always wanted to get into law enforcement,” said 33-year-old Sanchez who is currently a Riverside County sheriff’s detention deputy. “It was something I wanted to do since I was a little kid.”

She admits, however, that dedicating the same amount of time to her music became harder and she performed less and less. So when a friend with whom she used to perform asked if she was still interested in playing the violin, she said yes but wanted to know a little more about the group.

“He told me it was a group that was made up of law enforcement officers,” Sanchez said. “So I said yes.”

The four-year Sheriff’s Department deputy became the sixth member of Mariachi Los Servidores and joined a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer and four Los Angeles Police Department officers including the group’s founder, Chris Reza.

We heard there was a video out there of some LAPD Officers & Sheriff’s Deputies serenading a crowd with Mariachi music…we found it and here it is for your […]    

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