Kaylee Bucio Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Champeon Vocalist

Lila Cockrell

There was hardly 50 people in the audience shortly after 9 am on Saturday, December 7 at the start of the 25th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza National Vocal Competition – Elementary Category. Kaylee Bucio from Riverside Elementary in West Jordan, Utah followed was the second vocalist to perform that morning. She followed her friend Kimberly Jaramillo on stage at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Alexa Posas and I listened to Kaylee, then looked at each other…jaws dropped and eyes wide open…. in surprise at what we had just seen and heard. Kaylee Bucios’ performance was astounding. At 8 years young, she performed Granada on pitch with gusto and animo equivalent to some of the most experienced singers. Her performance was simply outstanding.