History of Duranguense Dance
History of Duranguense Dance History of Duranguense Dance

Duranguense (also known as pasito duranguense) is a genre of Mexican music.

It is popular among the Mexican-American community in the United States. Duranguense is closely related to the Mexican styles of banda and norteño. The main instruments, which are held over from banda, are the saxophone, trombone, and bass drum.

However, what sets the duranguense ensemble apart from banda is the addition of synthesizers to play both melodies and the tuba bassline.

The tempo is also noticeably faster than banda or norteño. Among the duranguense elements carried over from other genres is el tamborazo; a heavy percussion line consisting of the bass drum and varied snare drum rolls.

The term duranguense refers to the people from Durango, Mexico. Grupo Montéz de Durango were believed to be the very first to begin the movement. Teenagers are forming new Duranguense bands like never before, playing at night clubs,weddings, Quinceñeras, and family get togethers. A group of immigrants from Durango started a Duranguense group called Patrulla 81; from there it started to expand into other states and Mexico. Most Duranguense bands have been founded by Mexican-American immigrants in the United States.

It was not until the early 2000s Grupo Montéz de Durango, one of the best-known Duranguense bands, topped the Latin music charts. Their CD, De Durango a Chicago, was a best-seller and had been a top 10 music bestseller in Chicago on Patrulla 81's hits ¿Cómo Pude Enamorarme de Ti? Un exito cover antes cantado por los liricos de teran, and No Aprendí a Olvidar were also hugely successful hits on regional Mexican radio stations.

Duranguense Artists
Alacranes Musical
Aliados de la Sierra
Autoridad de la Sierra
Conjunto Atardecer
Brazeros Musical
Banda Coralillo
Banda Intenso Show
Dorado Show
Banda La Ponzonosa
Los Creadorez Del Pasito Duranguense
Los Crudos de Durango
El Cugar Y Sus Dorados De Villa
Diana Reyes
Los Horóscopos de Durango
Grupo Principio Muzical
Keyla Caballero
K-Paz de la Sierra
Banda Lamento Show de Durango
Jazmin López
Lucero Terrazas
Majestad de la Sierra
Master Show de Durango
Mazizo Musical
Grupo Montéz de Durango
Patrulla 81
Puro Reyes De Durango
Los Primos de Durango
El Trono de Mexico
Banda Correcaminos De Durango

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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