Antonio Sanchez Memorial Fund



Antonio was born in Potrerillos, Jalisco, Mexico January 16, 1951

Born into a family of musicians, he began playing the violin at age 9.

The oldest of ten children, he left Mexico at the age of 19 to join Mariachi Los Galleros de Pedro Rey in Los Angeles. He eventually settled in San Jose, California. He played with various local Mariachi Groups including Mariachi Los Rancheros de Juan Fernandez, performing and  touring  with the Ballet folklorico de Carlos Moreno. Antonio was known for his beautiful, traditional, yet unique third harmonies both on violin and vocals. He was a mentor to many.

In 1995 he became a founding member of Mariachi Santa Cecilia where he was one of the main musical directors and arrangers. This was his longest run and he made the group his home for 22 years. Toño, as he was affectionately known by his compañeros, had a heart of gold and a special affection for children and animals.

Recently he had struggled with complications due to diabetes that led to the amputation of his leg. His courage and perseverance led him to come back strong using a prosthetic leg. He and his wife Pat, who had also become disabled in a severe work injury, worked together to support one another, both financially and physically. Then suddenly on Tuesday morning, Antonio suffered a sudden heart attack, leaving his family and compañeros stunned and in disbelief. The family is need of assistance for his memorial services. Any support is greatly appreciated.


Antonio nació en Potrerillos, Jalisco, MEX el 16 de enero de 1951, de una familia de músicos. El mayor de 10 hermanos, se fué a Los Ángeles a los 19 años de edad, donde entrò al Mariachi Los Galleros de Pedro Rey. Eventualmente se estableció en San Jose, CA donde tocó con varios grupos locales incluyendo el Mariachi Los Rancheros  de Juan Fernandez. Una legacía que nos dejó Antonio fue su conocimiento y experiencia especial en tocar y cantar la tercera cuerda de una manera tradicional, pero a la vez único e inconfundible.  Fué gran maestro para muchos músicos. En 1995 fue uno de los fundadores de Mariachi Santa Cecilia donde fue arreglista y director musical durante 22 años. Toño fué querido y respetado  por todos sus compañeros de tal grado que lo miramos como familia.

Últimamente sufría por complicaciones de diabetes a tal grado que fue necesario amputarle una de sus piernas. Por su valentía, determinación y su amor por la música, continuó trabajando. Su esposa Pati, también está incapacitada por un accidente del trabajo y entre los dos se ayudaban físicamente y económicamente.

El martes sufrió muy de repente un infarto dejando a la familia y sus compañeros en estado de shock. La familia les agradece cordialmente cualquier ayuda monetaria para cubrir sus gasto fúnebres.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Mariachi Santa Cecilia 
Organizer
San Jose, CA
Patricia Sega 
Beneficiary
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