Originally from Bakersfield, California, Jimmy Cuellar began his mariachi career as a teenager alongside his father Jaime Cuellar and was a founding member of Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar. Jimmy’s extensive skills on the violin, guitarron, vihuela, guitar and guitarra de golpe, secured him a ten-year tenure with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. In subsequent years, Jimmy accompanied well-known Latin recording artists Yolanda del Rio, Mercedes Castro, Humberto Herrera, Lila Downs, Vikki Carr, Aida Cuevas, Eugenia Leon, and Jose Feliciano. Composer, arranger and three-time Grammy Award Winner, Mr. Cuellar understands the importance of education. Having received his B.A. from California State University, Jimmy decided to continue his musical education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas pursuing a Masters in Music Composition. His talents as an educator as well as nationally-regarded expert in the genre have earned Jimmy a yearly seat as an adjudicator for the Mariachi Competition held in Texas.