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Autobiography
Welcome to the life story of Joe Ely "El Mariachi Loco" Carrales.
An Informative Autobiography of one of South Texas most memorable people. Teacher, mariachi musician and Civil Air Patrol officer; Joe Ely Carrales, III has reached out to help and entertain the people of South Texas.

This is his on going story.

Click on a subject, summary or chapter below to find out about my life.
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Chapter 1: The Early Days
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This page deals mainly with The Early Days (1976-1981) of the life of Joe Ely Carrales. It begins with his first adventure (being switched at the hospital) and continues with Comments on the 1970's and the eventual birth of his brother, The Birth of Anthony R. Carrales. The story continues as he enters public school where the First Day of School (Aug. 10, 1981) is relived with brutal clarity. Also mentioned is Hurricane Allen and The Death of Mark Carrales, his uncle.
Chapter 2: Start of My Musical Life
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This page deals mainly with, as it says, Start of his Musical Life. Included are many facts including how Mr. Carrales came to become a musician, how Joe A. Soliz taught him to play the trombone and why the violin, with the help of his Grandfather, eventually won his heart.
Chapter 3: Mariachi Juvenil de mi Pueblo
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A mainstay of the Premont School System is its mariachi music program. Known simply as, Mariachi Juvenil de mi Pueblo, the group has existed since about 1987. Here will be placed information about the development of that group seen through the eyes of Joe Ely "El Mariachi Loco" Carrales.
Chapter 4: Mariachi del Rancho
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In 1993 there had been only two mariachi groups. One was the school mariachi and the other was Mariachi Tejano. Toward the end of 1993, another group came on the scene. That was Mariachi Del Rancho. See how a boy, his grandfather and there friends gathered to form a great, yet short lived, mariachi band in the middle 1990's.
Chapter 5: High School Days
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1989-1994 were the days that Mr. Carrales spent in High School. Here are collects several stories and accounts of friends, good & bad times and what being in a South Texas High School in the 1990's is like. Read about footbal games, Speech tournaments, band contests and everything that goes into being a student during the Bush and Clinton era.
Chapter 6: The Cascabel Years
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Read about Joe Ely Carrales' first "tour of duty" witht South Texas' Mariachi Cascabel. Find out what it was like to be a mariachi musician in Kingsville, Texas in the mid to late 1990's. Learn about the history of this group starting from Mr. Carrales' first day, through the famous Tales of the Wild Horse Desert
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Chapter 7: Texas A & M University Kingsville
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Life in a South Texas University can be lonely, click above to read about how hard it can be to sharpen one's mind in college. But wait... could this dark period really be the door way to a new beginning. Read to find out!
Chapter 8: Mariachi Fuego
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The post-Cascabel mariachi band, Mariachi Fuego, described in stunnung detail. Read about how the scattered remains of Cascabel '98 drifted to form a new Corpus Christi Group.
Chapter 9: Mariachi Aguilas/ Mariachi Kineno
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Read about on of the most sound mariachi bands in South Texas. Mr. Carrales was a member ot this band in 1999. See how he developed into a proper musician as a member of this group.
Chapter 10: The Beginning of the Civil Air Patrol Years 1998-2000
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This is the section where Mr. Carrales describes his early service with the Civil Air Patrol.
Chapter 11: A Tragic Turn/The Loss of My Grandfather Ely Carrales
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A tribute to the life of Ely Carrales. Reflections on my grandfather as a person and as a musician. Contained here is the story of Ely Carrales and the attempts Joe Ely Carrales is making to preserve his music.
Chapter 12: A Turn for the Better/Summer 2000, Civil Air Patrol and Engagement(April-July 2000)
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In this chapter, 2Lt. J. E. Carrales is promoted to 1Lt. J. E. Carrales and we have many happy times.
Chapter 13: Rio Grande Valley Road Trip, or McAllen, Mexico and Mariachi Estrella
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A trip to the valley at a time when the need to relax was at an all time high. Mariachi Estrella!
Chapter 14: The Engagement(July 2000)
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Read about the now legendary engagement party where Mr. Carr popped the question. Find out how two horses and two cows were traded for a hand in marriage!
Chapter 15: The Longest Wait (waiting to get married 2001)
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See what it takes to get married in the 21st century!
Chapter 16: The Cascabel Years (Take Two) or More Cascabel Years
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A return to my old outfit! Cascabel 2000!
Chapter 17: Memorial Middle School 2000-2001
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Look at the last year I was in a portable building at Memorial Middle School!
Chapter 18: A Memorial Tribute to Baldemar Gutierrez
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A few choice words and a poem dedicated to my late, yet very great, uncle.
Chapter 19: From the Bonneville to the PT Cruiser/ The Automotive History of Joe Ely Carrales
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Behind every great man is a woman, and under every great man's bottom is a great car. See what Mr. Carr drove and how he nearlly killed himself time and time again on the open road!
Chapter 20: Orquesta Carrales- The Carrales Show Band
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A musical group that started to come together for the wedding, but seems to be going beyond. Joe Ely Carrales (Arranger/Bass), Rolando Garcia (Guitar), Joe Ely Carrales (Trombone, Violin and Banjo), Anthony Carrales (Trumpet Suspended Cymbals), Lucus Barerra (Trumpet), Felix Adan (Mellophone) and J.D. Sanchez (Valve Trombone)

Chapter 21: The Wedding of Joe Ely and Norma Carrales
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I was married on 14 July 2001! See the behind the scenes events that go into making a wedding.
Chapter 22: The Birth of Micaela Rae Carrales
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Our Daughter, Micaela Rae Carrales was born on 28 July 2003. She is the highlight of my life.

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