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Duranguense is a subgenre of Regional Mexican music. It surged to popularity during the mid 2000’s among the Chicano community in the United States, as well as in Mexico. 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. This genre popularized the dance style, Pasito Durangense.


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. Despite its name, the style did not originate in Durango but in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Teenagers were forming new Duranguense bands like never before, playing at night clubs, weddings, quinceañera, 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 album, De Durango a Chicago, was a best-seller and had been a top 10 music bestseller in Chicago on Amazon.com.

Duranguense Artists

External links

  • History and description of Duranguense
  • New York Times article on Duranguense bands

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