Clemente Aguirre Ayala was born in Ayotlán, Jalisco, on November 23rd, 1828.
He is known for being a musician, composer, orchestra and military band director, as well as professor. He is also famous for creating music bands.
As an educator, he worked with abandoned children and teenagers after the Reform War.
He started studying music at the age of 12-years-old. He was a student of González Rubio, the famous author of "El Jarabe Tapatío".
At the age of 16-years-old, Aguirre was already part of Allende's Battalion Band, in the clarinet section. He was living in Lagos the Moreno at that time due to the Reform War.
Once the war was over he moved back to Guadalajara, being only 19-years-old, he was the director of the Hospicio Cabaña's band, the Arts and Trades School's band, which he founded in 1855, as well as the 25th Battalion band.
In 1866, he founded the 27th Regiment Battalion band and was part of the Teatro Degollado's Great Opera Orchestra.
His musical repertoire consists of around 70 pieces where we can find jarabes, sones, and songs. One of his most renowned pieces is the march Ecos de México (Mexican Echoes), known as the anthem of the tapatíos (people of Guadalajara).
Clemente Aguirre Ayala died on October 24th, 1900. He is the only musician whose remains rest at the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres (Honorable Citizens of Jalisco's roundabout).
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