The band’s name NICTEHA comes from Gonzalez’s middle name, which means “water flower” in Mayan.

“To me, it seemed catchy and beautiful to use as a stage name and a band name,” she explained.

The two started playing together in 2017, performing songs together in music classes.

“We would even joke around about starting a band because we saw how well we played together,” Gonzalez said.

“Our relationship with Caro is very natural and organic because we are a musical family and she is our tía (auntie),” Alarid-West noted.

Alarid-West, a dancer and choreographer, began her musical journey playing trumpet in an elementary school mariachi club. She went on to learn – “and am still learning” percussion, bass, and guitar. She is starting her senior year in the fall with a double major in Dance and Spanish and expects to graduate with a bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Flamenco. In the band, she goes by the moniker Mrowneila.

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