Gina Ann Duran was born on August 24, 1983 in San José, California. At the age of five, she began studying the piano. When Gina was nine, she moved to Tucson, Arizona. In sixth grade she joined the school band playing the trumpet. She was a very dedicated student and progressed quickly on her instrument. Gina was in the Honor Band from 6th grade to 9th grade. When Gina went to high school she left the band and joined the mariachi class. She was invited to join Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles in 1999. She has served as the group’s First Trumpet since then. She also teaches for the Mariachi Heritage Society and attends Cerritos College. She hopes to major in Music Education.