Marco, in his fourth year at the Ayotzinapa teachers' college, was leading the school's marching band in Mexico City. Classes at Ayotzinapa have been suspended since the abduction of the students in the town of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero.
Students at the Ayotzinapa teachers' college came to perform in Mexico City on Monday, in solidarity with their 43 class mates, who disappeared after being arrested by the police on September 26 in the troubled state of Guerrero.
Students from the neighboring teachers' college in Iguala also joined in, performing traditional dances from Guerrero.
The goal of the performance, which came three days before a national strike on Thursday, was to bring art to the sour political debate. "We want to show we're not the rebellious people they say we are," one of the students said.
The hat of a third-year Ayotzinapa student. "We know they said [the 43 missing students] are dead, but we're hoping they'll find them alive," he said.
Interviewed, one of the first-year Ayotzinapa students said, "We don't want to make declarations. Right now, to tell the truth, we're still in shock." All but one of the missing students were in the first of a four-year program to become teachers.
The students in the Banda de Guerra first rehearsed in front of their buses, before performing in front of a few hundred people.
The students then moved on to the front of the capital city's Palace of Fine Arts, where hundreds cheered them during an hour-long performance.
The students had come with their coach, who helped them rehearse and adjusted their costumes up until the last minute.
The young musicians and dancers were performing at a school the following day before heading back to Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, to take part in the national strike scheduled for Thursday.
Hundreds of people watched the performance in front of the Palace of Fine Arts at the Alameda Central park.
Students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' college – members of the school's marching band, the Banda de Guerra – came to the country's capital to honor their vanished classmates and to show, as one student said, that "we're not the rebellious people they say we are."