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The Marching Cardinals at University of the Incarnate Word are a proud part of the Department of Music and College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Founded in 2009, the Marching Cardinals has established itself as one of the most visible, energetic spirit organizations on the UIW campus. Comprised of students studying a wide variety of academic majors, the Marching Cardinals perform at every home football game, select away games and performances off-campus and in exhibition at marching contests around San Antonio and Austin. The band typically plays three halftime shows and a traditional pre-game drill every year as entertainment for the UIW Football Game Day experience.

During Fall 2020, the UIW Bands will be operating band activities that can function within CDC suggested social-distancing guidelines. Many of these activities will be offered outdoors or online via synchronous class meetings.

Fall 2020 Rehearsal Schedule

July 27, 2020 - These sections have been updated based on concerns driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

MUEN 1140 01: Marching Cardinals (Drum Line)

Delivery: Face-to-face; synchronous
CRN: 52486
1 credit hour. Fulfills 1 core Fine Arts credit
Updated 7/27/2020

  • Mondays: 6 - 8 p.m. at Benson Stadium
  • Wednesdays: 6 - 8 p.m. at Benson Stadium
  • Select Fridays: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Backfields in the Headwaters Sanctuary

MUEN 1140 02: Marching Cardinals (Color Guard)

Delivery: Face-to-face; synchronous
CRN: 57563 
1 credit hour. Fulfills 1 core Fine Arts credit
Updated 7/27/2020

  • Mondays: 6 - 8 p.m. at Benson Stadium
  • Wednesdays: 6 - 8 p.m. at Benson Stadium
  • Select Fridays: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Backfields in the Headwaters Sanctuary

MUEN 1140 03: Marching Cardinals (Marching Band Techniques)

Delivery: Online; synchronous
CRN: 57564
1 credit hour. Fulfills 1 core Fine Arts credit
Updated 7/27/2020

  • Fridays: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. via ZOOM

MUEN 1140 04: Marching Cardinals (Chamber Ensembles)

Delivery: Face-to-face; synchronous
CRN: 57565
1 credit hour. Fulfills 1 core Fine Arts credit
Updated 7/27/2020

  • Mondays: 6 - 8 p.m. at HIT Plaza (Coates Theatre Courtyard)
  • Wednesdays: 6 - 8 p.m. at HIT Plaza (Coates Theatre Courtyard)

If you would like to join the Fall 2020 edition of the Marching Cardinals or to let us know you would like to join the concert bands in Spring 2021, please fill out the 2020 Marching Cardinals Information Form (MCIF).


Click on the links below to access forms and important documents for the 2020 season.

Tuition discounts starting at $1,000 are offered for participation in band ensembles at UIW.

The list of Tuition Credits, also known as “Band Scholarships”, are typically sent to the Office of Financial Assistance at the end of the first week of classes and should appear on students' accounts the following week. The reason for this process is to ensure that all students who have declared their intention to enroll in band do so, and don’t drop band after the award is given.

Please contact Dr. Richardson at for more details.


The Marching Cardinals are under the direction of Dr. Brett A. Richardson, Coordinator of Music Education/Director of Bands.

The Drumline of the Marching Cardinals is under the supervision of Dr. Stefan Cadra, Percussion Technician. Please direct all inquiries regarding the drumline to

The Color Guard of the Marching Cardinals is under the supervision of Ms. Amy Morton, Color Guard Choreographer. Please direct all inquiries to

The Announcer for the Marching Cardinals is Mr. Keith Neisler. Mr. Neisler is an alumnus of University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University, and has many years of experience in radio and media production.

2020 Student Leadership (Under Graduate Staff)

Ms. Briana Garza, Drum Major of the Marching Cardinals
Emma Perry, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Brianna Rivera, Piccolo
Ivonne De Jesús, Clarinet
Casey Iwuagwu, Clarinet
Courtney Murray, Clarinet
Martha Lemus, Clarinet
Rocio Montelongo, Saxophones
Samantha Pawelek, Saxophones
Christian Salazar, Trumpet
Yoshi Murillo, Trumpet
Jeremiah Barrera, Mellophone
Lupe Garcia, Trombone
Jacob Graham, Low Brass
Cade Gibson, Low Brass
Jordan Frenzel, Percussion
Ricardo Martinez, Percussion
Ambar Valtierra, Percussion
Taylor Dartez, Percussion
Cruz Leija, Color Guard Captain

2020 Performance Schedule

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UIW Bands will not be performing at any university athletic events or marching exhibitions this Fall. Separate standalone performances for our modified curriculum are scheduled for the following dates:

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES - Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | Location TBA | Time TBA
DRUM LINE CONCERT - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Benson Stadium | Time TBA
COLOR GUARD CONCERT - Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | Benson Stadium | Time TBA

Please follow @UIWBands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the most up-to-date news.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is not necessary to be a music major. Basic rhythm, technical facility and high school marching experience (which is strongly suggested, but not mandatory) are the most important qualifications for membership. All woodwind and brass members are automatically accepted. Color Guard and Drum Line perform auditions at camps prior to the start of Summer Band Camp. During Band Camp, students will be taught basic drill and music and a review of marching fundamentals will be covered for veterans. Several meals will also be provided during camp.

In high school, you spend up to seven hours per day in class. In college, that number drops at least in half. You'll be in class only three - four hours per day. This leaves three - four hours free compared to your current high school schedule! The Marching Cardinals meets three times a week from 6 - 7:40 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Fridays from 1:30-3:20 p.m., and in the mornings on Saturday game days. College band is supposed to be the reward for your service in high school and our focus is on entertaining the fans, students and alumni of UIW while supporting Cardinal Athletics.

Instruments used in the Marching Cardinals include piccolo, clarinet, all saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone and percussion. Only tenor/bari saxophones, mellophones, baritones, sousaphones and percussion are provided by UIW. While we do not provide every instrument, contact Dr. Richardson at to discuss your specific needs. Not owning an instrument should not keep you from participating!

The Marching Cardinals will perform at every Cardinal Football home game, other select campus events and exhibitions at Regional and State Marching competitions. Travel to away games may occur in subsequent years.

At this time, students wishing to participate in R.O.T.C. programs are suggested to not enroll in marching band at UIW. Unfortunately, the R.O.T.C.'s MTW class schedule and frequent Saturday trainings throughout the fall semester prohibit adequate participation in band activities.

No, you do not have to live in the residence halls to be a member of the Marching Cardinals.

Yes! The UIW Band program offers two concert bands: the Wind Ensemble, designed for music majors and non-majors looking for a high-level music-making experience, and the Concert Band, an ensemble designed for non-majors and music majors playing secondary instruments. In the spring, the Wind Ensemble meets MWF during the day and the Concert Band meets on Tuesday nights. While all UIW students are welcome to join, auditions for this Wind Ensemble will be held in November. You do not need to be in either the marching band or basketball band to participate in the UIW Wind Ensemble. An additional athletic band includes the Cardinal Red Basketball Band, a 20-30 member group that meets from November through early March, playing for select men's and women's basketball games. Post-season travel during Spring Break is possible.

The Marching Cardinals will perform three shows this year plus a traditional pre-game show. Music is chosen from a variety of genres including pop, rock, R&B, funk and patriotic selections. While visual movement is important, drill will be easy to learn and clean. Our focus will be on excellence in musical performance while also being entertaining visually.