Marching Cardinals

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The Marching Cardinals at the University of the Incarnate Word is 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.

Fall 2021 Rehearsal Schedule

MUEN 1140 01: Marching Cardinals (CRN 52486)

Delivery: Face-to-face; synchronous
CRN: 52486
1 credit hour. Fulfills 1 core Fine Arts credit
Updated 7/3/2021

  • 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 LOCATION TBA WEEKLY

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 2021 season.

  • 2021 Marching Cardinals Summer Letter (Uploaded 7/3/2021)
  • 2021 Marching Cardinals Drum Line Packet (Uploaded 7/3/2021)

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

2021 Performance Schedule

For the Fall 2021 semester, the Marching Cardinals are returning to a much anticipated, traditional format of performances for our HOME Football Games and other on-campus performances.

Summer Preview Concert

August 21, 2021 | TIME TBA
University of the Incarnate Word
Coates Theatre Courtyard (Behind Diane Bennack Concert Hall)

Game #1 | UIW vs. Prairie View A&M

9-11-2021 | TIME TBA
Benson Stadium

Game #2 | UIW vs. McNeese State

9-25-2021 | TIME TBA
Benson Stadium

Game #3 | UIW vs. Nicholls State

10-16-2021 | TIME TBA
Benson Stadium

Game #4 | UIW vs. Houston Baptist

10-30-2021 | TIME TBA
Benson Stadium

Game #5 | UIW vs. Southeastern LA

11-6-2021 | TIME TBA
Benson Stadium

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.