The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band (MUEN 1182) (formerly the UIW Jazz Ensemble) performs professional level jazz repertoire that includes swing, funk, and latin. Ensemble membership is open to UIW students, faculty, and members of the community. The Cardinal Jazz Band is currently the only college jazz ensemble from San Antonio to have performed at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (Summer 2009). The ensemble also performs regularly at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, The St. Mary's Fiesta Jazz Festival, and at The Cove Restaurant on the last Wednesday of every month (during the school year). The ensemble's 2010 performance at the Texas Jazz Festival featured alto saxophonist Richie Cole (Buddy Rich, Doc Severinsen, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, etc.). In 2012, the ensemble performed with famed guitarist Jackie King (Chet Baker, Ray Charles, Les Paul, etc.), and May, 2013 the last on campus concert featured legendary jazz trombonist, Bill Watrous (Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, etc.).

Rehearsals are every Thursday at 6:00 pm. To schedule an audition, or for more information, contact ensemble director, Jim Waller at (210) 445-0412 or

Current members:

John Magaldi - lead alto saxophone, professional musician, leader of the Prime Time Jazz Orchestra
Jorge Aguilar - alto saxophone, UIW Student (music major)
Roger Hogan - lead tenor saxophone, professional, former member of U.S. Air Force "Airmen of Note"
Larry Loden - tenor saxophone, UIW faculty, professional musician
Martin Schwacha - baritone saxophone, PhD, medical research
Kerry Moffit - lead trumpet, professional musician, lead trumpet with U.S. Airforce Band of the West
John Panzarella - trumpet, vocals, professional musician, (Johnny P and the Wise Guys)
Pete Power - trumpet, professional musician
Justyn Arellano - trumpet, UIW student (music major)
Victoria Rush - trumpet, UIW student (music major)
David Kline - lead trombone, professional musician
Mark Hill - trombone, UIW faculty, professional musician, retired U.S. Air Force (Band of the West)
Joseph Flores - trombone, UIW student (music major)
Bill Schas - bass trombone, professional musician, retired U.S. Navy (Navy Band)
Jason Valdez - guitar, professional musician, University of North Texas graduate
Luvine Elias - piano, professional musician
David Fike - bass, UIW faculty, professional musician
Mitch Seal - drums, UIW faculty, PhD, RN, Navy Band
Marcy Camacho - drums, UIW student (music major)
Jordan Barden - drums, UIW student (music major)
Roger Bazan - drums, UIW student (music major)
Samuel Irrizary - congas, UIW student (music major)
Jim Waller - director, tenor saxophone, UIW faculty