Cardinal Jazz Band

Welcome to the UIW Cardinal Jazz Band

The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band (MUEN 1182) (formerly the UIW Jazz Ensemble) is led by ensemble director Jim Waller and performs a professional-level jazz repertoire that includes swing, funk and Latin. Ensemble membership is open to UIW students, faculty and members of the community. The UIW 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, when circumstances allow.

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 played with famed guitarist Jackie King (Chet Baker, Ray Charles, Les Paul, etc.). In May 2013, the last on-campus concert featured legendary jazz trombonist Bill Watrous (Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, etc.).


To schedule an audition or for more information, contact ensemble director Jim Waller at (210) 841-7233 or