Marching Cardinals

Welcome to the Marching Cardinals

The Marching Cardinals are directed by Dr. Brett A. Richardson, coordinator of Music Education/Director of Bands. Founded in 2009, the Marching Cardinals has established itself as one of the most visible, energetic spirit organizations at UIW. Comprised of students studying a wide variety of academic majors, the Marching Cardinals performs at every home football game, select away games, events 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.

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.

Please contact Dr. Brett A. Richardson at for more details.

Any student can join the Marching Cardinals. 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 participants must audition.

The instruments used include

  • Piccolo
  • Clarinet
  • All saxophones
  • Trumpet
  • Mellophone
  • Trombone
  • Baritone
  • Sousaphone
  • 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 specific needs.


Color Guard and Drum Line perform auditions at camps prior to the start of Summer Band Camp.

If you would like to join the Marching Cardinals or would like to join the concert bands in the upcoming semesters, please fill out the Marching Cardinals Information Form (MCIF).