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Fiesta Jazz Festival

About Fiesta Jazz Festival

jazz-festival-student-performersThe Fiesta Jazz Festival offers a unique educational and music performance experience for over 500 middle school, high school and college jazz student performers from across the state. At the same time, for more than 50 years it has given the Fiesta audience and San Antonio community a unique and admission free family event. The Fiesta Jazz Festival is one of Texas’ oldest and is dedicated to presenting the finest jazz, America’s national treasure.

April 27 and 28, 2018

April 27: University ensembles and featured guest artist performances

April 28: High School and Middle School Jazz Ensemble Contest and featured artist clinic

jazz-festival-performanceFiesta World Jazz Concert

Fiesta World Jazz Concert presents an opportunity for the general public in San Antonio and jazz festival participants to hear performances by outstanding jazz musicians from across the United States. Featured artists present a clinic the following day to connect face-to-face real world insights to all in attendance. John Pattitucci, Bob Moses, Will Kennedy, Ignacio Berroa, Hannibal Lokumbe, Gordon Goodwin, Danilo Perez, Rufus Reid, and Bill Watrous are a few of the artists from past festivals.

  • Past Artists

    Al Porcino
    Maynard Ferguson
    Dizzy Gillespie
    Michael Brecker
    Al Porcino
    Peter Erskine
    Mike Mainieri
    Eddie Gomez
    Eliane Elias
    Paquito D’Rivera
    Dizzy Gillespie
    U.S. Air Force Dimensions in Blue
    Willie Thomas
    Bunky Green
    Bobby Shew
    Rufus Reid
    Bill Watrous
    Bobby Meyer
    Jon Faddis
    Jazz Orchestra of San Antonio
    Don Menza
    Tuck Andress
    Patti Cathcart
    US Army Jazz Ambassadors
    Jim Cullum
    Valerie Washington
    Vital Signs Septet
    Bob Moses Trio
    Marvin Stamm
    George Garzone
    John Lockwood
    James Polk
    Akira Tana
    Nobuko Trio
    Marcus Belgrave
    Hal Galper
    Ignacio Berroa
    Kenny Garrett
    Kenny Kirkland
    Jeff Watts
    Nat Reeves
    Terence Blanchard
    Phillip Manuel
    Mark Schim
    Edward Simon
    Jeff Clapp
    David Pulphus
    Kenny Werner
    Bob Gullotti
    Wayne Bergeron
    Danilo Perez
    Adam Cruz
    Ben Street
    Patrick Cornelis
    Miro Sprayue
    Peter Slavor
    Paul Wiltgen
    Bob Mintzer
    Steve Allee
    Duduka Da Fonseca
    Gorden Goodwin
    Hannibal Lokumbe
    Rakalam Bob Moses
    Michael Gregory Jackson
    Phil Grenadier
    Will Kennedy
    The Powerhouse Big Band

Middle School and High School Participation

Fiesta Jazz Band Festival is San Antonio’s oldest educational jazz festival, attracting junior and senior high school jazz ensembles from Texas and neighboring states. Participants perform for criticism before a panel of renowned jazz clinicians. Trophies and awards are given for outstanding performances in various categories. A special mid-day clinic is presented by the featured Fiesta Jazz artist. Past clinicians have included Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Mintzer, Gordon Goodwin, Kenny Garrett and Terrance Blanchard.

Festival registration is on a first come basis and automatically ends when all slots are filled. The Festival is open to middle schools and high schools. You may enter for competition, play for critique only, or performance only. If your group is competing you must play in your school’s classification (5A, 6A, 2C, 3C, etc.). Three charts of contrasting styles are required. In the Fiesta tradition, one should be in a Latin jazz style. Each band will be allowed 25 minutes, including set up and strike.

Interested Student Jazz Ensembles wanting to participate in the 56th Annual Fiesta Jazz Band Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018 are encouraged to complete the online entry form by clicking below.

Register your ensemble

For more information about Fiesta Jazz Festival and how to participate, contact Edith Ortega at 210-436-3421 or


Support Fiesta Jazz Festival

jazz-festivalYou can help create unique educational and music performance opportunities for St. Mary’s students and middle school and high school students from across the state by supporting Fiesta Jazz Festival. Your proceeds will directly support keeping this San Antonio Fiesta and educational tradition alive. Click the button below and customize your gift in the “Other” category to support Fiesta Jazz Festival.

Give to Fiesta Jazz Festival

Interested in becoming an official event sponsor? Contact John Rankin at St. Mary’s University at 210-436-3421 or

Participate in Fiesta Jazz Festival

Register your middle school or high school student ensembles to participate in the Fiesta Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018 with students from across the state.

Entry Fee: $235 per group

A CD recording of your performance is included. Please make checks payable to St. Mary’s University Music Department. Upon closure of festival entries we will mail you an acceptance letter with detailed performance information.

Entry fee and application must be received no later than March 23, 2018 to guarantee entry.

Remit to:
St. Mary’s University
Fiesta Jazz Festival
Department of Music
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228-8562

Fiesta Jazz Band Fesitval Group Entry Form

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  • Price: $235.00
    This is your total entry fee amount due for this group. Upon closure of festival entries we will mail you an acceptance letter with detailed performance information. Please make checks payable to: St. Mary's University Music Department. Remit to: St. Mary's University Fiesta Jazz Festival Department of Music One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, Texas 782228-8562
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