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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.

2019 Fiesta Jazz Festival featured artist, Rufus Reid Quartet

Every year the festival also hosts the Fiesta World Jazz Concert which 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. Billy Childs, 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.

Admission is free and open to the public both days of the festival.

Schedule

Friday, April 26, 2019

University Jazz Invitational

Location: Pecan Grove

1 to 1:45 p.m.
A-Jam Jazz Combo

1:45 to 2:15 p.m.
St. Mary’s Latin Jazz Combo

2:15 to 3 p.m.
St. Mary’s Jazz Nontet

3 to 3:45 p.m.
University of the Incarnate Word Jazz Ensemble

3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
University of Texas at San Antonio Jazz Ensemble

4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
St. Mary’s University Jazz Orchestra

5:15 to 6 p.m.
St. Mary’s University Jazz Quintet

Fiesta World Class Jazz Concert

Location: Pecan Grove

6 to 7 p.m.
Vocalist Wednesday Ball

7 to 8 p.m.
Bill King Quartet
featuring Joey Colarusso

8:30 to 10 p.m.
Rufus Reid Quartet
featuring Yosvany Terry, saxophone; Duduka Da Fonseca, drumset; and Steve Allee, piano


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fiesta Jazz Band Festival

Location: University Center, Conference Room A and Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall

A panel of distinguished jazz educators will critique middle school and high school jazz ensembles.

Group One: Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall

8:15 a.m., Southwest High School (4A) directed by Patrick Aguirre

8:40 a.m., Coronado High School (4A) directed by Danny Timmerman

9:05 a.m., Boerne High School I (4A) directed by Daniel Person

9:30 a.m., San Antonio Christian High School (4A) directed by Dave Eskridge

9:55 a.m., Coronado High School Combo (4A) directed by Danny Timmerman

10:20 a.m., Jourdanton High School (4A) directed by David Torch

10:45 a.m., Cele Middle School (3C) directed by Gene Centeno

11:10 a.m., Briscoe Middle School (3C) directed by Chris Esparza

Noon – Jazz Clinic with Rufus Reid

1:55 p.m., Bradley Middle School I (3C) directed by Karlos Elizondo

2:20 p.m., San Antonio Christian (2C) directed by Dave Eskridge

2:45 p.m., Scobee Middle School (2C) directed by Hector Telles

3:10 p.m., Bradley Middle School II (2C) directed by Emily Gurwitz

3:35 p.m., Whittier Middle School (2C) directed by Rogelio Escobar and Bradlee Hooker

4 p.m., Hobby Middle School (2C) directed by Carina Cisneros

4:25 p.m., Resnik Middle School (2C) directed by Gilbert Sanchez

Group Two: University Center, Conference Room A

8:30 a.m., Reagan High School (6A) directed by Scott McDonald

8:55 a.m., Jefferson High School (5A) directed by Jonathan Mireles

9:20 a.m., Medina Valley High School (5A) directed by Carlos Jimenez

9:45 a.m., O’Connor High School (5A) directed by Michael Bradford

10:35 a.m., Southwest High School (5A) directed by Natalie Ball

11 a.m., Coronado High School Combo (5A) directed by Danny Timmerman

Noon – Jazz Clinic with Rufus Reid

1:30 p.m., O’Connor High School (6A) directed by Alfonso Alvarado

1:55 p.m., New Braunfels High School (6A) directed by David Eckert

2:20 p.m., Stevens High School (6A) directed by Chad Taylor and Ellie Mireles

2:45 p.m., Churchill High School (6A) directed by Joseph Espinoza

3:10 p.m., Legacy of Educational Excellence (6A) directed by Hugo Escobar and Alex Yanez

3:35 p.m., Temple High School (6A) directed by Rene Pena

4 p.m., Eagle Pass High School (6A) directed by Martin Padilla

4:25 p.m., Skyline High School (6A) directed by Jesse Provo

4:50 p.m., United High School (6A) directed by Michael Valdez

Jazz Clinic with Rufus Reid

Noon to 1 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room A
Attendees are invited to join us for a special Jazz Clinic by Rufus Reid, a unique educational and music performance experience.

Jazz Orchestra of San Antonio Performance

5:15 to 5:50 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room A

Closing Ceremony and Awards

5:50 to 6:20 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room A


Sponsored by St. Mary’s University Department of Music, Fiesta San Antonio Commission, and a grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Past Artists

Past Artists
Billy Childs
Yellowjackets
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


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 jrankin@stmarytx.edu.


Participate in Fiesta Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 27, 2019

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 57th Annual Fiesta Jazz Band Festival in April 2019 are encouraged to complete the online entry form that will be made available in Spring 2019.

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

Register Your Middle School or High School Ensembles

Register your middle school or high school student ensembles to participate in the 2019 Fiesta Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 27 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.

Deadline: The deadline to apply to participate in Fiesta Jazz Festival and guarantee entry has passed. However, we invite you to apply to be on our wait list to participate.

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

Slots for the 2019 Fiesta Jazz Festival have been filled. If you would like to be added to our wait list, please submit your entry below.
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  • (UIL, etc.)
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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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