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Musical Ensembles

Jazz OrchestraRattler BandWind EnsembleScholarship Auditions

The St. Mary’s University Music Department offers a wide variety of performing instrumental ensembles for students interested in furthering their music making abilities, while also participating in the full university experience. Each band is comprised of students from the department of music as well as the many other fantastic departments around campus.

Scholarship opportunities are available to students performing in the Bands at St. Mary’s University, and are open to music majors, music minors, as well as students from other degree plans wishing to perform with the ensembles.

The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra perform in Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall, while the Rattler Band performs in the fun and exciting venue of Greehey Arena. Alumni of the Bands at St. Mary’s have gone on to become professional musicians, incredible music educators, as well as highly successful doctors, engineers, business people, and more.


Jazz Orchestra

The St. Mary’s University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of John Rankin, DMA, was formed in 1980 by the Music Department and continues to be the longest continuously performing university jazz band in San Antonio.

Over the years the Jazz Orchestra has been a regular guest at area and regional music festivals, including: Jazz’s Alive, University of Houston Jazz Festival, Greehey Jazz Festival (Colo.), Temple College Jazz Festival, Fiesta Jazz Festival, and the Texas Jazz Festival.


Outstanding soloists that have been featured with the Jazz Orchestra include: Gordon Goodwin, Rufus Reid, Don Menza, Kevin Mahogany, Bobbby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, Noboku, and James Polk, DMA. Dedicated to performing America’s treasure, jazz music, the ensemble performs class jazz arrangements from all style periods.

Learn more about the Director of Jazz Orchestra

Rattler Band

The St. Mary’s University “Rattler Band” is under the direction of Matthew Mireles, DMA, Director of Bands, and performs regularly at the home basketball games at the magnificent and electrifying college basketball venue Greehey Arena. The band performs a repertoire of contemporary pop tunes, famous pep band favorites, as well as St. Mary’s cheers. Students performing in the group include music majors, music minors, and participants from other degree areas. Scholarships are also available to any student looking to perform in Rattler Band.

Learn more about the Director of Rattler Band

Wind Ensemble

A student plays the flute in the wind ensembleThe St. Mary University Wind Ensemble carries a rich tradition of making music at the highest level, and for engaging students in a first-class collaborative artistic environment. The ensemble was founded in 1947 by the legendary and illustrious bandmaster Frank “Pop” Sturchio, who for many years educated the St. Mary’s music students for a future in successful music making.

For generations, students performing in the St. Mary’s Wind Ensemble have gone on to become professional musicians, highly successful music educators in Texas and the U.S., and fantastic professionals in other fields such as medicine, engineering, business, and more. Under the direction of Matthew Mireles, DMA, the St. Mary’s Wind Ensemble performs high energy, captivating, and moving concerts with repertoire ranging from contemporary wind band literature to some of the most cherished standard wind band pieces. Scholarship auditions are open to music major, music minors, and students from other degree plans.

2017 Wind Ensemble Auditions

Aug. 14, 2017
Noon to 5 p.m.
Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall

Band students playing their instrumentsAll students performing in the St. Mary’s University Wind Ensemble are required to perform a placement audition before the semester begins. These auditions will take place in Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall, and will be heard by the Director of Bands, and other St. Mary’s professors of each instrument. Students are required to perform all of the specific excerpts assigned for their instrument included in the links below. The auditions are blind and will last approximately 5-7 minutes. Once the auditions have concluded, the panel will assign parts based on each performer’s musicality and technical ability.

Students must email Edith Ortega at to schedule an audition time. Since auditions are blind, each student will be given an audition number after they have signed up for an available time slot.

Audition Excerpts (PDF sheet music)

Student playing the trombone
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax


For more information about Wind Ensemble at St. Mary’s, contact Matthew Mireles, DMA, Director of Bands, at

Learn more about the Director of Wind Ensemble

Scholarship Auditions

Student playing pianoMusic scholarships are available for deserving music majors, minors and participants. To be eligible for a music scholarship, students must fill out the scholarship and audition form below and audition.

Auditions are not required for admission to a Music major or minor; however, you may be asked to audition for a certain ensemble, and auditions are required to receive a scholarship.

For auditions, applicants should prepare 15 minutes of music. The repertoire should feature contrasting styles to demonstrate the student’s highest level musicianship.

Upcoming Audition Dates at St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s University
Treadaway Hall, Recital Hall
10 a.m. – Auditions begin

  • December 2, 2018
  • February 3, 2018
  • March 3, 2018

Nearby visitor parking is available in Lot D. For additional parking options, visit the Campus Map.

Additional auditions may be made by appointment. To request an appointment, contact Bro. Michael Sullivan, D.M., S.M., Chair, at 210-431-6796 or

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