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Music Ensembles

Concert BandJazz OrchestraRattler BandScholarships

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 Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra perform in Treadaway 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.


Concert Band

The St. Mary University Concert Band 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 University Concert Band 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 University Concert Band 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.

Learn more about the Director of Concert Band

Jazz Orchestra

john-rankin-teaching-student-trumpetThe 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

concert-band-clarinet-playerThe 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

Scholarships and Auditions

Music 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.

concert-band-student-3Auditions 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

  • Feb. 18, 2017 – 10 a.m. to noon
  • March 4, 2017 – 10 a.m. to noon

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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