St. Mary’s University Again Hosts Fiesta Jazz Festival

New York musician Patrick Cornelius will perform on Friday, April 8

Cool cats and jazz aficionados are invited to attend the 2022 St. Mary’s Fiesta Jazz Festival beginning Friday, April 8. During the two days of the festival, attendees will be able to experience live music from some of the best national, local and school-aged jazz artists.

The free public event begins at 1 p.m., Friday, April 8, at Pecan Grove on the campus of St. Mary’s University with the 2022 Fiesta Jazz Festival University Invitational. The invite includes performances from the San Antonio College Jazz Combo, St. Mary’s Jazz Orchestra and St. Mary’s University Jazz Combo. At 7 p.m., the world-class jazz concert Fiesta 2022 will kick off with the Joe Caploe Quartet, followed by the Patrick Cornelius Quartet at 8:30 p.m.

New York-based saxophonist, flautist and composer, Cornelius attended middle school and high school in San Antonio before attending Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. He also graduated as an artist from the Juilliard School, also in New York.

John M. Rankin, DMA, director of jazz studies, said the number of attendees for Saturday’s event is expected to be so large that two venues are needed to accommodate everyone.

At noon Saturday, Cornelius is to have a jazz clinic at the University Center, Lecture Room A, with the students performing.

Saturday’s live musical performances allow schools in Texas and other states to participate and perform for critique before a panel of jazz clinicians. Trophies and awards will be given in different categories.

  • 1 p.m., San Antonio College Faculty Jazz Combo plus 1
  • 2:15 p.m., United States Air Force Band of the West Protocol Combo
  • 4 p.m., University of Texas at the San Antonio Jazz Ensemble
  • 5 p.m., St. Mary’s University Jazz Orchestra
  • 6 p.m., St. Mary’s University Jazz Combo
  • 7 p.m., Joe Caploe Quartet
  • 8:30 p.m., Patrick Cornelius Quartet

University Center, Lecture Room A

  • 8:00 a.m., Alamo Heights High School (5A)
  • 8:25 a.m. Southwest High School (5A)
  • 8:50 a.m. CC Winn High School (5A)
  • 9:15 a.m. Medina Valley High School (5A)
  • 9:40 a.m., O’Connor II High School (5A)
  • 10:05 a.m., Wagner II High School (5A)
  • 10:30 a.m., Jefferson High School (5A)
  • 10:55 a.m., Brandeis High School Combo (6A)
  • Noon, Jazz Clinic with Patrick Cornelius
  • 1:10 p.m., Wagner I High School (6A)
  • 1:35 p.m., O’Connor I High School (6A)
  • 2 p.m., Brandeis High School (6A)
  • 2:25 p.m., Churchill High School (6A)
  • 2:50 p.m., Hays High School (6A)
  • 3:15 p.m., New Braunfels High School (6A)
  • 3:40 p.m., Hutto High School (6A)
  • 4:05 p.m., Belton High School (6A)
  • 4:30 p.m., MacArthur High School (6A)
  • 5:15 p.m., San Antonio Jazz Orchestra
  • 6 p.m., prize giving
  • 10:00 a.m., San Antonio Christian High School (3A)
  • 10:25 a.m., Jourdanton High School (3A)
  • 10:50 a.m., Richard King High School (4A)
  • 11:15 a.m., Hargrave High School (4A)
  • Noon, Jazz Clinic with Patrick Cornelius
  • 2:05 p.m., Bradley Middle School II (2C)
  • 2:30 p.m., Kirby Middle School (2C)
  • 2:55 p.m., Scobee Middle School (2C)
  • 3:20 p.m., Whittier Middle School (2C)
  • 3:45 p.m., Bradley College (3C)
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