Adrian Ruiz is active as a freelance trumpeter, performing regularly throughout the state of Texas. He has performed internationally at the Montreux, North Sea, and Taichung Jazz Festivals. He has shared the stage with the following musical acts: Justo Almario, Angela Bofill, Carmen Bradford, Tony Campise, Gary Clark Jr., John Clayton, Richie Cole, Kirk Covington, Cornelius Eady, Ruthie Foster, Joel Frahm, Gerry Gibbs, Terry Gibbs, Al Grey, Andre Hayward, Jon Hendricks, Vincent Herring, Conrad Herwig, Norah Jones, Will Kennedy, Shelley King, Doug Lawrence, Jerry Lee Lewis, Los Lobos, Jason Marsalis, Johnny Mathis, Buddy Miles, Butch Miles, James Moody, James Morrison, Michael Philip Mossman, Eddie Palmieri, Bernadette Peters, Tito Puente, Jr., Rufus Reid, Graham Reynolds, Joan Rivers, Joshua Redman, Bruce Saunders, Boz Scaggs, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, Clark Terry, War, Dale Watson, Mary Wilson and The Supremes, Carolyn Wonderland, and Red Young.
In addition to his performance schedule, Ruiz has presented clinics at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) Conventions. He has served as an adjudicator at band contests, jazz festivals, and has presented masterclasses at various school districts throughout San Antonio and Austin.
In May 2017, Ruiz made his recording debut as a leader, releasing his first full-length album entitled Premiere: A Collection Of Originals. Scott Yanow, acclaimed jazz journalist/historian and author, states the following concerning Premiere: “Adrian Ruiz is an impressive trumpeter who makes his recording debut as a leader on Premiere…In addition to being a fine showcase for the Adrian Ruiz Quintet, Premiere: A Collection Of Originals, is a fun set of creative jazz that is easily recommended.”
Ruiz received his Bachelor of Music Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Master of Music from Texas State University, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers were Ray Sasaki, Dennis Dotson, Jeff Hellmer, Keith Winking, Jan Roller, Andrew Gignac, and John Carroll. Ruiz currently serves as the Director of Jazz Bands at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. Ruiz is formerly the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he taught the following courses: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, History and Styles of Jazz, Jazz Arranging and Composition, Private Jazz Improvisation, and Brass Methods.