Dr. Adrian Ruiz serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Courses taught at UTSA include: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, History and Styles of Jazz, and Private Jazz Improvisation.
Dr. 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, John Clayton, Richie Cole, Kirk Covington, Gerry Gibbs, Terry Gibbs, Al Grey, Andre Hayward, Jon Hendricks, Vincent Herring, Conrad Herwig, Will Kennedy, Doug Lawrence, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jason Marsalis, Johnny Mathis, Buddy Miles, Butch Miles, James Moody, James Morrison, Michael Philip Mossman, Eddie Palmieri, Bernadette Peters, Graham Reynolds, Joan Rivers, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, Clark Terry, War, Mary Wilson and The Supremes, and Red Young.
In addition to his performance schedule, Dr. 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."