The Roanoke College Jazz Ensemble is devoted to the performance of the finest literature written for a large jazz ensemble (also known as Big Band Jazz). Arrangements ranging in style from Count Basie to Charles Mingus and beyond are featured. Student arrangements are encouraged. Ample opportunities for improvisation and interaction with members of the local jazz scene are provided. Academic credit is available.
“Art doesn’t have to be just an object on the wall. It can move you or amuse you, or you can have an interaction with it that will change the way you look at something,” says Cassullo.