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.
As an artist and professor, Heil's work and teaching develops along with advancements in computer graphics.