Jazz & Wind Ensembles

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Play on!

Follow your passion! Whether you are a music major or just want to keep performing, the Jazz and Wind Ensembles are a great place to improve your skills, explore new music, and meet a great group of people!

Special opportunities include partnering with the Blacksburg Community Band and playing in regional concerts, as well as working on music that are specially arranged for the ensembles. We also regularly host professional artists who offer master classes and bring their expertise to Roanoke College.

Ryan Hunt ’18 Music Major, Marketing Concentration

Photo of Ryan Hunt at the pianoRyan Hunt joined the jazz and wind ensembles to get experience that he believes will help him in his career goal to play piano professionally. The wind ensemble repertoire challenges Hunt to try new styles of music and different genres, such as jazz and improv. Hunt also works as a photographer for the College's Public Relations Office and he is a senator with the Student Government Association.

Have some fun!

Concerts highlight both the ensembles strengths and their versatility. Past concert themes include Movie Night, Holiday Spirit, and Extravaganza.

Interested in joining us? 

We have regular auditions and scholarships available - open to non-majors! Please contact Dr. Joe Blaha, by email or (540) 375-2357 for more information and visit our Music Performance Scholarships page.

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School Spirit! Come join the Pep Band!

We practice on Fridays and go to work on Saturdays performing at home basketball games. Mix it up and show your school spirit! Be a part of this dynamic group or work your way up to leadership-this is a great place to develop skills related to arranging, conducting, and event planning.

Rebecca Hudon ’17 Biology Major, Chemistry & Music Minor

Photo of Rebecca Hudon with her clarinetRebecca Hudon, a Rhodes Scholar finalist and Phi Beta Kappa member, began playing the clarinet in middle school. When she came to Roanoke, it only felt natural to continue playing the instrument that she loved. She said the wind ensemble and music in general give her an artistic outlet. Hudon also sings with Mainstreet, a women's acapella group and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. 

Photo of the Roanoke College Pep Band

Community Involvement

Roanoke College Pep Band performed in the Pink Parade and Party which raised awareness for breast cancer. 

13th Annual President's Ball

Mark your calendars - you don't want to miss this annual event!  All Roanoke College Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to join together with President and Mrs. Maxey for a semi-formal evening with friends, food and fun.  

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Date | Time: Saturday, November 09, 2019 | 8:00 PM
Location: Roanoke College Colket Center and Sutton Commons

Music @ Noon

Students and faculty perform on this event, which is free and open to all.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 12:00 PM
Location: Olin Recital Hall

Roanoke College Acappella Choir and Oriana Singers: Lessons & Carols XXXIV

For the 34th year, the RC Acappella Choir and Oriana Singers will present this unofficial opening to the Christmas season in the Roanoke Valley.

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Date | Time: Sunday, December 01, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Location: St. Andrews Catholic Church, 631 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA