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. 

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Community Involvement

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

Kandinsky Trio Series Concert: Opening Concert

Starting off the Kandinsky’s 32nd season will be Antonin Dvorak’s beloved Dumky Trio, a compelling statement of longing and remembrance that is a mainstay of classical music. To begin the concert, Springs for Piano Trio and Computer by forward thinking composer Charles Nichols, an Associate Professor of Composition and Creative Technologies at Virginia Tech as well as Haydn’s superb gem, the Piano Trio in D major will be performed.

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Date | Time: Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Location: Olin Hall Theater


Performing Live - September 21, 2019

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Date | Time: Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 8:00 PM
Location: Bast Gym - Roanoke College

RC Jazz and Wind Ensembles Joint Concert

The Roanoke College Jazz & Wind Ensemble will perform together under the direction of Dr. Marc LaChance.

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Date | Time: Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Location: Olin Hall Theater