Student Interview: Joseph Canedo ’16, jazz ensemble

Name: Joseph Canedo ’16

Hometown: Leominster, MA

Areas of Study: Music and Math Double Major

How long have you been a member of the jazz ensemble?

“I have been a member of the Holy Cross jazz ensemble as a tenor sax and soprano sax player since my freshman year. Before Holy Cross, I played in my high school’s intensive jazz ensemble, performing thirty to forty times per year. Playing in high school really developed my passion for jazz, joining the College’s ensemble was therefore an obvious choice.”

 What has your experience in the jazz ensemble been like?

“From the people to the performances my time in the Holy Cross jazz ensemble has been an exceptional experience. Mike Monaghan is a fantastic teacher, he sets a high standard of performance in the ensemble while maintaining a lighthearted atmosphere in rehearsal. The music is fun to play while also challenging my skills as a performer. Performing music I enjoy with fellow students has also been a stress relief from classes.”

What can we expect from the jazz ensemble this winter?

“We have a wide range of music lined up for the annual winter concert ranging from a tribute to Duke Ellington to a modern jazz funk chart, a jazz combo piece to a guest artist performing a piece with the ensemble. The concert will give the attendees a chance to hear a wide sampling of the many styles collectively known as Jazz.”

When is the annual winter concert?

The annual winter concert will be on Thursday, November 19 at 8:00 pm in Brooks Concert Hall.

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