The George Washington University Latin band Los Gringos is a vibrant group of young musicians who have embraced the cultural diversity that exists in the nation's capital. Cultural exploration is at the heart of the music the band performs. Here the students explore the nuances of playing samba, Bossa Nova and Partido Alto music styles from the former capital of Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro. From the Caribbean Islands the students learn how to make an Afro-Cuban danzón connect with the famous cha-cha-chá. Mambo, comparsa, songo, and timba become familiar Cuban vocabulary the students speak through their instruments. Under the leadership of Professor Alejandro Lucini, born in Rio de Janeiro, and co-directed by saxophonist Peter Fraize, director of the George Washington University's Jazz Program, the ensemble has attracted over the years a flow of students who add a rich and unique cultural experience to their education.
**All ensembles are by audition only. These auditions are held during the first week of classes. Please contact Peter Fraize before the first week of class.