Latin Ensemble

Latin Ensemble Performance

CSM’s Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché, directed by Dr. Stephen Johnson, specializes in Salsa, Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Merengue, Latin Jazz, and other musical styles of Latin America. In addition to the “big band” of twenty musicians, there is a small combo of eight musicians which performs occasional off-campus events. The group is open to both CSM students and community members who have a love of Latin-American music. The annual Latin Music Festival in April will feature concerts by Ritmo Caché and a DC-area guest ensemble and will include a Latin music workshop open to the public. Ritmo Caché will repeat its festival performance at the Leonardtown Campus on May 8, with additional music numbers to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Upcoming Events


Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/military with ID/youth of high school age and below 
Adult tickets are $5 when purchased before the day of the concert

December 15 | 8 p.m. (La Plata Campus)


Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors/military with ID/youth of high school age and below

May 11 | 7 p.m. (La Plata Campus)

Featuring performances by Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus, Ritmo Caché Latin Ensemble, CSM Chorale, and Chamber Choir

Purchase tickets here.

Seeking New Members!

No auditions necessary; beginners are welcome and will receive on-the-job training! Brass, woodwind, piano, bass, and guitar are expected to have some band or lesson experience. The ensemble meets on Wednesday nights each semester from 7 - 9:30 p.m. 


  • Drums: congas, bongos, timbales.
  • Hand percussion: guiro, cowbells, claves, maracas, shakers.
  • Rhythm section: piano, bass, guitar.
  • Woodwinds: flute, saxophone.
  • Brass: trumpet, trombone (or other low brass).
  • Vocals: men and women; ability to sing in Spanish is a plus but is not required.
  • Other instruments will be considered.


  1. New members: Latin Ensemble I--MUS 1030.
  2. Returning members: Latin Ensemble II-IV--MUS 1031-1033. (The Roman numeral should match your semester in the ensemble.)
  3. Community members (non-credit): Latin Ensemble--PEP 5430. (See CSM Continuing Education catalog for details.)

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Johnson in the CSM Department of Communication, Arts and Humanities: (301) 934-7578.

¡Que viva la Música!