Latin Ensemble

Latin Ensemble Performance

CSM’s Latin Ensemble, Ritmo Caché, 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.

Upcoming Events

Latin Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors/military with ID/youth of high school age and below 

Saturday, December 14 | 8 p.m. (La Plata Campus)

CSM Pops Concert

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors/military with ID/youth of high school age and below

Saturday, May 9 | 7 p.m. (La Plata Campus)

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

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 Arts, Humanities, and Public Service Division: 301-934-7578.

¡Que viva la Música!