Trumpet player and arranger Rashawn Ross ’00 is probably best known as a touring member of the Dave Matthews Band, but his range of experiences is not confined to one group. Hailing from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, he knew while he was still in high school that music was his calling. He took to performing with local dance and calypso bands, and after high school, he came to Berklee to study. After graduation, he was working as a session musician when he played on stage with the Dave Matthews Band for the first time in June of 2005. Ross performed with them on and off for the rest of that year before joining the band as a full-time touring member in 2006. He has been with them ever since.
In addition to the musicians of the Dave Matthews Band, Ross has had the opportunity to work with an array of artists including Ludacris, Chaka Khan, Talib Kweli, String Cheese Incident, and Femi Kuti, to name just a few. A versatile musician, he enjoys working in multiple musical genres from funk to jazz to country.