performing ensembles at california college of music

At California College of Music, we place the highest priority on presenting truly excellent performances of modern popular music. Every ensemble performs quarterly, often multiple times per quarter, and our groups are available for public & private events. Below are descriptions of the amazing groups you will find under our roof:

contemporary ensemble

The CCM Contemporary Ensemble is our flagship band, in which students play varied modern repertoire in a group setting along with their peers and instructors. This course covers various styles such as pop, rock, jazz, and R&B. The songs performed are selected by the instructors and group members; students are encouraged to bring in original material and cover selections. The goal is to develop each student’s ability to perform in various genres, with arrangements often switching styles to give students greater aesthetic exposure. Contemporary Ensemble gives a minimum of one performance per quarter, often at off-campus public venues. The Contemporary Ensemble's recent repertoire has included:

"Hey Ya!" by Outkast
"Redbone" by Childish Gambino
"Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
"Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley
"Do I Wanna Know?" by Arctic Monkeys
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
"Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle
"Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar
"Love On The Brain" by Rihanna
"We Are Young" by fun.
"Crazy In Love" by Beyonce
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira
"Royals" by Lorde
"Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder
"Rock With You" by Michael Jackson
"Roxanne" by The Police
"Something" by The Beatles


pop choir

The CCM Pop Choir is a group of singers who share a common love of popular music. The CCM Pop Choir's repertoire has included the following songs:

"Doin' it Right" by Daft Punk
"Don't Worry Baby" by The Beach Boys
"I Could Fall In Love" by Selena
"Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin
"Life on Mars" by David Bowie
"Lovefool" by The Cardigans
"Stay With Me" by Sam Smith
"No Rain" by Blind Melon
"Because" by The Beatles
"If I Fell" by The Beatles
"Imagine" by John Lennon
"Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
"Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan
"Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons
"Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order
"California Dreamin'" by The Mamas And The Papas
"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley
"Creep" by Radiohead
"Go To Sleep" by Matthew Caws and Jill Sobule
"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
"Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash
"Joga" by Bjork
"Take On Me" by A Ha
"The Sound of Silence" by Paul Simon
"Happy Together" by The Turtles
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen


groove ensemble

Instrumentalists enrolled in the CCM Groove Ensemble focus on performing grooves, vamps, melodic phrases, and rhythmic patterns with good feel and highly accurate rhythmic specificity. Students learn to play ahead, behind, and on top of the beat and recognize instances of these approaches in recorded music. Groove Ensemble gives a minimum of one performance per quarter, often at off-campus public venues. The Groove Ensemble's recent repertoire has included:

"St. Thomas" by Sonny Rollins
"Impressions" by John Coltrane
"Stolen Moments" by Oliver Nelson
"Cold Duck Time" by Eddie Harris
"Put It Where You Want It" by The Crusaders
"Summertime" by George Gershwin
"Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard
"I Got The Feelin'" by James Brown
"Iko Iko" by James Crawford
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder
"Free Step" by Chick Corea
"Fire On The Bayou" by The Meters
"I Shot The Sheriff" by Bob Marley
"Use Me" by Bill Withers
"Red Baron" by Billy Cobham


jazz ensemble

The CCM Jazz Ensemble is designed for high-level student performers to focus on their development as jazz instrumentalists. This group performs repertoire from contemporary and classic jazz, developed out of the jazz tradition and influenced by world and modern pop music. Weekly performances stress group interaction, dynamics, phrasing, swing and straight feel, group improvisation, and stylistic accuracy. The Jazz Ensemble's recent repertoire has included:

"Caravan" by Duke Ellington
"Mr. P.C." by John Coltrane
"Milestones" by Miles Davis
"Sister Sadie" by Horace Silver
"Play" by Mike Stern
"My Funny Valentine" by Rodgers & Hart
"'Round Midnight" by Thelonious Monk
"What Is This Thing Called Love?" by Cole Porter
"Man From Mars" by Joni Mitchell
"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel arr. Billy Childs
"How High The Moon" by Morgan Lewis
"Black Orpheus" by Luiz Bonfa
"Afro Blue" by Mongo Santamaria