The rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, guitar) is the most common ensemble in music today. Gabriel Espinosa, combos director and associate professor of music, says there are millions of them throughout the world.
There’s a reason these groups are so popular — their music is diverse and infectious. “Working with combos is fantastic because we explore other styles of music,” says Espinosa. “For me, all of them have value. Classical music has value. Jazz has value. Pop has value. Rock, country, you name it. It just needs to be done right.”