Knox Jazz Ensemble

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The Knox Jazz Ensemble, or Big Band, is one of Knox College's major attractions, having performed in numerous locales, including irregular tours overseas in Spain. The band, currently directed by Nikki Whittaker, consists of the best jazz musicians in the college and hosts the annual Rootabaga Jazz Festival. The best members of this band play at Jazz Night (every Thursday night) at McGillacuddy's on Cherry Street. A member of the jazz band, guitarist Corey Heppner, has also competed in an online professional music contest.

As of the 2006-2007 year, the band has traveled to festivals and concerts at Millikin University in Decatur and Elmhurst College in Chicago-land, and has performed at Rootabaga Jazz Festival.

The band is currently planning another Spanish tour during winter break of 2008.

In 2016, the KJE went to China and nobody got lost or died. However, there was one emergency situation that required stopping the tour bus on the side of the road for Bari Saxist Coltan Parker. Besides that China is a country that loves selfies with foreigners. They will selfie with you awares or unawares. Sam Waldner embraced this.