Rashawn Ross, born in 1979 in Saint Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), is a trumpeter, who attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ross has toured with Yerba Buena, Lettuce, Soulive, DJ Quik, and Usher, and began working with Dave Matthews Band in 2005, where became a permanent fixture in the band on the road and in the studio.
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In this interview, Rashawn Ross, a US Virgin Island ambassador who grew up in St. Thomas, talks about his learning to play the trumpet in the 3rd grade, the inspiration he got from Earth, Wind & Fire, growing up in St. Thomas, moving to Boston and New York City, and working with artists in many different genres of music ranging from funk, rock, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, and country music. He also speaks about playing with Soulive, joining up with Dave Matthews Band, and working with Usher.