Rashawn Ross is versatile trumpeter from St.Thomas, Virgin Islands. His love of music began from the moment he picked up the trumpet at age 8. His professional music career started at age 14 as a freshman at Charlotte Amalie High School. Playing with local jazz musicians as well as some of the Caribbean's top calypso and dance bands, he started to broaden his horizons musically by listening to different styles of music and learning about arranging horn parts to these various styles and genres. A career in music became a more of a necessity than a desire at that point in time. Fellow virgin islander and world renowned jazz bassist, Reuben Rogers was attending Berklee College of Music while Rashawn was a freshman in high school and suggested recordings and books to study. Berklee College of Music would become the only college he would apply to.
Rashawn has compiled quite a lengthy resume in a very short time. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2000, he has had the opportunity to work with artists in many differenct genres of music ranging from funk, rock, jazz, hip hop, gospel and country. Rashawn has toured with such bands as YERBA BUENA, DJ QUIK and SOULIVE and is a member of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND. In 2010, Dave Matthews Band was named the Top Grossing Touring act of the decade.
Rashawn's resume goes on to include recordings and performances with: WILLIE NELSON, MACEO PARKER, ZAC BROWN, USHER, CEE LO GREEN, LUDACRIS, BRANFORD MARSALIS, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, PEE WEE ELLIS, FRED WESLEY, UNCLE KRACKER, CHAKA KHAN, STEVIE WONDER, THE EDGE (OF U2), RODNEY JERKINS, FRED HAMMOND, BEBE WINANS, CHRIS CORNELL, GEORGE CLINTON, RAY J, JOHN MAYER, MATISYAHU, ROY HARGROVE, NICHOLAS PAYTON, QUESTLOVE, LLOYD, FLO-RIDA, TALIB KWELI, COMMON, TRICK DADDY, RICK ROSS, ROBERT RANDOLPH, KIM BURRELL, KELLY PRICE, THE HAWKINS FAMILY, MESHELL N' DEGEOCELLO, BABA MAAL, FEMI KUTI and many more.