The St. Olaf Jazz Ensemble, with Wedgwood bassist Lise Ramaley (back row, third from left) will travel to Cuba in March to perform in concert. Photo courtesy of St. Olaf College
The St. Olaf Jazz Ensemble, with Wedgwood bassist Lise Ramaley (back row, third from left) will travel to Cuba in March to perform in concert. Photo courtesy of St. Olaf College

Lise Ramaley, a sophomore at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., will tour Cuba this March with the St. Olaf Jazz ensemble. She plays the bass and is a sociology/anthropology major.

Ramaley is the daughter of Wedgwood’s David Ramaley and Laurie McQuaig and a graduate of Roosevelt High School.

St. Olaf College received an invitation from the Cuban Ministry of Culture for its St. Olaf Jazz ensemble to perform a series of concerts in Havana this spring. Led by St. Olaf music faculty member Dave Hagedorn, the ensemble will tour Cuba March 20 to 25. Along with performing several concerts, the band’s 20 undergraduate musicians will have the chance to work with Cuban jazz artists and play alongside local ensembles.

The jazz ensemble will be the first St. Olaf music group to perform in Cuba.

The St. Olaf Jazz Program is home to three bands. St. Olaf Jazz I was voted the “Best Undergraduate College or University Big Band” by DownBeat magazine in May 2011.