St. Louis Legacy Ensemble is teaching the future generation of musicians, employing the current generation, and celebrating the past generations of our city's musical heritage. We partner professional musicians with dedicated music students in concerts, classes, and rehearsals.
We hire St. Louis' "A-List" professional musicians and music educators to mentor, instruct, and perform with our students. In our programming we pay homage to the greats of St. Louis past like Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Oliver Sain, and others.. We write and record our own original songs which are bluesy, funky, and soulful. St. Louis Legacy Ensemble performs in concerts and festivals in and around the city. Most of our students are preparing for a career in music and we offer our guidance free of charge. It is also part of our mission to compensate our professional and college-level musicians fairly.
St. Louis Legacy Ensemble is the vision of its founder and music director Joe Pastor who noticed a need for quality education in blues and R&B. We wish to ensure that the future musicians of this city recognize the importance of St. Louis' musical heritage and to help them continue that rich legacy. We provide a unique and very real-world educational experience for our students who gain skills and concepts not often learned in traditional music classrooms.
St. Louis Legacy Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are currently recruiting students to join us! Ask for more information.
- Gaslight Studio Recording Camp
- Sheldon Concert Hall
- Benton Park Concert Series
- Lafayette Park Concert Series
- Bluesweek Festival
- Showcases at BB's Jazz, Blues, and Soups
- MADCO modern dance concert
Past Mentoring Professionals
- Steve Ewing
- Rich McDonough
- Gus Thornton
- Brian Casserly
- Tom Byrne
- Dan Rubright
- Matt Rowland
- Nick Savage
- Aaron Griffen
- Ron Carr
- Matt McKeever
- Delano Redmond
- Nate Gilberg
- Craig Florez
St. Louis area students! Do you have a passion for jazz and blues music? Do you wish you had more opportunities perform music in a world-class band? We offer students the opportunity to perform on stage with professional musicians. We hold several rehearsals before each performance and have clinics and master classes with some of St. Louis' most successful musicians. If you are a student between the ages of 10 and 18 with dedication to music, we'd love to hear from you!
Board Member Opportunities
St. Louis Legacy Ensemble is currently looking for board members. If you have an interest in supporting the history of music in the St. Louis area, and are seeking a way to support the future of local musicians, please consider joining our board. We are currently looking for people who have a passion for music and education to donate their skills and talents to our effort.
St. Louis Legacy Ensemble is always looking for volunteers as well. If you’d like to volunteer at an event, assist at our practices, or provide other volunteer assistance, please fill out the form to the right.
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER, JOSEPH PASTOR
Music Director Joseph Pastor holds degrees both in music performance and in education and has been teaching and performing music for over 20 years. He has performed over 2,000 professional engagements as a percussionist and drummer.. Joe appears as drummer on the final album of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Johnnie Johnson's esteemed career as well as on albums by Juno Award winner Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Marquise Knox, Rich McDonough and others. He is a complete musician and performs professionally as drummer, jazz vibist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. He also is proficient in guitar, bass, and piano. Joseph Pastor is a published, commissioned, and award-winning composer, including a prize in the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest.. Mr. Pastor holds a Master's of Art in Teaching (Instrumental Music), a Bachelor of Music Performance (Jazz Percussion) and is currently the Director of Music at Bishop DuBourg High School, and an adjunct professor of music at Jefferson College. Former teaching appointments include as music director for the School of Rock in Kirkwood MO, and at St. Louis' Premier Charter School, DeSmet Jesuit High School, and Drum Headquarters.
St. Louis Blues - Brian Casserly leading the ensemble in his own arrangement of the classic song.