Jazz music rocked the Santos Manuel Student Union on Nov. 5, as the annual event known as Bop n’ Hop. The event was held by Dr. Robert Knop, CSUSB Jazz and Samba director.
Nearly 400 people attended and enjoyed the live event.
Attendees who arrived early could receive dance lessons at 6:30 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., the live music started, led by Dr. Knop.
Students of the Music 391 class known as the CSUSB Jazz Ensemble played 10 swing music songs featuring vocalist Denise Tillman.
The music was conducted by Dr. Knop, kicking off the musical set with Band Stand Boogie written by Barry Manilow.
Every visitor enjoyed the rhythms that the drums, trumpets and saxophones made.
Even students who were visiting for class credit were entertained; they joined in on the fun as soon as the music started playing.
Some of them danced to music, some clapped their hands and some even shouted out and cheered.
After a few songs, Dr. Knop brought up vocalist Tillman who received great applause from the audience for her performance. Music was swinging and the party had begun.
“I just love jazz,” said attendee Kenneth Tsei as he tapped his foot to the music. “I also like dancing to Jazz. I wish I would’ve arrived earlier!”
After the last song “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima, visitors applauded in ovation and left the hall humming and swaying.
Dr. Knop commented afterward about the event, describing why there was such a huge turnout.
“People love Jazz because Jazz is American music,” said Dr. Knop.
“People like jazz because they like to feel the rhythm, and the performance of Jazz improvises. People tap and snap while listening jazz.”
He said that he held the event because he wanted to provide students with swing music in jazzform.
CSUSB Jazz Ensemble welcomes all students of all majors who are interested in performing with them.
If you are interested in joining the ensemble, contact Dr. Knop via e-mail [email protected] or by calling (909) 537-5463.
More upcoming music events will be promoted on their CSUSB music Facebook page and also on the music department web page at