All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Cassius M. Goens III

Cassius M. Goens III

Cassius Goens III is one of Indiana's finest drummers and graduate of Ball State University. He is now pursuing a Masters of Arts in Jazz Studies at the University of Iowa, where he is a Graduate Teaching Assistant. At the University of Iowa, Cassius performs with the Johnson County Landmark Jazz Band and the Latin Jazz Ensemble, as well as jazz combos. Cassius currently is a member of the Steve Grismore Quartet and studies with drumset/latin percussionist James Dreier. He also plays with various local Iowa jazz artists as a freelance drummer, while also performing his original compositions with the newly formed group Groove Theory. While at Ball State, Cassius performed with the BSU Jazz Lab Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Marimba Ensemble, and Latin Ensemble. He has also performed with the Ball State Theater Department in such shows as The Full Monty, Wild Party, Songs For The New World, Nunsense, Into The Woods, The World Goes Round, Violet, Urinetown, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the 2008 and 2009 New York Showcase. Cassius has also performed with the Muncie Civic Theatre in such shows as Big River and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cassius has performed with various ensembles throughout the Midwest, New York, and Europe where he performed at the Montreux, Vienne, and Purugia Jazz Festivals. In 2008, he was the recipient of the BSU Morgy Craig Jazz Scholarship Award

Read more


Album Review
Read more articles



Green Mind Records



Self Produced



Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.