Ben is a musician, educator, and arranger based in Minneapolis.
An active member of the upper Midwest music scene, his work on trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, and sousaphone cover a wide range of music genres and reflect a keen interest in education at all levels of the music business. His current projects include playing and writing for Jaedyn James and the Hunger (Funk/Soul/Love), Brass & BodyWorks (NOLA brass band), and the Above Average Tuba Quartet. He is also Professor of Low Brass at Concordia University, St Paul and serves on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music as a low brass instructor and ensemble clinician.
Ben has backed up some of the region’s top live acts and performed with the music industry’s best artists across a variety of styles - The New Standards, Michael Davis, Catherine Russell, Ingrid Jensen, Mayito Rivera, Oystein Baadsvik, Mike Mills, Dave Pirner, Jeremy Messersmith, Aby Wolf, Cameron Kinghorn, The Belfast Cowboys, McNasty Brass Band, Adam Meckler Orchestra, the Twin Cities Jazz Composers Workshop, IMPROVESTRA, Dream on Nilsson, the Lake Woebegon Brass Band, the Jungle Theater, and others.
Ben is a leader in the area of online instruction, with hundreds of hours of experience offering one-on-one lessons, small group rehearsals, and band clinics to students across the state of Minnesota through MacPhail’s online outreach program. Ben’s students - both online and in-person - become experts in guiding their own learning and performing, discovering what tools and techniques work best for them. They regularly develop the tools to succeed at the highest level, earning top scores and Best in Site awards in solo and ensemble competitions, placement in honor ensembles, and successful collegiate scholarship auditions.
Ben is also a frequent clinician, coach, and adjudicator throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, primarily for the Minnesota Band Directors Association honor bands, the Minnesota Music Educators Association All State program, and Minnesota State High School League large group, jazz, small ensemble, and solo competitions. His previous experiences as a band director at Anoka High School and Northdale Middle School help guide his instruction in a unique way that helps equally serve students, teachers, and their families.
A Minneapolis native, Ben holds degrees from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (BM Music Ed, 2008) and McNally Smith College of Music (MM Trombone, 2015, R.I.P.). His teachers in performing, arranging, conducting, and improvisation include Scott Agster, Pete Whitman, Adi Yeshaya, John Tranter, Tom Ashworth, Dave Werden, and Jerry Luckhardt. He is a coffee enthusiast and avid baseball fan.