Ben is a native of Ankeny, IA. Inspired by the excellent teaching he received while in the Blue Devils A corps, Ben aspired to replicate that excellence, and to create a phenomenal teaching persona of his own. After graduating with a degree in Music Education from Iowa State University, he moved to California to work with the Blue Devils ‘B’ corps. A few years later he received the opportunity to help out with Blue Devils ‘C’ Corps. Since taking over the Brass and Visual Caption Head roles, has also become Staff Coordinator. His goal is to challenge what anyone thought was possible for 8-14 year olds to do on a marching field.
Ben lives in San Francisco, and works as a full-time band and orchestra teacher for Hayward Schools in Hayward, CA. He also co-directs the marching band at California High School in San Ramon (he also co-arranges their marching band show). He spends his free time socializing and lifting weights. Ben LOVES training students to pursue excellence in performance, and loves pop music.