Ben Vasko resides in Boston, having recently finished a one-year appointment at Valdosta State University as Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium and principal tubist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in Valdosta, GA. During the summer, Ben is a brass instructor with the 19-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He has had success as a semi-finalist and finalist at various national and international competitions.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia, both in Tuba Performance. His primary teachers have been Sam Pilafian, Charles Villarrubia, and David Zerkel. Ben is currently finishing his doctoral studies at Boston University under BSO tubist Mike Roylance.
Ben's jazz and commercial playing are regularly in demand, having performed with groups like the Hot Tamale Brass Band, Urban Achievers Brass Band, and South Coast Brass Band, and for events hosted by companies like Dell, Captain Morgan, and The Chive. His playing/arranging can be heard in commercials for companies like Ford and State Farm. Ben has performed with groups throughout the US and Mexico including the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA), Orquesta Sinfonico de la UACJ, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops.