Ben Vasko is a tuba player, private lesson teacher, and marching band instructor in Athens, Georgia. In addition to being a brass instructor with the 18-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, Ben has worked with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, the Santa Clara Vanguard, Round Rock High School, Vista Ridge High School, and Marcus High School. He marched with the Blue Knights in 2011 and with the Blue Devils from 2013-2015, during which he was the DCI Performer's Showcase Champion for Solo Tuba in 2014 and 2015. Ben has been a semi finalist at the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Tuba Competition and Solo Artist Competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, as well as in the Solo Artist category at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Most recently he placed 3rd in the Tuba Artist division of the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition at the International Women's Brass Conference in Tempe, AZ.
He 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. After teaching the Blue Devils this summer, Ben will be moving to Massachusetts to attend Boston University and pursue his doctorate under BSO tubist Mike Roylance.
Ben has performed professionally with groups including the Juarez Symphony Orchestra in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, Symphony Augusta and the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, FunkCake and the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orkestra in Atlanta, GA, and the Urban Achievers Brass Band in Austin, TX. He has been a finalist for the tuba positions in the Walt Disney World Main Street Philharmonic and the Boston Brass.