After 10 years of playing, touring, and teaching out of the St. Louis area, Ben is now a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Wausau, WI. Originally from Wisconsin Rapids, he studied with Dr. Robert Kase at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and graduated in 2002 with degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, and continues to perform with the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest. Studying with Dr. John Korak, he earned his Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2005. Ben has performed with groups throughout the world, including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, The Rome Festival Orchestra, Mr. Sleeves, The Tommy Money Orchestra, Hot Brass, and the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble.
An expressive performer and clear communicator, he is the author of the book Trumpet Science, and taught the trumpet studio at McKendree University. He has prepared group clinics on a variety of topics, and is a member of the International Trumpet Guild’s book and recording review committees. Ben is proud to be a Getzen Artist.
In addition to trumpet, Ben also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, hunting and fishing, sampling fine root beers, playing cards, and gardening.