Originally from West Virginia, Ben has quickly made a name for himself within the music community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience.
While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the Little Big Band, WVU's premiere jazz ensemble, along with other Jazz and world music ensembles.
A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, and Chuck Brown.
In addition to his freelance playing and teaching schedule he has taught at the Mt. Tam School, and was a guest clinician at Davidson Middle School. Currently Ben is a performing arts teacher at Marin Catholic High School.