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​​​​​​​LESSONS/CLINICS AT THE FOLLOWING:


​​Noteable Notes Music Academy

http://www.noteablenotes.org

​​The Music Connection, LLC studio

 www.themusicconnection.com





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PERFORMANCE

- Drumset

 - Percussion

                                                         

  


ARRANGING/INSTRUCTION

​​​​​​- Drumline 

  - Front ensemble ("pit")

​  - Percussion ensemble

  • DRUMLINE/PIT - "MIRROR IMAGE" excerpt -- Bolingbrook HS (Bolingbrook, IL) (2016) 2:13
  • PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE ARRANGEMENT (2014) "PACO AND DAVE"0:00
  • DRUMLINE - "LADY" NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY HUSKY DRUMLINE (2013)0:00
  • DRUMLINE/PIT - "Firebird" DeKalb HS (DeKalb, IL) (2013)0:00
  • DRUMLINE - DeKalb HS (DeKalb, IL) cadence (2013) 0:00
  • DRUMLINE - Jefferson HS (Rockford, IL) cadence (2014)0:00
  • CLARINET/FLUTE duet - "In Flight" - Mvt 1 (2014) 0:46
  • CLARINET/FLUTE duet - "In Flight" - Mvt 2 (2014) 1:29
  • CLARINET/FLUTE duet - "In Flight" - Mvt 3 (2014) 0:35

Erie MS - Sandy Newton, director

  • POP-REGGAE original song - "Reggae My Way" (2013)0:00
  • DRUMLINE/PIT - "Call of the Mountain" (Joseph Curiale) DeKalb HS (2013)0:00
  • DRUMSET session - " Settlin' " (recorded 2014)0:00
  • DRUMSET session - "Redneck Crazy" (recorded 2014)3:39
  • MARIMBA duet - "1 and 1" (2014)5:31
  • DRUMLINE - "TIGER BEAT" - Plainfield North HS cadence (2014)1:23
  • VIOLIN/CELLO duet - "Conversations" (2014)4:36
  • COMMISSIONED WORK - "Journey for Snare Duo" for Nathan and Dana (Bolingbrook HS 2015)2:53
  • DRUMLINE - Bolingbrook HS cadence "RUMBA CUBANO" (2015)1:55
  • Bolingbrook HS 2017 Battery_Pit books1:23
  • SALSA EN FUEGO Bolingbrook Cadence 2017 11:12

 

UPCOMING GIGS:

May 4 -- In The Stix -- Base Camp -- 5750 Lakeside Dr Lisle, Illinois 60532 -- 10:30 pm


May 18 -- In The Stix -- Brat Stop --12304 75th St, Kenosha, WI 53142 -- 8 pm


May 27 -- In The Stix -- Arlington Park -- 2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1004-- 1 pm - 5 pm

June 1 -- In The Stix -- Halftime Bar & Grill -- 2405 Johnsburg Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051 -- 9 pm

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CURRENT GIGS:



​         - drummer for In The Stix (www.inthestixband.com)  

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- Owner/Manager -- The Music Connection, LLC (www.themusicconnection.com)

(Lessons/Retail/Connect X) 




-- Owner/Arranger/Instructor -- Cadence Percussion Entertainment Drum Line (www.cadencepercussion.org) 



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- ​​​Percussion instructor​​: The Music Connection, LLC (Sycamore) and Notable Notes Music Academy (Wheaton)



  - ​Freelance drummer/percussionist  

 

 

Clinton Rosette MS - Brian Balika, director

Hampshire MS - Vicki Hicks, director




La Moille HS - Ali Krug, director


Contact:

benmusic@hotmail.com         # 815-217-5648 






PRODUCTS I PLAY AND SUPPORT:​​

DRUMS:
Pearl "Session Studio Classic" kit  (6 piece w/ rack--birch shell)
TAMA "SuperStar" kit  (5 piece--birch shell) 
Gretsch "Catalina Club" kit  (4 piece--mahogony shell)
Sonor "Force Custom" kit  (5 piece--maple/mahogony shell)
PERCUSSION:
4.3 octave Adams Rosewood marimba (MCHV43)

3 1/2 octave Acoustalon Yamaha xylophone (YX-500F)
Various LP congas/bongos
Various percussion accessories
Several snares 

Various marching drums (snares, quads, basses with hardware)

Treeworks Chimes

STICKS AND MALLETS:

Innovative Percussion and Vic Firth

DRUMHEADS:

Remo

Cymbals:

Zildjian and Sabian
ELECTRONICS
Alesis Sample Pad
MacBook Pro 
M-Audio Axiom Air 32-mini keyboard controller 
Mackie Pro-EFX 12 channel digital mixer

Misc. electronics

SOFTWARE:

Sibelius 6 and 7 notation software

Finale 2010 notation software

Ableton Live music production software