Benjamin Drury is a recent recipient of the Master of Arts in Trumpet Performance from the University of Iowa where he was a teaching assistant under Dr. Courtney Jones and Dr. Amy Schendel. He is also a freelance performer and private studio instructor. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in 2010 where he studied with Dr. Amy Dunker and Dr. James Sherry. During his stay with Clarke, Benjamin performed in two Society of Composers conferences as a soloist and ensemble member. Over the past six years, Benjamin has taught at Loras College, the University of Dubuque, and his own private studio. He has performed and taught a multitude of styles ranging from contemporary Christian rock with the Newman Singers, freeform improvisation with guitarist Zane Merritt and trumpet player Dr. James Sherry, wind chamber music with the Old Capital Brass Quintet and Brass trio, a long list of musical theater appearances with the Grand Opera House and Rising Star Productions, and with each of the major instrumental ensembles at the University of Iowa.
Benjamin developed his style as a solo and ensemble performer over twelve years of focused practice colored by two deployments with the military in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Because of this, he brings a unique perspective to teaching and performing that combines both respect and love of the craft of music-making. As a teacher, Benjamin’s background as an educator and as a performer who has rebuilt his technique multiple times equips him with a wide array of tools and experiences that translate directly to the needs of future trumpet performers. His students can expect to experience an entirely different and more personalized set of goals and outcomes from their peers. Ultimately, Benjamin’s goal for all of his students is to guide them to a level of proficiency and independence that they can fearlessly keep music in their lives well after their schooling is finished.
Benjamin says his favorite thing about teaching is seeing a student's hard work pay off. One of his most interesting musical/educational experiences is that he once picked up a student who shared his love of weird and quirky music. "It's rare enough to meet a fellow weirdo, let alone teach one!" Benjamin says. He currently performs with The Brass Mill Quartet and has previously performed with numerous pickup and named rock, jazz, and classical groups throughout the Iowa area.
You can find Benjamin on Facebook by searching Drury Trumpet.