B i o g r a p h y

Ben Cantrell has been an educator, performer, adjudicator, and clinician for nearly 20 years.  He has performed with numerous ensembles across the country, as well as in multi-city tours in Europe and Asia.  Some of his more notable performances have been for the VA/DC Day of Percussion, North Carolina Day of Percussion, and the Jazz Educator Network Conference.  Recently, he has performed with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina, the Johnson City Orchesta in Tennessee, the Sacred Winds ensemble of Pikeville, KY, and Barter Theatre of Abingdon, VA.

In August of 2019, Ben took over as the Director of Percussion Studies at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There, he teaches all private applied percussion lessons, directs the percussion ensemble, teaches the percussion methods course, and assists with the new Winthrop Steel Pan Ensemble.

Currently finishing up his DMA at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro with Dr. Eric Willie, Ben also holds a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Radford University under Dr. Rob Sanderl and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University under Dr. Brian Mason.


Ben is proud to be an educational artist for Mapex Drums, Majestic Concert Percussion, and Innovative Percussion Sticks & Mallets.  He is on the educator networks for Black Swamp Percussion & Evans Drumheads, and is on the Health & Wellness Committee for the Percussive Arts Society.

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