Percussion - Associate
Ben Weaver educates all ages and skill levels on all percussion instruments with a well-rounded percussionist lesson approach. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Northern Illinois University, studying primarily with professors Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Dr. Greg Beyer, Cliff Alexis, and Mike Mixtacki. Ben also has a Master of Science degree in management from Trevecca Nazarene University that helped him start and run his own growing percussion education business in Illinois. He also has an Illinois K-12 teaching licensure from N.I.U. with a music endorsement. He has a vast array of performance experiences, including with the N.I.U. Steelband in Taipei, Taiwan, the Chicago Symphonetta at Symphony Center featuring Liam Teague, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Atlanta, GA. He has written and self-published many percussion solo and duo compositions for drum set, marimba, steel pan, snare drum, and even flute and clarinet. Additionally, Ben has written and arranged for various award-winning middle school, high school, and college drum lines. He taught, freelanced, and worked in Nashville, TN for over 10 years at various middle schools, high schools, and with many major music corporations. He also co-founded and performed with, while serving as percussion caption head, Nashville’s first drum and bugle corps, Music City Legend. He has played on recordings for various Nashville independent artists and major publishing companies. Currently, Ben is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Illinois Music Educators Association. He also teaches on faculty with the Sycamore Community Unit School District # 427, in the Chicago area at various music studios, freelances with many area bands and community groups, on the drum line staff with the N.I.U. Huskie Marching Band, and directs his own youth summer percussion group called Cadence Percussion. More information can be found by visiting: www.cadencepercussion.org.
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs
Music Building, room 132