Ben Harloff has two degrees from Indiana University: Trumpet Performance and Music Education. While at IU Ben studied trumpet with Edmund Cord, Stephen Burns, John Rommel and Dominic Spera. He had the privilege to play in Ray Cramer’s Wind Ensemble and Dominic Spera’s final Indiana University Jazz Band. Ben completed a Master’s Degree in conducting from Southern Oregon University in 2008.
When he was twelve years old, Ben’s drum corps career began with the Phantom Regiment Cadets. Ben marched Star of Indiana from 1990 to 1993 at which time he had an opportunity to perform under an incredible instructional staff, including Star’s Brass Caption Head and DCI Hall of Famer Donnie Van Doren. He also performed with Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater where he had the privilege of working with the prestigious Canadian Brass.
Ben was one of the trumpet soloists in both the original London and New York casts of the show “Blast!”, which was the 2001 recipient of the Tony Award for “Best Special Theatrical Event” and also won the 2001 Emmy Award for “Best Choreography.”
Since 1999 Ben has been teaching drum corps including Carolina Crown, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, Crossmen, Syracuse Brigadiers, Blue Knights, Troopers, Minnesota Brass, Blue Stars, The Academy and River City Rhythm. He continues to be a proud brass staff instructor for Carolina Crown.
Ben has been a band director at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana, Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Wayzata High School and West Middle School in Wayzata, Minnesota and is currently one of the band directors at Rosemount High School in Rosemount, Minnesota.
Ben has been judging marching band competitions and arranging for marching bands since 2000. He also has an instructional DVD called, “Release Your Sound.” The DVD is written for high school and college brass musicians and can be purchased at thecrownstore.com.
Ben lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife Cindy and daughter Avabelle.