Benjamin Berry is currently in his eighth year as a music educator and his fourth at White Knoll High School. Before arriving at White Knoll, Ben taught at several high schools and junior high schools in Texas. He was formerly an Associate Band Director and Director of Percussion Studies at Hidalgo High School, Robert Vela High School, and Robert E. Lee High School.
During his time in Texas, his responsibilities primarily included the oversight of the percussion studios throughout Marching, Indoor, Solo and Ensemble, and Concert seasons. He was also an associate director of the marching band programs. He also traveled to junior high schools and taught beginner percussion and low brass methods.
His concert bands have consistently earned excellent and superior ratings on stage and he has helped his students consistently achieve superior ratings in Solo and Ensemble Contests
During his tenure in Texas, he helped his students thrive in a very competitive environment. Some of the achievements were Outstanding Front Ensemble Awards (2010 and 2011), Class A Champions (2010 and 2011), and a Grand Champion (2011) award at the Roma Gladiator Contest in Roma, TX. In the indoor circuit TECA, Ben helped his group to a Class AA State Championship in 2012. In a school’s first year of existence, the drumline and front ensemble earned a high percussion award during the fall as well as a bronze medal in the TECA Scholastic A Class State Championship in 2013. During the 2014 indoor percussion season, Ben was a Front Ensemble instructor for the WGI Independent Open Class Tyler Junior College Indoor Percussion Ensemble. During his time there, the ensemble won a TCGC Independent World State Championship.
He received his Bachelor in Music Education Degree from Ithaca College (Cum Laude) where he studied percussion with Gordon Stout and Conrad Alexander. Other instructors have included Robert Zolnowski, Iain Moyer, Jason Inhat, and Neil Larrivee. After marching tenors for one year with DCA’s Empire Statesmen from Rochester, NY in 2007, he became a member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008. He was a member of the front ensemble for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Performing ensembles have also included the Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra (CKSO), Ithaca College Steel band, Ithaca College Percussion Ensembles, Ithaca College Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, 2011 PASIC Marimba Orchestra, and the Palmetto Concert Band.
Ben has been a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for the past 8 years. Other affiliations have included the Texas Music Educator’s Association (TMEA) the Texas Bandmasters Association, Unified Percussion Ensemble of South Texas, NAFME and SCBDA. He is a Vic Firth Educator where he proudly endorses high quality percussion implements.
Ben lives in Lexington, SC with his fiancé Courtney and their dogs Bonnie and Annie.