Howdy. The name’s Ben. I’m a drummer, audio engineer, stage tech, and an on–again–off–again web developer. I grew up in the East Bay Area of California (near Oakland and Berkeley) before moving out to Colorado, going to school at CU Boulder where I studied psychology, music, and TAM (technology, arts, and media — since renamed creative technology and design). While I’m primarily a drumset player, I also have experience with piano and alto saxophone; I played alto in the CU marching band for 4 years, and I played drumset in the CU basketball for 4 years as well. Nowadays I play drums for some local bands in addition to being an aspiring writer. To that end, be sure to check out my blog — I update it every Sunday... on most Sundays.


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How long have you been playing music?

All in all, about two decades. I took piano lessons for a few years when I was really young, starting around age 6. I had my first drum lesson in August of 2005 at the age of 8, and I had private instruction for exactly ten years — my final lesson was right before I moved out in 2015. I picked up the sax when I started college that year, and the rest is history. In fact, I’m getting misty–eyed just thinking about it.

What kind of drums do you play?

I have a Pearl set for the recording and rehearsing, although sadly Pearl doesn’t make the exact model anymore… such is life. This kit has Sabian cymbals, and I always use Remo heads (lately I’ve been using Ambassadors for everything, save for Powerstroke 3s on the kick) with Vic Firth sticks (AJ5s). I have a variety of doodads from LP and Index Drums. I prefer to use DW hardware (when I can afford it).

If you see me drum live, you’ll probably spot me with an old Ludwig kit I got for out–of–the–house playing. I fitted this one with some secondhand Zildjian cymbals.

Who are your favorite drummers?

For first place, we have a tie between John Bonham and Keith Moon. There’s probably a 30–way tie for second place… suffice it to say that anyone I’ve transcribed has left an impact on me, including many others I have yet to talk about.

What do you use to create music notation?

I use MuseScore for all my transcribing/engraving. It’s pretty glitchy — in fact, the bugs seem to be getting worse with every update as of late. But with a bit of patience, I can pretty much do anything I want. I used Finale and Sibelius back in college, but I can’t afford them right now.