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. 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 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.”
Ben has been teaching drum corps since 1999, including The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, Crossmen, Syracuse Brigadiers, Blue Knights, Troopers, Minnesota Brass, and Blue Stars. He continues to be a proud brass staff instructor for Carolina Crown.
Ben has been a band director at Clay Middle School in Carmel, IN, Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN, Wayzata High School and West Middle School in Wayzata, MN and is currently one of the band directors at Rosemount High School in Rosemount, MN.
Ben currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Cindy, and daughter, Avabelle.