Bongo Boy Music School

ben phelps



Drum & Percussion Instructor

About Ben Phelps

Ben Phelps has been teaching percussion for over 20 years. He was born and
raised in Indianapolis, IN where he began his musical experiences in public school band
and orchestra in Lawrence Township. As a senior at Lawrence Central he participated
in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Side by Side program where he won the
Concerto Competition and was able to perform as a soloist with the ISO. During this
time he was also a member of The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Ben received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony
Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Opera, Steel Band, IPAN
(professional steel band), and helped form the Educational Percussion Ensemble that
would perform and teach musical concepts to elementary and middle school students in
the surrounding areas.

After graduating from Illinois, Ben moved back to Indianapolis and taught in Pike
Township, Lawrence Township, Brownsburg, Avon, Carmel, Fishers, Hamilton
Southeastern, Franklin, and taught private lessons at the Drum Center of Indianapolis,
Carmel Music Center, and R&R Music (Brownsburg). Following his love for funky
music, Ben moved to New Orleans, LA where he played congas/percussion with Big
Sam’s Funky Nation, the Funkin’ Horns, and Maurice Brown’s Jazz Experiment.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina threw a giant monkey wrench in the gears, and Ben
moved back to his native Indianapolis.

He became the Director of Percussion at Lawrence North High School where he was responsible for teaching percussion classes (at LN and its feeder middle schools) and dealing with all things percussion including marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and was the Pep Band Director for the basketball games.

Currently Ben plays with several bands in a variety of genres. He plays regularly
with The Rhythm 8 Jazz Band, the Barton Rogers Big Band, Cascadoux Steel Drum
Band, and the Pork N Beans Brass Band, which is a New Orleans style Brass Band.
Ben is very excited to teach at Bongo Boy, and looks forward to sharing his love
of music and percussion with his students.

 


 


 


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