Performer | Pedagogue | Polymath
Ben Elgan (DMA, University of Florida) has taught courses in Jazz Fundamentals, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Automation in Production Engineering, and has instructed over a thousand students for higher education. As a performer, he has played professionally across the musical spectrum from solo work to commercial music and classical performance. As a researcher and Les Paul Foundation Grant recipient, he has presented his ideas on brass instrument design and its effects on perceived sound at institutions of higher learning, as well as furthered STEAM initiatives in K-12 schools. He premiered his original work at the International Trumpet Guild 2019 Conference in Miami, Florida and continues to output original arrangements and compositions to expand the body of available repertoire for classical and commercial musicians alike.
A crossover trumpeter, his professional performance credits include the performances with the Ocala Symphony and the Gainesville Orchestra, as well as in commercial groups such as Less Than Jake, Sooza Brass Band, Sister Hazel, the Andrew Theilen Big Band, Act of Congress, and Nationwide Coverage. He has also performed in conferences such as the Southeastern Conference Symposium, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the National Trumpet Competition, and the Alabama Music Educator’s Association conference.