Adjunct Professor of Low Brass
Ben Bussey is a trombonist, conductor, educator, and arranger based in Minneapolis. His accomplishments cover a wide range of music genres and reflect a keen interest in education at all levels of the music business. Ben’s current projects include Danami and the Blue (hip hop soul), The Hennepin County Millionaire’s Club (rock/ska), BAD Brass Band, and Adam Conrad’s IMPROVESTRA – an improvising orchestra.
Ben recently completed a Masters Degree in Trombone at McNally Smith College of Music, under the guidance of Scott Agster. Since then, he has performed with some of the region’s best live acts as well as the music industry’s busiest artists – Ingrid Jensen (international trumpet star), Dave Singley (Soul Asylum), Mike Mills (REM), Scott Bergman, the Belfast Cowboys, Jack Brass Band, the Adam Meckler Orchestra, the Explosion Big Band, the Sheldon Theater Brass Band, The Compass Rose Brass Ensemble, Big Toe and the Jam, and many others.
In Fall 2015, Ben began his college teaching career as the low brass professor at Concordia University St Paul. He also is on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and works with students and schools throughout the state in individual and small group lessons, online band clinics, and live guest conducting appearances. Ben‘s private students regularly win positions in the MMEA All–State instrumental programs and college studios.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ben began his teaching career at Anoka High School. As well as daily concert bands, he directed the jazz and pep bands; coached soloists, small ensembles, and orchestral winds; and led the Anoka Marching Tornadoes to appearances and awards throughout the region as well as a featured appearance on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”
A Minneapolis native, Ben (along with his bride Katie) is an avid baseball fan, and may be found in and around Target Field in the spring and summer.
- M.M., Trombone, McNally Smith College of Music (2015)
- B.M., Music Teacher Education, University of Minnesota (2008)