Originally a clarinetist, Ben studied jazz saxophone under Roger Manins at the University of Auckland, graduating in 2010 and going on to complete a diploma in education the following year. He went on to study flute under Jasmine Sung and has since put these skills to use in a number of amateur and professional productions including Assassins (2010), 42nd Street (2010), and Phantom of the Opera (2016). Ben studied jazz arranging with Bernie Allen (QSM) and has gained experience writing and transcribing music for a diverse array of ensembles. He also performs regularly with two of Auckland’s hottest live groups: Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes, and The Beths. Ben is also an experienced and passionate music educator specialising in jazz improvisation and jazz ensemble performance, and aims to use his knowledge and expertise to equip future generations of musicians with a diverse set of skills and experiences.